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World Cravat Day 18th October - the origin of the CRAVAT and of its universally known name is Croatia
CRAVAT, the universaly known name of the necktie, has its origin in the name ov Croats. As an unavoidable fashion element, especially for representative pruposes, it can be met in the remotest parts of the Globe. It is without any doubt the most widespread fashion element in the world, bearing a national name. On the photo on the left is Ivan Gundulic (1589-1638), distinguished Croatian Renaissance writer from Dubrovnik, bearing the earliest known version of the Cravat. World Cravat Day, established by Academia Cravatica in Zagreb, is celebrated each year on 18th October.

Ivana Marija Vidovic Croatian pianist and Koji Miura Japanese clarinettist playing in Italy
Parva Mundi Duo composed of Ivana Marija Vidović and Koji Miura is a Croatian-Japanese classical music duo which will have a concert on October 6th, 7th and 8th 2018, in Bari, Italy. Their program consists of the pieces of Debussy, Liszt, Faure, Piazola, as well as of Croatian and Japanese authors. Both musicians have recently participated with great success at the 12th Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat (near Dubrovnik) in Croatia, of which Ivana Marija Vidovic is the founder and director.

Luka Modric of Croatia named world's best football player for 2018
Luka Modrić (on the photo with his wife Vanja) Croatia and Real Madrid midfielder, has collected The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018 award in London. Visibly moved by the experience, he later shared his feelings about the stunning 2017/18 season that led to this crowning moment. It's not easy to reach the top, but staying there is even harder. I'€™ve been at the top for a few years now and I hope I can stay there for a few more.

Dino Radja enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018

Dino Radja (211 cm), Croatian basketball player born in the city of Split in 1967, continued his career as NBA player in Boston Celtics, USA, since 1993. He was a memember of Croatian national team which won the silver medal at the Olympic games in Barcelona in 1992. His very close friends were NBA stars Dražen Petrović and Toni Kukoč, also from Croatia.

Yoko Nishii japanska pijanistica nastupa u Hrvatskom domu Herceg Stjepan Kosača u Mostaru 13. rujna 2018
Yoko Nishii, japanska pijanistica, održati će glasovirski koncert 13. rujna u 20:00 sati u Hrvatskom domu Herceg Stjepan Kosača u Mostaru. Koncert pod nazivom "Prijateljstvo Japana i Mostara" organizira Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti, Hrvatsko kulturno društvo "Napredak" i Hrvatski dom Herceg Stjepan Kosača. Po prvi puta u Mostaru, u dugogodišnjem prijateljstvu Japana i Mostara, svirati će djela Bacha, Listza, Rachmaninoffa, japanskog skladatelja Kosaku Yamada, Dore Pejačević i Živka Ključe.

Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat directed by Ivana Marija Vidovic 2018

Ivana Marija Vidović, Croatian pianist and poet, is the founder and director of the Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat, Croatia, which this year enters into its 12th season. Cavtat, a lovely town on Croatian coast, near the city of Dubrovnik, has become a meeting point of music, dance, painting and beautiful nature. This time, among other distinguished guests, will be Renzo Ruggieri, Italian jazz accordion player.

Croatian students placed second at the 2018 Middle European Mathematical Olympiad (MEMO) in Poland
The 2018 MEMO competition (Middle European Mathematical Olympiad) has been organized in Poland, and 66 students have participated from 11 countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. Noel Lakić of Croatia has won gold medal with 100% success. As a team, Croatia has achieved big succes: the second place, before Hungary and after Ukraine, which has been invited as a guest of the competition.

Luka Modric of Croatia named UEFA Player of Year for 2018
Luka Modric of Croatia, on Aug 30, 2018, received the accolade of UEFA Player of the Year in Monaco after his Champions League exploits. "My father always pushed me to fight for my dreams, I owe him a lot for everything," said Modric, whose silky midfield skills helped Real to a third straight European crown and then propelled Croatia to the World Cup final. "It's incredible moment for me, I feel really excited and proud of this great award," said the 32-year-old, who started out at Dinamo Zagreb and then had four years with Tottenham before Real prised him away six years ago.

Nenad Bach posjetio poduzece Hedona u Krizevcima koje zaposljava osobe s invaliditetom

Nenad Bach je 24. kolovoza 2018. posjetio Križevce, a cilj njegova posjeta bila je socijalno poduzeće Hedona. I sam osoba koja se godinama bori s bolešću, posebno je senzibiliziran za svaki projekt koji uključuje osobe ograničenih mogućnosti. Hedona, projekt zapošljavanja osoba s invaliditetom sve više prerasta u uspješan proizvodni brand, križevačku čokoladu! Nenad Bach u ambijentu Choco bara Hedone, u zgradi Razvojnog centra i tehnološkog parka, razgovarao je s Goranom Borčićem, direktorom Hedone i Petrom Gatarićem, predsjednikom Udruge osoba s invaliditetom Križevci.

Yoko Nishii's concert in honor of 180th anniversary of Franciscan classic grammar school in Sinj Sep 11 2018
Yoko Nishii's concert, to be held in Sinj, Alka Halls, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 20.00, will honor 180th anniversary of Franciscan classic grammar school in Sinj and 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Croatia and Japan. She studied at the music academies in Japan and Croatia. This will her 47th soloist concert in Croatia. Yoko has prepared an excellent double CD with works of Dora Pejačević, the first internationally known Croatian woman compser. Yoko-san speaks Croatian. Her music program at the concert will include J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, Kosaku Yamada, Dora Pejačević and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Nenad Bach, Dragica Kragic and Sven Maricic participating at prestigious MTF Stockholm Sep 7-9 2018
The talks stage features an incredible lineup of inspiring people from around the world in conversation - representing all areas of industry, academia, the arts, sciences and public life. Rather than a series of keynotes, speeches, panel sessions or powerpoint presentations, the magazine-style interviews and intimate performances at MTF Stockholm provide a personal insight into the world and the stories of each of these amazing individuals. Three Croatian representatives are invited: Nenad Bach (with his project World Peace In One Hour), Danica Kragić (a leading expert in robotics) and Sven Maričić (expert in 3D printing).

Croatian team is winner of the 2018 European Basketball U16 FIBA Competition in Novi Sad
Young Croatian basketball players, under the age of 16, have won the title of European champions in the competition organized by FIBA in Novi Sad. Having eleminated France in the semifinals, Croatia managed to achieve a very narowin of 71:70 in a dramatic match with Spanish boys. Roko Prkačin on the photo was proclaimed as the most valuable player, and he was elected to the All-Star Five, along with another Croatian player Boris Tišma. Croatia has already won two champion titles, in 2010 and 2011.

Sandra Perkovic winner of gold medal in discus throw at 2018 Europan Championshps in Berlin
Not only that Sandra Perković has won her gold European medal in discus throw in 2018, but it was her fifth consecutive gold medal at European championships! This makes her unique sportsowoman in the history of European athletics. Sandra Perković is also a former Olympic and World champion, one o of the most dominant figures in the history discus throw.

Sime and Mihovil Fantela 2018 world championship in sailing in Aarhus Denmark

Brothers Šime and Mihovil Fantela of Croatia have sensationally won gold medals at the 2018 Sailing World Championship in 49er class, organized in Aarhus, Denmark. Nobody has expected this triumph, not even the Fantela brothers. The silver medals have been won by French team, and the bronze medals by German team.

Valent and Martin Sinkovic winning gold medals at European Rowing Championship in Glasgow 2018
Brothers Valent and Martin Sinković won gold medals at the European Rowing Chapionship organized in Glasgow, Scotland, in front of France and Romania. They have confirmed their dominance on the world scene during the last years, since they are also World champions and Olympic champions. More precisely, they have added a third European title to the Olympic gold and four world golds they have earned together over a decade of success.

Oliver Dragojevic 1947-2018 distinguished Croatian pop musician and composer
Except in Croatia, he had concerts at Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas, Royal Albert Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Opera House in Sydney. Umra je Oliver. Zamuča je rašpavi glas koji smo svi volili. Michael Bolton iz Vela Luke. Zamučala je Dalmacija, zamučali smo smi mi koji smo uz njegove pisme živili. Resli, jubili, pivali, guštali, sičali se, sanjali. ... Ne znan kako vaman, ali meni je ona najtipičnija slika Dalmacije zalaz sunca iza otoka, bonaca, i zvuk četverotaktnog motora na trabukulu negdi u kanalu. A najtipičniji glas Dalmacije voljene je Oliver. Bog ga blagoslovija! Maja. Written by Maja Cioni (b. Bulić), Paris.

Anthological events behind fantastic Croatian games at FIFA World Cup in 2018
Croatian presence at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation has caused unprecedented interest world-wide for various reasons. First of all, due to the quality of players like Madrić, Rakitić, Mandžukić, Lovren etc., their determination in each game to show the maximum, and above all, on the human side. Presence of their wives and children added a special flavor, as well as respect for sportsmen from other countries, since today there are not easy opponents. Probably the most interesting was exceptionally warm reception of Croatian players not only in their homeland, but also wroldwide. On the photo Luka Modrić with his beautiful wife Vanja Bosnić.

Renata Novoselec author of a new violin methodology for teaching deaf
Renata Novoselec, Zagreb, Croatia, is an author of a new methodology of learning how to play the violin. In addition to the developmental component, the project has therapeutic goals. It is focused on deaf people, and also on those with physical and mental disabilities. It is available for anyone who wants to learn how to play the violin, but hasn't had any formal musical education yet. According to Thomas Sanderling, world's famous German conductor, 'It is revolution in world of music and in world of deaf people.'

Silver medal of diamond glitter for Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup final with golden France

Croatia celebrates on of the greatest successes in its sports history - the second place at the FIFA World Cup Tournament in Moscow. We mention the deserving players: Mandžukić, Rebić, Modrić, Perišić, Rakitić, Brozović, Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Strinić, and the deserving coach Dalić. We believe that the Croatian team has shown the most attractive football play during the World Cup tournament. It is no surprise that Luka Modrić (on the photo) has won the prestigious Golden Ball - Balon d'or. Luka Modrić shares his second name with Professor Paul L. Modrich, USA, 2015 Nobel prize winner Chemistry, who has Croatian roots. We also add a lovely story about the most famous photographer at the moment, thanks to the goal od Croatia.

Dragutin Surbek 1946-2018 legendary Croatian table tennis warrior
Dragutin Šurbek, nicknamed Šurba in Croatia, and Surbeka in China, has won hundreds of table tennis tournaments, from Tokyo and Beijing to Zagreb (37 medals from European and world championships!). In China he was treated as table tennis God. He has founded a very nice Table Tennis Academy in the city of Zagreb, bearing his name. In 1992, during the Olympic Games in Barcelona, he was the oldest sprtsman, than at the age of 46.

Croatia and France in the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow
This is the greatest succes of Croatian football in history, surpassing the third place of Croatian soccer team in 1998 during the FIFA World Cup in France. We recall the names of Davor Šuker, Zvonimir Boban and Slaven Bilić from 1998, and the names of Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić and Dejan Lovren in 2018. Before arriving to the final match, Croatian won in matches with very strong teams: England, Russian Federation, Denmark, Argentina and Nigeria. Furthermore, we indicate in this article some very interesting historical and cultural contacts between Croatia and France. On the photo Domagoj Vida immediately after the match with England, with his kids and the kids of Ivan Perišić.

Croatia 2 - 1 England media reports from the FIFA Word Cup semifinals in Moscow 2018
EUROSPORT: What an incredible achievement! Croatia are into their first ever World Cup final as a nation. England just couldn't see the game out. They had chances in the first half, Kane in particular missed a sitter, but you have to admire the way Croatia wrestled back control over the course of the match. "€œFor Croatian football and for Croatia as a country, this is history being written," Coach Zlatko Dalic said. On the photo Dejan Lovren, one of the pillars of Croatian defense. The team is filled with stars from top to bottom, and the teamwork and determination has set this team apart from the rest. Meanwhile, England will face Belgium on Saturday in the third-place match.

Croatia 2 - 1 England at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow
Croatian win in the semifinal match with England at the FIFA World Cup 2018 has shown that the claim that Croatia is a small country is ridiculous. Croatia was for the first time recognized by the Roman Pope already in the 9th century, or more precisely, in 879. Rugjer Bošković (Ruggero Boscovich, on the photo), distinguished Croatian polymath and Jesuit from the 18th century, predicted the existence of nuclear forces almost two centuries before their discovery. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and the greatest acclaim of this scholar came from England and France.

Croatia - England semifinal soccer match at FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow

In 2007, Croatia has won 3 - 2 in a soccer match with England in London at Wembley, in a qualification match for European championships. Due to this win, Russia was placed second in the group, just after Croatia, while England was placed the third. As Slaven Bilić, Croatian coach at that time, explained, the Croatian team was at that time simply better than the English team. How strong various soccer teams are today has been shown by Iceland, by winning in a match with England at EURO 2016. On the photo Dr. Kathy Wilkes, Oxford, distinguished English humanist, who spent very turbulent years 1991 and 1992 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We owe her our eternal gratitude. When she died in 2003, according to her wish she was burried in Croatia.

Croatia 2 (4) - Russian Federation 2 (3) at the FIFA World Cup 2018

Croatia has won in a dramatic soccer match with Russian Federation, which was the host country of the FIFA World Cup Tournament 2018. On the photo Luka Modrić, captain of Croatian team. We indicate several very interesting historical and cultural contacts with Russia. Recall that the Croatian win in a soccer match with England in 2007 enabled Russia to participate at the European Championship in 2008. On that occasion, Russian fans activated a web site called Thank You Croatia! - Spasibo Horvatiya!.

Croatia 1 (3) - 1 (2) Denmark at the FIFA World Cup 2018
Croatia has won in a dramatic soccer match with Denmark to the quarter-finals of the World Coup 2018 tournament. Ejnar Dyggve (1887-1961), distinguished Danish historian and archaeologist (on the photo), is important for his scholarly studies of the history of the southern parts of Croatia, in particular of the region of Split. A well known cartoon movie figure Professor Balthazar is very popular in Scandinavia, including Denmar. We also mention Karin Michaelis, who wrote an article in Danish about Croatian politician and martyr Stjepan Radić, who was assassinated in the Belgrade Parliament in 1928.

Ivana Marija Vidovic performed in Amsterdam in June 2018
In June 2018, the Dubrovnik pianist Ivana Marija Vidović performed again in Amsterdam as part of the concert season of the Pianola Museum in the heart of a fairy-tale city with 1500 bridges! The successful concert celebrated the great French composer Claude Debussy on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of the composer, while the young Polish violinist Karina Sosnowska also performed with Vidovic, while the poetry by Ivana Marija Vidović translated into English were beautifully read by Marijke Brekelmans.

Toni Kukoc's Induction Speech to FIBA Hall of Fame
One of the most influential players in European, international and NBA basketball, Toni Kukoc is being honored with induction to the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2017. The 6ft 10in (2.08m) forward left his mark everywhere he played thanks to his exciting style and a leadership quality that resulted in numerous titles at both the club and national team levels. A native of Split, Croatia, he grew up playing at Jugoplastika where he developed his game into one that would inspire generations of players to come. He was a long and lanky point power forward with exceptional court vision and passing skills. He could also run the floor, finish and shoot well from outside.

Luka Krilic: DIJASPORA Kuda idemo? Što možemo učiniti?
Kao pripadnik Dijaspore osjećam dužnost izraziti nekoliko misli o tome da je došlo vrijeme da mi iz Dijaspore pođemo ususret realnosti; moramo se suočiti sa golom istinom i sagledati stvarnost baš onakvom kakva ona jest, jer nalazim da je prijeka potreba i nužnost da pokušamo naći pravilan i dobar smjer koji smo, prema mome iskustvu i saznanjima, odavno izgubili. Ako je Država u krizi moramo priznati da to vrijedi i za nas. Vjerujem da svi jako dobro pamtimo ono što su nas učili o tome da se prvi masovni val iseljavljanja iz Dalmacije dogodio još potkraj XIX stoljeća kao posljedica bolesti vinove loze... Ono što nas nisu učili... jesu Komercijalni ugovori koje je potpisao Beč sa Italijom.

Croatia 2 - 1 Iceland at the FIFA World Cup 2018
On the photo Zlatko Dalić, coach of Croatian national soccer team, which won in a match with Iceland 2 - 1. Zlatko was born in the city of Livno in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and now lives in Croatia. Iceland was among the first countries which diplomatically recognized Croatia, on 19th December 1991. An interesting connection between Croatia and Iceland is the fact that Ivica Kostelić is married with Elin Arnarsdottir from Iceland. In Croatia's capital Zagreb there is a street named after Iceland (Islandska ulica), about 700 m of length.

1139 years since the international recognition of Croatia and 26 years since its diplomatic recognition
In the 9th century, more specifically, in 879 AD, Croatia obtained its first international recognition when Pope John VIII sent his letters to Croatian prince Branimir, in which he blessed him and his Croatian people. Croatia never lost its state continuity, even when it was a part of other empires, kingdoms and states. For example, Croatian Deit (Sabor) is one of the oldest in Europe, and in this sense, Croatia is one of the oldest states in Europe. Its diplomatic recognition was realized in 1992, under dramatic circumstances of Serbian and Montenegrin military aggression on Croatia.

Borna Coric Croatian tennis player stuns Roger Federer at the Halle 2018 Finals in Germany

Borna Coric: This was the most unbeleivable week of my whole life. We provide a video summary of his win against Roger Federer (in the semi-finals he won agains Zverev), as well as an interview with him and a short report about his potential, described among others by Goran Ivanišević. Roger Federer until Borna's win No 1 on the ATP list. Borna Ćorić's coach is Ivan Ljubičić, distinguished former Croatian tennis player.

Sanja Falisevac Croatian sculptress and poet enriching us with her deafblind world
Sanja Falisevac began to portray at the age of 14, when she was already completely blind and deaf. She remembers from her childhood beautiful pictures of snow under sunset and Christmas. Her mother used to play with her by writing letters with her finger on her back, which Sanja easily recognized. She now communicates with the outer world in a similar tactile way, by writing on her palm. Her sculptures reveal her as a born artist, and she is now a member a the Union of Professional Croatian Artists. According to her own description, although being blind and deaf, she sees the outer world very clearly in her mental pictures and communicates by using touch. She is a perfect example for all those who think that their life is difficult.

Croatia 3 - 0 Argentina at the FIFA World Cup held in the Russian Federation 2018
After defeating Nigeria 2 - 0, Croatia achieved sensational 3 - 0 result against a very strong Argentinean team, led by Messi, the best contemporary soccer player. Some of the Croatian players are of world-wide fame, like Luka Modrić (captain), Ivan Rakitić (on the photo), Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Perišić, Dejan Lovren, Mateo Kovačić etc., directed by Zlatko Dalić as a coach. The match took place in Nižni Novgorod in the Russian Federation. The greatest Croatian success at previous FIFA World Cup championships was achieved in 1998, when our national team won the third place, with players such as Davor Šuker, Zvonimir Boban, Slaven Bilić etc., under the baton of Ćiro Blažević.

Mario Juric distinguished Croatian astrophysicist & the leader of the Data Management team for LSST
I'm interested in astronomical 'Big Data'™: developing and applying methods and algorithms that let us use large data sets to answer research questions. Major astronomical surveys of today are routinely collecting hundreds of terabytes of images, creating databases with billions of objects and several billion measurements. Large surveys astronomers are becoming part data scientists. In my research, I go where the data takes me -€” I've worked on topics ranging from asteroids in the Solar System, Galactic structure, to the scale structure of the universe.

Jakov Radovcic distinguished Croatian paleonthologist and an expert in the Neanderthal culture
NEANDERTHALS represent a magical and mystical idea of the prehistoric people of Europe. They are one of the many secrets of the beginning of our species. Who were those people who lived between 30,000 and almost 300,000 years ago? How did 19th century science discover and interpret the finds and what do we know now, at the beginning of the third millennium, about these Stone Age people who used to hunt for rhinoceros in this area 125,000 years ago? If you want to find out the answers to these questions, visit the new KRAPINA NEANDERTHAL MUSEUM, in Krapina, in Croatia! On the photo Jakov Radovčić, the leading Croatian paleonthologist, a discoverer of the Neanderthal jewelry.

Louis Zorich the USA veteran stage actor has died in New York in 2018 at the age of 93
Louis Zorich was born on February 12, 1924 and died on January 30, 2018. He was an American actor. He is perhaps best known to television audiences for his portrayal of Paul Reiser's father, Burt Buchman, on the NBC series Mad About You. He played the role from 1993 to 1999. Zorich was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Croatian immigrants Anna (nee Gledi) and Christ Zorich. He was  Broadway veteran and the husband of Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis, he also starred on TV's 'Brooklyn Bridge.'

Stjepan Radic 1871-1928 a great Croatian politician, humanist and martyr
In 2018 we commemorate a tragic death of Stjepan Radić, one of the greatest Croatian politicians and humanists in history (on the photo with his grandchildren), assassinated in 1928 in the Belgrade Parliament. We provide an articl written by Dr. Ante Cuvalo, an information about a new street in the Prague bearing his name (and his wife Marija was a Czech schoolteacher), as well as an article about him written by a Danish writer Karin Michaelis, who used to know his family in person. We conclude the article with a very interesting article of Stjepan Radić about the Russian Branch of the noble Croatian family of Jelačić.

Alojzije Prosoli organizing 16th Dvigrad Festival of Early Music in June and July 2018
Participating the 16th International Dvigrad Festival of Early Music are Ensemble Dialogos with Katarina Livljanić (Fr), Ensemble Antonima Frottolisti (It), Ensemble Lucidarium (It), Centotrecento Ensemble (It), Elena Roce, soprano, and Ema Stein, Renaissance lute, Ensemble Responsorium (Hr), Capella Sanctae Sophiae (Hr). The Festival is organized under the auspices of Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, president of the Republic of Croatia. Alojzije Prosoli is the founder and director of the International Dvigrad Festival of Early Music, as well as of the Musica Sacra (Sveta glazba) association in Zagreb. The town of Dvigrad is placed in Istrian peninsula on the SW of Croatia, not far from the city of Pula.

Nenad Bach: Life is busy and exciting, only the time is missing, yet Time is all we have
The website for World Peace in 1 Hour has officially launched. You can visit it at wp1h.org and learn how you can help in our goal of achieing world peace in one hour. On 4th May, 2018, Nenad visited the International Table Tennis Federation in Sweden and presented the Ping Pong Parkinson project, an initiative of which he is the founder having recently organized a tournament at the Westchester Club in New York for those who suffer from the illness.

Nenad Bach interview - Glazba je jezik duse
Od svih hrvatskih umjetnika čija su imena postala poznata još početkom Domovinskog rata svakako je najpoznatije ime Nenada Bacha, rođena Zagrepčanina, odrasla i školovana u Rijeci. Bach je nadaleko poznat je po svojoj pjesmi Can We Go Higher?, koja se izvodila širom svijeta i upoznala tada taj svijet s ratom u Hrvatskoj i Bosni i Hercegovini. Nenad Bach surađivao je s brojnim umjetnicima kao što su Luciano Pavarotti, Bono iz U2, Brian Eno, Garth Hudson & Rick Danko (The Band), Vince Welnick (Grateful Dead), John Malkovich, Ellen Burstyn, Martin Sheen, Michael York, i brojni drugi. Prenosimo intervju koji je s njima za Vijenac obavila Gloria Fabijanić Jelović.

2019 Heritage, History and Cultures of Croatia Hosted by Robert Jerin
We invite you to join noted genealogist, Robert Jerin, for this custom designed exploration of beautiful Croatia. We'€™ll have a chance to meet with local villagers as well as professionals working in the field of genealogy. We will learn why the gem we call Croatia has been sought after (or coveted) over the centuries. We'€™ll explore the rugged landscape as we work our way north along the Dalmatian coastline. We'€™ll visit towns with thousands of years of history, and port cities that pre-date Roman history. Tour dates are May 9-22, 2019.

Miro Gavran to have premieres in Cuba, the Netherlands, Romania, Macedonia and Kosovo, May & June 2018

Miro Gavran: "It is a great pleasure to have five foreign premieres in such different cultures in short period of time. I am very happy to have my first premiere in Cuba which I can thank Zeljka Lovrencic. I am also happy to have another Dutch premiere after 30 years which wouldn't be possible without the help from Sanja Kregar who published several books of my prose in Amsterdam in last few years. Premieres in Romania, Macedonia and Kosovo and extension of successful cooperation so far. ..." With these performances Miro Gavran confirmed that he is the most performed Croatian writer in Croatia and abroad. His work has been translated into 40 languages.

Zvonimir Mihanovic distinguished Croatian hyper-realistic painter living in the city of Split
After completing his elementary and high school education in Split, Croatia Mihanovic went to Paris in 1971 to study at the L'Ecole des beaux-arts. Major galleries in the United States promote his art and organizing exhibitions, including galleries in New York, Chicago, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, and Aspen. He is represented by Mihanovic International of Aspen, Colorado, USA. Mihanovic's distinctive style of painting, recognized by art critics as a particular expression of contemporary hyper-realism, places him among the most sought after and in-demand artists in the world today. As a colorist, he is creative and unsurpassed, capturing not only detail but exact and precise colors.

Danica Kragic professor of robotics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
Danica Kragic is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and founding member of the Young Academy of Sweden.

Ivana Marija Vidovic translated into Croatian the verses written in 1876 in honor of Franjo Krezma in Verona
In 1876, young Croatian violinist Franjo Krežma (on the photo), then at the age of 14, had a series of three consecutive concerts at the Ristori Theatre in Verona, on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th December. The concerts have been announced by beautiful verses written by anonymous Italian author G.D. The verses have been translated into Croatian in 2018 by Ivana Marija Vidović, distinguished Croatian pianist, poetesse and writer. Franjo Krežma was a violin prodigy: he earned his diploma at the Conservatory of Vienna at the age of 13! He died very young, at the age of 19.

When you want to lift your spirits sky high, come to Croatia!
Visit the city where Marin Čilić found his love! Visit and discover Mario Mandžukić's Slavonia and its tremendous food and wine. Visit the National Parks approved by Ivan Rakitic. See a concert in Pula's Arena -€“ approved by the 2CELLOS. Visit the birth town of Luka Modrić (on the photo). Hit the basket on Dražen Petrović'€™s court like Dario Šarić. See one of the most beautiful Croatian buildings in the birth town of Dario Šarić. Visit one of the sunniest coast lines in Euope and find out who is the biggest Croatian musician in Croatia and it's not Maksim Mrvica.

Goran Koncar distinguished Croatian violinist
Goran Končar started his international soloist career in 1982, undertaking guest tours in most European countries, the USA, Japan and Israel. In the period from 1984 to 1994 he was concert master of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Croatian Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic. He also performed in many concerts with eminent orchestras and conductors throughout the world. He is the recipient of the Music Life award in Moscow (1980) for the performance of the Concerto for the Violin and Orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich, the first prize at the International Competition in Bratislava (1984) and other top acknowledgments.

Ana Vidovic playing extremely demanding Grande Ouverture Op. 61 by Mauro Giuliani
Ana Vidović, distinguished Croatian guitarist, continues to surprise us with a variety and quality of her classical guitar interpretations of famous composers. We provide a small collection of videos describing her unprecedented success throughtout the world, ranking her among the best contemporary classical guitar musicians. She was born in the city of Karlovac in Croatia, and completed the study of classical guitar at the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb, which she inscribed at the age of 13! We also provide an interesting interview with Ana conducted by Benjamin Verdery.

Ratimir Mocnaj 1935-2018 deserving member of AMCA Quebec and of the CROWN family passed away
Born and educated in Zagreb, Croatia, Ratimir Mocnaj enjoyed a long and successful career as a chemical engineer first in Germany, and then his second home, Canada. He was a deserving member of the AMCA Quebec (AMCA = Almae Matris Croaticae Alumni) in Canada, as well as of the CROWN (Croatian World Network), where he served as a moderator of the Croatian World Calendar web iste, initiated by Nenad Bach. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Ana, children, Mark (Maa), Christine (Sylvain), granddaughter Sophie, his step-granddaughter Elisabeth (Anthony), and many friends and extended family.

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