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Croatian Post successfully made its first drone delivery in Feb 2020
The drone flew autonomously, from the Zadar port of Gaženica to Preko on the island of Ugljan at a speed of 35 km/h, for about 12 minutes. This flight is a part of a pilot project with the Croatian company AIR-RMLD which develops commercial and industrial services using drones. Drones have already proved their usefulness in crisis situations, for example, when medicine or antidotes needed to be delivered in hard to reach areas. On the photo, the city of Dubrovnik seen by a drone.

Akiane Kramarik spirituality of painting

Akiane Kramarik: "...Realizing that nobody, except for my mother, cherished my work, I became more and more disillusioned. One time I threw my painting in the rain outside. And as it was landing into the puddle someone caught it. Just in time. It was my mother. Out of breath she shared something, 'Last night I had a strange dream. I saw thousands of people waiting for your art. The line stretched all the way to the horizon.' " At the age of 4 she started dreaming about God, indicating that God inspired her to start painting and writing poetry about Him. She has dedicated her life to God and is focused on making the world a better place.

Nikola Tesla's schooling in Croatia lecture at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Paris 2020
AMCA-Paris (association of former students of Croatian universities, living in Paris), organized a lecture delivered at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Paris, dealing with the schooling of Nikola Tesla in Croatia during his formative years (from his 14th to 17 year). His most important professor from that period is Martin Sekulić, for who Tesla writes to be an ingenious man who enthused him for electricity. On the amusing photo from 1941 we can see Nikola Tesla (on the right, two years before his death) with Croatian-American boxer Fritzie Zivic, then the welter weight champion of the world. This is the only known photo on which Nikola Tesla smiles.

Croatia's silver medal at 2020 European Handball Championship big success
Croatian handball team has an amazing continuity of top results at European and World championships in the past decades. Congratulations to our team: Domagoj Duvnjak (on the photo, one of the best players today), Zlatko Horvat, Igor Karačić, Luka Cindrić, Željko Musa, Luka Stepanović, etc., under the baton of Lino Červar. Mr. Červar is the most successful coach in the history of Croatian handball. He guided our team to World Championship gold in 2003 and the Olympic title in 2005.

Ante Glibota's speech at the Symposium on Art organized in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna 2020
Ante Glibota: "I am delighted with this happy initiative coming from our friend Prof. Zhang Xiaolong, Vice President of National Academy of Art of China from Beijing, who is also an excellent artist and thinker, to organize in the heart of Central Europe, in Vienna, which was and always remains one of the essential centers of the great artistic, scientific and philosopher's adventure of European civilization, this meeting between historians, artists and thinkers to briefly exchange ideas and reflections on the art and thought of these two major civilizations that are the millennial Chinese civilization and ours, European."

Nikola Tesla's schooling in Croatia and his professor of physics Martin Sekulic
Here is Tesla's description of Martin Sekulić, his professor of Physics at the Higher Real School in Rakovac (near the city of Karlovac in Croatia, when Tesla was at the age of 14-17): I had become intensely interested in electricity under the stimulating influence of my Professor of Physics, who was an ingenious man and often demonstrated the principles by apparatus of his own invention... It is impossible for me to convey an adequate idea of the intensity of feeling I experienced in witnessing his exhibitions of these mysterious phenomena. Every impression produced a thousand echoes in my mind... Source: Electrical Experimenter, New York, April 1919. Nikola Tesla's live portrait by Croatian painter Ivan Benković, is on the left, shown for the first time to broad public.

Golden formula of Croatian language "ČA - KAJ - ŠTO"

The golden formula of the Croatian language "ČA - KAJ - ŠTO" is a Croatian intangible cultural asset listed on the List of Intangible Cultural Property of the Republic of Croatia in November 2019. The author, Dr Drago Štambuk, is proponent and author of the concept of preservation of knowledge and practices provided by the close connection of Croatian language. We also announce the Scientific Conference on Computer Linguistics and the Golden Formula of the Croatian Language, to be held on May 22 to 23, 2020 in the city of Osijek. On the photo is the Petris Glagolitic Miscellany from 1468, written in all three Croatian dialects: čakavian, kajkavian and štokavian.

Miro Gavran Croatian writer translated in Paris and Hong Kong 2020
Miro Gavran is the greatest contemporary Croatian playwright, translated to as many as 40 languages worldwide. Miro Gavran: 'The Paris edition of my drama is a continuation of my rich cooperation with French translators, I had five premiers in Paris, and I also had seven books published in that extraordinary city. Regarding the Chinese publication of my comedy The Doll, I see it as a great acknowledgement to my theatre writing. So far only my novel How We Broke Our Legs was published in Beijing, and now they can finally get to know me as a dramatist."

Yoko Nishii between the Dobro Restaurant in Tokyo and Tokamachi
By the end of 2019, distinguished Japanese pianist Yoko Nishii has visited the city of Tokamachi, which is the seat of "Croatia - Japan Friendship House", completed in 2012. Except for having the purpose of cultural center, it also serves for preparations of Croatian sportsmen for the forthcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games to be organized in Tokyo. Yoko Nishii has visited Tokamach for completing the material for her newest CD, which will contain pianistic works of Rachmaninov. She was surround by a small team of professionals, because everything had to be registered under the best acoustic conditions.

Cross-cultural negotiations course in Croatia initiated by the University of Michigan and ZSEM
Apply for the unique experience in Croatia! Learn how to win arguments and negotiate from the University of Michigan professor. Includes many cultural and educational activities in Croatia: visits of coastal cities of Split and Omiš, boat trip to the island of Brač, visit to one of Croatian wineries, as well as three company visits. Organized in cooperation with the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM). On the photo Zlatni rat (Golden Cape) on the island of Brač, which is without any doubty the most beautiful cape in the world.

Ivanka Bubalo i njezina bijela kosuljica jos bdiju nad Bosnom
Ivanka Bubalo je poput ostalih Plehančana protjerana s Plehana, ali se ona nikad nije rastala, ni svojim umom ni srcem odvojila ni od Plehana, ni od Plehančana. Susreti s Ivankom bili su bogatstvo. Opredijeljena za trajne vrijednosti, bila je pravi prijatelj, u svakom, baš svakom našla je bar zrnce dobra. Krhka izgledom, snažna duha, spremna svakom i uvijek pomoći... Provela je i pomagala mnoge humanitarne aktivnosti, poticala na povratak prognanika kućama, tješila, hrabrila, pa je nisu bez razloga zvali Majkom Terezom Posavljaka. Mario Essert nam je poslao svoj članak objavljen u časopisu Prsten.

Nenad Bach Searching for Boredom 2019
Triumphant 2019 ITTF Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships, which included 62 players, 12 countries, and 130 participants. A triumph of spirit. We play for history and the 10 million who could not play. Lots of traveling, flying around the globe, as the leitmotif of the year was Ping Pong Parkinson, music and sport as the challenge of living and working with Parkinson. I feel grateful and thankful to so many friends and acquaintances who help me along the way. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New 20, Happy Holidays. World Peace in One Hour, but most of all - Peace on Earth. Let's achieve this sooner rather than later. We have everything we need, right now. Yours, Nenad Bach

Ante Sardelic Kraljevic and the Vukovar Gong of World Peace donated by Indonesia in 2019
The Gong of World Peace, donated by the Republic of Indonesia, was officially unveiled in the city of Vukovar on September 22nd, 2019, by H.E. Mr. Dyujoto Suntani, president of the World Peace Council, and Mr. Ivan Penava, mayor of the city of Vukovar, on the photo. It was placed in a local park, which was decorated by the works of art of distinguished Croatian artist Mr. Ante Sardelić Kraljević, living in Canada. The decorations include messages written in Croatian Glagolitic Script. In the cultural program, a group of Kumpanija Dancers participated, originating from the town of Blato on the Croatian island of Korčula, in which Mr. Sardelić was born.

Kristian Krekovic connecting India and Croatia via his 1936 portrait of Mahatma Gandhi
Distinguished Croatian painter Kristian Kreković (1901-1985) portrayed Mahatma Gandhi in his atelier in Paris in 1936, while Gandhi was meditating there. The portrait is kept in the Gallery of Kreković (Museu Kreković) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Two panneaus containing Ghandi's portrait have been presented in Dec 2019 to the Embassy of India in Zagreb and to the Croatian - Indian Society. This was a gift of the Society of the Friends of the Glagolitic Script, and the solemn event took place in the Napredak hall in Zagreb, during the intercofessional Christmas meeting organized by the Croatian - Indian Society, directed by Mr Joginder Singh Nijjar.

Ivana Marija Vidovic member of the jury of the International Music Competition in Kaunas, Lithuania 2019

It was a great honour for the Dubrovnik pianist and poet Ivana Marija Vidovic to be in the jury presidency for all five categories in the piano section from age 5 to 23. The jury of the Piano section was composed by maestra Ivana Marija Vidovic (on the photo with H.E. Mr. Krešimir Kedmenec, ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Lithuania), professor Otto Niederdorfer, Austria, and director of the Kaunas Philharmonic Orchestra, maestro Justinas Kre—pšta. Ivana Marija Vidović also had the additional honour of addressing on behalf of the jury the numerous audience of the crowded Kaunas Philhramonic Hall during the final concert, awarding of all this year's awards and this year's Grand prix.

Nikola Tesla's autobiography "My Inventions" published by Electrical Experimenter in 1919

With this article, we mark the centennial of Nikola Tesla's autobiography "My Inventions" in the USA. Nikola Tesla wrote that at the age of 14, "My studies were continued at the Higher Real Gymnasium in Carlstadt, Croatia ,... I had become intensely interested in electricity under the stimulating influence of my Professor of Physics, who was an ingenious man and often demonstrated the principles by apparatus of his own invention." The name of his professor was Martin Sekulić, who was not only a high school teacher, but also an active scientist. During Tesla's schooling in Carlstadt (now Karlovac), Sekulić became an associate memeber of JAZU in Zagreb (now Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts), in the department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Klasya Modrusan and Eva Kirchmayer Bilic Croatian musicians performing in Yerevan Armenia in 2019

Klasja Modrušan (voice) and Eva Kirchmayer Bilić (piano and organ), Croatian classical musicians, had two concerts in Yerevan, capital of Armenia, in December 2019. They performed the works of Croatian composers for voice, piano and organ, and delivered a short lecture dealing with Croatian history, art and music, with emphasis on vocal music. The concerts took place in the Hall of Conservatorium Komitas (for piano) and in the Chamber Hall (for organ).

Mary's Meals - a fruit of Medjugorje initated by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow of Scotland
In 1992, the MacFarlane-Barrow family from Scotland, launched an appeal to help the people of war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina. Mary's Meals is today reaching more than one million children across four continents. Those involved in the first Mary's Meals projects were all people whose lives had been changed by pilgrimages to Medjugorje. They chose, therefore, to name the organisation in honour of Mary, the mother of Jesus. They consist of, respect and reach out to people of all faiths and none. Mary's Meals are celebrating its 10th anniversary in Croatia, 2009-2019.

Sandra Wigh Hrascanec reviving Croatian composer and benefactor Luisa Erdoedy Lios born in Vienna
U Velikoj koncertnoj dvorani Hrvatskog narodnog kazališta u Varaždinu, 30. studenoga 2019. održala se grandiozna Glazbeno-dramska večer "Lujzina košarica", posvećena životu i stvaralaštvu Luise Erdoedy-Lios, na kojoj je nastupila mezzosopranistica Sandra Wigh Hrašćanec, koja živi i djeluje u Beču. Grofica Lujza, naime Luisa Erdoedy Lios (1853-1924), rođena je u Beču i nakon smrti svog prvog supruga, udala se za hrvatskog grofa Rudolfa Erdoedya, gdje je provela dio svog života u njegovom dvorcu u Novom Marofu blizu Zagreba (na slici).

Ivana Marija Vidovic, Vesna Miletic and Diana Hilje honoring August Senoa
Ivana Marija Vidović, Vesna Miletić (on the photo, right and left) and Diana Hilje, Dubrovnik ladies - musicians, honored Croatian writer August Šenoa (19th ct), by organizing a very interesting program dedicated to Cvijeta Zuzoric, a famous Dubrovnik beauty and poetesse (16/17th ct). The program took place in the Šenoa House in Zagreb. August Šenoa wrote a beautiful article about Cvijeta Zuzorić. The program included classical music, as well as poetry of Ivana Marija Vidović, which she recited in Croatian and Italian languages.

Ode to Joy – Wilco’s studio album directed, edited and filmed by Zoran Orlic
The trek will kick off March 9th at the Sylvee in Madison, Wisconsin, with the rest of the dates scheduled up and down the West Coast. The run wraps April 5th with a gig at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Along with announcing the North American tour, Wilco shared a new video for Ode to Joy track Before Us. The black-and-white clip was directed by Zoran Orlic at the Loft in Chicago and filmed during the sessions for the band's most recent album. Zoran Orlic is a Croatian-born photographer whose connection to music has fueled a keen ability to capture emotion. His photos have appeared in numerous magazines, articles, books, and albums.

ITTF Parkinson's World Championships sucessful debut in 2019

Twelve countries participated at the First ITTF Ping Pong Parkinson Competition, organized in New York, October 11-13 2019: Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, USA. A few countries announced that they will start to organize their national competitions. Congratulations to the organizeras of the competition, and in particular to the idea and intiative of Nenad Bach (on the photo). €œThe idea behind this Championship is to help as many people around the world as possible to continue living with Parkinson's Disease and to be happy, productive members of the society. We are also engaging the scientific community to look deeper into the health benefits of table tennis.

Daniel Gajski electronic design automation scientist earns Test-of-Time Recognition 2019
Daniel Gajski is an influential electronic design automation scientist with more than 40 years of intensive engagement in industry and academia. He is considered among the founding fathers of new electronic design methods that reach toward higher levels of abstractions and their relationship to system architectures, and is a leader in establishing the fields of silicon compilation, high-level synthesis and system-level design. Gajski is originally from Croatia where he earned his undergraduate and master'€™s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Zagreb. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania for his doctorate in computer and information sciences.

Ivana Marija Vidovic and Vesna Miletic had a piano concert in Krakow, Poland, 2019
The Piano duo Fantasia, Vidović and Miletić performed at the XIth International Royal Piano Festival in Krakow in the Hall of the Cultural Centrum Dworek Bialopradnicki. The piano duo Fantasy performed splendidly works by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Debussy. The evening began with Andante from Luka Sorkočević's 3rd symphony. Croatian most famous woman composer Dora Pejačević, whose piano works were arranged exclusively for this duo by Dubrovnik musician Nena Ćorak, shone in the end.

Professor Davor Pavuna, distinguished Croatian physicist, speaks about Artificial Intelligence
In his very interesting lecture delivered at the University of Osijek, professor Davor Pavuna, Croatian physicist living in Switzerland, describes global trends in the development of Artifical Intelligence. We also provide an interview with Professor Pavuna, published in Croatia by Matematičko-fizički list. Born in 1952 in the city of Koprivnica, he studied Physics at the University of Zagreb, and is since 1988 employed at the presitigious Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL), where now he holds the position of Professor Emeritus.

New Book: "Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me" by Catherine Capphahn
American-born Catherine knows little of her Croatian mother's early life. When Marijana dies of ovarian cancer, twenty-two-year-old Catherine finds herself cut off from the past she never really knew. As Catherine searches for clues to her mother's elusive history, she discovers that Marijana was orphaned during WWII, nearly died as a teenager, and escaped from Communist Yugoslavia to Rome, and then South America. Through travel and memory, history and imagination, Catherine resurrects the relatives she's never known.

Yoko Nishii's concert in Porec promoting Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Croatian Olympic Committee
Poreč je 13. i 14. rujna 2019. ugostio kampanju Hrvatskog olimpijskog odbora i zemlju domaćina idućih ljetnih Olimpijskih igara - Japan, odnosno glavnog grada domaćina Tokija u cilju da širu javnost upozna s hrvatskim natjecateljima kao i gradom domaćinom na Olimpijadi. U petak 13. rujna 2019. u kazališnoj dvorani Pučkog otvorenog učilišta Poreč japanska pijanistica Yoko Niishi održala je koncert, u kojem izvela odabrana djela hrvatske skladateljice Dore Pejačević, Franza Liszta i Sergeia Rachmaninoffa.

Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat directed by Ivana Marija Vidovic 10th – 22nd September 2019
Programme: Clara Schumann / A life for the music (on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of her birth), Magics of the Italian Opera, Let's meet Wagner, Norah Wanton - piano, guitar and voice (Spain), The Magic Fiddle - Miron Peku (Albania), Piano duo Fantasia - Ivana Marija Vidović (on the photo) & Vesna Miletić (Croatia), Rembrandt the great - Lecture by Marijke Brekelmans (Holland),... closing gala concert CAMERATA EPIDAURUS Croazzolla Concertante (Croatia) Ferdinando Redavid clarinet (Italy) & Frano Kakarigi kontrabas double bass (Spain) & Ivana Marija Vidović piano (Croatia).

Kraljevski vinogradi / Royal Vineyards near Zadar producing some of the best Croatian wines
Top quality grapes from the stone vineyards and excellent taste of wines are the results of a special microclimate, its position by the sea and a full day of direct sun exposure, on average 2600 hours per year. This microclimate allows high-quality grape-growing that is extract and healthy for the production of white and red varieties. Bura acts as a fan that ventilates the grapes in the bedrock base, and at night cold air from Velebit, which descends towards the sea gives pleasure to create the most powerful extract. The director of the Royal Vineyards (Kraljevski vinogradi) is Zoran Pantalon.

The 2019 ITTF Parkinson's Table Tennis Championships will be held on October 11-13, 2019
The first international table tennis championship for people suffering from Parkinson's Disease (PwP) under the auspices of the International Table Tennis Federation will be held at a state-of-the-art facility, Westchester Table Tennis Center, in Pleasantville, New York on October 11-13, 2019. (The ITTF is the governing body for all national table tennis associations, of which 226 members represent practically every country and every continent of the world.) Ping Pong Parkinson (3P), our 501c group which meets weekly, is pleased and proud to be a co-sponsor of this tournament especially, since up to now, PwP's have been chiefly bypassed and disqualified from entering para-table tennis events, including the Paralympic Games.

Radoslav Katicic 1930-2019 distinguished Croatian linguist in Vienna
Professor Radoslav Katičić was born in Croatia's capital Zagreb in 1930, where he studied philology and earned his PhD. During the period of 1960-61 he was a stipendist of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Tuebingen. After the return to the University of Zagreb, he became a docent on Indo-European and general linguistics. Soon after, he served as a head of the newly formed Department for General Linguistics and Oriental Studies. In 1966 he became associate, and in 1973 full professor. Beside general and Indo-European linguistics, he also taught Old Iranian and Old Indic philology. In 1977 he became full professor of Slavic philology at the University of Vienna, Austria.

Miro Gavran Croatian playwright has nine premieres in nine countries during two months of 2019
Miro Gavran is the greatest contemporary Croatian playwright. His plays have been translated into as many as 41 languages worldwide. During the following two months, from the end of August till October 2019, nine of his plays will be shown in nine countries: Germany, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Nigeria, in his native Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and in Czechia. About 1000 actors in Croatia and thoughout the world participated in his plays. He had about 1300 public literary appearances in Croatia and worldwide. He is a honorable member of the Russian Literary Society in Moscow.

Ivana Vidovic - Vesna Miletic Croatian pianist duo in Trento in Italy 2019
U organizaciji festivala klasične glazbe Piano piu piano iz Trenta dubrovačke pijanistice Ivana Marija Vidović i Vesna Miletić održale su prošlog tjedna koncert za pamćenje. Održan u prekrasnom srednjovjekovnom gradu Cavalese podno impresivnih Dolomita, pobudio je odličan odaziv educirane, probrane i zainteresirane publike koja je sve pažljivo pratila te izmamila i dva dodatka. Na programu su bila zastupljena djela Mendelssohna, Schuberta, Debussyija, Faurea a nadasve ih je raznježio Andante iz 3. simfonije Luke Sorkočevića.

Ping Pong Parkinson launched by Nenad Bach
We provide PPP (Ping Pong Parkinson) links related to numerous activities of Nenad Bach in order to launch the PPP International competition. The first such competition was organized in New York in 2019. This was an impetus not only for international PPP competitions, but also for founding national PPP competitions. Congratulations to Nenad for his forisghtedness and perserverance. The competition will for sure become a part of Paraolympic Games in the near future. Some countries have already decided to include PPP into their national sports prgrams.

Stipe Miocic winner of the UFC heavyweight boxing title in 2019

Stipe Miocic is a Croatian American mixed martial artist and firefighter-paramedic. In 2019 he won the title of the UFC champion. UFC is the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he competes in the heavyweight division. This was his fourth win of the UFC title, which is unique achievement the history of this competition. He is now at the age of 37 and his height is 1.93 m. With his wife Ryan Marie he has a daughter Meelah Grace (Meelah = mila in Croatian = dear).

2019 ITTF Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships
One of the tools that is used to fight, slow down or just make the effects of Parkinson's manageable, is the physical activity of playing Ping Ping, also known as Table Tennis. Nenad Bach wrote a song about it, and asked me to direct a video. This is the promo of the upcoming Official video. Love Ping Pong - (If I Had Another Life) Official Promo. October 11th - 13th. We are Ping Pong Parkinson. Mission: To help anyone with Parkinson's Disease through ping pong (primarily) - and to have fun while doing it.

Carmen Verlichak postala je redovitom clanicom Argentinske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti 2019
Spisateljica i novinarka Carmen Vrlhicak Verlichak, MSc, postala je redovitom članicom Argentinske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti, u razredu za komunikacije. Vrljicak je jedina Hrvatica u Argentini koja je član te Akademije. Ceremoniji je u centru grada Buenos Airesa nazočila i veleposlanica Republike Hrvatske u Argentini, gospođa Duška Paravić. CROWN čestita gospođi Carmen Verlichak na članstvu u Argentinskoj akademiji znanosti i umjetnosti.

Nenad Bach promoting his World Peace In One Hour program at MedILS in the city of Split
We want to present this project through four entries: first is art, music primarily, where we want to gather the orchestra with all instruments of the world. Sport is also very important so we plan to set up ping-pong tables at the airports all around the world with "World peace in one hour" and "Ping Pong Parkinson" written on the tables' edges." - Nenad Bach told and emphasized how through gastronomy and fashion we need to spread awareness of ability to achieve world peace as well as awareness of Parkinson's desease. Now, in the era of internet and social networks, it has never been easier.

Nenad Bach in Japan at 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto 2019
Nenad's main reason of traveling around the world is promoting 2019 ITTF Parkinson's World Table Tennis Championships. He has participated at the 5th World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto on June 2019. He reported about his experiences with Ping Pong Parkinson: Testimonial, the diagnosis and activity that prolonged my life. He promoted his ideas of World Peace In One Hour, also in Hiroshima, Nagoya and Tokyo. During his stay in Japan, he met his numerous colleagues and frineds, including Yoko Nishii (pianist, on the photo) and Hayato Iso (environmental architect). Both Yoko Nishii and Hayato Iso left visible traces in the cultural life of Croatia.

Vladimir Paleček Croatian humanist and founder of "Hungry Child" international fund in Croatia 1969
Vladimir Paleček: "A catastrophic earthquake hit Sicily in 1968 in which many men, women, and children lost their lives. Gibellina, Salaparuta, Santa Margarita, and Montevago were wiped off the map. ... When I walked through these places, when I saw hundreds of tents which had to replace warm homes, when I saw children without parents, when I saw children naked, barefooted, and hungry, who crowded around me, I came to the idea of creating a movement which would have one goal - TO HELP CHILDREN." With this article we mark 50 years since founding "Hungry Child", the only humanitarian NGO ever behind the "Iron Curtain".

Kinjo Gakuin high school from Japan visited High School Sesvete in Croatia in 2019
Japanese students and teachers arrived in Zagreb on March, 21st 2019. They were wellcomed by students and teachers from Gimnazija Sesvete at Franjo Tuđman airport. The program consisted of multimedial presentations and workshops which presented Gimnazija Sesvete, Croatian educational system, attractions, beauty and culture of Zagreb and Croatia. Japanese students from Nagoya also presented their school, city and talked about education in Japan. The main purpose of this event was promotion of music as a universal way of connecting people as well as promoting school choir singing.

Marko Mimica distinguished Croatian bass-baritone graduate of the Academy of Music in Zagreb

Marko is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Zagreb, Croatia. He was a participant in the 2011 Salzburg Festival's Young Singers Project, and reached the final of Cardiff Singer of the World in 2013. In 2008 Marko made his professional debut at the Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb. On the concert platform, Marko made his debut at the BBC Proms in 2014 in a performance of Salome conducted by Donald Runnicles. Further appearances have included the Verdi Requiem with the Rundfunk Choir, Berlin and for the Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Creon Oedipus Rex with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in Torino, Modena, Ferrara and in Napoli with the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro San Carlo; etc.

Ana Vidovic's classical guitar recital in Baden-Baden in Germany in 2019
Ana Vidović, distinguished Croatian guitarist living in the USA, had an extremely demanding classical guitar recital in Baden-Baden, Germany, containing masterpieces of Bach, Guiliani, Scarlatti, Tarrega, Mangore, Sor and Albeniz. Ana Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia, and started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer.

Mladen Vranic 1930-2019 a legend in diabetes research

Mladen Vranić eaarn his PhD in medical sciences from the University of Zagreb in 1962, as well as honorary doctorate from the same univeristy in 2011. Mladen Vranic's seminal contributions in a number of areas - glucose metabolism, exercise, hypoglycemia and stress, changed the landscape of diabetes research in Canada and internationally. "In some ways he's been the grandfather of all these outstanding athletes living with diabetes who have excelled -€“ it's an incredible legacy." D. Naylor

Lucija & Dusko Rilov and their Studio Turtula of driftwood paintings

Lucija & Duško Rilov live in the city of Trogir, which has been included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. They are creating beautiful life out of driftwood pieces, found on the seashore along the Croatian coast. Their inspiration are small island towns, which bring them peace and inner balance. Numerous galeries and souvenir shops possess their works of art. Their work is connecting two very different areas: ecology with artistic expression.

Marko Tadic Croatian mathematician delivered a lecture at IHES in Paris in 2018
Marko Tadic, professor of Mathematics at the University of Zagreb and a member of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, delivered a lecture in 2018 at the prestigious IHES (Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques) in Paris. The title of his talk was "Unitarizability in generalised rank three case for classical p-adic groups". Although the lecture is on a highly specialized topic in Mathematics, we invite the reader to listen to at least a part of it. France is one of the strongest mathematical nations in the world.

Nicholas Daddazio's reinvention of Croatian necktie with a pocket for a cellphone

France and Croatia shared a victory celebration together going back to 1648, when Croatia won the Thirty Years' War for France and Louis XIV celebrated with a parade in Paris to honor the Croatian soldiers, who were wearing red cravats, by having Royalty and ordinary Parisians wear similar cravats made by Louis XIV's tailors. France fell in love with the cravat, as well as the other European countries, and thus began the history of the necktie that evolved in design, shape, fabric, and color for more than four hundred years to the present. Daddazio's designs are a re-invention of the necktie with the added feature of a pocket for a cellphone that makes it practical and functional for this new millennium.

Dunja Vejzovic Croatian prima donna

Croatian mezzo-soprano Dunja Vejzović studied at the Zagreb Academy of Music and began her career at the Zagreb National Theatre. She sang in the leading opera houses in Europe and America. Her versatile repertoire includes amongst other roles Venus in Wagners Tannhauser, Eboli in Don Carlo, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Abigaille in Nabucco, Adalgisa in Norma. She sang under conductors as Herbert von Karayan, Lovro von Matacic, Georges Pretes, Lorin Maazel, Carlos Kleiber, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Metha, Giannandrea Gavazzini, Nello Santi, Eugen Jochum and Armin Jordan.

Drago Stambuk odlikovan japanskim Ordenom izlazeceg sunca 2019. g.
Dne 21. svibnja 2019. Vlada Japana je objavila da će odlikovati dr. Dragu Štambuka, bivšeg veleposlanika Republike Hrvatske u Japanu, Ordenom izlazećeg sunca sa zlatnom i srebrnom zvijezdom, a radi njegovog doprinosa jačanju veza i prijateljskih odnosa između Japana i Republike Hrvatske. Kao veleposlanik Republike Hrvatske u Japanu, osim napora uloženih u jačanje veza između dvije zemlje, dr. Štambuk je radio na razmjeni kroz pjesništvo i haiku poeziju doprinoseći time međusobnom razumijevanju Japana i Hrvatske, ali i širenju haiku poezije ne samo u Hrvatskoj nego u cijelom svijetu.

Sandra Wigh Hrascanec Croatian contralto/mezzosoprano singer living in Vienna
Croatian contralto/mezzosoprano has a very unique dramatic voice of enormous beauty, warmth, depth and passion, the kind of voice that not only soothes but makes you shiver. Her concerts are always sensational experiance for audience. As a theatrical and inspiring artist, she has performed in more than 500 solo concerts/performances in different ganres, at festivals, readings, varios functions and presentations, mostly in Austria and Croatia, as well in Japan in both 2008 and 2011 (as a part of the Concert Tour). Since November 2014, she has become regular guest by Wagner Gala Concerts "Peter Svensson and friends" in Vienna.

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