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Drago's Restaurant a part of close-knit Croatian community in New Orleans in the USA
Drago and Klara Cvitanovich opened their restaurant in New Orleans in 1969. They set out to offer delicious seafood and a good time to guests for a reasonable price. At that time, they couldn’t even imagine how many guests would become. Drago’s now has more than 400 employees who help us carry our legacy forward. In the weeks after Katrina tornado, their restaurant gave away more than 75,000 free meals. In March 2017, Nenad Bach visited Tommy Cvitanovich, the son of Drago and Karla, who is currently leading the company.

Dora Pejacevic 1885-1923 the first internationally known Croatian woman composer
Born into an old, noble family, the talented pianist would grow up to become one of the most influential figures in Croatian music. During her short life (she died in childbirth at the age of 38) she composed 57 completed works, including a hefty ouvre for solo piano, sixteen chamber works, and dozens of lieder. But she made her mark with the human voice; Pejačević is credited with bringing orchestral song to Croatian late-Romantic music.

Sead Muhamedagic distinguished Croatian literary translator from German
Sead Ivan Muhamedagić was born in Zagreb in 1954, where lives as a literary translator, journalist and poet. He translates fiction, poems, essays, scholarly texts on literature and music as well as pedagogical texts from German into Croatian, and vice versa. He translates works of German-language authors such as Thomas Berhnhard, Elfriede Jelinek, Annemarie Schimmel, Werner Schwab, Arthur Schnitzler, Peter Turrini, Karl Kraus, Gert Jonke, Klaus Hensel and W.G. Sebald. Despite being blind since his birth, he is working not only in Zagreb, but is also teaching students in Austria, at the Pedagogical College in the city of Graz.

Hrvojka Mihanovic Salopek presenting Croatian Mariological Heritage of the Varazdin Bishopric
Dr. Hrvojka Mihanović-Salopek prepared already her tenth DVD covering various aspects of extremely rich mariological heritage among Croatians. This DVD refers to the Varaždin Bishopric on Croatian north. Numerous baroque churches, lavishly decorated by Ivan Ranger and other Baroque artists, provide a special touch into the architecture of the city of Varaždin and surrounding towns and villages. A special emphasis is placed on the natural beauties of the region, liturgical and folk melodies, as well as on centuries old Croatian literature.

Marin Saric CEO of Optimoroute company in Croatia's capital Zagreb
Marin Šarić: "When people think about logistics, they think about routing, they think about package deliveries, they might think about some ships or freight crossing companies,” he concludes. “But I think what people need really to understand is that we are moving towards this mobile world, where every every year, in every country, there are more and more people who are working on the go, and Optimoroute is in the middle of it all.”

Cedric Villani visited Croatia lecturing at the University of Zagreb about Mathematics and Art
Cedric Villani, distinguished French mathematician, visited Croatia in 2017 (on the photo with Petra Ivatovic, 2nd grade of the XVth Gymnasium in Zagreb). On 3rd April he delivered two lectures, one for high school students in the city of Zagreb, dealing with Math and Bats, and another at the University of Zagreb, dealing with Mathematics and Art. In several of his previous lectures he mentioned the work of Croatian mathematician Danilo Blanuša in the context of achievements of John Nash in the study of isometric embeddings of hyperbolic spaces (important in the relativity theory) into Euclidean spaces. His appearance in Croatia has raised unprecedented interest.

Miro Gavran's seventh Festival in Prague 5-10th April 2017
  The festival was initiated in 2003 at the Theater of Jan Palarik in Trnava, Slovakia, where it ran four times until 2009 before relocating in 2013 to Theater LUDOWY in Krakow, Poland. As of 2016, GavranFest takes place in Prague, Czech Republic. Gavran is the only living writer in Europe who has a theater festival dedicated to him, that continuously operates outside his homeland. His books and plays have been translated from Croatian into as many as 38 languages throughout the world.

Maksim Mrvica and the worldwide echo of Croatian Rhapsody composed by Tonci Huljic
Maksim Mrvica is a distinguished Croatian pianist born in the city of Šibenik on the Adriatic coast. He studied piano at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. One of Maksim's greatest hits is Croatian Rhapsody, composed by Tonči Huljić. It is very popular among numerous musicians throughout the world, especially in Asia, playing not only piano, but some old exotic instruments, for example in China and Indonesia. We also introduce a few of his interesting interviews.

Ana Vidovic in Zagreb on 28th March 2017, in LA on 29th April and in Tokyo on 14th June 2017
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. Ana's reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory where she graduated in 2005. In 2017 she has a series of concerts in Croatia, USA and Japan. In November 2016 she has been interviewed by Lisker Music Foundation, which presented "On a Side Note" - a casual conversation with Ana.

Days of the Croatian Language celebrated 11-17th March each year
Days of the Croatian Language (in Croatian, Dani hrvatskoga jezika) is an annual week-long cultural event established by Matica hrvatska (Matrix Croatica) which celebrates the Croatian language. It is held from March 11 to March 17. It was first organized upon Croatian independence in 1991. In 1997 the Croatian Parliament (Sabor) declared that this week would officially commemorate the Declaration on the Status and Name of the Croatian Standard Language published exactly thirty years earlier, in 1967. We provide an interesting article about Croatian language by Armenian scholar dr. Artur Bagdasarov, living in Moscow, who is an expert in Croatian language and author of a dozen of books and dictionaries.

Rudjer Boskovic distinguished Croatian scientist from 18th ct has a monument in Milano in Italy
Rudjer Boskovic, distinguished Croatian scientist, diplomat and poet (18th ct.), born in the city of Dubrovnik (Ragusa), is the founder of the astronomical observatory in Brera near Milan. Due to this, Ivan Mestrovic's monument of Boskovic has been transported from Croatia to Italy and placed in Milano in 2017. In 1773, a charter granted by Louis XV made Rudjer Boskovic a French subject. With his theory of forces he was a forerunner of modern physics for almost two centuries. He was the discoverer of the principle of determinism, 56 earlier than Pierre-Simon Laplace.

Miro Gavran's novel Forgotten Son published in Tokyo in Japanese
Miro Gavran's novel Zaboravljeni sin (Forgotten Son) has been translated from Croatian into Japanese by Ikuko Yamamoto and published in Tokyo by reputed Kindabungeisha Publishing House. It already had nine Croatian editions, as well as in German, English and Castillian, while in 2002 it has been placed on the IBBY HONOUR LIST in Basle, Switzerland. Miro Gavran is a global phenomenon: his books have been translated into 38 languages worldwide.

Dario Saric the new Philadelphia basketball King
Dario Šarić, born in 1994, is Croatian basketball player playing for Philadelphia 76ers. He had a decisive role in great win against very strong New York Knicks in March 2017. His offensive play is full of wit, good ideas and precision, and in defense he is equally good. He was born in the city of Šibenik, Croatia, as well as legendary basketball player Dražen Petrović. Dario represents the Croatian national basketball team.

Croatia to Play in United States for First Time on May 27, 2017
The Croatian national football team will play for the first time in the United States in May. Croatia will play a friendly against Mexico on 27 May 2017 in Los Angeles at the Memorial Coliseum, the Croatian Football Federation announced. The match, which will kick-off at 16:30 local time, will be the first match in North America for Croatia. The national team have already played in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and South America.

Ping Pong Parkinson Hosted by Westchester Table Tennis Center
The Westchester Table Tennis Center seeks to raise awareness for Parkinson's disease and improve health of those diagnosed by hosting a Parkinson's Night every Wednesday at 7:30 pm, starting on March 1st, as part of the 'Ping Pong Parkinson' campaign. Will Shortz, owner of the center, crossword editor of the New York Times, as well as puzzlemaster for NPR, and Nenad Bach (left), a Croatian American recording artist, composer, performer, producer, and peace activist, are both avid ping pong players. They have joined hands to use ping pong to combat the scourge of Parkinson's disease.

Marko Veselica 1936-2017 Croatian economist and politician passed away - article by Ante Glibota

Marko Veselica was distinguished Croatian economist and legendary human rights activist who spent 11 years in communist prisons in 1970s and 80s. We provide an article of his close colleague and friend Academician Ante Glibota, vicepresident of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and Humanity in Paris, written in Croatian language. We also provide the titles of some of Veselica's relevant books and studies.

Igor Rudan young Croatian scientist a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in Scotland
  Igor Rudan, PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and employed at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, is a joint Director of the Centre for Global Health Research and World Health Organization's (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training at the University of Edinburgh. He serves as a consultant of the WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, Save the Children and other organizations active in global health. He is also one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Health. His main interest is improving the levels of health and development everywhere in the world.

1138 years since the international recognition of Croatia and 25 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 (on the photo is a monument from 9th ct bearing his name). Croatia never lost its state continuity, even when it was a part of other empires, kingdoms and states. For example, Croatian Deit 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. The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Japan organized a nice celebration, in which Yoko Nishii participated with her pianist program that included Croatian and Japanese composers.

Jean Lunt Marinovic has published One Day in May – Bleiburg 1945
The author's mission in 'One Day in May – Bleiburg 1945' is to provide an up-to-date narrative of events known as the 'Bleiburg Tragedy'.  Written in the English language, this 314 page book focuses on the negotiations at the Bleiburg castle, includes maps and photographs, and provides answers to important questions using numerous sources, including British, American and Croatian. The author, Jean Lunt Marinovic, is of British background, has published over 100 articles in the Croatian-Australian media and has been active in the Croatian community since the 1980s.

Croatian Scholarship Fund CSF in Northern California USA organizing Gala Dinner Dance April 29th 2017
For the past 25 years Croatian Scholarship Fund (CSF) has been providing financial assistance to the financially deserving Croatian university students in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Without this assistance, many of these bright young men and women would not be able to obtain university education. This is made possible because individuals, families, and organizations have supported CSF's mission by generous donations or have sponsored one or more students. On the photo Marijana Pavić, president of the CSF. The CSF was established in 1989 in Northern California. On April 29th 2017, it is organizing Gala Dinner Dance in Sacramento, CA, sponsored by the Croatian-American Cultural Center.

Bill Belichick Croatian American, wins 5th Super Bowl with New England Patriots
Congratulations to Croatian Americans Bill Belichick and Rob Ninkovich, and the New England Patriots on their amazing come-from-behind 5th Super Bowl victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Superbowl 51, played in Houston Texas. Belichick has a total of 7 Super Bowl wins including 2 as defensive coordinator with the New York Giants and linebacker Rob Ninkovich has Super Bowl two wins with the Patriots.

Miro Gavran's comedy premiere בעלה של אשתי in Tel Aviv in Israel on Feb 3 2017
Premiere of Miro Gavran's comedy "My Wife's Husband" (בעלה של אשתי) in National Theatre Habima in Tel Aviv, Israel in Hebrew will be on February 3rd, 2017. The director is Roy Segev, the main roles are performed by Ami Smolarchik, Pini Kidron and Shiffi Aloni, scene designer is Zeev Levi, costume designer is Aviah Bash, composer Ben Nun and light design was done by Yogev Mazuz. Miro Gavran's work has been translated into 38 languages and his plays were seen by more than three million theatre viewers.

Vukovar Water Tower Restoration Project Fundraising Report
On September 30, 2016, the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Sounds of Croatia Radio Program in Toronto launched the Vukovar Water Tower Restoration Project Fundraising Campaign. Through the fundraising efforts of the Chamber and the Sounds of Croatia and, thanks to the overwhelming support of the Croatian-Canadian community living primarily in Toronto and surrounding areas in Ontario, we were honoured to present the City of Vukovar with a donation of C$205,000 (approximately 1,100,000 kunas).

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 47 Life is Beautiful, Vukovar, micro:bit
We have seen a lot of change since my last newsletter was published. A new year, new challenges, and the passing of dear friends. March 17, I will be performing with Neno Belan and Olja Desic in Osijek to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Poduzetnik magazine. April 22, I will be in Dubuque for a private performance at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival. On April 28, I will be in Washington, D.C. to give a performance and discuss how to be a catalyst for world peace, for Hrvatska Ura.

Ivan Lackovic Croata distinguished painter inspired Fumiko Yamazaki in Japan
Ivan Lacković Croata is one of the most distinguished representatives of the so called Naive Art. Due to his paintings, Fumiko Yamazaki visited Croatia in 1990s, learned Croatian both spoken and written, and is known for popularizing the art of Lacković Croata in Japan. As we can see, fine art does not know borders. Mrs. Fumiko Yamazaki founded Lacković Art Japan society. In 2012,  the then Croatian Ambassador in Japan, Drago Buvač handed the Certificate of Gratitude to Mrs. Fumiko Yamazaki in recognition of her contribution to the development of the Croatian-Japanese cultural cooperation.

Slaven Bilic distinguished Croatian soccer player manager of West Ham United
We provide an interesting interview with Slaven Bilić, former Croatian soccer player, who described his life and work in Great Britain, as a manager of West Ham United. We recall that Slaven Bilić was the coach of Croatian soccer representation which defeated England at Wembley in 2007, 3:2. Slaven is very open and communicative person, originating from the town of Split, as well as some other top Croatian sportsmen and sportswomen, like Goran Ivanišević, Toni Kukoč and Blanka Vlašić. It is less known that Slaven is a qualified lawyer, fine guitarist and fluent in several languages.

Trio LUR Lucija Petrac, Ursa Vukman and Rea Alaburic from Zagreb to Paris and Moscow in 2016
  During the Advent 2016 Trio LUR, consisting of young Croatian classical musicians Lucija Petrač (flute), Ursa Vukman (organist) and Rea Alaburić (soprano), performed in two churches in Paris - famous church of Saint Madeleine (La place de la Madeleine) and Chapelle des Franciscains (7 Rue Marie Rose) on 16th and 17th of December 2016. Their concerts have been organized by AMCA-Paris society of former students and friends of the University of Zagreb, living in Paris. In March 2016, they also perfomed in the Catholic Cathedral in Moscow.

Dragan Bender new Croatian basketball sensation in Phoenix Suns NBA
Dragan Bender (born November 17, 1997) is a Croatian professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the USA. He stands 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m), 102 kg, and plays the power forward and center positions. Bender represents the Croatian national team. He competed for the Croatian national team at the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Latvia and Lithuania. From 2014-2016 he was playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

BBC micro:bit - Support the STEM revolution in Croatian Schools via Indiegogo
Nenad Bakic (left) a Croatian entrepreneur and investor, is spearheading the largest educational initiative in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field in the Croatian school system via Indiegogo. This initiative aims to deploy Micro:bit technology in Croatian schools to aid in the modernization of the Croatian educational system in order to develop modern competencies, and a growth mindset and a strong character which will give Croatian students an equal footing in the society and economy of the 21st century.

Ivica Zubac new Croatian basketball sensation in Los Angeles Lakers NBA
Ivica Zubac is a 19 years old Croatian basketball player who sucessfully started his international career playing in the NBA for Los Angeles Lakers since 2016. Born in Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he played for young team of Croatian basketball representation. His height is 2.16 m (7.1 feet) and weight 120 kg. Zubac represented the Croatian national team during the U16 European Championships in 2013. In the USA he is nicknamed Zu (i.e., Zoo).

Giovanna Drpic moves to CBS46 in Atlanta
Giovanna Drpic (left) can say she’s from the South and South America. She grew up in Texas, but she was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Giovanna is now proud to call Atlanta home as CBS46’s political reporter. She previously served as host/producer of the Emmy-nominated business show, "Money & Main$treet", on Verizon FiOS1 News Long Island. Giovanna has also been honored by the NY Associated Press Awards, Folio Awards, the Press Club of Long Island and the Garden State Journalism Association.

Zagreb Ski World Cup January 2017

To honour and celebrate the history of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, Organisers of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup races in Zagreb (CRO) have prepared a 165-metre-long ski slope in downtown Zagreb at which former and current World Cup champions raced on 4th January 2017. Eighteen skiing champions, including Croatia's most famous siblings Janica (on the photo) and Ivica Kostelić, have competed in the special event to mark 50 years of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup which started on 5th January 1967 in Berchtesgarden (GER). Other big names joining the celebrations include former and current FIS World Cup champions including the first ever winner of the FIS World Cup, the legendary Jean-Claude Killy, along with Karl Schranz, Annemarie Moser-Proell, Marc Girardelli, Marcel Hirscher, Alberto Tomba, Andreas Wenzel, ...

Mirko Cro Cop knocks out Amir Aliakbari to win grand prix Rizin 2016 in Tokyo
Cro Cop landed a beautiful straight left to drop Aliakbari, the former Greco-Roman wrestling world champion, and followed up with another big left before the referee stepped in to stop the fight. “This is a special one for me, 10 years later after winning Pride grand prix,” Cro Cop said on the microphone afterward. ... “I can’t explain it and I can’t explain how happy and proud I am.” In the semifinals of the grand prix, Cro Cop defeated Baruto early in the first round with a vicious knee to the body from the clinch. The Croatian star defeated Muhammad Lawal in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Claudio Radonich since Dec 2016 Mayor of the city of Punta Arenas in Chile has Croatian roots
Claudio Radonich is since December 2016 a new Mayor of the city of Punta Arenas on the very south of Chile. He belongs to the third generation of Croats born in Chile, and his great-grandparents (Radonich's) are from the town of Starigrad on the island of Hvar. Punta Arenas (as well as many other cities in Chile and in South America) has a very strong Croatian immigrant population, dating already since the 19th century. The city has a Croatian Street, Croatian Firefighting Association, Croatian Women Society, as well as Escuela Croacia (School Croatia), Clinica Croacia, Club Croata Restaurant, and a nice monument dedicated to Croatian Coat of Arms (3 m of height).

Surf'n'Fries Croatian franchise products in Moscow announcing at least 100 outlets in Russia
The most successful franchise from Croatia, that was launched in 2009 by Andrija Čolak (on the photo) and Denis Polić from the city of Rijeka, is now set to expand its business into Dubai, China, Russia, the United States etc. Their master franchisor has big expectations and announces at least 100 Surf'n'Fries outlets in Russia. This Croatian franchise is now ready to conquer some of the biggest world markets. Хотите попробовать картофель фри от Surf'n'Fries? Приезжайте в Шереметьево, а потом как можно быстрее в Хорватию.

Ivan Rakitić's launches Scorrers app to connect fans and celebrities
Loyal fans will know how annoying it is to apply for every competition and giveaway going, only to be pipped at the post by someone more web-savvy or quicker off the mark. Now entrepreneurial FC Barcelona footballer Ivan Rakitić (left) has gone to extreme lengths to stop his fans missing out - creating a new mobile app and business that he says will shake up the celebrity giveaway market. His start-up, Scorrers, aims to connect sports stars, musicians and other celebrities with their fans by giving away prizes and memorabilia in a fair, free and convenient way.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017 messages from the village of Samarica
Samarica is a lonely village near the mount of Moslavačka gora East of the city of Zagreb. We present its traditional Christmas carols and customs. We also enclose a Christmas message written by rev. Nikola Radić from the largest Croatian island of Krk, as well as two very nice Catholic calendars (the general one and the one representing the island of Krk) created by him in 2016. Rev. Radić is at the age of 80 and he is one day older than Pope Francis.

Zrinski's in Vienna with emphasis on Nikola Subic Zrinski of Siget + 1566
The defense of Siget by Nikola Šubić Zrinski (on the photo) in 1566 entered all the annals of European history in the 16th century. With his 2500 brave soldiers, mostly Croats, he was defending the fortress of Siget in southern Hungary against 90,000 Turks. Cardinal Richelieu, a famous French minister at the court of King Lui XIII, wrote the following: A miracle was necessary for the Habsburg Empire to survive. And the miracle happened in Sziget. Ivan Zajc has composed the opera Nikola Šubić Zrinski in 1876, which is very popular in Japan, especially its tune "U boj, u boj!". Zrinski's helmet and sward, kept in Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, have been shown in Croatia in the city of Čakovec in September 2016.

Marinko Marco Radakovic to appear in the film "Patriot's Day"
Marinko Marco Radakovic (left) will appear in the film “Patriot’s Day” directed by Peter Berg, and is about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent terrorist manhunt led by Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Dawhich. This visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and the strength of the people of Boston. Radakovic will be playing a Boston police officer.

Tom Begich, Croatian American is New State Senator in Alaska
Tom Begich (left), Croatian American from Alaska, has been elected to the State Senate there and won in the Anchorage downtown “J” district. Tom ran unopposed in the general election after he won the August 16th Democratic primary with 62% of the vote against Ed Wesley. The Senate seat opened up when long time Democratic State Senator Johnny Ellis retired after 24 years. This popular incumbent endorsed Tom in the competitive primary race which was a key endorsement. Tom ran an energetic and issue-oriented campaign to win a strong majority of votes in this crucial party primary. This was Tom’s first campaign for office and he will be sworn in to the Alaska State Senate on January 17, 2017.

Josip Sersic author of important monograph about Croatians in Vienna - Kroatisches Wien / Hrvatski Bec
Josip Seršić, living in Vienna, prepared a monograph describing the presence of Croatians in Vienna, from the military history to literature, science and music. On the photo is Paula von Preradović, Croatian poetess and writer, author of the verses of Austrian national anthem.  We list some of additional names: noble family of Zrinski's, bishop Lepold Karl Kolonić, Ruđer Bošković, Nikola Toma Host, Nikola Tesla, Ivan Meštrović, Lovro von Matačić, Sena Jurinac, Clara Martinis, Emanuel Cenčić, Mirna Jukić and many other.

Nikola Toma Host 1761-1843 Croatian physician and botanist has memorial plaque in Vienna since 2016
The memorial plaque to Nikola Toma Host (1761-1843) is placed in the Alpic Garden of the Belvedere Palace in Vienna. Host was a personal physician of the Austrian Emperor Franz I. The Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna bears his name: Host's Garden (Host’scher Garten), which he has directed until his death in 1834. His herbarium is kept in the Nature Museum in Vienna. The initiative came from Josip Seršić, Vienna, author of important monograph Kroatisches Wien / Hrvatski Beč (Croatian Vienna) published in 2013.

NFCA Announces “40 Under 40" Winners from USA!
The NFCA in Washington, D.C. is proud to announce the first ever group of “40 Under 40” Croatian Americans chosen for an award which celebrates the success and commitment of the next generation. These selections recognize the talent, the accomplishments, the potential and the pride in their Croatian heritage of these forty honorees under the age of forty. “We looked nationwide for forty Croatian Americans who have demonstrated leadership, career success and dedication to Croatian causes,"said Andrea Novak-Neumann, “40 Under 40” committee member and NFCA officer from Minnesota. On the photo Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011.

Miran Vaupotic Croatian conductor winner of the 2016 "Haydn Award" in Yerevan in Armenia
In 2016 Miran Vaupotić won First Prize and special "Haydn Award" at the 12th International Aram Khachaturian Conducting Competition in Yerevan, Armenia. He conducted many symphony orchestras and ensembles including London Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Belarusian National Philharmonic, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Argentina, Orquesta Sinfónica UNCuyo, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists.

Intersteno international meeting in Croatia's capital Zagreb 2016
  The annual council meeting of Intersteno and Intersteno Parliamentary and other professional Reporters’ Section was held in Zagreb from October 5-7, 2016, and was organized by the Croatian Shorthand Association, with Josip Hanjš as its president, on the photo. The event saw participation of 65 members of Intersteno and IPRS from 17 countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Italy, South Korea, China, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA and Croatia. Judging from the results of this three-day event, and the reactions and impressions from the participants, the city of Zagreb was an ideal choice of host for this international event.

Mara Vitols Hrgetic of Venezuela and Don Markusic of Australia describing their bussiness work in Croatia

Mara Vitols Hrgetić of Venezuela (on the photo, of Latvian parents) and Don Markušić from Australia, were guests of Marijan Ožanić in his monthly interview dedicated to entrepreneurship in Croatia. An example of Mara Vitols Hrgetić is quite interesting since she is a Lathuian born in Venezuela, married to a Croatian (also born in Venezuela) Josip Hrgetić, who started the FORUM Centre in Zagreb, aiming, among others, to economically connect Croatians from diaspora to the country of origin of their predecessors.

Croatian Tales and Stories for Russian readers published in 2016
This wonderful and simple book will help the Russian reader enter into the world of Croatian language. The texts composing the book are provided without any simplifications with respect to the Croatian original. The book is supplied with the translation into Russian and with indispensable lexical and grammatical explanations, using the method of Ilja Franko. The front cover page has the following motto: Let us learn a language by reading interesting books!

Double success of Croatia in the Davis Cup finals against the winning Argentina in Zagreb 2016
In November 2016, unusually manyu Argentinean tennis fans visited Zagreb, due to the Davis Cup finals in Croatia's capital. Even prior to the match, Croatia secured the double success: being in the finals (after eliminating such superpowers like the USA and France), and the fact that the selector and trainer of the Argentinean team, Daniel Orsanic (on the photo), has Croatian origin on his father's side. This is the first win of Argentina in the Davis Cup, after as many as four finals.  Croatia already had one title of the Davis Cup champion in 2005. It is interesting that the final in Zagreb was attended by famous soccer player Diego Maradona, whose great-grandmother also has Croatian roots. 

Ivana Marija Vidovic had exciting pianist concert tour in China in October 2016
Very successful and interesting pianist tour of Ivana Marija Vidović (on the photo, right, with Carrie Ren) throughout China, during several weeks, jointly with Albanian clarinetist Fatos Qerimaj (Duo cLAVinet), included the following cities: Beijing, Baoding, Liuzhou, Nanning, Fuzhou, Wuxi. This tour was her first encounter with ancient and friendly civilisation, which has left her in the state of total euphoria.

Zagreb AdvEnt Days among the most interesting in Europe
The Zagreb Advent Days are among the most beautiful events of this kind in Europe, accompanied with a peaceful mood, specific music, domastic food, and unusual sceneries in richly decorated Croatia's capital. In the recent years, Zagreb was voted the best Christmas place in Europe. On the photo the advent wreath created by members of the OZANA Association for persons in need.

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