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Public call for an open statement of interest Small and Medium Business Entrepreneurs

The Croatian Ministry of Tourism has issued a public call for an open statement to identify the interests and needs of small and medium - sized enterprises to invest in projects raising quality and additional offers of accommodation facilities from "Hotels", who could be co-financed with EU Structural Funds. Interested parties have until October 18th, 2017 to contact the Ministry of Tourism. Read more in Croatian.

Astrid Kuljanic @ Carnegie Hall October 24th, 2017 at 8 PM
Astrid will be making her debut at this esteemed concert venue with a performance of "Astrid Kuljanic Transatlantic Exploration Company: Riva". Astrid: I am beyond excited that I can invite you to the album release concert at Carnegie Hall on October 24th! The whole band will be there: Ben Rosenblum on accordion, Mat Muntz on bass and Rogerio Boccato on percussion, including special guests: Hrvatska Ruza folklor, Rosa, Asaran Earth Trio, Elijah Shiffer – saxophone, Ben Sutin – violin.

Dubrovnik Restaurant 4th Annual Farm to Table Celebration
Dubrovnik Restaurant will be hosting its 4th annual Farm to Table celebration on Thursday September 28th, starting from 6:30 p.m. and going to 11:00 p.m. The celebration will feature food and wine from local farmers. Music will be provided by Klapa Astoria. A complimentary Croatian gift is included and there will be raffle prizes. Admission is $50 per person.

LADO National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia at The Peforming Arts Center NY, Oct 3, 8pm
LADO National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia founded in 1949 in Zagreb as a professional national ensemble, with the aim of researching, artistically interpreting and presenting on stage the most beautiful examples of the rich cultural traditions of Croatia. The ensemble's 39 brilliant dancers, who are also excellent singers, can easily transform this folk dance ensemble into an impressive folk choir, while its 14 superb musicians play some fifty different traditional and classical instruments. LADO National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia at The Peforming Arts Center Tuesday, October 3, 8pm.

Yoko Nishii pianist concert at the Mimara Palace in Zagreb in Sep 2017
Yoko Nishii had an excellent pianist concert at the Mimara Palace in Zagreb, which has started with Japanese and Croatian composers. She is known as a proponent of Croatian music heritage, especially the music works of Dora Pejačević (1885 - 1923), the first significant Croatian woman composer. The concert has been organized by the Embassy of Japan in the city of Zagreb. Till now, Yoko Nishii had 46 soloist concerts in as many as 24 Croatian cities and towns. She speaks Croatian, and in 2015 she published the double CD in Tokyo containing pianist works of Dora Pejačević.

The Magic of a Christmas in Croatia and Slovenia
We often recall Christmas with our Croatian grandparents; the celebration of the birth of Christ throughout the holiday season, the special customs and the aromas of special foods. Now you can recreate those memories by joining us for our Christmas in Croatia and Slovenia Tour. All of Europe has focused on Zagreb during the Advent season as, Zagreb has won the title as the City with the "œBest Christmas Market" in all of Europe. Great News, we will be doing another Advent Season tour to Croatia and Slovenia.

Andrew Bogut very successful Croatian Australian basketball player in the NBA
Born in 1984 in Melbourne, Australia, in the family of Croatian immigrants, Andrew Bogut started to play basketball in the NBA since 2005. He has 213 cm, i.e., 7 feet, weighs 118 kg and he won the 2015 NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors. He represented Australia at several World Championships. His idol was Toni Kukoč, Croatian basketball player who has played in NBA for Chicago Bulls.

Vjeko Martinko director of Hotel Villa Astra in Lovran celebrating his 70th birthday in October 2017
Vjeko Martinko, director of the Hotel Villa Astra in the town of Lovran, Croatia, celebrated his 70th birthday with his friends and colleagues, including his schoolteacher Ana Ujević. As always, Vjeko is full of energy, fresh ideas and challenges for the future. The celebration was held in a peaceful and very pleasant environment of the hotel and the surrounding beautiful park, filling us with a special energy and enthusiasm. Hotel Villa Astra is one of the trademarks of Croatian private entrepreneurship, offering its guests a unique place for creative rest in a friendly atmosphere, where one feels like at home.

Mirko Tomasovic 1938-2017 distinguished Croatian literary historian and translator
A member of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Mirko Tomasović was the most prolific literary translator from Romance languages in Croatia and distinguished expert in Latinist literature. He left us important studies on the written Croatian and Latin heritage of Marko Marulić (1450-1524), the most important Croatian Renaissance writer. His translations into Croatian include about 20 books of Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan and Occitan poetry, as well as epic and drama literature.

5 Croatian Companies Make ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Europe’ Report
London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) have launched its "€˜1000 Companies to Inspire Europe 2017€" report with 5 Croatian companies featuring. Coffee, tea and snacks company Franck, stretch film producer Bomark Pak from Ludbreg, confectionery company Kraš, transporting firm Invest Sedlic and manufacturing and engineering company Solvis were the Croatian companies to make the report.

Tomislav "Tom" Mihaljevic is named new CEO of the Cleveland Clinic
In just a few months, Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic (left) will take over as the new president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. The incoming CEO was born in Croatia and is a naturalized American citizen. He earned his medical degree from the University of Zagreb's medical school in Croatia and completed his residency in cardiovascular surgery at the Clinic for Cardiovascular Surgery of the University of Zurich in Switzerland before coming to the United States. He speaks Croatian, English and German.

Yoko Nishii has a pianist concert tour in Croatia Sep 2017: Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Vinkovci, Sisak
Yoko Nishii is indefatiguable proponent of fine music, including Japanese and Croatian. Her concert tour in September 2017 includes Japanese authors Kozaburo Hirai and Kosaku Yamada, as well as Croatian authors Božidar Kunc (brother of a distinguished Croatian opera singer Zinka Kunc) and Dora Pejačević (the first internationally known Croatian woman-composer). As we can see, music does not know the borders. Yoko Nishii is a lecturer at Aichi University of the Arts in Japan. She speaks Croatian language.

Epidaurus Festival living with Arts in Cavtat, Croatia 3 - 22 September 2017, directed by Ivana M. Vidovic
U petak, 08.09. na Ljetnoj pozornici u Cavtatu s početkom u 21h nastupit će duo Buenos Muchachos; argentinski gitarist Pablo Covacevich čiji su korijeni vidno hrvatskog porijekla. Kako Tango ne može bez bandoneona uz Pabla će nastupit i vrhunski argentinski harmonikaš i skladatelj Luis Caruana. Na klarinetu će se pridružiti umjetnik sa Sicilije Giovanni Mattaliano profesor klarineta na Konzervatoriju u Palermu. Utemeljitelj Festivala Epidaurus i umjetnički direktor je neumorna Ivana Marija Vidović, istaknuta hrvatska pijanistica i pjesnikinja.

Igor Rudan creates Survival: The Story of Global Health
Survival. The Story of Global Health. The series is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) created by Igor Rudan (left), Mickey Chopra and Iain Campbell and developed by the University of Edinburgh. The course was launched in 2017 and is available to watch online at YouTube. Each chapter covers a topic relating to global health.

Luka Modric one of the best contemporary European soccer players
Luka Modrić (born 1985) is a Croatian professional soccer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Croatia national team. Modrić plays mainly as a central midfielder but can also play as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker. He is recepient of the UEFA Champions League Awards Best Midfielder for 2017. Luka is married with Vanja (b. Bosnić, from Zagreb), and has two children Ivano and Ema.

Mateo Kovacic top Croatian soccer player fluently speaking English, German, Italian and Castillian

Besides his mother tongue Croatian, Mateo Kovačić is fluent in four additional languages: English, German, Italian and Castillian, as clearly indicated by his media appearances and interviews. He is among the best contemparary Croatian players, and a member of the Croatian national soccer team. Currently, he is a member of the Real Madrid in Spain. His team-mate is Luka Modrić, another distinguished Croatian soccer player and captain of the Croatian national team.

Sandra Perkovic wins gold in London
Sandra Perkovic (left) has won gold at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Championships on Sunday, August 13, 2017. This is her second gold medal at the IAAF World Championships. She is also a two time Olympic gold medal winner, having won gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games.

NFCA Newsletter Summer 2017
We are proud to announce that the NFCA is working directly with the NY City Croatian Catholic community at Sts. Cyril Methodius Church to host a Sunday 1:00 pm, October 1st music event-fundraiser-salute to honor NFCA's "40 Under 40" winners and to benefit the Banja Luka Catholic Diocese. Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011 will be one of the featured Croatian American guests in attendance. Next, the NFCA continues a myriad of projects to help Bosnian Croats within political, diplomatic and humanitarian projects.

Dina Merhav דינה מרחב‎‎ distinguished Croatian born Israeli sculptor presented by Yoko Nishii
Dina Merhav is an international artist, born in 1936 in the city of Vinkovci, Croatia, whose works are in public and private collections throughout the globe. Her sculptures can be found in Mumbai, India, Geneve, Switzerland, Canada, USA and Europe. In Israel, her base and homeland, the sculptures are placed in parks, schools, industrial plants, and memorial sites. Her first individual exhibition outside of Israel took place in Croatia's capital Zagreb in 2013, in the Glyptotheque of HAZU (= Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) Gallery in Zagreb. Later the same year, it has been welcomed in her native city of Vinkovci with great appreciation and love.

University of Zadar to host Inaugural "May of Brešan" in 2018
Ivo Brešan (27 May 1936 - 3 January 2017) was a Croatian playwright, novelist, and screenwriter, known for political satire. From May 18-20, 2018 the University of Zadar will host the the inaugural "May of Brešan", an international academic conference dedicated to examining Brešan's works. Those wanting to participate in the conference have until December 1, 2017 to register.

15 Reasons Why it's Time For You To Go to Croatia
Always sunny, easy to reach, still a good value, popular Hollywood destination, has the world's most atmospheric Roman ruin, spectacular beaches, incredible national parks, incredible summer festivals, 1244 islands, isles and reefs, birthpalce of Marco Polo, one of Europe's tastiests regions, fascinating history, safety and securety, FORBES recommend, necktie or CRAVAT originate from Croatia, 101 DALMATIANS is from Croatia. On the photo the city of Split with Diocletian's palace on the Adriatic sea and the mount of Mosor behind it.

Darko Varga 1956-2017 distinguished Croatian publicist
Darko Varga, 1956-2017, born in the city of Osijek, grown up in the town of Dalj, attended High School in his native city, and completed his studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Zagreb. From 1993 till 2000, he served as director of HEP (Croatian Electric Supply) in the region of Baranja on the NE of Croatia. He was active in revitalizing Croatian villages as well as ecotourism in Baranja, ravaged in the early 1990s during the Serbian aggression on Croatia. Also, he was an indefatigable promoter of cultural traditions of the region. His latest work on an impressive monograph dealing with the cuisine of the noble Croatian family of Zrinski, has been published in 2015 on the occasion of 450 years since the legendary Siget Battle in 1566.

2CELLOS Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser playing in Croatia and in more than 40 countries worldwide
We invite you to enjoy in the music of 2CELLOS, Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, playing several well known classical tunes, accompanied with the London Symphony Orchestra. The tunes have been filmed in some celebrated Croatian resorts, like on the Zlatni rat (Golden Cape) on the island of Brač, then in the city of Dubrovnik, as well as on the Plitice Lakes. In the course of 5 years only, 2CELLOS had about one thousand of concerts in more than forty countries worldwide.

Miro Gavran's novel John the Baptist translated from Croatian into Bulgarian
Miro Gavran's book "John the Baptist" has been translated into Bulgarian by Valentina Sedefcheva, Sofia. So far this novel had seven editions in Croatian. It was also published in Spanish in Buenos Aires, in German in Vienna and in English on Amazon. It is a story set in 1st century AD, in time of violent political and religious shift. Heroes of the novel are John the Baptist, Saloma, Elisha and Bileam, and Jesus Christ himself.

Croatian Men's National Water Polo team reclaims World Champions title
The Croatian men's Water Polo team beat Hungary 8-6 in the finals of the 2017 FINA Water Polo championships on Saturday July 29th. It was the first time since 2007 that the Croatian Men's Water Polo team have won the championship. There will be a celebration for the world champion Croatian water polo team on Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb on Sunday July 30, 2017 starting at 6:00 p.m.

Ivana Marija Vidovic with ensmble Croazzola Concertante in Euphrasius Basilica in Porec 2017
In July 2017, Croazzola Concertante ensemble had a very successful concert in the Euphrasius Basilica in Porec. The basilica is under protection of UNESCO, and is known for fantastic acoustic. The name of Croazzola is obviously composed of the names of Croatia and Piazolla, a famous Argentinean composer. On the photo is Ivana Marija Vidović, pianist, poet from Dubrovnik and director of Epidaurus Festival, with maestro Krešimir Marmilić who founded the Croazzola Concertante ensemble in Zagreb.

RONNA - Robotic NeuroNAvigation in neurosurgery project led by Bojan Jerbic in Croatia
RONNA - Robotic NeuroNAvigation is a project that deals with research into and the design of a new innovative and competitive robotic system for application in neurosurgery. The project was launched by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, with the Clinical hospital Dubrava and the Croatian Institute for Brain Research as partners in the project. Founders of the project are Professor Bojan Jerbić, PhD (project leader, on the photo), Assistant Professor Darko Chudy, PhD and Professor Gojko Nikolić, PhD.

Dora Pejacevic's music played by Yoko Nishii in Nasice

Dora Pejačević (1885-1923) is the first internationally known Croatian woman composer. Her growing popularity has reached even Japan, where in 2015 Yoko Nishii, a fine pianist, has published a double CD in Tokyo containing Dora's collected pianistic works. Yoko Nishii, on the photo, has visited numerous Croatian towns, including the town of Našice, where she was playing on the paino on which Dora Pejačević was composing her works. Yoko Nishii speaks Croatian, and she completed a part of her music studies in the town of Lovran in Croatia.

Marin Cilic and Mate Pavic advance to the 2017 Wimbledon Finals
Marin Cilic of Croatia will play for his second Grand Slam title on Sunday after beating 24th seed Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the Wimbledon semifinals on Friday. Meanwhile, number four seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo will square off against number sixteen seeds Oliver Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia, on Saturday in the men's pairs finals. This is Marach's and Pavic's first appearance in a Grand Slam final.

Milka Trnina or Ternina 1863-1941 distinugished Croatian opera singer
According to Giacomo Puccini, author of the famous opera Tosca, Milka Trnina (or Ternina) was the best "Tosca" that he had opportunity to listen to (on the London premiere in 1900). In 1898, she appeared for the first time in opera in London, performing Isolde in Tristan und Isolde. She would continue to appear at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, until 1906, achieving a total of 98 appearances there in a variety of operas. Did You know that the name of the famous MILKA chocolate, Switzerland, had been given in honour to Milka Trnina, Croatian opera diva? The founder of the company, who was a great admirer of the singer, decided to name the company and his chocolate by the name of MILKA.

Matt Sertic's Applied Ceramics and Sunceco​ rejuvenating his hometown of Sisak in Croatia
In parallel to his global successful ventures, Applied Ceramics and Sunceco, ACAP Silicon Valley chapter member Matt Sertic (on the photo with his daugher Maya) is slowly but steadily rejuvenating his hometown of Sisak and creating a "new hot Valley to be in". Ten years ago, Matt recognized the potential of the once enormous but almost forgotten Ironworks factory complex in which he invested substantial funds to create a production facility for Applied Ceramics putting Croatia on the map as the only country in the European Union that produces sapphire crystals used in high technology.

Michael Ippolito's Songlines inspired by Croatian KOLO music
Currently an Assistant Professor of Composition at Texas State University, Michael Ippolito's music has been praised by the New York Times and performed by orchestras as diverse as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and the Juilliard Orchestra. His composition This Circle is a short piece based on a Croatian folk song "Ovo kolo."€ A kolo is a broad category of circle dances, which can be sung or played by instruments, and can range from fast and lively to slow and lyrical. "€œOvo kolo"€ is the slow, stately kind. He first heard this song on an old field recording, sung by a group of Croatian women.

4 SEASONS FOR 3 PIANOS with Matej Mestrovic, Matija Dedic & Hakan Ali Toker
Navona Records proudly presents 4 SEASONS FOR 3 PIANOS, a whirlwind transcription of Vivaldi's masterful string concertos by Croatian pianist and composer Matej Meštrović (on the photo). Performing with Hakan A. Toker and Matija Dedić on three pianos (and accordion), Meštrović thoroughly reimagines the four concertos, his work exceeding that of a normal transcription. The collection, in such a radical new form, becomes almost a whole new work.

Ruggiero Boscovich - Rudjer Boskovic (1711-1787) has a memorial plaque in Milano
In June 2017, on Piazzale Borromeo in the heart of Milan, a commemoration ceremony and performance took place for Ruđer Bošković, native of Dubrovnik and the most distinguished scientist in Croatia'€™s history, outside the Church of Santa Maria Podone, where he was buried on 13 February 1787. A memorial constructed of Dubrovnik Mironja stone was unveiled with the support of renowned lawyer, Cristian Pambianchi, an esteemed friend to Dubrovnik, and realized by the Croatia'€™s Consulate General in Milan. On the photo Ivana Marija Vidović, distinguished Croatian pianist, by the memorial plaque dedicated to Ruggiero Boscovich - Ruđer Bošković.

International Flute Summer Courses in Karlovac, Croatia 2-9 July 2017
Each day is intense and educational (and fun) from morning until night, and filled with flute lectures, workshops, and performances that span classical, contemporary, jazz, latin jazz, and other styles. All student performances and masterclasses will be accompanied by MISAKI BABA, the official CFA piano-accompanist. We will practice, play and perform at the beautiful Zorin Dom city theatre in Karlovac. Also planned are short excursions to beautiful local natural locations, that we will use to socialize, share stories and be inspired. Lecturers: Pierre-Yves Artaud (FR), Philippe Allain-Dupres (FR), Peter-Lukas Graf (CH), Dieter Flury (AT), Michele Gori (IT), Carine Dupres (FR).

Mike Vucelic 1931-2012 Apollo system manager for NASA and Rockwell in charge of 300 NASA engineers
Milojko Mike Vucelic, born in the town of Garešnica, Croatia, completed the Faculty of Machanical Engineering of the University of Zagreb in 1954. Since January 1962 he worked for Apollo, and subsequently he served as one of directors of the Apollo Program. The mission of Apollo 8 in 1968 was circulating around Moon's orbit with the crew of three astronauts, and Mike Vucelic considers this to be his greatest success in professional life in the USA. During the Apollo 11 mission, he was at the control of the flight, just beside Gene Kranz, who served as the chief of the control. Due to this success in saving the Apollo 13 crew (Hello Houston... we have a problem), he was awarded by the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the then president of the USA.

Zoran Primorac Croatian table-tennis legend in New York at the WTTC on June 18, 2017
The Westchester Table Tennis Center welcomes Zoran Primorac, Croatian table-tennis legend, Seven-time, Olympian and medalist, at the European Championships. Silver medalist at the 1988 Olympics. One of the top European players of the past 25 years. On Sunday, June 18, 2017 two 90-minute group training sessions: Noon-1:30 and 2:00-3:30 pm. Every participant will get to play with Primorac personally plus: Party all afternoon. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks from Noon to 3:30. Food from 3:30 to 6:30. Also: Exhibition matches and remarks by Mr. Primorac at 4:30 pm.

AMCA Paris organized two lectures dedicated to Croatian Glagolitic Script in May 2017
Upon the invitation of AMCA Paris (a society of former students of Croatian Universities, living in Paris), Mauricij Frka Petešić and Darko Žubrinić had the honor to deliver a joint lecture entitled "Croatian Glagolitic culture and its European context" (May 4th 2017), with a special emphasis on Croatian-French relations. Two days later, D.Ž. had a short palaeographic course for children about Croatian Glagolitic, based on manuscripts written arround 1400 at Sorbonne in Paris by Georges d'Esclavonie (+1416), Croatian Glagolitic priest who entered into the history of French literature. On the photo are the lecturers with Mrs. Lamia Barbier Ruždić, president of AMCA Paris.

George Skurla 1921-2001 led the 1600-man team that built the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing module
In 1965, George Skurla became director of operations for Grumman at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Kennedy Space Center (KSC). In that position, he brought together the 1,600-man Grumman team responsible for the final assembly, test and pre-launch checkout for the Apollo lunar module vehicle. Skurla led the team that built the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing module. The lunar modul spacecraft, which was designed, developed and produced by Grumman co., was the final stage in NASA's Apollo Program which landed American astronauts on the surface of the moon. The family of Skurla (Škurla) has Croatian roots, from Herzegovina, near the environs of the Dubrovnik area.

International conference in Biograd and Zadar on the phenomenon of glagolitic script in May 12-13th, 2017

Thirty three scientists from Croatia, Austria, Italy, Japan, Russia and Slovenia participated at the Conference. It has been superbly organized by the city of Biograd and the University of Zadar (which the oldest Croatian university, founded in 1396), as well as by Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Old Slavonic Insitute, Matrix Croatica Zadar. The Conference was held under auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia. On the photo Dr. Keiko Mitani from Tokyo, one of the participants and contributors to the Conference. She speaks Croatian, and completed her PhD at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Croatia from Heaven
Croatia’s coastline is without a doubt one of the most beautiful Mediterranean destinations. Croatia hugs the Adriatic’s warm waters and presents one of the most beautiful Mediterranean getaways, so make the Eastern European nation your next Mediterranean retreat. Croatia has been called home by a number of people from a myriad of different cultures, and added its own unique culture and architecture to the mix, giving cities like Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Rijeka different atmospheres and qualities. On the photo, the unique heart-shaped island of Galešnjak near the city of Biograd.

Drago's Restaurant a part of close-knit Croatian community in New Orleans
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.

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