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Miro Gavran's comedy "The Doll" premiered in India in Shimla
The Doll is the story of an android woman, written by Miro Gavran. It has been premiered in the Shimla Town in India, in the Gaity Theatre. The theatre was founded already in 1887. The story was translated from Croatian into Hindi by Saurabh Srivastava. The play is directed by Kedar Thakur, and the main roles are played by Rupesh Bhimta and Yashvi Bhardwaj. Miro Gavran's plays have been translated into 42 languages worldwide, and seen by more than four million people.

Armenia and Croatia marking the establishment of their diplomatic ties in 1995
Lipnja 2024. su koncerte pod nazivom 'Glazbeni pozdravi Armeniji iz Hrvatske' i 'Hrvatska sakralna baština - pjevajuća molitva na izvoru kršćanstva', te humanitarni koncert za Armenski Caritas pod nazivom 'Glazbeni zagrljaj Armeniji iz Hrvatske' održali u Yerevanu hrvatski glazbeni umjetnici, sopranistica Nikolina Pinko, tenor Stjepan Franetović i pijanistica i orguljašica Evu Kirchmayer Bilić.

Symphony of Care dedicated to Nenad Bach created by BAI
Nenad Bach - a great person who has brought joy to so many people around the world with his music and whose fight for world peace and against Parkinson's is a role model not just for me, but for thousands. He certainly deserved a song that honored his incredible commitment! But that it would be me, of all people, who would create this song is as hard to imagine as the fact that it is apparently even "pretty good". Have a listen! ... Text by Thorsten Boomhuis, a member of PPP in Germany. On the photo - a part of a drawing of Nenad Bach by Cynthia Nelms Byrne.

Oto Resinger 1927-2016 distinguished Croatian caricaturist
The people of Zagreb remember him as a well-known and charismatic face of the city, who came up with his ideas every day, absorbing the city's atmosphere by transferring them to paper, he gained world fame. His departure created a void that is impossible to fill, but the goal of the House of Cartoons in Zagreb is to make Oto's spirit live forever. Except in Croatia, he published his caricatures abroad (in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Great Britain): in Quick, Nebelsparter, Panorama, Punch.

Croatian mariners in the ARCTIC EXPEDITION in 1872-1874
The crew of the ship Tegetthoff was composed of 24 persons, out of them 12 Croats. Their names are Petar Lusina (from the island of Cres), Lovro Marolla (from Rijeka), Ante Vecerina (from Draga near Rijeka), Petar Falesic (from Bakar), Juraj Stiglic (from Bakar), Jakov Sucic (from Volosko), Fran Lettis (from Volosko), Vicko Palmic (from Lovran, on the photo), Josip Latkovic (from Plomin), Ante Katarinic (from Mali Losinj), Ante Lukinovic (from Pucisca on the island of Brac), Ante Zaninovic (from Sv. Nedilja on the island of Hvar).

Andrej Dujella: Diophantine m-tuples and Elliptic Curves, published by Springer, Cham, 2024.
Andrej Dujella is a leading Croatian expert in Number Theory. This book provides an overview of the main results and problems concerning Diophantine m-tuples, i.e., sets of integers or rationals with the property that the product of any two of them is one less than a square, and their connections with elliptic curves. It presents the contributions of famous mathematicians of the past, like Diophantus, Fermat and Euler, as well as some recent results of the author and his collaborators.

Ivana Marija Vidovic a member of the pianist jury for PREMIO TUSCANY in Italy
Ivana Marija Vidović was on the jury in Tuscany for the first time, and at the personal invitation of the world-famous pianist Daniel Rivera, as the very first Croatian from Dubrovnik to join such jury and to decide the winners in all categories for solo piano. In addition to the Argentinian pianist Daniel Rivera, the jury included the president of the jury, the German pianist, organist, conductor and president of the Schubert competition in Germany, Roland Proell, and two Italian colleagues, Federica Monti and Vincenzo Marrone d'Alberti.

Zlatko Josip Grgić Croatian guitarist playing Chaconne by J. S. Bach on the famous Torres guitar La Invencible

Zlatko Josip Grgić was born in Croatia's capital Zagreb in 2001. From his earliest childhood, he has been surrounded by some of the best guitar players in the world. In the spring of 2018, he recorded Ennio Morricone's Cinema Paradiso as a music video in Venice. In December 2018, he gave a successful concert in Barcelona on the famous Torres guitar, La Invencible (The Invincible), as Torres himself had named it, which is the only guitar among the National Treasures of Spain. On that occasion, the Spanish gave Zlatko Josip Grgić has the nickname Torres' Whisperer.

Nathalie Rayes ambassador of the USA to Croatia visited FER, University of Zagreb, in June 2024
Nathalie Reyes (on the photo with Vedran Bilas, the dean of FER): "Today, I visited the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) at the University of Zagreb, one of Croatia's top institutions. Meeting with talented and innovative students was truly inspiring. The future of engineering and computing in Croatia is bright!" Nathalie Rayes was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia on January 10, 2024.

Lady Jadranka Beresford-Peirse a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) since 2024
Lady Jadranka Beresford-Peirse has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) as part of the King's birthday honours list. This is an important moment for UK-Croatia relations, as Lady Jadranka has worked tirelessly for Croatia, and demonstrates how far we have come since the early 90s. An MBE is given for: 'Achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others.'

1145 years since the first international recognition of Croatia: 879 - 2024

The Croatian Prince Branimir, 9th century, made important steps in strengthening the relations with Rome. During the solemn divine service in St. Peter's church in Rome in 879, Pope John VIII gave his blessing to the prince and the whole Croatian people, about which he informed Branimir in his letters, the first one dated on May 21, 879. This was the first time that the Croatian state was officially recognized (at that time the international legitimacy was given by the Pope), which, as we see, happened more than eleven centuries ago!

Croatian Statehood Day, 30th May
Google's Doodle celebrates Croatia's Statehood Day. On May 30,1990, Croatia established  its first democratically-elected, multi-party parliament. Despite forming its parliament, Croatia couldn't immediately separate from the former Yugoslavia. A year later, parliament finally gained the power to declare independence on June 25, 1991, after 93% of citizens voted for Croatia to become a sovereign state. This event holds the record for the largest voter turnout in Croatian history and is considered one of the most significant Croatian historical events.

Yoko Nishii bridges Okinawa, Japan and Croatia performing Dora Pejacevic

The concert is organized by the Honorary Consulate of Croatia in Naha as a cultural exchange program between Croatia and Naha City. Also, as a charity concert, the proceeds will be donated through the Croatian Embassy to support the recovery from the Noto Peninsula Earthquake. The program includes compositions by Dora Pejačević (1885-1923), the first Croatian women-composer. The concert will take place on 19th May 2024 in the Naha Cultural Arts Theater "NAHArt", which was opened in 2021.

Croats in South America

In this article, we have only touched upon a vast subject of Croats in South America, covering their contributions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Venezula,... in numerous field of culture, art and science. among the best known such persons is Juan (Ivan) Vučetić, the father of scientific dactyloscopy (identification by fingerprints; on the photo). We mention also painters Kristian Kreković, Zdravko Dučmelić, Gustav Likan.

Ivana Marija Vidović from Dubrovnik in the prestigious jury in France, Provence 2024

Last week, the Dubrovnik pianist Ivana Marija Vidović was a member of the prestigious expert jury of the International Piano Competition Saint Paul Trois-Chateaux. Vidović was in the jury alongside maestro Marc Moncusi from Barcelona, pianist Sabrina Dente from Italy, pianist and organist Christoph Ewers from Germany, and pianist and director Pierre-Laurent Boucharlat from France. The jury chose the interpretation of Edward Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor and with that also chose the winner, twenty-four-year-old Shion Ota from Japan. The second and third prizes went also to Japan.

Valentina Cafolla of Croatia smashes two under-ice freediving records

Croatian freediver Valentina Cafolla has set two new world records on consecutive days in February 2024 at Lake Anterselva in South Tyrol, Italy. On 23 February, Cafolla set a new CMAS Dynamic With Fin (DYN) Under Ice With Wetsuit record of 140m (459ft), retaking. The 140m record was set wearing a monofin, however, the next day, on 24 February, Cafolla became the first freediver to set a record using double fins, swimming a distance of 80. Valentina is a student of the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Kinesiology.

The Metros-Croatia, a Toronto soccer team

Metros-Croatia soccer club was founded in 1956 by Croatian diaspora in Canada. The greatest success was achieved in 1976, when Toronto-Croatia won the Soccer Bowl. This 1976 team was subsequently inducted to the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. Toronto Croata has been among the most successful Croatian diaspora clubs. There are numerous other Croatian diaspora soccer clubs: New York-Croatia, Frankfurt-Croatia, Frankfurt-Croatia, Munich-Croatia, Stuttgart-Croatia, Sydney-Croatia (Sydney United), etc (more than hundred!).

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 59: Winter 2024
In 2024, I will release my 7th and 8th album. Music from the movies played by symphony orchestra, and Forgotten Songs, album with the songs that I either recorded but never released or never recorded at all but remembered them. Let's see if I really accomplish that. My main preoccupation after having Parkinson for 14 years is a global movement PingPongParkinson that I started on March 1, 2017. Two major tournaments are listed here: 9-12 May 2024 PingPongParkinson German Open, and 14-19 October 2024 PingPongParkinson World Championship Laško Slovenia.

Hauser - cellist's story from Croatia to global music celebrity

Since that fateful moment when he decided to create a new, musical experience out of the long and established traditions of classical, pop and rock music, HAUSER has been playing arena concerts all over the world and, defying the conventions of the established music business. As part of the quintessential 2Cellos, Hauser has toured the world - from the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House to New York’s Madison Square Garden selling more than one million tickets to their live shows. During the Christmas 2021 season, he had the great honor of performing and appearing in front of Pope Francis but he has also given performances to several American Presidents, Prince Charles as well as Queen Elizabeth.

Croatia is Water Polo Champion of the World in 2024
Croatia is the Water Polo Champion for the third time: in 2007, 2013, and 2024. Congratulations to Marko Bijac, Mate Anic, Josip Vrlic, Luka Loncar, Rino Buric, Matias Biljaka, Konstantin Kharkov, Filip Krzic, Franko Lazic, Zvonimir Butic, Ante Vukicevic, Loren Fatovic, Jerko Marinic Kragic, Ivan Krapic, Marko Zuvela, and Ivica Tucak (coach). Prior to this, also in 2024, Croatia won silver medal at the European Waterpolo Championship (organized in Zagreb), which was also a huge success.

Exploring Tesla at the Czech Technical University in Prague - four lecturers from Croatia

Nikola Tesla Network is a Croatian NGO placed in the city of Gospić, very near the village of Smiljan where N. Tesla (1856-1943) was born. This NGO has organized, in cooperation with the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia, an interesting event entitled "Exploring Tesla", in which four lecturers from Croatia have participated on 11th January 2024: Dubravka Davidović, Darko Žubrinić, Martina Marušić-Britvec, and Boris Šušnjar (on the photo).

Chriztel Renae Aceveda young Filipino girl singing traditional Croatian songs
Chriztel came to Croatia in September 2020 at the age of 9, when her Filipina mother and Croatian father moved to the town Sveti Martin na Muri. When it is time for her to sing at the Supertalent TV show in Croatia's capital Zagreb, everybody holds their breath. Without any accompaniment, Chriztel's sweet angelic voice fills the studio. The beautiful melody of the Croatian folk song "Dej mi Bože", and her soothing and heartfelt rendition bring some members of the audience to tears. The judges are speechless. Everyone is mesmerized. Even Chriztel's mom and dad are both fighting back tears.

Anisha Rosna's father Ivica Adam Kalebic is Croatian

Anisha Rosnah, born in 1994, is the daughter of Siti Mariam Isa and Ivica Adam Kalebic, a Croatian, also known as Adam bin Abdullah. Her name is often written as Anisha Rosnah binti Adam (i.e., daughter of Adam), Anisha Isa Kalebic (containing the second names of her parents). She is very well educated, having completed the University of Bath in the UK. With this marriage she became a member of the Royal Family of Brunei. Brunei is the only sovereign state entirely on the island of Borneo. The remaining part of the island is divided between Malaysia and Indonesia.

Peter Tomich Croatian-USA hero of Pearl Harbor has a monument in Ljubuski in 2023
A monument to distinguished Croatian-American hero, Peter Tomich (Peter Tonich Herzeg), was unveiled in the town of Ljubuški in Bosnia Herzegovina in 2023, near his birthplace. For a long time, the origin of Peter Tonich Herzeg was not know. His relatives were discovered in the town of Ljubuški in Bosnia and Herzegovina, neighboring Croatia. We show an educative video about the history of Chief Peter Tomich, who died during the attack of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This video was taken aboard the Battleship Wisconsin in August 2019.

Humanitarni koncert za Opću bolnicu DUBROVNIK

Najavljujemo početak humanitarne akcije uglednih umjetnika različitih profila ali s istom srdačnom željom u ova sveto doba: "Kupnja suvremenog aparata za kardiološki odjel Opće bolnice Dubrovnik". Pozivamo svih da nam se pridruže u hvalevrijednoj akciji: samostalne građane, poduzeća i sve pojedince da doprinesu koliko bili u mogućnosti. Upravo Božić nas uči biti boljima, biti dijelom velike ljudske obitelji. Podupiru: Klapa Ragusa, Radojka Šverko, Vladimir Babin, Suzi Sokol, Ivana Marija Vidović, Dijana Hilje.

Miljenko "Mike" Grgich 1923-2023: "The King of Chardonnay"

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Miljenko "Mike" Grgich, a name synonymous with innovation, excellence, and pioneering spirit in the world of winemaking. Mike's enduring legacy extends far beyond his remarkable wines; it encompasses his dedication to sustainability, his mentorship of future winemakers, and his unwavering commitment to his Croatian heritage. His Chardonnay was chosen in 1973 for a blind tasting in Paris, in celebration of the U.S. bicentennial. The results shocked the world when Mike's Chardonnay was named the top wine in Paris.

Bokeljska trilogija Vicka Tripkovića Podnopljskog / uredio Vinicije B. Lupis

Izdavačka kuća Gospa od Škrpjela - Perast u Crnoj Gori, objavila je 2023. knjigu Bokeljska trilogija Vicka Tripkovića Podnopoljskog, koju je dr. sc. Vinicije B. Lupis (na slici) uredio, opremio i popratio uvodnom studijom "Vicko Tripković Podnopoljski (Dobrota, 1870. Zagreb, 1938.), zaboravljeni hrvatski književnik, autor svojevrsne bokeljske trilogije". Pripovijetke koje čine ovu trilogiju tiskane su u dubrovačkom književnom časopisu Srđ početkom 20. stoljeća.

Vukovar road to recovery

We provide an audio presentation "Vukovar road to recovery" by Thomas Burns. We also provide a description of the drama in the Vukovar Hospital by the end of 1991, when its director was late Dr. Vesna Bosanac (on the photo). Dr. Vesna Bosanac sent numerous messages during several months of Serbian attacks on the city, asking for help. We also add a video-film "Operation Storm" produced by Nikola Knez. Another video contains a song Croatia written and composed by Dr. Drago Štambuk in 1991, musically arranged by Arsen Dedić.

Ivana Marija Vidovic presided the "Ariano International Piano Competition" in Italy 2023
Respected Dubrovnik pianist, Ivana Marija Vidović, returned from Italy full of impressions after chairing the international piano competition 'Ariano International Piano Competition.' Being the head of the jury, she emphasized that it came as a pleasant surprise, and the entire experience enriched her. She mentioned that once again, she had the opportunity to represent her hometown Dubrovnik.

PingPongParkinson World Championship 2023 Wels Austria

The PingPongParkinson World Championship 2023 has come to an end. What a tournament it was! New world champions emerged and former champions re-positioned. This was so far the most competitive world championship and with plenty of surprises. We would like to celebrate all players for their determination and congratulate the medalists who took the podium. Global PingPongParkinson movement was initiated by Nenad Bach, on the photo.

Viktor Cizic Croatian pianist performing at Millenium Stage of the Kennedy Center 2023
On the 10th Anniversary of Croatia's accession to the European Union, the Embassy of Croatia in Washington, in collaboration with the Kennedy Center, presented a concert by Viktor Cizic, a renowned pianist from Zagreb, Croatia. With critical acclaim and a lasting impression on audiences and reviewers, Viktor brought forth a diverse blend of compositions by George Gershwin, Margareta Ferek-Petrić, Davorin Kempf, and Franz Liszt, at times seamlessly transitioning into contemporary music.

Croats in Boka kotorska (in present-day Montenegro)
The region of Boka kotorska (in present-day Montenegro) is situated on the south-east of Dubrovnik and Konavle, along the Adriatic coast from Herceg Novi to very near the town of Bar. It was named after the town of Kotor, which is placed in a fascinating fjord. On the left, a detail from the photo of the "Croatian Falcon" sports club in the city of Budva (in Boka kotorska), 1914, with Croatian Coat of Arms.

Festival Epidaurus 2023 in Cavtat, beautiful late summer in Croatia

Under the motto 'Living with Arts,' the international music and art festival Epidaurus Cavtat took place for the seventeenth year in a row from August 27th to September 17th. The festival, recognized and renowned internationally, has made Cavtat the center of the art world at the end of each summer for 17 years, bringing over fifty performers and hosting more than 200 concerts and events. The founder and director of the Festival is Ivana Marija Vidović, Croatian pianist and poetesse.

Yoko Nishii recipient of the Commendation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
The Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements, in order to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries and areas. Japanese pianist Yoko Nishii (on the photo) is a recipient of the commendation for 2023. She was awarded for her continuous promotion of Croatian and Japanese music during the past 25 years, and in particular of the pianist works of Dora Pejačević, the first Croatian woman-composer of international reputation.

Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat 2023, Croatia, will take place on Sunday, August 27th
Right from the first day of the 17th Epidaurus Cavtat Festival, visitors of this renowned event will be welcomed with a true delight - an evening that equally celebrates art and the importance of peace in the world. Cavtat is a lovely small town near the city of Dubrovnik. The 2023 Epidaurus Cavtat Festival officially opens on August 27th at 8 PM with the prelude programme Together for world peace along with the opening of the exhibition The Power of Music by the Dubrovnik Association of Visual Artists DuLu. The founder and director of the Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat is Ivana Marija Vidović, distinguished Croatian pianist and poetesse (on the photo).

Mexican Mariachi music is very popular in Croatia

According to Fulanito Viajero (Mexico), the best ten Mariachi ensembles in the world (after Mexico) arrive from the following countries: Croatia!!!, Japan, USA, Spain, Slovakia, Colombia, USA, Cuba, UK, Poland. Top 10 Mejores Mariachis Extranjeros del Mundo! The best Croatian Mariachi ensemble is Los Caballeros, founded in 1998 in Croatia's capital Zagreb. They were often accompanied by distinguished Mexican harpist from Ciudad de Mexico. Many thanks to Mrs. Branka Gudelj (Canada, on the photo), for revealing us this surprising facts.

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) the father of Radio Technology and Wireless Communication since 1893

The principles of Radio Communication and Wireless Communication were layed down by Nikola Tesla, distinguished Croatian - American inventor, in 1893, during his spectacular public lecture in the St Louis concert hall, in front of 5000 people. The event was described in detail by Margaret Chaney in her monograph Tesla / Man Out of Time, in Chapter 6 entitled Radio. We provide an important testimony by William Gundry Broughton, son of Henry Primm Broughton (1865-1959) who served as Tesla's assistant during his lecture in St. Louis. Nikola Tesla is the precurusor of mobile-phone technology for more than hundred years.

Yoko Nishii and Marija Vidovic held concerts in Tokyo, Tokamachi, and Osaka

In July 2023, three concerts with Marija Vidović (soprano) and Yoko Nishii (piano) were organised in Tokyo, Tokamachi and Osaka by the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Japan and EU delegation to Japan, on the occasion of celebrating the Croatian Statehood Day, the 10th anniversary of the EU membership, the 30th anniversary of Establishment of diplomatic relations between Croatia and Japan. The concert included works by Croatian composers: Dora Pejačević (the first Croatian woman-composer), Ivan pl. Zajc, and Josip Hatze.

Emmanuel Vukovich Canadian violinist of Croatian roots popularizing Ukrainian folk music
Emmanuel Vukovich prepared several very nice video recordings of beautiful Ukrainean folk songs, accompanied with his violin play. He appears as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Natural History, London, and the Hrvatski glazbeni zavod in Zagreb, Croatia, performing with such artists as Ida Haendel, Matt Haimowitz, and Alex Klein. Emmanuel is founder and artistic director of the international collaborative The Parcival Project and artistic director of Montreal’s Bach Odyssey.

Ana Vidovic incredible classical guitar perfomer and teacher

Ana Vidović, residing in the USA, was born in Karlovac near Croatia's capital Zagreb, and started playing guitar at the age of 5. At age 7, she gave her first public performance and at the age of 11 she was performing internationally.  She became the youngest student at age 13 to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb. In the second half of 2023 she will have solo concerts in Cordoba Spain, Ventura Ca, Girona Spain, Seattle WA, Copenhagen Denmark, Viborg Denmark. She is a wonderful classical guitar teacher, always ready to share her unique music experience with numerous guitar fans throughout the world. Her timetable of solo concerts is filled in for more than a year in advance.

Zoran Filipovic Zoro distinguished Croatian photographer
Professional photographer and writer, born in 1959 in Brčko (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Zoran Filipović has lived in Croatia's capital Zagreb since 1978 where, in the last few years, he's been turning more and more towards graphic and product design. As photographer, he has worked and seen his work published in a number of distinguished world magazines, such as Paris Match, Life, Photo, Le Figaro Magazine, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin, Vogue/GQ and others. He is the author of 22 photo-monographs.

Ivana Marija Vidovic the first Croatian to join the Jury of the "Giulio Rospigliosi" competition in Italy

Among the distinguished members of the jury from the world of classical music, for the first time in the history of the competition, this year was someone from Croatia. Dubrovnik pianist and poetess Ivana Marija Vidović was alongside her distinguished colleagues Pietro de Maria and Stefano Fiuzzi, both of them presidents of the jury. The jury was also joined by the Mexican conductor Gabriela Diaz Alatriste, Hungarian pianist Istvan Szekely, the Italian pianist Adriana Silva, and the Austrian pianist, organist and conductor prof. Robert Lehrbaumer from Vienna.

Miro Gavran's plays in India and Indian actress Nimrat Kaur
Miro Gavran's plays had several hundred of premiers throughout the world, so that he is not able to follow them all. Only his play "All About Women" had as many as 53 premieres (in Zagreb, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Prague, Buenos Aires, Sarajevo, etc). she had a role in Gavran's play "All About Women". With this play, distinguished Indian actress Nimrat Kaur had the largest number of repeats, due to which she earned a nomitation for the leading theatric recognition in India. This article is a short summary of a public lecture delivered by Mr. Miro Gavran in Zagreb, organized by the Embassy of the Republic of India and by the Croatian-Indian Society.

Dr. Vesna Bosanac 1949-2022 Croatian hero of the city of Vukovar
Dr. Vesna Bosanac was born in 1949 in the city of Subotica, and her family moved to the Borovo Naselje near Vukovar when she was less than 1 year old. Her grandmother was Bunjevci Croatian. Since July 1991, during the Serbian military aggression on Croatia, she was emolyed as the director of the famous Vukovar Hospital. Until the end of 1991, during the most savage bombing and shelling of the city, The Vukovar Hospital took care of about 4000 people. About 2250 people underwent difficult and long term operations. Each day approximately 700 (seven hundred) granades was falling on the building of the hospital.

Miho Demovic 1934-2023 distinguished Croatian music historian and St Paul's shipwreck on the island of Mljet

Miho Demović, Croatian priest, defended his PhD in Germany (Koeln), dealing with the history of Croatian music in the city of Dubrovnik. He is best known for his numerous musicological studies and monographs dealing with Croatia, especially with Dubrovnik. He initiated scholarly studies of the problem of ubication of the well known shipwreck of St Paul in the 1st century AC (described in the Acts of Apostles of the New Testament), that showed that it occured near the island of Mljet near the city of Dubrovnik, and not on Malta.

Elizabeth Kera recipient of Croatian Women's Network Award
Members of the Croatian Women's Network are successful women from around the world, who share Croatian heritage and ancestry and come together to celebrate achievements, to inspire, champion and mentor younger generations. The aim is to connect like-minded members around the world. The Croatian Women's Network was founded by Caroline Spivak in Canada in 2015. One of the recipients of the Croatian Women's Network Award for 2020 is dr. Elizabeth Kera (on the photo) from New Jersey, USA, who is a specialist in the field of neuropsychology.

Yoko Nishii distinguished interpreter of pianistic works by Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic
On 5th March 2023, the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Tokyo celebrated 30 years of unwavering diplomatic ties between Croatia and Japan. The esteemed presence of H.I.H. Princess Tsuguko of Takamado and other distinguished guests who have contributed significantly to our relations made the event even more special. The celebration was further enhanced by a wonderful performance of Japanese pianist Yoko Nishii (on the photo), paying tribute to the legendary Croatian composer Dora Pejačević on the 100th anniversary of her passing on the same day in 1923.

Marija Miletic Dail 1934-2022 filmmaker from "Zagreb Film" Croatia to her "Animation Cottage" USA

Maria Miletić Dail started at "Zagreb Film" in Croatia, continued as animator in Canada and Hollywood, worked upward into the position of director and producer. She was interested in meaningful filmmaking using original ideas. Worked in own "Animation Cottage" studio with twenty artists on ABC network series of specials. Tried to keep all work inside USA. She lectured at UCLA, CalArts and CCLA on animation. For her film "Think Earth" she won Presidential award in 1992. Her husband Sukhdev S. Dail (from India, Sikh) she prepared a few films dealing with Indian themes.

Miroslav Blazevic 1935-2023 legendary Croatian football trainer
Miroslav Ćiro Blažević was a legendary trainer of Croatian football representation. Under his leadership, it won sensational thrid place at the 1998 FIFA World Championship in Paris. Due to his leadership, Croatian football representation became universaly known. Under his baton, his team was composed of world class sportsmen such as Davor Šuker, Zvonimir Boban, Slaven Bilić, Robert Jarni, Robert Prosinečki, Igor Štimac, and others. His successor Zlatko Dalić, also born in BiH, considers himself to be a student of Ćiro Blažević.

Dubrovnik gets a new sister city – Sorrento in Italy due to an initiative of Ivana Marija Vidović

The Charter on twinning and cooperation between the City of Dubrovnik and the City of Sorrento was signed on Feb 5, 2023, by two mayors, Mato Franković on behalf of the City of Dubrovnik and Massimo Coppola on behalf of the City of Sorrento. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Sorrento Dubrovnik Festival, as well as the Dubrovnik pianist Ivana Marija Vidović and conductor maestro Paolo Scibilia, are the most responsible for the intensification of cooperation between the two cities.

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