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St Leopold Bogdan Mandic Croatian saint visited Croatia in April 2016
St Leopold Bogdan Mandic (1866-1942, memorial day 30th July) was born in Herceg Novi in Boka kotorska, and died in Padova, Italy. Physically malformed and delicate, having height only 1m 35cm, with clumsy walk and stuttering, he developed tremendous spiritual strength. Although he wanted to be missionary in Eastern Europe, he spent almost all of his adult life in Italy, and lived in Padova from 1906 until the end of his life. He spent also one year in Italian prison during the WWI, since he did not want to renounce his Croatian nationality.

Branko Leskovar 1930-2016 distinguished Croatian-American expert in Electrical Engineering & Electronics
Dr Branko Leskovar, born in Croatia's capital Zagreb, earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zagreb. Since 1965 he worked atthe  Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. His work in resolution studies of electro-optical devices has had profound benefits on development and manufacturing of new devices with significantly improved characteristics. These methods have been accepted world-wide by government and industrial laboratories. Upon retirement, he served as Scientific Advisor to numerous universities and US government agencies. He was a fellow of IEEE and Sigma Xi societies.

Yoko Nishii's humanitarian concert in Zagreb during the Japanese Culture Week in March 2016
  This humanitarian concert of Yoko Nishii, Japan, has been organized by the Embassy of Japan in Zagreb in cooperation with Croatian Society for Training Guide Dogs and for Mobility. She played the works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt i Ferrucci Busonij, Frédéric Chopin, Eric Satie, Dora Pejačević, Kozaburo Hirai, Kosaku Yamada i Tooru Takemitsu. In Tokyo in 2015, she published the first CD in the world, which includes all pianistic compostions of distinguished Croatian female composer Dora Pejačević.

The 3rd International Flute Summer Academy in Karlovac, Croatia July 3-10th 2016

The Croatia Flute Academy is an international flute summer course, which presents a week full of intensive workshops, flute-clinics, seminars, shows, masterclasses, concerts, 1-1 Lessons, round-tables & ensemble-rehearsals. Flutists of all ages and levels are welcome to apply for a place. It will also feature guest professors from all over the world including Pierre-Yves Artaud (left) of France.

Bruno Vlahek distinguished Croatian pianist and composer
Pianist and composer Bruno Vlahek has distinguished himself as one of the most prominent and versatile musicians of his generation; being praised by the critics for his "fantastic virtuosity" and "depth of musical thought that bewitches the audience". Born 1986 in Zagreb (Croatia), it was there that he received first piano lessons at the age of 9. He is also active as a concert organist and composer. His music has been performed on five continents in cities such as New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cambridge, Lisbon, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Sydney and Zagreb.

Roman Krznaric popular philosopher and his new book Carpe Diem Reclaimed
Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living and social change. His bestselling books, which include Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in over 20 languages. His writings have been widely influential  political and environmental campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs, psychologists and designers. He is founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum and is also a founding faculty member of The School of Life. Roman has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers.

Ines Trickovic Croatian Jazz Vocalist and Friends performing at Carnegie Hall NY April 6, 2016, 8 PM
Ines Trickovic, a Croatian jazz singer based in Macau, joins forces with young jazz artists Brian Girley, Julian Shore, Gilad Hekselman, Marion Ross III, Shin Sakaino, and Marcus Gilmore. Their music is strongly influenced by jazz, as well as cinema and contemporary music. Songs are composed and arranged by Brian Girley and Ines Trickovic, with the exception of a few classical jazz pieces from the American Songbook and a traditional Croatian song, paying homage to their musical background. They will be performing at Carnegie Hall NY, Weill Recital Hall, April 6, 2016, 8 PM.

My Little Piece of Land is award finalist for the NATURA 2000 AWARD by EU Commission
The objective of this project was to increase the public’s awareness of farmers' important role in protecting Croatia’s Natura 2000 habitats and species. Most citizens in rural areas are still insufficiently informed about the existence and meaning of Natura 2000. The project was a collaboration between a private company, Suske Consulting, the Croatian State Institute for Nature Protection and the German Association for Landcare, an umbrella organisation representing agriculture, nature conservation and policy. On the photo Marija Martinko, a participant of the project.

Carolina Blaskovic Croatian violinist wins American Protege International Piano & Strings Competition 2016
Carolina Blaskovic from Zagreb, Croatia, who is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London, is just 20 years of age, and was the youngest of 62 participants in the College students and professional musicians category in ths years competition. The American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition is open to adults and school students of all nationalities. She beat participants from around the world, including Australia, Hungary, Korea and the United States. Thanks to her winning performance, she has been given the rare chance to perform at the spectacular Carnegie Hall in New York.

Ivana Marija Vidovic performing with Albanian and Croatian musicians in Austria and Slovenia in April 2016
Ivana Marija Vidović, distinguished Croatian pianist, will be performing in April 2016 with an Albanian Trio and with Krešimir Marmilić on the tour including Austria and Slovenia. This tour is a result of and continuation of fruitful music collaboration between Croatia and Albania, established during the past years by Ivana Marija Vidović (on the photo with maestro Fatos Qerimaj), founder and director of the prestigious Epidaurus Festival in the Cavtat near the city of Dubrovnik. The concert in Gmunden, Austria, takes place on 15th April 2016, while in Slovenia, it will be held on 17th April in Kazinska festivalska dvorana (SNG, Slovensko Narodno Gledališče) in Maribor and on 19th April in the Church of St. Martin in Bled.

Miro Gavran's comedy premiered in Lithuania's capital Vilnius on 10 March 20016
Miro Gavran's comedy "Henpecked Husbands" had its premiere in popular theater Domino in Vilnius, Lithuania, on March 10th. Director is Kostas Smoriginas, main roles are performed by Edita Užaite, Ineta Stasiulyte, Eimutis Kvoščiauskas, Mantas Vaitiekunas, Andrius Bialobžeskis, Evaldas Jaras and Sandra Daukšaite-Petrulene.  The works of Miro Gavran have been translated into 38 languages. His books had over 200 editions in Croatia and abroad. Based on his dramas and comedies, there were more than 300 theatric premieres worldwide, seen by more than three million of people.

Mia Negovetic Croatian teen singing prodigy participating in the Steve Harvey NBC show 2016
As part of NBC's new midseason shows in 2016, Little Big Shots follows Steve Harvey as he showcases the nation's most extraordinary young people. Among them is Mia Negovetić, very beautiful 13 year old lady from Croatia, who is an unusual singing talent. However, her major interest for the future is cooking, so she plans to becom a singing cook. The show is superbly directed by Steve Harvey, who learned his first Croatian words from Mia - "Bog, kako si?" (Hello, how are you?). Mia spent 9 days in Los Angeles filming for the show which has just started to air in the U.S.

Vladimir Novak 1928-2016 distinguished Croatian-American photographer
Vladimir Novak, distinguished Croatian-American photographer, born in the city of Varaždin in 1928, died in Croatia's capital Zagreb in 2016. He will be remembered for his extremely interesting photos dealing with the work and life Croatian emigrants in the USA. Some of his photo-testimonials can be seen on the web pages of the CROWN, as well as on related web pages. Višnja Starešina, in her important documentary film "Narodni neprijatelj" (People's Enemy), released in 2015, among seven short biographies described also that of Vladimir Novak.

Branka Cubelic and her Dreamtime Events Croatia
Branka Čubelić is CEO of Dreamtime Events Croatia, which is an international  team of professional creative event planners. Their diverse staff, having lived and worked in Australia, Canada, and Croatia, has over 30 years of experience in creating stylish, memorable, and of course, fun weddings and events. First class event planning experience from their native countries coupled with all of the amazing possibilities that Croatia has to offer. The Dreamtime is the Aboriginal understanding of the world, of it’s creation, and it’s great stories.

Betiana Bellofatto Purifying Ties in Antarctica
Betiana Bellofatto was born in 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her parents, Teresa Perinic and Carlos Bellofatto, are daughter and son of European immigrants (Croatian and Italian). Betiana studied Audiovisual Design and Photography. Her work as an artist often has a participative and relational approach, and has been exhibited in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and China. Purifying Ties is a time-based art work that emerges from the specific location where it was done: Antarctica.

Branding Croatia 2
Gosti predavači u Hrvatskoj matici iseljenika (HMI, Trg Stjepana Radića) bili su Nenad Bach, Ante Mandić, Mate Rimac, Ivan Mažuranić i Daniel Kolak. Vrlo interesantna predavanja popraćena su živim diskusijama i mnogim novim idejama. Među sudionicima manifestacije bili su Robert Schenk, Radojka Šverko, Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, Amanda Grbavac, Ljiljana Vinković, Branka Čubelić, Sven Maričić, Lucija Petrač, Marko Sever, Helena Peričić, Michael Glazer i drugi. Najveća vrijednost ovog susreta su nova sklopljena prijateljstva. Na fotografiji su Petar Ćurić (moderator), Mara Vitols-Hrgetić i Nenad Bach.

Trio LUR from Zagreb consisting of flutist Lucija Petrac, organist Ursa Vukman and soprano Rea Alaburic
Trio LUR was formed at the Zagreb Music Academy in 2011. The three students have found their common ground in the Baroque era, and have continued their musical collaboration and friendship in the exploration of the later musical periods. Their repertoire is based on the compositions that were intended to be performed by the flute, the voice and the organ or the harpsichord, written by Vivaldi, Purcell, Händel, Bach, Bajamonti, etc. In 2014, Trio Lur had concerts at the Ceremonial Hall of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, and in the della Misercordia basilica in Sant'Elpidio a Mare.

Makybe Diva a famous horse which is both Australian and Croatian brand owned by Tony Santic
Makybe Diva is the most famous horse in the History of Mankind. Mr Tony Santic (tuna farmer), who its owner, is Australian Croat born on the beautiful Croatian island of Lastovo. The name of Makybe Diva is an acronym, derived from the names of five ladies employed at Mr Santic: Maureen, Kylie, Belinda, Diane and Vanessa. In 2005 Makybe Diva became the first horse in Australasian racing history to claim three Melbourne Cups and a Cox Plate. The jockey of Makybe Diva is easily recognizable by the jersey and the cap deocrated with elements of the Croatian Coat of Arms that everybody knows.

BRANDING HRVATSKE 2 dvodnevni stručni seminar 11. i 12. ožujka 2016. u HMI u Zagrebu
Gosti predavači u Hrvatskoj matici iseljenika (HMI, Trg Stjepana Radića) su Nenad Bach, Ante Mandić, Mate Rimac, Ivan Mažuranić i Daniel Kolak. Radi se o dvodnevnom stručnom seminaru iz javne diplomacije prilagođen poduzetnicima, obrtnicima i uspješnim rukovoditeljima državnih tvrtki i agencija koji žele nastaviti stvarati novu vrijednost u domovini, ali i povećati izvoz (prodaju) na inozemno tržište te privući svježi kapital i ulaganja u svoje poduzeće iz inozemstva. Sva su predavanja interaktivna. Sessioni su raspoređeni cijeli dan u petak, 11., te prijepodne u subotu 12. ožujka. Petak je u potpunosti zatvoren za javnost u cilju kreiranja atmosfere maksimalnog povjerenja, slobodnog protoka misli i razgovara te nesmetane izmjene informacija.

Lana Genc Croatian pianist has U.S. Premiere Piano Recital at DiMenna Center in NYC on March 5th 2016
Ana Genc, Croatian pianist, studied at the Music Academy in Zagreb, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, as well as at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Bergamo, Italy. She regularly performs throughout her native country, as a solo artist, with all major orchestras, and in chamber. At the age of 17, Lana traveled to Japan for her first recital tour, which led. She has played recitals in Vienna (Bosendorfer - Saal), Cyprus, Bulgaria, Holland, Russia, France, Germany, Chile and some other countries. On her premiere USA concert tour, besides New York, Lana will play in Washington DC on Feb 25th, Baltimore MD on Feb 28th and Alexandria VA.

What's This Croatian Village Doing in McKinney, Texas? Story by Money | Time

Jeffory D. Blackard is the Chief Executive Officer of Blackard Global, Inc., USA. The culminating effort of the previous 30+ years of development and construction led to the creation of Adriatica, a $350 million plus, development in McKinney, Texas. Adriatica is the re-creation of the Croatian fishing village, Supetar on the island of Brač. The meaning of the name of "Supetar" is "Sveti Petar", that is, "Saint Peter". Mr. Blackard challenges the current process of urban development by going back to the basic philosophies that define an authentic village. Through diverse financed ventures all around the world, returns to the reverberations of a dying communal society and brings them back to life with unmatched elegance.

Vitomir Marof distinguished Croatian baritone of international reputation
Croatian baritone Vitomir Marof graduated in Pharmacy at Pharmaceutical Faculty of the University of Zagreb and worked for several years in pharmaceutical industry. He also graduated in solo singing at The Academy of Music in Zagreb. Perfected in Vienna, Salzburg and particulary belcanto style (Verdi) in Rome. In 2008/10 he had Gala Concerts with Europasymphony Orchestra and mo. Wolfgang Gröhs in Weikersdorf Castle in BADEN / VIENNA; than several concerts in Vienna, etc. It is interesting that he has  his fans in Vienna who travel to Croatia in order to attend his concerts in his native city of Zagreb.

My Little Piece of Land exhibition of Croatian farmers in Auderghem, Bruxelles, on 4th March 2016
We have the pleasure to invite you to the exhibition My little piece of land, in which farmers from Croatia talk about their life and how they work in harmony with nature. The Exhibition Opening 4th March 2016, 4:30 pm, DG Environment, Avenue de Beaulieu 5, B-1160 Auderghem, Bruxelles, Belgium. The opening includes the buffet, tasting of the first bottles of rediscovered Croatian white wine variety Palagružonka from the island of Vis. The exhibition was created by Suske consulting in cooperation with the Croatian agency for environment and nature. On the photo Marija Martinko, Zagreb, a member of the organizing committee.

Umro je Dr. Slobodan Lang: smrt koja nas moralno obvezuje na gradnju mira i činjenje dobra
Umro je ... hrvatski domoljub i nacionalist, Židov i Hrvat, štovatelj i sljedbenik ideja i vjere Isusa Krista, hrabar čovjek u ratu, spasitelj brojnih ljudskih života, idejni začetnik humanitarnih konvoja "Libertas" (uz Branku Šeparović) i "Bijeli put" (s Hermanom Vukušićem), odan suprug i brižan i nježan otac i djed, sin velikog znanstvenika i plemenitog čovjeka dr. Rikarda Langa ... Ništa od onog što je bio Slobodan Lang nije nikada prešutio i zatajio i zato bi nas njegova smrt mogla potaknuti na gradnju mira i činjenje dobra. (Prof.dr. Slaven Letica)

Pavo Jurisic published an important monograph about 50 years of pastoral care among Croats of Melbourne
The monograph And the hand of the Lord was with them / Celebrating 50 Years of Pastoral Care among Croats of Melbourne, written by Dr Pavo Jurišić, is dedicated to Croatian immigrants in Australia, especially those in Melbourne who lived their faith and represented their homeland, and to their fellow countrymen in Australia, their new homeland which accepted them and gave them shelter.

Mate Rimac lecturing at the Stanford University about the Electric Car Industry start-up in Croatia
In January 11 2016, Mate Rimac had the honor to deliver a lecture about his Electric Car Startup in Croatia upon the invitation from the prestigious Stanford University, USA. The technological novelties of this company in Croatia, which now has about 150 employees (out of which only 5 foreigners), have raised enormous interest among global leaders in the field. The novelties are expected to have a big impact on the global production of cars and other vehicles in decades to come. Numerous excursions, professional and educational, are organized to the Rimac automobili co. near Croatia's capital Zagreb, including from Israel. Some of the principal investors come from China.

Marinko Marco Radakovic Croatian American Actor
If Marinko Radakovic looks familiar, you may have seen him in recent movies and on TV. The Croatian born actor was recently seen in the Johnny Depp movie, Black Mass, RIPD, and Ted. He was also on TV in The Blacklist, Elementary, Daredevil and in Person of Interest. Marinko attended the 2016 SAG awards and was in a recent Visa commercial featuring Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. He is also set to appear alongside Melissa McCarthy and Matt Walsh in the new Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig.

Petition for direct flights between Croatia & USA
Dubrovnik, Zagreb, New York and Split are world's most vibrant and entrepreneurial cities but DO NOT have an overseas direct non stop flights which could connect our cities in just over 8 hours. Through our petition we can show the Airlines there's strong demand for a direct New York - Dubrovnik - Zagreb flight, providing essential market research on how profitable the route could be. Croatia is on many charts the most desirable destination for tourists. It offers great business opportunities... Instead of traveling for 20 + hours, why not do it in 7-9 hours?

Mate Rimac: How We Build The World's Fastest Electric Car
Focused on high-performance that comes from a unique fusion of light build, and pure, seamless power, Rimac Automobili was driven from the world we were, passionate petrolheads, into the world of electric propulsion that we are today. Rimac Automobili is a family of enthusiasts, engineers and designers on their quest to discover new ways of making cars faster, and to prove to the World that fun can be electric - far more than anyone ever imagined. Located in Croatia, near Zagreb, the Rimac factory is a place where magic has happened since 2009. When you love what you do, you don't work, you play and thus create art. 

Monaco Police testing Croatian Bikes | Greyp Bikes breakthrough to institutional markets worldwide!
Greyp Bikes is a sister company of the better known Rimac Automobili in Croatia. With its electric bicycle G12S the company Greyp Bikes has recently gained attention from a significant number of institutional buyers from around the world.  Among several interested parties coming from various continents, Police Department of Monaco stands out as the institution which has for some time been extensively testing the everyday usage of Greyp Bikes.

Martin Lazar young Croatian mathematician visiting the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics in Bilbao
In the period of May - June 2015, Dr Martin Lazar, a young Croatian mathematician from the Univeristy of Dubrovnik, visited the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics in Bilbao, Spain, in order to continue already established collaboration with its director, Professor Enrique Zuazua. Professor Zuazua is a distinguished international expert in Control Theory, a branch of Applied Mathematics. Dr Lazar had an opportunity to actively participate in numerous activities at the Center (seminars, courses, workshops, …), to present his previous results, as well as to get acquainted with the recent results and open problems of applied mathematics.

NFCA January 2016 Newsletter
The National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation has released their end-of-the-year 2015 newsletter highlighting many activities promoting Croatian causes within the United States including: Pittsburgh convention, NFCA meeting with U.S. Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes, NFCA collaboration with Team Croatia at the Special Olympics Summer World Games in Los Angeles and a UN meeting in New York City with Dragan Covic, the Chair of of the Presidency in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dubrovnik celebrating 1044 years of the Feast of St Blaise in 2016
On the 3rd of February of 2016, the city of Dubrovnik celebrated the Feast of its protector, Sveti Vlaho (St. Blaise). The celebration is organized each year at this date for more than a thosand years, more specifically, for 1044 years. The Holy Mass was celebrated by the Sarajevo Cardinal Vinko Puljić, who was the official envoy of Pope Francis. Thirty archbishops and bishops concelebrated, among them Blaise Cupich, archbishop of Chicago (who is of Croatian origin), archbishop Kegham Katcherian, envoy of the Armenian Catholicos - upon the invitation of the Dubrovnik bishop Mate Uzinić, as well as around a hundred priests. We provide numerous photos of Croatians in traditional dresses, who attended the Feast of Sveti Vlaho.

Najka Mirkovic inspired by flying residents of the city of Dubrovnik – the pigeons
The new photographic cycle of Najka Mirković - a lover of photography who belongs to the group of Dubrovnik-based photographers, observes the pigeons, eternal guardians of the city walls. All citizens of Dubrovnik have photographs as little children chasing pigeons by Orlando Column. A photograph with pigeons in front of St Blaise’s Church and in the Open-air Market was part of the city cults in each generation, because pigeons have profound symbolism in Dubrovnik's Judeo-Christian tradition.

Anna Givargizyan exhbited her photos of Armenian khachkars in Dubrovnik Croatia in Feb 2016
  The photo collection of khachkars, Armenian stone crosses, has been prepared by Dr Anna Givargizyan, an Armenian living in Moscow. The exhibition lasted from the February 2nd to March 3rd 2016, and was held in the hall of the Society of Friends of the Dubrovnik Antiquities. Except Dr Givarigizyen, in the solemn opening of the exhibition participated Armenian archbishop Kegham Katcherian, the Dubrovnik bishop Mate Uzinić, Croatian historian Dr Vinicije Lupis and Mrs Naira Asatryan, who is a pianist living in Dubrovnik and is the founder of the Croatian-Armenian Friendship Society in the city.

Zagreb Philharmonic to perform with Malek Jandali at Carnegie Hall on February 6 2016
Composer and pianist Malek Jandali premieres his sinfonietta for chamber orchestra with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in their Carnegie Hall debut. This concert celebrates the orchestra's 145th year during Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary season. Jandali presents his latest album SoHo featuring The Malek Jandali Trio as part of his world tour The Voice of the Free Syrian Children, uniting people in peace and humanity.

Traditional celebration in Subotica Prelo sicanja to be organized on 7th February 2016
CROWN is very proud to announce a traditional celebration of Prelo 2016 in the city of Subotica. The whole region of Bačka where the city is situated is one of the trademarks of Croatian culture, especially via beautiful songs and dances of Bunjevci Croatians in Bačka. At the beginning of the 20th century, the city of Subotica was the largest Croatian city (larger than Croatian capital Zagreb). Also, the oldest Croatian soccer club called Bačka has been founded there, and its trademark was the Croatian Coat of Arms. The celebration of Prelo sićanja starts on 7th Feb 2016 at 5pm near the Franciscan church and continues at the Croatian Cultural Center Bunjevačko kolo at 7pm. Traditional Bunjevci suits are obligatory.

Marin Soljacic professor at MIT speaking about newest discoveries in nanophotonics and applications
Marin Soljačić, distinguished Croatian-American physicst and professor at MIT, USA, delivered a very interesting talk at the 2015 Tech Day, dealing with newest achievements in nanonphotonics and possible applications. Nanophotonics is a sub-field of nanotechnology that deals with light (photons). Nanophotonic techniques provide ultimate opportunities for tailoring behavior of light, thus offering a potential to enable a wide variety of important applications. This talk highlights recent work in this area, including security applications (for consumers and soldiers), energy conversion, and displays.

Marin Soljacic helps to redesign the light bulb
Humanity started recycling relatively early in its evolution: there are proofs that trash recycling was taking place as early as in the 500 BC. What about light recycling? Consider light bulbs: more than one hundred and thirty years ago Thomas Edison patented the first commercially viable incandescent light bulb, so that "none but the extravagant" would ever "burn tallow candles", paving the way for more than a century of incandescent lighting. Now, in a study published in Nature Nanotechnology on January 11th 2016 (online), a team of MIT researchers describes another way to recycle light emitted at unwanted infrared wavelengths while optimizing the emission at useful visible wavelengths.

Drago Stambuk promoting global haiku consciousness and deepening friendship between Brazil and Croatia
When Dr Drago Štambuk (on the photo) proposed the creation of a Haiku Award in memory of Professor Vladimir Devidé, Croatian mathematician and the pioneer of haiku in Croatia, he suggested that modern and traditional haiku should be treated as equals. This is especially crucial for international haiku composition and competition, since not all languages can reflect Japanese syllabic patterns, nor do all climates mirror the four clear seasons which find expression in classical haiku. We also illustrate interesting contacts with Brazililan poets, established by Dr Drago Štambuk as a former Croatian ambassador in that country.

May 2016 Croatian Heritage Tour and Cruise
Join genealogist Robert Jerin for a unique cruise and heritage tour of Croatia! This cruise begins in Dubrovnik and works its way up the coast, visiting historic cities and towns like Korcula, Split Sibenik and Zadar. From there the tour works its way inland to the towns of Karlovac, Zagreb and Varazdin. You will have to hurry if you want to experience Croatia like this - seats are filling up!

The 2016 “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School to be held in Milna on the Island of Brac
The 13th annual composition course this summer as part of the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School in the town of Milna on the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac in Croatia. The composition course consists of: a series of daily group meetings with Professor Joel Hoffman (left), cultural and outdoor group activities in Milna and nearby on the island of Brac, and final concert of works by course participants. The course will focus on works written for the Milna Ensemble, which consists of the composer-performers who are members of the course.

Jimmy Lyggett an American boxer and trainer of Croatian boxing national team from 1939 to 1945
Jimmy Lyggett (1897-1955) was an American boxer and trainer of Croatian boxing clubs in Zagreb, as well as of Croatian boxing national team from 1939 to 1945, on the photo on the right.  While he lived in Vienna, he met a woman of Croat descent, Roza, whom he married. The couple moved to Zagreb, Croatia in the early 1930s, where he opened his boxing school. He trained many young boxers in several boxing clubs in Zagreb, starting with boxing club Croatia, and later with clubs Herkules, Makabi and Radnik.

Mladen Ibler and Birgitta Fritz writing about Johan Franke a Croatian castle commander in Sweden in 15th ct.
The castle commander Johan Vale or Franke in Sweden is identified by Dr Mladen Ibler (on the photo) as Ivan Anž Frankopan, the eldest son of Count Nikola IV, viceroy (banus) of Croatia from 1426. The Scandinavian king Erik of Pomerania had met the young man at the court of his cousin King Sigmund in Budapest. After having decided to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land he had chosen this nobleman, who was familiar with Mediterranean conditions, to lead the tour. In Jerusalem the king knighted him and then afterwards recompensed him with the enfeoffments in Sweden. Besides those connections between the Scandinavian king and the Frankopan family the article also presents proofs of the king's stay at Dubrovnik, both on the way to Palestine and on the way back.

Croatian writer Miro Gavran nominated for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award
Croatian writer Miro Gavran has been nominated for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the most significant prize for children's literature in the world.  This prize has been awarded every two years to authors since 1956, and to illustrators since 1966. Works by Miro Gavran have been translated into 38 languages. Gavran has published ten books for children and teenagers, eagerly read by young and old alike: "How Dad Won Mum", "Try to Forget", "All Sorts Of Things In My Head", "Head Over Heels", "Happy Days", "The Teacher Of My Dreams", "A Summer To Remember" ...

Esther Gitman's interview 2016 about Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac and his role in saving the Jews in Croatia

Dr Esther Gitman analized about 5000 archival documents kept in various Croatian archives. Especially important among them are 500 signed petitions for the rescue of Jews in Croatia during the WW2. Some of these documents contain as many as 150 names, signed by ordinary people, who risked their lifes in order to save the lifes of their endangered Jewish neighbors and friends. Furthermore, according to Dr Girtman, THOSANDS OF ORDINARY PEOPLE signed these petitions, which is a fact totally unknown in historigraphy (not only Croatian). Similar documents in such abundonce, cannot be found in any other European country, said Dr Gitman. We invite you to see and listen to this extremely interesting and important interview, conducted by the Laudato TV in Zagreb, Croatia.

Lovre Stavun linking Croatia and Japan via his native city of Zadar
Lovre Štavun is a young Croatian tourist guide living in the city of Zadar, who is very fond of Japanese language and culture. It is even more impressive that he learned Japanese without visiting Japan yet! In his article, that he wrote in English and Japanese (sic!), he discusses the possibilities of offering completely new contents for tourists visiting Croatia, with emphasis on his native Zadar. "How many natural wonders does the country of Croatia possess, but those same wonders are rarely ever offered as something of value to Japanese tourists."

Zdravko Basaric's conversation with Rabbi Kotel Da-Don in Zagreb for Wall Street International
Zdravko Basarić had the honour of speaking to the spiritual leader of the Jewish community Bet Israel in Croatia, Rabi Dr Kotel Da-Don.Rabi Da-Don drew a comparison between Israel and Croatia. "Both are Mediterranean countries; throughout their history both Croats and Israelis have fought for their Independence, both have a large number of emigrants all over the world and are classified as countries with small territories". Rabi Kotel Da-Don likes to say that Israel is his home, and Croatia is his house.

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 41 Winter Peace Dec 2015
2015 was an exciting year to say the least. Let the Winter Peace roll in, and I would like to wish everyone a belated merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah let's all work for world peace in one hour in 2016! Scoring a documentary film about Croatian most prominent ballerina Mia Slavenska. Film Mia, A Dancer's Journey will be distributed in 2016. Produced by Brenda Brkusic. While in Zagreb, I was privileged to be part of the future art exhibition by Robert Gojevic, a very talented photographer and editor in chief of the Blur Magazine. Future is now. I drove autopilot Tesla Model S. Jamie Cohen is a brilliant man and one of the most prominent and progressive teachers who wrote an important book.

Bernard Luketich 1931-2015 president of Croatian Fraternal Union in the USA during 37 years
Bernard Luketich was instrumental in the organization of the National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) when a strong need existed for unifying all Croatians living in the United States. He was the recipient of numerous citations and prestigious awards from the Croatian government, was honored as Man of the Year by the United CFU Four County Lodges, CFU Scholarship Foundation Inc., the Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh and several other fraternal organizations, including John Jordan Upchurch Award for distinguished leadership and service to the fraternal benefit system. He liked to play tamburitza, Croatian national instrument.

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