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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.

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.

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 kahachkars 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 Soljačic 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.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2016 accompanied with beautiful Croatian Christams carols

Croatia has as many as 500 traditional Christmas carols, the oldest ones dating from the 12th century, and sung also today. This number is probably greater than in the case of any other nation in the Christian world. We provide several video recordings to illustrate this important religious and musical heritage of the Republic of Croatia, which was a source of inspiration for numerous composers. On the photo a Christmas detail from the wooden portal of Andrija Buvina in the Split Cathedral, dating from 1214, of 530 cm of height. This is a top monument of Croatian culture.

Paul L. Modrich of the Duke University 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry is of Croatian descent
Paul Lawrence Modrich, an American biochemist, Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015. He is known for his research on DNA mismatch repair. Modrich’s work also has shown that inactivation of this mismatch repair system is the cause of the most common form of hereditary colon cancer, and that repair errors also play an important role in the development of a number of neurodegenerative diseases and 20 to 30 percent of sporadic tumors found in many tissues. Professor Paul Modirch is of Croatian descent: his paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Croatia.

Adventski koncert Splitskih virtuoza i Mai Suzuki pod ravnanjem maestra Wladimira Kossjanenka
Komorni orkestar Splitski virtuozi održao je adventski koncert u foyeru Hrvatskog narodnog kazališta Splitu 12. prosinca 2015. Koncertom je ravnao Wladimir Kossjanenko, a kao gošća večeri nastupila je mlada japanska violinistica Mai Suzuki pobjednica Međunarodnog natjecanja „Vaclav Huml“ 2013.g. Na programu su bila Četiri godišnja doba Antonija Vivaldija, Simfonija br.3 u D-duru Luke Sorkočevića i Rumunjski plesovi Béle Bartóka.

Lovre Stavun the first & only Japanese-speaking Croatian tour guide in the city of Zadar
Not many people in Croatia can claim to being fluent in the Japanese language, and even fewer people in Croatia can claim to being fluent in the Japanese language without any formal education… 29-year-old Lovre Štavun from the the city of Zadar is perhaps one of the few people in Croatia who can claim that. The Japanophile is putting his skills to use and recently he became the first formally schooled tour guide in the Japanese language in the Zadar county and one of the very few Japanese-speaking tour guides in Croatia. He has not yet visited Japan, but if he were to be given a chance to do so, he would gladly take such an opportunity.

Ivana Marija Vidovic istaknuta hrvatska pijanistica nastupila u Cankarjevem domu u Ljubljani
Gallusova rasprodana dvorana, za klavirom Dubrovkinja Ivana Marija Vidović, Simfonijski orkestar Cantabile i maestro Grdadolnik ispratili su ovu 2015. godinu na spektakularan način u subotu 19.12. Naša je dubrovačka pijanistica i pjesnikinja imala čast nastupiti u potpuno rasprodanoj Gallusovoj dvorani u Cankarjevem domu u Ljubljani uz palicu maestra Grdadolnika i Simfonijski orkestar Cantabile tumačeći Klavirski koncert u cis molu Nikolaja Rimskog Korsakova, op. 30, skladanog između 1882.-1883. godine.

Croatian dialects interactive atlas project directed by Dr Velimir Piskorec
The atlas of Croatian dialects has the aim to describe the living speech heritage in various parts of the Republic of Croatia and outside of it. About seventy typical sentences have been chosen as an illustration. The project is directed by Dr Velimir Piškorec, professor at the University of Zagreb, at the Faculty of Arts and Letters. The project is far from being completed, and native speakers from various parts where the Croatians live are invited to participate. The project is a part of the effort to present global linguistic diversity of Mankind using Internet.

The Canon of Croatian Poetry, 1450-2000: Over 200 Croatian Poems with English Translations
Translated, edited and annotated by Ivo and Vinka Soljan, this work offers a panorama of Croatian poetry written over the last five centuries. Touching on the different subjects and shifting fashions of poetic creativity throughout Croatia’s turbulent history, this poetry reveals the spirit of its people. The poems are clustered chronologically into chapters representing seven literary periods. The Renaissance, The Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, Croatian Modernism, Echoes of the Two World Wars, and The Postmodern-Contemporary Period.

Ivan Pavletic's 476 A.D. Chapter One: The Last Light of Aries is available on Amazon.com
We recently sat down to talk with Croatian-American filmmaker and painter, Ivan Pavletic regarding the release of his historical epic 476 A.D. Chapter One: The Last Light of Aries is available on Amazon.com. The film tells the story of General Flavius Aëtius' Last Victorious Campaign against Attila the Hun, which brought order back to the Roman Empire, with General Aëtius' increasing political power and popularity as "The True Savior of Rome", he becomes a threat to Caesar Valeninian III and the Senate of Rome.

Ludmila Rulenkova's book about the SUVAG verbotonal method translated from Russian into Croatian in 2015
Ludmila Ivanovna Rulenkova has published a textbook in Moscow in 2011 dealing with the so-called verbotonal method, developed by academician Petar Guberina in Croatia's capital Zagreb already since the 1950s. The method has been successfully  tested on hundreds of Russian children since the early 1990s. Her book has been translated into Croatian in 2015 at the SUVAG Centre in Zagreb, which is the leading centre in the world for problems of deaf children. The methods developed at SUVAG are in everyday use in more than 70 countries worldwide, in about 600 specialized insitututions.

Faces of War exhibition of Croatian History Museum
To commemorate the Operation Storm, as well as Victory and National Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day on August 5th, the Croatian History Museum has organized an exhibition of Croatian war photography under the title “Faces of War.” The photographs encompass the period from 1991 to 1995, presenting events from Croatia’s Homeland War. In case you are interested in realizing the cooperation and hosting of the exhibition “Faces of War” in your country / institution, or have additional questions, we will gladly answer them. Please contact us on the following e-mail address: j.hotko@hismus.hr. On the photo a legendary Croatian photographer Pavao Urban (1968-1991),  assasinated in his native city of Dubrovnik with his photo camera in hands.

Silvija Gradecak Croatian scientist at MIT speaking about Nano Structured Materials
Her solar cells could absorb and use more sunlight. Her light bulbs could last longer, and her thermoelectric devices could take heat that would be otherwise lost and turn it into energy. “We’re looking for more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive technology with new capabilities,” Gradečak says. Born in Vukovar, Croatia, she studied physics at the University of Zagreb and earned her PhD in Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lousanne.

Ivo Pogorelich world renowned pianist a frequent guest of Croatian concert halls in Zagreb and Dubrovnik
Ivo Pogorelich, distinguished pianist, is a frequent guest of numerous concerts halls throughout the world, including Croatia. He is a recipient of several high Croatian honors in the field of culture, such as: Orlando Award (Dubrovnik Summer Games (1981), Vladimir Nazor Award (1985), Order of Croatian Morning Star (Red Danice Hrvatske) with the figure of Marko Marulić (1999), Porin Award for a special contribution to Croatian music culture (1997), Milka Trnina Award (2002). In the recent season 2014/2015 Ivo Pogorelich has given triumphal recitals and concerts in Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Great Britain, Lithuania, Croatia, Spain, Turkey, Japan as well as in China. His brother Lovro Pogorelić is also a pianist and professor at the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Anthony Grbic distinguished expert in metamaterials visited the University of Zagreb
Anthony Grbic received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 2005. In January 2006, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he is currently an Associate Professor. In January 2010, he was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2011, he received an Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He has Croatian roots, and he collaborates among others with a group of Croatian scientists at the University of Zagreb.

Almae Matris Croaticae Alumni AMCA Toronto published Collection of Documents 1990-1999
AMCA Toronto, an association of students and friends of Croatian Universities, founded in 1990, has become the centre of intellectual life of the Croatian community in Southern Ontario (Canada). During the Homeland Liberation War, AMCA Associations played an important role worldwide by providing systematic help to Croatia. AMCA Toronto concentrated itself on delivering humanitarian aid to Croatia and B&H and on lobbying and spreading the truth about the situation in Croatia. An enormous number of letters and proclamations have been pubished in Zagreb, Jan 2014, in two extensive volumes. The editor is Vladimir Benković, while an associate editor and sponsor is Dr Ivan Hrvoić (on the photo). Both of them are Croatian emigrants in Canada and experts in technical sciences.

Yoko Nishii's Christmas concert on 23rd Dec 2015 in Japan includes Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic
We are very pleased to announce that Yoko Nishii, Japanese pianist, will have a Christmas Concert on December 23rd 2015 at Oita (Oita-iichiko Hall, Oita-city, Japan). It includes among others the works of Dora Pejačević (1885-1923), the first Croatian womean composer. Yoko Nishii is the author of the double CD containing the pianist works of Dora Pejačević, published in Tokyo in 2015. She studied piano at the Music Academy "Ino Mirković" in Lovran, Croatia.

Miro Gavran's novel "Kafka's friend" published in Albanian in Pristina, Kosovo
Miro Gavran's novel "Kafka's friend" was just published by the publishing house "OM" from Pristina, Kosovo. Translation from Croatian into Albanian was done by Ben Apolloni and the editor is Xhemajl Avdyli. This novel first came out in Croatian in 2011 published by "Mozaik knjiga" from Zagreb and after that it was translated into Czech, English, Dutch, Slovak and in parts into Esperanto. The main characters are the writers Franz Kafka and Max Brod and women that defined their destinies. Gavran's books have been translated into 38 languages!

Ana Vidovic why is she considered to be one of the greatest contemporary classical guitarists?
  We provide a few selected video recordings of recent appearances of Ana Vidović, distinguished Croatian guitarist living in the USA. Among them there are several recordings from 15 March 2015 in AsamSaal Ettlingen, Germany, of impressive quality and variety, ranging from classical to pop music. She 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 of the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb in history.

Croatian emigrants are a great potential for growth and development of the Croatian economy
President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has officially opened a business conference Meeting G2.1 and expressed her support to the work of the conference as an important step in connecting Croatia and Croatian Diaspora. The event has been organized by the FORUM center in Zagreb, directed by Mara and Josip Hrgetić on the photo. Mr. Hrgetić was born in Caracas as a second generation of Croatians living in  Venezuela, while his wife Mara Vitols Hrgetić, also from Venezuela, has Latvian roots. They both now live in Croatia's capital Zagreb.

Cravat man Nicholas B. Daddazio
Nicholas B. Daddazio studies the necktie as an icon and symbol of Western culture, rather than a fashion statement. He is also the first artist in the four hundred year history of the cravat/necktie to make figurative and representational bronze sculptures of the necktie/cravat. The giant neckties can be displayed on walls, in corners, on doors, along a staircase, hung from the ceiling, or flung over a bed, piano, or couch. As everybody knows, the cravat, as a global fashion element, has Croatian roots from the 16th century, and even the name of the cravat is derived from the name of Croatia.

Ivan Padovec distinguished Croatian classical guitarist from the 19th century
Ivan Padovec 1800-1873 (known also as Johann Padowetz or Jean Padowetz), was distinguished Croatian guitar player and composer. His original compositions reveal virtuosity of a great master. He also composed pieces for guitar accompanied with other string instruments. During his lifetime he had numerous concerts concerts not only in Croatia, but throughout Europe: in Vienna, Graz, Prague, Brno, Budapest, Frankfurt, Hannover, Hamburg, London, etc. He constructed a ten string guitar with two necks, which is kept in the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb. In 2006 the Mel Bey publishing company in the USA has issued his collected works. Padovec was born in the city of Varaždin, known for its Baroque architecture and a rich music tradition.

The Story of Ilija Letica by distinguished Croatian filmmaker Jakov Sedlar
We present the readers of the CROWN a fascinating documentary by Croatian filmmaker Jakov Sedlar about the life and work of Ilija Letica in the USA, about his very successful LETICA CORPORATION in the USA, with a special emphasis on his ties with Croatia and on his life philosophy. LETICA is a multi-faceted packaging company with diverse talent and technologies to support business on a number of fronts. The company works in multiple technologies such as thermoform, injection mold, paper-forming and sheet extrusion as well as with multiple mediums including paper, rigid and thinwall plastic, reclaimed post-consumer fiber, and other environmentally-friendly materials.

Janica Kostelic the greatest female skier in history advertising Yakutian diamonds in 2015
Janica Kostelić of Croatia is the greatest female skier in history: she is the first alpine skier, male or female, to win four medals at one Olympics and the first female alpine skier to win six Olympic medals. Janica Kostelic was recently advertizing Yakutian diamonds in Croatia's capital Zagreb. Her brother Ivica Kostelic was also internationally known skier, under the guidance of their father and trainer Ante Kostelic. The life of the family of Kostelic is unique in the history of skiing sport (and may be in the history of sport in general).

Andrej Plenkovic Croatian diplomat and a Member of the European Parliament speaking about Ukraine
Andrej Plenković, Croatian diplomat and a Member of the European Parliament, was the Chairman 2nd meeting of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committe held in Kyiv on 4-5 November 2015. "We had two days of very intensive and productive discussions with our friends in the Verkhovna Rada, and very fruitful meetings with President Poroshenko, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Speaker Groysman. ... The European Parliament stands ready to assist Ukraine's efforts on its European path, against the backdrop of the complex economic, financial and social situation, and of the temporary occupation of parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts and the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.", said Mr. Plenković.

Cheah Chan Duo open Nov 13 2015 DiMenna concert with music by Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic
The Cheah Chan Duo are thrilled to be opening Some Enchanted Evening, the first concert of their seventh season—and their first appearance at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 West 37th Street)—on Friday the 13th of November at 7:30pm (tickets are $20 at the door) with an art song by Dora Pejačević (1885-1923), one of the most significant Croatian composers of the early 20th century and one of the most important woman composers from that time as well. Author of over a hundred works including a symphony, the first piano concerto penned by a Croatian composer, several formidable large-scale chamber music compositions, and some 33 art songs, Pejačević began composing at the age of 12.

Zdravko Basaric representing Croatia at the Israeli pavillion at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair
It was great honor for Mr. Zdravko Basarić and and for his country the Republic of Croatia tobe presented and promoted in the pavilion of the State of Israeli, during the Frankfurt book fair 2015. Thanks to his publisher of Hebrew edition Mr Pierre Lavi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel and the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Croatia, "The Countdown Trilogy" has become successful Croatian-Israeli cultural project which is presented to the global publishers in the world and to the Hollywood film industry.

Ilko Corkovic, a Croatian refugee from Bosnia and Herzgovina becomes Mayor in Sweden in 2015
Mr. Ilko Ćorković (48 years of age in 2015) left the city of Banja Luka in 1993 as one among numerous Croatian refugees during the Serbian aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina. Accompanied with his wife and a young daughter, one and a half years old at the time, he arrived to the island of Oland in Sweden. With innate optimism, strong will and hard work, he was subsequently able to enroll at the Faculty of Economy, which he successfuly completed in 2000. In 2015 he was elected Mayor of the town of Borgholm on the island of Oland.

Miro Gavran's play "All About Women" premiered in Moscow on 27th Sep 2015
Croatian writer Miro Gavran will have premiere of his play "All About Women" on 27th October 2015 in famous Russian theater "Et Cetera" in Moscow. Director of Gavran's play is young and talented Viktorija Pecernikova. The play was translated from Croatian into Russian by Sergej Girin. Actors are Angela Belian Skaya, Natalija Zhitkova, Olga Belova, Elizabeta Ryzhikh, Katarina Buylova and Anastasia Kormilitsyana. Gavran's play "All About Women" had 41 premieres in Europe, North and South America and India so far. Miro Gavran's plays were translated into 38 languages, there have been 300 world premieres and more then 3 million people around the world saw them.

Marin Cilic is the winner of the 2015 Moscow Tennis Tournament
Marin Cilic has defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the Moscow final for a second consecutive year, 6-4, 6-4. The victory marks Cilic’s 14th career title and first of 2015.  “This tournament is becoming more and more special for me. To win it again really gives me huge satisfaction and big pleasure,” Ćilić told the Moscow crowd after the final.“This tournament is becoming more and more special for me. To win it again really gives me huge satisfaction and big pleasure,” Cilic told the Moscow crowd after the final.

Stephen Kovacevich distinguished classical pianist of Croatian origin in London
Stephen Kovacevich was born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, USA, to a Croatian father and an American mother. As a soloist and conductor, he has frequently performed and recorded works by, amongst others, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Bartók.  He has directed the London Mozart Players, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in this way. Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most revered musicians of his generation. He has won unsurpassed admiration for his interpretation of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. He has given master classes and recitals at Dartington International Summer School for many years. Had two concert appearances in Croatia's capital Zagreb, in 2012 and 2015 (on the occasion of his 75th birthday).

First Conference Organised by Croatian Returnees for Croatian Returnees October 26-30, 2015
Over 50 participants from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Ecuador, Finland, France, Canada, Hungary, Macedonia, Germany, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, USA, Switzerland and Venezuela will take part in the first ever conference organized by Croatian returnees for Croatian returnees. The conference, which will be held from 26-30 October in Zagreb, is supported by domestic companies, agencies and institutions.

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