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Blanka Vlasic Wins Silver at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing
Congratulations to Blanka Vlasic for winning silver at the 2015 IAAF World Championships held in Beijing where she made her triumphant return after battling injuries. This is her second medal that she won in Beijing, the first being the silver medal she won at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Ante Glibota i neke njegove muzeološke poruke i želje upućene najlipšem gradu na svitu Splitu
G. Ante Glibota, dopredsjednik Europske Akademije Znanosti i Umjetnosti, koji živi u Parizu, povjesničar umjetnosti i arhitekture visoke međunarodne reputacije, nekada i sam građanin grada Splita, nakon kraćeg boravka u najlipšem gradu na svitu tijekom srpnja 2015., daje vrlo kompetentnu ocjenu sadašnjeg stanja u muzeološkoj kulturi grada, kao i sugestije za rješavanje primjećenih problema, analizirajući Muzej hrvatskih arheoloških spomenika MHAS u Splitu, kao i  Meštrovićevu galeriju. Upozorava da Hrvatska mora inzistirati da znamenita Meštrovićeva mramorna skulptura Povijest Hrvata, koja već osam desetljeća stoji otuđena u Beogradu (gdje je došla posudbom), bude iz Srbije vraćena u grad Split, a prema želji velikog hrvatskog umjetnika iskazanoj u više navrata.

FIBA U19 World Championship 2015: great Croatian basketball success winning silver medal
The United States received Croatia as its toughest challenge in the FIBA U-19 World Championship in the gold medal game. The Croatians put together an impressive effort to keep the score close throughout the game without star forward Dragan Bender (who sat out due to a shoe company dispute) and injured center Ante Zizic. Silver medal of Croatian young basketball team (under 19 years of age) at the FIBA U-19 World Championship is a huge success. Croatian Nik Slavica power block against USA Tatum in the finals has been proclaimed the BEST BLOCK of the Championship.

Marijan Busic: The Cravat Day to be marked on October 18th each year throughout the world
  Academia Cravatica, a non-profit institution dedicated to the phenomen and culture of Croatian necktie, the cravat, aims to promote the cravat as a part of Croatian, European and also world heritage. This year, Academia Cravatica decided to pay special attention to international celebration of the Cravat Day, and is now in the process of inviting numerous Croats and their ancestors living abroad to join together on October 18th, put on their Croatian cravat with pride and, joining with others, remember the values it represents. The founder and director of Academia Cravatica is Mr. Marijan Bušić, successful and very creative Croatian entrepreneur in the city of Zagreb.

Mate Rimac and his fastests electric car in the world in Wall Street International by Zdravko Basaric
Zdravko Basarić wrote a nice article for the Wall Street Journal about Mate Rimac on the photo, his car factory near Zagreb, and about his team of young experts (average age of employees is less than 30 years), who make top quality bicycles, boats and super sport cars. Concept One car has a brutal power of 1088 HP and the torque 1600 Nm, from 0 – 6500 rpm (this applies only for cars with electric engine!), acceleration 0-100 km/h (62mph) in only 2,8 seconds! This is a real 4WD car because every wheel has own electro engine and computer control with high precise sensors which manage this vehicle by precisely defined power.

Filip Hrgovic Croatian super heavyweight boxing champion of Europe in 2015
Filip Hrgović of Croatia is a new super heavyweight boxing champion of Europe in 2015, during the European Amateur Championships organized in Bulgaria. He was born in 1992, and his height is 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in). He was also the world junior champion in 2010. Filip's colleague Hrvoje Sep has won bronze medal in 2015 in the semi heavyweight category, which is also a big success for Croatia.

Nikola Piasevoli photo rapsody of olives and stones near the town of Sali on the island of Dugi otok Croatia
Mr Nikola Piasevoli, amater photographer from Zagreb, was born in the town of Sali on the island of Dugi otok (Long Island), near the city of Zadar. We provide his beautiful photos of olives arround Sali. The olives are surrounded with hundreds of kilometers of stone-walls created by anonymous peasants during many centuries, in order to secure their living. The area is surrounded with amazing Nature Park Telašćica and the National Park of Kornati.

Hrvoje Prpic Trillenium creating beautiful online shops in VR, 3D and mobile
Trillenium is developing a proprietary platform. It's a key enabler of the next phase of online fashion retailing. They have experience of doing this before: their founder, Hrvoje Prpic, is one of Europe's most successful retail entrepreneurs. His previous exit was one of the biggest domestic IPOs in Croatia and the Central Europe region. Trillenium intends to bring virtual reality, 3D, gaming and mobile technologies together with an interactive and social shopping adventure.

Mia Negovetic interpreting Croatian National Anthem on the occasion of the Victory Day on 5th August 2015
Mia Negovetić is only 12 years old girl from the city of Rijeka, Croatia, who had the honor to interpret Lijepa Naša (Our Beautiful), the most beautiful national anthem, accompanied with Klapa Sv Juraj of the Croatian Military Marine, during the celebration of the 20 years of Humanitarian and Liberation Operation Storm in 1995. Mia is from the family of musicians, her favorite subject in school is mathematics, and she would like to become a cook and have a family.

St Paul the Apostle spent three months on Croatian island of Mljet
Saint Paul the Apostle had shipwreck on Croatian island of Mljet, and not on Malta. This is the subject of the monumental book written in elite Latin language by Ignjat Đurđević, published in Venice in 1730. Ignjat Đurđevic was Croatian Baroque writer from the city of Dubrovnik. The island of Mljet is not far from the city of Dubrovnik. In The Geography of distinguished Armenian scholar Ananias of Shirak, written between 592-636 AD, it is stated that Saint Paul stayed in Dalmatia following a shipwreck that happened on the Adriatic island of Melita (Mljet). We owe our deep gratitude to Dr. Miho Demović (on the photo), distinguished Croatian musicologist and historian of culture, to have unveiled many unknown facts concerning the shipwreck of St Paul the Apostle on the island of Mljet on the Adriatic sea.

Ana Rucner Croatian cellist and Klapa Sinj celebrating the tradition of Sinjska alka
On 5th August Croatia is celebrating Liberation Day, remembering not only the Storm Liberation Operation from 1995, but also endevours of generations of Croatian people during many centuries. Here we provide a beautiful video from the town of Sinj, featuring Sinjska Alka and Croatian cellist Ana Rucner, with typical songs from the Sinj area interpreted by Klapa Sinj, as well as the famous air U Boj, sang in Croatia's capital Zagreb by the Kwansei-Gakuin Choir from the city of Kobe, Japan. Finally, we end with a testimony of Dr. Slobodna Lang, distinguished Croatian humanitarian activist, professor at the University of Zagreb.

Brenda Brkusic wins 3rd and 4th Los Angeles Area Emmy
Brenda Brkusic (left) and her production teams won two Los Angeles Emmys for the film "Mia, a dancer's journey" in the Arts and Culture/History category and "Variety Studio: Actors on Actors" in the Best Entertainment Program category. The winners were announced at the 67th Los Angeles Area Emmy(R) Awards presentation on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at The Skirball Cultural Center Guerin Pavilion in Herscher Hall.

Josipa Majic from Croatia's capital Zagreb is founder & CEO of Teddy the Guardian global enterprise
Josipa Majic is the founder and CEO of Teddy the Guardian, Zagreb, Croatia, the first smart teddy bear on the market. During play, the teddy bear seamlessly captures the child's heart rate, saturation of blood with oxygen and body temperature, and wirelessly sends the data on a mobile app. This creates a truly child friendly experience for hospitals and home care. With specialization in medical technology, Majic's work places a special emphasis on a more human approach to patients and users. She has previous experience in delivering medical applications and wearable technology solutions. On the photo Josipa Majic and Ana Burica, Zagreb, authors of the idea of Teddy the Guardian.

Vladimir Bubrin & Vinko Grubisic: The Glory and Fame, Croatian Renaissance Reader, NY 2015
Vladimir Bubrin & Vinko Grubisic (on the photo) have prepared an important and extensive book dealing with Croatian Reanaissance literature.  It has been published in 2015 by Croatian Academy of America, NY, USA. The book has 589 pages and provides the original Croatian texts from the Renaissance period (14-17th century), their translation into contemprary Croatian langague, as well as into English. Large portions of the book have already been published in the Journal of Croatian Studies, issued by the same Academy. Now, by publishing the book this valuable material has been made available for broad public - for students, experts, as well as to all those interested in Croatian literature. Professors Grubišić and Bubrin live in Canada, employed at the University of Waterloo and the Univeristy of Toronoto, respectively.

Sudar Percussion & Matej Mestrovic winners of the 14th IMA award in long form video category
The winning video Castle Crash from Croatia has won two awards at the 14th Independent Music Awards (IMA): in the Long Form Video Cateogry, as well as in the Promo Poster Design Category. Sudar Percussion and distingusihed Croatian contemporary pianist and composer Matej Meštrović (on the photo) have created very original and nice music. Now in its 15th year, The Independent Music Awards receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 94 countries on six continents.

Adrian Beker winning gold at the International Math Olympiad 2015 and Croatia becoming a big surprise
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. Nowadays, there are over 100 countries participating from 5 continents. In 2015, the 56th IMO was held in Thailand. Croatia has won a gold medal - Adrian Beker on the photo, three silver medals - Petar Orlić, Kristijan Štefanec and Daniel Paleka, one bronze - Ivan Lazarić, and Lukas Novak participated. This is a big success of Croatian team, and the overall ranking among 104 countries is surprisingly high 15th place. If we take into account countries of the EU only, Croatia is on the third place!

Konstantina Bozak has created Mendeleev's periodic table by means of Croatian Glagolitic Script
Konstantina Božak, MSc, is professor of Biology and Chemistry at the  School of Midwifery in Croatia's capital Zagreb. At the same time, she is a big fan of Croatian Glagolitic Scrpit. So, she decided to represent Mendeleev's periodic table in a completely new way, which has not yet been seen in the history of Chemistry. We are sure that Mendeleev would like his periodic table shown in the new way. She has exploited a nice Croatian Glagolitic font created by Nenad Hančić from Germany.

Ferdinand Budicki the first driver in Zagreb to have passed a driving test in 1910
At the beginning of the 20th century, the royal government stipulated that every car in the city of Zagreb must have a license plate and that each driver must pass a driving exam. There was a problem, however, for not even a single official knew how to drive. It was agreed that Ferdinand Budicki, the owner of the first car in Zagreb, would teach four civil servants how to drive. The examination committee began its work late July 1910, and the first to have been summoned to take the exam was Ferdinand Budicki.

Ivan Rakitic Croatian soccer diamond born in Switzerland
Ivan Rakitić, Croatian soccer player born in Switzerland, is a versatile and physical midfielder who can stake a claim on nearly every inch of the midfield. He’s an offensive-minded player, but he is also an avid defender when his team requires it. He has good game vision and his passing capability is excellent. Throughout his career he’s stood out as great assister. He also possesses a powerful shot. Despite featuring for the Swiss national youth teams, Rakitić elected to play for Croatia. Since his debut at the age of 19, on September 8 of 2007, he’s become a nearly permanent feature for Croatia.Ivan speaks five langauges: Croatian, German, Castillan, English and French.

Paul Musin promoter of Cricket in Croatia and creator of the portal Croatia Week

Originally from New Zealand, Paul Musin (left) moved to Croatia, and is a member of the Croatian Cricket Federation, where his primary role is to administer and develop the game of cricket in Croatia, right from coaching kids in schools, up to everything to do with the Croatian national side. If that weren't enough to keep him busy, he decided to create the now popular website Croatia Week.

16th Dance & Non-Verbal Theatre Festival in Svetvinčenat July 24-27 2015
Svetvinčenat is getting ready to dance for the 16th time in a row! The 16th Dance & Non-Verbal Theatre Festival is just around the corner. Svetvinčenat will be dancing again from 24 to 27 July, and we promise you as much excitement as in all these years before! Over the four festival days, we'll present to you artists and shows from several European countries and an exciting additional programme with workshops for professional dancers and talks with the visiting artists. You will also get to know Aerowaves, a European dance network, whose aim is to promote new talented choreographers from across the continent.

Mireo co from a small village of Banjole in Croatia outbid Google in Dubai with their navigational tool

Ivica Siladić, PhD in Math, is a founder of Mireo company in Croatia, in a beutiful village of Banjole on Croatia coast. Mireo's Genius Maps is a free application that installs on your mobile device. It's an offline route planning, exploration and navigation app that does not require a mobile internet connection to search and navigate. There are no roaming costs and your battery lasts longer. In 2014 Mireo's navigational program has been chosen to be used in Dubai. It is amazing that a small Croatian team of 25 employed experts outperformed Google.

Zdravko Basarić: Marija Husar Croatian singer and art director of Bonofest in Vukovar
Marija Husar is known as a singer of spiritual music and love songs and one of Croatia's most famous singers. She is also Bonofest's art director in the city of Vukovar. “It is incredibly important for us to show musical and spiritual quality...” she said. When Zdravko Basarić asked her why she chose spiritual music, she replied that the most supreme music is music dedicated to God and that, in general, the most beautiful art in human history is art dedicated to God. The article has been published by Wall Street International on 20 June, 2015.

Photos that will make you pack your bags for Croatia
Courtney McCaffrey is a freelance writer and editor based in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to writing, she lives for travel - seeing new places, learning new cultures and surfing new waves. She prepared 42 stunning photos about Croatia, published by FlightNetwork, and we are happy to have obtained a special permission to present you some of them. On the photo is a picturesque town of Vrbnik from the largest Croatian island of Krk.

Plitvice Lakes in Croatia and the sounds of water, birds and 2CELLOS
Plitvice Lakes, the most beautiful National Park in Europe, contains a series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. The 157 bird species recorded on the Plitvice Lakes so far is the third largest population of birds among the national parks of Croatia. Particularly interesting is the white-throated dipper – a rare bird dependent on clean aquatic habitats. We invite you to listen to the sounds of water, birds and 2CELLOS. The Plitvice Lakes music video by 2CELLOS had nearly 4 million views.

Sandra Perkovic discus throwing star of Croatia dominating the world scene from NY to Doha in 2015
Sandra Perković is the the European Champion in discus throwing, the Olympic champion and the World champion. She is also dominating the Diamond League meetings. “Three Diamond League meetings in 10 days – this is exhausting. But it’s still fun, I love my job,” said the world champion. She has already thrown beyond 70 metres this season, reaching 70.08 m at the Croatian winter championships, a throw exactly one metre shy of her career best.

Giorgio Surian distinguished Croatian opera singer of worldwide reputation
  Giorgio Surian is the most famous opera singer that Croatia ever had. He is the internationally acclaimed bass-baritone of worldwide reputation. Thanks to the incredible vocal capabilities, he has made more than 160 appearances in his career so far. He sings in different languages that, alongside Croatian, include Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, English... He performed in the Scala of Milan, the Metropolitan Opera, Staatsoper in Wien, Opera de Lyon, Arena di Verona, Opera national de Paris, Royal Opera House in London, El Liceo in Barcelona, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Teatro Real in Madrid, Salzburg Festival, etc.

Nenad Bach with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra on June 28th at the Dubuque Arboretum, Iowa, June 28 2015
Nenad will be performing with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra on June 28th at the Dubuque Arboretum, located on 3800 Arboretum Drive in Dubuque, Iowa. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. People are welcome to bring a picnic and chairs and enjoy themselves before the concert. Admission is free! The Nenad Bach Band is: Nenad Bach: lead vocal, piano, acoustic guitar, Joe DeSanctis: keyboards, backing vocal, melodica, Richard Lindsey: bass, backing vocal, Michael O’Keefe: drums, backing vocal, and Al Orlo: guitar.

Pope Francis in Sarajevo in 2015 meeting his old friend f. Petar Galauner, SJ Zagreb
Petar Nodilo, SJ Zagreb: We all were indeed happy to see how the Pope embraced our f. Petar Galauner, SJ, and how he was sincerely delighted to see him again. Our dear father Galauner, we wish you God's blessing so that you spend many years to come with us, with your confreres and with  numerous flock which loves you. Petar Galauner, SJ, is distinguished educator, living in Croatia's capital Zagreb. His last encounter with Pope Francis was about thirty years ago. They first met in the Vatican in 1974.

Lovro Pogorelic Croatian pianist founder and art director of the PagArtFestival on the island of Pag
PagArtFestival was founded in 1999 and it has already become a tradition to have it opened by Lovro's recital. Lovro traces his origin to Pag, and the Festival originated out of his wish to help and dignify life of the town of Pag by meaningful companionship of quality through various projects. The town of Pag is a small renaissance town made of stone, a zoning unicum well known not only by the famous lace and cheese, but also by the tradition of cultural events.

Nenad Bach: "Branding Croatia in the World" seminar July 21, 2015
For the last 30 years Nenad Bach (left) has been working and living in New York City, where he created Croatian World Network (CROWN), which is one of the first influential Croatian web portals and which deals with the best among us and has been systematically promoting Croatia for the past 15 years. On July 21, 2015 Nenad will be holding a seminar titled "Branding Croatia in the World", which will be a day long hands on seminar, for 18 selected candidates to be held in Pula. Want in? Read on! (In Croatian).

Artur Bagdasarov and Vinicije Lupis promoting their joint book about Dubrovnik in Moscow on 14 June 2015
Dr. Artur Bagdasarov and Dr.  Vinicije Lupis are promoting their joint book about Dubrovnik in Moscow. The book deals with Armenian and Croatian ties via St. Vlaho who is an Armenian saint and patron of the city of Dubrovnik. The presentation is organized by Žam journal on 14 June 2015 at 19:00 at Pokrovka 27, str. 1, cultural center Pokrovskie vorota, m. Kitaj-gorod, Čistye prudy, Moscow. The admission is free.

Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic president of the Republic of Croatia visited pope Francis on 28 May 2015
Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, president of the Republic of Croatia, had a friendly meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican on 28 May 2015. They communicated in Castillano language. Besides her native language, Mrs. Grabar Kitarovic is fluent in several other languages. They were discussing, among others, the collaboration between the Church and the State for the common good of Croatian society, especially the support of families and the young.

Trillenium is developing the next phase of online fashion retailing
Trillenium is developing a proprietary platform. It's a key enabler of the next phase of online fashion retailing. Trillenium intends to bring virtual reality, 3D, gaming and mobile technologies together with an interactive and social shopping adventure. They have the experience of doing this before: their founder, Hrvoje Prpic (left), is one of Europe's most successful retail entrepreneurs. His previous exit was one of the biggest domestic IPOs in Croatia and the Central Europe region. Shares in Trillenium are available via Seedrs.

Ante Glibota elected vicepresident of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Paris since 2015!
  Ante Glibota, distinguished Croatian historian of art and architecture, has been elected in June 2015 in Paris, in the Senat of the Republic of France, as the vice-president of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, L'Academie Europeenne des Sciences des Arts et des Lettres; L'AESAL). To be a leading person of this prestigious international institution, which gathers as many as 65 Nobel Prize winners, as well as several hundred outstanding experts in different fields, is not only a great honour for Mr. Ante Glibota, but for Croatia as well. We express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Ante Glibota for his achievements, wishing him good health and fruitful guidance of the Academy.

Miro Gavran’s play All About Women to be shown in Avignon France 4-26 July 2015
Miro Gavran's play "All About Women" that had its premiere in production of "Compagnie du soir" in Le Funambule Theatre Montmartre in Paris in June of last year and was a great success will be performed on renowned international theatre festival "OFF AVIGNON" that will be held from July 4th to 26th. Play was translated into French by Anica Falamic-Brochoire and Tsolinee Vacher. Director is Etienne Chevrel while main roles are performed by Fanny Honore, Friedrique Renda and Tsolinee Vacher. The play takes place in today's Zagreb and all of the three actresses play five roles in five stories full of emotions and humour giving audience insight into intimate life of contemporary women. This Gavran's play so far had forty one performances around the world and was translated into fifteen languages.

Astrid Kuljanic to perform a series of concerts in New York City May-June 2015
Originally from Rijeka, Astrid Kuljanic (left) is graduating from the Master of Music program as the first Croatian jazz musician that has ever attended Manhattan School of Music. She will be performing a series of concerts in celebration of graduation and the beginning of her American life outside of school with her family and friends. The repertoire will cover Astrid's originals, experimental and world music (Croatian, Brazilian) arranged for voice with live electronics and performed with Mat Muntz (double bass) and Jasmin Vrban (contemporary dance).

Violet Grgich: Following Your Own Path While Keeping the Legacy
To every immigrant (and every winemaker) Mike Grgich's journey is tremendously inspiring and empowering. He arrived in America poor but hopeful, and eventually achieved a level of success that placed him on the menus of famous restaurants, the White House wine cellar, in history books and the Smithsonian Museum. Mike Grgich is a giant, but Violet Grgich (left), the proprietor and vice president of Grgich Hills Estates, is clearly not overshadowed by his success; she lets her own soul shine through with much genuine love and gratitude.

Warren Mason – Kurt Cobain’s Music Teacher Shares His Great Musical Gift
In a neat little house in Aberdeen, surrounded by well-cared-for shrubs and trees, lives Warren Mason (left), the man who taught Kurt Cobain to play guitar and to write music. The veteran all-round musician, guitarist, fiddler and violinist plays and teaches all styles of music from folk, rock and jazz to classical on every major string instrument except harp. Warren Mason was born into the Croatian immigrant community in Raymond. His mother was Bonita Medak whose parents Joe and Yerka Medak had come over from the old country.

Gladne uši is a finalist at the New York Festival's International Radio Program Awards
Gladne uši (Hungry Ears) is a weekly radio talk show on Croatian Radiotelevision HRT 2, hosted by Ljudevit Grgurić-Grga (left). The show Gladne uši, has been nominated for an award and is a finalist in the category of Best Regularly Scheduled Talk Program at the New York Festival's International Radio Program Awards to be held on June 22, 2015 in New York City. The show chosen is titled Music and Tears and features an interview with sevdah singer Amira Medunjanin and is the only non-English speaking show nominated in its category.

The story of the film Zvizdan (The High Sun), the first Croatian Cannes Laureate
Croatian film managed to achieve great success in Cannes. "Zvizdan" (The High Sun) directed by Dalibor Matanic (left) won the Jury Prize for Best Film in the "Un Certain Regard". It was screened on May 17 and immediately impressed the audience, and then, obviously, the jury. Croatia has also won its first Cannes laureate. This award gives a strong wind into the sails to all Croatian filmmakers wanting a breakthrough onto the international market.

Oliver Dragojević to perform in Las Vegas on September 26, 2015
There will be a world music takeover of The Pearl at the Palms when Croatian pop star Oliver Dragojević (left) performs with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra and special guests on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. After sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, L'Olympia in Paris, Royal Albert Hall, London and Sydney Opera House, Dragojevic performs for the first time in Las Vegas. His style blends traditional melodies of Dalmatia, a coastal region in his native Croatia, with jazz motifs wrapped up in a modern production.

Srđan Bulat continues to play contemporary Croatian composers
One of the best Croatian musicians of the his generation, guitarist Srdjan Bulat does not give up in his commendable effort to perform contemporary Croatian composers in numerous international performances. This unknown music amazes the audience, as evidenced by the critics from the Italian town of Lodi where Bulat appeared a week ago.

U boj, u boj! sung by Kwansei Gakuin University Choir from Japan in Croatia's capital Zagreb 2014
Connection between Croatian arias and Japanese students is already well known. Male choir of one of the most prestigious Japanese universities - Kwansei Gakuin University, Kobe - for its anthem chose "U boj, u boj ", the famous air from the Croatian opera "Nikola Subic Zrinski". Japanese choirs are singing this air exclusively in the Croatian language for the last 90 years, and it is believed that the persona and life of Nikola Zrinski of Siget found its admirers in distant Japan because of his courage and honourable samurai death in 1566. The opera was composed by Ivan pl. Zajc 1832-1914, distinguished Croatian composer, on the photo.

12th Annual BH Film Fesival in New York to feature Irena Škorić and her film "Dear Lastan!"
The 12th Annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival will be held from May 21 to May 23, 2015 in New York City. Among the many films to be screened will be "Dear Lastan!" from Croatian director Irena Škorić. A total of 14 films will screen at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. They include four feature films, four short films, and six documentaries.

1136 years since the first international recognition of Croatia, more than 600 years before the discovery of America
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!

Nenad Bach to be featured on Hudson Valley Artist Spotlight May 15, 2015
Croatian-American musician and composer Nenad Bach (left) will be featured on Hudson Valley Artist Spotlight with Kathy Millar on 100.7 WHUD. The program aims to introduce listeners to the artists who live and perform in the Hudson Valley and Westchester, New York. The interview will  air on 10:30 p.m. this Friday May, 15, and it will also feature Nenad's song "Everything is Forever".

Sarma and Bebek in Haiti
Forty-five children- Haitians by birth and origin, and their favourite song is "Sinoć sam pola kafane popio" - transl. Last night I drank half of the bar' - by Željko Bebek (former lead singer of Bijelo Dugme). They are orphans in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and were rescued by the Croatian Relief Services, Inc. The Children’s Home was founded by reverend Giordano Belanich, a priest with an American address and of Croatian heart. He was five when his family was forced to flee communist Yugoslavia. Fr Belanich oversees the orphanage while servicing three parishes in the United States.

An Encounter with Oliver Dragojevic in Houston May 7-8 2015
Oliver's lightening May USA and Canada tour for 2015 is done. He sang in Cleveland, Montreal, New Orleans, Houston, St Louis, and Mississauga on this tour to sold out or nearly sold out crowds. On the Facebook page for the tour is written: "6 performances, several time zone changes, twice crossing Canada-USA border, 9 flights, 700 miles by the car, taking photos and signing autographs to over a 1,000 fans! All of that in just 11 days!" We all love Oliver Dragojevic, and we are looking forward to seeing him again. Viva Las Vegas!

The 2nd International Flute Summer Academy in Karlovac, Croatia July 5th-12th 2015
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 Damjan Krajačić(left) of Croatia.

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