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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
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 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: 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.

Miro Gavran's novel "Kafka's friend" second edition published in Dutch 2015
The second edition of Miro Gavran's novel "Kafka's friend" was just published in Dutch. Translation was done by Sanja Kregar while publisher is "KLIN" from Amsterdam. Dimitrije Popovic's painting from series called "Kafka" was used as book cover. The novel was published in Croatian by Mozaik Books in 2011 and after that it was published in Czech, English, Slovak, Dutch and Esperanto in parts. Miro Gavran's work has been translated into 38 languages and his novels had more then 200 different editions in Croatia and abroad.

Zlata Blazina Tomic & Vesna Blazina and their monograph Expelling the Plague from the city of Dubrovnik
  Zlata Blažina Tomić on the photo is a medical historian who worked at McGill University’s Osler Library, Canada. Vesna Blažina is a translator and librarian who worked at the Université de Montréal, Canada. "Studying an extraordinarily rich set of documents in Dubrovnik, the authors Zlata Blažina Tomić and Vesna Blažina bring scholarly attention to an early public health office dedicated to surveillance and containment of plague epidemics. Social and medical historians will find this work very valuable.” Wrote Ann G. Carmichael of the Indiana University, USA.

Nenad Bach Newsletter October 2015
Nenad Bach: Several months passed like a wink and here we go into another Fall or should I say Autumn of 2015. There is no perfect moment to start a family, build a home, produce an album or finish the Newsletter... I am trying to finish this Newsletter for the last few weeks and finally today is the day. I will try to remember at least 5% including a performance with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and visit to the Emergency Room in Croatia. I am searching for boredom but can't find it. Here are few Events I would like to share with you.

A Castle for Croatia in Australia's capital Canberra
The Lifestyle Magazine CAPITAL for in and around Canberra, in the 14th issue of January - February  2005, published a luxorous article  A castle for Croatia, written by Ainsleigh Sheridan and with excellent photos of Elizabeth Hawkes. The story of the Croatian embassy is as epic as Croatia's history. It was built entirely through the efforts of Croatians living in Australia. Furthermore, local architect Antony Mikulic won a selective competition to design the embassy, which the Royal Institute of Architects awarded with a commendation in 2001. The article is based on the interview with His Excellencey Dr Mladen Ibler (on the photo), the then ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Australia.

Zdravko Basaric: Krize ne bi bilo da je 50% Vlade ili Sabora iz dijaspore
Zdravko Basarić: U ovom trenutku dovršava se prijevod trilogije Odbrojavanje na hebrejski jezik, snima se i trailer u Izraelu koji će se prikazivati na najvećim sajmovima knjiga, ali i u Hollywoodu, jer je jedan od ciljeva, osim prijevoda na druge strane jezike, i ekranizacija ove trilogije. Reakcije iz svijeta vrlo su pozitivne jer je ova trilogija zapravo i pobuna protiv svake agresije. Izraelci su izvrsno prihvatili ove knjige, vjerujem da bi se i Palestincima svidjele jer pozivaju na dijalog i mirno rješenje sukoba.

Miro Gavran's play "All About Women" had 100th performance in Bratislava Slovakia in 2015
Theater Divadlo v Podpalubi from Bratislava, Slovakia had 100th performance of Miro Gavran's play "All About Women" with author attending on September 30th, 2015. Translation into Slovak was done by Jan Jankovic while director is Minim F. Otzow. Main roles are performed by Andrea Profantova, Andrea Karnasova and Bibiana Ondrejkova. Miro Gavran is a Croatian playwright and novelist, whose works have been translated into thirty-five languages. His plays have had more than two hundred first nights worldwide and have been seen by more than two million theatregoers.

Marko Bilic wins 2015 Cigar Trophy Ambassador Award
Marko Bilic (left) won the 2015 Cigar Trophy Ambassador Award. It is awarded by Cigar Journal magazine and celebrates outstanding performances of cigar manufacturers and individuals in the cigar industry. It was first awarded in 1998 and winners were chosen in online voting. Marko is the founder of the Cigar Smoking World Championship, which is held annually at Club Mareva in Split, Croatia.

Author Helena Pericic interviewed by Marta Mestrovic Deyrup
Helena Pericic, who is a full professor at the University of Zadar, has been writing poetry, plays, and prose since her school days. As a student she worked for Zagreb Youth Radio 101. She she founded the Student Literary Club of Zadar University and recently published Domnana and the White Sheep (Stories on Contrition/Prostration).

Bring the story of Mia Slavenska home to Croatia and to a worldwide audience
Mia, a dancer’s journey is the story of Mia Čorak Slavenska, Croatia's greatest ballerina and a pioneer in American dance. The film is voiced by EmmyŽ award-winning actress Blythe Danner and features a daughter’s promise to tell her mother’s story, which becomes a fascinating and moving reflection on historical memory, national identity, and the power of dance. Now, In order to make sure that Mia's story doesn't fade away with the last PBS broadcast, we are asking you to help us to raise the funds necessary to take the next step in distribution. Poorhouse International, a prestigious arts films distributor, wants to distribute the film internationally through T.V. broadcast and DVD/Blu-ray and Video on Demand.

Yoko Nishii Japanese pianist issued 2CD in Tokyo with music of Croatian female composer Dora Pejacevic
Yoko Nishii, Japanese pianist, entered Music Academy "Ino Mirković" situated in Lovran, Croatia with full scholarship for 2 years. Thanks to her great talent and dedicated work, she completed the academic program in only 2 years of studies (normally it lasts 4 years) and graduated with excellent grades under prof. Evgeny Zarafiants in September 2000.  In 2012 she has produced and given the concert of the complete piano works by the first Croatian female composer "Dora Pejačević" as a project "the Cultural Transmission from Ise to the World" in Ise, Japan. In February 2015 she has released 2CD "Dora Pejacevic: Complete Piano Works" (a set of 2 CDs) from Japanese CD label "Herb Classics". Yoko Nishii speaks Croatian language.

Join the Project to Present All of Croatia in One Timelapse Video
Calling all photographers, videographers, visual amateurs and professionals and anybody interested in timelapse photography… Croatian Tomislav Buza has launched the project “Timelapse-Ajmoo Hrvatsku” (Timelapse – Let’s go Croatia”, with the goal gathering Croatia timelapse videos and compiling them into one final video which will present the whole of Croatia. Buza will turn to crowdsourcing to raise funds to travel throughout Croatia filming scenes which he will merge into one final timelapse video. Buza is interested in gathering as much footage as he can in the next couple of the months from anyone interested.

Book Presentation: Wideband Amplifiers by Peter Staric and Erik Margan
Modern electronics is developing at a staggering pace, with digital electronics leading the exponential expansion in all areas of our life. So it should be reasonable to expect that an 80 year old concept of analog electronic signal amplification, after being through various technological phases, from vacuum thermionic tubes to highly advanced compound semiconductor devices, would these days be considered well known and understood, old fashioned, trivial, almost obsolete. Well, not quite.

Frano Zivkovic Croatian guitar prodigy invited at the age of 8 by Tommy Emmanuel to play with him
Frano Živković, born in 2005 in the city of Rijeka, Croatia, is an authentic guitar prodigy. He is playing very nontrivial pieces from classical music, but he also adores modern modern fingerstyle guitar play, and his special inspirationa is Tommy Emmanuel, the greatest contemporary fingerstyle player of the world. Tommy already had several concerts in Croatia. During his appearance in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb in 2013, Tommy Emmanuel invited Frano, then at the age of 8, to be his special guest  in the program, where they played together some well known pieces composed by Tommy. He also played with Lars de Rijck, a well known guitarist from the Netherlands.

Ivana Marija Vidovic and the 9th Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat in Croatia 9-19 September 2015
U srijedu 9.9. otvorit će svoja vrata po deveti put, 9. Epidaurus festival. Uz zvuke sa Sicilije, zanimljivih prizvuka tradicionalnih instrumenata s otoka, a uz novitete koje su unijeli u siciljanski melos, s glavnim tumačima Mario Gulisano (glas, te instrumenti bodhrŕn, cajon, dumbek, tamburin, židovska harfa), Marco Carnemolla – fretless bas gitara i vokal, te Valerio Cairone – mala harmonika, gajda, vokal s koncertom Živahni Mediteran festival će započeti.  Glazbenicima će se pridružiti i autentičan ples uz tradicionalne plesače Antonija Litrica & Stefaniju Tanteri. Ravnateljica festivala je Ivana Marija Vidović, istaknuta hrvatska pijanistica i pjesnikinja.

Marko Bosnjak brings the whole region to tears
11 year old Marko Bošnjak (left), an ethnic Croat from the region of Rama in Bosnia and Herzegovina, brought the whole region to tears with his phenomenal rendition of Jennifer Hudson's "One Night Only". The jury, the entire studio audience, the other contestants, the hostess and Marko himself,  were brought to tears. Marko is a contestant on Pinkove Zvijezdice which had 6,000 children audition from Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Only 20 made it to the actual show.

August Senoa’s historical novel The Goldsmith’s Treasure available in English since 2015
The first Croatian historical novel, written in 1871 August Šenoa (1838-1881), is the tale of a forbidden love between the daughter of a goldsmith and a nobleman's son set against the backdrop of the streets and squares of 16th century Zagreb. The town lies before you. In the words of Šenoa himself: “below the mountain, a jewel most precious to us glimmers in the sun, strong like a mighty hero - the town of Zagreb.” The book, published by Spiritoso, Zagreb, has 388 pp, and has been translated from Croatian by Neven Divjakinja. Except into English, the book has already been translated into German, Czech, Polish, French, Slovak, Russian and some other languages.

France in Croatia's capital Zagreb
The French Institute in Zagreb is among the oldest such institutions in the world, founded almost a century ago, more precisely, already in 1922. We present a short video published in 2013, accompanied with nice scenes from Croatia's capital, featuring the following guests: Luc Levy, director of the French Institute in Zagreb, Michelle Boccoz on the photo, ambassador of France in Croatia, Clelia Chevrier, counsellor of the Ambassador, David Gabelica, president of the French-Croatian Club, Guillaume Bardot, priprietor of the Bistro Bardot in Zagreb, and Damien Derrenberger, director of the French School in Zagreb and some other.

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.

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