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Survey for scientific Diaspora and its linkage to home country

We would like to kindly ask you to participate in a survey concerning the Scientific Diaspora and its linkage to their home country. The survey is conducted in the framework of the EU-funded project “WeB-InUnion” (Bringing South East Europe closer to Innovation Union: An example of EURAXESS Regional Collaboration). The project’s overall aim is to facilitate the realization of the Innovation Union (IU), a key policy of the EU for 2014-2020 period, in South East Europe countries. One of the 34 Commitments of the IU is that of retaining the highly skilled human capital while attracting more from third countries in order to cover the high EU demands for researchers.

Branko Istvancic Croatian filmmaker recipient of the Liliane Stewart Award for Design Arts in Montreal Canada
Branko Ištvančić is recipient of a highly praised award at the The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) 2014 in Montreal, Canada, for his very beautiful and poetic documentary film "Straw-Girls." The “straw girls” are anonymous Croatian artists of Bunjevci ethnicity who live in the province of Bačka. They found straw to be the “green” medium of choice for creating paintings, sculptures and applied art objects as an antidote to their difficult life on the vast Pannonian plain. In 2013 Mr Branko IIštvančić already won the Gold Camera Award for best documentary in Los Angeles, USA.

Quietest road race ever? Croatia hosts electric vehicle rally in May 2014
Nikola Tesla would be proud. In May, Croatia will host its first electric car rally that winds from the northern coast to the capital Zagreb through some of the country's most scenic spots. The route includes a visit to electricity pioneer Tesla's hometown too. Over five days, electric car and motorcycle drivers will pass through three national parks - Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes and Krka - as well as resort towns like Opatija and Rovinj.

Katarina Peročević published The Right to Dignity on The Cyprus higher education Portal
Even at first glance, it is clear that we live in a materialistic world, where man is (or has already become) the means and the goods to make a profit. We live in modern  slavery, where slaveholders have been replaced by employers, in which hard labor work has been replaced with working hours from morning to evening and in which, instead of meals, we get a cellphone and the company car, so we can always be available and on time. That is the reason why today, more than ever, human rights are being heavily discussed and among them also the right to dignity. Isn’t that a paradox in a society where the basic human needs are not achieved...

Caltech Appoints Diana Jergovic to position of Vice President for Strategy Implementation
Caltech‬ has named Diana Jergovic (left) as its vice president for strategy implementation. In the newly created position, Jergovic will collaborate closely with the president and provost, and with the division chairs, faculty, and senior leadership on campus and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to execute and integrate Caltech's strategic initiatives and projects and ensure that they complement and support the overall education and research missions of the campus and JPL. This appointment returns the number of vice presidents at the Institute to six. Dr. Jergovic is the daughter of ‪‎Croatian‬ immigrants to ‪Chicago‬'s South Side.

Ukrainian - Croatian friendship
Croatian-Ukrainian ties are very old. The so called White Croatians originate from the western part of Ukraine. It is no surprise that, for example, the Ukrainian traditional art and the architecture of wooden churches are close to that of the north of Croatia. In 2010 a nice monument was erected in honor of distinguished Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko in Croatian town of Lipik, who spent a few years in Croatia. Ukraine was the first country which, as a member of the UN, recognized the Republic of Croatia. On the photo one can see Croatian and Ukrainian Easter eggs, decorated by Annette Hricko Czupylo, an Ukrainian living in the USA.

Professor Suncica Canic Croatian-American mathematician uses math to build better stents
University of Houston mathematician Sunica Canic and her colleagues build computer models to study stents. Their simulations could lead to better designs and also help doctors select the right stents for specific procedures. Computer scientists usually model stents in three dimensions, keeping track of about 200,000 mesh points points Together with her collaborator Josip Tambaca of the University of Zagreb in Croatia, and her Ph. D. student Mate Kosor, Canic wrote a much simpler program that approximates stents with only 400 mesh points.

Croatian Fraternal Union CFU founded in 1894 in the USA celebrates 120 years of existence
From a membership of less than 300 in 1894, the Croatian Fraternal Union, or in Croatian - Hrvatska bratska zajednica, has grown into an organization with approximately 60,000 members worldwide. The history of the Croatian Fraternal Union actually coincides with the history of the Croatian people in North America. From the beginning, when an itinerant young newspaperman came to Pittsburgh from Chicago in the late fall of 1893, Zdravko V. Mužina attracted more than 300 people to a meeting on Jan. 14, 1894, to organize a mutual benefit society for all Croatians. On the photo Mr. Bernard Luketich, president of CFU.

2CELLOS Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser: Resistance - Benedictus - Sir Elton John speaking
2CELLOS Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser performing their arrangement of Resistance by Muse, from an exciting, unforgettable and emotional evening at the beautiful Roman Colosseum in Stjepan's hometown of Pula, Croatia. Next, performing their arrangement of Benedictus by Karl Jenkins with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. Then, Sir Elton John talking about 2CELLOS Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser...

Vinko Coce 1954-2013 Croatian tenor and klapa singer from the city of Trogir
Vinko Coce is a distingushed Croatian pop and klapa singer, known for his numerous unforgettable songs like "Vilo moja“ (My Fairy), „Ribari“ (Mariners), or „Mirno spavaj ružo moja“ (Sleep peacefully my rose). He is known for his numerous humanitarian concerts, in particular during the 1990s. Among his memorable appearances are the concerts at the grand stadium in the city of Split. We invite You to listen to his singing.

Croatian Ambassador to USA Joško Paro leads campaign to reduce dependance upon Russian Energy

For more than a year Croatians and Americans have been proposing that Croatia be an entry point of U.S. natural gas into the European market. The recent crises in the Ukraine has brought the matter to the forefront as it becomes more and more evident that dependency on Russian energy supplies places Europe at a marked disadvantage in negotiations with Russia.

England U18 1-2 Croatia U18 the second Croatian soccer victory against England in just 48 hours
England's soccer team Under-18 has been defeated by Croatian young team U18  with the result of 2-1 for the second time in just 48 hours. Congratulations to Croatian players and their coach for this big sports success in two friendly matches St George's Park in England. We remind the readers of the CROWN of the historic 3:2 Croatian sports victory against the English senior soccer representation at Wembley in London in 2007.

The Croatian School in Houston Celebrated its First Anniversary in January 2014
The Croatian School of Houston recently celebrated one year anniversary. The Croatian community in Houston is extremely proud of this volunteer and non-profit initiative. The Croatian School of Houston is the first Croatian School in the greater Houston area. For the very first time the children in Houston have the opportunity to learn the Croatian language, cultural heritage, history and geography, while having fun. The main purpose of the school is to teach and perpetuate the standard Croatian Language. The main objective is to preserve Croatian cultural traditions and national heritage.

Chess champion Garry Kasparov granted Croatian citizenship
  Garry Kasparov, 50, has been granted Croatian citizenship in February 2014. During the last 20 years he spent many summer holidays at a house he owns in the southern Croatian town of Makarska and he speaks the Croatian language. Since the 1990s he was also a member of the Borovo Chess Club in the town of Vukovar, which he has played for during the Serbian aggression on Croatia. Mr. Kasparov is Armenian on his mother's side, and Jewish on his father's side.

Heritage and History Tour of Croatia with Robert Jerin September 26 - October 9, 2014
Join noted genealogist, Robert Jerin, for this custom designed exploration of Croatia’s history and heritage. We’ll have a chance to meet with local villagers as well as professionals working in the field of genealogy while we tour this country rich in tradition and benefiting from a confluence of cultures for thousands of years. We will be visiting: Dubrovnik, Peljesac, Medjugorje, Makarska, Split, Brac Island, Plitvice Lakes, Karlovac, Zumberak, Samobor, Zagreb

Julia Dujmović wins Gold in Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Saturday 22 February 2014 is a day which 26 year old Julia Dujmović will never forget. Her first run in the parallel slalom left Julia a dissapointing .72 seconds behind Anke Karstens from Germany. Julia Dujmović gave her all in the second run to overtake Karstens, pulling ahead in the course to win the gold by .12 seconds, winning the first gold medal ever for Burgenland in the Winter Olympics.

Dr. Svyetlana Vyalova Russian expert in Croatian Glagolitic Script writes about the Bercic Collection
Svyetlana Olegovna Vyalova is distinguished expert in Croatian Glagolitic Script, working in the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg, which the Russians claim to be the largest in the world. The library is in possession of the Berčić Collection, which is the largest collection of Croatian Glagolitic manuscripts and books kept outside of Croatia, purchased by the Russian Imperial Academz already in 1865. It contains 228 items, and among them is extremely rare 1483 Croatian Glagolitic incunabulum, which is considered as one of the greatest valuables of the Library. According to her own words, Dr. Vyalova dedicated her best scientific years to the research of the Croatian Glagolitic heritage.

Mike Stepovic, the Last Territorial Governor of Alaska dies on 14 February 2014 in San Diego

Former Governor Mike Stepovich was the last Territorial Governor and the last surviving Territorial Governor of Alaska when he died in San Diego on Friday the 14th of February 2014. Mike Stepovich is survived by six daughters Antonia Gore, Nada Stockton, Maria Greulich, Laura Tramonte, Andrea McGill and Melissa Cook; seven sons Michael, Peter, Christopher, Dominic, Theodore, Nicholas and James; thirty-seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; two half sisters, Nada Houston and Ellen Burdette; and two half-brothers, Michael and Alexander Stepovich.

Screening of documentary film "Many Voices One Song" March 8, 2014
"Many Voices One Song" is a 2007 documentary film that follows the journey of one hundred thirty women in the Portsmouth, NH-based women’s chorus “Voices from the Heart” who make a life-changing connection with Croatian villagers who live surrounded by landmines left from the war of the 1990’s. Through the universal language of music this community of American women raised funds to clear the mines in their adopted Croatian village and sang their way across Croatia.

Development and production of electric vehicles in Croatia
The development and production of vehicles in Croatia started in 1951 by a tram prototype. This was followed by several key mile-stones: trolley bus, diode type locomotive, thyristor type locomotive, thyristorisation of diode type locomotives, chopper trams, transistor tram, all the way to the transistor electric multiple unit (EMU) in 2009. The development and production of electrical equipment for submarines started in 1970 by developing and producing the main and auxiliary propulsion for a large submarine. This was followed by the development and production of the auxiliary and main propulsion for a small submarine. Written by Professor Zvonko Benčić, University of Zagreb.

Ivica Kostelić makes history in the Super-combined event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games
Ivica Kostelić wins the Silver for Croatia at Sochi on Valentine's Day 2014 becoming the first person to win three silver medals in three consecutive Winter Olympic Games. This is his fourth Silver medal in the Olympics.  Up until the present competition in Sochi, Ivica had won three Olympic medals, three medals in the World Championships, and 59 podium finishes in the World cup including 26 victories with 4 small crystal globes and one large globe in 2011.

soCro: a Croatian Hip Hop artist from Chattanooga
Croatian, Hip Hop, and Chattanooga are three words that you don't normally hear in the same sentence. Meet Eric Lisica AKA soCro, a rap artist proud of his Croatian roots who “combines electronic elements of the European club scene with Southern hip hop.” A Dalmatian and good ol’ Southern boy based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he has opened for Big Boi of Outkast, plays piano, viola, guitar, and drums and plans to take over the world with his music.

Lana Is presents her Solo Debut Album "In Your Head" on Feb 16th, 2014 in New York City
  A new music star on a horizon. Lana Cenčić aka Lana Is, singer. songwriter, actress and dancer born in Zagreb and living in New York enriches the music world with a successful debut album notable above all for its complex song structures and the artist’s expressive voice. The intricacy of the songs is achieved not through pompous instrumentation or bombastic sound but through intelligent rhythms including numerous breaks and surprising twists and effective instrument combinations. Put together, it is not easy to process but has great character that matures and grows on you. Lana Is CD Release Party @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) 196 Allen Street, New York, NY, Sunday Feb 16, 7pm

Joško Paro in Houston for the United Nations Remembrance Day 2014
His Excellency, Mr. Joško Paro, Croatian Ambassador to the United States (left) was in Texas on January 27, 2014 to make a presentation to the Houston Holocaust Museum. This was part of the United Nations Remembrance Day commemorations. There was also recognition of the Croatian "Righteous Among Nations".

Karlo J. Mirth 1917-2013 distinguished Croatian writer and lifetime president of Croatian Academy of America
Karlo Mirth was born in Otočac in Croatian region of Lika, where also Nikola Tesla was born. He studied Forestry and Civil Engineering at the University of Zagreb. Forced to leave Croatia after 1945, he studied  Journalism at the University of Rome. He later studied at the Universities of Barcelona and Madrid, and the Library Sciences at Columbia University. Karlo Mirth was a prolific writer of many articles related to Croatian culture and history. He was very active in Croatian Academy of America, and in 2013 published his autobiographical book Život u emigraciji (Life as an Emigree).

Croatians Krist Novoselic and Ella Yelich O’Connor aka Lorde take home Grammys
Croatians score two wins at the 2014 Grammy awards. Croatian-American Krist Novoselic won as part of a collaboration with Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney and Pat Smear for best rock song. Ella Yelich O’Connor of New Zealand won two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year for “Royals.”

Marin Soljacic Croatian physicist and inventor founder of WiTricity Corp. announces "GOODBY WIRES..."
The story starts one late night a few years ago, with professor Marin Soljačić, standing in his pajamas, staring at his cell-phone on the kitchen counter. “It was probably the sixth time that month that I was awakened by my cell-phone beeping to let me know that I had forgotten to charge it. It occurred to me that it would be so great if the thing took care of its own charging.” To make this possible, one would have to have a way to transmit power wirelessly, so Soljačić started thinking which physical phenomena could help make this wish a reality. In October 2013 Intel was involved in a $25 million Series E funding round for WiTricity, founded by Marin Soljačić.

Milan Horvat 1919-2014 distinguished Croatian conductor collaborated with world's most famous orchestras
For five years, from 1951 to 1956, maestro Milan Horvat was chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. Than in 1969 up to 1975 he led the newly formed Symphony Orchestra ORF in Vienna. He was an honorary conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. He collaborated with the greatest soloists of the world such as Mstislav Rostropovich, David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, etc. He taught at the University of Graz in Austria, where his star pupil was Fabio Luisi, now music director of the Zurich Opera. The key to his vitality was, as he put it, his "hunger for music".

"Caught Between Darkness and Light" is a new collection of poetry by Walter Mirkovic
Croatian-American author Walter Mirkovic has published his first book of poetry. The book titled "Caught Between Darkness and Light" is a  collection of poetry highlighting observations of the world through spontaneous workings of the mind and personal experience. The book is illustrated by his niece Adriana Starcic.

Joza Vrljicak writing about Croatian Government Advisory Council for Croats Abroad
Mr. Joza Vrljičak from Buenos Aires, Argentina,  participated in the First Meeting of the Advisory Council to the Government of the Republic of Croatia for Croats Living Abroad, which was held in Zagreb on 18th to 20th December 2013. The Council was established by Croatian law in 2012 and it is formed by 55 representatives of Croatians from around the globe.

Ante Glibota curator of the prestigious exhibition Contemporary Chinese Art in Luxembourg 18 Jan - 9 Feb 2014
Ante Glibota is distinguished Croatian expert in the history of art and architecture, a titular member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Lettres (Membre titulaire de l’Académie Européenne des Sciences, des Arts et des Lettres). He has exceptional honour to be the curator of  important exhibition entitled "Art Chinois Contemporain 2" (Contemporary Chinese Art), to be held in Luxembourg from 18 January to 9 February 2014. Admission to the exhibition is free. Mr. Glibota lives in Paris and Shanghai. He is curator of the Museum of Art and Urbanity in Shanghai, China.

Croatia Summer Conservation Field School June 20 - July 18, 2014 initiated by the University of Oregon, USA
The Croatia Conservation Field School adds an exciting international element to the University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program. It is an intensive program that allows students to gain hands-on experience in a culturally rich setting. Students will explore villages, while learning the history of the area of the city of Trogir (protected by UNESCO, on the photo) and on the island of Brač, documenting and analyzing important structures, and participating in a hands-on building project. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr Peter Kuzmic authority on Christian response to Marxism and on Christian ministry in post-Communist contexts
Dr. Peter Kuzmic is the foremost evangelical scholar in Eastern Europe and is considered an authority on the subject of Christian response to Marxism and on Christian ministry in post-Communist contexts. He co-founded and directs Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia, the first evangelical theological school in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. He also founded Timisoara Theological Institute, a Romanian school affiliated with ETS.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2014 to all the people of good will
Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the readers of the CROWN from Croatian painter Zdenka Sertić, on the photo. Croats have about five hundred Christmas carols, more than any other nation in the world. One of truly famous works of art, related to Christams, is due to Croatian sculptor Andrija Buvina from the 13th century, carved on monumental wooden doors of the Cathedral of St. Dujam in the city of Split. We also send a special Christmas greeting to Mr. Dario Kordić and Mr. Slobodan Praljak and their families.

Toni Kukoc Croatian basketball sensation in Chicago Bulls and Pink Panther of the NBA
In Europe they called him The Pink Panther, his lucidity and intelligence fascinated everyone. He gave three European team basketball titles to his hometown Split, Croatia. He won two Olympic silvers, a World Champion title and many awards in Croatia and Europe. In 1992 he was ready to move to the homeland of basketball. He joined the Chicago Bulls, he got the nickname The Croatian Sensation, and he reached the top, he won three NBA rings in a row. With George Mikan and Dražen Petrović, Toni Kukoč was one of the greatest Croatian basketball players in the NBA.

Srdjan Bulat to give recital at the Royal Academy of Music in London on January 7, 2014
Classical guitarist, Srdjan Bulat will be holding a recital at the Royal Academy of Music in London, on Tuesday January 7, 2014. The recital will be held at the David Josefowitz Recital Hall and will start at 6:00 p.m. admission is free. Bulat, a post graduate student at the Royal Academy of Music will be performing works by Croatian composers.

Miro Gavran's world premiere of "HOW TO STEAL A WIFE" in Vilnius in Lithuania adapted from his comedy
The world premiere of the film "How to Steal a Wife", which was adapted from Miro Gavran's theatre comedy "Henpecked Husbands", is scheduled for December 20th in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The producer is LITL BAZ PICTURES from Vilnius. The director is the young, but exceptionally successful Donatas Ulvydas. Shortly after its release in Vilnius, the film will play in theaters in America and Europe, so screenings are already lined up in Chicago, London, Oslo, Copenhagen, Bergen ... Very recently Miro Gavran had premieres in Slovakia, Czechia and in Russia.

Andrija Mohorovicic 1857-1936 great Croatian scientist discoverer of the MOHO discontinuity in Earth's crust
The MOHO is the boundary between the crust and the mantle in the Earth. This is a depth where seismic waves change velocity and there is also a change in chemical composition. Also termed the Mohorovičić discontinuity after the Croatian seismologist Andrija Mohorovičić (1857-1936) who discovered it. The boundary is between 25 and 60 km deep beneath the continents and between 5 and 8 km deep beneath the ocean floor. The discovery of MOHO is one of the greatest achievements in the history of Croatian science. Andrija Mohorovičić was born in the town of Volosko on the northern part Croatian coast.

Frok Zefi Catholic priest, historian and publicist in Croatia
Besides his regular duties in his parish, Don Frok Zefi (on the photo) is very active as a historian and publicist. Till now he has published about a dozen of books and monographs, most of them in Zagreb and Osijek, and some of them printed in Albanian as well. No doubt, the greatest Albanian in history was legenedary Mother Teresa, educated as a girl by Croatian Jesuits. The greatest expert in the history of Albanians was distinguished Croatian scientist and polyglot Milan pl. Šufflay (1879-1931).

Zed Seselja's maiden speech to the Australian Senate
Video of the speech prepared by newly elected ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja for his maiden speech in Australia's Federal Parliament. He was elected to the Australian Senate in the Australian federal elections held on 7 September 2013.

Arsen Anton Ostojic wins in St. Louis and has been nominated for an Oscar for a third time
Both Arsen and his new Oscar nominated feature film "Halima’s Path" were awarded during the 22nd St. Louis International Film Festival, held from November 14th to 24th. Arsen received the Contemporary Cinema Award, which honors mid-career filmmakers doing challenging and innovative work. This is the third time that one of Arsen's films will represent Croatia for the Oscars; his previous two films - "A Wonderful Night in Split" and "No One's Son" were both Croatia's official entries for an Academy Award.

Bijeli Put - White Path 10-26 December 1993 the greatest humanitarian action in European History
Dr. Slobodan Lang is one of initators of White Path / Bijeli Put humanitarian project. Bijeli Put 1993 is the greatest humanitarian project in European History. It is the first and only successful joint humanitarian project of Catholic Christians and Muslims. In December 2013 the 20 years since the White Path has been solmenly marked in the building of the Council of the City of Zagreb.

Latica Anić, Kristina Winiarski and Vid Veljak soloists with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in Germany 2013
Latica Anić (Croatia), Kristina Winiarski (Sweden) and Vid Veljak (Croatia) are among the most gifted students of maestro Valter Dešpalj, distinguished professor of violoncello at the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb. They had a privilege to be elected among nine out of about hundred participants of masterclasses in Rutesheim, Germany, as soloists  for the final concert with the internationally known Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in November 2013. Among the former students of maestro Dešpalj is Luka Šulić, a member of globally known 2 CELLOS.

Max Emanuel Cencic world class countertenor singer recipient of the Diapason d'or award in Paris 2013
Max Emanuel Cencić, Croatian countertenor, "great amongst great", is recipient of the award Diapason d'or (Golden Diapason) for 2013. It is an important recognition to the spectacular singing career of this former singer of the famous Wiener Sanger Knaben (Vienna Boy's Choir). It is interesting that Mr. Cencić is not the first Croatian recipient of Diapason d'or, it was already won by Katarina Livljanić with her Ensemble Dialogos in 2004.

Croatian events in Argentina 2013: Buenos Aires Celebra Croacia, Klapa Kastav, Chaco, etc.
  Joza Vrljičak sent us numerous video recordings and photos concerning the Croatian Day celebrated in Argentinean capital Buenos Aires, in November 2013. It is estmated that there are about 300,000 citizens of Croatian origin in Argentina. Croatian community in Argentina is very active, espeically in the field of culture. Numerous Croatinas contributed in various ways to the prestige and wellbeing of Argentina. Probably the best known among them is Juan (Ivan) Vucetich 1858-1925, the father of the scientific dactiloscopy, that is, of identification by fingerprints.

It's not a Velvet but a Snowflake Revolution
Why a Snowflake? Simple. A snowflake is innocent, unique, gentle and clean, just like the vast majority of us. A snowflake is a child's joy just like we all want to be joy and pride for our children because we did something for their future. But a snowflake upon snowflake, though gentle, can become a deep snow and an avalanche. Then they have a power that cannot be ignored. Croatian Hamed Bangoura started a non-violent Snowflake Revolution on Facebook, asking for fundamental change in a Croatian political arena. They expect over 50.000 snowflakes in 48 hours. Democracy by example.

Ana Vidovic classical guitar prodigy interviewed for Guitar Artistry
Ana Vidović was born in Croatia, and began performing in her native city of Karlovac at the age of 8. By the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy of the University of Zagreb, where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Vidović's reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, U.S., with Manuel Barrueco, from where she graduated in May 2003. Here we provide an interview for Guitar Artistry, and several of her recordings.

Zamba to compete at the 30th International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 21-25, 2014
Croatian Blues band Zamba (left) is an entrant for the 30th International Blues Challenge where musicians from around the world will be competing for for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. The Blues Foundation will present the 30th International Blues Challenge January 21-25, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. The world's largest gathering of Blues acts represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its affiliated organizations.

Ivana Kunc's new sophisticated CD entitled KUNC PLAYS KUNC dedicated to her father Bozidar
  We are very pleased to announce Ivana Kunc's new and very sophisticated musical project on CD entitled KUNC PLAYS KUNC, dedicated to her father Božidar Kunc, distinguished Croatian pianist and composer, who spent the last fourteen years of his life in the United States. His beloved and noble wife DeElda Kunc b. Fiebelkorn, a gifted poetess, passed away in 2013.

Vukovar is an indelible part of European and World History
In this article we have collected some of the songs and verses dedicated to the tragic destiny of the city of Vukovar and its citizens. The destiny of numerous victims is still not known. This Baroque city on the Danube river was savagely destroyed in 1991.

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