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Borna Coric and Ana Konjuh sweep the 2013 U.S. Open juniors titles
Croatians Borna Coric and Ana Konjuh (left) swept the U.S. Open juniors titles Sunday.The 15-year-old Konjuh defeated Tornado Alicia Black of the United States 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the girls’ final, adding to her Australian Open junior title this year. Coric, 16, beat Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the boys’ final.

Croatian folklore groups from Zadar won gold medals at the 2013 World Championship of Folklore in Bulgaria
Two Croatian folklore groups, Sv. Jeronim from Vlašić and Sv. Šime from Rtina as one (under the name of Dalmatika), and Privlaka and Radovin as another, won gold medals at the World Folk 2013 competition organized in Bulgaria. The international competition is organized by the World Association of Folklore Festival and the European Association of Folklore Festivals. More than hundred folklor groups from all five continents participated. Outside the competition, four Croatian folklore groups (about 60 singers) sang old-Croatian Glagolitic songs in two Bulgarian historical churches, which was registered by local TV. Congratulations to Mr. Livio Marijan and his coleagues from the Zadar hinterland.

Croatia won gold in quadruple sculls at 2013 World Championship in Korea ahead of Germany and GB
David Šain, Martin Sinković, Damir Martin (on the photo) and Valent Sinković representing Croatia are continuing with amazing results in quadruple sculls rowing. At the 2013 World Championship held in Korea, Croatia won the first place, Germany the second (last year's Olympic champions in London, Croatia was  second then), and Great Britain the third. Croatia won the title of world champions for the second time (2011 and 2013), and is at the same time the tripple world cup champion (2010, 2011, 2-013), which is an unbeleivable achievement besides such countries like Germany, Great Britain, Rusia, USA, etc..

Alexei Tanovitski Russian singer opening Metropolitan opera season 2013-2014 in New York on September 23
Award-winning Russian bass, Alexei Tanovitski, is one of the brightest stars of his generation. He has impressed audiences the world over and won wide-spread critical acclaim for his performances in the most prominent theaters and concert halls. He was recently appointed as an ambassador to promote the UNESCO World-Heritage-Listed city of Trogir on Croatia's Adriatic Coast. He lives with his wife Ivana in Croatia's capital Zagreb. Mr. Tanovitski is opening the Metropolitan Opera season 2003-2014 on September 23.

Dorat d.o.o. Company from Varazdin Croatia manufacturing social games out of paper and cardboard
The idea came from the need of familiarizing cultural, natural and historical landmarks that are recognizable for certain place, area or region to all who want to do so, especially to those who are not introduced with specific landmarks and beauty of that region or area. Some of those games are puzzles, memory, dominos and etc. Recently we developed some new products and new ideas that are interesting for the “business world”. Products are formed as souvenirs or gifts and as such they serve as promotion of landmarks, cities or regions to broad public within Croatia and abroad. The producer is DORAT d.o.o. Company from the city of Varazdin in Croatia.

Josip Hanjs world champion in Shorthand Speech Capturing competition organized in Ghent in Belgium 2013
In 2013 Mr. Josip Hanjš, representing Croatia, became the world champion in a Shorthand Speech Capturing international organized in Ghent, Belgium. Seven countries participated: except Croatia, also Hungary, Italy, Germany, Argentina, France and Turkey. Mr. Hanjš is the president of Croatian Shorthand Association, one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1882 (five years before London). This is his secon world title in his career: the first title of the world champion has been won in Prague in 2007. It is interesting that here both female and male participants compete all together.

Croatians are the World Cup champions in quadruple sculls for the third time - in 2010, 2012 and 2013!
Qadruple sculls is one of elite sports in world's rowing. To be among the first ten nations in the world raniking is a great exploit for every nation. The results of Croatian however are absolutely amazing: David Šain, Martin Sinković, Damir Martin and Valent Sinković are dominant among such nations like Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Norway, Canada, USA, etc. With these results Croatia has been established as a world superforce in this sporting discipline. In 2013 they were winners for the third time in the last four years, this time in Luzern in Switzerland. Furthermore, Damir Martin had a birthday on this great winning day.

Radoslav Lorkovic Croatian-American pianist: Clear and Cold + Homer A Piano Odyssey
We are glad to present to the readers of the CROWN the two recently published CD's by Radoslav Lorković, Croatian-American pianist, accordion player, singer and composer. Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorković has taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style. His grand-mother, Melita Lorković, was a famous Croatian classical pianist.

First Taste: Dubrovnik in New Rochelle. Croatian Restaurant in New York
Okay, folks, close your laptop and pick up the phone. You need to book a meal at Dubrovnik Restaurant in New Rochelle, New York, right now, this instant. Here’s the deal: this month-old Croatian restaurant has an intimate stony outdoor terrace on which its owner has built a serious, bang-up, wood-burning oven. Imagine tiny, tender, smoke scented octopus and squid, the tips of their tentacles curled lightly charred. Or a generous whole branzino, its belly stuffed with herbs, sparkling with Croatian sea salt, and still cracking from the fire. Heaven.

WTTW Chicago to rebroadcast documentary film "They Never Walked Alone" on Velika Gospa
Thursday, August 15, 2013 the day of the Feast of the Assumption (Velika Gospa) WTTW Prime in Chicago will be rebroadcasting the documentary film called "They Never Walked Alone" that celebrates 100 years of St. Jerome Croatian parish located in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. The film will air starting at 2:00 pm CST.

Sandra Perkovic young Croatian athlete world champion in discus throw in Moscow 2013
  Sandra Perković, young Croatian athlete, is the best discus thrower among women in the world today. Olympic champion in 2012, double European champion (2010 in Barcelona and in 2012 in Helsinki), winner of many international competitions during the past several years, in 2013 she became the world champion during the World Athletics Competition held in Moscow. She is also the winner of the 2013 Diamond League. Sandra is one of the greatest sportswomen in the history of Croatian sport, next to famous Janica Kostelić (skiing superstar) and Blanka Vlašić (high-jumping superstar).

Pope Francis and his encounters with Croatians in Argentina and Brasil
Pope Francis, as a cardinal of Buenos Aires, encountered Croatians in Argentina in various occasions. He concelebrated during a mass dedicated to blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac (1898-1960). His personal confessor was Croatian Franciscan Berislav Ostojić. We express our gratitude to Carmen Verlichak, Croatian-Argentinean writer living in Buenos Aires, for providing us with interesting photos.

Operation "Storm" 1995 prevented genocide in Bihać area of BiH and liberated occupied parts of Croatia
According to Professor Slobodan Lang, distinguished Croatian peace activist, "STORM was humanitarian operation which prevented genocide." The old Croatian mediaeval royal town of Knin was liberated in just a few days after five years of occupation. Congratulations on the occasion of Victory Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders on 5th August to citizens of Croatia and all Croatians in the world. On the photo president Franjo Tuđman kissing Croatian flag on the liberated mediaeval fortress of Knin.

Domagoj Cevid and Borna Vukorepa won 2 golds at the 2013 International Mathematical Olympiad in Colombia
Croatian national team of best young Croatian mathematicians participated at the 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in 2013 with 6 competitors, among 97 countries. Two of them,  Domagoj Ćevid (on the photo) and Borna Vukorepa, won the highest prizes - gold medals. Furthermore, for Domagoj it was the second gold medal, since in 2012, he won the first gold medal for Croatia in history. It should be noted that some of our best former competitors are now distinguished scientists working in Croatia, like Marko Tadić, Andrej Dujella and Pavle Pandžić, or abroad, like Mladen Bestvina and Ivan Mirković, to name just a few.

Marin Soljacic Croatian-American physicist researching from wireless energy transfer to photonic crystals
Croatian-American physicist Marin Soljačić, professor at MIT, USA, is best know for his work on wireless energy transfer. In addition to this, he works on numerous problems on electromagnetism in materials structured on the scale of the wavelength, such as micro- and nano-structured materials for infrared and visible light, including nonlinear optical devices and surface plasmons. His recent research, supported by a US$20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, focuses on use of photonic crystals in solar cells. In 2007 he founded WiTricity Corp., together with a group of his colleagues at MIT.

Miro Gavran's play Night of the Gods translated into Hindi will be played in Hyderabad India on August 3rd 2013
The Croatian author Miro Gavran’s play “NIGHT OF THE GODS” will be premiered in THE TURIYA THEATRE in the Indian city of Hyderabad on  August 3rd. The play has been translated into Hindi and is being directing by Bavani Ganti, while the main roles are being played by Rabul Reddy, Vinay Abhishek and Afroz Hussaini. To date “NIGHT OF THE GODS” has been played in 20 premiere performances. His works have been translated into 35 languages, and his books have come out in 150 different editions at home and abroad. His dramas and comedies have had more than 200 theatre first nights around the world and have been seen by more than two million theatre-goers.

Carmen Verlichak Croatian-Argentinean writer published a monograph El Cardenal Stepinac in Buenos Aires 2013
In 2013 Carmen Verlichak, Croatian-Argentiean writer living in Buenos Aires, wrote a monograph about Blessed Cardinal dr. Alojzije Stepinac 1898-1960, entitled El Cardenal Stepinac. It has been published by the Krivodol Press in Argentinean's capital. This is the first monograph in Castellano about this important historical and religious figure published in South America. In 1998 Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Marija Bistrica, during his second Apostolic visit to Croatia.

Croatia - Land and People internet project of the Public Diplomacy Service and the Lexicographic Institute
We are pleased to inform the readers of the CROWN that, on the occasion of Croatia's accession to the EU, a new website has been recently launched:, that is, "Croatia - Land and People“. It has been produced on the initiative of the Public Diplomacy Service of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, with the support of the Institute of Lexicography in Zagreb. The project has been initiated by Mr. Zvonimir Frka Petešić, head of the Public Diplomacy Service.

George Mikan gentle giant and the first big dominant basketball player in the history of NBA has Croatian roots
George  Mikan, a famous Croatian-American basketball player, the first big and dominant man in the NBA (212 cm tall). He was born in Joliet, and baptized in the Croatian Roman Catholic Church in. His grandfather, whose name is also George Mikan, was born in Croatia, as Juraj Mikan (in Croatian, Juraj = George), and he once said th efollowing: "I am proud of my grandson, and am glad that we Croatians have made a contribution to the progress and development of our America, not only in its industry, but in its sporting world, also." A statue was erected in honor of the NBA Hall of Famer at the Target Center in Minneapolis. In 2013 his two grand-daughters, Gina and Molly, visited Croatia and, among others, payed a visit to the native village of George Mikan's grand-father, and to their relatives - Mikans in Croatia.

Azithromycin or Sumamed one of world's best-selling antibiotics product of Croatian company PLIVA Zagreb
Azithromycin or Sumamed is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics, used to treat or prevent certain bacterial infections, most often those causing middle ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, typhoid, bronchitis and sinusitis. It has been discovered Croatia's capital Zagreb in 1980, by a team of researchers at the Croatian pharmaceutical company Pliva: Gabrijela Kobrehel, Gorjana Radobolja-Lazarevski, and Zrinka Tamburašev, led by Slobodan Đokić. They are recipients of the 2000 award Heroes of Chemistry in the USA. The first roots of Pliva go to 1921. Croatian Nobel Prize winner Vladimir Prelog (1975 for chemistry) worked in a company preceding Pliva in 1935. The earnings are estimated to 1.5 billon US$ per year! Croatia is one of only nine countries in the world with its own antibiotic product.

Flirting in Croatian - A Vacationer's Guide is available on Amazon
Flirting in Croatian - A Vacationer's Guide is not your average language course. Nor is it just another dating book. It's your ticket to summer celebrity, guaranteed to make you the hottest thing on the far side of the Adriatic. Available on Amazon in the U.S. and through specialty shop Heart of Croatia as well as in Algoritam stores throughout Croatia, this pocket-sized powerhouse of a language and seduction course provides you with everything you need to talk the talk with the ladies in Croatian.

Igor Stagljar dances with ABC transporters, step forward to cure the cancer
Professor Igor Štagljar, Croatian Canadian scientist working at the Faculty of Medicine’s Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto, and his team developed the first roadmap for ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter proteins. These proteins are crucial components of every cell, and are also involved in tumor resistance. “Our discovery shows how ABC transporter proteins effect cancer and other diseases, and this knowledge can help us develop better, more targeted drugs. This is truly momentous,” said Štagljar.

Fr. Ante Gabric, S.J. - An Apostle of the Sundarbans, Croatian missionary in Bengal, India
Many among those who worked and lived with Fr. Ante continue to give witness to the holiness of this great missionary they knew, and some are convinced that ‘God visited us in the form of Fr. Ante Gabric’. The work started by Fr. Ante and other missionaries is being continued today among the Santals, who are much more deserving and are still in the periphery, but witnessing to the faith by their lives. The Calcutta Jesuit province while thanking the Lord for giving a worthy and zealous missionary to Bengal thank also the Croatian Province and the people Croatia for their continued prayerful support for the ever growing mission today.  The article was written by Fr. Irudaya Jothi SJ of the Calcutta Jesuit Province.

Branko Istvancic's documentary From Grain to Painting awarded as best documentary in LA
Croatian documentary From Grain to Painting by Branko Ištvančić, is the recipient of the Gold Camera award for the best documentary and has been nominated for a Best of Festival award for Documentary productions in 2013 film competition of US International Film & Video Festival in Los Angeles. Distinguished Croatian filmmaker Branko Ištvančić, the director of live-action (The Ghost in the Swamp, 2006) and award-winning documentary films (The Cormorant Scarecrow, 1998), born in Subotica, where a large part of the film takes place, devoted a lot of attention to the poetic atmosphere and visuals.

Ivana Marija Vidovic and 7th Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat Croatia - festival of music, drama, theatre and folklore
  On the south east part of the Croatian coast, in a beautiful, picturesque Cavtat we would love to welcome a cultural series of events. The Epidaurus Festival is a festival of music which will also include other artistic events - drama, theatre, literature, poetry, various presentations, folklore, educative programmes, matinees for young talents, getting to know the area, its beauty, nature, tradition, etc. Without music life would be a mistake (F. Nietzche).

NFCACF Elects New President Paul Tonšetić-Kunder
The National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation (NFCACF) has elected a new President, Mr. Paul Tonšetić-Kunder, to succeed Mr. Bill Vergot who is retiring after serving two terms as President since 2011. Mr. Tonšetić-Kunder of Coral Springs, Florida is a third generation Croatian American originally born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Both maternal and fraternal grandparents came from Croatia in the early 1900’s (Samobor and Grubišno Polje), and they settled in the Western Pennsylvania area.

Croatia in EU on July 1st 2013 seen by professional designers
Croatia has 12 centuries of uninterrupted international legitimicy, much longer than great majority of other members of the EU. As such, Croatia as an international subject is much older than EU itself. Among the most important moments of Croatia's recent past are June 25th 1991, when Croatian Deit (one of the oldest in Europe), as a result of 93,24% majority of votes of Croatian citizens, decided to become a sovereign state, as well as the decision of Badinter's Committee from September 7th 1991 about de facto recognition of Croatia. On the photo is an amusing pair of shoes, designed by Teo Bekavac, professional Croatian designer. The red one represents Croatia, and the blue one the EU.

2CELLOS taking the cello to a new level and breaking the boundaries between different genres of music
Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS, achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level and breaking the boundaries between different genres of music. “... Go and see them live, because it really is astonishing! I can’t remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimi Hendrix live back in the 60’s…” Elton John.

Ljeposlav Perinic 1922-2005 the King of Dolls and the world exhibition of his dolls in Buenos Aires in 1970
Ljeposlav Perinić 1922-2005 was a Croatian known under the title of the King of Dolls or Rey de las munecas. In 1970 he had an exhibition of dolls in Buenos Aires where he lived since 1945. In this article we show a short interview with him conducted by Monica Mihanovic. On the photo Mr. Perinić with two beautiful dolls representing Pakistan (on the left) and India. Since 1991 the collection of his dolls is kept in Croatia's capital Zagreb.

Marko Marulic 1450-1524 and Katarina Livljanic: JUDITH biblical history of Renaissance Croatia
  Far from the traditional filming of a staged performance, Alpha and Katarina Livljanic offer a genuinely cinematographic work based on the epic poem Judita of the Croatian Renaissance writer Marko Marulić. Judita has been printed in Croatian language in 1521, and Marko Marulić, one of the greatest Croatian writers, expressly stated in the title of his book that the poem was written in Croatian language. Musically, this project by Katarina Livljanić, professor at the University of Paris - Sorbonne, is a reconstruction, using Gregorian, Beneventan and Glagolitic sources of medieval Dalmatia, as well as the study of Croatian Glagolitic chant in oral tradition.

Drazen Petrovic 1964-1993 distinguished Croatian basketball player and the greatest European player of all times
Dražen Petrović initially achieved success playing professional basketball for Croatian clubs Šibenka and Cibona, and in Europe (Real Madrid in Spain) in the 1980s before joining the American NBA in 1989. In 1993 Dražen died in a car accident at the age of 28. Petrović earned two silver medals and one bronze in Olympic basketball, a gold and a bronze in the FIBA World Championship, and a gold and a bronze in the FIBA European Championship. He earned four Euroscar Awards, and was named Mr. Europa in basketball twice. At the Olympic Games in 1992, he was the leader of the Croatian basketball team, which won all games except the final against the USA.

1134 years since the first international recognition of Croatia, more than 600 years before the discovery of America
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. In his letter dated from 881 the Pope addressed Branimir as the `glorious prince'. This was the first time that the Croatian state was officially recognized. As wee see, this happened in the 9th century, or more precisely, more than 600 years before the discover of America.

A famous Croatian Professor Balthazar shown by Google on its front page on June 21st 2013
Professor Balthazar is probably the most famous Croatian professor in the world, a popular figure of cartoon movies, familiar to millions of children throughout the world. It has been created in 1967, that is, 46 years ago, by Zlatko Grgić, a member of the lagendary Zagreb School of Animated Film. On June 21st 2013 Google placed the professor on its front page. Professor Balthazar was equally popular among children fourty years ago, as is today.

Goran Karan very successful concerts of Croatian singer in London in June 2013
Goran Karan, a well known Croatian pop singer from the city of Split, will remember the year of 2013 for a series of very successful concerts in Estonia and Poland, culminating with two concerts in England, in London - in Dingwalls Club and Gloucester Millenium Hotel. His singing is deeply influenced by very emotional local Dalmatian melodies. Besides the mentioned concerts, Goran had many other concerts held in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, along with three tours in the United States.

Joseph Thomas Rukavina 1922-2013 Croatian humanitarian and Democratic activist in the USA
Joseph Thomas Rukavina, 91 years old of White Bear Lake, MN died on June 10, 2013 at Southview Acres Health Care Center  in West St. Paul. Joe was a long time activist within the Democratic party and so proud of his work with three Croatian American groups:  Croatian Fraternal Union, MN Croatian Cultural Society and the National Federation of Croatian Americans (co-founder).  He was honored with awards from both the Republic of Croatia and The White House for his outstanding humanitarian work during the 1990s war in Croatia and in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  He was a founding member of St. Pius X Church in White Bear Lake and was active there  for 59 years.

Nikola Primorac Croatian captain of City of Ragusa craft sailing from Liverpool to New York and back in 1870
There are honored people in Croatian maritime history who contributed to the various fields of maritime affairs. One of them is Captain Nikola Primorac, born in Dubrovnik on July 27, 1840, who sailed in his small boat across the Atlantic from Liverpool to New York and back to Liverpool, England. In Liverpool he made a bet with one Englishman for 100 pound sterling that he will cross the Atlantic in a small boat. It was sensational news in Britain which the London "Times" wrote: "It is an incredible brave and crazy adventure ever made that could turn into tragedy or triumph".

Destination CROATIA Destination CROATIA Destination CROATIA Destination CROATIA
Croatia, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, is a land which its citizens often call her Lijepa Naša, that is, Our Beautiful. It is not surprising that this is the title of Croatia's National Anthem as well. Croatia is a southern Central European country at the crossroads between the Pannonian Plain and the Mediterranean Sea. Its southern and western flanks border the Adriatic Sea. In this article we show two fantastic films about Croatia. On the left is a photo of probably the most beautiful cape in the world, called Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape), on the island of Brač in Croatia.

GLAGOLICA a European Musical Language - project by Festival Kvarner in Opatija 25-26 June 2013 Croatia
Logo of Festival Kvarner, Opatija, Croatia The “GLAGOLICA - A European Musical Language” project, is an awarded EU project within the framework of the Culture Programme 2007-2013. We are speaking about Croatia, which will enter the European Union on 1st of July 2013. The central theme is the Croatian recension of Old Church Slavonic literary language with its Croatian Glagolitic Script. The program includes the concerts of Katarina Livljanić (25th June, Middle Age Music) and I.G. Kovačić Choir from Zagreb (26th June, Bruckner's Te Deum) in  the city of Opatija in Istrian peninsula, both at 21:30. Croatian Glagolitic Script will be visualized by Ars Electronica from Vienna. On the photo is the logo of Festival Kvarner in Opatija, Croatia.

LET’S CEE-Short Film Competition - Due date for submissions June 16, 2013
LET‘S CEE Film Festival presents once a year in Vienna high-quality productions from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), including the Caucasus region and Turkey. Since its first installment in 2012, the LET‘S CEE Film Festival has been providing an exclusive and attractive stage for Central and Eastern European cinematography. The second LET’S CEE Film Festival will be held from September 13th to September 21st, 2013. The Call for Entries will be available till June 16, 2013.

Marija Miletic Dail exhibiting her murals on Croatian history at Lovejoy Gallery in Los Angeles June 15th 2013
Marija Miletic Dail, distinguished Croatian American director, producer, animator and filmmaker, living in the USA, will have an Exhibition of Cultural Murals "Five Medallions of Croatian History" at Lovejoy Gallery in Los Angeles, June 15th 2013, from 4-10 pm, 749 South Broadway St. The titles of murals are Alojzije Stepinac, Ante Starčević, Seoba Hrvata (Migration of Croatians), Krštenje Hrvata (Baptizing of Croatians), and Matija Gubec. This art will be available to collectors after the exhibition.

Julija Vojkovic champion of International Competition in Middle Age Fencing in Pavone Canavese Italy
In 2013 a small Croatian group participated in the International Competition of Middle Age Fencing in Pavone Canavese Italy. And for the first time in the history of competition, a brand new team won to first places. Julija Vojkovic won the first place in fencing. She composed her fantastic dresses sewing them alone, based on old traditional, extremely elegant Croatian costumes from the region of Vrlika. Julija is professional graphic artist and designer living with her family in the city of Zagreb.

Miro Gavran's interviews and plays to be shown in Poland, the Czech Republic and in Belgium in June 2013
Miro Gavran, the greatest contemporary Croatin playwright, will soon have several appearances with his plays and interviews in Poland, the Czech Republic, and in Belgium. His works have been translated into 35 languages worldwide, including Chinese. His play Hotel Babilon is in some way very special: it is a monodrama in which his wife Mladena Gavran (on the photo) plays as many as ELEVEN different roles.

The Council for Croats outside of Croatia is founded
The council will assist in designing and implementing policies, programs and activities in relation to  Croats who live beyond the borders of our beautiful country. Members of the council are among the most prominent representatives of the Croatian community from around the world, as well as representatives of the most important institutions in the country. All of them will help the Croatian government in designing and implementing policies, programs and activities in relation to the Croats living outside its borders.

Winners announced for the Iserlohn-Zagreb art competition
The annual student art competition organized by artists Ankica and Ante Karacic (left) have announced the winners in this year's art competition. The theme for this year was protecting the environment. This year, 500 entries from 10 countries were submitted. The organizer is Ankica Karačić living in Germany, on the photo with her husband Ante.

Branko Istvancic Croatian film-maker made a fantastic documentary film about the art of straw-girls in Backa
Croatian female artists called straw-girls (or straw-women) from the region of Bačka are named so for straw, which they weave in order to make beautiful and poetic description of their hard and lonely life. Very common motives are small Catholic churches and Christian symbols. At the 1976 international exhibition of naive art in Moscow Ana Milodanović won the gold medal, while Kata Rogić had exceptional honour to present her work to Pope Paul the 6th in the Vatican in 1964. Croatian film-maker Branko Ištvančić made a fantastic film about the art of straw-girls.

The World Festival of Animated Film in Croatia's capital Zagreb 4–9 June 2013
As many as 52 works from 16 countries submitted their applications for the 2013 Festival of Animated Film in Zagreb. The 16 selected works are characterised by the diversity of animation techniques and artistic approaches. They include abstract works like Unfettered by Canadian author Sandra Eber, Kihi-kuhi by Finn Maria Bjoerklund or Ostali tragovi by Swiss-Croatian artist Michaela Müller, as well as narrative films like Choban by Croatian filmmaker Matija Pisačić, Donijela sam kolača by another Croatian author, Ivana Pipal, and We have no tickets by Chinese artist Bao Jian. In the middle of the photo is the logo of the Festival: Z... is for Zagreb.

Don Wolf author of autobiographical photo monograph Croatian Love Story
Long before Don Wolf was born, the outline for A Croatian Love Story was formed in the 1900’s. An ethnic neighborhood was the site where determined women and men struggled to build, to educate and to become citizens. These Croatian immigrants formed the strong shoulders supporting cherished traditions as they learned to live in and to love their new country. Don’s photographs depict Croatian life both in the United States and in Croatia. His writing preserves generations of memories. This book is a tribute to those who came before and a blessing to those who are yet to come.

Luka Misetic and Tomislav Kuzmanovic presented with the 2012 Vinodol Code Award
  The Croatian American Bar Association presented the 2012 Vinodol Code Award to each of Luka S. Misetic (on the photo) and Tomislav Z. Kuzmanovic, as the joint recipients, in recognition of their distinguished legal careers and outstanding contributions to the Croatian-American community. Mr. Misetic and Mr. Kuzmanovic represented General Ante Gotovina and General Mladen Markač before ICTY’s Appeals Chamber.

David Byler: 8th Generation of Croatian American, New Dalmatia, Nueva España, Texas, and the way Home
After World War II, in America parents began to teach phone numbers and addresses to their children so they knew how to get home. David Byler's parents taught him a little "poem" so he could find his way Home. Home, almost three hundred years ago, was a little town in western Slavonia.  David had a career in international forest products sales and transportation. He has had another career as a Lutheran Pastor which continues at the present.  David is currently producing music videos with which he hopes to attract both Croatians of all kinds and non-Croatians to the priceless treasure of Croatian culture.

Ana Vidovic concerts and interviews of distinguished Croatian guitarist
Ana Vidovic is an extraordinary classical guitarirst with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Ms. Vidovic has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in Zagreb, Tokyo, New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas, St. Louis and beyond.

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