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Drago Stambuk Croatian ambassador in Japan writes about a beautiful friendship
This year a wonderful example of “friendship building” has been set in motion between our two countries, Japan and Croatia. Accumulated efforts of Japanese and Croatian people have resulted in the project of “Japan - Croatia Friendship House” in Tokamachi, Niigata. Written by Dr. Drago Štambuk, ambassador of Croatia in Japan.

Emil Milihram Croatian canoeist wins the World Cup 2010 in Austria
Croatian canoeist Emil Milihram is the overall winner of the Wildwater World Cup for 2010 after he won a classic race in Lofer, Austria. In the overall standings, Milihram is at the first place. He is followed by Yann Claudepierre of France and Norman Weber of Germany. Emil is already for three consecutive years the World Champion in canoeing!

Srdjan Bulat wins in Almeria
Srdjan Bulat (left) a fifth year student at the Musical Academy in Split, under the tutelage of Professor Darko Petrinjak was the winner at the 11th annual Julian Arcas guitar competition, which was held from June 23-26 , 2010 in the Spanish town of Almeria.

Nicholas B. Daddazio's Cravat Sculpture as icon and symbol of Western Culture
Cravat Sculpture as icon and symbol of Western Culture is an unending subject of interest for Nicholas B. Daddazio to explore. In 1991, his search for a new and surprisingly unusual, offbeat, out of the ordinary, and unexpected subject for his art led him to the ubiquitous cravat. The cravat originated in Croatia during the 1600's. Even the name of cravat is derived from Croatian name.

Croatian town Lipik needs help to rebuild Kursalon
The Kursalon, the neo-Renaissance style cafe in the town Lipik, Croatia, was constructed in 1893, with concert and a dance halls, a movie theater, restaurants, a piano bar, casino etc. It was the central point of the social and cultural life of the town until 1991, when it was destroyed  and burned during the Serbian aggression on Croatia. This is an appeal to rebuild one of the trademarks of the town of Lipik. On the photo Nenad Bach and Ivan Pušćenik in Lipik.

Studia Croatica founded in Buenos Aires Argentina celebrates 50 years
Studia Croatica is an important Croatian quaterly in Spanish founded in 1960 in Buenos Aires. It has published thosands of pages devoted to various historical, cultural and political issues dealing with Croatia and Croatians. The past directors were Ivo Bogdan, Franjo Nevistić, Radovan Latković, and Joza Vrljičak (photo), who established its internet versional at www.studiacroatica.org, capital achievement in preserving the history of Croatians.

Dvigrad International Festival of Early Music in Croatia 2010
Indefatigable professor Alojzije Prosoli, founder of Sacred Music association in Zagreb, Croatia, organized the new Dvigrad International Festival of Early Music, 26 June - 18 July. Dvigrad is a mediaeval town in the heart of Istrian peninsula in Croatia, which has been abandoned already in the 17th century due to plague. The partner country of the 2010 Dvigrad Festival is France.

John Kraljic and his Croatian historical studies
John Kraljić was born in New York City of Croatian parents from the area of Rijeka. John is a member and an officer of the Croatian Academy of America and member the Croatian Studies Association, as well as a contributing editor of the Review of Croatian History, published by the Croatian Institute of History (Hrvatski povijesni institut). Mr. Kraljić is the President of the National Federation of Croatian Americans.

Karin Kuljanic voice from Heaven and soul from Croatian island of Cres
 

Karin Kuljanić made her debut at the Melodies of Istria and Kvarner  festival in 1994, Croatia, with the beautiful song “Zami me sobun sakamo” (Take me with you anyhwere).   As I watched the video cassette of that festival I was thinking: This voice is something else! I hope it's here to stay. Luckily for MIK fans, it has. Employed at  the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Rijeka, she is also known for her charitable work.


Croatian Warm Sea project - Projekt Hrvatsko Toplo More
The unused and neglected thermal and therapeutic springs in NW Croatia call for urgent action, in the area full of  castles, granges and villas. We want to renovate existing structures and put the unused springs to use, to invest in tourist-health centres. We invite Croats who are interested in taking part in this project to get in touch with us as soon as they can.

Mladena Gavran Croatian theatre actress awarded The Vladimir Nazor Prize 2010
For the twelve roles (!) she played in the monodrama THE CRAZIEST SHOW IN THE WORLD, the Croatian actress Mladena Gavran has been named the winner of the VLADIMIR NAZOR Prize for 2010. The author of the monodrama is her husband Miro Gavran.

Ivan Mestrovic's marble portrait of a child sold at Sotheby's in London 2010
This portrait of Slavan Vidović, son of Croatian painter Ivan Vidović is the first major marble by distinguished Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović to appear at auction at Sotheby's in 2010. The portrait was modelled during Meštrović's stay in Split in 1906.

Sensational Croatian electric car launched at the Geneva Motor Show 2010
Dok-Ing is the Croatian producer of high-tech robots, primarily for the US military. It has recently launched an attractive electric mini-car with vertical-opening doors. It can achieve 130km/h, acceleration of 0-100km/h in 7.7s. After 8 hours connected to a 220V network it gets a full charge of its lithium-phosphate, and can travel up to 250km without having to plug it. Director Vjekoslav Majetić on the photo and design by Igor Jurić.

CACF raises over $150,000 at 8th Annual Golf Outing/Awards Dinner
The Croatian American Charitable Foundation held its 8th Annual Charity Golf Outing and Awards Dinner at North Hills Country and Cherry Valley Club in Long Island, New York. Over 230 golfers and 60 companies help raise money to help the American Cancer Society, Doctors Without Borders, The Cam Neely Foundation and Croatian Mine Action Centre.

Branimir Kvartuc of StandUpCroatia.com to cross the Adriatic Sea for charity
Croatian American Branimir Kvartuč, an award-winning photojournalist, two times cancer survivor, StandUpCroatia.com founder and  philanthropist, will be crossing the Adriatic Sea on June 25-27 of 2010, from Venice, Italy to Pula, Croatia on a Stand Up Paddle board, setting a world record, in the process. See some of his beuatiful photos from the Đakovo Embroidery folklore festival.

Croatian train another great product by KONCAR - Electric Vehicles Inc
Croatia is one among only six countries in Europe producing their own trains. The new Croatian train produced by KONCAR - Electric Vehicles Inc offers the state of the art concept, excellent design, air-condition, ergonomic seats and panoramic glazing enabling a comfortable drive.

1131 years since the first international recognition of Croatia
 The first international recognition of Croatia came on May 21, 879 from Pope John VIII, that is, 1131 years ago. During the solemn divine service in St. Peter's church in Rome in 879, Pope John VIII gave his blessing to Croatian prince Branimir and the whole Croatian people, about which he informed the prince in his letters. A detail of Croatian sacral monument from 9th century can be seen on the left, with the name of prince Branimir.

Erazmo Ben Ticac Croatian leading planner of Savannah nuclear ship 1959
The Savannah nuclear ship, the first nuclear-powered merchant ship, was built to the plans of Erazmo Tićac 1904-1968, a Croatian  born near the naval port of Rijeka. After the president Dwight Eisenhower announced his decision to build an experimental nuclear-powered merchant ship, Tićac became the leading planner. The ship was launched in 1959. On a plaque above the entrance to the ship's lounge was written in golden letters: "Ben Tićac, naval architect".

New Voices in Croatian Drama featured in NYC, May 13, 2010
Highlighting the first-ever playwriting exchange between Croatia and the United States, this evening will showcase the work of young Croatian dramatists Ivana Sajko (left) and Tena Štivičić, featuring a brief presentation on contemporary theatre from Croatia, excerpts from both author’s plays in both Croatian and English, and a discussion with the participants in this exchange.

Nenad Bach, Boris Ljubicic & Davor Pavuna at TEDxZAGREB April 2010
Ideas worth spreading: Nenad Bach: A lifetime of advocating for peace has led Nenad to question: What is Freedom? Boris Ljubičić: Designer in quest, he has subordinated personal to the general, persistent and uncompromising promoter of Croatian visual identity. Davor Pavuna: unusual physicist with vision, exposing on eternal theme - Ah, Love!

Irish dance phenomenon in Croatia's capital Zagreb May 16 2010
Lord of the Dance spellbounds, excites and thrills audiences worldwide. It is the greatest and most sold dance show in the world. This time, Zagreb is looking for a ticket more. Zagreb will host Lord of the Dance's Troupe One, led by Michael Flatley himself. The performances will be held on Sunday, May 16th 2010, at Dražen Petrović Basketball Center. First perfomance begins at 5 p.m. and the second one at 8.30 p.m.

Croatian Creation is the trademark of best Croatian products

In late 1997 the Croatian Chamber of Economy started the Project to Visually Mark Croatian Products with Croatian Quality and Croatian Creation labels. The Croatian Quality label is given to those Croatian products whose properties meet high world standards. The Croatian Creation label is awarded to original Croatian products that reflect Croatian tradition, development, research, innovation and inventions.


Davor Suker to Hold Mini-Clinic for Charity in NYC, May 15, 2010
Davor Suker (left) will be holding a “Mini Clinic for Charity” on Saturday, May 15th 2010 at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) campus in Old Westbury, Long Island from 10am-1pm. The clinic will be for children between the ages of 9-14 and all proceeds will benefit the CACF and its ongoing battle for removing mines in Croatia.

Concert in honor of maestro Zeljko Brkanovic in V. Lisinski Concert Hall Zagreb
The Zagreb Philarmonic Orchestra with Lana Genc on the piano marked 50 years of artistic work of professor Željko Brkanović, distinguished Croatian composer, performing his sophisticated Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall March 25 2010 under the baton of maestro Stefan Lano.

Greenwich Trio win at the Beethoven Society of Europe Competition
The Greenwich Trio comprised of Stjepan Hauser from Croatia, Lana Trotovsek from Slovenia (both pictured left) and Yoko Misumi from Japan won at the Beethoven Chamber Music Competition 2010 held on April 22, 2010 at Steinway Hall in London and  sponsored by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe.

Srdjan Bulat shines in Valencia
On Saturday, April 17, 2010 at the Xth International Guitar Competition of Alhambra, Srdjan Bulat (left) shined winning three awards at this prestigious guitar competition. He placed second overall, and won an audience award and an award for best interpretation of Spanish music. On Sunday May 16 2010 he will have free and open concert in Chicago, International House.

Dejan Lazic to perform with the Pacific Symphony May 13-15, 2010
Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic (left) whose recent performance The New York Times hailed as “full of poetic, shapely phrasing and vivid dynamic effects that made this music sound fresh, spontaneous and impassioned.” will be performing with the Pacific Symphony led by guest conductor Michael Stern.

Nenad Bach and Miro Gavran guests at Croatian Television on April 16 2010

Nenad Bach, distinguished Croatian-American musician, and Miro Gavran, distinguished Croatian writer, both of worldwide reputation, were guests of the Croatian Television show Lica nacije (Faces of the Nation) hosted by Branimir Bilić and directed by Željko Musić. This very interesting interview discussed strategic issues of global promotion of Croatian culture, as well as fundamental human values nourished within family.

Moreska in Croatia the last authentic sword dance in the Mediterranean
The moreška dance on the island of Korčula in Croatia can be played only by those for whom at least one parent is from the island. The dance dates from the Middle Ages, and together with the house of Marko Polo represents one of the chief attractions of the island. The confraternity of All Saints is the oldest one on the island, founded back in 1301. Text and photos by Davor Rostuhar, Croatian journalist and photographer.

Jim Caviezel's spiritual journey from Medjugorje to Mel Gibson's Passion
Jim Caviezel became the world famous actor with leading role in Mel Gibson's movie "Passion". In Medjugorje he had experienced certain dimension of faith that was unknown to him up to that point. In February 2010 he came to Medjugorje for the sixth time as pilgrim.

Dr. Edward L. Miloslavich Croatian investigator of the Katyn Forest tragedy
Dr. Edward Lucas Miloslavich (Eduard Luka Miloslavić), professor at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, was one among 12 medical experts who investigated the Katyn Forest tragedy in 1943. In 1951 and 1952 he gave an official report also to the Congress of the USA. We express our deep condolances to the Polish people on the occasion of the airplane tragedy of April 10 2010.

Croatians of Chicagoland book set to launch May 17, 2010
The Chicago area is home to more than 150,000 people of Croatian descent. In its heyday, the community grew so robust, it was known as the "second Croatian Capital." In her new book "Croatians of Chicagoland, " Maria Dugandzic-Pasic examines how this community and its leaders, clergy, laborers, politicians, athletes, benevolent societies and social organizations helped build and shape Chicago's history.

Australian-Croatian Vinko Romanik featured on stamp
Vinko Romanik, was recently granted the honour of appearing on a limited edition postage stamp in recognition of the 200th Anniversary of Australia Post.  He has worked for Australia Post for some years.  He was one of 10 Australia Post workers to appear on an exclusive stamp out of 1,600 employees who were nominated.

Tom Rukavina Croatian-American running for Minnesota governor
Tom Rukavina, from northern Minnesota is in the running for governor of Minnesota as a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He has a reputation as a straight talking, hard working and passionate advocate for what's best for Minnesota.

Mervan Pasic Croatian mathematician invited by Japanese colleagues
 Dr. Mervan Pašić, professor of Mathematics at the University of Zagreb, visited Japan from November 11-22 2009 upon the invitation of Japanese mathematicians: Yuki Naito, Hiroyuki Usami, Tetsutaro Shibata and Jitsuro Sugie. He delivered an invited lecture at the University of Hiroshima and a plenary lecture at the University of Kyoto. The cities of Kyoto and Zagreb are twinned since 1972.

Croatian Easter Eggs
Croatia has a long and rich tradition of beutifully painted Easter eggs prepared within families during Lenten time. On the left are a few such eggs from a large ethnographic collection exhibited in the famous Franciscan convent of Kraljeva Sutjeska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We take the opportunity to wish all the readers of the CROWN and their families a happy and blessed Easter.

New app brings Croatian Easter tradition to your iPhone
 1337bit Ltd. (pronounced Elite Bit) has created a new exciting iPhone game that is based around the old Easter family tradition of egg tapping around the Easter breakfast table. The old Easter tradition of Egg tapping for Easter breakfast involves family members sitting around the Easter breakfast table tapping painted hard boiled Easter eggs into each other.

Professor Henrik Heger founder of Croatian studies at Sorbonne in Paris in 1981
 Henrik Heger, distinguished Croatian scientist, is professor at Sorbonne in Paris, one of the most prestigious universities in the world. He founded Croatian Studies at Sorbonne already in 1981. In 1983 professor Heger organized an important international symposium Les croates et la civilisation du livre  (Croatians and the Civilization of the Book). He has contributed enormously to spreading the knowledge about Croatian culture.

The Sound of Music, von Trapp and Croatia
The Sound of Music, a well known film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, deals with the life of Georg von Trapp who was born in Zadar in 1880. This is a true story of a war captain, dedicated to his family, the navy, the sea, different ships and submarines, etc. But it also contains many beautiful descriptions of the places and people he met along the entire Adriatic coast.

US Census 2010 IMPORTANT for Croatian American families
 I have not seen any brochure, any instructions to help Croatian American families on how to fill the US Census 2010. Every 10 years we have Census here in the United States of America. There is no obvious way to understand where to put your heritage. Proper census guaranties many benefits to follow for the community in general. So I posted a detailed sample of the question 9 of the Census. There are 2-3 million Croatian Americans, but when we count the census, not even close. So, take your pen and fill it properly.

Lipik presented in the cultural magazine Croatian Review
The city of Lipik was presented in Croatian Review, a cultural and political magazine that was first published in 1928. From 1945 to 1950 the magazine was prohibited. Thanks to the Croatian emigrants Vinko Nikolić and Antun Bonifačić, the magazine came back to life in Argentina. In the years between 1951 and 1990 it was published in Buenos Aires and Paris and then in Munich and Barcelona. Since 1991 it has been published in Zagreb by Matica Hrvatska.

Ivan Ljubicic Croatian tennis player won Masters 1000 title at Indian Wells ATP 2010
Croat Ivan Ljubicic celebrated his first Masters 1000 title after upsetting seventh-seeded American Andy Roddick  7-6, 7-6 in the final of the Indian Wells ATP tournament.  The big-serving Ljubicic fired down 20 aces and hit 42 winners to seal an emotional victory in just over two hours on the stadium court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

JUSTICE a subtle film by Evan Oppenheimer music by Nenad Bach on DVD
"Justice", the long-awaited film directed by Evan Oppenheimer, with a musical score from Nenad Bach that has been called "brilliant", is finally available for purchase! A sensation when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, "Justice" was greeted by superb reviews in its theatrical release, and it set box office records at the independent theater it was released at in New York City. It was praised in the New York Times and The International Herald Tribune.

Dr. Ante Cuvalo: Croatia at the crossroads 1990

The following is an article written in June of 1990 by dr. Ante Čuvalo, distinguished Croatian historian, after the first free elections in Croatia.  It was published in the then émigré publication, Hrvatska revija [Croatian Review], No. 3, September, 1990, pp. 601-605. We provide it as a parallel Croatian and English text.


Daniella guest hosts on Malaysian Dance Radio
 Daniella Pavicic (Daniella) has always been surrounded by dance music. Growing up, she developed a connection and an attraction to electronic music through radio stations and club gigs. But she never thought that one day that it would be her voice on the radio, her face on a CD cover, and that she'd be one of the genre's biggest stars.

Japan-Croatia Friendship House Project presented in Tokamachi
Dr. Drago Štambuk, Croatian ambassador in Japan, called Tokamachi the capital of the Japanese-Croatian friendship. More precisely, Japan-Croatia Friendship House Project has been presented in Tokamachi, to be built near the playground named Croatia Pitch, which serves the sporting, cultural and social purposes. Croatian architects Vinko Penezić and Krešimir Rogina, already established in Japan, explained the project's premises and details.

St. Anthony's Tamburica & Kolo Club in Los Angeles exists since 1960
St. Anthony's Tamburica & Kolo Club is an ensemble founded at St. Anthony's Croatian Catholic Church founded in 1960 by Josip Bachman, a Croatian immigrant from the city of Osijek. The orchestra performs concert pieces composed specifically for the tamburica orchestra by noted Croatian composers, including the great Dr. Josip Andrić. The Japanese "L.A. Men's Glee Club" has sung U BOJ in Croatian at Croatian Cultural Extravaganza!

Ivo Robic 1923-2000 Croatian pop singer and a global star
Ivo Robić 1923-2000 is probably the most famous Croatian pop singer in history. For Germany's Polydor Record Co he first cut "Morgen" in 1959, and in a few weeks the "Morgen" climbed to Germany's top songs. It was sold in more than a million of copies, half a million in the USA! He was a guest star in some prestigious USA programs: Perry Como Show of NBC, the Ed Sullivan Show, the Dick Clark Show, etc.

17th Annual NFCA Cultural Foundation Convention to be held May 15, 2010
The National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) Cultural Foundation 2010 Assembly of Delegates will take place in Monroeville, Pennsylvania within the Greater Pittsburgh area, the weekend of May 14-16.

Ivana Marija Vidović gave a concert in Torino Italy 27 Feb 2010 with standing ovations
Croatian pianist Ivana Marija Vidović, gave a concert on 27th of February in one of the most prestigious art buildings in Turin, Teatro Circolo dei lettori, on the occasion of 200th anniversary of the birth of the great German composer Robert Schumann. Ivana performed among others  pieces of the most famous Croatian woman composer Dora Pejacevic Standing ovations and several encores have au-revoired this Croatian multitalented artist.

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