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Steve Rukavina met Barack Obama at the White House
National Federation of Croatian Americans President Steve Rukavina (left) and his wife Diane met with President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama at a December holiday party at The White House. The NFCA President was thrilled to meet the President and to extend well wishes from the Croatian American community.

Ivica Kostelic wins silver in Vancouver
Ivica Kostelic's silver medal added to the Olympic legacy of one of the great Alpine ski racing families. Second behind Bode Miller in Sunday's super-combined, Kostelic got advice from his younger sister Janica on how to master a slalom course set by their father and coach, Ante.

Zoran Orlic, Croatian-American photographer featured in Jutarnji List
Croatian-American photographer, Zoran Orlic (left) sat down and spoke with Jutarnji List of Croatia and spoke about how he got started in photography, who his influences are and how he has made a successful career of immortalizing musicians in photographs. 


Winners named in Croatian schoolchildren's art contest
The Croatian Information Centre named the winners of its recent art competition and exhibition of art by Croatian schoolchildren in the diaspora. The judges had a tough decision to make because there were over 500 entries from Croatian children around the world.

Vladimir Hudolin distinguished Croatian psychiatrist and humanist
 Vladimir Hudolin, 1922-1996, is distinguished Croatian psychiastrist of worldwide reputation, professor at the University of Zagreb. He has  created the social-ecological approach to alcohol  related problems centred on the  family  and on the community. In Italy only more than 2500 Clubs of Alcoholics have been founded which exploit his methodology. Professor Hudolin is a honorary citizen of San Daniele del Friuli, Italy, since 1983.

Jakov Fak Croatia's biathlon skier won bronze medal at Winter Olympic Games
Jakov Fak, Croatia's biathlon skiing athlet, won a bronze medal in the 10 km sprint at the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver, Canada. This is the first olympic medal at Winter Oympic Games after Janica Kostelić, the greatest skier among women in history (3 gold medals and one bronze),and Ivica Kostelić (1 silver medal) at the 2006 Winter Ollympic Games in Torino, Italy.

Anton Cetin distinguished Croatian painter in Canada
Anton Cetín was born in 1936 in Croatia. He studied printmaking and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since 1968 he has been living and working in Toronto, Canada. A deluxe monograph about his work was written in 1986. by Dr. David Burnett of Toronto. Several documentary films about Cetín's life and work were produced.

Miro Gavran to be premiered at the TEATRO ALLO SCALO in Rome Feb 16 2010
Croatian playwright Miro Gavran will have his drama NIGHT OF THE GODS premiered at the TEATRO ALLO SCALO in Rome on February 16, 2010. Two days later, on February 18, Miro Gavran will present his theatre and literary work to the students of the renowned Rome university SAPIENZA, with his wife, the actress Mladena Gavran. His works have been translated into 32 languages.

Sukhev Dail Croatia loving artist and his creations
Born in Punjab, India, educated in New Delhi and Belgium, he emigrated to Canada, then United States. He worked in animation studios, and reached  the role of a director. Married to Marija Miletić, a Croatian, they opened an animation studio in Hollywood. His newest exhibition produced a series of fine reviews and accolades from the public, as well as from fellow artists.

Armenian bishop Nareg Alemezian in Dubrovnik Celebrating the Day of St. Vlaho
  A special bond between Croatia and Armenia is the cult of the saint Sv. Vlaho (St. Blaise) from Armenian Sebaste, patron of the city of Dubrovnik. Armenian bishop Nareg Alemezian on the left visited the City and participated in the annual festivity, 1038th in order! The author of the first history of Armenian people published in Europe was Croatian - Josip Marinović, in 18th century.

Ivan Mestrovic Croatian sculptor and his Chicago Indians
Ivan Meštrović sculptured 6m high equestrian statues representing American Indians, known as Spearmen or Bowmen. The sculptures have been created in 1926 in his atelier in Croatia's capital Zagreb. Each of them is weighing 8 tons, and placed at the entrance of Grant Park in Chicago. We invite you to see a short film from Zagreb describing Meštrović's work on these famous monuments.

Zdravko Kalabric at the 34th Congress of the World Association of Chefs’ Societies
Along with his friend and colleague, Zlatko Marinovic (Chef/Owner of Nostromo in Split and captain of the regional team participating in the 2008 Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany), Chef Kalabric flew in from Brodarica to attend the 34th WACS Congress held in Santiago de Chile. He worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens, including the Ritz Carlton Montreal, the Chateau Champlain and a private club in Toronto. Participated in the Culinary Olympics (IKA).

Borivoj Dovniković Croatian master of animated film: Learning to Walk
Borivoj Dovniković is recipient of numerous awards at international festivals of animated films. Retrospectives of his films have been shown in about fifty cities throughout the world.  He was a member of international juries and selection committees at twenty five festivals, and participated on various forums dealing with animated films, from the USA and Canada to Korea, China and Japan.

Croatian Cooking Show on the OC Channel (PBS) Jan 27 and Feb 3, 2010
Brenda Brkusic (left) drops in to co-host two episodes of "Cooking for Health and Pleasure".  She will be preparing Croatian dishes on the show. These episodes will be airing on KOCE's OC Channel with part one airing on Jan 27 and part two on Feb 3, 2010

Zagreb Youth Theater Performance at La Mama, New York City Jan 28 - Feb 7, 2010
The play, directed by Ivica Buljan, is based on the popular contemporary Croatian novel of the same name by Zdenko Mesaric, which has been described as "moving, dark, cold, Sisyphean." The play runs from January 28 - February 7, 2010, and has start times on Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Ivica Kostelic Croatian skier celebrates 10th World Cup slalom victory
Croatian skier Ivica Kostelić has come to his 10th career FIS Ski World victory on men's FIS SKi World Cup slalom in Wengen, on January 17 2010. Here is the list of the first five skiers: 1. Ivica Kostelić (Croatia), 2. Andre Myhrer (Sweden), 3. Reinfried Herbst (Austria), 4. Benjamin Raich (Austria), 5. Julien Lizeroux (France).

Dalia Lazar has Carnegie Hall recital on January 27th 2010 at 7:30 pm
Dalia Lazar is Croatian pianist who had concerts and recitals in the United States, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Greece, Venezuela, Croatia, Mexico, etc. At the age of sixteen she was admitted to Moscow's P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She has perfomed throughout former Soviet Union. She will perform a recital in memory of Maria Curcio on Wednesday, January 27th 2010 at 7:30 pm at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Robert Herjavec Croatian-born Canadian entrepreneur, businessman and TV star
Herjavec began his career with IBM mainframe sales but in 1990 founded BRAK Systems which soon became Canada's top provider of Internet security software. BRAK Systems was sold to AT&T in 2000 for $100 million. Subsequently Herjavec founded and runs The Herjavec Group, a fast-growing security software company.

Ivo Josipovic, Croatia’s new president, to write an opera on John Lennon
Croatia’s new president, Ivo Josipovic, who won in a runoff on Sunday, is a bona fide classical composer. He majored in composition at the Zagreb Music Academy, graduating in 1983. From 1987-2004 he was a lecturer at the same school. Since 1991, he has been director of the Zagreb Music Biennale, one of the more prestigious contemporary music festivals.

Vrijeme i Zemlja frontman Nenad Bach to release EP later this year

Zoran Tuckar of Muzika.hr called Vrijeme i Zemlja "the most talented Croatian band of all time." In his last statements before he died, famed Croatian music critic, Darko Glavan said regarding Vrijeme i Zemlja that it was "a project that essentially expanded the boundaries of the possible." This year Vrijeme i Zemlja's frontman and the Nenad Bach Band will release an EP featuring all new material. 


Maksim Mrvica Croatian pianist
Maksim Mrvica found himself to be the focus of intense media interest and he made frequent television appearances as well as giving a great number of interviews. His album The Piano Player gave a new spin to compositions by Handel and Chopin. It has been very successful, particularly in Asia, where it has achieved Gold status in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China, Platinum in Taiwan and Croatia and Double Platinum in Hong Kong.

Grapes from Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia are gaining a following
 'Try the Pannonhalmi Tricollis," the bartender at Ardesia advised me. A wine bar in midtown Manhattan, it had only been open for a few months. Were they already trying to unload their unpronounceable-hence unsalable-wines? Or did I look like an easy mark, the sort who would fall for a wine that had as many consonants as it did vowels? On the other hand, it only cost $7 a glass.

Happy birthday to maestro Vladimir Krpan in Zagreb
Maestro Vladimir Krpan, born on January 11, 1938, is distinguished Croatian pianist and professor at the Academy of Music in Zagreb. Among his former students are such celebrities like Maksim Mrvica and Martina Filjak. We invite you to listen to  his students playing a well known tune "Happy Birthday to You" in relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.

Zoran Orlic's work is featured on new Wilco DVD
 Zoran Orlic is a Croatian-born fine arts photographer with a flair for revealing the many moods of rock photography. Orlic's passion for the camera and music has led him to capture rock bands on film for the last seventeen years. Most recently noted for his work with The Frames, Wilco and Lucinda Williams, Orlic's snapshots have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, websites and music packaging.

Martina Filjak interview of the winner of the 2009 Cleveland Competition
Martina Filjak gave a very intersting interview on the occasion of her 1st prize won at the prestigious 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition. The critical praise and general buzz she received for her performances during the final rounds have been merited, given the brilliance, sensitivity and imagination of her playing.

Jaksa Cvitanic a leading expert in Mathematical Finance
Jakša Cvitanić is Professor of Mathematical Finance at Caltech. Prior to joining Caltech in 2005, he held positions as Professor of Mathematics and Economics at USC and Associate Professor of Statistics at Columbia University. He is regarded as a leading expert in mathematical finance. Professor Cvitanić was born in the city of Split, Croatia, and completed his studies of mathematics at the University of Zagreb.

Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2010 Happy Holidays Blagoslovljen Božić
Merry Christmas Happy New Year 2009 Happy Holidays Blagoslovljen Božić Sretna Nova 2010 Happy Hanukkah Happy Kurban Bajram  Happy Kwanzaa. We wish to all of us THE WORLD PEACE more transparency in human behavior and a safe planet. NO MORE WARS. No Fear in a new decade.

Miroslav Tudjman kandidat za predsjednika Republike Hrvatske
Prof.dr. Miroslav Tuđman: politički i gospodarski uspješna Hrvatska nije moguća bez zajedništva domovinske i iseljene Hrvatske. Iseljena je Hrvatska zaslužna za stvaranje hrvatske države, ali je i šansa za naš brži oporavak i gospodarski razvoj. I sada je priljev sredstava od dijaspore veći od 3% BDP-a.

Miho Demovic: Two millenia of St Paul's shipwreck near the Croatian island of Mljet
 Dr Miho Demović is the editor of important collection of articles from a scientific meeting dealing with "Ignjat Đurđević and the Dubrovnik tradition of St Paul's shipwreck tradition in the waters around Croatian island of Mljet." The monograph written by top Croatian scholars has been published in Zagreb in 2009, 418 pp. It provides credible proofs that St Paul's shipwreck occured in the waters of Mljet, and not Malta.

Martina Filjak playing an adventurous and demanding program in New York 2009
The Croatian pianist Martina Filjak spent her 31st birthday on Monday hard at work. She gave her New York recital debut at Zankel Hall, playing an adventurous and demanding program. It was part of Ms. Filjak's prize for winning the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition earlier in 2009.

NFCA Fall 2009 newsletter is now available
The Fall issue of the Croatian American Advocate, published by the National Federation of Croatian Americans is now available. Read about NFCA efforts in Washington, D.C. and what you can do to support this organization and their work.

Ljeposlav Perinic 1922-2005 the King of Dolls
The King of Dolls Ljeposlav Perinić 1922-2005 was born in the city of Split, Croatia. After 1945 he lived in Argentina. His collection comprises dolls in national costumes donated by kings, queens, presidents, first ladies and prime ministers from about 120 countries. The collection is kept in Ethnographic Museum in Croatia's capital Zagreb. On the photo is the proud King with the dolls from Pakistan and India donated by Benazir Bhutto and Indira Gandhi.

A new monograph: Croatia - Aspects of Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage
 A group of scholars (Stjepan Ćosić, Branko Kirigin, John Wilkes, Sheila McNally, Christopher de Hamel, Donal Cooper, David Ekserdjian, Timothy Clifford, Marcus Binney, Brian Sewell and Josko Belamaric) prepared the following monograph with an introduction by John Julius Norwich, Croatia: Aspects of Art, Architecture and Cultural Heritage (Frances Lincoln), 224 pp. On the left St Vlaho (St Blasius) with grey beard, protector of the city of Dubrovnik, and St Paul.

Original Zinfandel, Crljenak Kaštelanski, arrives in the United States

The almost extinct Dalmatian grape varietal Crljenak Kaštelanski has been resurrected and replanted by one of Croatia’s top winemakers, Zlatan Plenkovic. The first shipment of Zlatan Crljenak arrived in the U.S. two weeks ago! Zlatan Crljenak comes from Plenkovic’s vineyards in Makarska. It is a vibrant, youthful and very intriguing Croatian Zin.


Vjekoslav Sutej 1951-2009 distinguished Croatian conductor
Vjekoslav Šutej was born in Rijeka, Croatia. He has conducted concerts with famous opera stars: José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Diana Ross, Placido Domingo, Roman Vargas, Mario Guleghin, etc. He also directed the first four concerts Christmas in Vienna with Placido Domingo and José Carreras. So far, more than a million copies of compact disks from these concerts have been sold. He founded the Royal Symphonic Orchestra in Sevilla, Spain.

Sanja Jovanovic Croatian swimmer with a new world record in 2009
 Sanja Jovanović won her new gold medal at the European Swimming Championship held in Istanbul, Turkey, December 12th 2009. And not only this, she broke the world record on 50 m backstroke,  with 25.70 s. This is her fourth world record in swimming at international competitions. Duje Draganja won silver medal 100 m mixed style.

400 years of Croatians in Austria's capital Vienna
Krowotendörfel, ie Croatian Village, was the name of a small village near Vienna which dissappeared in 1683 during the second Turkish seige of the city. In 1529 Croatian troups defended Vienna under their own national flag, see on the photo, during the first Turkish siege. An important exhibition 400 Years of Croatians in Vienna (400 Jahre Kroaten in Wien) is held  until the end of January 2010 in Amthaus Wieden, Favoritenstrasse 18, Vienna.

Miro Gavran's premieres in the Czech Republic, Japan and Romania
Croatian writer Miro Gavran will have three foreign premieres in just five days in three different countries. My Wife's Husband on December 13 at the Slezska Divadlo Opava in Czech Republic, How To Kill the President  on December 16 at the IWATO Theatre in Japan, and All About Women  at the CLASIC IOAN SLAVICI Theatre in Arad in Romania on December 18.

Professors Z. Drmac and K. Veselic received prestigeous SIAM math prize
Two distinguished Croatian mathematicians, professors Zlatko Drmač, University of Zagreb, Croatia, and Krešimir Veselić on the  photo, professor emeritus of the University of Hagen, Germany, received a prestigeous 2009 Linear Algebra Prize from the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics - SIAM, for the best scientific work published in the preceding three years in the field of Linear Algebra.

Romano Sole is among the best Croatian musicians in Germany
Romano Sole, born in Split, he studied music and at a young performed with many big names on the Split music scene. His song "Niz Vrijeme" was voted number 7 of the Split Radio top ten list for 1995. Fate would send him to Germany where he continued his musical endeavors and would succeed both as an artist and producer. He was named the best Croatian diaspora musician by Matica Hrvatska in 2008.

Ivan Mestrovic's Pieta sold at Sotheby's in London
Ivan Meštrović's Pieta was sold at Sotheby's in London for 8,750 GBP. It was the only drawing among 100 works of art offered within the section  of "19th & 20th Century European Sculpture". Unusually, the drawing represents the head of Christ to be above the Virgin, appearing to shelter her.

Branko Katalinic Croatian scientist directing DAAAM in Vienna for 20 years
Branko Katalinić, professor of robotics at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria, has founded a prestigeous international association DAAAM in 1990. In 2009 the 20th annual conference of DAAAM has been organized in Vienna. Among the past conferences, four of them have been organized in Croatia: in Dubrovnik, twice in Opatija and in Zadar. The DAAAM comprises more than fifty member states and hundreds of international organizations.

Japanese Ambassador in Croatia, H.E. Yoshio Tamura uses CroTram to go to work
We as a new nation, but an old civilization, should look into other cultures as an inspiration in behavior. Japan, the third largest economy in the world, certainly gives us that opportunity. Are we capable of recognizing these values? That will remain to be seen. Your Excellency Yoshio Tamura, WELCOME to Croatia! We are honored to have you in our country.

Croatians in the Banja Luka bishopric in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dr. Franjo Komarica, bishop of Banja Luka on the left, warmly accepted a group of visitors from Zagreb. He described the life of Croatians from that part of BiH, now scattered throughout the world, as very difficult. Those rare who returned have problems from existential to unsecured basic human rights, as witnessed by the bishop.

Matko Marusic as a student of medicine in Zagreb 40 years ago
The home town of professor Matko Marušić is Split, on the Adriatic coast, some 200 miles south of Zagreb; that is where his parents lived, and what he calls "home". Interestingly, more than 40 years later, in 2008, he returned to live and work in Split, where he today serves as the Dean of the University of Split School of Medicine. We provide an excerpt from his 630-page anthology of 31 humorous stories about medicine.

Damir Halilic Hal Croatian fingerpicking guitar virtuoso
At the moment you think everything that can be said with an acoustic guitar has already been said, there will be a voice from somewhere in the world, and may it be Croatia, that suddenly tells you new stories... Hal (on the photo) plays in the best American fingerstyle tradition, but there always is this little something, this little extra, that makes his playing unique. Hey people, listen to him, this guy is great! Thomas Kleemaier.

UNESCO included seven cultural elements of Croatia a world cultural treasure
In 2009 UNESCO included seven elements of Croatia a world cultural treasure: Annual carnival bell ringers' pageant from the Kastav area, The festivity of Saint Blaise (the patron of Dubrovnik), Lacemaking in Croatia (aloe lace on the left), Procession Za Križen, Spring procession of Ljelje/Kraljice (queens) from Gorjani, Traditional manufacturing of children's wooden toys in Hrvatsko Zagorje, Two-part singing and playing in the Istrian scale.

Votive chapel of gifts at Mary's Trsat sanctuary near Rijeka
The votive chapel at Trstat sanctuary near the city of Rijeka has been constructed by Peter Kružić, a legendary Croatian defender from the16th century. It is dedicated to the protector of seamen, Saint Nicholas. The sanctuary has been visited by late Pope John II during his Apostolic visit to Rijeka in 2003, on the photo with Ivan Devčić, the Rijeka archbishop.

Konvoj Libertas plovi prema hrvatsko-slovenskoj granici 7. studenog 2009.
Znameniti Konvoj Libertas plovi prema hrvatsko-slovenskoj granici 7. studenog 2009. Priključite se! Kontakt: Zvonimir Šeparović, na e-mail  adresu zvonimir.separovic@zg.t-com.hr (u zaglavlje staviti Konvoj Libertas). Ugroženi su hrvatski nacionalni interesi. A famous convoy Libertas sails to the Croatian-Slovenian border on November 7th, 2009. Join! Croatian national interests are in danger.

Davorin Rudolf's appeal to Croatian Parliament to reject humiliating dictates
Academician Davorin Rudolf's open letter to Croatian Parliament on the new Croatian-Slovenian arbitration agreement dealing with the common state border:  ... We invite and appeal to the representatives of Croatian Parliament to ... unanimously reject the dictates and blackmails that humiliate us ... 

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