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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.

Croatian Children's and Youth Festival in New York April 24-25 2010
It is our great pleasure to announce that the 2010 Croatian Children's and Youth Festival will take place April 24-25, for the first time in the beautiful auditorium of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria.

Croatian president awards lifetime achievement award to Hedvig Hricak, M.D.
Radiological Society of North America President Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c., an internationally recognized leader in radiology research and public education, received a lifetime achievement award from Croatian President Stjepan Mesic at a December ceremony in Croatia. Dr. Hricak is a native of Croatia.

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).

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