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White Croats in Ukraine and their archaeological site Stiljsko near the city of Lviv

Dr. Orest Korčinski, Ukrainian archaeologist on the left, investigates the site of Stiljsko on Carpathian mountains near Lviv in Ukraine, an important site of the White Croats from 8th to 10th centuries. We provide an article by Rev. Oleh Hirnyk, dealing with a little known early history of the Croats. The whole site, with surrounding settlements, had around 40,000 inhabitants in 9th century, more than Kiev at that time!

Marin Cilic upsets number 2 seed at U.S. Open
Andy Murray of Britain has been upset at the U.S. Open, losing in straight sets to Marin Cilic of Croatia. The 16th-seeded Cilic beat the No. 2 Murray 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

NFCA Delegation Meets U.S. Ambassador to Croatia James Foley
A National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) delegation of Steve Rukavina, Zvonko Labas, Joe Foley, and NFCA Fellow Jelena Rudela met with the newly approved U.S. Ambassador to Croatia, James Foley, at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday September 1st. Cathy Westley, the State Department’s Croatian Desk Officer, also met with the NFCA delegation.

Croatian guitarist competes at Francisco Tarrega competition in Spain
Srdjan Bulat, (left) a 5th year guitar student at the Musical Academy in Zagreb performed at the 43rd annual Francisco Tarrega international competition that was held from August 28th – September 4th 2009 in the Spanish city of Benicassim. This year's competition marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Francisco Tarrega, a renowned Spanish composer and guitar instructor.

Ivanka Bubalo from Bosnian Posavina and her white shirt
Ivanka Bubalo, Croatian newspaper-woman, shared the martyrdom of exiled Croats from Bosanska Posavina, reporting about their difficulties in her numerous articles and radio reports. She is a strong representative of what we believe could be called the Croatian spirituality. A monograph "Bijela košuljica Ivanke Bubalo" has been issued by the Plehan Society and Glas koncila in Zagreb.

Julian Rachlin and Friends festival in Dubrovnik
Pianist Yefim Bronfman, violinist Lawrence Power, clarinettist Martin Frost, cellist Torleif Thedéen, double-bassist Stacey Watton, harpsichord player Jan Jansen, along with almost "traditional" participants - cellist Mischa Maisky, pianist Itamar Golan, violinist Janine Jansen and many others - are only several world-renowned names coming to Dubrovnik this year upon the invitation by Maestro Julian Rachlin to perform at the Festival from 31 August to 12 September.

Nenad Bach plays for global peace in Kansas City
 Internationally renowned Croatian musician Nenad Bach (left) performed at the first ever Concert for Global Peace on Saturday August 29, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. The concert was organized by the International Visitors Council of Kansas City in collaboration with Dr. William Everett, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Differential Equations and Applications a new Math journal in Croatia
Differential Equations and Applications is a new professional mathematical journal in Croatia launched in 2009 upon the initiative of Professor Neven Elezović on the photo, University of Zagreb. One of its three editors in chief is Professor Mervan Pašić from the same University.

Interview: Gordana Brzović
Somebody once said – a good product is a good product, whatever we might say about it. One such product is the show “Transfer” dedicated to culture, a different kind of culture, slightly off-center from the ordinary and spiced up with the right dose of critical consideration. We talked with Gordana Brzović, director and an editor.

Blanka Vlasic jumped 208 cm in Zagreb - the second height in history
Blanka Vlašić is just one cm below the current world record. She reached the height of 208 cm at the Hanžeković Memorial Athelitic Competition organized in Croatia's capital Zagreb.

Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic Croatian sailors Men's 470 World Champions
Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić are the new Men's 470 World Champions at the international sailing competition organized in Copenhagen in Denmark. They are both former junior world champions in sailing, members of the Sailing club of St. Krševan from the city of Zadar, Croatia.

In Memoriam: Virgilije Nevjestić 1935 - 2009
Virgilije Nevjestić was a poet and an artist of rich, surreal and poetic expressions.  He was born in the village of Kolo near Tomislavgrad (BiH) in 1935 and moved to Paris in 1968, where he built a respectible artistic career. He died on August 24th 2009, after a long and difficult illness at La Tourelle hospital in the Parisian suburb of L'Hay-les-Roses, where he had been since September of last year.

Ana Vidovic distinguished Croatian guitarist
Ana Vidović was born in Croatia in the town of Karlovac. At the age of 13 she became the youngest student to attend the National Musical Academy in Zagreb.  Her international performance career includes recitals in London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas and St. Louis. She has a recital in Cavtat Croatia within Epiduarus Festival September 2, 2009 - 8:00 PM.

Blanka Vlasic defends her world title in Berlin 2009
High-jump queen Blanka Vlasic, one of the best athlete in the world,  retained her world crown on Thursday when she saw off arch-rival and local favourite Ariane Friedrich to win gold at the World Athletics Championships. Vlasic was the only athlete to clear 2.04m in the electric atmosphere of Berlin's Olympic stadium.

Villa Ruzic in Rijeka and Croatian Tales of Long Ago by Ivana Brlic Mazuranic
Villa Ružić, situated in the city of Rijeka, is a top monument of Croatian culture. Among other things it comprises numerous editions of the famous Croatian Tales of Long Ago published by Ivana Brlić Mažuranić in 1916. The book intended for children was translated into some fourty languages, including Chinese. The Villa Ružić is superbly directed by Mr. Theodor de Canziani Jakšić on the left.

Vladimir Beck survives in a post-catastrophic world
 What would you do in the wake of a global catastrophe? How would you find food? Water? Shelter? The Colony is a controlled experiment to see exactly what it would take to survive and rebuild under these circumstances. Vladimir Beck (left) is one of 10 volunteers that are isolated in an urban environment outside Los Angeles and tasked with creating a livable society.

Loreta Kovacic to play at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston Sept 3, 2009
Croatian pianist Loreta Kovacic and her group the Texas Slavs will be performing at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston on September 3, 2009 starting at 7:00 p.m. The show is called Immigrants Out There, and will feature songs composed by her.

Martina Filjak clinches victory in Cleveland International Piano Competition
Two weeks of intense musical rivalry came to an end last Saturday when jurors in the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition crowned Martina Filjak, 30, of Croatia (left), winner of the 18th biennial contest.

Željka Čorak - Warps of abidance in small things
There is something amazing in Željka Čorak's need to handle the most relevant issues in Croatia at one point, and then, almost in the same sentence, to write about barely visible objects from her environment, things that help her work on the most important theme of her opus – the art of remembering.

Nenad Bach guest artist in Kansas City Concert for World Peace Aug 29 2009
UMKC student/alumni will perform in a Concert for World Peace, Saturday, August 29, 2009, 7:30pm, Rose Theatre, Rockhurst High School, 9301 State Line Ave., Kansas City, MO 64114. The Conservatory students and alumni will perform with guest artist Nenad Bach. Nenad Bach is a recording artist, composer, performer, and peace activist.  He is originally from Croatia, but now lives in New York.

U2 conquered Zagreb Croatia
Unprecedented and original spectacle in Maksimir stadium was thrown by Bono Vox and his good Irish lads of U2. Over 60,000 people sang along with the band for over two hours. Oh beautiful, oh precious, oh sweet  liberty - Bono Vox quoted 17th century Croatian author Ivan Gundulić  as per Nenad Bach's suggestion, to the delight of the sold-out stadium.

Ivan Vucetic dactiloscopy exhibition in Milan Italy in July 2009
An important exhibition dedicated to Ivan Juan Vučetić, founder of scientific dactiloscopy - identification by fingerprints, has been organized in Milan from July 8-20 2009, in the representative building of Palazzo Triennale  It was conceived by Ljerka Galic from the Croatian Hertage Foundation in Zagreb, who opened the exhibition in the presence of Consul General of Argentina, Consul General of Croatia, representatives of Italian State Police and other guests.

Fjaka - Between Times
Fjaka If we were to attribute all our moods to the seasons, the fjaka, as a specific state of mind and body, could be said to be a conspicuous product of the summer, the result of its sweltering heat, and a general dissolution of body and spirit in the baleful high temperatures of the day, when we just don’t feel like doing anything.

Epidaurus Festival in Cavtat Croatia Aug 28 - Sep 22 2009
CROWN invites you to attend the Third Epiduarus Festival in Cavtat,  from  August 28 to September 22 2009. The Festival has been founded and is directed by infatiguable Croatian pianist Ivana Marija Vidović, on the photo. Cavtat is a lovely town south of Dubrovnik, on Croatian coast. Among principal guests of the Festival this year will be a famous Croatian guitarist Ana Vidović.

Croatia is the new Men's Youth Handball World Champion
 After an one-sided final and a rather charming closing ceremony, the III Men's Youth World Championship in Tunisia came to an end on Friday. Croatia now is the 2009 Men's Youth World Champion, after beating Iceland in the final with 40:35.

Feri Sucic 91 years old Croatian musician and writer from Gradisce, Austria
Feri Sučić was born in 1918 within a Croatian branch in Austria, in the region of Gradišće - Burgenland. He composed or arranged 300 songs, and many of them are circulating as traditional songs. He is also known as prolific writer. An extensive monograph dedicated to his life and work has been issued last year on the occasion of 90th birthday.

Collegium pro musica sacra earned silver medal in Rome 2009
The 3rd International Choir Competition was organized by sacred music association Musica Mundi in the basilica of San Crisogono in Rome from June 30 to July 5 2009. Twenty choirs participated from all over the world. Croatian choir Collegium pro musica sacra, conducted by Iva Juras on the left, earned silver diploma. This excellent Croatian choir exists for 37 years.

Igor Stagljar distinguished Croatian molecular biologist in Toronto
Professor Igor Štagljar and his team of scientists in Toronto began developing an original biological method for the identification of new proteins involved in the development of cancer. This method paved the way for the research of grave genetic diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis.

Zvonimir Atletic distinguished Croatian photographer
Zvonimir Atletic is professional Croatian photographer. His unique photos include such persons like Mother Teresa and Father Ante Gabrić, well known worldwide for their humanitarian work, especially in India. Mr Atletić had numerous exhibitions not only in Croatia, but also in Italy, France, Poland, Indonesia, Brasil, etc.

Bozidar Finka 1925-1999 distinguished Croatian linguist
Božidar Finka 1925-1999 was distignuished Croatian linguist, a member of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. This article has been published on the occasion of 10th year anniversary of his death. He is one of the authors of the Croatian orthography prepared in  1971.

CROATIAN art&craft EXPO New York City @ Gallery MC July 23 - July 31 2009
The ten-day cultural event will consist of two exhibitions representing current Croatian applied and fine arts, featuring over forty contemporary artists working in traditional and non-traditional media, such as ceramics, glass, metal, stone, textiles, unique jewelry, product design, paintings and more. The exhibitions will be in the heart of New York City @ Gallery MC from July 23rd - July 31st, 2009.

Top US MBA Program Available in Croatia
The International Graduate Business School Zagreb (IGBS Zagreb) was founded in 2003, with an initial support grant from the U.S. Department of State, for the purpose of delivering a top US MBA Program in Croatia in academic partnership with one of the best business schools in U.S. - Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

International Trust for Croatian Monuments in London
The International Trust for Croatian Monuments was founded in London in 1991 in response to damage and destruction of monuments of culture in Croatia caused by war. One of the the aims is to raise awareness of the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Croatia. The Trust has been founded by  Lady Jadranka Beresford-Peirse, on the photo.

Weaving workshop bridges past and present
The idea of a loom and weaving is something that brings us back to the past, to our ancestors and folk tradition. But the weaving workshop was a means by which the grassroots organisation CODD (Civil Organisation for Development Dalj) from Slavonia/Croatia encourages a better future for their municipality.

A Matter of Taste wins award at Heart of England International Film Festival
A Matter of Taste (Stvar Ukusa) won the best short film award at the Heart of England International Film Festival. In the film, directed by Costa Ipsa, a middle-aged man, unsatisfied with his life, is about to commit a suicide from a roof top and the only thing standing in his way is a simple handyman.

Radojka Sverko - Croatian Diva
Radojka Šverko is one of the greatest female singers Croatia ever had. She had concerts in Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Seul, Athens, Puerto Rico, Caracas, Los Angeles, New York and Kopenhagen among others. Listen to her extraordinary interpretations of Croatian songs, and evergreens like The Shadow of Your Smile, Amazing Grace, The Automn Leaves, Bridge Over Troubled Water and many others.

James B. Foley is new U.S. Ambassador to Croatia
US President Barack Obama will nominate James B. Foley (left) as new US ambassador to Croatia. Foley's nomination must be approved by the US Senate. Foley, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, will succeed Robert Bradtke, who is leaving in July. Bradtke has been ambassador since 2006.

Julienne Eden Busic: Your Blood and Mine, waiting for Zvonko for 32 years
Julienne Eden Bušić's speech at the book promotion, "Your Blood and Mine", held in an overcrowded hall of the Mimara Palace in Zagreb, May 21, 2009, in the presence of her husband Zvonko, both on the photo from 1970s. They met each other again in 2008 after 32 years of separation.

What recession? Business is booming for a Croatian sawmill
The village of Čovac is loacted near the City of Nova Gradiška. It has a sawmill and a fuel wood depository owned by Mirko Agatić (left). Today, when everybody talks about recession in business, Mirko doesn't feel the crisis, because all of his production is guaranteed, and 90% of it goes to foreign markets.

Klapa Cambi singers from Kastel Kambelovac Croatia winning in St Petersburg
Klapa Cambi singers from the town of Kaštel Kambelovac in Croatia won the prestigeous competition Grand Prix of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg in Russia with the maximal 100 points from the jury. According to Ljubo Stipišić, one of the principal proponents of klapa singing, there are about 400 klapa's in Croatia.

X Sports is coming to Croatia this summer
Tom Novak (left) is proprietor of New York based X Sports, an agency that represents athletes. X Sports will be coming to Croatia this summer to explore possibilities of improving stadium infrastructure with professional sports teams and sports organizations.  

Children Festival of Klapa Singing in Zadar May 2009
Klapa singing in Croatia is a unique phenomenon of European culture. The phenomenon has been enriched in the past few years by  existence of children's klapas. The City Library in Zadar, Croatia, organizes the annual Children Festival of Klapa Singing since 2006. Each year it is becoming more and more popular and widespread. One of the principal proponents of klapa singing in Croatia is Ljubo Stipišić Delmata.

Low Impact Living Workshop in Croatia presented by Simon Dale July 3-12, 2009
Simon Dale, the creator of a woodland home in Wales, will be presenting a seminar on low impact living in Croatia from July 3-12 in the village of Blatuša. This seminar will be sponsored by EkoSense, an organization that promotes a culture of living with nature.

49th International Children's Festival in Sibenik Croatia June 20 - July 4 2009
49th International Children's Festival in the city of Šibenik, Croatia, will take place in the period of June 20 - July 4 2009. It will host as many as 1100 participants from twenty countries which will offer a rich cultural program. The theatre tradition in Šibenik started 140 years ago, in 1870, when the theatre building was inaugurated. The city is famous for its Renaissance Cathedral of Sv. Jakov from 15-16th centuries, proteced by UNESCO.

Dr. Ante Simonic and Dr. Zlatko Matesa captains of two Chinese football teams
Dr. Ante Simonić, ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, and Dr. Zlatko Mateša, head of the Croatian Olympic Committee, had the honor to be captains of two teams dressed in well known Croatian sports dresses. One team was composed of members of China Radio International Program in Croatian language, and another of former Chinese students of Croatian language in Bejing, plus Dr. Simonić and Dr. Mateša as captains. Dr. Simonić on the photo.

Andrea Kulier 17-years-old Croatian in the USA to study cosmology at Princeton
Andrea Kulier who is only 17-years-old will graduate from California State Los Angeles University and attend Princeton in the fall to study cosmology. Kulier and her family immigrated to the U.S. from Croatia. While most in her age group are graduating high school, Andrea Kulier received dual bachelor's degrees and is on course for a PhD.

NFCA 2009 Assembly of Delegates formalize new agenda
The National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) just completed its 16th Annual Assembly of Delegates this past weekend. The delegates came to Washington to discuss and formalize the NFCA's new agenda in this promising era of full NATO membership for the Republic of Croatia and a new political environment for Croatia and the Croatian American community.

Teddy Bear Hospital in Zagreb inviting children from 3-6 years of age, June 16 2009
Dear children and parents, if you have recently noticed that your favourite teddy bear, horsy or other toy is coughing, or his tummy hurts, bring him to the doctor on Tuesday June 16th, 9 a.m. at Flower Square, Zagreb! The project is aimed for children 3-6 years of age, to teach healthy children not to be afraid of a physician: doctors and healing are presented in a way comprehensive to children, through "healing" children's toys.

Four Croatian female alpinists conquered Mt Everest in May 2009
Four Croatian female alpinists climbed on Mt Everest, among them two sisters Darija and Iris Bostjančić on the photo. It was for the first time that two sisters climbed on the top of Himalayas. This success was a result of team work in which 11 Croatian female alpinists participated. The expedition was organized by Croatian Mountaineering Association on the occasion of 135 years of its existence, founded in 1874, one of the oldest such organizations in the world.

Mime Cuvalo Croatian expert for Google/U-Tube and benefactor
Mime Čuvalo is not only successful Croatian computer science expert in the USA, employed at prestigeous Google/U-Tube in California, but also an active member of the Franciscan community. In the course of last 3 years this young man donated nearly $35,000 for his Croatian homeland, mostly for the needs of children. On the photo Mime with a Bosnian child that he adopted.

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