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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.

Trideset godina od prvog rijeckog rock LP albuma Vrijeme i Zemlja I iz 1979

Vatru riječke glazbene scene zapalio je prvi riječki rock LP album 1979, kad se o albumima moglo samo sanjati. Četvorica mladića iz Rijeke, Nenad, Davor, Marinko i Joško ostvarili su ono što nitko do tada nije. LP Vrijeme i Zemlja I postala je rasadnikom novih glazbenih ideja.  Nenad Bach i svi članovi grupe Vrijeme i Zemlja biti će na Press Party 19. lipnja 2009. u Rijeci. Davor Tolja i Nenad Bach su lijevo na slici iz 1979.

Drazen Domjanic and his wonderful musical family in Liechtenstein
Dražen Domjanić is Croatian pianist born in the town of Čakovec, living with his family in Liechtenstein. He is artistic director of Musik & Jugend (Music and Youth Foundation) which organized many master classes and concerts aiming to help young musicians from Central Europe, with emphasis on Croatia. His children Sara and Andreas are also musicians, playing violin and piano. connects single Croatians from around the world is a Croatian owned and operated website. The founders realized that although some Croatian singles do not (or no longer) attend Croatian functions and events,  many are interested in finding a soul mate of their own heritage. As a result, the site was launched in response to  increasing demand for Internet based personals for single adult Croatians world wide.

Ivan Mestrovic's Mother Teaching Child to Pray sold at Sotheby's auction
Lauded by Rodin as 'the greatest phenomenon amongst the sculptors', Ivan Meštrović began his career exhibiting with the Vienna Secession at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries. His fame led to important exhibitions across Europe, and in 1915 he made history as the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

"Downloading Nancy" screenings in New York and Los Angeles on June 5, 2009
Igor Kovacevich (left) graduated in 1992 from the University of Sarajevo with a B.F.A. - Diploma in Film, Theatre and Comparative Literature. He also worked as an intern on "Time of the Gypsies" by Emir Kusturica (a two-time winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival). In December 2007, Kovacevich completed production of the psychological thriller "Downloading Nancy".

Project of Croatian house in Tokamachi Japan
In the Japanese city of Tokamachi and with the presence of eminent Croatian architects Vinko Penezić and Kresimir Rogina, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Japan Dr. Drago Štambuk and the Mayor of Tokamachi Yoshifumi Sekiguchi confirmed the decision of the City Council regarding the construction of Croatian House that would represent the focal point of Croatia-Japan friendship in Japan.

Branko Lustig receives 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award
Born in 1932 to a Croatian-Jewish family, Branko Lustig (left) began his film career in 1955 working on films like Fiddler on the Roof and The Tin Drum before landing a job on Meryl Streep's unforgettable "Sophie's Choice." He is the recipient of two Oscars, having won one for "Schindler's List" in 1993 and another for "Gladiator" in 2001.

Eat that Croatian food man, and you just feel the power in your veins
"30 Rock" actor, stand up comedian, and World Champion, Judah Friedlander (left) is an outspoken fan of Croatian food. To which he was undoubtedly exposed to, by his Croatian mother. Describing the power of Croatian cuisine, he says: "I like pretty much all food, but eat that Croatian food, man, and you just feel the power in your veins."

Marijana Hajdarhodzic & The Penny Black Remedy mix up styles
How many bands have tried to mix up styles and genres and fallen on their face? Don't spend too long trying to come up with an answer. It'll take you a while, and you'll doubtless need more fingers and toes than you are in possession of to keep count. One thing is for sure, The Penny Black Remedy are not a band that you'd be adding to the list of failures.

Ivana Vidovic performing Dora Pejacevic in the city of Zadar May 30 2009
Ivana Marija Vidović, Croatian pianist from the city of Dubrovnik, will soon be a guest of the University of Zadar. Her rectial includes compositions of Albéniz, Chopin, Liszt, Pejačević and Resta, starting at 21:00, May 30 2009. Students of the University will perform her poetry dedicated to Dora Pejačević, the first famous Croatian women composer.

Jovica Kozlica paper plane world champion in Salzburg 2009
Jovica Kozlica, a 26-years old student from Split, Croatia was the only champion from 2006 who defended his title again in Salzburg in 2009. Once again, he won the first place in the Longest Distance category with a throw of 54.43 metres, proving that Croats aren't just good at building ships, but also at aerodynamics.

Hrvojka Mihanovic Salopek and her Stella Maris project of St. Mary's heritage
 Dr. Hrvojka Mihanović Salopek is the leader of an important project Stella Maris - Sea Star, devoted to centuries of St. Mary's heritage in Croatia in the broadest sense: from church architecture and sacral paintings to church music, poetry, literature and Croatian Lenten chants. Till now the project resulted in 5 excellent DVD's which describe an important part of 13 centuries of Croatian spirituality and culture in Europe.

Joseph Haydn Austrian and Croatian composer died 200 years ago
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), a famous Austrian and Croatian composer, died 200 years ago, May 31. He was born in a Croatian ethnic enclave in Burgenland (Gradišće) in Austria. Joseph Haydn composed a lovely melody which is based on a very old Croatian folk song. He named it Volkslied (Folk song), and later it became the Austrian national anthem. This melody is the contemporary German national anthem that everybody knows.

Srdjan Bulat wins three times in Gorizia
Srdjan Bulat (left) a fourth year student from the Zagreb Music Academy from Split, confirmed once again that he is known as one of the best guitar players at the European Classical Guitar Competition "Cittŕ di Gorizia" held May 15-17 in the Italian city of Gorizia. He won three prizes in three of the toughest categories in the competition.

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