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U Hrvatskoj je potrebno stvoriti prostor za nacionalni ponos - zavapio je kardinal Josip Bozanić. Tom rečenicom pogodio je u srce problema, i to vrlo jasno i precizno. Naši znanstvenici i intelektualni gastarbajteri obogatili su kulture i narode među koje su dolazili. Zašto onda u Hrvatskoj nema tog ponosa u kulturi, književnosti, glazbi, umjetnosti?

Korado Korlevic and Visnjan Astronomical Observatory in Croatia
Korado Korlević is Croatian astronomer of international reputation, infatigable promoter and popularizer of astronomy, especially among the young. He founded the Višnjan Observatory in the town of Višnjan in Istria, where he discovered more than 1,100 asteroids and three comets.

Wimbledon 2008 Intelligent Ancic beats Fernando Verdasco in thriller

The intelligent Croatian, who this time last year was so weak from the after effects of glandular fever that he could barely go for a walk without having to sleep for several hours afterwards, was stoic in his victory. The final set had extended 94 minutes and nerves were clearly at jangling point. However Ancic was sufficiently composed to club his 15th and final ace into quarterfinals.

Stjepan Hauser performed for Prince Charles at St James' Palace in London
Stjepan Hauser, a young and prosperous Croatian violoncellist, performed on 18th June 2008 with the Philharmonia Orchestra on Gala Ceremony at St. James' Palace, a Royal residence in London. The event was attended by Prince Charles. Stjepan recently performed at the Buckingham Palace on 23rd April 2008.

Croatia - Russia, historical and cultural relations
We indicated some very interesting facts that connect Croatia and Russia via history, culture and sports. For example, did you know that the earliest monument built in honour of the famous writer L.N. Tolstoy was erected not in Yasnaya Polyana, but in Croatia, on the island of Brac.

Thank You Croatia! Spasibo Horvatiya!
Amazing news: Russian web site invites all Russian fans to Say Thank You to Croatia!  or in Russian, Spasibo Horvatiya! Namely, Croatian 2007 win at Wembley in London over England opened the door for the Russian team to appear at the 2008 European Football Championship. Thousands of Russians of all ages responded to the invitation.

International Children's Festival in Šibenik
International Children's Festival in Šibenik, Croatia, promotes aesthetical education of children and young adults, and develops all artistic forms of children's creativity. The festival has the support of the UNICEF and UNESCO, as well as the permanent sponsorship of the President of Croatia. The first festival was held in 1958, ie 50 years ago.

Drazen Petrovic, a famous Croatian basketball player, left us 15 years ago
Dražen Petrović, a famous Croatian basketball player, died on June 1993, ie 15 years ago. With all the problems going on in Croatia back then, Dražen gave all of Croatia the joy of Basketball to alleviate their pains. His very nice monument can be seen in front of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Miro Gavran's new premiere in Prague on July 7, 2008
Miro Gavran, the most successful contemporary Croatian playwright, has a new premiere in the city of Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, at STUDIO TWO Theatre on July 7, 2008. In his unusual text the three actors each play five roles in five different stories that are interwoven. Gavran's plays have been seen by more than two million theatre-goers on five continents.

Maxo Vanka, a famous Croatian painter
Maxo Vanka (Zagreb 1889 - Mexico 1963) created spectacular murals in the Croatian Catholic church of St. Nicholas in Pittsburgh, USA, in 1937. On each side of the altar are Croatian people, on the left from the Old World, and on the right from the New. Shooting of a feature film about Maxo Vanka is planned by Mladen Juran, Zagreb.

NFCA Needs Your Action
Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-CA) has just introduced H. Res. 1266 congratulating Croatia and Albania on their recent invitation to join NATO.  The NFCA needs you to contact your district U. S. Representative, especially if they are Members of the Croatian Caucus, and request that they support H. Res. 1266 by becoming a cosponsor of the bill.

Croatia defeats Germany 2-1 at the Euro 2008 European Soccer Championships

Croatia's Darijo Srna, left, celebrates with his teammate Danijel Pranjic after scoring the opening goal during the group B match between Croatia and Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, at the Euro 2008 European Soccer Championships in Austria and Switzerland.

Ivana Zahirović, outstanding Croatian flutist, won the first prize in Italy
Ivana Zahirovic, outstanding Croatian flutist, has won the first prize at the 4th International Competition for woodwinds "AUDI Mozart 2008". The competition took place in Rovereto, Italy, from 9th to 24th May 2008.

Azra Ljumanović, little known Croatian sprituality
Azra Kristina Ljumanović (1958-1998) is one of the symbols of Croatian spirituality. Working as a school-teacher, she left deep and indelible traces on her pupils and contemporaries with her beautiful songs, poetry and inspiring Christian messages.

The town of Lipik in past and present described on YouTube
The town of Lipik is described by a series of very interesting and important films, all of them available via YouTube. Especially important are testimonies and endevours of Mark Cook from the early 1990s.

Euro 2008 begins: Croatia defeats Austria 1-0
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (left) celebrates after scoring a penalty during their Euro 2008 Championships Group B football match Austria vs. Croatia at Ernst-Happel stadium in Vienna, Austria. Croatia won 1-0.

Tatiana Banđen wins ZadarTeen festival
Tatiana Banđen (left) won the Grand Prix at the first International ZadarTeen Festival held in April 2008. Tatiana is a regular performer at many venues in Vancouver and Canada, as well has performed in the USA, France and of course Croatia.

Movable exhibition wagon of the Croatian Railway Museum

The Croatian Railway renovated a mail wagon to become a unique movable museum exhibit. It has so far hosted several exhibitions, lectures and promotional filming.

Gordana Muraja Revives Hidden Cultural Heritage of Croatia
  The aim of Gordana Muraja is to revive the interest in the cultural heritage of Croatia as well as bring forth beautiful objects, which have a highly valued place in this contemporary world. She has succeeded in presenting the magnificent beauty of an art form otherwise unknown to the masses.

CROWN Croatian World Network Newsletter, May 26th, 2008

It's been more than two months. Not that we didn't do much, but on the contrary. The CROWN forum is open and it seems to me that CROWN Forum is becoming what CROWN used to be. It has a greater degree of interactivity between CROWN, its members and people interested in Croatia and its culture. Enjoy it all.

The Barber of Kigali at the Boston International Film Festival June 6, 2008
The short dramatic film "The Barber of Kigali" written and directed by Jamie Cohen with the music composed by Nenad Bach, will play at the prestigious Boston International Film Festival on Friday June 6th, 2008 at the AMC/Loews Theater at 6:30 pm.  The theater is located at 175 Tremont St in Boston, MA. USA

Nenad Bach on Global Broadcast for Supreme Master TV, June 1, 2008

Nenad Bach’s interview is scheduled to air on Sunday, June 1, 2008 on  "A Journey through Aesthetic Realms" on Supreme Master TV.  Broadcasting on 14 satellite platforms across the globe plus World Wide Webcast. translated in 15 languages. See inside for the exact time of the broadcast and webcast.

Appeal for Stephen Dorcich
Hi.  My name is Stephen Dorcich.  I live in San Jose, California and I am a pretty normal kid except that I have Primary Immune Deficiency called Hyper IGM, CD40 Ligand. My immune system doesn’t communicate the right way, so I cannot fight off bacteria, viruses and other bad things that make us sick.

Ivan Kljaković Gašpić second at Finn European Championship
Ivan Kljaković Gašpić, Croatian sailor from the city of Split, won silver medal at Finn European Championship held in La Marina di Scarlino, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy, 2-10 May 2008. This is a great success of Croatian sport.

NFCA to hold assembly of delegates in Gaithersburg, Maryland June 6-8, 2008
The 15th annual Assembly of Delegates of the National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) will be held in the Gaithersburg Hilton Hotel from Friday evening, June 6, through Sunday, June 8.

Tiny ceramics on show in Croatia reported by Chinese TV
More than 300 artists from 71 countries contributed to the Lilliput Exhibition of Ceramics in the town of Rovinj in Croatia. Judging by the number of countries it is the largest exhibition of ceramics in the world. In order to be entered, a sculpture must be less than 17 centimetres high and weigh less than a kilogram. Reported by Liu Fang, Chinese Central TV.

Dražen Vrdoljak 1951 - 2008

Nakon duge i teške bolesti u 57. godini života napustio nas je Dražen Vrdoljak. Bio je prava glazbena enciklopedija. Pouzdan i pošten prema meni, rado je podijelio i radost i tugu i pikantnost i humor kako osobnog tako i poslovnog okružja. I miss you already.

Svjetlana Kabalin and Sylvan Winds performing at Carnegie Hall on May 14, 2008

Svjetlana Kabalin and Sylvan Winds in action again. They will present a program of works for "Winds & Piano" with a distinguished pianist Claude Frank at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 154 West 57th Street, New York City on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 8 PM. This will be season finale. Come and support art.

Miro Gavran's premieres in Bratislava May 16th and Krakow May 17th

Croatian writer Miro Gavran will have two premieres in two important European culture centers, in Bratislava, Slovakia, May 16th, and in Krakov, Poland, May 17th. Miro Gavran has had more than 160 premieres of his theatre texts all over the world, and his plays have been seen by more than two million theatre-goers.

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival at Tribeca Cinemas - May 9-10, 2008
The 5th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival will be held May 9-10 in New York City. The Living and the Dead (Zivi i Mrtvi) opens the festival on Friday at the Tribeca Cinemas The opening reception starts at 6:00 p.m., and the screenings will start at 7:00 p.m.

Ivana Zahirović invited to play flute in Kansas City on August 7-10, 2008
Ivana Zahirović, Croatian flutist living in Germany, is invited to have a performance at the National Flute Association Convention in Kansas City, Missoury, USA, in August 7-10, 2008. She will appear with another Croatian musician living in Germany, Diana Grubić on piano.

Handball Connects People

Sports is a great catalyst for world peace, because it is transparent as much as it can be, plus people connect through the game regardless where they came from and what they do or make for a living. At the game we are all together on the same spiritual level. It is very close to music.

Croatian Cinema Today at the Aero Theatre in Los Angeles May 16-18, 2008
Zivi i Mrtvi (The Living and the Dead), left, will be making its U.S. debut at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. It is playing as part of the Croatia Cinema Today series. Kristijan Milic, the film's director, and Filip Sovagovic one of the main actors in the film will be present for the debut. There will be a question and answer session, and a Croatian wine tasting sponsored by The Blue Danube wine company.

5 Ways to purchase Freedom from Despair on DVD & VHS
 From Chapman University, to the Halls of Congress, to the European Union, and back to KOCE-TV, 26-year-old Brenda Brkusic's student film makes headlines around the world. The 90-minute film uncovers the long history of suppression and abuse of the Croatian people and their struggle for independence.

University of Oklahoma to conduct modernization study for Croatia
  The University of Oklahoma will conduct a year-long study on modernizing Croatia's weather service. A team from the school's Office of Weather Programs and Projects was chosen to undertake the $500,000 (€321,000) study to determine how to update the country's weather service infrastructure, which is left over from the Soviet era.

Letters to Amnesty International and the Financial Times
 Croatia seems to always be looked through a microscope while others are treated with kid gloves in the media and in the political world. Hilda Foley (left) has written two letters addressing these concerns, to both the Financial Times and Amnesty International.   

Spectacular Monument to The Sun in the city of Zadar by Nikola Bašić
Nikola Bašić is the author of probably the most beautiful monument dedicated to the Sun that exists on the Earth. The monument is placed in the city of Zadar, on the Croatian coast, along with equally famous Zadar Sea Organ. This is one of greatest achievements of contemporary Croatian Art and Architecture.

Brenda Brkusic Named "Top Business Executive Under 40 Years Old"
From Chapman University, to the Halls of Congress, European Union, and a high-profile position as channel manager of KOCE-TV's OC Channel - activist, humanitarian, and businesswoman, Brenda Brkusic (left), has been named to OC Metro Business magazine's list of "Top 40 Business Executives and Entrepreneurs Under 40 years old."

Croatian-American Day in Chicago May 8-11, 2008
Klapa Grdelin Klapa Grdelin (left) will be performing at several venues in celebration of Chicago's annual Croatian-American Day. Several events are being planned throught the city to celebrate Croatian culture and heritage.

New York City Escape from Despair book promotion May 16, 2008
Katarina Tepesh, will promote her new book, Escape from Despair: A Croatian Family's Survival (left), at the Histria American Women's Association on May 16, 2008 at 7:30 pm at Istria Sport Club, Inc.

From Pazin to Paris - Luigi Dallapiccola's Opera Ill Prigioniero featured in the NYT
Many directors of American opera companies would never even consider presenting Luigi Dallapiccola’s one-act "Prigioniero," a bleak, 12-tone, boldly modernistic work about a despairing prisoner during the Spanish Inquisition. But unlike many of his timid counterparts, Gerard Mortier, the director of the Paris National Opera, has faith in audiences.

Stjepan Hauser performed for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on April 23 2008
We are happy to announce that Croatian cellist Stjepan Hauser, one of the most promising upcoming instrumentalist today, performed for Prince Charles at the Buckingham Palace on April 23rd, 2008.

Robert Belinić - Guitar performs in New York City on April 29th, 2008

Young Concert Artists will present Croatian guitarist Robert Belinić’s New York concerto debut on April 29, 2008 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Michael Stern. "Robert Belinic displayed charm, musicality, virtuosity and spirit. He performed the Bach Chaconne with an astonishingly warm and evocative tone, full of feeling."

Dr. Drago Štambuk on an official visit to Kobe, Japan
Dr. Drago Štambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Japan, was warmly welcomed at the Kwansei Gakuin University during his official visit to Kobe. One of the best Japanese choirs sang in his honour U Boj, u boj in Croatian language. This Croatian tune is well known throughout Japan, sung in this country since 1919!

Niko Dzapo will be racing for Team USA in China May 29 - June 1, 2008
Great success by young Niko Dzapo (left). Niko will be racing as part of the Team USA at the UCI BMX World Championship in Taiyaun China which will be held on May 29 - June 1, 2008. This has been a dream come true for Niko to represent the USA. Niko's motto is "keep trying, you have nothing to lose".

Study the Croatian language in Croatia this summer
Zagreb University (left) is host to one of two programs to study the Croatian language this summer. Sponsored by the Croatian Heritage Foundation, these summer courses allow people born outside of Croatia to learn Croatian language and culture in two intensive courses.

Leo Majich in memoriam 1925 - 2008
Leo Anthony Majich, age 82, was born July 17, 1925 in Los Angeles and died April 10, 2008 in Pasadena after a brief illness. He was a founding member of the Croatian American Association as well as the National Federation of Croatian Americans, serving several terms as its Western Region vice-president.

Melita Spahic Dance in London
Melita Spahic Dance is a meeting point for dance, theatre and video artists, composers and musicians to share their passion for the collaborative performance by developing their ideas and skills through various dance related projects.

Croatia-based WHW named curator for 11th International Istanbul Biennial

The 11th International Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Koc Holding is set for 12 September-8 November 2009, under the curatorship of Zagreb-based What, How & for Whom / WHW.

Charles Billich prepares for The Olympic Games in China 2008
Charles Billich, outstanding Croatian painter living in Australia, created the Bing Mah Yong cycle of paintings for the needs of the 2008 Beijing Olympiade. So well received has this work been that his paintings are represented on a collection of 16 postage stamps currently in circulation in China.

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