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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.

Sanja Jovanović wins gold by breaking her own world record in 50m backstroke
Sanja Jovanović broke her own world record on 50m backstroke swimming at the World Swimming Championships Manchester 2008, UK. Her new world record time is 26.37. With Duje Draganja's world record the other day this is one of the greatest achievements in the history of Croatian sport. They won two gold and two bronze medals, first time ever.

Duje Draganja, the fastest swimming man on the planet Earth

Croatian Superman, Duje Draganja, the fastest swimming man on the planet conquers world record on 50 meters free style in Manchester, England on April 11th 2008. The Croatian swimmer, wearing Speedo's LZR Racer suit, finished in 20.81 seconds.

Croatia – Land of World Swimming Record Holders

Two world swimming records are an achievement not even larger and stronger countries, than our “little” Croatia, can afford. But at this moment Croatians are celebrating and bragging with such achievements, thanks to Duje Draganja and Sanja Jovanovic, young swimmers who brought the world’s swimming to its knees.

Velimir Trnski painting the 1671 love story of Petar and Katarina Zrinski
Velimir Trnski, Croatian painter, transformed the most famous Croatian love letter - Moje drago zercze, My Dear Soul, into a series of remarkable frames in which the sensual figure of the young wife is consistently kept in the foreground. One of the most deeply moving Croatian historic dramas has been presented in a most contemporary, provocative and attractive way.

Festival favorite Random Lunacy is on the road again! April 14 - June 5, 2008
Home Team Productions is proud to announce five upcoming screenings of "Random Lunacy: videos from the road less traveled." Rolling Stone's Peter Travers says of this documentary, "Prepare to be wowed!"  The film follows the radically itinerant Poppa Neutrino and his family of street performers over the course of twenty adventurous years of living homeless by choice. The Music Genome Project plays Nenad Bach music from March 28th
We set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or "genes" into a very large Music Genome. Everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It's not about "looks" or "genre".

Damir Spanic - Artist of the Week - Photographer for Life
  It was the turning point of trying to capture the essence of the person, after arrival of an idea that all people are beautiful for no reason related to their outside appearance but more to inner qualities. Now I am a stock and lifestyle photographer with the strongest point in portraits and emotive portraits. I license my images through a Canadian agency, subsidiary of Getty.

Croatia Has a NATO Invitation - A Historical Day for Croatia April 2nd 2008

The fact that an invitation was sent is also a result of a process that began with Croatia’s  hard road to independence via the Croatian War of Independence in which 15,000 people gave their lives. Besides NATO, it is expected that Croatia receives an invitation for the EU soon.

Croatia Film Festival in South Africa from 18 to 28 April 2008
Armin (left) is one of seven internationally acclaimed films from Croatia that  are headed for Pretoria (Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn Mall) from 18 to 20 April and Johannesburg (Cinema Nouveau Rosebank Mall) from 25 to 28 April 2008.

Boris Dvornik - in memoriam to outstanding Croatian actor (1939-2008)
Boris Dvornik was an amusing man, and he was very emotional; a man who was able to feel the sufferings and destinies of others. That was visible even while he was acting. That's the charisma that glows around him - a mix of warmth and authority.

Josip Ganza: Croatian klapa singing break-out to Europe
Dalmatian klapa singing is a part of Croatian identity and being such is dear to us all. Our klapas know nothing about Italian people's choirs, and Italians even less about our klapas. That was unallowable hole and Josip Ganza was intrigued by and felt the urge to fill in.

Composer Margareta Jeric to perform at the University of Montreal on April 5, 2008
Maragreta Jeric (left) will be performing her work "Upload" on April 5th at 7:30 p.m. under the conduct of Jean-François Rivest. The concert is part of a series dedicated to Claude Vivier and will take place at Claude-Champagne Hall on 200 Vincent-d’Indy. 

Swimming success of Croatia at European championship in 2008
Gordan Kožulj, Vanja Rogulj, Mario Todorović and Duje Draganja won silver medals in men's 100m medley relay at the European Swimming Championships in the Netherlands. Sanja Jovanović won bronze medal in women's 50m backstroke, and Duje Draganje silver medal in 50m freestyle.

Croatians in America - photo collection by Vladimir Novak, part 2
Mr. Vladimir Novak is well known for his rich collection of photos related to life and work of Croatians in America, collected over several decades in the USA. We continue with the second part of a series of articles. Much of this material is presented for the first time, exclusively for the readers of CROWN.

Sretan Uskrs! Happy Easter! Felices Pascuas!
Wishing you a Happy Easter, we present you beautiful Croatian and Ukrainian hand-painted eggs by Annette Czupylo, a Ukrainian living in the USA. Photographs were taken by Vladimir Novak, Zagreb. Easter eggs are called pisanice in Croatian, and pysanky in Ukrainian.

Mateo Juric, Croatian Real Estate Specialist in Las Vegas
Mateo Juric (left) and his team have sold over $320,000,000 in residential properties just in recent years and are currently the leading real estate team in Prudential Americana Group in Las Vegas. their specialty and focus is particularly with bank/foreclosure properties, REOs and builders' close-outs. This could be the best time to consider Las Vegas hottest properties!

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