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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!

Joe Magarac, a legendary Croatian steel worker in the USA
Joe Magarac is a well known name in the USA. His name, aparently nonamerican, has without any doubt Croatian roots. Its meaninig is simply - donkey. The name of "magarac" is also a synonim of hard work, endurance and obstinacy in Croatian.

Vladimir Devidé and Haiku poetry in Croatia
Professor Vladimir Devidé, Croatian mathematician, is better known as outstanding Japanologist and tireless promoter of haiku poetry. Croatia is one of the most successful nations in haiku in the world, counting the number of prizes won at various international competitions.

After 23 years the Parachute World Cup Series returns to Croatia
The World Parachute Cup Series returns to Croatia in 2008 after a 23 year absence. It is being organized by the "Krila Kvarnera" Parachuting Club from Rijeka and will be held in  the town of Mali Lošinj on June 7, 2008.

Arithmetika Horvatszka from 1758, the oldest Croatian arithmetic
Arithmetika Horvatszka, that is the Croatian Arithmetic, was published in Zagreb in 1758. We celebrate 250 years since the publication of this oldest known Croatian book on arithmetic. It was important also for the development of Croatian scientific terminology.

Blanka Vlašić becomes indoor high jump world champion
Croatia's Blanka Vlašić (left) has continued her streak of victories and has become the world champion in indoor high jump in Valencia. She has added the indoor gold medal to her outdoor gold medal.

Reinhard Grabher, Austrian journalist to direct documentary about Goli Otok

Reinhard Grabher (left), a journalist from Salzburg, Austria will direct a documentary about Goli Otok. The documentary will include interviews with former inmates, including an interview with Josip Zoretić, author of Goli Otok "Hell in the Adriatic." Subtitles will be in Croatian, English, and German.

Mother Teresa and Croatians
The Croatian Jesuits had a great role in spiritual development of Mother Teresa in her youth. Her spiritual father was Fr. Franjo Jambreković. The first monument in the world honouring this famous Albanian woman was carved in Croatia, in Supetar on the island of Brac (2002), by Petar Jakšić. It was unveiled by Martin Sheen.

How to build low impact house now in Croatian by Simon Dale
Simon Dale built a low impact woodland home in Wales. The house was built with a maximum regard for the environment, with few tools, help and cash. He has translated the entire procedure into Croatian and is available in .pdf format for those wanting to build their own low impact homes in Croatia or elsewhere.

CROWN Croatian World Network Newsletter, March 5th, 2008

As you can see it for yourself it is an amazing variety of talent and achievements. Just look at these faces and photos and if you are not impressed, you have already died but you don't realize it yet. Croatia and Croatians are making progress on many levels. We are regrouping after a huge setback that happened in the war. We took that negative energy and spin it into positive and creative one.

Dr. Ante Padjen, founder of the "I Medici di McGill"
The non-profit I Medici got off the ground as Dr. Ante Padjen's string quartet 30 years ago. "My sanity valve," says Padjen (left), who officially formed the orchestra in 1989.  Today, physicians, medical students and researchers make up half of I Medici di McGill's musicians.

CROWN Forum launches today, March 2, 2008
The CROWN Forum launches today,  on March 2, 2008 and will introduce a greater degree of interactivity between CROWN, its members and people interested in Croatia and its culture. To access the forum point your browser to and register.

U.S. Senate Resolution Regarding NATO Member Invitations
The National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) commends U.S. Senators Richard Lugar of Indiana and George Voinovich of Ohio for their leadership in introducing S. Res. 459 calling for NATO membership for the Republic of Albania, the Republic of Croatia, and the Republic of Macedonia.

Croatia to play Scotland in friendly, March 26, 2008 in Glasgow
Slaven Bilic (left) will lead the Croatian National Team in a friendly match against Scotland on march 26, 2008. The Scots feel that a match against a team ranked 10th in the world will provide the kind of test Scotland needs if they are to build on their impressive, if ultimately unsuccessful, Euro 2008 qualification bid.

Ivan Dragicevic Brings Our Lady of Medjugorje to Australia
 For the fifth time, Ivan Dragicevic (left) came back to Australia in his mission to share the love and messages he has been receiving from Our Lady. The First of his talks in Australia was in Melbourne, Victoria followed by six other places in the states of New South Wales and Queensland. The last of these talks was held on 26 February at The Sacred Heart in Pymble. Violi Calvert (left) reports.

Premiere of "Black 47 at Connolly's" at Westchester Film Festival March 8, 2008
Larry Kirwan (left) and the band Black 47 are the subjects of a new film by filmmakers Stephanie Silber and Vic Zimet. The film weaves together a history of the band's beginnings, and by extension, a rich underlay of Irish-American history and the Diaspora. The film will be screened at the Westchester Film Festival on Mach 8, 2008 starting at 2:35 p.m.

Mario Ančić and Ivan Ljubičić advance to quarterfinals at Zagreb Indoors
Top-seeded Ivan Ljubičić served 18 aces in beating fellow Croat Lovro Zovko 6-4, 7-6 (3) to make the quarterfinals of the Zagreb Indoors on Wednesday. The other remaining Croat, unseeded Mario Ančić (left), reached his first quarterfinal in Zagreb when he defeated German Denis Gremelmayr 6-3, 6-2.

Ksenija Prohaska performs as Marlene Dietrich in Pittsburgh March 15-16, 2008
Celebrated Croatian actress Ksenija Prohaska brings Marlene Dietrich, a one-woman show originally written for her, to the Cabaret at Theater Square in Pittsburgh, March 15-16, 2008. Audiences all over have been overwhelmed by the brilliance of Ksenija's interpretation of Marlene Dietrich, to which numerous national and international awards can testify.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in Once for your consideration at the Oscars

Academy Award Nominee Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova for Best Song "Falling Slowly". Once is a 2007 Irish musical film written and directed by John Carney. Set in Dublin, this naturalistic drama stars musicians Glen Hansard (of popular Irish rock band The Frames) and Markéta Irglová as fictional struggling musicians. Update:They won Oscars

Sylvan Winds in concert March 13, 2008
The Sylvan Winds are starting the season with a free concert to be held at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, 24 West 12th Street on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The group has been hailed by the New York Times for "its venturesome programming and stylishness of performance."

A wedding in Croatia
  Have you ever wanted to have a destination wedding? Have you ever thought to pick somewhere memorable to celebrate that special day? Does Croatia come to mind? If not BWT Weddings in Croatia will help you plan your wedding in Croatia.

The Croatian Centre for Global Health has launched
The Croatian Centre for Global Health has recently been founded at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Split, Croatia. Its co-founders, Professor Ana Marusic and Professor Igor Rudan, are both hoping that the Centre will help to re-integrate Croatian biomedical science into global trends.

Falkuša regatta in 1593, the earliest known regatta in Europe
The 1593 regatta consisted of seventy four wooden fishing boats called falkuša, from the harbour of the town of Komiža on the island of Vis to the islet of Palagruža. It was the oldest known boat race in Europe. Falkuša is autochthonous Croatian boat of 9m of length, with the mast of equal size, in use from 11th or 12th century.

Random Lunacy tonight in Salem Oregon, with great review in Salem News

The documentary, "Random Lunacy: videos from the road less traveled", directed and produced by Victor Zimet and Stephanie Silber is more about survival outside conventional society than a story about a man. It's a completely unique portrayal of human inventiveness, persistence, and the longevity and strength of family. Music by Nenad Bach among other talented musicians.

Kosovo Declares Independence on February 17, 2008
Kosovo's parliament declared the disputed territory a nation on Sunday, February 17, 2008, mounting a historic bid to become an "independent and democratic state" backed by the U.S. and European allies.

Super Mario Ančić Comeback in 2008 with the Finals in Marseille, France

Super Mario as they call Mario Ančić is announcing a comeback in 2008 with a great game against Baghdatis in Marseille, France. Finals are tomorrow. After being ill for more than a year, Mario is showing his talent again for his fans worldwide.

High Jump World Champion Blanka Vlašić's 20th consecutive victory
Croatia's world champion Blanka Vlašić earned her 20th consecutive victory on Wednesday at the Women's High Jump Meeting in her hometown of Split. The 24-year-old jumped 2.01 metres, setting a meet record at a venue just a few hundred metres from her Dalmatian coast home.

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Apologizes to Aboriginals
Australian Parliament progresses Reconciliation between Australia's Indigenous and non-Indigenous people by tendering a formal apology for the hurt caused by past government policies. Left Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. A historical moment for Australia and the whole world. WE LEARN FROM OTHERS ! Quantum leap in human consciousness.

Snow Queen Trophy 2008 Croatia, Sljeme
This year's Snow Queen Trophy will be held February 15-17, 2008 and it's truly a season-highlight for slalom skiers that is being organized this year. Two gate-races are planned on the icy slopes of Sljeme situated a half an hour from Croatia's capital city.

Ivan Ljubičić wins in South Africa
Tournament top seed Ivan Ljubičić of Croatia (left) had to pull out all the stops against Algerian qualifier Lamine Ouahab -- ranked in singles far below him at 318 -- before battling to a three-set 6-4 4-6 6-3 win.

Croatia and Japan's Cooperation Excellent
"Croatia and Japan have realised excellent cooperation and have no open issues, but unfortunately we have not used the potentials of either country," said Croatian President Stjepan Mesić (left), after Koto Shakuhacki Quintet's concert of traditional Japanese music, marking the 15th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Croatia and Japan.

Dario Šolman - The Heart of Perspective, Friday, February 22, 2008
Dario Šolman's The Heart of Perspective, The Making of the Film is an ongoing project begun in 2001 that consists of studies and tests for a film that will never be made. The exhibit will run from February 22 - April 5, 2008, at the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Willy Terrazas Muller and Tango HR in Croatia
The HR Tango Dance Company and its director Guillermo Miguel Terrazas from Buenos Aires, Argentina will present a performance of Argentinian Tango and folklore on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at the Buffet Kinoteka in Zagreb.

Croatia Ambassador to China visits Macau Olympic Committee
The ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to China, Boris Velić (left), and president of the Croatian Olympic Committee, Zlatko Mateša, visited the Macau Olympic Committee last week at the newly inaugurated Macau Olympic Committee Headquarters.

Alpine skiing legends to take part in Croatia charity race
Sixteen alpine skiing legends including Italy's Alberto Tomba and Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark will take part in a charity race in Croatia on February 17, 2008. They will race in a mixed-sex giant slalom event with Ivica Kostelić (left), among others. Money collected from the race will be donated to a hospital for chronic child diseases in Gornja Bistra near Zagreb.

NFCA is Saddened by the Passing of Congressman Tom Lantos of California
  Tom Lantos was a friend to the Republic of Croatia and to the Croatian American Community.  He was a progressive leader for democratic change around the world and a steadfast supporter of the expansion of human rights for all people. NFCA's President, Mr. Ed Andrus, called on Congressman Lantos in his office when the NFCA was actively campaigning for Croatian Caucus.

Croatian Cinema in Chicago from February 3 - March 6, 2008
The Gene Siskel Film Center's focus on the ever-surprising Croatian cinema, February 3 through March 6, 2008 encompasses six feature films ranging from the 1970 comedy One Song A Day Takes Mischief Away to the very recent Armin (left), hit of many a European festival and Croatia's current contender for an Oscar nomination.

Valentina Šuljić exhibition in Slovenia
Valentina Šuljić is young Croatian artist, whose work includes different fields of artistic expressions. Her works include paintings, sculptures, graphic design, photography and urban installations. Her work will be on exhibit at Galerija Schwarz in Ljubljana Slovenia, from February 6 to April 4, 2008.

Sensational play by Lana Rukavina leads Wheeling to victory
For Lana Rukavina, it was about time. It was about time she was back leading her team in a big game. It was about time her Wheeling team finally got a shot at the Mid-Suburban League girls basketball title. Mostly, it was about time she made up for lost time.

Janja Glogovac and Jelena Vukotić at the Rotterdam Film Festival
The film "L... Like Love" was co-written by Jelena Vukotić (left) and opened at the Rotterdam Film Festival in January, to a sold out crowd and received rave reviews.

Professor Balthazar and Zagreb Film a Croatian trademark

Probably the most famous Croatian professor worldwide is Professor Balthazar, a well known figure from Croatian cartoon movie series initiated in 1967 by late Zlatko Grgić. This was the most successful project of Zagreb Film ever. His popularity is amazing even today, especially in Scandinavian countries, but also in Iran for example!

Ana Mihanović mezzo-soprano in concert New York City February 9, 2008
Ana Mihanović, mezzo-soprano, has been a featured soloist with the Southwest Symphony, American West Symphony, Legacy Chorale and Utah Philharmonic. She will be performing a collection of folk songs on Saturday, February 9th, 2008, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Manhattan School of Music. 

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