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Vladimir Novak 1928-2016 distinguished Croatian-American photographer
Vladimir Novak, distinguished Croatian-American photographer, born in the city of Varaždin in 1928, died in Croatia's capital Zagreb in 2016. He will be remembered for his extremely interesting photos dealing with the work and life Croatian emigrants in the USA. Some of his photo-testimonials can be seen on the web pages of the CROWN, as well as on related web pages. Višnja Starešina, in her important documentary film "Narodni neprijatelj" (People's Enemy), released in 2015, among seven short biographies described also that of Vladimir Novak.

Branka Cubelic and her Dreamtime Events Croatia
Branka Čubelić is CEO of Dreamtime Events Croatia, which is an international  team of professional creative event planners. Their diverse staff, having lived and worked in Australia, Canada, and Croatia, has over 30 years of experience in creating stylish, memorable, and of course, fun weddings and events. First class event planning experience from their native countries coupled with all of the amazing possibilities that Croatia has to offer. The Dreamtime is the Aboriginal understanding of the world, of it’s creation, and it’s great stories.

Betiana Bellofatto Purifying Ties in Antarctica
Betiana Bellofatto was born in 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her parents, Teresa Perinic and Carlos Bellofatto, are daughter and son of European immigrants (Croatian and Italian). Betiana studied Audiovisual Design and Photography. Her work as an artist often has a participative and relational approach, and has been exhibited in Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic and China. Purifying Ties is a time-based art work that emerges from the specific location where it was done: Antarctica.

Branding Croatia 2
Gosti predavači u Hrvatskoj matici iseljenika (HMI, Trg Stjepana Radića) bili su Nenad Bach, Ante Mandić, Mate Rimac, Ivan Mažuranić i Daniel Kolak. Vrlo interesantna predavanja popraćena su živim diskusijama i mnogim novim idejama. Među sudionicima manifestacije bili su Robert Schenk, Radojka Šverko, Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, Amanda Grbavac, Ljiljana Vinković, Branka Čubelić, Sven Maričić, Lucija Petrač, Marko Sever, Helena Peričić, Michael Glazer i drugi. Najveća vrijednost ovog susreta su nova sklopljena prijateljstva. Na fotografiji su Petar Ćurić (moderator), Mara Vitols-Hrgetić i Nenad Bach.

Trio LUR from Zagreb consisting of flutist Lucija Petrac, organist Ursa Vukman and soprano Rea Alaburic
Trio LUR was formed at the Zagreb Music Academy in 2011. The three students have found their common ground in the Baroque era, and have continued their musical collaboration and friendship in the exploration of the later musical periods. Their repertoire is based on the compositions that were intended to be performed by the flute, the voice and the organ or the harpsichord, written by Vivaldi, Purcell, Händel, Bach, Bajamonti, etc. In 2014, Trio Lur had concerts at the Ceremonial Hall of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, and in the della Misercordia basilica in Sant'Elpidio a Mare.

Makybe Diva a famous horse which is both Australian and Croatian brand owned by Tony Santic
Makybe Diva is the most famous horse in the History of Mankind. Mr Tony Santic (tuna farmer), who its owner, is Australian Croat born on the beautiful Croatian island of Lastovo. The name of Makybe Diva is an acronym, derived from the names of five ladies employed at Mr Santic: Maureen, Kylie, Belinda, Diane and Vanessa. In 2005 Makybe Diva became the first horse in Australasian racing history to claim three Melbourne Cups and a Cox Plate. The jockey of Makybe Diva is easily recognizable by the jersey and the cap deocrated with elements of the Croatian Coat of Arms that everybody knows.

BRANDING HRVATSKE 2 dvodnevni stručni seminar 11. i 12. ožujka 2016. u HMI u Zagrebu
Gosti predavači u Hrvatskoj matici iseljenika (HMI, Trg Stjepana Radića) su Nenad Bach, Ante Mandić, Mate Rimac, Ivan Mažuranić i Daniel Kolak. Radi se o dvodnevnom stručnom seminaru iz javne diplomacije prilagođen poduzetnicima, obrtnicima i uspješnim rukovoditeljima državnih tvrtki i agencija koji žele nastaviti stvarati novu vrijednost u domovini, ali i povećati izvoz (prodaju) na inozemno tržište te privući svježi kapital i ulaganja u svoje poduzeće iz inozemstva. Sva su predavanja interaktivna. Sessioni su raspoređeni cijeli dan u petak, 11., te prijepodne u subotu 12. ožujka. Petak je u potpunosti zatvoren za javnost u cilju kreiranja atmosfere maksimalnog povjerenja, slobodnog protoka misli i razgovara te nesmetane izmjene informacija.

Lana Genc Croatian pianist has U.S. Premiere Piano Recital at DiMenna Center in NYC on March 5th 2016
Ana Genc, Croatian pianist, studied at the Music Academy in Zagreb, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, as well as at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Bergamo, Italy. She regularly performs throughout her native country, as a solo artist, with all major orchestras, and in chamber. At the age of 17, Lana traveled to Japan for her first recital tour, which led. She has played recitals in Vienna (Bosendorfer - Saal), Cyprus, Bulgaria, Holland, Russia, France, Germany, Chile and some other countries. On her premiere USA concert tour, besides New York, Lana will play in Washington DC on Feb 25th, Baltimore MD on Feb 28th and Alexandria VA.

What's This Croatian Village Doing in McKinney, Texas? Story by Money | Time

Jeffory D. Blackard is the Chief Executive Officer of Blackard Global, Inc., USA. The culminating effort of the previous 30+ years of development and construction led to the creation of Adriatica, a $350 million plus, development in McKinney, Texas. Adriatica is the re-creation of the Croatian fishing village, Supetar on the island of Brač. The meaning of the name of "Supetar" is "Sveti Petar", that is, "Saint Peter". Mr. Blackard challenges the current process of urban development by going back to the basic philosophies that define an authentic village. Through diverse financed ventures all around the world, returns to the reverberations of a dying communal society and brings them back to life with unmatched elegance.

Vitomir Marof distinguished Croatian baritone of international reputation
Croatian baritone Vitomir Marof graduated in Pharmacy at Pharmaceutical Faculty of the University of Zagreb and worked for several years in pharmaceutical industry. He also graduated in solo singing at The Academy of Music in Zagreb. Perfected in Vienna, Salzburg and particulary belcanto style (Verdi) in Rome. In 2008/10 he had Gala Concerts with Europasymphony Orchestra and mo. Wolfgang Gröhs in Weikersdorf Castle in BADEN / VIENNA; than several concerts in Vienna, etc. It is interesting that he has  his fans in Vienna who travel to Croatia in order to attend his concerts in his native city of Zagreb.

My Little Piece of Land exhibition of Croatian farmers in Auderghem, Bruxelles, on 4th March 2016
We have the pleasure to invite you to the exhibition My little piece of land, in which farmers from Croatia talk about their life and how they work in harmony with nature. The Exhibition Opening 4th March 2016, 4:30 pm, DG Environment, Avenue de Beaulieu 5, B-1160 Auderghem, Bruxelles, Belgium. The opening includes the buffet, tasting of the first bottles of rediscovered Croatian white wine variety Palagružonka from the island of Vis. The exhibition was created by Suske consulting in cooperation with the Croatian agency for environment and nature. On the photo Marija Martinko, Zagreb, a member of the organizing committee.

Umro je Dr. Slobodan Lang: smrt koja nas moralno obvezuje na gradnju mira i činjenje dobra
Umro je ... hrvatski domoljub i nacionalist, Židov i Hrvat, štovatelj i sljedbenik ideja i vjere Isusa Krista, hrabar čovjek u ratu, spasitelj brojnih ljudskih života, idejni začetnik humanitarnih konvoja "Libertas" (uz Branku Šeparović) i "Bijeli put" (s Hermanom Vukušićem), odan suprug i brižan i nježan otac i djed, sin velikog znanstvenika i plemenitog čovjeka dr. Rikarda Langa ... Ništa od onog što je bio Slobodan Lang nije nikada prešutio i zatajio i zato bi nas njegova smrt mogla potaknuti na gradnju mira i činjenje dobra. (Prof.dr. Slaven Letica)

Pavo Jurisic published an important monograph about 50 years of pastoral care among Croats of Melbourne
The monograph And the hand of the Lord was with them / Celebrating 50 Years of Pastoral Care among Croats of Melbourne, written by Dr Pavo Jurišić, is dedicated to Croatian immigrants in Australia, especially those in Melbourne who lived their faith and represented their homeland, and to their fellow countrymen in Australia, their new homeland which accepted them and gave them shelter.

Mate Rimac lecturing at the Stanford University about the Electric Car Industry start-up in Croatia
In January 11 2016, Mate Rimac had the honor to deliver a lecture about his Electric Car Startup in Croatia upon the invitation from the prestigious Stanford University, USA. The technological novelties of this company in Croatia, which now has about 150 employees (out of which only 5 foreigners), have raised enormous interest among global leaders in the field. The novelties are expected to have a big impact on the global production of cars and other vehicles in decades to come. Numerous excursions, professional and educational, are organized to the Rimac automobili co. near Croatia's capital Zagreb, including from Israel. Some of the principal investors come from China.

Marinko Marco Radakovic Croatian American Actor
If Marinko Radakovic looks familiar, you may have seen him in recent movies and on TV. The Croatian born actor was recently seen in the Johnny Depp movie, Black Mass, RIPD, and Ted. He was also on TV in The Blacklist, Elementary, Daredevil and in Person of Interest. Marinko attended the 2016 SAG awards and was in a recent Visa commercial featuring Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. He is also set to appear alongside Melissa McCarthy and Matt Walsh in the new Ghostbusters reboot directed by Paul Feig.

Petition for direct flights between Croatia & USA
Dubrovnik, Zagreb, New York and Split are world's most vibrant and entrepreneurial cities but DO NOT have an overseas direct non stop flights which could connect our cities in just over 8 hours. Through our petition we can show the Airlines there's strong demand for a direct New York - Dubrovnik - Zagreb flight, providing essential market research on how profitable the route could be. Croatia is on many charts the most desirable destination for tourists. It offers great business opportunities... Instead of traveling for 20 + hours, why not do it in 7-9 hours?

Mate Rimac: How We Build The World's Fastest Electric Car
Focused on high-performance that comes from a unique fusion of light build, and pure, seamless power, Rimac Automobili was driven from the world we were, passionate petrolheads, into the world of electric propulsion that we are today. Rimac Automobili is a family of enthusiasts, engineers and designers on their quest to discover new ways of making cars faster, and to prove to the World that fun can be electric - far more than anyone ever imagined. Located in Croatia, near Zagreb, the Rimac factory is a place where magic has happened since 2009. When you love what you do, you don't work, you play and thus create art. 

Monaco Police testing Croatian Bikes | Greyp Bikes breakthrough to institutional markets worldwide!
Greyp Bikes is a sister company of the better known Rimac Automobili in Croatia. With its electric bicycle G12S the company Greyp Bikes has recently gained attention from a significant number of institutional buyers from around the world.  Among several interested parties coming from various continents, Police Department of Monaco stands out as the institution which has for some time been extensively testing the everyday usage of Greyp Bikes.

Martin Lazar young Croatian mathematician visiting the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics in Bilbao
In the period of May - June 2015, Dr Martin Lazar, a young Croatian mathematician from the Univeristy of Dubrovnik, visited the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics in Bilbao, Spain, in order to continue already established collaboration with its director, Professor Enrique Zuazua. Professor Zuazua is a distinguished international expert in Control Theory, a branch of Applied Mathematics. Dr Lazar had an opportunity to actively participate in numerous activities at the Center (seminars, courses, workshops, …), to present his previous results, as well as to get acquainted with the recent results and open problems of applied mathematics.

NFCA January 2016 Newsletter
The National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation has released their end-of-the-year 2015 newsletter highlighting many activities promoting Croatian causes within the United States including: Pittsburgh convention, NFCA meeting with U.S. Ambassador Julieta Valls Noyes, NFCA collaboration with Team Croatia at the Special Olympics Summer World Games in Los Angeles and a UN meeting in New York City with Dragan Covic, the Chair of of the Presidency in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Dubrovnik celebrating 1044 years of the Feast of St Blaise in 2016
On the 3rd of February of 2016, the city of Dubrovnik celebrated the Feast of its protector, Sveti Vlaho (St. Blaise). The celebration is organized each year at this date for more than a thosand years, more specifically, for 1044 years. The Holy Mass was celebrated by the Sarajevo Cardinal Vinko Puljić, who was the official envoy of Pope Francis. Thirty archbishops and bishops concelebrated, among them Blaise Cupich, archbishop of Chicago (who is of Croatian origin), archbishop Kegham Katcherian, envoy of the Armenian Catholicos - upon the invitation of the Dubrovnik bishop Mate Uzinić, as well as around a hundred priests. We provide numerous photos of Croatians in traditional dresses, who attended the Feast of Sveti Vlaho.

Najka Mirkovic inspired by flying residents of the city of Dubrovnik – the pigeons
The new photographic cycle of Najka Mirković - a lover of photography who belongs to the group of Dubrovnik-based photographers, observes the pigeons, eternal guardians of the city walls. All citizens of Dubrovnik have photographs as little children chasing pigeons by Orlando Column. A photograph with pigeons in front of St Blaise’s Church and in the Open-air Market was part of the city cults in each generation, because pigeons have profound symbolism in Dubrovnik's Judeo-Christian tradition.

Anna Givargizyan exhbited her photos of Armenian khachkars in Dubrovnik Croatia in Feb 2016
  The photo collection of khachkars, Armenian stone crosses, has been prepared by Dr Anna Givargizyan, an Armenian living in Moscow. The exhibition lasted from the February 2nd to March 3rd 2016, and was held in the hall of the Society of Friends of the Dubrovnik Antiquities. Except Dr Givarigizyen, in the solemn opening of the exhibition participated Armenian archbishop Kegham Katcherian, the Dubrovnik bishop Mate Uzinić, Croatian historian Dr Vinicije Lupis and Mrs Naira Asatryan, who is a pianist living in Dubrovnik and is the founder of the Croatian-Armenian Friendship Society in the city.

Zagreb Philharmonic to perform with Malek Jandali at Carnegie Hall on February 6 2016
Composer and pianist Malek Jandali premieres his sinfonietta for chamber orchestra with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra in their Carnegie Hall debut. This concert celebrates the orchestra's 145th year during Carnegie Hall's 125th anniversary season. Jandali presents his latest album SoHo featuring The Malek Jandali Trio as part of his world tour The Voice of the Free Syrian Children, uniting people in peace and humanity.

Traditional celebration in Subotica Prelo sicanja to be organized on 7th February 2016
CROWN is very proud to announce a traditional celebration of Prelo 2016 in the city of Subotica. The whole region of Bačka where the city is situated is one of the trademarks of Croatian culture, especially via beautiful songs and dances of Bunjevci Croatians in Bačka. At the beginning of the 20th century, the city of Subotica was the largest Croatian city (larger than Croatian capital Zagreb). Also, the oldest Croatian soccer club called Bačka has been founded there, and its trademark was the Croatian Coat of Arms. The celebration of Prelo sićanja starts on 7th Feb 2016 at 5pm near the Franciscan church and continues at the Croatian Cultural Center Bunjevačko kolo at 7pm. Traditional Bunjevci suits are obligatory.

Marin Soljacic professor at MIT speaking about newest discoveries in nanophotonics and applications
Marin Soljačić, distinguished Croatian-American physicst and professor at MIT, USA, delivered a very interesting talk at the 2015 Tech Day, dealing with newest achievements in nanonphotonics and possible applications. Nanophotonics is a sub-field of nanotechnology that deals with light (photons). Nanophotonic techniques provide ultimate opportunities for tailoring behavior of light, thus offering a potential to enable a wide variety of important applications. This talk highlights recent work in this area, including security applications (for consumers and soldiers), energy conversion, and displays.

Marin Soljacic helps to redesign the light bulb
Humanity started recycling relatively early in its evolution: there are proofs that trash recycling was taking place as early as in the 500 BC. What about light recycling? Consider light bulbs: more than one hundred and thirty years ago Thomas Edison patented the first commercially viable incandescent light bulb, so that "none but the extravagant" would ever "burn tallow candles", paving the way for more than a century of incandescent lighting. Now, in a study published in Nature Nanotechnology on January 11th 2016 (online), a team of MIT researchers describes another way to recycle light emitted at unwanted infrared wavelengths while optimizing the emission at useful visible wavelengths.

Drago Stambuk promoting global haiku consciousness and deepening friendship between Brazil and Croatia
When Dr Drago Štambuk (on the photo) proposed the creation of a Haiku Award in memory of Professor Vladimir Devidé, Croatian mathematician and the pioneer of haiku in Croatia, he suggested that modern and traditional haiku should be treated as equals. This is especially crucial for international haiku composition and competition, since not all languages can reflect Japanese syllabic patterns, nor do all climates mirror the four clear seasons which find expression in classical haiku. We also illustrate interesting contacts with Brazililan poets, established by Dr Drago Štambuk as a former Croatian ambassador in that country.

May 2016 Croatian Heritage Tour and Cruise
Join genealogist Robert Jerin for a unique cruise and heritage tour of Croatia! This cruise begins in Dubrovnik and works its way up the coast, visiting historic cities and towns like Korcula, Split Sibenik and Zadar. From there the tour works its way inland to the towns of Karlovac, Zagreb and Varazdin. You will have to hurry if you want to experience Croatia like this - seats are filling up!

The 2016 “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School to be held in Milna on the Island of Brac
The 13th annual composition course this summer as part of the “UPBEAT” International Summer Music School in the town of Milna on the beautiful Adriatic island of Brac in Croatia. The composition course consists of: a series of daily group meetings with Professor Joel Hoffman (left), cultural and outdoor group activities in Milna and nearby on the island of Brac, and final concert of works by course participants. The course will focus on works written for the Milna Ensemble, which consists of the composer-performers who are members of the course.

Jimmy Lyggett an American boxer and trainer of Croatian boxing national team from 1939 to 1945
Jimmy Lyggett (1897-1955) was an American boxer and trainer of Croatian boxing clubs in Zagreb, as well as of Croatian boxing national team from 1939 to 1945, on the photo on the right.  While he lived in Vienna, he met a woman of Croat descent, Roza, whom he married. The couple moved to Zagreb, Croatia in the early 1930s, where he opened his boxing school. He trained many young boxers in several boxing clubs in Zagreb, starting with boxing club Croatia, and later with clubs Herkules, Makabi and Radnik.

Mladen Ibler and Birgitta Fritz writing about Johan Franke a Croatian castle commander in Sweden in 15th ct.
The castle commander Johan Vale or Franke in Sweden is identified by Dr Mladen Ibler (on the photo) as Ivan Anž Frankopan, the eldest son of Count Nikola IV, viceroy (banus) of Croatia from 1426. The Scandinavian king Erik of Pomerania had met the young man at the court of his cousin King Sigmund in Budapest. After having decided to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land he had chosen this nobleman, who was familiar with Mediterranean conditions, to lead the tour. In Jerusalem the king knighted him and then afterwards recompensed him with the enfeoffments in Sweden. Besides those connections between the Scandinavian king and the Frankopan family the article also presents proofs of the king's stay at Dubrovnik, both on the way to Palestine and on the way back.

Croatian writer Miro Gavran nominated for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award
Croatian writer Miro Gavran has been nominated for the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the most significant prize for children's literature in the world.  This prize has been awarded every two years to authors since 1956, and to illustrators since 1966. Works by Miro Gavran have been translated into 38 languages. Gavran has published ten books for children and teenagers, eagerly read by young and old alike: "How Dad Won Mum", "Try to Forget", "All Sorts Of Things In My Head", "Head Over Heels", "Happy Days", "The Teacher Of My Dreams", "A Summer To Remember" ...

Esther Gitman's interview 2016 about Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac and his role in saving the Jews in Croatia

Dr Esther Gitman analized about 5000 archival documents kept in various Croatian archives. Especially important among them are 500 signed petitions for the rescue of Jews in Croatia during the WW2. Some of these documents contain as many as 150 names, signed by ordinary people, who risked their lifes in order to save the lifes of their endangered Jewish neighbors and friends. Furthermore, according to Dr Girtman, THOSANDS OF ORDINARY PEOPLE signed these petitions, which is a fact totally unknown in historigraphy (not only Croatian). Similar documents in such abundonce, cannot be found in any other European country, said Dr Gitman. We invite you to see and listen to this extremely interesting and important interview, conducted by the Laudato TV in Zagreb, Croatia.

Lovre Stavun linking Croatia and Japan via his native city of Zadar
Lovre Štavun is a young Croatian tourist guide living in the city of Zadar, who is very fond of Japanese language and culture. It is even more impressive that he learned Japanese without visiting Japan yet! In his article, that he wrote in English and Japanese (sic!), he discusses the possibilities of offering completely new contents for tourists visiting Croatia, with emphasis on his native Zadar. "How many natural wonders does the country of Croatia possess, but those same wonders are rarely ever offered as something of value to Japanese tourists."

Zdravko Basaric's conversation with Rabbi Kotel Da-Don in Zagreb for Wall Street International
Zdravko Basarić had the honour of speaking to the spiritual leader of the Jewish community Bet Israel in Croatia, Rabi Dr Kotel Da-Don.Rabi Da-Don drew a comparison between Israel and Croatia. "Both are Mediterranean countries; throughout their history both Croats and Israelis have fought for their Independence, both have a large number of emigrants all over the world and are classified as countries with small territories". Rabi Kotel Da-Don likes to say that Israel is his home, and Croatia is his house.

Nenad Bach International Newsletter No. 41 Winter Peace Dec 2015
2015 was an exciting year to say the least. Let the Winter Peace roll in, and I would like to wish everyone a belated merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah let's all work for world peace in one hour in 2016! Scoring a documentary film about Croatian most prominent ballerina Mia Slavenska. Film Mia, A Dancer's Journey will be distributed in 2016. Produced by Brenda Brkusic. While in Zagreb, I was privileged to be part of the future art exhibition by Robert Gojevic, a very talented photographer and editor in chief of the Blur Magazine. Future is now. I drove autopilot Tesla Model S. Jamie Cohen is a brilliant man and one of the most prominent and progressive teachers who wrote an important book.

Bernard Luketich 1931-2015 president of Croatian Fraternal Union in the USA during 37 years
Bernard Luketich was instrumental in the organization of the National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCA) when a strong need existed for unifying all Croatians living in the United States. He was the recipient of numerous citations and prestigious awards from the Croatian government, was honored as Man of the Year by the United CFU Four County Lodges, CFU Scholarship Foundation Inc., the Fraternal Societies of Greater Pittsburgh and several other fraternal organizations, including John Jordan Upchurch Award for distinguished leadership and service to the fraternal benefit system. He liked to play tamburitza, Croatian national instrument.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2016 accompanied with beautiful Croatian Christams carols

Croatia has as many as 500 traditional Christmas carols, the oldest ones dating from the 12th century, and sung also today. This number is probably greater than in the case of any other nation in the Christian world. We provide several video recordings to illustrate this important religious and musical heritage of the Republic of Croatia, which was a source of inspiration for numerous composers. On the photo a Christmas detail from the wooden portal of Andrija Buvina in the Split Cathedral, dating from 1214, of 530 cm of height. This is a top monument of Croatian culture.

Paul L. Modrich of the Duke University 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry is of Croatian descent
Paul Lawrence Modrich, an American biochemist, Professor of Biochemistry at Duke University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015. He is known for his research on DNA mismatch repair. Modrich’s work also has shown that inactivation of this mismatch repair system is the cause of the most common form of hereditary colon cancer, and that repair errors also play an important role in the development of a number of neurodegenerative diseases and 20 to 30 percent of sporadic tumors found in many tissues. Professor Paul Modirch is of Croatian descent: his paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Croatia.

Adventski koncert Splitskih virtuoza i Mai Suzuki pod ravnanjem maestra Wladimira Kossjanenka
Komorni orkestar Splitski virtuozi održao je adventski koncert u foyeru Hrvatskog narodnog kazališta Splitu 12. prosinca 2015. Koncertom je ravnao Wladimir Kossjanenko, a kao gošća večeri nastupila je mlada japanska violinistica Mai Suzuki pobjednica Međunarodnog natjecanja „Vaclav Huml“ 2013.g. Na programu su bila Četiri godišnja doba Antonija Vivaldija, Simfonija br.3 u D-duru Luke Sorkočevića i Rumunjski plesovi Béle Bartóka.

Lovre Stavun the first & only Japanese-speaking Croatian tour guide in the city of Zadar
Not many people in Croatia can claim to being fluent in the Japanese language, and even fewer people in Croatia can claim to being fluent in the Japanese language without any formal education… 29-year-old Lovre Štavun from the the city of Zadar is perhaps one of the few people in Croatia who can claim that. The Japanophile is putting his skills to use and recently he became the first formally schooled tour guide in the Japanese language in the Zadar county and one of the very few Japanese-speaking tour guides in Croatia. He has not yet visited Japan, but if he were to be given a chance to do so, he would gladly take such an opportunity.

Ivana Marija Vidovic istaknuta hrvatska pijanistica nastupila u Cankarjevem domu u Ljubljani
Gallusova rasprodana dvorana, za klavirom Dubrovkinja Ivana Marija Vidović, Simfonijski orkestar Cantabile i maestro Grdadolnik ispratili su ovu 2015. godinu na spektakularan način u subotu 19.12. Naša je dubrovačka pijanistica i pjesnikinja imala čast nastupiti u potpuno rasprodanoj Gallusovoj dvorani u Cankarjevem domu u Ljubljani uz palicu maestra Grdadolnika i Simfonijski orkestar Cantabile tumačeći Klavirski koncert u cis molu Nikolaja Rimskog Korsakova, op. 30, skladanog između 1882.-1883. godine.

Croatian dialects interactive atlas project directed by Dr Velimir Piskorec
The atlas of Croatian dialects has the aim to describe the living speech heritage in various parts of the Republic of Croatia and outside of it. About seventy typical sentences have been chosen as an illustration. The project is directed by Dr Velimir Piškorec, professor at the University of Zagreb, at the Faculty of Arts and Letters. The project is far from being completed, and native speakers from various parts where the Croatians live are invited to participate. The project is a part of the effort to present global linguistic diversity of Mankind using Internet.

The Canon of Croatian Poetry, 1450-2000: Over 200 Croatian Poems with English Translations
Translated, edited and annotated by Ivo and Vinka Soljan, this work offers a panorama of Croatian poetry written over the last five centuries. Touching on the different subjects and shifting fashions of poetic creativity throughout Croatia’s turbulent history, this poetry reveals the spirit of its people. The poems are clustered chronologically into chapters representing seven literary periods. The Renaissance, The Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism, Croatian Modernism, Echoes of the Two World Wars, and The Postmodern-Contemporary Period.

Ivan Pavletic's 476 A.D. Chapter One: The Last Light of Aries is available on Amazon.com
We recently sat down to talk with Croatian-American filmmaker and painter, Ivan Pavletic regarding the release of his historical epic 476 A.D. Chapter One: The Last Light of Aries is available on Amazon.com. The film tells the story of General Flavius Aëtius' Last Victorious Campaign against Attila the Hun, which brought order back to the Roman Empire, with General Aëtius' increasing political power and popularity as "The True Savior of Rome", he becomes a threat to Caesar Valeninian III and the Senate of Rome.

Ludmila Rulenkova's book about the SUVAG verbotonal method translated from Russian into Croatian in 2015
Ludmila Ivanovna Rulenkova has published a textbook in Moscow in 2011 dealing with the so-called verbotonal method, developed by academician Petar Guberina in Croatia's capital Zagreb already since the 1950s. The method has been successfully  tested on hundreds of Russian children since the early 1990s. Her book has been translated into Croatian in 2015 at the SUVAG Centre in Zagreb, which is the leading centre in the world for problems of deaf children. The methods developed at SUVAG are in everyday use in more than 70 countries worldwide, in about 600 specialized insitututions.

Faces of War exhibition of Croatian History Museum
To commemorate the Operation Storm, as well as Victory and National Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day on August 5th, the Croatian History Museum has organized an exhibition of Croatian war photography under the title “Faces of War.” The photographs encompass the period from 1991 to 1995, presenting events from Croatia’s Homeland War. In case you are interested in realizing the cooperation and hosting of the exhibition “Faces of War” in your country / institution, or have additional questions, we will gladly answer them. Please contact us on the following e-mail address: j.hotko@hismus.hr. On the photo a legendary Croatian photographer Pavao Urban (1968-1991),  assasinated in his native city of Dubrovnik with his photo camera in hands.

Silvija Gradecak Croatian scientist at MIT speaking about Nano Structured Materials
Her solar cells could absorb and use more sunlight. Her light bulbs could last longer, and her thermoelectric devices could take heat that would be otherwise lost and turn it into energy. “We’re looking for more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and less expensive technology with new capabilities,” Gradečak says. Born in Vukovar, Croatia, she studied physics at the University of Zagreb and earned her PhD in Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lousanne.

Ivo Pogorelich world renowned pianist a frequent guest of Croatian concert halls in Zagreb and Dubrovnik
Ivo Pogorelich, distinguished pianist, is a frequent guest of numerous concerts halls throughout the world, including Croatia. He is a recipient of several high Croatian honors in the field of culture, such as: Orlando Award (Dubrovnik Summer Games (1981), Vladimir Nazor Award (1985), Order of Croatian Morning Star (Red Danice Hrvatske) with the figure of Marko Marulić (1999), Porin Award for a special contribution to Croatian music culture (1997), Milka Trnina Award (2002). In the recent season 2014/2015 Ivo Pogorelich has given triumphal recitals and concerts in Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Great Britain, Lithuania, Croatia, Spain, Turkey, Japan as well as in China. His brother Lovro Pogorelić is also a pianist and professor at the Academy of Music of the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

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