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Massimo and Oliver Lead Porin Nomination list

Oliver__The 2014 Porin Music Awards, Croatia’s version of the Grammy’s, held its nomination ceremony in Zagreb on Tuesday…

Massimo, who held number one in 2013 for the most number of weeks, was on top of the nominations list with a total of 10 nominations for various performances, while legendary performer Oliver Dragojević was just behind with 7 nominations for songs from his album ‘Tišina mora’ (The Silence of the sea), which is nominated for the album of the year.

PipsChips&Videoclips have 6 nominations for their album Walt, while Elemental has 4 for the album U redu je (It’s All Right).The  Life Achievement award this year will go to late singer Vinko Coce, while Filip Dizdar, Sara Renar and band Silente are competing in the new talent category. The Porin award ceremony will take place on June 27 in Hypo Event Centre in Zagreb.

Ultra Europe Announce More Acts for Split and Hvar

UltraUltra Europe organisers have announced on Wednesday the second wave of acts for this year’s festival which will be held in Split and Hvar from 11-14 July…

Above and Beyond, Alesso, Disclosure, Example, Knife Party, Marco Carola, Paul Kalkbrenner, Paul Van Dyk, Showtek Music, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki and more were named as headline acts today, and will join world-class DJ’s Tiësto, Hardwell, Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Fedde Le Grand, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero and W&W at the 4-day bash which is expected to attract more than 80,000 people. Tickets for this year’s festival can be obtained here (pic: Ultra)

Jadrolinija Bring Back Rijeka-Dubrovnik Service

JadrolinijaCroatia’s state-owned ferry company Jadrolinija have announced ahead of this year’s tourist season that it will once again bring back its ferry service which travels the length of the Croatian coast…

After announcing last year that the route from Rijeka in the north to Dubrovnik in the deep south would be cancelled,  authorities have made a u-turn just weeks before the start of the new season.

“Jadrolinija’s boat ‘Liburnija’ will again take passengers and vehicles again this summer from Kvarner to the deep south of Croatia. Jadrolinja will start to sell tickets and increase promotion for the Rijeka to Dubrovnik route. The route will begin at the start of June and run until the end of September and will operate twice weekly, leaving Rijeka on Monday’s and Friday’s, and Dubrovnik on Thursday’s and Sunday’s,” said the statement. (pic: Jadrolinija)

WORLD CUP: Croatia v Brazil and Mexico Sold Out

Croatia (24)Croatian football fans still wanting to go see their side play Brazil and Mexico at this year’s World Cup in Brazil are out of luck, after FIFA announced on Tuesday that the two matches had now been sold out…

FIFA have said that after just five hours of tickets going on sale in the final phase online yesterday, that tickets were available for only 20 of the 64 matches. Both Croatia versus Brazil, which will open the World Cup on 12 June, and Croatia versus Mexico had sold out. There were still tickets available for Croatia’s other group match against Cameroon.

The matches which attracted the highest demand, and the quickest to sell out were; Croatia-Brazil,  Mexico-Cameroon, England-Italy, Argentina-Bosnia, Brazil-Mexico, Spain-Chile, Cameroon-Brazil, Croatia-Mexico, Australia-Spain, and the final. FIFA said Brazilian citizens had purchased 63 percent of the tickets (80,496) on Tuesday, followed by fans from the United States, Colombia, Argentina, Germany, Mexico, France, England, Chile and Australia.

2014 Croatian Summer Film Festival Guide

BacviceThis summer Croatia will not just be about music festivals (you can check out our 2014 Croatian summer music festival guide here) but a host of exciting film festivals will be going on up and down the country. Check out our summer film festival guide below to see what is going on in Croatia over the summer…

Mediterranean Film Festival Split, 6 – 14 June 2014
+ CINEMA MEDITERRANEAN – Makarska, Omiš, Trogir, Šibenik, Komiža, Bol, Lastovo, Silba, Imotski, Korčula, Blato, Hvar, Stari Grad, Vis, 22 June – 29 August 2014

Mediterranean Film Festival Split has become one of the best and most popular cultural events on the Adriatic and its positive spirit has been recognized by more than 40.000 visitors in the last 6 years. The reason are films from the Mediterranean region and their regional and Croatian premieres in Split since they cannot be seen in regular cinema distribution. But the smell of hundred year old pines and the sound of the sea, the center of the beautiful UNESCO city, sandy beach and smiling faces having a good time…all that is a bonus during the eight days of the festival.

Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival – Zagreb, 27 June – 5 July 2014

Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival brings special cinematic treats to all film buffs and fantasy fans. In nine days of the Festival, fans of fantasy and related genres – science fiction, horror, thriller, mystery, experimental etc. will get to watch a number of intriguing and interesting films from both new and acknowledged authors.

Pula Film Festival – Pula, 12 – 26 July 2014

Long ago, in 1938, even before the establishment of the Cannes Film Festival, a well visited first film revue took place in the Pula Arena and since 1953 Pula has established itself as a place where you can enjoy the film under the starry sky. London newspaper The Guardian in 2005 wrote that Pula is “one of the three most spectacular open-air festivals in Europe”. Its National & Popular programme, opening and award ceremonies are traditionally held in ancient Vespasian’s Amphitheatre (constructed in the mid-1st century B.C), popularly called Arena, that in summer becomes one of the biggest open-air cinemas in the world (along with Locarno and Taormina). European Programme usually hosts a feast of cinematic delicacies from around the world, while the National Programme, thanks to which Pula proudly holds the title of the oldest film festival in the world, expects to present more than a dozen Croatian titles.

Supetar Super Film Festival – Supetar (Brač), 15 – 19 July 2014

This summer will be the 6th edition of the SSFF – festival of European contemporary documentary films. After Scotland, Sweden, Czech Republic and Serbia have all been partner countries with this young festival, it is expected that this year will once again be a great week of film, concerts and workshops on the beautiful island of Brač.

Motovun Film Festival – Motovun, 26 – 30 July 2014

Motovun Film Festival takes place in a picturesque medieval  town situated in a fort 270 m above sea level. A five-day film marathon with evening outdoor screenings and daily screenings in theatres. Festival program consists of around 70 titles from all over the world, from documentaries to feature films, from shorts to long forms, from guerilla made films to co-productions. Motovun is one of the most popular Croatian festivals and summer destinations.

Supertoon – International Animation Festival, 27 July – 1 August 2014

After the first two years being held on the island of Brac, last year’s edition of Supertoon – International Animation Festival has moved to the beautiful coastal town of Sibenik.  Supertoon is definitely going to add some flavour to an already rich summer season in Sibenik. Supertoon is known for showcasing recent short animated films for adults and for kids and especially for its carefully curated music video selection programme – Supertoon Supertunes. Last years festival’s tagline was Festival in Flip – Flops.

Postira Seaside Festival – Postira (Brač), TBA

The Postira Seaside Film Festival is organized by a small group of enthusiasts gathered in the assosiations “LANTERNA MAGICA” and “UNIKAT”, who are trying to further cultural life in their little village to make life better for it´s inhabitants (especially the young). The festival takes place in the old town square of the picturesque village Postira on the island of Brac. Laid back and definitely fun!

Starigrad Paklenica International Music Documentary Film Festival – Starigrad, 2 – 7 August 2014

Since its first edition in the year 2010, the SPFF has had a very clearly defined program, two competition categories, the feature film category and the short music documentary category. Apart from being presented with about 30 attractive titles in all the categories, the audience has always had the chance to enjoy great musical evenings following the film screenings, with the performances from big national and international music names. Previous editions of the SPFF have also been the site of some international, but mostly Croatian film premieres.

Opuzen Film Festival – Opuzen, 18 – 23 August 2014

As OFF’s visitors believed that the festival was are creating a special sort of „zen“ in Opuzen for the past few years, last year the organizers decided to take a simple, but also unusual slogan „’op u Zen“, meaning to jump in Zen. This special type of Zen has an emphasis on different philosophical and artistic view of the European film.

Vukovar Film Festival – Vukovar, 18 – 24 August 2014

Vukovar Film Festival – Danube Region Film Festival  is a one week manifestiation whose rich programme selection includes winners of the world’s largest film festivals. It takes place on several locations in Vukovar. Evening screenings take place on the Terrace of the Agency for Waterways and the beautiful park of Eltz Castle, while standard day – time screening locations are Ruzicka’s house, Cinema Borovo and a summer getaway place Danubian Sand Island “Ada”.

Avvantura Festival – FilmForumZadar – Zadar, 23 – 29 August 2014

Avvantura Festival – FilmForumZadar is the first international film festival being focused on European Co-Productions and is taking place in Zadar during the last week of August. It’s also the first international film festival in Zadar gathering not only the cinema audience during the film projections but also the professionals participating at the creative Film Forum. “This is the most beautiful sunset in the world” – said Alfred Hitchcock, delighted during the staying in Zadar. The organizers believe that the new generations have the great opportunity to show that Zadar disposes of more than just perfect geographic position on the Adriatic sea along with the beautiful landscapes perfect for the film sets.

Liburnia Film Festival, Ičići (Opatija), 26 – 30 August 2014

Liburnia Film Festival is the first documentary film festival in Croatia and the only festival screening only the latest in Croatian documentaries. This open air documentary film festival is held every year in August and has built up a reputation for showing quality documentaries in a stunning setting with a relaxed atmosphere.

Kinookus Food Film Festival – Ston, 3 – 7 September 2014

The Kinookus Food Film Festival takes place in Ston (Croatia) every September. The area around Ston (Dubrovnik-Neretva County) is renowned for the cultivation of shellfish, superb wines and olive oil. By bringing the seventh art back into the open public spaces of Ston, the Kinookus organizers wish to give their support to the ongoing efforts of the local community and civic associations to revive and preserve the unique spirit of this magical place.

Trash Film Festival – Varaždin, 11 – 13 September 2014

Trash Film Festival is a festival of low-budget action movies. Trash Film Festival is much more than just a review – it is a large glam-trash event in which all present play role; guests, organizers, performers and contestants. Great care is taken to organize concerts, kitsch parties and red carpet events. On the final evening, the festival award Golden Chainsaw is given to the best movies.

Split Film Festival – International Festival of New Film – Split, 13 – 20 September 2014

Split Film Festival – International Festival of New Film takes place every year in an ancient town on the Adriatic coast. It showcases new, innovative, personal, experimental, radical, subversive works (film, video, new media) of all genres and lenghts, preferably from outside the mainstream, whether it was made on a shoe string budget, or is a studio release.

2014 Croatian Summer Music Festival Guide

CroatiaThe summer music festival season is nearly here, and Croatia Week have put together a guide to help you plan ahead for what is set to be sensational season of sun, sea, fun and music, confirming Croatia as Europe’s number one music festival destination…

Umagination – Poreč, 23 – 25 May 2014    
Lineup: Techno Sonntag, Barks, Rodriguez Jr, Mc Bam, Animal Trainer, Crazy Sonic, Kollektiv Turstrasse live, Cher Monsieur and more
Web: lighthousefestival.tv
Facebook: facebook.com/lighthousefestival
Twitter: twitter.com/LighthouseCRO

Underwall – Zadar, 06-08 June 2014
Lineup: Agharti, Blaze Bayley, Doomas, Formal Charge, Free ride, Primitai, Sinister and more
Web: underwallfestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/UnderwallFestival
Twitter: twitter.com/UnderwallFest

FOR festival – Hvar, 19 – 23 June 2014
Lineup: Neneh Cherry, Haim sisters, Temples, Erlend Øye, Vampire, Darkside, Klaxons, Mark Ronson, Erol Alkan, Factory Floor, Movement and more
Web: for-festival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/for.festival
Twitter: twitter.com/F_O_R_

Summer Sensual Days -  Rovinj,     20 – 22 June 2014
Lineup: Afro Latin Connection, Albir and Carola, Dado and Conny and more
Web: summersensual.com
Facebook: facebook.com/seasunsexy

INmusic Festival – Zagreb 23 – 25 June 2014
Lineup: The Black Keys, MGMT , Pixies, Flogging Molly and more
Web: inmusicfestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/INmusic.festival
Twitter: twitter.com/INmusicfestival‎

Croatian Salsa Festival – Rovinj, 23 – 30 June 2014
Lineup: Maykel Fonts, Eddie Torres and Shani Talmor, Valdes and Panagi and more
Web: crosalsafestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/crosalsafestival
Twitter: twitter.com/SeaSunSalsa

Hideout Festival – Zrće / Pag, 30 June – 4 July 2014
Lineup: Disclosure, Rudimental, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Solomun Maceo Plex, Andy C, Skream, Tale of Us and more
Web: hideoutfestival.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/hideoutfestival
Twitter: twitter.com/hideoutfestival‎

The Garden Festival – Tisno, 02 – 09 July 2014
Lineup: Genius of Time, Kink, Quantic Live, Session Victim, Seven Davis Jr, Adam Shelton, AWP & Deck, Tiago, Leftfoot, and more
Web: thegardenfestival.eu
Facebook: facebook.com/thegardenfestival
Twitter: twitter.com/gardenfestival‎

Spring Break – Zrće / Pag, 05 – 07 July 2014
Lineup: TBA
Web: croatiaspringbreak.com
Facebook: facebook.com/CroatiaSpringBreakOfficial
Twitter: twitter.com/eurospringbreak

Electric Elephant – Tisno, 10 – 14 July 2014
Lineup: Tom Findlay (Groove Armada), Derrick May, Simon Mobile Disco, Chez Damier, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Monk, The Emperor Machine and more
Web: electricelephant.co.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/electricelephantfestival
Twitter: twitter.com/electricelephan

Ultra Europe – Split / Hvar, 11 – 14 July 2014
Lineup:  Armin Van Buuren, Fedde Legrand, AVICII, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Steve Aoki, Afrojack and more
Web: ultraeurope.com
Facebook: facebook.com/UltraEurope
Twitter: twitter.com/ULTRAEurope

HTC Day & Night – Zrće / Pag, 14 – 18 July 2014
Lineup: DJ Nicky Romero, Tommy Trash, Showtek, Alvaro and more
Web: papaya.com.hr
Facebook: facebook.com/papaya.club.zrce

Momento Demento – Primislje, 15 – 21 July 2014
Web
: modemfestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/momento.demento.psytrance

Soundwave – Tisno, 17 – 21 July 2014
Lineup:  Fat Freddy’s Drop, Madlib (DJ Set), Mr Scruff, Gold Panda, Huey Morgan, Dele Sosimi, The Bug, Jonwayne and more…
Web: soundwavecroatia.com
Facebook: facebook.com/soundwavecroatia
Twitter: twitter.com/soundwavecro

Seasplash Festival – Pula, 17 – 21 July 2014
Lineup: TBA
Web: seasplash-festival.com/hr
Facebook: facebook.com/seasplash.festival
Twitter: twitter.com/Seasplash_Hr

Lost Theory – Gračac / Deringaj, 22 – 28 July 2014
Lineup: Ajja, Braincell, E-Mantra, Hutti Heita, Krumelur, Laughing Buddha, Loopus in Fabula Nervasystem, Ocelot, Zoolog and more
Web: losttheoryfestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/LostTheoryFestivalCroatia
Twitter: twitter.com/LostTheoryFestt

Fresh Island – Zrće / Pag, 23 – 25 July 2014
Lineup: DMX, Crux Soundsystem, Kontrafakt, Pusha T, Method Man & Redman, DJ Wich and more
Web: fresh-island.org
Facebook: facebook.com/FreshIslandFestival
Twitter: twitter.com/freshislandfest

Suncebeat – Tisno, 23 – 30 July 2014
Lineup: Lonnie Liston Smith, Kerri Chandler, Rich Medina, Ron Trent and more
Web: suncebeat.com
Twitter: twitter.com/SUNCEBEAT

Loveweek Festival – Zrće / Pag, 26 July – 02 August 2014
Lineup: Robin Schultz, THePETEBOX, The Sexinvaders, Tube & Berger
Web: loveweekfestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/loveweekfestivaleurope
Twitter: twitter.com/Loveweek_zrce

Stop Making Sense – Tisno, 31 July – 03 August 2014
Lineup: Anja Schneider, Gerd Janson, Harri & Domenic, Hunee, Kiwi, Leon Vynehall and more
Web: stopmakingsense.eu
Facebook: facebook.com/stopmakingsensefestival
Twitter: twitter.com/Stopmak1ngsense

Bačvice Beach Festival – Split, 01 – 02 August 2014
Lineup: Dave Clarke & TBA
Web: bacvicebeachfestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/BacviceBeachFestival

Ferragosto Jam – Jezero, Orahovica, 02 – 04 August 2014
Lineup: TBA
Web: dostavazvuka.com/p/blog-page.html
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Ferragosto-Jam/237870746291514

Electrobeach Croatia – Zrće / Pag, 04 – 07 August 2014
Lineup: Bingo Players & TBA
Web: https://papaya.com.hr/festivals/13-electrobeach-croatia
Facebook: facebook.com/papaya.club.zrce

Barrakud – Zrće / Pag, 09 – 16 August 2014
Lineup: Paul Kalkbrenner, Sven Väth, Dubfire, Adam Beyer, Art Department, Fernando Costatini and more
Web: barrakud.com
Facebook: facebook.com/barrakud
Twitter: twitter.com/BARRAKUDevents

Pannonian Challenge – Osijek, 13 – 17 August 2014
Lineup: TBA
Web: 2013.pannonian.hr
Facebook: facebook.com/pannonian
Twitter: twitter.com/pannonian

Sonus – Zrće / Pag, 18 – 22 August 2014
Lineup: Chris Liebing, Dixon, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Luciano, Marco Carola, Ricardo Villalobos and more
Web: sonus-festival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sonusfestival
Twitter: twitter.com/sonus_festival‎

Dimensions Festival – Pula, 27 – 31 August 2014
Lineup: Caribou Darkside, Jon Hopkins, Roy Ayers, Moodymann, Theo Parrish, Gilles Peterson, Mala and more
Web: dimensionsfestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/DimensionsFestival
Twitter: twitter.com/Dimensions_Fest

Outlook Festival – Pula, 03 – 07 September 2014
Lineup
: Ms Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Barrington Levy, DJ Premier, Jah Shaka, Friction, Andy C, Moodymann and more
Web: outlookfestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/outlookfestival
Twitter: twitter.com/OutlookFestival

Unknown – Rovinj, 08 – 09 September 2014
Lineup: Chic Ft. Nile Rodgers, Chrvches, Clean Bandit, Forest Swords, Jamie XX, Moderat, Ten Walls, London Grammar and more
Web: unknowncroatia.com
Facebook: facebook.com/unknowncroatia
Twitter: twitter.com/UnknownCroatia

Dalmatia to Hold Referendum on Independence from Croatia

referendum picWith Crimeans recently voting in a referendum to break away from the Ukraine and join Russia, Scotland set to have a referendum to become independent from the United Kingdom, and the Catalonians about to hold a referendum on independence from Spain, the region of Dalmatia have followed suit this week, by officially seeking to set a referendum date for independence from Croatia…

The majority of those residing in the region of Dalmatia, which stretches along Croatia’s spectacular central and southern Adriatic coast, are Dalmatian. Over history, Dalmatia has been ruled over by a number of regimes, from the Ottoman, Venetian and Roman empires – to Yugoslavia, and today Croatia. The Dalmatian people have become increasingly disgruntled with the current regime and centralised power, and want to stop ‘sending their tax income generated from toursim to Zagreb to line the political bureaucrat’s pockets in the capital’ while the people in Dalmatia suffer and struggle to feed their families. Currently tourism income generated from the region of Dalmatia makes up nearly 25% of Croatia’s total GDP.

Flag and coat of arms of Dalmatia

Flag and coat of arms of Dalmatia

An article under the UN and European Convention on Human Rights states that regions heavily populated by one ethnic group can seek to hold a referendum on the status of independence. The article states that a 75% majority in the referendum is required for it to be successful and officially recognised. The proposed date for the referendum on Dalmatia’s independence is 31 November 2014. Political parties in Zagreb however, are moving fast to set up campaigns to promote the status quo, as they have a lot at stake.

Josipović, a Dalmatian, reportedly supporting the move

Josipović, a Dalmatian, reportedly supporting the move

Current Croatian President Ivo Josipović, who is a Dalmatian himself,  has reportedly supported the referendum proposal. If the referendum is successful, Josipović, who is originally from Baška Voda on the Dalmatian coast, may run for the Dalmatian presidency. The EU however have warned Dalmatian authorities that independence from Croatia would not trigger automatic entry into the EU for its citizens.

Dalmatian music legends Oliver Dragojević and Mišo Kovač

Dalmatian music legends Oliver Dragojević and Mišo Kovač

One high-ranking Dalmatian official said that in the likelihood of the referendum being successful, the region would be forced to drop the current Kuna currency. Digital currency Bitcoin is believed to be a likely contender for the new currency. Famous Dalmatian singers Miso Kovač and Oliver Dragojević have agreed to perform a free concert at Split’s Poljud stadium in May to celebrate the declaration of independence.

4th Century map showing what Dalmatia once was

4th Century map showing what Dalmatia once was

 

Croatia’s War Veterans Minister with Angelina Jolie in Sarajevo

TwitterCroatia’s War Veterans Minister Fred Matić, who is in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina where he is attending a conference on sexual violence in war, has used the opportunity to take a photo with Hollywood star Angelina Jolie…

Jolie arrived in Sarajevo on Friday with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to take part in the conference. More than 20,000 women were raped during the Bosnian conflict, and in 2011 Jolie directed the film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which dealt with the issues of war crimes and violence against women during Bosnia’s war. (pic: vlada/twitter)

Meet the Croat Designing Neymar and Ibrahimović’s Boots

DenisHe plays Playstation with some of the biggest football stars in the world at their hotels before big matches, and helps the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and Zlatan Ibrahimović express themselves, meet 39-year-old Croat Denis Deković...

Deković, who was born in the Croatian seaside town of Poreč, is the director of design for Nike Football, and the man in charge of designing boots for the world’s top players. The nature of Deković’s job means he spends a lot of time with the stars of the game.

“We really spend a lot of time with players, we build those relationships, like we spend times playing Playstation at the hotels before games with the Brazilians. You really need to spend time with them, to build those strong relationships so that the player opens up to you. I have spent the most time with Zlatan and Matterazzi, but my favourite is Neymar. He was just as interested in working with us as we were with him.” said Deković, who has been at Nike since 2005 and the director of design since 2010.

Denis' good mate Neymar with his Nike boot

Denis’ good mate Neymar with his Nike boot

Deković says a lot of thought, detail and work goes into designing a new boot, with experts in Italy and Asia helping with everything from material to colour and style. As a result, Deković says there are lots of people who now collect football boots, as they not only have become a boot, but a cool, design object. Deković says with the players having no say in the strip they wear, boots are a way a player can express himself and his style on the football pitch.

Deković, who was a keen drawer ever since he was a school kid in Croatia, says he gets inspiration from a number of things, but says that the energy of the Brazilian players gives him energy to be creative. Deković moved from Croatia at the age of 19 to take up a job with Italian sportswear company Lotto, before taking up a job with Nike in Portland, USA, where he is based today.

New Croatia Kit Presented in Zagreb

CroatiaMario Manđžukić and Mateo Kovačić swapped the football pitch for the runway when they modelled the new Croatia football kit in Zagreb on Sunday…

The design from Nike was inspired by Croatia’s first ever kit which it wore in its first ever match against the USA in Zagreb in October of 1990. The major differences with the new kit compared to the last one is that the new one is a lot ‘redder’, especially on the sleeves, and each shirt will have the message ‘Budi ponosan’ (be proud) on the inside of the shirt.

“We are a small but proud country. The words ‘Budi ponosan’ will remind us each time that all of Croatia is watching us and supporting us with all their hearts. It is extra motivation to work hard,” said Mandžukić at Sunday’s unveiling. See more pics of the new kit here.