Just under two weeks after announcing that American alternative rock band Pixies will perform at the 9th INmusic Festival in Croatia, organisers on Wednesday revealed another headline act for the June festival of music…
American rock band The Black Keys will play at INmusic, which will be held at Zagreb’s Lake Jarun from 23-25 June. The Black Keys, who formed in 2001, got their commercial breakthrough came in 2010 with Brothers, which along with its popular single “Tighten Up”, won three Grammy Awards. Their 2011 follow-up El Camino received strong reviews and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, leading to the first arena concert tour of the band’s career, the El Camino Tour. The album and its hit single “Lonely Boy” won three Grammy Awards.
Ever wondered what it would be like to play at Hajduk Split’s famous Poljud Stadium? Now you can see what the players see by take a virtual tour from the pitch, and also other parts of the stadium after the club launched the latest virtual tour on their official website on Wednesday. Take a walk on the ground…the east, south, west and north stands..the press room, fan shop, VIP area and more, accompanied by some soothing Dalmatian music…by clicking here.
A project in Croatia which enables a collective community of people to garden a single piece of land, is starting to gather momentum…
The Community Garden project, which started last year in the northern city of Varaždin, has now spread to the capital Zagreb this, with 665 residents receiving their own 50m² plot of land where they can garden and plant vegetables, herbs and flowers. This week the 5th Gradski vrt project opened in the Zagreb suburb of Trnje, with 57 contracts given out by Mayor Milan Bandić.
“It is our wish that this year and next year, that we allocate about 2,000 plots, so that all those interested can get their own little garden,” said Bandić.
Seven Croats, including two women, are among over 200,000 people who have applied to take part in a one-way mission to Mars, an expedition to the red planet organised by Dutch company Mars One…
The Dutch company plans to choose crew for a private mission which will become a reality TV show. Mars One will next year whittle the list down to a total of just over 30. The Mars One project aims to establish the first human settlement on the Red Planet by 2023.
26-year-old Marta Velnić is the youngest Croatian on the list. Velnić is currently studying linguistics in Norway. The oldest Croat on the list to go to Mars is 45-year-old amateur musician and photographer Denis Ivančić. Two Ivan’s, a Kira, Hinko and a Marko make up the others.
Members of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) political party will today lay wreaths and light candles at the grave site of the first Croatian President, the late Franjo Tuđman…
A mass will be held in Tuđman’s honour as the 14th anniversary of his death is marked. Tuđman became President in 1990 as HDZ won the first post-communist party elections and a year later he proclaimed Croatian independence. He remained in power until his death on 10 December 1999 at the age of 77.
Winter is slowly knocking on the door in Croatia, with the first batch of snow for the season in continental Croatia forecast for next week. Rain and falling temperatures for the rest of the week are expected in most inland parts of the country, with the heavy jackets and beanies expected to be needed early next week with the arrival of the first drop of snow on Monday. The Adriatic coast however will remain mild next week, with highs of around 20 degrees still forecast.
Snow in Zagreb on Monday (DHMZ)
A lot is made of the sporting rivalry in Croatia between the North and the South of the country, with the Hajduk Split/Dinamo Zagreb football derby probably demonstrating that the best.
On Saturday afternoon though Rugby players from Croatia’s North and South got to together in the name of charity.The North v South fundraising match was played at Zagreb’s Kranjčevićeva stadium in bright sunshine to help raise awareness and funds for the campaign to stop violence against women. The 10 kuna gate fee went to support the cause.
The match, which saw the North selection run out winners, also served as a trial match for the Croatian national team selectors who would name the Croatia squad for their upcoming matches against Switzerland in Split (2.11) and Malta way (9.11) after the match.
Croatia’s under-fire football coach Igor Stimac has told Nova TV in an interview on Saturday night that nobody will force him to resign from his position, and that he has no idea what the fuss is about as Croatia is still on track to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Earlier in the day Croatia’s top-selling daily newspaper 24sata ran a poll asking if Stimac should resign, with an overwhelming 97% saying they want the former TV pundit out. Stimac, however, was unfazed by the unanimous call for him to go.
“Believe me, I have no pressure at all on me. I was part of those who created the Croatian FA (and made them what they are today) and at worst I have reason to be calm and see out my mandate. Nobody will demand my resignation, especially at the time when we have guaranteed a play-off where we have two matches and the possibility of going on,” said Stimac.
Friday night’s loss to Belgium was the second in a row at Maksimir Stadium, which was once a fortress for Croatia, and more than 200 days since Croatia last won an official match. Stimac though, does not agree with pundits that his side are currently in a crisis.
“We have different thoughts when it comes to most of the game (v Belgium). Statistics confirm what I say, Croatia had more than 50% possession, and more than double the amount of shots on target. It is a fact that Croatia were brave and were hungry for victory,” Stimac said, who blamed individual errors as the only reason for the loss.
Every Friday Croatia Week will bring to you the Top 10 hits on the Music Charts in Croatia. The nation’s Top 10 is based on downloads by Croatia’s only national music channel CMC (Croatian Music Channel), and is released every Thursday night.
This week’s top 10 in Croatia:
1. Massimo – Suze nam stale na put
2. Opća Opasnost – Nenapisana stranica
3. Nina Badrić – Čežnja
4. Parni Valjak – Samo da znas
5. Hari Rončević – Ponovo znam
6. Oliver Dragojević - Moje lipo
7. Crvena Jabuka – Imam neke fore
8. Natalie Dizdar – Grijeh
9. Quasarr ft. Josipa Lisac – Ljubav
10. Detour – Srce veliko
London-based Croatian start-up company Bouxtie.com [bou - tai] have in record time captured the attention of the world’s leading retailers and investors thanks to its revolutionary application that lets you send and receive various gifts anywhere in the world via mobile phones and Internet sites.
“London city office have offered us investment grants amounting to £250,000 in order for us to start our project and stay in London, they enabled us to open our company in only three hours and helped find free office space. It’s really a great feeling to be part of such a system. In addition, we have so far received more than 500,000 euros investment from the Bank of New York in Luxembourg that supports companies like ours. The value of our company is currently estimated at 10 million euros, while the projected turnover for 2014 is around 180 million euros.” said Renato Librić, founder and CEO of Bouxtie.
The way Bouxtie works: You’re in Croatia and your friend in London knows that you have a birthday coming up so via the Bouxtie application they can select a country (eg. Croatia) and the city (eg. Zagreb) and one of nine categories (fashion, cosmetics, IT, sports, etc.). Then they can select one of the offered brands (eg. H & M, Zara, etc.). The gift will be received by the recipient on their mobile in the way of a personalised video message or text or email with a coupon that can be redeemed at any store in the world carrying the brand or gift sent.
Bouxtie.com’s quick success has seen its application make its way into the prestigious competition for the best start-up company that will take place at the upcoming Web Summit in Dublin from 30-31 October.