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60 Seconds With…Nina Badrić

nbShe has won multiple Porin Music Awards, Croatia’s version of the Grammy’s, including Song and Album of the Year, has represented Croatia at the Eurovision song contest, and is one of the most recognisable pop stars in Croatia and the region today. Croatia Week caught up with Nina Badrić for the latest edition of ’60 Seconds With…’

When did you first start singing?

I was nine years old. It was in chorus “Zvjezdice” here in Zagreb. That was beautiful experience for me, and first steps on stage.

Who was your favourite singer growing up?

That was for sure in first place Whitney Houston. She was a tremendously good singer. But beside her, I loved, and still do love, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, George Benson etc.

Which concert is your most memorable you have played?

There are a few concerts that I will never forget. My first big concert was in Sarajevo in 2001., and my last big one, actually the biggest concert, was in Sarajevo, in front of 18.000 people. But I’ll always remember my first big concert in my hometown Zagreb, that was 14.02.2005, and so many more concerts all over the Ex Yugoslavia and Europe.

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Favourite venue you have sung at?

For sure the favourite venue I sing every year is “Runjiceve veceri” in Split, such a beautiful event. Every year I’m looking forward to it.

Where would you love to sing at?

Oh, there are a lot of places I would love to play at it, such as Parisian Olympia or Albert Hall in London. But we’ll have to wait for it.  : )

Favourite place in Croatia?

For sure, Dubrovnik. I love Dubrovnik. I’m going every year a few times there. Now I have a lot of friends there and I always have good time there with them.

Favourite restaurant in Croatia?

There is a lot of nice restaurants all over the Croatia, in Zagreb I love. And for example in Dubrovnik, last time I discovered a nice place with nice food called “Pantarul”.

How do you relax away from singing?

I have my oasis on the island of Hvar in Croatia, and every free day I spend there. I love the seaside, and then I’m relaxed there.

The beautiful island of Hvar

The beautiful island of Hvar

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you travel to?

Paris is always a good idea. Such as New York. : )

What exciting things do you have coming up?

I’m making some new songs, my new album will be out next year, so I’m concentrated on it.

Nina2What would you be doing if you were not a singer?

Do not know. Thanks God for this gift. I’m one of the luckiest persons, cause I work what I like.

Do you have any advice for any youngsters out there who want to become a singer?

To believe in yourself, and when others say that something is not possible, never give up.

‘Nobody’s Child’ Opens 12th Zagreb Film Festival

CroatiaThe 12th edition of the Zagreb Film Festival has opened in the Croatian capital on Sunday night with the screening of award-winning film Nobody’s Child…

A packed out Kino Europa cinema in Zagreb was treated to the first screening in Croatia of the triple laureate of Venice Critics Week – Nobody’s Child – by Serbian filmmaker Vuk Ršumović. The film is based on the true story about the wild boy from Travnik, Bosnia-Herzegovina who was found in Bosnian mountains in 1988. The film is a Serbian-Croatian co-production. The co-producer is Ankica Jurić Tilić and the original score was composed by Pavo Miholjević and Jure Ferina of Croatian band Svadbas.

Zagreb Film Festival closes on 26 October after screening over 100 films in 12 various programmes. Around 100 directors, actors, producers and filmmakers from across the world have descended on Zagreb for the festival. Check out the full programme here.

[VIDEO] Top 5 Biggest Croatian Music Hits of All Time

CroatiaIn Croatia there have been over 11 million songs recorded up until today, but what have been the biggest hits? Last night RTL television show ‘Croatian Number One’ counted down to the most successful Croatian hit of all time. Here is the top 5:

5. Danijel Popović – “Džuli” (1983)

4. Prljavo kazalište – “Mojoj majci (Ruža hrvatska)” (1988)

3. Ivo Robić & Zdenka Vučković – “Mala djevojčica (Tata kupi mi auto)” (1958)

2. Mišo Kovač – “Proplakat će zora” (1971)

1. Oliver Dragojević – “Cesarica”

One-Stop-Shop for Tickets in Croatia Launches

CroatiaA new ‘one-stop-shop’ for those looking to purchase tickets to tourism attractions and more in Croatia has just launched…

Croatia Tickets® is a new online ticketing service which sells tickets for tourist attractions, museums, national parks, and nature reserves, cultural, entertainment and sporting events, tickets for trips on various carriers including ferries, travel packages, excursions and much more. In addition to the sales service, Croatia Tickets® provides users with interesting and useful information about tourist destinations, thus presenting at the same time an influential promotional channel for Croatian tourist offer.

Croatia Tickets® is owned by long-running daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, who are part of the EPH group.

Unique Croatian Lighting Project Leads Voting in People’s Choice Award

CroatiaA unique project at Uljanik, one of the oldest working shipyards in the world, in Pula, is currently leading voting in The City.People.Light People’s Choice Award…

The Croatian project, which is ahead in the voting for the award which rewards urban lighting projects that rehumanize the urban space through light and exploring ways to maximize sustainability and improve the livability in the city, sees 8 majestic cranes are bathed in LED light programmed for 16,000 different variations in color and intensity, creating a dynamic sculpture in the nightscape of Pula’s seafront. Projects from nations such as Germany, Argentina, New Zealand and Turkey are in the race, but its Uljanik currently out in front.

Croatia Week is happy to put our support behind Pula in this endeavour, and encourage all of our readers to cast their vote in support of Istria’s largest city. You can cast your vote here.

Nescafé’s Croatia Marketing Campaign Grabs Attention

CroatiaProduct marketing has come a long way in the last decade with the take-off of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter…

Companies are having to think more and more outside the square to grab the attention of would-be customers today due to information overload. One campaign which did manage to grab attention was global coffee brand Nescafé’s recent marketing in Croatia.

Nescafé engaged Drap advertising agency in Croatia, and together they came up with the campaign which saw 1,000 of Nescafé’s iconic red mugs locked along bridges and benches in Croatia’s two largest cities – Zagreb and Split. The mugs, much like the ‘love locking’ padlock trend on bridges around the world, were locked with a bicycle lock which had a 4-digit code. When the public came across a mug, they just had to connect with Nescafé on Facebook to receive the code to unlock the mug. After getting hold of the free mug, they could then take it to the one of many scattered Nescafé stands located around town to get a free cup of coffee and another free mug they could share with a friend.

Internationally Acclaimed Stand-Up Daniel Sloss to Perform in Zagreb

Daniel Sloss, Bloomsbury Theatre, 26-10-12 © Jill FScottish comedian Daniel Sloss, who made his name by performing live and on television whilst still in his teens, is coming to entertain Zagreb…

Sloss, who was the first stand-up comedian to perform on the Paul O’Grady Show in the UK and the youngest comedian to perform a solo season in London’s West End, will be live at the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall on 15 November, courtesy of London Calling Comedy.

Sloss started his stand-up career at the age of 16, and in 2008 when he was 17 he was one of the youngest finalists in Britain’s comedy show “So You Think You’re Funny?” At the age of 19 Sloss was commissioned by the BBC for the sitcom pilot The Adventures of Daniel.

The gig starts at 8pm and you can book tickets here.

The Cover Story by Silvana Menđušić to Hit Cinemas

1A young woman and actress in search of her own identity outside the world of false glamour and images that the media portray, finally decided to do something important, not for others, but for herself. The film captures the moments she makes the decision…

Zagreb, 6 October - On Saturday 11 October the documentary film ‘Naslovnica’ by Silvana Menđušić will begin screenings at Zagreb cinemas. The film from 11 October will play at Dokukino (KIC), on 12 October at Metropolis (MSU), and at Art kino Grič on 13 October. After Zagreb, the film will play at independent cinemas until the end of October in a number of cities in Croatia.

Naslovnica was made over two years in Split, and records a series of moments in the life of the young actress Dolores Lambaša who died tragically in a car accident in 2013. In 2013 Croatia entered its fifth year of recession, unemployment had reached record highs, the nation joined the EU, and the constitutional definition of marriage was decided by a conservative majority. In that year, despite all the events, the most read news article on Croatian portals was about her death.

Moving between reality and fiction, the camera records rare candid moments in which the playful young woman and talented actress, which strongly wished that the public liked her, talks about her own fears and expectations, and discusses her intense relationship with the media and the decision to make a change.

In one rather ugly dialogue in the film, faced with the question whether or not she could even go out and hold three hundred people attentive for an hour, Dolores does not reply. This movie presents the effort the team of authors made to show that she can do it, and that she will have the possibility to flourish one last time on the big screen.

The film premiered in February 2014 at ZagrebDox, with the public reaction highly emotional, and also played during the summer at the Liburnia Film Festival u Ičići, where is was also warmly received.

Screening schedule / Zagreb:

Dokukino (KIC)
Saturday, 11.10.2014 at 19:00 (includes chat with the director)
Sunday, 12.10.2014 at 21:00
Thursday, 16.10.2014 at 21:00
Saturday, 18.10.2014 u 19:00

Metropolis (MSU)
Sunday, 12.10.2014 at 18:00

Art kino Grič
Monday, 13.10.2014 at 20:00

NASLOVNICA teaser from Studio dim on Vimeo.

NASLOVNICA – teaser 2 from Studio dim on Vimeo.

Danish Royal Couple to Visit 12th Zagreb Film Festival

CroatiaDanish cinema is one of the most acclaimed cinemas in the world today. The films by Susanne Bier, Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Nicolas Winding Refn and Niels Arden Oplev are among the most distinctive Danish export products. Every bit as good as them are brilliant Danish children’s films and TV series. The main and side programmes of the 12th Zagreb Film Festival include as many as 15 Danish films and several events within this year’s Industry programme have been organized in order to enable exchange of ideas and experience between Croatian and Danish filmmakers. In our Danes Go South programme, the crew of the Danish-Croatian film Itsi-Bitsi will share the experience they had on Croatian locations. Also, the acclaimed Danish documentary filmmaker Jørgen Leth is coming to Zagreb.

It is an exceptional honor to announce that Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark will be joining us to greet the screening of Danish films and exchange of ideas with Danish film professionals. They will visit ZFF as part of their official visit to the Republic of Croatia. Danish Royal Couple will enhance the screening of the film Itsi-Bitsi by Danish filmmaker Ole Christian Madsen, taking place in Cinema Europa on Wednesday, 22 October.

The Industry programme Danes Go South includes Case study: the Making of Itsi-Bitsi in Croatia and the seminar Film Funds in Denmark and Croatia. The feature-length film Itsi-Bitsi is a biopic about Eik Skaløe, a prominent Danish activist, poet and musician. It comes to Croatia after its world premiere in Toronto. This Danish-Croatian co-production was almost entirely shot on location in Croatia. Director Ole Christian Madsen, producer Lars Bredo Rahbek and co-producer Igor A. Nola will be discussing the strengths and challenges that film professionals face in such type of co-operations.

The participants of the seminar Film Funds in Denmark and Croatia will be exploring the functioning of such funds in Denmark and Croatia in order to strengthen the co-operation between two countries. The participants will include Director of Copenhagen-based Film Fund Thomas Gammeltoft, Filmby Århus Fund Director Carsten Holst, producer Tivi Magnusson and Director of Croatian Audiovisual Center Hrvoje Hribar.

Danish filmmaker, poet and sports commentator Jørgen Leth will hold a masterclass on the interrelation between poetry, filmmaking and sports, also as part of our Industry programme. Leth is one of the leading figures of Danish and world documentary film. Since 1960s he has made more than thirty films: from portrayals of various artists to impressionist, poetical depictions of life in China, Haiti and US to documenting of sporting events. He is best known by his 1967 experimental documentary film The Perfect Human. The said film was used as the starting point of the famous experimental film Five Obstructions (2003), co-directed by Leith and Lars von Trier.

This year’s Best Short Film Oscar winner will also be shown in the main programme outside competition programme. It is the Danish film Helium, a moving story about the relationship between a dying boy and his nursing attendant. It takes us to Helium, a magic world of deep sleep where happiness reigns. Producers Tivi Magnusson and Kim Magnusson will accompany the director Anders Walter Hansen as festival guests.

As Denmark’s national agency for film and cinema culture, Danish Film Institute invests as much as one-fourth of its overall funds to production of children’s films. As adaptations of children’s literature hits are particularly stimulated, the Danes boast an excellent offer for the youngest film lovers. The entire this year’s ZFF children’s programme is dedicated to Danish children’s films. Our Bib for Kids programme (in Cinema Europa and Museum of Contemporary Art) presents nine Danish films. We can single out here the famous children’s 1949 classic Pale Alone In The World (directed by Astrid Henning-Jensen), Max Pinling (by Lotte Svendssen), whose protagonist has been dubbed ‘Danish child version of Woody Allen’, and The Substitute, a children’s film with elements of horror, directed by Ole Bornedal and starring Paprika Steen.

The above mentioned programmes have been realized in co-operation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark, Danish Film Institute, Croatian Audiovisual Center, Danish Ministry of Culture and Danish Foreign Ministry.

[VIDEO] British Pickup Artist’s 9-Minute Advice for Croatia

A self-proclaimed British ‘pickup artist’, who says he has been studying the ‘game’ since 2005, has produced a 9-minute video clip advising blokes how to win over the ladies in Croatia…

Eddie Hitchens, who is the founder of the website Street Attraction, which coaches men on all things connected with women, has just returned from Croatia and has decided to give his readers advice on ‘the country, the girls, the game, and how to get laid there’.

“Croatian girls are hot. They are generally tall and slim with light olive skin, brown eyes and brunette hair, but there some blue-eyed blondes. Most are feminine and sexy and outshone the tourists. You will quiet a few rejections so you will need to increase your approach rate,” Hitchens started off saying in the video. Watch the full clip below.