The Look Of The Year is one of the most important fashion competitions in the world, with more than 200 girls from over 40 countries taking part. The aim of the contest is to discover faces and launch them onto the international modelling scene. Sara continues the great run Croatian models have had at the competition in recent times. 18-year-old Zagreb model Kim Kosanović won The 2013 Look of the Year.
This year, for the second time, the Short Film Marathon takes place in Croatia, as an event paying homage to short film on 21 December, the shortest day of the year. The programmes take place in 29 cinemas across Croatia and two locations in Zagreb (ArtOmat and Advent on the European square).
The Short Film Marathon runs for three days. In addition to Sunday, 21 December, the cinema screenings are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, 19 and 20 December. This year’s cinema marathon features two children’s film programmes, and three programmes for grown-ups, including all genres – from animated to experimental. The programmes for grown-ups feature recent European and Croatian short titles. Therefore, the audience has a unique chance to see one of the Croatian films that won most awards this year, Una Gunjak’s The Chicken, on the big screen, as well as Boris Poljak’s Autofocus, the winner of Karlovy Vary festival. There is also a selection of European fiction and experimental films from Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France, also as a result of collaboration with Short Circuit.
A total of 66 films will be shown, including a large number of recent Croatian films garnering awards at important local and international festivals. Admission to all the screenings and events is free of charge. The screening schedule at 29 Croatian cinemas can be found here.
Last week Google published its YouTube Rewind of the most watch video clips for 2014. Pop singer Severina was hands down the Queen of YouTube in Croatia, taking the number 1 spot for the most watched clip in 2014. Google have now this week published its list of the most searched for people on Google in Croatia….
The Top 10 list features 5 Croatians. Actress Maja Petrin, who passed away suddenly earlier this year was the most searched Croatian, followed by socialite, model, singer and writer Nives Celzijus in 3rd spot, and current national team coach Niko Kovač in 5th position.
Top 10 Most Searched People on Google in Croatia in 2014.
1. Robin Williams
2. Maja Petrin
3. Nives Celzijus
4. Jennifer Lawrence
5. Niko Kovač
6. Conchita Wurst
7. Jordan Belfort
8. Michael Schumacher
9. Marin Čilić
The Most Searched Events in Croatia in 2014
1. Football World Cup
2. Easter 2014
3. Oscars 2014
4. Night of Museums 2014
5. Eurosong 2014
6. Wimbledon 2014
7. Špancirfest 2014
8. Sochi Winter Olympics 2014
9. Rujanfest 2014
10. Interliber 2014
Miss Croatia Antonija Gogić failed to make it through to the final top 10 as Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the contest’s final at the Excel London ICC Auditorium on Sunday…
Edina Kulcsar from Hungary was judged the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third as an estimated billion viewers watched on television around the globe. Beauties from 121 countries took part in the event and Gogić, from Croatia’s capital Zagreb, could not emulate the feats of Anica Martinović (now K vač) and become the first Croatian since 1995 to be placed in the Top 3 at a Miss World contest.
British singer Morrissey arrived in the Croatian capital on Thursday night ahead of his concert at the Velesajam tonight. So what has the former The Smiths frontman requested be on hand whilst he is in Zagreb?…
Morrissey is in town to promote his new album “World Peace Is None of Your Business”, and he brings with him one strict condition for his hosts. With Morrissey’s stance on meat well-known, all food which is served during his stay must be vegetarian, including food sold at the concert venue tonight. Fans at the end of his Belgrade concert this week were shown a video of animals being slaughtered.
Morrissey and his team of 22 people, all vegetarians, are staying at one of Zagreb’s finest hotels – Esplanade. And as Vecernji list reports he has some special requests for his rider.
Fruits – apples, strawberries (no bananas)
Vanilla, green tea or fig scented candle
Organic vegetarian cheddar cheese – Dubliner
Still water – Volvic or Fiji brand only
Carton of organic apple juice
Organic marmalade without gelatine
Cashew nuts, unsalted
She is one of the hottest properties currently on the Croatian pop scene. After a successful career as lead singer of cult band Magazin, Jelena Rozga has carved out an even more successful solo career. With over 600,000 Facebook fans she is of the most famous faces in Croatia today. Croatia Week caught up with the pop star from Split in the latest installment of ’60 Seconds With…’
Hello Jelena, thanks for joining us. So tell us, when did you first start singing?
I joined the band Magazin when I was 18 years old. I was a ballet dancer with a promising future, but my destiny was to become a singer in a group and I loved that the most
Who was your favourite singer growing up?
Former lead singer of the same group (Magazin), Ljiljana Nikolovska. I was telling to everyone that I want to be like her one day when I grow up
Which concert is your most memorable you have played?
I have great memories from all my concerts but I will remember my first big concert in Spaladium Arena in Split on 2011, I was the first woman who sold out that venue. I didn’t expect it and i was very nervous and afraid before the concert.. there is nothing better than to sing in your own city (and Split is very particular town-they either love you or hate you)
Where would you love to sing at?
I don’t have any specific place… I would like to make another tour like few a years ago but we will see, something like that demands a lot of things and especially lots of free time which I don’t have for now
Favourite place in Croatia?
My home town Split. I am travelling a lot, most of the time in order to perform, but I am always glad and happy to come home to my flat, to my dog, to my friends…there is no place like my home
Favourite restaurant in Croatia?
In Split there are plenty of great restaurants which I highly recommend, I couldn’t specify, it wouldn’t be fair to others
How do you relax away from singing?
Although I have many obligations even when I don’t perform, I always try to stay alone for some time, just me and my thoughts, even if I am not alone…I need that in order to have a clear mind, in order to stay calm and reasonable when pressure is too big. I have an adorable dog called Ringo, he is like medicine for me, he makes me laugh, he is very cute
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you travel to?
I love travelling and at least once per year I go somewhere.. I love Greece and am always glad to go there when I have time. I have friends there and I feel like I am at home
What exciting things do you have coming up?
Just a few days ago my new song called Tsunami was released. I was very surprised that 400,000 people saw it on YouTube in just the first 24 hours which is a personal record. I have received many calls, all congratulatory, so I want to believe that this is my new hit and I am very happy for that, I couldn’t imagine A better end to this year
Never thought about it. No way I would be something else
Severina beat global superstars Shakira and Katy Perry to claim the number one spot thanks to her hit Uno momento (32 million views to date), in a top 10 that was dominated by local Croatian videos. 9 out of the 10 were music related, with the car that famously jumped a bridge in Tisno earlier this year the only exception.
The Top 10 Most Watched YouTube Videos in Croatia in 2014
1. Severina feat. Ministarke – Uno momento
2. Shakira – Can’t remember to forget you ft. Rihanna
3. Katy Perry – Dark horse ft. Juicy J
4. Mejaši – Zavela me Ana
5. Jelena Rozga – Okus mentola
6. Magazin – No, no, no
7. Zaprešić boys – Neopisivo
8. Vatra – Tango
9. Pharell Williams – Happy (Split)
10. Flying over Tisno bridge
Organisers of Croatia Rocks, an expansion of the fast growing and popular UK music festival Ibiza Rocks, have announced the first phase of acts for next summer’s inaugural festival in Croatia on Wednesday…
Fatboy Slim will head a line-up that also includes Clean Bandit, Jungle, Kate Tempest, Black Honey and The Bulletproof Bomb, and will also feature DJ sets from Rudimental and Ibiza Rocks’ Music Director Zane Lowe, who is also a DJ on BBC’s Radio 1.
Croatia Rocks will take place on the renowned party island of Pag at Zrće beach from 20-23 July 2015. More acts are set to be announced at a later date.
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John Kruth was introduced to the works of famous Croatian poet Tin Ujević on one of his trips to Croatia to visit the family of his wife Marilyn Cvitanić and decided to record an album – titled The Drunken Wind of Life – The Poem/Songs of Tin Ujević.
“In 2007 I released my ninth solo album, a batch of 16 songs called Splitsville (Sonic Impressions of Croatia) inspired by all things Croatian from rakija to Bol to Vukovar. (One tune “The Rakija Song” has since been recorded by Croatian Blues man Tomislav Goluban.) While visiting Split I was introduced to the stunningly powerful poetry of Tin Ujević by graphic artist/gallery owner Pavo Majić. Pavo then invited me to play at a tribute to Tin in his home town of Vrgorac. Within days I began setting his words to music and performed two of his songs at the festival,” said Kruth, before adding.
“While in Koprivnica, I recorded a handful of songs I’d written with Miroslav Evačić (prim and guitar) and Gordana Evačić (cymbalom). I then brought the project back to the U.S. where my wife Marilyn and I produced Homage to Tin Ujević, the Bard of Croatia on April 21, 2007 at the renown Bowery Poetry Club in New York with performances by Beat poet Anne Waldman, singer/poet John S. Hall (King Missile) and actor/playwright Sam Shepard as well as the Croatian band Bad Buka and myself. HR1 filmed the show and then interviewed me after the performance and aired the story in Croatia. I then continued to write more music to Ujević’s lyrics and record them with a fantastic crew of musicians, including Jolie Holland.voice, fiddle, Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes): bass, Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven): violin, organ, Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven): bass, guitar, and Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas),” concludes John, who hopes people can get behind his Kickstarter campaign so the album can be completed.
Born in Vrgorac in 1891, Augustin “Tin” Ujević is considered to be one of the greatest Croatian poets to ever live. He distinguished himself in three fields: as a translator, essayist and feuilletonist and poet. Ujević wrote more than ten books of essays, poetry in prose and meditations — but his enduring strength lies chiefly in his monumental poetic opus. He died in 1955.