You know some basic Croatian, enough to get you by, but there is nothing that will impress more than knowing a local phrase or slang that you can slip into a conversation. Croatia Week has launched its ‘Word / Phrase of the Day’, where we will teach you a variety of words and phrases commonly used in Croatia, but not commonly found in language learning material…
Mi o vuku, a vuk na vrata
The phrase Mi o vuku, a vuk na vrata is basically the Croatian equivalent of ‘speak of the devil’…to be talking about someone, who then will appear. The literal translation of the phrase is – While we are talking about the wolf, the wolf is on the doorstep.
Example - “This party is rocking…geez, all it needs now is for that player Vincent to turn up and spoil it with his obnoxious behaviour” – “Oh, look who has just walked thru the door! Vincent!…Mi o vuku, a vuk na vrata”
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BASE jumping is currently regarded by many as a fringe extreme sport or stunt, and it is not for the faint-hearted with 228 deaths currently registered on the ‘BASE Fatality List’. Two keen Croatian BASE jumpers however were not letting anything stand in their way recently, jumping 94.6 metres off Croatia’s second tallest building – the Zagrepčanka in the capital Zagreb.
Check the guys in action in the video below
The Heritage Museum in the northern Adriatic town of Rovinj will play host later this month to an exhibition of one of the most famous surrealist artists of the 20th century….
The Salvador Dali exhibition will open on 25 April and run to 5 October, will feature prints from two of Dali’s most extensive collections -”The Biblia Sacra” from the 1967, and 130 prints from the “Divine Comedy” from the 1964.
Dali’s famous ‘The Persistence of Memory’
Dali’s graphic works were extremely extensive (over 1,700 works), which were created in a variety of graphic techniques: gravure printing, engravings, woodcuts, lithographs, and mixed media. Dali (1904 – 1989), was a prominent Spanish Catalan surrealist painter and skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in August 1931. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire included film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.
Internet search engine Google have today dedicated their ‘doodle’, or Google logo, to the 140th anniversary since the birth of famous Croatian writer Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić…
Brlić-Mažuranić , who was born in Ogulin on 18 April 1874 and died in Zagreb on 21 September 1938, was internationally praised writer as renowned for being the best Croatian writer for children. Brlić-Mažuranić was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times and in 1937 she also became the first woman accepted as a Corresponding Member into the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts. One of her more famous works was her book The Marvelous Adventures and Misadventures of Hlapić the Apprentice (also known as The Brave Adventures of Lapitch and Čudnovate zgode šegrta Hlapića).
The most performed play in the world, ‘Exercises in Style’ (Stilske vježbe), will be part of a unique stage event called ‘INteatar’ which will be held at this summer’s INmusic festival in Croatia…
‘Exercises in Style’, staring record holders Lela Margetić and Pero Kvrgić, is the longest running theatre performance in the world starring the same cast. This show has been on the theatre stage in Croatia for 46 years and the two splendid actors have been working together in it for 44 years. In 2009 “Exercises in Style” officially been entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running theatre performance in the world.
“Exercises in Style” was put on stage in 1968 by Tomislav Radić who based it on the text of the French poet and novelist Raymond Queneau. The play tells the story, in a number of different variations, of a normal everyday situation on tram number 11 – an argument which ensued between two young men after one stepped on the other’s foot. Thanks to the virtuoso acting of the two artists, the play has become a top-class comedy which has brought smiles to many generations of audiences, and ensured it its longevity.
INteatar is a part of the ninth edition of INmusic festival which will be held at Zagreb’s Lake Jarun from 23-25 June, and is a continuation of the project INmusic Cultural platform which was presented last year with the aim of extending the cultural and artistic spectrum of the largest Croatian music festival. (Photo: Renato Brandjolica/vecernji list)
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.
Croatian actress Zrinka Cvitešić is the hottest thing going around in theatre in the UK at the moment, after picking up the prestigious ‘Olivier Award’ for best actress on Sunday. Zrinka recently sat down with Declan Bennett, her co-star from their hit musical Once, and talked to Rebecca Felgate from Official Theatre about the musical that shot her to fame, life outside the show and much more….
You can see the full interview with Zrinka here
The former front-man of popular American hip-hop band House of Pain, Erik Schrody, who now goes by the stage name Everlast, will perform at Zagreb’s Culture Factory on 12 May…
Everlast, who is also known for his solo hit “What It’s Like”, will be in Croatia for the first time as part of his European tour. Schrody was also part of the hip-hop supergroup La Coka Nostra, which consisted of members of House of Pain and other rappers. In 2000, he won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal with Latin Rock musician Carlos Santana for “Put Your Lights On” and has worked with other major music stars, such as Madonna, Cypress Hill, and Snoop Dogg.
Ticket prices for the Everlast concert are 130 kuna (pre sale) and 150 kuna at the door and can be purchased at all Eventim box offices.
From the crystal clear beaches to the stunning mountains and famous old towns, Croatia’s beauty is undeniable. But it is not just about the beaches, the country has a number of amazing waterfalls and they could not have been captured any better than by Max, the Director of MaxDreamCreator Production, a film company based in the UK, who has just returned from a 2 week trip to Croatia.
Check out Max’s quality short video that travels through the country and discovers the beautiful waterfalls of Croatia.
Kiwi-Croatian pop star Lorde has joined forces with the surviving members of Nirvana on the occasion of the 1990′s grunge icons induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York on Thursday…
Lorde, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O’Connor, performed All Apologies, a track from the band’s 1993 final studio album In Utero, backed by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselić and Pat Smear on the night.
“She’s passionate, so she’s perfect for the job,” said Novoselić, who like Lorde, has Croatian ancestry himself.
Lorde with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselić
Lorde was not the only female vocalist on the night, with St Vincent, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett also singing with the trio.
“So honoured and happy I got to help celebrate Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction tonight. True [expletive] rock stars, all forever,” Lorde tweeted after the gig.