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Croatian cultural extravaganza in Los Angeles to take place next weekend
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 14:18

Annual Croatian Cultural Extravaganza in Los Angeles taking place next weekend

Next weekend, the biggest Croatian festival on the west coast of the United States will take place in downtown Los Angeles.

St. Anthony’s Kolo Club “CROATIA” and Croatian Children’s School will be hosting the 13th Annual Croatian Cultural Extravaganza in Los Angeles from February 15-17, 2019. 

A number of gues groups from all over North America will be attending this year, including groups from Chicago, San Jose, San Pedro, Vancouver, Alberta, Windsor, and Ontario.

The event starts on Friday with a social, meet and greet and dance before mass, concerts, performances, and a semi-formal banquet over the rest of the weekend.

Details of the weekend are below:

13th Annual Croatian Cultural Extravaganza – 15 – 17 February 2019

Groups taking part:

Kardinal A. Stepinac- Chicago, Il

Kardinal A. Stepinac- Windsor, Canada

Koraci Folk Ensemble- San Jose CA

Hrvatski Vitezovi, Vancouver, BC

Croatian Heritage Society of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Queen Helena Canadian Croatian Cultural and Charitable Society. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Vocal Ensemble “Izvor” from San Pedro, CA

Klapa Zora from San Jose, CA

Weekend events schedule:

FRIDAY– February 15, 2019

Social with Meet and Greet, Dance, and Taco Bar $10 – Party admission free – 7:30 PM to midnight

Location: St. Anthony Croatian Church Parish Center

714 Alpine Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

SATURDAY– February 16, 2019

Concert at 3:00pm 

Location_ St. Anthony Parish Center

712 N Grand Ave,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Featuring our local Croatian groups as well as guest groups listed above

Ticket prices:

Adults: $20 each

Children (under 12): $10 each

Mass (following the concert)

Semi-Formal Banquet – 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM 

Starting with Mass at 6pm 

Featuring: Band V.I.S. Croate from Kitchener, Canada

Location: St. Anthony Croatian Church Parish Center

714 Alpine Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012 

Ticket prices:

Adults: $40 each

Children (under 12): $15 each

SUNDAY – February 17, 2019

Tamburica Mass at 10:30 a.m.

Location: St. Anthony Croatian Church

714 Alpine Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

For all events buy your tickets online at squ.re/2RMCB8m

Payments may be made via credit card with a 3% fee or by cheque. Please make cheques payable to: Sveti Ante Children’s School.

PLEASE NOTE: A TICKET IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDING, REGARDLESS OF AGE.

Check out the promotional videos for the event below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/croatianchurch/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lavatreni/


Croats in NBA: Šarić, Žižić, Hezonja and Bender See Playing Time
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 14:05

Croats in NBA: Šarić, Žižić, Hezonja and Bender See Playing Time

Four Croatian basketball players appeared on the NBA court Friday night. The most efficient of them was Dario Šarić, who scored 9 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in the Minnesota Timberwolves defeat to New Orleans (117:122), reports HRT on February 9, 2019. 

The Pelicans were led by Anthony Davis, who played after a three-week break and managed 32 points and nine rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 27 and Kenrich Williams 19. For Minnesota, Karl-Anthony Towns was again the best with 32 points. 

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Mario Hezonja received excellent playing time for the New York Knicks against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons celebrated 120:103, though the Dubrovnik native scored eight points, with seven rebounds, one assist and two steals. This was the 15th consecutive defeat for the Knicks. 

The winning team was led by Andre Drummond who scored 29 points and 20 rebounds, and Blake Griffin who managed 26. The best for the Knicks was Dennis Smith Jr. with 31 points.

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Ante Žižić’s team also suffered a defeat. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost away in Washington 106:119. Žižić managed six points, one rebound, and one block. Bobby Portis was the most effective for Washington with 30 points, while Bradley Beal added 25 points and 13 assists. Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 27 and 24 points. 

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Current champions the Golden State Warriors defeated the Suns in Phoenix 117:107, which is the 13th consecutive defeat for the Suns. Dragan Bender achieved only two points for the hosts but added six rebounds and five assists.

Klay Thompson led the winners with 25 points, while Kelly Oubre Jr. was the best for Phoenix with 25 points. 

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Bojan Bogdanović’s Indiana Pacers will face Ante Žižić’s Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night in Indiana, while Ivica Zubac’s new team the LA Clippers will face the Boston Celtics away. 

To read more about sport in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page


Sinj, the Perfect Croatian Wedding Destination
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 13:31

Sinj, the Perfect Croatian Wedding Destination

The City of Sinj was a sponsor of the Split Wedding Fair for the first time this year, which showed their initiative to promote the city as a romantic destination for wedding ceremonies, reports HRTurizam on February 9, 2019. 

The idea of the Split Wedding Fair is the development of a so-called “wedding destination", that is, a form of tourism that is evolving rapidly. With that in mind, the City of Sinj hopes to push itself as an ideal destination for couples to choose for their big day. 

This form of tourism would also promote small crafts and businesses whose goal is to strengthen their competitiveness in comparison to other cities in Dalmatia, and transform Sinj into an elegant destination for numerous weddings, explained the City on their official website. They even revealed a slogan: "Say yes in the City of Sinj!"

Sinj offers a beautiful park and promenade, the natural beauty of the Cetina, a luxury hotel, top restaurants, street weddings, numerous wedding halls, beauty salons, flower shops, jewelry, and catering, as well as stunning and romantic city views.

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“We came up with the idea of creating a project that would bring together all the small crafts and companies involved in wedding themes and present them through online and offline channels to develop entrepreneurship in the city of Sinj. Thanks to many natural, cultural, historical and traditional riches, the entire city has the potential to become a stage for weddings,” said Marija Knežević Gusić, project author and owner of Angelus Communications, Public Relations and Marketing Agencies. 

"The emphasis is on foreign guests, but we must not ignore the local ones as well. Sinj is unique because on one street there are five wedding salons and halls, but they need to be raised to a higher level to attract foreign guests."

In addition to traditional weddings in churches, Sinj offers alternative and adventurous weddings. 

"Peruća Lake, the Cetina River, and the surrounding area are ideal places for adventurous weddings that include activities such as horseback riding and quads,” says Knežević Gusić. 

As for accommodations, a new five star hotel is being built in the center of Sinj within the historical palace. 

"There are also private luxury villas with larger capacities, and smaller family hotels. We do not currently have the capacity for large weddings, but that is why we are ideal for more intimate weddings with around thirty guests. As far as further promotion of this form of tourism is concerned, the plan is to cooperate with local and foreign agencies for wedding planning and tourist agencies that bring guests. We also plan to create a website where we will present the entire offer,” explains Knežević Gusić.

"I think this is a big step forward in the development of this part of Croatia because we think we have the potential and an excellent offer for various types of weddings. This has been recognized by the City of Sinj and the Tourist Board of Sinj, and we are moving forward with them in this project,” concluded Gusić.

To read more about Inland Dalmatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page


US company with Croatian connection making the Oscar statuette again
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 12:18

Oscar statuette (Photo: Polich Tallix)

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, honouring the best films of 2018, will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on February 24.  

Hit films of last year like Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born and Vice will battle it out for Best Picture, whilst Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, William Defoe and Rami Malek, Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy are some nominated for best actor and actress. 

(Photo: Polich Tallix)

This year’s winners, when they are revealed at the Oscars later this month, will be taking home the famous Oscar statuette, which for the fourth year in a row will have a Croatian connection. 

Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry in New York, which is owned by the son of Croatian immigrants, is once again manufacturing the famous Oscar statuette for the Academy Awards. For over 30 years the Oscar statuettes were made by a Chicago trophy firm, but two years ago the Academy selected Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry to take over the duties.

Polich Tallix was founded by Dick Polich. Polich’s (Polić) parents came to America at the beginning of the 1920s from the small village of Zlobin, which is situated between Primorje and Gorski Kotar near Bakra on the northern Adriatic coast. Dick grew up in a western Chicago suburb among the Croatian immigrant community.

Bakar – near where Polich’s are from

Polich’s parents came to America at the beginning of the 1920s from the small village of Zlobin, which is situated between Primorje and Gorski Kotar on the northern Adriatic coast. Dick grew up in a western Chicago suburb among the Croatian immigrant community.

He has said in interviews that he does not know too much about Croatia but does remember the stories and legends he was told as a kid. He last visited Croatia over 20 years ago and says that he has not spoken Croatian since his mother died 17 years ago. 

Polich Tallix was among the first in the United States to offer technical expertise and industrial capabilities in metalworking, which had previously been only capable in Europe.

Polich Tallix making the Oscar statuette

Polich, who went to Yale University on a football scholarship and graduated with an economics degree before founding his own foundry, has made thousands of sculptures in his career, and worked with more than five hundred artists. At the foundry at any one time, work is being carried out on over two hundred different works of art, from architectural elements to US national monuments, to small sculptures and other art pieces.

Dick Polich (Photo: Pollich Tallix)

It takes Polich Tallix around 3 months to complete 50 Oscar statuettes required for the big night.


Homeless People in Zagreb Disprove President’s Statement They Do Not Exist
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 11:46

Homeless People in Zagreb Disprove President’s Statement They Do Not Exist

In a rather bizarre move, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Thursday officially visited Zagreb, the city in which she lives and works. After meeting with Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić, the president stated to the media at the Zagreb Fair and claimed that there were no homeless people in Zagreb, reports Index.hr on February 9, 2019.

“I knew a lot because I live here and occasionally meet with the mayor, but I have heard a lot of information during my visit, especially about social benefits. You can see there are no homeless people on the streets of the city, unlike in many other many places,” said President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović.

However, anyone walking the streets of Zagreb, instead of being driven in a motorcade of armoured vehicles, clearly knows this is not true, and the Croatian Homeless Network decided to react to the President’s statement. The association published its statement on Facebook.

“I have not been shocked like this for a long time, especially given the fact that the statement came from the person who was my favourite for the president until today.

I have often spoken about good social policies of the City of Zagreb in the media and thanked the mayor for the homeless shelter at Velika Kosnica, the soup kitchens, the social shops and other services provided to the poor and socially excluded. I again repeat the praise to the City of Zagreb, which last year funded the trip of Croatia's homeless team to the Homeless World Cup in Mexico.

However, despite the efforts of the City of Zagreb, on the streets of Zagreb and in non-residential buildings there are at least 500 homeless people. There are currently 130 homeless people in two shelters and about 40 in overnight accommodation in Jukićeva St. The majority of homeless persons in Zagreb came from other areas of Croatia, where there aren’t any services provided to them, so they are forced to go to Zagreb and, if nothing else, eat in numerous soup kitchens. Many come here for work and, if they do not find a job or lose it, stay here.

I point out that many large towns and counties, although being legally obliged to finance homeless services, are not doing anything, so people come to Zagreb not to starve.

The laws have put the burden on local authorities to take care of the homeless people, unwilling to admit that most of them are people who meet the statutory conditions for permanent placement (mentally ill, aged over 65, persons with intellectual disabilities, incapable of work due to illness, etc.) and that they should be under the care of the competent ministry, and not the local authorities.

To help the most vulnerable homeless people, the employees and volunteers go to the field every Tuesday and Friday to help them. There is also the Homeless Help and Support Centre, which has a long list of people literally living on the streets. Perhaps the President wants to take a look at it.

I call on the president, who has been touring Croatia, to find the time and spend one evening taking a walk with us, for example, at the central train station. Maybe she will realise what is really going on.”

Translated from Index.hr.

More news on the president can be found in the Politics section.


Croatia's Islamic Community Leader Presents Book "Understanding Islam"
Izvor:  Total Croatia News
Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 11:40

Croatia's Islamic Community Leader Presents Book

ZAGREB, February 9, 2019 - "Understanding Islam", a book by the head of Croatia's Islamic Community, Aziz Hasanović, was launched in Split on Friday, on which occasion he said the institutional form of Islam in Croatia was a Croatian brand which could serve as a model to the East and the West for regulating the status of minority communities.

"The institutional form of Islam in Croatia has existed for more than a century and is a big Croatian brand, and this book promotes the message that Croatia can serve as a model in resolving the status of Christian minorities in the East as well as Muslim minorities in Europe," said mufti Hasanović.

Croatia is a "bright example" of how to treat the Islamic and Muslim communities, he said, adding that there were "big campaigns against Islam" in the world, notably in Europe.

"This book is aimed at strengthening relations between people and strengthening dialogue between religions," the mufti said, adding that the book also analysed Sharia and "the difference between Islamic and Muslim countries."

Hasanović said he was proud to have attended in Abu Dhabi the signing of the Declaration for World Peace and Living Together between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed At-Tayyeb.

Asked if the declaration would have a positive impact on Christian-Muslim relations in the Balkans, Hasanović said that it would. "I expect us in the Balkans to practice and follow the declaration too."

More news on the Islamic Community in Croatia can be found in the Lifestyle section.


Croatia & Fiji sign visa waiver agreement
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 10:39

Fiji

9 February 2019 – The Governments of Croatia and Fiji have signed a visa waiver agreement on Friday. 

The agreement was signed on behalf of the Croatian Government by Croatia’s Ambassador to Australia, Betty Pavelich Sirois, and for Fiji’s Government by High Commissioner to Australia, Luke Daunivalu at a signing ceremony at the High Commission of Fiji in Canberra.

The agreement allows Croatian and Fijian citizens to visit or transit through both Fiji and Croatia without a visa for up to three months.

Formal diplomatic relations were first established between Croatia and Fiji back in 1997 and the visa waiver agreement introducing is being seen and an important step in helping strengthen relations between the Pacific and European nations.  

“The reciprocal visa arrangement will, amongst other things, benefit Fiji in the areas of socioeconomic development, investment, tourism and educational partnerships,” FBC news writes.

Ambassador Pavelich Sirois and High Commissioner Daunivalu (Photo credit: FBC news)

Ambassador Pavelich Sirois and High Commissioner Daunivalu agreed that the the agreement is step towards strengthening cooperation in economic, cultural exchanges and sports such as soccer and rugby, as well as tourism.

Fiji is located around 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand’s North Island with its archipelago consisting of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu,  account for nearly 90% of the total population of just under 1 million people.


PHOTOS: ‘Dinamo’s Spring’ exhibition opens in Zagreb
Izvor:  Croatia Week
Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 08:56

Dinamo’s Spring

Croatian football champions Dinamo Zagreb advanced to the playoff stage of a European competition for the first time since 1970 and to celebrate an initiative was set up to bring back the club’s identity. 

The ‘Dinamo Spring’ project was set up by the association ‘Dinamo to smo mi (Dinamo that is us) with the aim of bringing back the club’s identity and local support and last night over 300 people turned out at the Kranjčar Gallery at Kaptol in the capital Zagreb for the opening of the ‘Dinamo’s Spring’ exhibition. 

Old membership cards from the 1960s – 1980s, kits worn back in 1967 when Dinamo beat Leeds United to win the 1967 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final, a signed match ball and a signed flag from the current squad who help the club qualify again after 49 years for the playoff stages of a European competition were some of the items on display. 

Dinamo’s Spring

“A packed gallery already on the opening night shows we got it right with the idea and how Dinamo lives among a lot of people in Zagreb and around the rest of Croatia. I am glad that everyone liked how we presented the history of the club and I invite everyone to come and look around the exhibition,” Juraj Čošić, president of Dinamo to smo mi said. 

Dinamo’s Spring
Dinamo’s Spring

Among the public who were in attendance on opening night were a number of well-know faces, including former Dinamo stars like Slavko Ištvanić, Dario Šimić and Filip Blašković, as well as art historian Zvonko Maković, actors Rene Bitorajac and Tarik Filipović. 

Dinamo’s Spring
Dinamo’s Spring

Two of the biggest Dinamo collectors, Krešimir Barić and Tomislav Rončević, played a big part in the exhibition, showcasing what they had collected over the years.

Dinamo’s Spring

“I am a guy from the stands who has supported Dinamo at Maksimir stadium and at away matches for decades. When I am asked how much is everything I have worth, I say that simply there is no price. Today, every player turns up to the match and there are four shorts waiting for them, and we have shirts from the period when there would be just 14 or 15 shirts for the whole squad. This acts as a way to bring up and team the future Dinamo generation about the culture and size of the club which we love,” Barić said. 

Dinamo’s Spring

Former Dinamo defender Dario Šimić was particularly emotive on the night

“This takes me back to my childhood, when my father took me to the games. Then I could only dream about playing for Dinamo and be part of this story and now I am immensely proud that I gave my little stamp to the history of this club,” Šimić said. 

Rene Bitorajac at Dinamo’s Spring

The exhibition will be open at Kranjčar Gallery at Kaptol 26 until 19 February 2019 and admission is free. Tickets are also on sale at the exhibition for the big concert ‘Dinamo’s Spring’ which takes place at Dom sportova on 23 February 2019 and features Jura Stublić & Film, Kawasaki 3P, Tram 11 and Šank.

Dinamo’s Spring
Dinamo’s Spring



Run Croatia 2019
Izvor:  The official website of the Tourist Office Novalja - your first choice
Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 01:40

    4. MEĐUNARODNI POLUMARATON

    LUN –NOVALJA 2019

    01.05.2019.

    PRIJAVA: www.runcroatia.hr/event/halfmarathon-lun-novalja/

     

    Run Croatia tim vam garantira dobar provod na utrci, ali svakako i za vrijeme vikenda na Pagu. Kako se radi o terminu utrke na državni praznik koji pada u srijedu 01.05., otvaraju vam se mogućnosti produljenog vikenda uz pregršt aktivnosti koje nudi ovaj specifičan otok. Na četvrtom izdanju utrke očekuje vas atraktivna, valovita trasa od 21km s pogledima na more i tisućljetne maslinike. Možete odabrati basic ili premium startni paket uz bogati popratni program s kviz nagradama, ceremonijom i after run partijem na Glavnom trgu u Novalji.

    Glavni je organizator utrke Run Croatia uz potporu  Turističke zajednice grada Novalje i grada Novalje kao i ostalih partnera i sponzora.

    Mjesto održavanja:  Otok Pag  – Lun – Novalja

    Datum održavanja: srijeda, 01.05.2019.

    Vrijeme održavanja:  07.00 sati -13.00 sati

    Start – Cilj utrke: Lun – Novalja

    Informacije: na mobitel +385 (0)91 443 0007, e-mail: info.runcroatia@gmail.com

    Start polumaratona: 08:30 sati

    Duljina:  21,097 km

    Vremenski limit:  3 h

    Trasa: Tovarnele – Lun – Novalja

    Kraj prijava: 15.04.2019.

    Objava Run Croatia 2019 pojavila se prvi puta na Visit Novalja.


    Fešta od Maja 2019
    Izvor:  The official website of the Tourist Office Novalja - your first choice
    Subota, 09 Veljača 2019 00:29

    Datum: 27.04.2019. (subota) S POČETKOM U 19,00h

    Novalja, Trg Bazilike

    15 GODINA NAM JE TEK!

    FEŠTA OD MAJA  pravi je gastronomski užitak i već tradicionalna gourmet večer sa atraktivnim zabavnim programom!

    Ove godine bogata gastro ponuda spravljena vrijednim rukama novaljskih ugostitelja ponudit će janjetinu, paški sir, makarune u janjećem gulašu, tapase, crne njoke, rižoto sa dagnjama i još mnoga ukusna jela!

    Zabavni dio Fešte od Maja u rukama je grupe „DALMATINO“ i HOTT STUFF“  a sve to u organizaciji Udruge Obrtnika-Ceha ugostitelja Grada Novalje, TZ Grada Novalje i Grada Novaje!

    Dobrodošli svi na 15.po redu Feštu od Maja!!

    Vidimo se 27.04.2019. u Novalji na Trgu bazilike!

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