20 August 2019 - An exciting festival adventure begins with the sixth Sea Dance Festival held from Friday, August 30, to Sunday, September 1 at the beautiful Buljarica beach in Budva. Dozens of today’s most popular hits are coming to the turquoise arc led by the 21st century’s biggest producer, David Guetta. Other than Guetta performing on Addiko Main Stage powered by Tourist Organisation of Budva at the grand finale on Sunday, Friday will be marked by the world techno leaders Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin who are bringing the famous Exit Dance Arena spirit to Buljarica, while on Saturday the audience will enjoy performances by the German hitmaker Robin Schulz and French duo Offenbach. This year’s lineup includes British hit trio Disciples, as well as techno and house stars such as Helena Hauff, Recondite, Eelke Kleijn, Gaiser, Tijana T and Marko Nastić. Sea Dance will also host regional aces including Darko Rundek, Senidah as well as the most wanted regional rappers Surreal, Fox, Kuku$, Hazze, Bekfleš and many more.
For all the festival fans in Montenegro, Sea Dance has ensured scheduled bus transport from most cities in Montenegro to Buljarica beach during the festival, every day from August 30 to September 2.
During the festival, buses from Nikšić will depart for Buljarica in front of the Monastery at 4 pm. Along the route, the buses will stop and take passengers in Danilovgrad at 4:30 pm at the roundabout, Podgorica at 5 pm in front of the Cathedral and Cetinje at 5:30 pm at the bus station.
During the festival, Ulcinj buses will depart for Buljarica beach at 5 pm from the bus station. On the route to Buljarica, the buses will stop and take passengers in Bar, at 6 pm at Topolica hall.
During the festival, buses from Herceg Novi will depart for Buljarica at 5 pm at the Sports Centre. On the route towards Buljarica, the buses will stop and take passengers in Tivat at 6 pm at the Eko petrol station.
During the festival, buses from Kotor will depart for Buljarica beach at 6 pm at Kamelija.
The arrival time of all buses to Buljarica is 8 pm from all locations, while the return from the festival for all buses is scheduled at 4 am.
The return ticket price from Podgorica is €18, Cetinje €16, Nikšić €29, Danilovgrad €23, Ulcinj €15, Bar €7, Herceg Novi €19, Kotor €14, Tivat €17. The ticket is purchased upon entering the bus just before departure.
On the Budva – Buljarica route, as well as Bar – Buljarica, a shuttle bus will be scheduled for transport – the best and easiest manner of transport to and from the festival, in order to reduce the need for individual arrival of visitors.
The shuttle transport will circulate continuously from 7 pm to 1 am each festival day towards Buljarica beach, at every half-hour mark. The return buses from Buljarica beach are scheduled between 1 am and 6 am, from the bus stop on the main road.
All departures from Budva will be organized from the stop at the Tre Canne building, at every half hour. On the way to Buljarica, the buses will stop and take passengers in Bečići at the bus stop at Mediteran hotel, on Sveti Stefan at the Adrović hotel and in Petrovac at the marketplace.
All departures from Bar will be organized from the stop at the Topolice hall, at every half hour. On the way to Buljarica, the buses will stop and take passengers in Sutomore at the stop opposite the bus stations, and in Čanj, at the turn for Čanj.
From Budva and Bečići the ticket for Buljarica is €3.5, from Sveti Stefan €3.00, while the price from Petrovac is €1.5. The price from Bar is €3.5, from Sutomore €3.00, while the price from Čanj is €2.5.
The official taxi service for the festival is Palma taxi. The guaranteed price on the Budva – Buljarice line is €24 per vehicle. The taxi stop will be clearly marked on the festival location.
An exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings "Leonardo 500, Genius, Nature, Water and Sea" will be presented through the Foundation “Dan” in Herceg Novi, marking the 500th anniversary of his death.
According to the organizers, with this exhibition in Herceg Novi is included in the world program of 2019 celebrating the ingenious mind of Leonardo da Vinci.
"The author of the exhibition is Luigi Valerio of the Natural and Cultural Center “Lega Navale” in Rome. The production is by the Foundation “Dan”, translated from Italian by Maria Atanacković Holodkov, and produced by Sofia Holodkov.
This interesting exhibition will be open on Wednesday at park “Boka” and the interested audience will be able to see it for a few days.
The exhibition consists of 23 panels measuring 100 x 70 cm, with drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, in various fields of engineering, mechanics, natural sciences, and certainly for the first time in this area. It will be set up outdoors, in the “Boka” park in the city center, and will last from 21 to 25 August.
The exhibition "Leonardo 500, Genius, Nature, Water and Sea" will open on Wednesday, August 21 at 10 am by Dr. Tomislav Vukicevic.
The organizer of the exhibition in Herceg Novi is “Water Supply and Sewerage” Ltd., co-organized by JUK Local Museum “Mirko Komnenović” and the Art Gallery “Josip Bepo Benković” and the NGO “Ecological Society of Boka Bay”.
Text by Boka News, on August 20th, 2019, read more at Boka News
The 60-passenger hybrid ship Gracijana will start operating on the route Tivat-Herceg Novi on Tuesday, as said from the company Bella Boka.
The company said the transfer from Tivat to Herceg Novi would take up to 25 minutes.
"The first departure by Gracijana hybrid ship, which can accommodate up to 60 passengers, is scheduled for Tuesday at 8 a.m. from Tivat to Herceg Novi. The route will run five times a day in both directions,” as said from Bella Boka.
As they stated, the first departure from Tivat, from Pine, to Herceg Novi will be every day at 8.30 a.m., and the next ones are at 12 p.m., 3.30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10.30 p.m.
“From Herceg Novi to Tivat, the starting station will be the City port, and departure times are at 9.15 a.m., 12.45 p.m., 4.15 p.m., 7.45 p.m. and 11.15 p.m. The price per ticket on that line will be four euros in one direction, "the statement said.
Gracijana will also operate from Tivat to Kotor via Perast.
Citizens can find more detailed information about these lines and ticket prices on Bella Boka's Facebook profile.
In addition to the hybrid Gracijana, the solar barge Elettra, with a capacity of up to 30 passengers, will sail through Boka bay on Tuesday, operating seven times a day on the line Kotor-Prcanj-Donji Stoliv-Perast.
Eco ships Graciana and Elettra
According to Bella Boka, the price of the ticket from Kotor to Perast is 3.5 euros, and on individual routes from one to 1.5 euros.
"Bella Boka is a unique project, not only in Montenegro but also in the Mediterranean," the statement said.
Bella Boka said that, in addition to Gracijana and Elettra, they expect at least four more eco-boats to sail through Boka from next season, thus greatly reducing road traffic and reducing dangerous gas emissions in the Bay.
The residents of Boka and tourists were not able to use public transport in the Bay for a long time, they said.
The company Bella Boka said that clean Boka Bay is their mission and goal.
"In addition to ships for transport, one boat will be in charge of cleaning the bay from plastic waste," the company said.
Text by MINA Business, on August 18th, 2019, read more at Boka News
20 August 2019 - The Wild Beauty Art Festival, which was opened on August 19 at the Black Lake (Montenegrin: Crno jezero) in Žabljak by the famous guitar duo, Srđan Bulatović and Darko Nikčević, is a new quality segment of the Montenegrin tourist offer in the north, said State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development, Damir Davidović for MINA Agency.
Speaking at the opening of the festival, which is being held for the first time, he said that the policy of development of the northern part of the country, in addition to significant infrastructure investments and increase of accommodation capacities, implies enrichment of the cultural offer with attractive programs of high quality.
“The Wild Beauty Art Festival is a new quality segment of our offer in the north, especially Žabljak. It is a project that we hope will really set new standards. Our wish is for the Wild Beauty Art Festival to become a significant cultural manifestation, which the north of Montenegro can be recognised for. We all admire KotorArt festival on the coast, and we hope to achieve great results for the north in that aspect as well," said Davidović.
Admission to all Wild Beauty Art events is free, and with the support of the Žabljak Tourist Organization, a free shuttle bus drive from the centre of Žabljak to the event is provided for all interested parties free of charge.
Some members of the team who organise KotorArt festival are participating in the implementation of the Wild Beauty Art Festival, providing even more active contribution in positioning Montenegro as a tourist destination that offers the highest quality artistic and cultural contents, not only on the coast, but this year also in the north of the country.
This year's Wild Beauty Art is focused on Durmitor and Žabljak and will run through Friday, with planned programs on Black Lake and locations such as Savin Kuk, Stećci, Sedlo and Đurđevića Tara Bridge.
During the five days, daily and evening concerts of different genres are planned, at different locations of Durmitor National Park.
On August 20th, the program of the Wild Beauty Art Festival will include several performances. Balázs Bágyi New Quartet will perform at the Black Lake at 7.30 p.m. This project was supported by the Hungarian Embassy as a segment of Weeks of Hungarian Culture in Montenegro program. Two more performances are also expected on this day. Mockingbirds are going to perform two times - at 11 a.m. at Stećci, Unesco's Heritage and at 3 p.m. at Sedlo. More information about the festival and the performers can be found at the official Facebook page of Wild Beauty Art Festival.
The Art and Antiques Fair “Earth, Stone & Fire” will be held for the second time at the Chedi Hotel, presenting some of Montenegro's most significant artists from August 23, as well as a unique antique exhibition with a focus on the Venetian Republic," the Chedi Hotel said.
"During the three-day festival, Montenegrin sculptors Velibor Pavicevic, Joveta Ljumovic, Miodrag Scepanovic and Milija Stojanovic will be presented with their artwork, carefully crafted with incredible expressionist expressions reflected in every move.
When it comes to the antique exhibit, regional collectors will be introduced to the audience, one of whom is Budva art historian Nadezda Kovacevic.
She will present the audience a collection of 18th-century European porcelain, which she has collected for decades across Boka, with special emphasis on the 17th-century collection of silver and chalice made at royal shops in Augsburg, Germany.
Particularly important is the segment of exhibits of applied art that can be seen on offer at various European art platforms and fairs by a group of artists from the Blatobran Association in Belgrade.
The fair will feature artists Marija Milin, Bojana Jokmanovic, Lana Tikvasha, Bojana Ristevski, and Sonja Gajic.
The ticket price for The Earth, Stone & Fire Art and Antiques Fair is € 2 and can be purchased at the entrance to the hotel,” the statement said.
Portonovi resort, which has seen an investment of about EUR 470 million so far, is visited daily by a large number of tourists from Montenegro as well as foreigners, said marketing and communications manager Adrijana Husic, announcing a new expansion of the offer.
"Portonovi opened its doors to visitors on August 1st and we are really looking forward to the interest, both on the first day and these 15 days that the resort is being operational," Husic told to Mina-business.
She said that the resort is visited daily by a large number of visitors, both from Montenegro and the region, but also from foreigners who are on holiday in Montenegro.
Husic, referring to the realized investment so far, stated that the construction of the project Portonovi started in 2012.
"Since then, about EUR 470 million has been invested, and when all the phases are completed, the total investment will amount to about EUR 1 billion," Husic said.
She recalled that a lot of people were working on the project Portonovi itself, in terms of construction, which is continuing at certain stages.
"Right now, in the resort, when it comes to providing services, there are several hundred employees, and this is one of the contributions that Portonovi makes to the development and improvement of the Montenegrin economy, as new jobs are created every day," Husic said.
Speaking about the current offer, she said the beach bar Portonovi, restaurants that are currently open, as well as the Pizana Gallery are attracting the most attention so far.
"As we announced, this is just the beginning. In the next 15 days, new openings await us and in addition to the first cognac bar, there will be the first Belgian pub of its kind in Montenegro. We also have the Italian ice-cream, and restaurant offerings will also expand," Husic announced.
According to her, Portonovi's Training Studio will be open soon.
"What we are particularly proud of is the first kindergarten or center where children will be able to stay during the day, which will be open soon, and will operate under the Montessori program," Husic said.
Portonovi, she said, will continue to operate in the coming period and reminded that the resort would be open 365 days a year.
"In only a few months, next year, we are expecting a grand opening, together with the opening of the first One and Only hotel in Europe, which will have 113 rooms and ten branded villas," Husic said.
She stated that this is an addition to the accommodation capacities, which are of great importance for the development of the tourist offer of Montenegro.
"Currently, Portonovi resort has 214 housing units for sale, 50 of which are in the rental program. Interested guests can also stay in the resort in one of these 50 units,” explained Husic.
She said that with the opening of the resort, D-Marin Portonovi marina began to operate, with a total of 238 berths available for boat owners.
"What is specific to our marina is that it is also a border crossing, and we expect to get a petrol station soon," Husic said.
The marina, she said, is located at the entrance to the Gulf of Boka Bay, which is a great benefit for users.
"The marina is part of the D-Marin large family, with over ten marinas located also in the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean, which brings various benefits and discounts for mooring owners," concluded Husic.
Text by Boka News, on August 18th, 2019, read more at Boka News
The market day, organized in Kolasin by the local Tourism Organization (TO) and the Friends of the City Association, brought together several dozen exhibitors of herbs, handicrafts, juices, jams, honey, and other products.
A large number of locals and tourists have shown once again that similar manifestations are a real success when it comes to the summer tourist offer of the city.
Traditionally, visitors were able to taste free of charge several types of “kacamak” and “priganice”, which were once again prepared by the best Kolasin homemakers.
The stands were, as usual, creatively designed but, according to the exhibitors, high quality is what distinguishes their products.
Stanija Cana Braunovic collects medicinal herbs in many Montenegrin mountains, but mostly in Sinjavina. In addition to recommending the use of several dozen types of teas, she shared with the visitors' tips on how to collect herbs.
"I have been at Sinjavina since April. In March, I was already picking up the coltsfoot and then the primrose arrived, which I was picking up in the vicinity of Zabljak. Violet is from Borova glava on Sinjavina, as well as verbena and hypericum. I also find many useful plants in Stitarica. It is important how we treat plant wealth. Plants should be carefully harvested and habitats not destroyed," Stana said.
Although this season was not the best for beekeepers, this could not be concluded according to the stand Milija Madzgalj from Mojkovac. In addition to honey, this beekeeper also offered candied fruits and propolis products to the visitors of Kolasin's Market day.
"I've been involved in beekeeping for two and a half decades. I sell at fairs, but buyers often come to my house as well. In addition, I also grow raspberries and strawberries. It is important to be consistent with quality, and when so, then there is no lack of customers," he said.
On this market day, the original “Divna's gingerbread cookies” and souvenirs were also presented, and the stand with herb soap, brought from Pljevlja by Dragica Roncevic, was also interesting. She has been living off the business for 20 years, and produces several types of creams, balms and ointments, also based on herbs.
The Ultra trail mountain race was also underway in Kolasin, and concerts of the band Rudolf and tamburasi were enjoyed.
Text by Dragana Scepanovic, on August 17th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
That fun time is not guaranteed only on the beaches of Ibiza, Mykonos and other elite islands and that Montenegro can compete with world party destinations, was proved by the spectacular “White Wine Party” organized by Plantaze at Q2 beach bar in Sutomore.
Superb wines, a fantastic beach setting, great performers, a multitude of positive vibes, smiles and creative content justified the announcement of this event as the best summer party on the coast and in the general opinion of those who attended something never seen before on this part of our Riviera.
The spectacular 16-meter-long seaside stage, with glamorous light effects, made Sutomore coast look like an elite resort of the world jet set that night, where you come solely to have a good time.
The rich music program, in charge of regionals and local performers spiced up with professional dancers and players with fire, was a real refreshment on a hot Saturday night.
Party in Sutomore
Throughout the set of the unique and energetic duo Sax's N'Groove, whose performances are enjoyed by audiences all over Europe and which in a short time became synonymous for a good party, with the sounds of modern musical directions accompanied by saxophones, the whole coast danced.
Many famous people from the Montenegrin and regional jet sets enjoyed the top white wines awarded at the world's largest competitions, as well as the cocktails specially created by Plantaze for this summer season.
Party in Sutomore
Numerous visitors, as well as business partners of the company Plantaze, including guests from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, did not hide their enthusiasm for the complete organization and good fun, which they themselves will remember as one of the best they have been to.
Party in Sutomore
The party of the summer lasted until late into the night and the combination of the best Montenegrin brands proved to be a guarantee of great fun and a good time. The night at Q2 was illuminated by the white clothing choices of guests and the splendor of the award-winning Plantaze wines. As a regional leader in the wine industry, Plantaze follows the world trends, so White Party is certainly one of the concepts of entertainment that will continue to be organized in the upcoming seasons.
Text by Promo, on August 16th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The Forest Administration intends to spend EUR 280,000 on afforestation in five Montenegrin cities.
Just over 460.000 pieces of black and white pine and spruce seedlings will be afforested for these funds.
The largest number will be afforested in the territory of Pljevlja - more than 330.000 pieces, while there will be 36.000 in Berane, 31.800 in Mojkovac, 30.000 in Bijelo Polje, and 26.400 in Nikšić.
This job also requires preparatory work, which involves the mechanical and manual removal of unburned wood and shrubs and collecting them in piles at a distance of 20 meters.
“The Health and Forest Restoration Measures Program prescribes measures and activities for the afforestation of burned forest areas for the year 2019 fall planting. Since afforestation activities need to be completed by the end of 2019, shortening the public procurement procedure for the submission of bids would save valuable time and be able to timely contract operations on afforestation of burned areas,” the tender documentation of the Management Board posted on the Public procurement portal states.
Those who apply for the tender must, among other things, submit the health certificates of the planting material, i.e., that it is of the prescribed quality - A class.
In October last year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, i.e., the Forest Directorate, announced a tender for the afforestation of burned forest areas in the value of 200.00 euros.
This tender was for the territories of the municipalities of Kotor, Pljevlja and Zabljak.
The tender was won by the only joint bid submitted by the company from Niksic “Monteno Maks - nursery Vir” and “Taxus Forest Project” from Pljevlja.
The contract was signed in early November last year.
Text by Milos Rudovic, on August 17th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
18 August 2019 - The International Workshop for Wind Instruments continued at the Tivat Music School and will last until 23 August.
This 17th International Workshop is attended by 30 students from Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, as said from the NGO Ars Praesentia Boka Kotorska, which organizes workshops for wind instruments in cooperation with the Music School for 17 years.
Workshops are conducted for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. Professors Marina Nenadovic - flute, Bojan Pesic - oboe, Veljko Klenkovski clarinet, Nenad Jankovic - bassoon and Nenad Vasic - horn work with students.
A saxophone workshop was held in the first part of the international workshop from 5 to 10 August, which ended with a concert at the Lustica Bay Complex.
The crown of this work will be the concert "Musical Conversations - Peca and the Wolf" - a symphonic fairy tale by the Russian composer Prokofiev, which will be performed as part of the Purgatorije Festival.
The story of the boy Peca, his game and imagination, the animals, wolf, duck, cat and bird, the concern and anger of Peca’s grandfather, the "courage" of the hunters, through the story of the narrator Dragan Laković will be presented by the members of the brass quintet of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra: Marina Nenadovic - flute, Bojan Pesic - oboe, Veljko Klenkovski - clarinet, Nenad Jankovic - bassoon, Nenad Vasic - horn and student of the 3rd grade of secondary school "Luka Sorkocevic" from Dubrovnik - Aleksandar Lazinica, on percussion. In addition to the members of the Philharmonic Orchestra pupil of the 3rd grade of Secondary Music School "Luka Sorkocevic" from Dubrovnik - Aleksandar Lazinica also participates in percussion.
The animals are played by students of the Tivat Music School, who worked with teacher Angela Homen. Radomir Stamenkovic is responsible for the light effect, and the painter Zoran Kruta for scenography and masks.
The Symphony Fairy Tale "Peca and the Wolf" will premiere in Montenegro on August 21 at the scene of the Atrium Buca in Tivat, at 8 pm.
The producers are the Culture Centre Tivat, Tivat Music School and the NGO Ars praesentia Boka Kotorska.
18 August 2019 - This year’s summer season in Žabljak started with low temperatures, which greatly affected tourists arrivals, said Vanja Krgović Šarović, director of the Tourist Organization Žabljak Tourism Organization, as Cafe del Montenegro reported.
"Many bookings were cancelled at the beginning of the season, but the situation got better in July, while we had a record-breaking number of tourists last week. If we take into account the hotels and private accommodation, the occupancy rate in Žabljak now is around 85 per cent, and we are optimistic about September as well and hope to make up for missed sunny days at the beginning of summer," said Krgović Šarović.
She also added that in the Tourist Organization Žabljak they are especially glad to say that shadow economy has decreased and that they recorded an increase in the collection of a city tax, which is best confirmed by the fact that 41 per cent more money poured into the state budget compared to last year.
Data from the Tourism Organization of Žabljak showed this town had 2,470 visitors in June last year, while this year in June Žabljak welcomed 3,515 visitors. As for July 2018, it had around 5,000 visitors, and in July this year, the number of people taking holidays in Žabljak was 7,400. In the first half of August 2018, Žabljak received 3,214 tourists and in the same period this year, it hosted 4,260 visitors.
Whatever one might think about these figures, the fact is that one can see a significant decline in the size of the shadow economy, i.e., Žabljak has an increase in the number of tourists visiting this town compared to last year.
Krgović Šarović also stressed there were more international visits to Žabljak this year, mostly from the Western Balkans countries.
"The majority of visitors were from Germany and France. Of course, we do have domestic visitors, but they rarely check-in. In September we expect the majority of visitors from the Western Balkans countries," concluded Krgović Šarović.
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