28 July 2019 - The current activities of state bodies in improving media legislation and the safety of journalists represent a significant contribution to strengthening media freedom in Montenegro, it was concluded at the second session of the Rule of Law Council held recently in Podgorica.
The quick reaction of the Montenegrin police and decisive response to recent threats posed to journalist of Vijesti Samir Adrović, as well as ongoing activities in other cases in this area, send a clear message that the State will not tolerate any form of violence against journalists, Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Rule of Law Council Zoran Pažin stressed, as his Office reported.
"It is very important that we quickly and decisively respond to these threats and demonstrate the State's determination to protect the safety and personal integrity of journalists effectively. I am convinced that the State's response to threats is the best prevention of the violence itself," DPM Pažin said.
The Council concluded that the level of progress Montenegro has made in the area of the rule of law since the beginning of the EU accession negotiations process requires an innovative approach in reporting to citizens and international partners on the results in fulfilling obligations under chapters 23 and 24. To that end, unique information on Montenegro's achieved results since the opening of negotiations in Chapters 23 and 24 to date, both in the field of media and in other priority areas of the rule of law, needs to be prepared.
The Rule of Law Council, chaired by DPM Pažin, consists of heads of the judiciary, prosecutors, government and independent institutions in charge of the rule of law issues. The task of the Rule of Law Council is to monitor the implementation of obligations under chapters 23 and 24 in the process of Montenegro's accession to the European Union, as well as to make recommendations to the competent institutions for urgent action in order to fulfill these obligations. According to the Government's decision of 13 June 2019, a new Council was established with fewer members and a focus on concrete results in meeting the conditions of the negotiation process and further strengthening of the rule of law in Montenegro.
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27 July 2019 - Soprano Ena Topčibašić will be in the focus of the Evening of Montenegrin and Russian Art on Thursday, August 1st, which will take place at the Great Hall (Montenegrin: Velika sala) of the Cultural and Informational Centre Budo Tomović in Podgorica, starting at 8 pm.
The artist will perform with Russian pianist Elena Larina and Montenegrin actors Anđelija Rondović, Marko Rajković, Jovan Dabović and Jelena Šestović who will perform the works of Mihailo Lalić and Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky. The actors will also recite the poetry of Obrad Nenezić, Sergei Alexandrovich Yesenin and Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin.
The concert program includes works by Brinčki, Prebanda, Krstić, Babić, Hatze, Rahmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Smetana, as well as numerous Montenegrin and Russian songs.
Ena Topčibašić graduated from elementary school in Bijelo Polje. She also graduated from elementary music school in Bijelo Polje. As a member of a piano duo, she won a silver lyre at the state competition held in Herceg Novi in 2014. The same year, she was declared a winner at the NIS Olympics in Russian language held in Novi Sad. In June 2014 she represented Montenegro at the World Russian Language Olympics, held in Moscow, where she won the first prize in the competition of representatives from 26 countries. She finished high school at the Art School for Music and Ballet Vasa Pavić, at the department of solo singing, in the class of Professor Zorana Latković. Numerous prizes she won during high school include: Golden Lyre at the state solo singing competition, the second prize at the international competition of solo singers Bruna Špiler, the special prize as a member of the chamber ensemble at the state competition and the third prize at the international solo singers competition Nikola Cvejić in Ruma
Since October 2018, Topčibašić has been studying singing at the Vienna Music Academy - Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien in the class of Professor Martin Vácha. In September 2018, she became a member of the famous choir - Arnold Schoenberg Chor. She also performs at the Vienna Opera Theatre - season 2018/19, in the performance of the opera Orleanskaya deva by the composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and also in the performance of the opera Oberon by the composer Carl Maria von Weber. In October of the same year, she got a chance to be the lead in a project under the leadership of world renowned tenor, Michael Schade. As the youngest member of the group, she gained experience in the Vienna music scene singing Monteverdi's works in December 2018. She performed well-known Napolitano melodies in February 2019 at the concert in Waldenstein. During her studies at the Music Academy she performed at concerts at the Schönbrunn-Schlosstheater in January and May 2019. She currently has excellent cooperation with Russian pianist Elena Larina and is continuing her path in the spirit of Russian music, singing at the Russian Cultural Centre in Vienna, focusing on the works of composers Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.
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27 July 2019 - Traffic laws in Montenegro still have not defined the use of self-balance e-scooters on public roads and that is why the Montenegrin National Police plans to launch an initiative requiring amendments to the road safety legislation. Until then, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Montenegro urges the citizens to be more careful on roads/pavements, reported CdM.
E-Scooters with electric motors are already commonly used in many cities of Montenegro, not just by children but the adults as well.
Despite many advantages, experts warn of potential dangers with powered scooters, having in mind they can travel up to 35 km/h. As they represent a completely new mode of transport on Montenegro’s roads, laws governing road safety still haven’t defined it closely, the Ministry of Internal Affairs stated.
However, the Office for Communal Affairs, Transport and Energy Efficiency for the Tivat Municipality have announced that between the hours of 7 PM and 11 PM daily, the Pine Boardwalk, Marshal Tito Street and Ivo Vizin Boardwalk will be closed to bicycles and e-scooters.
“The measure has been taken in response to an increase in the number of cycle and scooter users on the boardwalk who travel at a speed that is a real danger to pedestrians, particularly small children,” highlighted the Tivat Municipality representatives on this occasion.
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27 July 2019 - Film Production house Beacon Pictures from Santa Monica, California, is interested in producing films and other audio and visual content and music events in Montenegro, as reported CdM and Ministry of Culture of Montenegro.
This company Beacon Pictures was founded by a famous Hollywood film producer, director and screenwriter, Armyan Bernstein. The company’s representative, Mark Penel, is in charge of the new films and special projects and he recently spoke with the Minister of Culture of Montenegro, Aleksandar Bogdanović.
They spoke mostly about the possibilities for film production in Montenegro, with the emphasis on turning our country into a famous film destination. In that context, Bogdanović showed Montenegro's locations to the representatives of the Hollywood company in details.
The guests expressed deep interest in the cooperation with Montenegro and making films of different audio and visual formats on our territory. They also offered other forms of cooperation concerning modern musical and stage audio and visual productions.
Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanović pointed out that Beacon Pictures House might be particularly interested in cooperation with the Film Center of Montenegro.
One of the most important global automobile brands, Ferrari, recently filmed a car advertisement in Montenegro, which is the result of the program VR Montenegro, behind which is the production house Artikulacija, supported by the program of the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro and the Creative Montenegro Project.
This is one of the most significant results of the entire Creative Montenegro Project so far. Namely, for the first time in Montenegro, renowned global clients chose locations for recording with VR equipment.
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The 33rd Herceg Novi Film Festival - Montenegro Film Festival, this year with the slogan “All Day on Film” will be held from the 1st to 7th of August. The programme for the festival was revealed at a press conference by the President of the Board Marija Perović, together with Feature Film, Cinema Europe and Midnight Screenings Selector Ivan Bakrač, Festival Business Director Zoran Živković and Director of Herceg Fest Gordana Krcunović.
The festival will commence with a premiere screening of the film “Grudi” (Breasts) by Marija Perović (out of competition) and “Dohvati nebo” (Reach the Sky), by director Milutin Darić.
President of the Festival Board, director Marija Perović, stated that this year they would be supporting the idea, promoted at other festivals, regarding equal participation of women in film. Along these lines, actors Mira Banjac, Dubravka Drakić, Marija Škaričić and “all women present” would together be opening the festival.
Perović said she believed that the festival was much enhanced, with showings of more films in a variety of categories, although there would be no highly-regarded documentary film category.
Film and TV director Ivan Bakrač, Winner in short film category at international festivals and selector for the Slobodna Zona Film Festival, assessed the second half of 2018 and first half of 2019 to be extremely successful for Montenegrin Cinema as, besides the major productions that were premiered at prestigious film festivals in Venice (Ti imaš noć - You Have the Night) and Montreal (Između dana i noći - Neverending Past), and the four smaller Montenegrin co-productions premiering at major festivals in Karlovi Vari (Mamonga), Sarajevo (Sam samcat - All Alone, Granice kiše - Borders, Raindrops) i Palić (Ajvar), two Montenegrin films will premiere in Herceg Novi (Grudi and Dohvati nebo). With such a good start, there was no question that the other films selected in the main category should have a focus on Balkan cinema, explained Bakrač.
During the week-long festival, Kanli Kula Fortress will be also be hosting public screenings of Ti imaš noć (You Have the Night) by Herceg Novi director Ivan Salatić (Montenegro), Monstrumi (Monsters) by Marius Olteanu (Romania), short film Peloid by Bojan Stijović (Montenegro); Između dana i noći (Neverending Past) by Andro Martinović (Montenegro, Serbia); Mamonga by Stefan Malešević (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro); Bog postoji, ime mu je Petrunija (God Exists, Her Name is Petrunia) by Teona Strugar Mitevska (North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, France), Sam samcat (All Alone) by Bobo Jelčić (Croatia, Netherlands, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina); Šavovi (Stitches) by Miroslav Terzić (Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina); Küçük Şeyler (Little Things) by director Kıvanç Sezer (Turkey); Ajvar by Ana Maria Rossi (Serbia) and Granice kiše (Borders, Raindrops) by Vlastimir Sudar and Nikola Mijovića (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Sweden, Great Britain). Cannes Winner Parasite by director Bong Joon Ho (South Korea) will be shown out of competition at the closure of the festival.
The jury for the official selection comprises director Vinko Brešan (Croatia), actor Nikola Ristanovski (North Macedonia), producer Dunja Klemenc (Slovenia), producer Jelena Mišeljić (Montenegro) and director Nikola Ljuca (Serbia).
The selector for student film this year is once again director Dušan Kasalica. Films will be shown in the Dvorana Park (Park Hall) Amphitheatre. In total, 16 short films from the region’s film schools (Cetinje, Belgrade, Zagreb, Skoplja, Sarajevo and Romania) will be shown during the festival. The jury for this selection comprises producer Bojana Radulović (Montenegro), director Dušan Grubin (Serbia) and screenwriter and director Eleonora Veninova (North Macedonia).
The Cinema Europe selection includes films that have been particularly successful in major European festivals. Films shown will include Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu (Portrait of a Lady on Fire) by Céline Sciamma, My Extraordinary Summer with Tess by Steven Wouterlood, Alice et le Maire (Alice and the Mayor) by Nicolas Parisier, Le Jeune Ahmed (Young Ahmed) by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Lara by Jan Ole Gerster, C'est ça l’Amour (Real Love) by Claire Burger, Il Traditore (The Traitor) by Marco Bellocchio, Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory) by Pedro Almodovar, Synonyms by Nadav Lapid, Sorry We Missed You by Ken Loach, Celle Que Vous Croyez (Who You Think I Am) by Safy Nebbou, Bashata (The Father) - featured in the main selection - by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, and El Reino (The Candidate) by Rodrigo Sorogoyen.
Midnight screenings in Dvorana Park, an idea started by Ivan Marinović, have received the full support of this year’s selector Ivan Bakrač. The local public will have the opportunity to see films shown at the biggest festivals - Cannes (Liberté - Freedom and Zombi Child), Berlin (Die Kinder Der Toten - Children of the Dead, and Répertoire des Villes Disparues - Ghost Town Anthology) and Toronto (High Life).
This year, one absence is the category of documentary film, with the resignation of the segment’s selector Vladimir Perović.
Responding to journalists, Marija Perović, Zoran Živković and Gordana Krcunović explained among other things that this year, as ever, they had been working on the same terms and in the same circumstances, and that Perović had been present at all the festival Board meetings up until June. When he announced his resignation, a replacement was not sought as very little time remained until the opening of the festival. However, it was noted that particular attention would be paid to documentary film, starting with cooperation with Beldocs Festival, and as a separate programme. It was indeed noted that documentaries deserve particular attention, but it was noted that the Herceg Novi Festival was primarily conceived with full length feature films in mind.
Repeated suggestions were accepted that the festival needs continued preparation throughout the year and that the programme should be announced earlier, however Marija Perović recalled that many aspects of the festival may need to be amended, in spite of its long-standing tradition, and added that The Cannes Festival is planned for May with good reason. However, decisions on this level not only need to be taken by the Festival Board, but also the relevant authorities (Herceg Novi Municipality and The Ministry of Culture), particularly due to the fact that the event is of national significance to the culture of Montenegro.
Source: Radio Herceg Novi
All photographs: Zvezdana Kujović
The exhibition was opened last night by art historian Marija Saičić who pointed out:
"The story of coexistence struggle, the struggle of man with himself, and the story of the inevitable spiritual heritage, are being told through the works of Montenegrin painter Miroslav Šuković. His paintings bear the painful truth about existence, inner demons, man's tedium in the contemporary world and society through unconventional scenes from which there is an unmistakable truth emerging in Šuković's work. There is one question that he tries to answer with the brush, that is, the movement and the color: How to paint a man's soul?"
“Man is at the centre of my creativity, and human psychology, or the inner state of man, is something that interests me most and I have been dedicated to it since the beginning of my work. These works were created by combining different materials on canvas and paper. I like to experiment with material, so I use pastels, pencils and coal. It is a process that goes its own way and we shall see how this story will continue. I do not like calculation in creativity and creation," the artist said about his work.
Šuković was born in 1977 in Bihać. He is a member of the Association of Fine Artists of BiH, a participant of numerous solo and collective exhibitions. He won the Cetinski Fine Show "Thirteen November" award in 2015.
Art historian Marija Saičić concluded that Šuković’s compositions have extraordinary power and are not a mere celebration of existence but a picture of mental pain that destroys modern man when he contemplates existence, interpersonal relationships or deviations of the modern age.
Šuković’s exhibition will be open until 16 August on the ground floor of the Tivat Museum and Gallery.
27 July 2019 - Co.Co.Tour (Coastal Communities Tourism) project will have the third meeting and the Steering Committee of the project in Herceg Novi on Wednesday, July 31st, as stated from the Municipality of Herceg Novi Cabinet of President. The partners from Italy, Albania and Montenegro will talk about the implementation of project activities through which, among other things, the reconstruction of the House of Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric is being realized.
Official addresses to partners were planned on that day at 12 pm, in the Grand Hall of the Municipality of Herceg Novi. The guests will be greeted by the Mayor of Herceg Novi Stevan Katic, Executive Director of the Agency for Local Democracy Niksic Kerim Međedović and Head of the Office for International Cooperation Simonida Kordić.
In accordance with the project activities, the same day, at 16:30, a visit to the House of Ivo Andrić is planned, where the representatives of the partners will have the opportunity to see the works and get acquainted in more detail with the course of the reconstruction financed through the project Co. Co. Tour.
The Co.Co.Tour project aims to preserve and promote the natural and cultural heritage of coastal communities through the development of a cross-border model and a network of eco-communities and community museums with smart, sustainable, tourism management.
This is the first time in the world that such a model of the eco-museum network is developing, which implies the use of smart technologies, the involvement of the local community with its specificities, putting particular emphasis on accessibility.
According to the Port Museum in Tricase, in the ambient of the renovated House of the Nobel Prize-winning Ivo Andrić, there are plans to establish an eco museum and community museum, which will connect the touristic capacities, cultural, natural and historical characteristics of the city from scales with personality, life and by the work of the great writer, Ivo Andric.
The leading partner of the project is the Albanian Development Fund, while the other partners are Local Democracy Agency Niksic, Herceg Novi Municipality, Tricase Municipality (province of Lecce, part of the Apulia region of south-east Italy), Magna Grecia Mare Organization (Italy), Himara Municipality (part of the Vlorë County, Southern Albania) and Associated Partner Agency for the Protection of Natural Areas (Albania).
The event organizer is the Local Democracy Agency Niksic in partnership with the Municipality of Herceg Novi.
Kanli Kula Fortress in Herceg Novi is getting a high-tech Visitor Center, which is part of the IPA Fortress ReInvented project. It will open on Wednesday, July 31, starting at 18:00, as said in the announcement by the Municipality of Herceg Novi Cabinet of President. The opening event will be a premiere of the documentary feature film "Herceg’s New Town", which depicts the history of the establishment of Herceg Novi, and was shot as part of the realization of this project.The director and author is Dragi Vujačić, and the film is being produced by "Digital dab", which was the best bidder with "Čikom" on the tender for equipment procurement and digital content being released by Herceg Novi Municipality.
This documentary-historical film shows people, habits, food, fashion, features of appearance and speech, all based on historical facts related to the events that the film describes. In addition, special attention has been paid to presenting Kanli Kula and her role to spectators, with the historical personality of Herceg Stjepan and the importance of the Square of Salt – Trg soli.
The officials will also have the opportunity to get acquainted with the details of the filming and activities on the project, which is being implemented by the Office for International Cooperation on behalf of the Municipality of Herceg Novi.
AR devices will be presented, that is, those working on the augmented reality system, which will be available to visitors at Kanli Kula.
Herceg Novi will also receive the "Fortress reality window" through the project, more precisely the screen through which it will be able to monitor events in real time at other locations in the partner towns: Fortress of St. Mihovil in Sibenik, fortress Klis in the city with the same name and the fortress Vranduk in Zenica.
The project "Innovative Approach and Digital Content in Historical Fortresses - Fortress ReInvented" is being implemented within the Interreg IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Program Croatia-Bosnia-Herzegovina-Montenegro 2014-2020. The project leader is the Museum of the City of Sibenik, and the partners are, apart from the Municipality of Herceg Novi, the Museum of the City of Zenica and the Municipality of Klis. The total value of the project for all partners is € 1.3 million, and the amount of € 202,609.25 is allocated for the Municipality of Herceg Novi.
On Sunday, 28th July in Stoliv, as part of the traditional Fešta Kamelija 2019, Stoliv Camellia Association, AMA Sport Fishing Club Kostanjica and Stoliv Local Community Association are organising the Camellia Trophy wooden boat race, to promote the preservation of wooden boats.
Fishers with wooden boats will gather at the Stoliv Quay at 5.30 am, then leave to fish in the waters near Stoliv, later returning for their catches to be weighed.
At 10 am there will be a parade and a rowing race with wooden boats, with yachtsmen and gondoliers taking to the water at 1030 am. At 1130 am, winners will be announced and trophies awarded.
“Following this, there will be a round table with owners of wooden boats and fishers exchanging experiences, giving expert advice and presenting their completed wooden boat restoration projects. There will be entertainment and time to socialise and enjoy the fish and wine. This event itself serves to preserve our traditional values,” say the organisers.
For further information, contact 069 644 506.
The event is sponsored by the Kotor Tourism Organisation.
The Tourist Organization of Tivat organizes the "Gastro Night of Fish and Wine" on Monday, July 29, starting at 9:00 pm in the tavern "Giardino" in Donja Lastva.
In addition to the fish and wine prepared by the tavern "Giardino", the cluster "Homemade dishes" will be presented, organized by the company "Djokovic" from 6 p.m.
Cluster “Homemade dishes” gathers producers of traditional food and drinks from all over Montenegro. In the entertainment part of the program, from 9 p.m. klapa "Maris" and Theater 303 will perform.
On this occasion, the Tourist Organization Tivat announces the already known manifestation "Olives from Boka", which will be held on Tuesday, 30th July, at the promenade Pine, organized by the Olive Oil Company "Boka", under the auspices of TO Tivat. The program starts at 6 pm with the promotion and tasting of local products. The entertainment will be provided by klapa "Asa Voce" starting at 9.30 p.m.
Come and enjoy the rich program and good time in Tivat!
Monday, July 29th - from 6 pm – Tavern “Giardino "
Tuesday, July 30th - from 6 pm – Promenade Pine
Text by Boka news, on July 26th, 2019, read more at Boka News
This summer, Vanja Puskar and New Balkan Cuisine will transfer their workshop from Belgrade to Budva, where they will stay in an exclusive location within the Dukley Gardens complex from August 5 to August 25. The innovative New Balkan Cuisine concept defines food in a new way. It gives a new meaning to traditional Balkan cuisine, seeks new tastes in those already discovered, and another local resource favors additional attention and commitment - Montenegro. The combination of seemingly incompatible flavors and odors, the contrast of rare ingredients, the awakening of all senses. It is an inseparable link between the site, the heritage, and the seasonality of foods when the goal is to create an unusual, special ... something that connects the consumer with time and space.
Contrast of mountains and the sea
Merging two expressions into one
Playing with all senses
Marine notes, combined with the details of continental Montenegro, and carefully selected ingredients, will create a unique experience of the taste of this region and present a new direction of modern gastronomy.
With the support of the chiefs at the restaurant Dukley Beach Lounge, the menu will be changed three times in 20 days, and each will be inspired by seafood and the specific character of this region.
Vanja and his team will bring you to a completely different gastronomic journey and, through 8 gangs, will present new forms and ways of enjoying food.
Vanja’s philosophy of preserving the original values is reflected in cooperation with local producers, and the terms "bio" and "organic" will not be found in his dictionary, they are as such by default.
The concept will be followed by carefully selected, vintage wines from the Balkans, which you will not find in the markets. Wines that will complement the tastes and make these 20 days special. On this journey, New Balkan Cuisine creations will expand all your senses and awaken emotions through snacks.
Who is Vanja Puškar? Vanja Puskar is the founder and curator of the New Balkan Cuisine concept and the chief cook at the restaurant Iris. Born in 1986 in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After finishing his education, he continued his career in Belgrade.
Vanja Puskar (Photo: LCF)
He is active on the project "Modern Serbian Cuisine" and is one of the founders of "Chefs Club Beograd". His culinary approach is based on the use of local foods in combination with modern processing techniques.
He supports and promotes local manufacturers with whom he shares a vision.
"When you know the manufacturer, you are able to transfer his attention, energy, and affection from the food through the plate to the final consumer."
In 2016, he launched the project "New Balkan Cuisine".
Iris presents the studio "NewBalkanCuisine".
Iva Bogunovic (Photo: LCF)
The New Balkan Cuisine concept changes food, and through it also the culture of consuming and thinking about the same.
They adapt the food to present time, expectations, needs, and they feel that they have the knowledge and experience to understand and adequately modify it.
Milan Lekic (Photo: LCF)
They preserve their original values while shifting and aligning the shape with the time in which we live, which creates a whole new experience of consuming food. This is the main task of the New Balkan Cuisine concept.
More information at dukleylounge.com
Text by Promo, on July 25th, 2019, read more at Vijesti