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18 Apr 2019, 22:07 PM

18 April 2019 - Credit rating agency Moody's confirmed in its new report the assessment of the credit rating B1 for Montenegro while retaining a "positive" outlook. The last available credit rating for Montenegro was also B1.

This credit rating is primarily due to the high GDP growth per capita, the institutional strengthening supported by the perspective of EU accession, attractiveness for foreign direct investment, as well as significant investment projects in transport, tourism, and energy. In parallel, the positive outlook with the B1 rating reflects the favourable mid-term prospects of the country, supported by adequate structural reforms, as well as the consolidation measures the Government has continuously implemented, which contribute to strengthening the fiscal position of Montenegro. Furthermore, the Government has taken adequate measures to reduce the risk of medium-term debt refinancing significantly.

The report states that the growth of GDP in 2018 of 4.9% was primarily driven by investments, but also another year of a record-breaking tourist season. In addition, positive trends in the labour market supported growth in household consumption, with an increase in employment, while the FDI inflow was slightly lower than in the previous year, but with a still high 9% of GDP.

According to the Report, the weaker global economic outlook will contribute to lower growth rates. Despite this, Montenegro foresees a healthy business cycle, with growth rates at 3.0% in 2019 and 3.2% in 2020, that is, above the 10-year historical average of 1.9%.

As a major backbone of the future development of Montenegro and further improvement of the credit rating, it is stated that strengthening of the competitive position will be achieved through the implementation of projects in the sectors of tourism and energy, as well as mitigation of external risks.

In this year's report, Moody's has highlighted that Montenegro is the forerunner in the process of EU accession among the Balkan countries, which represents a further impetus for the improvement of the rule of law and institutional capacities in the coming years. Since the start of EU accession talks in June 2012, Montenegro has opened 32 out of the 33 negotiating chapters and has three temporarily closed chapters.

18 Apr 2019, 22:05 PM

18 April 2019 - Numerous environmental campaigns, with an emphasis on climate change and environmental protection, will be held in Montenegro on April 22 - Earth Day.

On this occasion, Montenegrin Olympic Committee (MOC), Montenegrin Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and representatives of the United Nations Development Programme will sign a Cooperation Agreement on the realization of the Games of the Small States of Europe, which will be hosted by Montenegro from May 27 to June 1.

As announced by UNDP, with the slogan “Be fair by nature”, Montenegro 2019 is part of the Programme “Green Games”, supported by Olympic Solidarity, whose goal is to create a sustainable sport event. It consists of 3 phases: the creation of the environmental standards related to the organisation of sporting events, education, and promotion.

The project of the Montenegrin Olympic Committee "Not just a field game – be fair by nature", which promoted sport and its role in environmental protection was rated as one of the best projects in this area within the Olympic solidarity of the International Olympic Committee.

For the organization of Games MNE2019, the Montenegrin Olympic Committee, as the leading carrier of this project, will employ more than 500 volunteers, over 250 members of associations and clubs as well as 50 employees from five Montenegrin municipalities working in sports, that will all undergo training which integral part will be a GREEN aspect of the MNE2019 Games.

The goal of education, but the complete project as well, is that all national associations and their technical staff pass training and adopt these solutions and recommendations, and implement them when organizing all future events in Montenegro.

"More than five thousand people from all over the world have applied to participate as one of 450 volunteers who will contribute to the organization of Games and help the organizers to present Montenegro as a good host," the statement said.

The UNDP said that Montenegro would host competitors from Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Iceland, Monaco, Luxembourg, Andorra, Malta and San Marino.

After the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation, as announced, a tree planting project is planned in front of the Morača Sports Centre in Podgorica, with the participation of the Mayor and officials of UNDP, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the MOC.

"The tree planting will be organized simultaneously in Budva, Tivat and Cetinje in the presence of the city’s Mayors and representatives of the organizers of the Games of Small European Countries - Montenegro 2019," said the official announcement.

18 Apr 2019, 13:34 PM

The first "Bar Spring Joy” festival was opened at the Square of Vladimir and Kosara today. By April 26th, in the square and other places, a dozen diverse and entertaining, educational and humanitarian programs will be set up primarily for children, from creative workshops and games in search for Easter eggs in the park of King Nikola's Castle.            

During the festival, the stands at the square will be selling decorative ornaments, paintings, garments, jams, cakes and other specialties, and money from the souvenir sale and other handicrafts are intended for the financing of the National Kitchen.

"As the event takes place at the time of the most joyful Christian holiday, between Catholic and Orthodox Easters, the citizens of Bar and their guests will be able to buy beautifully decorated eggs and wonderful festive decorations at the square. In the preparations and organization of the event members of the NGO "Women of Bar with the Big Heart", “Bar Educational Center" and DES "Scene", with the support of Tourist Organization Bar, Cultural Center, CDM Press and Olive Society Bar," have been working for days, announced Gordana Vujovic from the organizing team.

She added that the Festival would bring together children from preschool institutions "Svetionik" and "Mala bajka", pupils of elementary schools "Yugoslavia", "Blazo Jokov Orlandic", "Mexico" and "Anto Djedovic", Karate club "Bar" "24th November" and "Jadran , the ensembles of the cultural and artistic societies "Jedinstvo", "Rumija" and "St. Jovan Vladimir", "Creative Studio “Male ruke”, Dance Studio “Habanera”, the small actors from the Acting School of Des" Scene". The festival is also assisted by members of the Youth Volunteers Club "Klupko" as part of the project "OCD Portret" implemented by the Active Society Fund and the US Embassy in Podgorica.

The highlight of the first festival will be on 25th of April in the gallery Velimir A. Lekovic, a sales exhibition of paintings donated by artists from Bar as their support to the National Cuisine.

"We hope that the citizens of Bar, who many times showed that they are noble and generous people will visit the exhibition, buy some of the paintings and help those who need it most," concluded Vujovic.

Text by Radomir Petric, on April 16th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Apr 2019, 13:33 PM

The contest of high school bands called DANILOVGRADATION will be held on May 10th at the plateau next to the river Zeta. At the event, organized by the Gymnasium "Petar I Petrovic Njegos" from Danilovgrad, the Ministry of Education with support from the Danilovgrad Municipality, ten bands from 10 Montenegrin gymnasiums will compete.

Each band will perform three compositions -one they've authored, and two already known compositions, in Montenegrin and a foreign language.

The first placed band will have the opportunity to record their song in the studio, while the second and third prizes will receive musical equipment which is necessary for the band. Marija Bozović & Band will play in the inaugural part.

The goal of this event, as suggested by the organizers, is to encourage young people to consume high-quality and healthy content. As the project relies entirely on the attitude of the Ministry of Education that institutions should work to encourage extracurricular activities and to profile youth tastes. That is why, among other things, the "Day of Art Education" project with Zetski dom was realized, during which several thousand children had the opportunity to visit the Royal Theater and the National Museum

Director of the Danilovgrad High School, Natasa Latkovic, said this is an important event.

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"At the institutional level, we send a message that we will fight for quality to take place in the lives of young people. We will not leave them to the mainstream, but we will do our best to direct them and show that they have our support," Latkovic said. The Ministry of Education spokesperson Milica Lekic said that the quality of human life is measured, among other things, by his capacity to perceive the world around himself, to develop a constructive critical opinion and to be a creator, but also a consumer of high-quality content. The bands that will compete are KOTOR - Kotor Gymnasium - SUNSET, CETINJE - Cetinje Gymnasium - IVAN CRVENI, ROZAJE – Gymnasium 30th September”. SILENCE, NIKSIC - Gymnasium "Stojan Cerovic" - NE BILO ROCK-A, BAR - Gymnasium "Niko Rolović" - KRUG, PODGORICA - Gymnasium "Slobodan Skerovic" - ABISSYA, BIJELO POLJE - Gymnasium Miloje Dobrasinovic "- LITTLE DOTS, BERANE - Gymnasium" Panto Malisic "- ALT, PLJEVLJA - Gymnasium, Tanasije Pejatovic" - BISERI PLJEVALJA, DANILOVGRAD - Gymnasium, Petar I Petrović Njegos "- NOEMA.

Text by Vijesti online, on April 16th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Apr 2019, 13:07 PM

Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Montenegro, Alison Kemp visited the Teacher's Parliament of the Economy-catering high School (EUS) in Bar and participated in the panel "Without Plastic" devoted to the consequences of using plastic products on the environment. The Ambassador met high school students in Bar with the active campaign in the UK, pointing to endangered natural resources in Montenegro and invited young people to engage actively with relevant services and institutions.

"Mitar Radonjić from the Niksic Institute for Social and Educational Policy (ISOP) pointed out the lack of proper treatment of car tires in Montenegro, the devastation of the forestry fund over the past five years, during which over 30 percent of the trees were destroyed over 80 years, as well as the results of the ISOP Environmental and Animal Protection Team called "Green Patrol." During the panel discussion involving over 60 students and professors, there were student's comments on the recent ecological incident in the schoolyard when cypresses several decades old were illegally cut. Student Masa Kovacevic met the participants of the panel with the school's ecological section, led by professors Dragica Radović and Danijela Djokovic, whose projects received international awards," said professor of EUS Mr. Nedjeljko Djurovic.

The panel was held within the “Climate Diplomacy” project, an educational program for the pupil population, whose main representatives are in the diplomatic missions in Montenegro. It is implemented by ISOP with the Podgorica Youth Implementation Council and its goal is to promote a viable and "green" economy, and that our youth through the presentations by the diplomatic representatives is acquainted with the appropriate ecological practices of the countries they come from.

Text by Radomir Petric, on April 18th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Apr 2019, 12:49 PM

Radio Boka went on air for the first time in Herceg Novi on April 17th, 1979, two days after the devastating earthquake that hit the Montenegrin coast. The program of Radio Boka was carried out by the leading journalists of ex-Yugoslavia from Belgrade, Sarajevo and Podgorica, and they worked daily in a metal container placed at the square in front of the municipal building. Radio Herceg Novi, which began to broadcast the program on the same radio-frequency after two years on 25th May 1981, according to employees, inherited the tradition of Radio Boka.

On this occasion, a cocktail party was held, bringing together representatives of the municipality, councilors, colleagues, former editors and employees. Executive Director Dubravka Perovic announced the beginning of the work of the television that will happen under the same roof as the radio but on the new premises.

Radio Boka was a "tough" media, technologist Djuro Krnic said, who as a radio amateur was in "the first set up." "The program was broadcast in the middle frequency, and it was listened to from Ulcinj to Dubrovnik and up to Bilece. The work was done with an old technique, but when one of our colleagues came from some bigger media houses, after listening to our program and seeing where the program was being broadcasted, he would be puzzled and in disbelief, Krnic said.

 

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"I was a student in Belgrade when in the summer of the unfortunate 1979, I came to my Herceg Novi. I was astonished by the appearance of the city, but also by the enormous desire and strength of the inhabitants to renew their homes as soon as possible and to continue their normal lives. Randomly, my high school professor, Zarko Bulatovic, then journalist and editor of TV Titograd, suggested that I should help in creating a program of Radio Boka, which went on air only two days after the earthquake.

It was a big challenge for me, the first journalist real job in extraordinary circumstances. There was supposed to be daily visits to the ravaged Herceg Novi Riviera, listening to and recording various sad stories, people who were left without a roof above their heads, but also those who were encouraged with the help coming from all sides. My first report was from Kumbor," journalist Rada Djakovic recalls.

She reminds editors and experienced journalists who came from the great media centers of the former SFRJ, especially from Radio Titograd: Vlatko Ivanovic, Vladimir Gojnic, Bozidar Terzic. "I dreaded when I handed over the handwritten text for them to look at, before going on air. She says that she forever remembers the hot summer in a small metal container, on the plateau in front of the municipal building, from where the program was broadcasted with two big tape recorders by the brand "Studer" and chronicles of the municipalities: Herceg Novi, Kotor, and Tivat.   

Despite all technological advances, the radio is today the fastest medium - at the same time the media that continually confront us with reality and leaves enough space for imagination - because there is no image just a living word.

This also applies to Radio Herceg Novi from the moment we first went on air. As a media founded by the Municipality - we watched and experienced everything that the city had experienced, all the fractures in society, all the ups and downs, the bad and the good times. We have breathed and continue to breathe with the city," said journalist and editor of Radio Herceg Novi, Vitka Vujnovic.

Text by Slavica Kosic, on April 17th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Apr 2019, 11:38 AM

April 18, 2019 - To meet the high tourist season, the local Tourism Organization of Herceg Novi, in cooperation with National Tourism Organisation, is about to launch a so-called "road show" promotion in the pre-season and the post-season in the cities of the region. The aim is to extend the season and increase the number of tourists in May, June, September, and October.

The focus of the offer will be lower rental rates agreed with private publishers, along with tourist cards that provide city tours, city attractions, and sights, as well as a tour of the bay.
 
The road show will go to Belgrade, Novi Sad, Subotica, Kragujevac, Banja Luka, Sarajevo and Tuzla, Director of TO Pavle Obradovic said Radio Jadran:
 
"We have made a desirable offer for May and June, which we will focus on, with the offer during the season and in the post-season. We will talk to the agencies and present our proposal. It will pack package arrangements for 3, 5 and seven nights, in May, June September, and October. It's a promo package to offer with private accommodation publishers who have provided somewhat lower prices. TO will subsidize a tourist city card worth 5 euro for a fortress tour, for every guest coming in this period," Obradović explained.
 
The promo prices for accommodation vary from 8 to 10 euros per person overnight, while negotiating with several restaurants that half board is 10 euros, and breakfast 2, and for a bed and breakfast 10 euros.
 
Obradovic pointed out that the city-card could be purchased at Tourist Info Bureaus for 5, 10 and 20 euros.
 
"A 5 euro card allows a tour of the Fortress, the Native Museum, the Njegoševa School. The 10 euro card also enables you to sail by boat to Žanjic, while a ticket of 20, besides the mentioned, also allows a visit to the Adventure Park on Vrbanj. Cards are currently under construction," Obradović said.
 
Herceg Novi will be promoted on billboards,  media in the region as well as social networks, which, as they hoped for in the Tourist Organisation would have to result in a better visit than last year.
According to TO's latest statistical data, there are 3,300 registered guests in Herceg Novi, which is a 51% better visit than the same period last year.
 
The tourist organization redesigned a site that was promoted and viewed, where tourists can get information about the city, accommodation, city attractions, and active holidays.
 
There is also a live chat site, active from 8 to 20 h. In this way, direct communication for TO employees is provided, which will directly connect tourists with the tourist industry - accommodation publishers, restaurants, rent-a-car agencies and the like.
 
Obradovic, therefore, invited tourists to turn TO to make a joint presentation of their activities.
 
For those who prefer communication over the Internet, the new GIS application of Herceg Novi (geographic information system) is now available in the App Store, which is the directory of all companies in Herceg Novi.
 
Also, a virtual tour of the city continues, during which all hotels, large number of suites, city attractions, promenades, beaches, available on Google Maps and Google Street View have been recorded so far to be used for the application.
 
On the site of TO is the new three-year promo video of the city, which presented the project "2 experiences in 1 day" - coastal and mountainous. Included are city attractions, historical and cultural heritage and promotion of kayaking, sailing, and diving with cycling, hiking and paragliding in the hinterland. This kind of bidding awakened a great interest of tourists and bloggers, so some agencies from Russia and Macedonia have already begun to make a bargain, Obradovic says.
 
This year, as of June 1, 18 Info bureaux will be opened, of which six are currently active.
18 Apr 2019, 10:47 AM

April 18, 2019 - Kotor is a member of numerous international organizations and has twin cities around the world. In the context of regional cooperation, cooperation with Dubrovnik, Split, Mostar, and Ohrid has intensified in the past period. Kotor is also a member of international associations of cities that are based on UNESCO's principles of development for the areas of universal importance, multiethnic principles of spreading the culture of peace and the integrating principles of the European Union.

"In the field of establishing cooperation with local communities, Kotor has a rich tradition, many old partnerships, renewed and new. The modern conception of the municipality implies a serious pillar of cooperation and joint projects involving not only representatives of local authorities but also other members of the community,” said the coordinator of the Office for International Cooperation of the Municipality of Kotor, Dr. Jelena Stjepčević in the program "032" of Radio Kotor.
 
According to her, cooperation with the Adriatic-Ionian Euro Region and the Adriatic-Ionian Forum is essential.
 
"The Kotor Municipality establishes strong links and cooperation with these organizations, as well as other key actors from neighboring countries of the Western Balkans and EU Member States on a project basis. In the context of participation in projects of European territorial cooperation, I would particularly emphasize the Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities and the Adriatic Ionian Euro Region organizations, promoting the implementation of the European strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian macro-regions. It creates an institutional framework for identifying and solving the most common issues in the Adriatic, and thus issues that are of importance for the long-term development of Kotor. The Kotor Municipality has repeatedly participated in Open Days in Brussels, from supporting the macro-regionalization of institutions to theme workshops after the strategy has become operational," said Stjepčević.
 
In cooperation with the Adriatic Ionian Euro Region, the Municipality of Kotor has so far implemented projects "Quality of Adriatic Food", "Adriatic Mariculture" and "AdriEurop" funded through the INTERREG CARDS PHARE cross-border cooperation program as well as the project "Adriatic Ionian Operating Management" is funded from the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2007-2013. Membership in the Adriatic and Ionian Cities Forum offers the opportunity to create strong partnerships in the new programming period of the European Union. It is essential for the Municipality of Kotor and other Montenegrin municipalities as members of this association as it receives support from international funds for projects and initiatives that are in line with the strategic vision development of coastal cities.
 
The new EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region as well as the new territorial cooperation programs, says Stjepčević, offer great opportunities for strengthening the maritime economy, creating new jobs in the region, strengthening traffic and energy links, inter-port cooperation, developing sustainable tourism and protection of the sea and coast.
 
The Regional and Territorial Cooperation Sector provides the possibility of applying Montenegrin beneficiaries of assistance to three transnational, two trilateral and four bilateral programs, from which the Municipality of Kotor has nominated projects within all three transnational (Adriatic- Mediterranean and Danube), both trilateral (Montenegro Croatia, BiH and Montenegro, Italy, Albania) and one bilateral program Montenegro and BiH.
 
Within the framework of the first financial perspective of IPA 2007-2013, the Kotor Municipality was one of the most prosperous municipalities in Montenegro in competing and withdrawing available EU funds, thus gaining excellent references in the field of EU funds use and becoming a reliable partner in the region.
 
"The total value of the projects implemented by the Kotor municipality in the framework of the financial perspective of IPA I, which are financed by the EU, is about 1,230,000, not counting the projects that have been carried out independently by our companies, in this case, the figure for half a million," Stjepčević said.
 
Kotor fosters good international relations with Italian friendly cities and regional organizations, as reliable partners in cross-border cooperation projects.
 
"The Municipality of Kotor has actively participated in all open calls for projects of the new IPA II financial perspective program, which carries much more opportunities and resources than we have so far had the opportunity to make use of, especially through trilateral projects, namely Montenegro-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Croatia and Montenegro-Italy-Albania. So far, a total of five projects worth EUR 718,500 have been approved for the Kotor Municipality, of which we are most proud of the BACAR project, where we are in the role of the lead partner, is funded from the IPA trilateral Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2014-2020," Stjepčević said.
 
Evaluation of other projects that are projected under this financial perspective is ongoing.
 
"It is of the utmost importance that the Municipality of Kotor pays special attention to the training of the employees to acquire the necessary knowledge in the field of project management. We are expecting significant activities in the field of communication of the European integration process following the Public Information Strategy on the Accession of Montenegro to the European Union 2019-2022 and the Action Plan for its Implementation in 2019," concluded Stjepčević.
18 Apr 2019, 02:43 AM

16 April 2019 - The Government of Montenegro is strongly committed to preserving and protecting the Ulcinj Salina, revitalizing that area and in that context it provided legal and planned protection of the site, Prime Minister Duško Marković said at a meeting with representatives of four NGOs - EuroNatur Foundation, BirdLife International, Center for Protection and Research of Birds of Montenegro (CZIP) and Dr. Martin Schneider-Jacoby Association. 

Representatives of these four NGOs, Gabriel Schwaderer, Ariel Bruner, Jovana Janjušević and Zenepa Lika, handed over a petition to Prime Minister Marković signed by over 90,000 citizens from Montenegro and Europe, demanding that the Prime Minister ensures the timely revitalization of salt production in Ulcinj Salina, protection of Ulcinj Salina in accordance with national and international law and to ensure that Ulcinj Salina remains owned by Montenegrin citizens and that it is managed in the best interests of the country's environment and citizens. 

Prime Minister Marković pointed out that the Government's intention and actions regarding this issue were undisputed and reminded that, besides the adoption of documents protecting this area, the Government had invested 1 million EUR in equipment and water pumps so far. 

He pointed out that the issue of ownership of land cannot and will not determine the way of valorization and protection of this area, and that the Government will engage in solving this problem. He said that the support and expertise of these NGOs are welcome and that in the forthcoming period they will work together to fulfill the goal - protection and revitalization of Ulcinj Salina. 

Both sides agreed that the Salina area is important both from the aspect of environmental protection and preservation of biodiversity, as well as from the perspective of the economy, job creation and creation of new tourist offer in Montenegro based on nature protection. 

Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism Pavle Radulović also attended the meeting. 

17 Apr 2019, 14:20 PM

The Secretariat for Culture and Education of the Municipality Herceg Novi has presented a wall painting competition within the "Street Art Festival" to be held in September. The subject of the competition for making the art solution of the wall is "Paths, Faces, Districts". Specialists from the field of art, individuals and art groups who have at least three wall paintings are invited by the Secretariat to design a mural and send applications no later than May 15th, 2019. Particularly welcome are the works that aesthetically suit and reflect the context of the city and the local community.  

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A decision-making commission composed of three experts from the field of artistic creativity will be evaluating the delivered solutions. The three best works will be awarded prize money, and the authors will be provided with wall painting material by the organizers at the anticipated locations during the Street Art Festival in September. It is intended that this year's Street Art Festival will be of an international character, says the secretary Zambelic Pistalo.

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"Discussions with the organizers of similar festivals in Helsinki, Finland and Esther, Portugal are ongoing. Hopefully, we will arrange the participation, which will make the Street Art festival have an international character, quality and more creative people," said the Secretary of Culture and education Ana Zambelic Pistalo.

The aim of the Street Art Festival is to enhance the public space and promote the city as a place of pleasant living, with the simultaneous affirmation of modern forms of art.

Text by Slavica Kosic, on April 16th 2019, read more at Vijesti

17 Apr 2019, 14:06 PM

The "May Carnival Evenings", from 29th April to 5th May, marks the beginning of the summer tourist season in Budva, and a varied program will transform the squares in front of and within the Old Town into a podium for fans of good music and energy, said the organizers of the Municipality of Budva, the local Tourist organization and NGO Festadjuni.

They added that the program was designed to meet different tastes and ages and meet the expectations of all those who are happy to spend the Labor Day holidays in Budva.

During seven days at the Square of Painters in front of the Old Town and the squares in the Old Town, there will be events such as Bikers’ evening, Folklore, Zumba and Salsa nights, along with the music of various genres. The stars will perform at 10 p.m., YU group on the 30th within the Bikers’ night, Sanja Ilic and Balkanika on the 1st May within the Evening of Folklore, while Jelena Rozga will perform on 2nd May.

The last three days of the event are reserved for the 17th International Carnival and the 18th Spring Night under Masks. The carnival will begin on Friday, May 3rd when masks will traditionally with Abrum invite citizens and tourists to the feast. The fun continues inside and in front of the wall of the Old Town, where the band “The Grupa” performs at 10 p.m. The Great Carnival Parade, on May 4th, will be announced, with more than 2000 participants from fifteen countries, including Cuba, Spain, Italy, Austria, Ukraine, Russia. "The Books of Knjige" will be hosts of the program on that day.

On the last day, the children's carnival parade will start at 4.30 pm and later dance groups and ballet studio "Amadeus" will have their performances.

Text by Vuk Lajovic, on April 16th 2019, read more at Vijesti

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