15 Dec 2019, 09:13 AM

December 15, 2019 - During the meeting with the Montenegrin PM Duško Marković, Head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis confirmed his arrival to Montenegro next year.

Pope’s Francis visit to our country will have historical significance, the Govt of Montenegro announced.

“Head of the Catholic Church praised Montenegro’s policies referring to ecumenism, culture, ecology and humanization in all areas of social relations,” the government tweeted.

Mr Marković went to Vatican City State upon the invitation of Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

The Prime Minister’s visit to the Vatican aims to further boost the existing extraordinary political relations and continue with the dialogue at the highest possible level.

Text by CDM, read more here.

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14 Dec 2019, 12:47 PM
December 14, 2019 - At the Regent's Second Charity Ball, held last night at the officially best hotel in Montenegro, a sum of €20,520 was raised, which will be donated to the Day Care Center for Children with Special Needs in Tivat, to fully equip the sensory room and physical therapy room.
Kai Dieckmann, general manager of the hotel in a statement to the guests, said:
"Tonight's Ball and Best of the Best Awards Ceremony expresses our gratitude to our partners and the community we belong to and are honored to call home. When it comes to size and population, Tivat is certainly a small town, but the set of the diversity of microclimates, traditions and landscapes found in such a small place is also impressive. He has very quickly erased attributes such as the "smallest" and "youngest" cities in the Gulf of Boka Kotorska, and we are proud to contribute to and promote it as it is - a unique but also idyllic cultural, tourist and sailing center. We are honored to dedicate this Bal to the sensibilities of his people, in recognition of their sense of community and fundamental values. "
The event was supported by Petit Geneve Petrovic's largest single donation as a platinum sponsor and Universal Capital Bank as a bronze sponsor while valuable donations came from Adriatic Marinas - Porto Montenegro, MonteFish, Milovic Winery, Happy Garden Florist Free Jack, Print All, Zoran Radonjic Photography and Radio Television of Montenegro is a major media partner.
Attendees were also given valuable raffles as part of which they were able to purchase prizes for prizes in the form of accommodation at some of Europe's most prestigious hotels such as Regent Berlin and Kempinski Venice. Five-star experiences from the region were donated by Esplanade Zagreb, Monte Mulini, Hotel Adriatic Rovinj, Grand Park Rovinj, Intercontinental Ljubljana, Hyatt Regency Belgrade, Hilton Dubrovnik, One & Only PortoNovi, Plaza Tirana, Hotel Regent and Porto Montenegro. All funds raised through the sale of raffles are included in the total donation amount.
"I thank you for such a wonderful evening that brought us together for a noble cause. I am honored that you selected the Day Center for Children with Special Needs in Tivat for this year's edition of the ball. Day Care Center is a very important project that will provide quality services, care and work with children with disabilities, and the money raised will be used to improve the overall service and care through the complete equipping of the Day Care Center's sensory room and physical therapy space. ” said Natasa Lutovac, president of the day center's board of directors.
The evening was enhanced by the guitar duo Nikcevic & Bulatovic and the band "The Grupa" together with the dance show of 'Dancing with the Stars' from Croatia.
As part of the "Best of the Best" annual ceremony, the management of Hotel Regent awarded the best partners during 2019, with Adriatic Marinas as the best regional corporate partner, "Roche" as the category of the best international corporate partner of congress tourism. The US Embassy was selected as the best partner in the segment of governmental, non-governmental and diplomatic missions, and Talas M was selected as the best MICE partner and the Calvados agency as the holiday tourism partner. In the print media category, The Collection magazine was recognized, while MyGuide was recognized as the best electronic medium for the past year.
13 Dec 2019, 13:00 PM
December 13, 2019 - The Intergovernmental Committee on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO recognized the importance of the Boka Navy and opened the possibility for its inclusion on the Representative List of Intangible Heritage in the coming period, the Ministry of Culture reported.
The committee has been in Bogota in recent days, and the Montenegrin delegation, invited to provide further clarification on the nomination of the Boka Navy, was led by Culture Minister Aleksandar Bogdanovic.
The President of the Evaluation Body, Bak Sangmee, pointed out that the Bokelj Navy brings together a series of activities, practices, and rituals related to transporting the relics of Saint Trypun to Kotor in 809, in which seafarers played a significant role. According to her, based on the information in the dossier, the nomination fully meets criterion R5 for inclusion in Representative List.
Bak Sangmee said that the Evaluation Body confirms that the Boka Navy was included in the Register of Cultural Property of Montenegro in 2013 by the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Property, which is the responsible body for keeping the register. "However, the Evaluation Body considers that further clarification of the R1-R4 criteriums is needed to clarify the nature of the element itself," she said.
In the opinion of the Evaluation Body, many activities, practices, and rituals are mentioned in the Nomination File. Still, there is no more detailed information on their nature, social functions, and cultural significance. The dossier focuses on visibility and awareness of the importance of the element itself, highlighting the values ​​of the Boka Navy and its connection to local identity. The evaluating body has assessed that the proposed measures lack protection measures aimed at the possible risks of tourism impact.
The dossier, as he points out, does not provide precise information on the mechanisms and methodology of working with the Boka Navy and the wider local community. "For this reason, the Evaluation Body proposes to adopt a Decision to supplement the nomination of the Boka Navy," the opinion of that body states.
Minister Bogdanovic said that Montenegro highly appreciates UNESCO's views on the nomination of the Boka Navy. He emphasized that Montenegro's cultural policy is based on UNESCO conventions and other standards. "For us, therefore, intangible heritage lists are not a platform for competition, and local communities are not objects, but subjects in intensive cooperation," Bogdanovic said.
He added that Montenegro would carefully follow the recommendations of the Evaluation Body and improve the dossier so that we can submit it again in the next nomination cycle.
Representatives of the Montenegrin delegation informed the UNESCO Committee that during the first nomination process, the whole procedure was conducted transparently and that more than 300 local community approvals were collected.
"Another challenge was the fact that the Boka Navy is a complex element of the intangible heritage, so it is difficult to reduce the tradition of 12 centuries to a simple form, such as the UNESCO file," the Ministry said.
13 Dec 2019, 11:04 AM

The Tourism Organization of Budva Municipality, in cooperation with the Budva Caterers Association, is organizing this year's “Christmas Market” event in the square in front of the Old Town.

The Christmas and New Year holidays are a time of joy, cheerfulness and a variety of entertainment programs for children and adults, and this year, from December 25th, all visitors will find a rich cultural and entertaining program, which will feature klapa ”Harmonija”.

Budva City Music, Mićo Vujović, Toć, Perper, local DJs, and a rich program for the children has also been prepared.

Just a few steps from the sea, in Trg Slikara (Square of Painters), all skating lovers can enjoy the holiday magic, where there will be an ice surface, or an ice rink, next to which there will be a music program, with the inevitable rustic wooden houses that offer traditional Budva delicacies.

The free skating rink will be in operation from January 4 to January 26, 2020.

Text by Boka News, on December 13th, 2019, read more at Boka News

13 Dec 2019, 10:14 AM

As part of the project "Let’s Empower Agriculture - Revive the Village", implemented by the Olive Society "Boka", one of the promotional activities is the exhibition of local products in Tivat.

“Usually for our association, these exhibitions represent both the product and the manufacturer, and most of all, the Mediterranean coastal mentality.

At the promotion of local products on Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 10 am to 5 pm, visitors will be able to see and taste local products at the Pine waterfront in Tivat: olives, olive oil, cheese, meat products, honey, wine…” as announced by MD Boka.


„Bokeška maslina“

The project "Let’s Empower Agriculture - Revive the Village" is implemented by the Olive Society, "Boka" in the territory of Tivat Municipality in partnership with NGO "Nada" from Herceg Novi within the ReLOaD program. The implementation of the project, whose budget is 16,520 euros, will take eight months.

Text by Boka News, on December 12th, 2019, read more at Boka News

12 Dec 2019, 12:54 PM
December 12, 2019 - The sixth Regent Christmas Bazaar will be held on two weekends in December (14th and 15th | 21st and 22nd December) from noon to 4 pm under the arcades of the Murano Restaurant.
"Regent Porto Montenegro begins with a celebration of the Christmas Bazaar, which is already a tradition of our hotel. During the two weekends, the bazaar will be an event where visitors will enjoy delicacies and a rich offer of unique handicrafts.
At the special booth of our hotel, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique gastronomic offer. In addition to our mulled wine, which delighted many who previously had a chance to visit the bazaar, the stand will feature a variety of cakes, pizzas, hot chocolate, coffee, and teas of many and unusual aromas and flavors. Handmade Santa Claus and Chocolate Snow White can be a lovely gift to loved ones.
The first day of the Christmas Bazaar will be marked by the live music of the band "Kyra," so besides the gastronomy, we have an excellent music program at the beginning of the festive season," said Željko Knezović, Food and Beverage Manager at Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro.
The stands of this year's Christmas Bazaar will feature organic produce of various types.  The Duljevo Monastery will present their products. There will be a plentiful supply of virgin olive oil by Olcinium Oil. Multiple interpretations of jams, candied fruits, and juices produced by Milina Kovacevic and Sanja Knezevic, holiday treats in the form of biscuits and gingerbread cookies by Suzana Fodor Jovanovic will round the gastro offer. Handicrafts by Melita Ciko and Funda Sen; unique souvenirs made by Natasa Minic, Jelena Krvavac and Tatiana Argal; Olga Fedotova's handmade jewelry and clay by Đurđo Milatović; home decor art by Olivera Miskovic, natural cosmetics, and soaps by Dragan Beljić and the Igalo Day Center- there will be plenty of unique products to present Montenegro also to foreign guests coming to Tivat Riviera for winter holidays.
The Christmas Bazaar is an ideal opportunity to socialize to celebrate the holidays, Regent said, pointing out that everyone who wants it here can find a unique and exciting gift for their loved ones.
12 Dec 2019, 10:34 AM
December 12, 2019 - A round table entitled "Potentials of Cultural Heritage for Creating Cultural Routes of Montenegro" was held yesterday, December 11, at the Solidarity Gallery in Kotor.
The event organized NGO EXPEDITIO within the project "ROADS OF HERITAGE - Cultural Heritage Potentials for Creating Cultural Routes of Montenegro," which was supported by the Ministry of Culture as part of a public call for proposals for NGO projects under the Diversity of Independent Expressions Program cultural scenes".
EXPEDITIO's expert Aleksandra Kapetanovic emphasized the HERITAGE ROADS project aims at improving the presentation of immovable cultural heritage. Its goal is also to improve the tourist offer in Montenegro through the affirmation of cultural heritage as a potential for creating national cultural routes, but also for joining regional and European cultural routes.
Cultural routes related to cultural heritage and tourism are themed tourist routes that may be physically linked but often serve as a network of similar tourist sites.
"For many years now, they have been engaged internationally by organizations active in the field of cultural heritage and tourism. ICOMOS, the International Council for Monuments and Monuments, even has a charter on cultural routes, which was adopted in 2008, which clearly defines the criteria for cultural routes," explained Kapetanović.
Ministry of Culture representative Tijana Vujovic spoke about initiatives related to this area in Montenegro.
"The cultural diversity and identity diversity of Montenegro are initially visible in local communities that have their history and tradition of heritage in rural areas. Different rural communities also have different cultural specificities, which in particular necessitate access to their tourist valorisation. The largest number of sites supported through the Council of Europe's Cultural Routes program is located in our area, which, through the international protection and promotion mechanisms offered by this program, have been able to enhance the tourist offer. The Ministry of Culture, through cooperation with partners at the local and international level, has recognized that local communities in Montenegro have the most potential for inclusion in olive tree routes and wine routes," Vujovic said.
NGO EXPEDITIO presented the results of the ROUTES OF THE HERITAGE project, including the recognized potentials of cultural heritage for the creation of cultural routes, as well as publications published within the edition of the Cultural Route of Montenegro.
Apart from the representative of the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro Tijana Vujovic, Snežana Derviškadić and Milena Filipović - representatives of the Regional Cooperation Council and Svetlana Vujačić from the Center for Sustainable Tourism Initiatives spoke at the roundtable.
These presentations were followed by a discussion on the potential of cultural heritage for the creation of national cultural routes in Montenegro. There was also a discussion on further steps in this field.
Source: Radio Kotor
12 Dec 2019, 10:19 AM

December 12, 2019 - Initial activities on the Food4Health project were presented yesterday at the University of Montenegro, organized by the Institute of Marine Biology and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro.

Food4Health is an acronym for the IPA Funds Cross-Border Cooperation Project of Italy, Albania, and Montenegro, under the full title "Sustainable and Innovative Value Chain of Agro-Food and Fisheries for the Cross-border Market of SMEs."
The main objective of the Food4Health project is to establish multifunctional centers in all three countries to contribute to the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of agriculture and fisheries, said Rector of the University of Montenegro prof. Dr. Danilo Nikolic.
With a total project budget of almost 5 million euros, project partners will, through a common challenge, devote themselves to fostering competitiveness and innovation to promote small and medium-sized enterprises in various sectors of agriculture and fisheries, said Nikolic.
He emphasized that the Institute of Marine Biology will, through infrastructure investments, receive a laboratory that will be the only in-vitro spawning stone on the eastern Adriatic coast, which further contributes to the competitiveness of both scientific research and the advancement of the mariculture sector in Montenegro.
Director of the Institute of Marine Biology, Dr. Mirko Djurovic, said that the new space for work would upgrade the existing capacities of the Institute and enable the recruitment of new scientific staff, and certainly increase the Institute's competitiveness at the regional level.
The project Food4Health was also presented by the Director of the Fisheries Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Slavica Pavlovic.
Partners on Food4Health project are the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Montenegro; Center for Agricultural Technology Transfer from Korce, Albania; Agricultural Technology Transfer Center from Vlora, Albania; The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute from Bari, Italy; The region of Pula and the Molise region of Italy, all under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Albania.
The implementation of the project started on June 1 this year.
11 Dec 2019, 11:08 AM

The second Regent Charity Ball will be held on December 13, 2019. All funds collected during the evening will go toward equipping the Day Care Center for Children with Disabilities in Tivat. This year's ball was supported by Petite Geneve Petrovic as a platinum sponsor, Universal Capital Bank as bronze sponsor and FreeJack, MonteFish, Milovic Winery, Adriatic Marinas, PrintAll, Grand Park Hotel Rovinj, Zoran Radonjic as the official photographer while Radio Television of Montenegro is the media sponsor of the ball.

The event of the year will bring together representatives of the economy, government organizations, diplomatic missions and the media. The elegant note of the evening will be brought by the renowned guitar duo Nikcevic & Bulatovic and the music group “The Grupa” together with some of the best classical and Latin dancers in the world.

Kai Dieckmann, general manager of the hotel, said:

“We are honored to bring together, for the second time in a row, reputable companies and individuals with whom we share a vision of quality life and jointly create a contribution to the community we call our home. We are pleased to weave the tradition of balls into the rich tradition of Tivat traditions and we look forward to another elegant evening to remember that will result in a valuable donation to the Day Care Center for Children with Special Needs. The fact that we will have a full hall again this year speaks in favor of the idea and vision of the event. "

Attendees will also be offered a valuable lottery as part of which they will be able to buy tickets for prizes in the form of accommodation in some of the most prestigious hotels in Europe and the region, while arrangements on the coast will be donated by the Regent Hotel, Porto Montenegro and other partners. All funds raised through the sale of the lottery will go within the full donation amount.

The gala dinner costs €120 per person and the gala dinner with over-night stay for two is €300.

As part of the "Best of the Best" annual ceremony, the management of the Regent Hotel will reward the best partners during 2019, including the best corporate partner, the best congress tourism partner, the best holiday agency partner, as well as partners of print and electronic media.

Text by Boka News, on December 10th, 2019, read more at Boka News

10 Dec 2019, 12:25 PM
December 10, 2019 - A seven-member team led by the Minister of Culture, Aleksandar Bogdanovic and Boka Navy Admiral Anton Sbutega is attending a conference of the UNESCO Intangible Heritage Committee, held in Bogota, Colombia, from 9 to 14 December. They will provide additional explanations and information regarding the listing of the Boka Navy on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. 
"The Evaluation Body, composed of experts who are not members of the UNESCO Intangible Heritage Committee, considered our candidacy valid, but made a few comments, and asked for additional explanations that the Montenegrin delegation should provide to the UNESCO Committee who meets in Bogota December 9-14. This is unusual because these explanations may have been requested earlier, but this has not been done. It is undisputed that there is a strong lobby that is trying to thwart the success of our candidacy," Boka Navy Admiral Antun Sbutega told BokaNews. 
He recalled the problems that arose from the political and media campaign launched on the occasion of the Montenegrin candidacy of the Boka Navy 809 Kotor in Croatia, as well as by some Croats and organizations gathering Croats in Montenegro. This campaign challenged Montenegro's right to propose the Navy on its own. The forces, as mentioned above, consider this supranational organization primarily as a heritage of the Croatian people in Boka Kotorska and accordingly consider that in Croatia and Montenegro, they had to apply together with the Boka Navy as an intangible cultural property of global importance. 
By the way, the Boka Navy 809 Kotor does not recognize affiliates which, with the prefix Croatian Brotherhood of the Boka Navy 809 Kotor, operate in several Croatian cities, precisely because the Navy has always been a supranational organization of the bokelian people since its inception. 
The Montenegrin delegation to Bogota is composed of Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanovic, Director of the Directorate of Cultural Heritage Aleksandar Dajkovic, Secretary of the Montenegrin UNESCO Commission Milica Nikolic, Director General of the Directorate for Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Veljko Milonic, Director of the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Property Božidar Bozovic, Navy Admiral, Antun Sbutega and Director of the Maritime Museum of Montenegro Andro Radulovic.
Source: BokaNews
10 Dec 2019, 09:49 AM

Last weekend, fashion and dance studio “Enigma” from Tivat participated in the Serbian International Dance Festival in Vrnjacka Banja and won 4 golds!

The “Enigma” dancers competed in the Open Category Formation Mini Kids, Open Category Formation Children, Street Dance Show Formation Children and Disco Show Formation Mini Kids and in all 4 won first places.

The organizer of the Festival, which was attended by over 3,000 dancers from Southeastern Europe, were “UG Serbia dances” and dance studio “La Luna” from Jagodina.

"We are delighted with the organization, as well as the competition itself, but most of all with the gold trophies, which is a testament to our hard work and love we put into the dance," says “Enigma” dance studio coach, Senka Stanisic.

Text by Dragan Popadic, on December 10th, 2019, read more at Radio Tivat

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