17 August 2019 - The Taste Domestic Products Cluster (Montenegrin: klaster Probaj domaće) is implementing the project Taste domestic products from Montenegro in popular tourist centres - in Budva, Bar, Petrovac, Tivat, Virpazar and Rijeka Crnojevića, reports RTCG.
The project will run throughout the whole summer and will be implemented in Petrovac from August 17 to August 20.
"The project is being implemented with the support of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, as part of the Program of Incentive Measures in the Field of Tourism for this and next year," the statement said.
The project Taste domestic products from Montenegro, as they explained, was conceived as a promotional, marketing, media and fair campaign that will allow the members of Taste Domestic Products Cluster and other agricultural producers, as well as ethno village owners, to expand the market of their products and services to tourists who visit Montenegro during the summer.
"The project will also enable them to establish direct contact and arrange the placement of their products with representatives of the Montenegrin tourism industry (HORECA – Hotel, Restaurant, Café), as well as to increase the competitiveness of traditional products on the domestic market," the statement added.
In addition to meetings of producers and tourists, direct contacts will be organized between producers and representatives of the tourism industry and caterers, to include domestic products in their offer.
The Taste Domestic Products Cluster cluster was created as a result of a great number of fairs of traditional Montenegrin products such as wine, prosciutto, olives, cheese, and honey, as well as processed fruits and vegetables cooked according to the traditional recipes. At these gatherings, the producers from Montenegro prepared different products of distinct aroma and taste that reminded all visitors what the Montenegrin cuisine has to offer.
The aim of the cluster, as well as this specific project, is to improve the promotion of domestic products both inside and outside Montenegro, as well as to help local producers to implement their projects and ideas more easily and to position themselves in the market.
The founder of the Taste Domestic Products Cluster, Velimir Đoković emphasised that dealing with marketing and promotion, they strive to connect manufacturers better and introduce them to the local public as well as to tourists coming to Montenegro. “Guests are not satisfied just with the enjoyment of our beautiful beaches; they want to get to know the country and the specifics of some regions. Therefore, this way of presenting Montenegro affects the overall economy, from the consumption of domestic food to the offer of new knowledge, which guarantees the return of the guests as well as the direct promotion of the destination through the experience they take from Montenegro," said Đoković.
Marina Stoponja was born in Zagreb in 1959. She graduated in 1999 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where she is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the Department of Sculpture. She has been a member of the Croatian Society of Fine Artists since 1999, and of the Croatian Association of Independent Artists since 2001. In the last few years, she has been developing her artistic career in the United Arab Emirates. She has had 20 solo exhibitions and participated in 50 group exhibitions juried at home and abroad. She has received several awards and recognitions, including the RAK Fine Art Festival (2007), Ras Al Khaimah - UAE, International Emerging Artist Award (2016), Dubai - UAE, 2. Premio Contemporaneo (2001), Forli - Italy, Special Rector awards (1997) Zagreb.
“In her sculptures, the artist from Zagreb works on topics that describe life in its physical, artistic and sociological aspects. Through her works, she interprets nature and the world around her through a three-dimensional form, and often deals with topics of human relations. The artist most often creates in white marble, sometimes in bronze, wood, and aluminum. Marina Stoponja is one of the few sculptors from Croatia who creates sculptures in stone and marble in large formats and dimensions. Her works are also self-portraits interpreted by philosophical and biographical descriptions, characterized by a distinctive style of precise, almost perfect technical processing of material ” writes Rachel Thong about Marina Stoponja.
The music part of the programme will feature young flutist Stefan Pericic from Tivat.
17 August 2019 - Juan Amador, the chef-owner of 3 Michelin-star Amador Restaurant, will host a gala dinner with the Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel culinary team in Tivat on August 24th. It is the first time that Amador comes to Montenegro. This exceptional gastronomic spectacle begins at 8:00 pm.
The five exceptional courses will be carefully paired with premium wines, selected by a sommelier to accompany the work of this renowned chef.
“We are honoured to host Juan Amador, who is often described as one of the world's top chefs. This gastronomic spectacle will crown the month marking the fifth anniversary of the hotel and it is our pleasure to give our guests and visitors the opportunity to enjoy world-class gastronomy for the first time in Montenegro,” said Željko Knezović, Regent's Food and Beverage Manager.
Juan Amador has worked at numerous restaurants throughout Germany. For him, as has been said, cooking is pure passion, and like no other, he shapes the world of flavors and pioneers the highest culinary arts. "The incomparable craft that results is from his Spanish temperament and his German precision makes him inimitable. For Juan, the gathering for dinner means the true soul of food, where not only friends and food come together, but it transforms into an unforgettable experience." ("Six Senses")
He opened his first restaurant in 2005, quickly gaining three Michelin stars. He opened a restaurant in Mannheim afterward and then in Vienna, where he owns the first and only restaurant (Amador) in Austria, which carries a maximum of 3 Michelin stars. Michelin stars are the biggest and the most respected recognition in the culinary world that restaurants with prestigious offerings and services receive and Michelin's Guide is considered the "Gastronomic Bible".
The successes of Juan Amador have been crowned by the membership of his restaurants at Relais & Chateux - an association that brings together the finest hotels and restaurants.
16 August 2019 - According to the latest data, there were 59.529 tourists on 9 August, a 30% increase in comparison to the same period last year. The majority of tourists stayed in private accommodation, said Director of the Tourist Organization Ulcinj Fatmir Đeka, who is very satisfied with the indicators suggesting a bumper year for Ulcinj.
"Until 1 August, more than a million overnights have been recorded. Obviously, this year we are going to have around 2 million overnights. That means this will be a record year in tourism in Ulcinj," pointed out Đeka.
As far as the structure of guests is concerned, tourists usually come from the countries in the region. Đeka also said that the number of registered tourists is considerably higher this year. That is the result of good organization activities of competent services.
"Members of the Inspection Administration and inspectors of the Police Department have intensified their control activities. This is just the beginning. Next year control activities will become earlier. We want that to become part of the culture, just like in the West," stressed out Đeka.
Higher revenues generated from collected taxes particularly interests him.
"In August, tax collection will double. It is not about collecting as much as we can, the point is to organize guest registration in the best possible way to obtain real, accurate data about the number of tourists in Ulcinj," said Đeka.
Ulcinj has enormous potential for the tourist economy. However, the Director of the Tourist Organization Ulcinj reiterates that everybody should act following the law in every segment. Another positive aspect is the number of hotels in the municipality.
"Charisma company has had a considerable impact on tourism in Ulcinj. Ulcinj counts a total of 59 hotels," pointed out Đeka as CdM reports.
As far as public utility aspects are concerned he stressed that many problems have already been solved. The water supply system and traffic regulations are at a satisfactory level.
"Guests are satisfied and have not made any remarks so far. There is still noise, near Pristan and at the mouth of Bojana. Devices for putting a limitation on noise have been set up and it has produced positive results," stated Đeka.
Money collected from tourist and local taxes will be invested for the worthy cause, says Director of Tourist Organization Ulcinj.
"We are getting ready for trade fairs in September. We are going together with other local tourist organizations and National Tourist Organization so that the complete offer of Montenegro can be found in one place," stated Director of Tourist Organization Ulcinj.
This year Ulcinj made a new, significant step forward in the improvement of promotion and visibility.
"We made virtual 3D high-resolution tour which is going to be presented in the forthcoming days. This 3D tour enables guests to see every place in the town. It is something completely new," added Đeka.
He pointed out that they wanted to present Ulcinj as a town with a unique offer, adding that there is a lake, a river and the sea, which is rare.
"Tourists can combine the beach vacation with countryside tourism and then they can go to the coast for a couple of days and then they can afford to enjoy beauty of the lake," said Đeka.
In August, Ulcinj will see two gastronomic events to mark the summer season. Domestic products trade fair, Fair Fest, will be held from 16 August to 18 August in Pristan. Members of the local Women’s Association, producers of domestic products, will be presenting their products. The ceremonial opening starts on Friday, at 8 PM.
Venice Palace in the Old town will host Okra days festival where tourists can enjoy delicious okra dishes.
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17 August 2019 - On Sunday, August 18, starting at 8 pm, Lepetani, a small settlement in Tivat Municipality, will host the first Fish and Wine Festival.
The festival is organized by the local community of Lepetani, sponsored by the Tivat Municipality and the Tivat Tourist Organisation. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy free fried and grilled fish and all tastings are paired with exclusive wines selected for the occasion. The manifestation will also feature live music by the local musician Bojan Delić and his band.
The organisers of the manifestation expect that the Fish and Wine Festival will gather a large number of visitors to the Lepetani promenade, who will enjoy music and local specialties until late in the evening.
Preparations for the event are currently on-going, and the organisers are announcing a wonderful evening from which guests will only carry positive impressions.
This area has a rich tradition, and the Municipality of Tivat will continue to support such events, with the aim of getting the tourists familiarised with the specifics of Montenegrin coastal cities.
The manifestation starts at 8 pm in front of the Cultural Centre of Tivat. The Lepetani local community invites all tourists and locals to join this gastronomic party and be part of an unforgettable event in the beautiful setting on the Montenegrin coast.
Get ready to get a taste of the seaside in Tivat!
17 August 2019 - The manifestation Honey and Olive Days in Grbalj, organised to support the local producers and to improve the tourist offer of Kotor, will be held on Saturday, August 17, in front of Business Centre Vukšić from 10 am to 8 pm.
The event will be opened at 10 o'clock by Radule Miljanić, President of the Union of Beekeeping Organisations of Montenegro, reports BokaNews Portal. Members of the Grbalj Beekeepers Society have been organizing this exhibition of beekeeping products from 2015, and the individuals who exhibit the products include local producers and guests from other parts of Montenegro. The products which will be exhibited at the fair include organic honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, propolis, bee wax, bee venom, mead, as well as olives and olive oil.
Recognizing that this type of promotion of local products also means the popularization of beekeeping and healthy lifestyle, as well as the improvement the tourist offer of Kotor with new contents, the Managing Board of the Beekeeping Organisation organises this event at least once a year.
“The lack of exhibition space, above all, is a constant problem of all NGOs that need to promote their work in this way, and it puts us in the situation that every year we have to ask different organisations for both space and support. This year, the owner of Business Centre Vukšić, who has already proved to be a supporter of the organisation's work in the past, has granted us the exhibition space without compensation, and we are very grateful, “said the representatives of the Beekeeping organisation.
Montenegrin honey has already been recognised within the country and abroad, as a high-quality product, which can be declared a national brand.
At the recently held Smell of Linden and Honey Festival, it was estimated that thanks to the proactive policies and incentives of the Government of Montenegro, beekeeping is becoming more and more popular and more profitable. On that occasion, the Mayor of Cetinje, Aleksandar Kašćelan claimed that in Montenegro, honey could be rightfully referred to as a national brand. "First of all, because of the quality to which domestic producers pay great attention, but also because of all the measures that are being taken to market the original and safe products. This is especially because of the good prospects for the placement of large quantities of the honey produced in Cetinje and generally Montenegro on European and other markets, which highly value brand and good image,” said Kašćelan.
"The Little Pirate" directed by Milan Karadžić and written by Aleksandra Glovacki will be played on Sunday, August 18th at Purgatorije Festival in Tivat. The show premiered last year in Tivat on December 20th in the coproduction of Culture Centre Tivat and CityTheatre Podgorica. It will be performed on Sunday at 9 pm at the Tivat Summer Stage.
The play is inspired by Ante Staničić’s novel “The Little Pirate”. The Tivat writer found inspiration for his books on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, among his countrymen whom he considered very brave.
“Ante Staničić's novel "The Little Pirate" marked time and space that everyone gladly remembers, through projects we happily return to him. For me, it was especially inspiring to return to Tivat after many years, wanting to do a play that would be loved to watch and play.
The play "Little Pirate" is an homage to good comics, adventure scenes and lucid film directors, on the one hand, and on the other, confronting our small towns and the inhabitants, not very well-intentioned towards our heroes, those rare ones who have the courage to be different, their own. Our story puts the wind in the back of everyone who carries that grain of courage,” the director said.
This adventure story, in the form of a musical with elements of comedy and melodrama, happens in the 18th century when pirates seized the seas. The work depicts, among other things, the lives of Bokelian mariners and their customs from that time. In addition to exciting and dramatic events, the story also sends a strong message of love, both to other people and nations and to the family.
Cast: Pavle Popović, Goran Slavić, Miloš Kašćelan, Jelena Đukić, Miloš Pejović, Marija Maša Labudović, Dubravka Drakić, Pavle Ilić, Sanja Popović, Branko Ilić, Marija Đurić, Jelena Simić, Katarina Krek, Branka Femić Šćekić, Omar Bajramspahić, Ivan Kašćelan.
The show “Little Pirate” is for ages 7 to 107.
16. August 2019 - "Girl with Strings" continues the drama program of Budva Theatre City Festival on Saturday, August 17th. This modern drama opera directed by Marjan Necak will be played on stage between churches at 9 pm, as announced by the Festival Press. The play is a co-production of the Slovenian National Theatre in Ljubljana and the Moving Music Theatre in Bitola. At the Viminacium Festival in Serbia, "Girl with Strings" was voted the best performance by the jury.
The website www.dalmacijadanas.hr published:
“The modern dramatic opera by Marjan Necak, Maja Hrgovic and Ana Bunteska accompanies a young violinist traveling by train through Europe in the hope of a career as a top musician. But without a family and social foothold, from a girl who lived (for) her dream of happiness and deserved accolades, she increasingly becomes one of the many creatures who live from gigs in the streets and squares of indifferent European metros,. Consciously alluding to Andersen's Girl with Matches, Girl with Strings does not end in utter hopelessness, because on the symbolic-metaphorical plane of the violin strings they are still more powerful than everywhere threatening barbed strings. The roles are interpreted by Barbara Cerar, Uros Furst and Branko Šturbej (voice)."
Zoran Popovic says in his review of this contemporary drama opera:
Marjan Necak is not only a composer of fantastic music drama, but instead moves with scores of light and colors, stage arrangements, collecting inspirational pictorial compositions. This is how it is located in the stage space - a small universe of the enclosed contemporary world which is also an intimate area in the wires of a girl, which can more clearly recognize her fairy tale, builds a magical, visually real ambience where the distant times and places, reality and imagination through which she spreads - searches for the reality of events. "
The directing, composition, stage design and lighting design were done by Marjan Necak, the lyrics written by Ana Bunteska, and dramaturgy by Darja Dominkus. Costume design is by Natasa Filipovic, while the editor is Tatjana Stanic, video author Marin Lukanovic and choreographer Žigan Krajnčan.
The ten best beaches in Montenegro, recommended by Visit Montenegro, are Ploce, Trsteno, Kamenovo, Jaz, Velika plaza, Mogren, St. Stefan, Queen's Beach, Lucice and Blue Horizons.
The beach Ploce is well thought out and designed: four seawater pools, free parking, showers, cafes, restaurants, sunbeds, rescue services and ambulances, and massages, and the beach also organizes various parties.
Trsteno beach is said to be ideal for families with children offering sunbeds, restaurants, and parking.
They recall that Kamenovo has chameleon water, which changes color depending on the angle of the sun's rays from turquoise to azure. Here the sun stays for a long time and the sunsets are stunning. It offers restaurants and cafes, parties and attracts younger people.
Jaz beach has a number of restaurants and tourist facilities. It was declared as the best European beach in 2015 by Lonely planet.
At Velika plaza and Ada Bojana the beaches boast the most spectacular sunsets. These beaches attract writers, poets, actors, singers and bohemians. Ada Bojana is a nudist paradise, known for its moderate wind perfect for kite surfing, which is the number one sport here and clubs offer equipment and training.
Ulcinj - Velika plaza
Mogren Beach consists of two beautiful beaches connected by a tunnel. This beach has a blue flag, which is a symbol of high environmental standards and quality and clean water, they state. The beach is easily accessible by foot from the Old Town of Budva. The walk offers views of the old town and the skyline.
Sveti Stefan beach is a trademark of Montenegro, and on the peninsula is the luxurious resort Aman Sveti Stefan. The left side of St. Stefan beach is free, while the right side is private and 50 euros are required to enter. The Queen's Beach is part of the St. Stefan's Amman Resort and is only available to hotel guests. If you want to use the beach you have to pay 70 euros per person. It is such a combination of rich vegetation, cultivated nature and clean water.
Lucice Beach offers refreshments in cafes, by boats you can visit the islands Katic and St. Nedjelja, there are no sunbeds on half of the beach, and a water slide and playground have been made for children.
The beach Blue Horions is suitable for families with children, and visitors have beach access, sunbeds and cabins, and a seafood restaurant. For lovers of active beach holidays, there are sports fields for volleyball, basketball and tennis, one can rent a boat or water ski, jet ski or go fishing.
Text by Boka News, on August 16th, 2019, read more at Boka News
The government, in cooperation with the municipalities, should provide free textbooks for all elementary students to comply with the constitutional provision on compulsory and free primary education, according to the Center for Civic Education (CCE).
The CCE's analysis, "Why Do Student Textbooks Cause a Headache?" States that changes to the textbooks each new school year did not lead to a qualitative improvement in formal education and represented a financial burden for parents.
"And reform processes are mostly now chronically unplanned, affecting teaching staff, textbook deficiencies and huge costs," the analysis concludes.
According to CCE data, the Government has allocated a minimum of 7.3 million euros for textbooks over the past six years, of which 6.3 million for printing, about 864 thousand euros for authors' fees and 135 thousand for reviewers’ fees.
Expenditures for textbook editors should be added to this, as the Institute for Textbooks and Teaching Aids (ZUNS) has such a systematic job vacancy, so editorial expenses are paid through monthly earnings.
Expenditures for textbook editors should be added to this, as the Institute for Textbooks and Teaching Aids (ZUNS) has such a systematic post, so editorial expenses are paid through monthly earnings.
The CCE said that the prices of textbooks do not change much, and that for the last school year the kits, depending on the grade in the elementary school, were from 43.1 to 94.2 euros, and for the upcoming year betweeen 39.8 to 94,2 euros.
In gymnasiums, these prices range from 59 to 106.8 euros for the previous year, and from 50.5 to 106.8 euros for the upcoming one.
The prices of textbook kits for secondary vocational schools are unavailable because they vary depending on the school and the direction. Therefore, for analysis, the CCE took an example of the second grade of law school in the Secondary School of Economics and came to the figure of 110 euros.
"Given that textbooks are being sold, parents and several municipalities are paying for textbooks, only €4.63 million was paid for primary school kits for 2018/2019, which is significantly more than the annual cost of producing and printing of these textbooks," the analysis states.
To that, the amounts for secondary schools should be added, where it is difficult to reach the indicative figure.
The CCE said that the lack of transparency in certain segments of ZUNS's work is also something to worry about.
This NGO did not receive a list of all paid authors and reviewers that were engaged, with the explanation that ZUNS does not have such lists for the period before 2018.
"However, data for 2018 also indicate that a number of persons participating in the development of the school curriculum appear as textbook reviewers in various segments, and up to 12 times in some examples," the analysts said.
It is stated that there is no clearly defined fee for authors, but this varies considerably, as does the number of authors hired per textbook, and there are no published tenders for obtaining manuscripts for the period before 2018.
According to CCE, Obod Cetinje Printing plant has been the leader in the amount and volume of funds allocated for the last six years which is 1.5 million euros, and is the only one that has been publishing textbooks for years, while other suppliers print smaller volumes and with less allocated resources.
Allegations from that NGO state that errors and omissions in the printed textbooks were noted, but also that there was no revision of the printed copies, nor is it known that anyone was responsible for this.
In addressing these problems, the CCE also made a number of recommendations.
"First of all, the Ministry of Education needs to make an estimate of how much money is needed at the yearly level to provide free textbooks for elementary schools, and the Government, in cooperation with municipalities, to provide free textbooks for all elementary schools," the NGOs said.
Thus, according to the CCE, the constitutional provision on compulsory and free primary education would be respected, would contribute to equal status among students, but would also lead to a more rational approach of the Institute of Education, that would stop it from changing the content of textbooks for each new school year.
"Also, in the five-year period, future options for plans and programs should be strategically determined to define textbooks for primary schools, in order to avoid continuous changes to the content of the textbooks. It would also be savings for the Montenegrin budget, and would also allow for a "textbook inheritance", according to the CCE recommendations.
The NGO also believes that the procedures for selecting authors and reviewers must be regulated, so that one circle of the same people do not constantly write and review textbooks, as this can lead to corruption.
In particular, they said, responsibility should be taken for all authors found to have plagiarized textbooks or syllabuses, and they must be excluded from all further engagements.
"The Institute of Education must determine from the professional assets of secondary education institutions a list of missing literature and textbooks for secondary vocational education and hire authors to produce the missing textbooks," the CCE stated.
According to them, printing plants that make errors and mistakes in printing textbooks must bear responsibility for the mistakes made and compensate for the damage, as well as those who coordinate the process in the competent institutions.
The CCE believes that the ZUNS should provide a sufficient number of printed editions of textbooks for vocational courses in secondary schools for the library fund of the school, namely those textbooks that are in PDF format on ZUNS website.
In this way, they explained, they would rent the same number of textbooks to new generations every year, with the obligation to return textbooks at the end of the school year, similar to the Slovenian model.
“Finally, in order to make the process transparent, the CCE appreciates that textbooks should be published annually on the ZUNS website with precise amounts and names of the companies or authors and reviewers who were paid, indicating for what exact purpose, as well as all accompanying payments in the textbook design," the analysis concludes.
Text by MINA News, on August 14th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The event “Vakuf Olive Month”, organized by the Islamic Community (IC) Bar and the Old Bar Dzemat Committee, has started in Old Bar.
Until September 15, as part of the event, olive groves will be arranged in vakuf IC Bar - Gusta, Gvozden brijeg, Marovici, Dzidzharin and Zaljevo, which will be rejuvenated with new olive groves.
Opening the event, the vice-resident of Bar Municipality, Radomir Novakovic, expressed his satisfaction that last year's good results were achieved.
"You have done your best to show that you are taking care of what has been left to you, and that you care to leave it in a better condition to the future generations. You have accepted a great job and I wish you a happy and successful work," added Novakovic.
President of Dzmet-Vakuf Board of Stari Bar, Fahrudin Zaganjor, said that EUR 23,500 was raised last year in money and donations, that "work was done throughout the winter," and that over 90 percent of vakuf parcels had been cleared during the first event.
He added that two months ago, the cadastre registration of Vakuf plots "on which we counted all the trees" was completed.
"We have 3,145 olive roots, of which a hundred new ones were planted in 2018. Last year, the emphasis was on landscaping the plot Veliko Dabanovo, where there were about a hundred overgrown trees. We also fertilized olive groves, over two thousand roots, as well as the sanitary cutting of 300 trees. We have leased 460 olive roots for a long-term lease, with the obligation of tenants to look after them as their own, we also purchased an off-road vehicle for maintaining all olive groves in vakuf, and we also upgraded the design of a bottle of vakuf olive oil, which is a significant source of revenue for us," Zaganjor presented the results of last year's action.
He said this year would be followed by "a broad action over the next five weekends", which is opened by fencing works on the plot Gvozden brijeg, supplying water and electricity and preparing the ground for planting another 300 olives.
"We will purchase 400 olive tree seedlings of three to five years of age, which will be fruitful each year. On the plot Zaljevo, which was cleared and built last year, we will plant a hundred new seedlings on 5,000 square meters. Olive groves Gusta, Marovici and Dzidzarin will be arranged," they added. The activists of NGO “Orijent” will arrange a plot of land near Kurila, which this NGO has leased.
IC Bar has the most olive trees in Montenegro, which it received as a gift from believers in vakuf. Vakuf is one of the most important institutions of Islamic culture and the religious community, as a material good that human and noble people have extracted from their property and donated to the community for the benefit of all people.
Text by Radomir Petric, on August 15th, 2019, read more at Vijesti