18 Feb 2019, 23:02 PM

17 February 2019 - Minister of Culture of Montenegro Aleksandar Bogdanović is paying an official visit to the Republic of Hungary, at the invitation of Hungarian Minister of Human Resources Miklós Kásler. 

Ministers Kásler and Bogdanović signed a Cultural Cooperation Programme between the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro and the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary for 2019-2021, which aims to promote traditionally good cooperation in the field of culture and foresees the implementation of joint projects between the institutions of the two countries. 

"The document that we signed today gives our countries an excellent framework for cooperation in the field of culture that will be based on the joint promotion and popularization of our rich cultural heritage, but also on the exchange of knowledge and experience," Minister Bogdanović said. 

The special focus was on cinematography, and it was concluded that there is a basis for the two countries to jointly work on the establishment of a film studio in Montenegro. Bearing in mind the progress of Hungarian cinematography, as well as the experience of Hungarian film institutions, Minister Bogdanović expressed interest in exchanging experience, which would have an effective influence on the Montenegrin film. 

The signed programme foresees the joint implementation of music activities, theaters, cinematography, visual arts, literature and translation with the emphasis on direct cooperation between the relevant institutions of the two countries. Furthermore, the programme recognizes the potential for cooperation in the field of creative industries.

18 Feb 2019, 19:18 PM

February 18, 2019 - A single Bottlenose dolphin was found decomposing on Sveti Nikola Island, not far from the coast of the mainland in Budva, reported SANCET- Southern Adriatic Network for Cetacean, Elasmobranch and Turtle Strandings.

After receiving a call on the evening of Sunday, 17 February, with reports of the dead stranded dolphin on the island close to Budva, the Montenegro Dolphin Research (MDR) team, led by Lucy Abbiss, a British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) trained marine mammal medic and Researcher for the Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD), visited the site to retrieve data for scientific purposes.

Despite the individual - identified as a juvenile, demonstrating early signs of decomposition, the team delineated that the dolphin had not undergone any physical injuries causing its death and that the markings seen were merely signs of decomposition. Although it is not clear what may have caused the death or stranding of the dolphin without further analysis through autopsy, it is possible that the time it was stranded coincides with the current seismic activity in Montenegro, could be related. Alternatively, there is the possibility of the death being related to zoonotic viruses, previous storm-related activities or other natural causes.

DMAD has successfully operated the first long-term study on dolphins in Montenegro, starting the Montenegro Dolphin Research project in September 2016. As of December 2018, the organization established the Southern Adriatic Network for Cetacean, Elasmobranch and Turtles stranding events (SANCET). Since then, SANCET, currently in the early stages of development, have already conducted various stranding surveys from Ada Bojana to Jaz. As the network continues to develop, the need for the help of the public and other scientific organizations grows stronger,” reported SANCET on their website.

“The help of other organizations participating in the Southern Adriatic Stranding Network (SANCET) is essential to further delineate the cause of death, aiding the conservation management plans for Montenegro's marine life,” emphasized SANCET on their website.

SANCET, founded in December 2018, is aimed at providing the first regional network for centralizing information on marine life stranding in Montenegro, with the hope to expand future operations in both Albania and Bosnia. With the current situation of cetacean stranding monitoring is being absent from the Eastern region of the South Adriatic and with a lack of national stranding networks, SANCET hopes to provide a database that encompasses all or part of the coastlines above.

18 Feb 2019, 15:04 PM

Djalovic cave will soon have proper lighting, and the company that will build power infrastructure - the power line Nedakusi - Bistrica and the power station in Bijelo Polje Municipality will be selected in the next couple of days. This was announced by the Public Works Directorate, announcing a tender for the selection of the contractor, estimated at 700,000 euros.

"We expect that we will make the decision on the most favorable offer in the coming days," said the Management Board, adding that the Government of Montenegro will allocate 3.45 million euros to the project of Valorization of Djalovic Cave from the capital budget.

"Which will be aimed for publishing the tender, execution and revision of the technical documentation, expropriation costs, carrying out works on the construction of lifts, ski lifts, base stations with accompanying facilities, visitor center, electro, traffic, utility and other infrastructure costs as well as purchase of equipment and mechanization necessary for putting the ski-center in function. The complete procedure of public procurement, preparation and introducing the contractor to the work is carried out by the Public Works Directorate.

As mentioned, reconstruction of Bistrica access road - Podvrh monastery is ongoing, worth 3.2 million euros, which is in the final phase, and the completion of the works is planned in the spring.

"In order to build a tourist path through the Djalovic cliff, from the monastery Podvrh to the entrance to the cave above “Vražji firovi”, the adjustment of the conceptual solution as well as the choice of the revision committee is in progress.

The project also envisages the construction of a cable car in length of about 1.7 kilometers, with a capacity of 75 people per hour, totaling 3.888 million euros. The preliminary design has been completed and now the detailed design is under preparation, said the Management Board.

Making the Detail Interior design of the cave with the facilities at the entrance of the plateau is also ongoing, and documentation for designing the visitor's center has also been prepared.

"Tourism valorization of the Djalovic cave represents a very complex, and in the construction sense, a demanding project, which requires the utmost dedication of the Public Works Administration and all other participants. In the Government of Montenegro, it is recognized as a critical segment of the development of the north. Realization of this project, estimated at EUR 18 million, will provide conditions for improving the tourist offer, as well as for opening up new jobs and improving the quality of life of the citizens in that area."

The cave above “Vražji firovi” is the largest and most beautiful cave in Montenegro, and is located in Djalović's cliff, with whole nature, which was declared a monument of nature because of its character.

Out of the twenty kilometers explored so far, less than a kilometer will be available to tourists, but this section is among the most attractive parts of the cave.

Djalovic cave was known long ago, but the first speleologists entered it in 1987.

The study suggested that the decorated tourist section should be over 814 meters with nine halls and ten plateaus for visitors.

Text by Borko Zdero, on February 17th 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Feb 2019, 15:02 PM

The municipality of Pljevlja intends to build an outdoor swimming pool, and the local administration plans to start the realization of this project this year. In addition, the municipality plans to start a construction project for the ski resort, estimated at around 120,000 euros, to be built at a location seven to eight kilometers distant from the city, near Pljevlja-Prijepolje.

Mirko Djacic, President of the Municipality, said that this year at the same time they will announce a tender for the design and construction of a swimming pool facility.

He said that for this purpose in the capital budget this year they have allocated 350,000 euros and the Directorate of Public Works 50,000. He said that this year the Directorate could provide more money to realize this project.

"We tried to learn from the experience in the region. We went to Rogatica where an outdoor swimming pool is currently being built. They gave us all the information about building their pool. This is a measure that can be applied, and experience will be taken not in the sense of literal rewriting of this project, but for what kind of an outdoor pool is needed in Pljevlja. There is an interesting pool in the town of Blace. They have built a swimming pool that is appropriate for the Pljevlja range and here we can draw some data in terms of the amount of everything that an outdoor pool can have," Djacic said.

Pool construction was included in the Sports Development Strategy in the Municipality of Pljevlja in the period from 2018 to 2021. For the construction of an outdoor pool, as stated in that document, it is necessary to provide 3.5 million euros, and as a possible partner in the realization of this work, the municipality has included the Coal Mine, Thermo Power Plant and the Government.

The pool would be built within the DUP "Ada" not far from the sports hall with the same name. Apart from the pool, the strategy also includes the construction of a city rink and ski resort. The skating rink would cost about 100,000 euros, which, besides obtaining necessary permits, should be included in the Municipal Plan Document and provide complete infrastructure and its sustainability. For the realization of this project, the Municipality relies on the support by the Government, Embassy and EU funds.    

The total length of the tracks at the planned ski resort is 485 meters, plus 25 meters for the incoming station. The ski slope is 16.5 percent. The starting station of the lifts is 1,200 meters above sea level and the altitude difference is 80 m. The project would include dismantling and overhauling of the pillars and ski lifts of the old ski resort Kosanica and the installation of pillars and overhauled parts at a new location. The ski lift in the village of Kosanica was built in the early eighties of the last century and has not long been operational. Valuable equipment is going to waste and parts of it were also stolen. At the beginning of 2002, in Popova njiva near the monastery of the Holy Trinity, a mini ski lift of 120 meters was installed, but it has not long been operational either.

The municipality plans to build a bathing resort on Lake Borovicko, but as for the previous one, it did not specify the timing for the plans to do it. Borovicko Lake is an untouched urban bath located seven kilometers from Pljevlja. It was created in 2002 as a result of coal exploitation in this area. The lake has 33 hectares in its surface. Citizens of Pljevlja are using it mostly during the summer months. The project of reclamation of Borovicko Lake was done by the coal mine.

"This space has a great capacity to be a great resort in the future for the people from Pljevlja, as well as the center of sports fishing," stated the local government.

Text by Goran Malidzan, on February 17th 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Feb 2019, 14:56 PM

Serbia and Montenegro (SMATSA) and European Satellite Service Providers (ESSP) have signed two EGNOS work contracts, which is the first step in applying access procedures based on EGNOS service at airports in Serbia and Montenegro.

EGNOS is a European satellite system whose primary purpose is to improve the performance of global satellite navigation systems such as GPS and Galileo in the future. This is of crucial importance for the application of modern ways of aircraft navigation in the instrumental approach to landing, using the so-called PBN methods, for which the experts opted as the most visible and fastest way to launch a night start at Tivat Airport.

"Signing these agreements confirmed the compliance of SMATSA with the requirements of the European Initiative for the Unique Sky and the solution to the fulfillment of the strategic goals for the development of the future European air transport system," said SMATSA, which provides navigation and sightseeing services over Serbia and Montenegro.

Text by Sinisa Lukovic, on February 13th 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Feb 2019, 14:51 PM

16 February 2019 - On Saturday evening, Rotary Club Kotor hosted a masquerade ball fundraiser for medical equipment at the business centre "Vukšić D-Event”. The collected funds will be used for the purchase of a colposcopy machine for the Public Health Institution “Health Centre Tivat”.

Thanks to the donations by the members of the Rotary Club Kotor and also by more than 120 officials, a total of 7.790 EUR was collected on this occasion.

The aim of this event by the Rotary Club Kotor was to raise money to purchase medical equipment which will help diagnose, investigate and treat patients. They stand to benefit those members of the local community who may need to use the purchased equipment. It was no surprise that Montenegrin companies and individuals decided to support this purpose, but the members of the Rotary Club were still surprised by the turnout.

Masquerade Ball Fundraiser for Medical Equipment in Kotor

The campaign was attended by numerous companies and individuals who have allocated funds for this purpose including the Municipality of Tivat, the Tourist Organisation of Tivat, the Airports of Montenegro, Rotary Club Bar, Voli Trade, the Bus Station Tivat, Rotary Club Pljevlja, Tivat Water Supply, Montefish, Ivan Stipanić from Tivat, Besix Tivat, Tea Gallery Tivat, NGO Maškarada, Kovinić Company, Komunalno Tivat, Račica, Yachting Services - Marković, Dubovina Tivat, Apoteka "Poen", Arh Ing, A Team, Object, Mansa Medica, Đurović Inženjering, Nikola Radulović, Dejo Pajovic, Larisa Company, Gani Resulbegovic, UNA, Status and Dika Saveljić.

The organisers of the event also prepared a lottery, and the collected money from the ticket sales will be used for the purchase of the aforementioned medical equipment. Lottery prizes were provided by members of the Rotary Club Kotor, as well as the Kotor and Tivat companies Dry Cleaner "Limili", beauty salon "Beauty", Meridian DMC, hairdresser "Isidora", dry cleaner "Polar Clean", Beauty Center "Queen" tavern "Bacchus", Caffe Sapori, beauty salon "Žana", hairdresser "Helena", perfumery "Life", hairdresser "Belami", florist "Nina", hairdresser "Miro", "City Hall", "KLM" Tivat, FBZ "Bajlo", Vlado Hair Design, "Big Ben", hotel "La Roche" and restaurant "Bevanda", DOO "Shells of Booka", "Blue Laguna", "Minjon" pastry shop, "Forza" cafe and "Organic Concept Store". NGO Karampana and Olivera-Olja Risteljić handed masks, thus traditionally contributing to the success of the donor ball.

The event was organized in the spirit of the carnival tradition presented to the guests of Kotor from the Rotary clubs of the District 2483 through the program featuring NVU Maškarada, which also responded to the humanitarian action, as well as the Mažoretke of the dance club Bellissima from Tivat.

16 Feb 2019, 13:59 PM

February 16, 2019 - Within the Strip Weekend that is hosted by the Herceg Novi Strip Festival (HSF) in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Herceg Fest, the big party under masks, the Wild West - Saloon Masquerade Party, with masked guests rewards, will be held at People's Beach Bar on Saturday, 16 February from 9 pm.

Maskenball will be the crown of the mini show event program for the first day of the weekend. The daily schedule is reserved for the City Café, which will be organized on the ground floor for drawing on the shirts (Venturi, Renki, Cakić, Ćurčin), stock exchange, as well as two very interesting lectures and presentations: Tito Faraci : "Tex Willer, 70 Years of Italian Cultural Phenomena" and Dusan Mladenovic: "70 Years of Tex in the Balkans". In the city cafe, the masterclass with advanced strip artists from Montenegro will be held, and the weekend ends with a Sunday matinee and Spaghetti Western projection at the Cafe Cinema. All programs organised by HSF are free to the public.
The main guests - current story designers dedicated to ninth art are Tito Faraći, Valter Venturi. Also, Renato Vladimir - Renki and Luka Cakić and Nikola Ćurčin are at the Strip weekend.
Saturday, February 16th
11:00 - 19:00 City Café
11:00 - 19:00 - Stock exchange
11:00 - 13:00 - Drawing on T-shirts
13:00 - 14:00 - Lecture and Presentation - Tito Faraci - Tex Willer - 70 Years of Italian Cultural Phenomena
14:00 - 15:00 - Lecture -70 Years of Tex in the Balkans - Dušan Mladenović - Veseli Cetvrtak
Drawing for fans
Master class with strip artists
21:00 - 04:00 Peoples beach bar
HSF Saloon masquerade party - Live music - Cheap seats; DJ - Nikola Ćurčin, Davor Čamdžić
Sunday, February 17
11:00 - 15:00 Cafe bar Cinema
Projection of the Spaghetti Western Movie
16 Feb 2019, 13:36 PM

February 16, 2019 - Kotor Festival of Theater for Children once again confirmed its quality by being awarded the Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) label the next two years, the Organizing Team of the Festival announced.

"The first mission of EFFE is to label quality. This award festivals obtain for artistic dedication, inclusion in the local community and the European and global context.
Two years ago, the Kotor Festival of Theater for Children received this quality label for the first time when the international jury approved the application after a successful evaluation by the team of experts.
The quality that was then recognised the Festival team succeeded to keep in the last two editions, and the festival extended the EFFE label for the next two years (2019-2020). EFFE Platform is part of the European Festival Association’s active involvement in the European Cultural Policy Development Mission, and EFFE - Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe is the result of a long-standing EFA cooperation with the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Kotor Festival of Theater for Children will boast quality in the coming period, as witnessed and committed to the work of the renowned children's festivals and theatre troupe for the 27th edition of the festival that is expected this July," says the Festival’s announcement.
"With such dedication and work for children, we make Kotor and Montenegro better places - more noble, creative, more beautiful and more culturally. Our vision is that Kotor is the centre of theatre arts for children and young people in the region of South East Europe and beyond. From summer to summer we are making a fairy tale town for children," said Kotor Festival of Theater for Children.

How was the Kotor Festival of Theater for Children born? 

(from the Festival's website)
Precisely at noon, on February 12th way back in 1993, in the town of Kotor, the meeting was held. And not just any kind of meeting, but an exceptional and interesting one. That meeting brought together a group of like-minded people, theatre enthusiasts among which were  Vladimir Grubanov, Živomir Joković, Milan Karadžić, Stevan Koprivica, Slobodan Marković, Vanja Popović, Ljubivoje Ršumović, Branislav Milićević, Voja Soldatović and Stevan Bošnjak as idea creators and initiators of this meeting. Besides the President of the Municipality of Kotor Assembly, Vidosava Kašćelan, the Minister of Culture of Montenegro, Ilija Lakšić and town officials attended the meeting.  
Two months later, on April 14th, in Belgrade, it was decided that the Festival will be held in July, and the Assembly of Municipality of Kotor made the decision about founding Yugoslav Festival of Theatre for Children.
Although it was named Yugoslav Festival of Theatre for Children, the initiators had hoped even before the first festival took place, that the festival will soon become an international event.
The first festival was officially opened by Vidosava Kašćelan, on Saturday, July 3rd, 1993 on the Square of Arms with a ceremony named Kotor fairy-tale. And from that day on, there is no end to Kotor fairy-tale.
Year after year, the festival has grown as some mischievous freckled child from Kotor, every time more cheerful, colourful and imaginative, but always as a child in its heart. In its eleventh year, the Festival decided to change itself a little bit. On Friday, March 12th 2004, the former Yugoslav Festival of Theatre for Children received a new name - Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children, named after the town in which it was created.
kotor festival for children mapFestival's Map, Copyright: Kotor Festival of Theater for Children 

Kotor Festival of Theater for Children Call for Cooperates for 27th Edition

Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children Foundation announced the call for entries in Educational and Creative Arts for Children Programs of 27th Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children, to be held 1-12 July 2019. The call is open February 7 - April 1.
Educational and Creative Arts for Children Programs mean educational, literary, visual art and music programs. Detailed instructions and application form are available at the Festival's official website. 
The primary criterion for selection of these programs is their artistic quality, innovation and novelty of subjects. All applications must be submitted by April 1, 2019, at the latest. The result of the final selection and the Editorial Board of the Festival decisions will be announced on Festival's official website by May 15, 2019, at the latest.
16 Feb 2019, 00:04 AM

15 February 2019 - On his visit to United Nations Organization for Education, Science, and Culture (UNESCO), Minister of Culture and President of the National Commission for UNESCO Aleksandar Bogdanović also spoke with Audrey Azoulay, General Manager of the organization. 

Minister Bogdanović expressed the pleasure that Montenegro currently has four entries on the UNESCO World Heritage List, two of which are independent - the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor and the National Park Durmitor, as well as two multinational nominations - Stećci - medieval cemeteries and Venetian fortifications from the 16th to the 17th centuries, which testifies to the richness of the natural and cultural heritage of Montenegro. 

The meeting paid special attention to the state of the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor. Minister Bogdanovic informed Director Azoulay about all activities undertaken by Montenegro to preserve the outstanding universal values of the area, in cooperation with international experts in this field. "By adopting the Action Plan for reaching the requirements of the Committee from Istanbul in 2016, the Government of Montenegro expressed its readiness to firmly address this issue and position it high on the list of its priorities. Therefore, I am confident that, with the support of UNESCO, we will preserve Kotor on the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture World Heritage List," Minister Bogdanović said. 

Director Azoulay expressed satisfaction with all efforts made by Montenegro and pointed out that UNESCO is paying particular attention to the activities of all stakeholders in the area, concluding that the progress is evident and that Montenegro is expected to continue to work towards meeting the UNESCO requirements. 

Furthermore, the meeting discussed the National Park Durmitor and the need for consistent implementation of recommendations from the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture Advisory Mission Report, which will be delivered soon. 

Both sides agreed that it is necessary to protect UNESCO values in all protected areas, but at the same time to ensure their sustainable development, which is possible only with the good coordination of all partners in the process. 

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Montenegro to France and UNESCO Permanent Delegate Dragica Ponorac, Administration for the Protection of Cultural Properties of Božidar Božović and Secretary of the National Commission for UNESCO of Montenegro Milica Nikolić also attended the meeting.

15 Feb 2019, 23:57 PM

14 February 2019 - The decision of the Agency for Electronic Media of Montenegro (AEM) to ban programs that potentially can be harmful to children came to the approval of the Montenegrin public.

Nevertheless, correspondents of the News Agency Dnevne novine point out that this ban should be applied consistently, and that parents continue to play a key role in protecting children from harmful content.

The Executive Director of the Association, Kristina Mihailović, notes that an inappropriate content on television, which is becoming more and more popular, can send children a bad message that this harmful behaviour is acceptable and desirable. "It is known exactly what the children should look at and what is prohibited under certain conditions. The fact is that these contents are harmful and that we should be especially careful about this, "says Mihailović.

On the other hand, Mihailović highlights that there is still the effect of the Internet and that this prohibition cannot protect the children from harmful content. "It is not realistic that such a decision will make the children stop looking at all content that is not appropriate, but then again, it will, in some way, create an impression that such content should not be displayed in the first place. At the organisation Parent's corner, we talked about this subject, and the psychologist explained that when a parent starts explaining to the children why something is forbidden, that can also be the reason to start a discussion about something that is not a regular subject between parents and children. Certainly, the inappropriate content must be a reason for a talk between children and parents, because in this story the parental role is crucial, "Mihailović said.

Sociologist Mirjana Popovic, however, believes that the ban on the broadcasting of inappropriate content for children is necessary, especially in the context of the society in which we live, "in the context of the penetration of quasi-liberal social values".

"Perhaps the prohibition, as a prohibition of broadcasting, would be undesirable if the media would offer different contents of educational, informational material intended for children, but these contents are very few, even not broadcast, or again when they carry the title “for children”, their content is often not adequate" Popović said for Dnevne novine.

The psychologist of the Examination Centre, Zorica Minć, told DN that she was looking forward to the decision of the AEM, because this decision, as she explains, is a sign that it is necessary to review and ban some content that is being broadcasted every day.

Source: TVCG

15 Feb 2019, 23:52 PM

14 February 2019 - Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanović met with the Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Mechtild Rössler. Minister Bogdanović informed Director Rössler about the current topics and policies implemented by Montenegro regarding the four assets enrolled at the UNESCO World Heritage List, two of which are independent: the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor and the National Park Durmitor and two multinational serial nominations: Stećci - medieval cemeteries and Venetian fortifications from the 16th to the 17th centuries. 

Minister Bogdanović stressed the importance of the transnational serial nomination of beech forests in Biogradska gora, bearing in mind the fact that it is one of the unspoiled forests of Europe. 

The meeting discussed the issues of the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor, which is a particularly important field of cooperation between Montenegro and the World Heritage Centre and the Committee to safeguard the exceptional universal values of this area in the best possible way and preserve its status on the World Heritage List. 

Furthermore, Minister Bogdanović presented activities related to the National Park Durmitor. "We are ready to begin the process of defining the boundaries of the buffer zone, and it is very important for us to enable sustainable development of Durmitor and to fully protect UNESCO values," Minister Bogdanović said. 

Minister Bogdanović emphasised developments in cooperation with the United Nations Office in Montenegro regarding the reconstruction of the Forte Mare Fortress in Herceg Novi as a potential extension of the Venetian fortifications. 
He expressed the need for continued cooperation with UNESCO to better protect the areas in Montenegro that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Montenegro to France and UNESCO Permanent Delegate UNESCO Dragica Ponorac, Administration for the Protection of Cultural Properties of Božidar Božović and Secretary of the National Commission for UNESCO of Montenegro Milica Nikolić also attended the meeting.

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