September 12, 2020 - The Center for Civic Education (CCE) is paying tribute to all the victims and detainees in the Mamula camp during World War II, among whom the majority was from the Bay of Kotor.
"At the same time, we use the opportunity to invite the future authorities to revise the contract with the investor who is currently building a hotel and tourist facility on Mamula. We call on them to establish the Mamula Memorial Center as a sign and permanent commemoration to the victims, and a reminder to all future generations of the crimes committed here," the CCE states.
The camp on the island of Lastavica, better known as Mamula, was disbanded after Italy's capitulation on September 14, 1943, 77 years ago, and commemoration is held every September in memory of the crimes that took place on Mamula, recall the CCE.
Mamula, Arhive Photo, Source: CCE
"However, due to the country's epidemiological situation, the CCE delegation will not visit the island this year and lay flowers to pay tribute to the victims. Therefore, we are addressing society this way to remind them of the crime, and call on the state of Montenegro to take on the obligation towards the victims, and the achievements of the anti-fascist struggle. In addition, they should adequately protect this locality, marking a place of suffering."
"There are numerous places of suffering on the territory of Montenegro, where crimes were committed during World War II, and today's younger generation knows almost nothing about them. It is terrible not to know that over a hundred people were killed or starved to death here. Over 2,000 were captured in Campo Mamula, as estimated based on data from Italian military documents. Therefore, to remember such facts and to encourage the development of a culture of human rights in Montenegro, one of the main pillars and cultures of memory, Mamula, but all other places of suffering in Montenegro, should be part of the education system and of a special segment of educational tourism."
"The entire Montenegrin society, and especially the institutions of the system, must remember all crimes against innocent civilians during the wars in Montenegro. They must also work tirelessly to develop a culture of remembrance and respect, recognition, and compassion for all victims, to make sure these crimes never happen again," the CCE states.
"We appeal to the new ruling majority to advocate actively in its future mandate to establish a culture of remembrance, which the previous government only declaratively supported. The highest representatives of the previous government have never gone to the commemoration on Mamula island. They treated this anti-fascist execution site like any piece of land. They leased it to an investor who, according to their public plan, cannot adequately protect the victims' memory. Everyone in Montenegro should work tirelessly on shaping a society based on respect for victims, reconciliation, the right to truth, peace, coexistence, and tolerance," the CCE said in a statement.
September 12, 2020 - In the coming days, from September 13 to September 17, 2020, the area of Montenegro will be affected by warm tropical air mass. This will cause high air temperatures, especially in the broader region of Podgorica and Danilovgrad (Zeta-Bjeloplavici region) and the coast with its low -surface vegetation. Tropical climates are expected, followed by increased to strong north-northeast winds. Significant fire warnings will be expected - the Directorate for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of the Interior announced.
The situation will be aggravated by the intensified to a strong north wind expected during Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, especially at night.
According to the current predictions by the European weather center, no rain is expected in the central and southern parts of the continent until September 17.
Due to the above factors, the Directorate for Emergency Situations of Montenegro called on all competent public services to raise operational readiness to a higher level to be ready to respond to potential dangers to nature and human health. They have also called on the public to stay aware of the danger of fire in such conditions.
Podgorica: Mostly sunny and hot. The wind occasionally moderate, north and northeast. Morning air temperature around 23, highest daily up to 35 degrees.
Mostly sunny and warm. In the morning, in the north, fog in the valleys, and the afternoon, weak to moderate cloud development in the continental regions. Wind occasionally and in places moderate to strong, northerly. Morning air temperature 7 to 24, highest daily 21 to 35 degrees.
Podgorica: Mostly sunny and hot with weak to moderate cloud development. Wind occasionally moderate, north and northeast. Morning air temperature 23, highest daily around 34 degrees.
September 11, 2020 - This year's Herceg Novi Comic Festival- HSF, in its 14th iteration, ended successfully on Wednesday after a six-day program. What the organizers planned and promised for this year, they fulfilled - that the festival, regardless of all the problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic, would take place.
And it was held without any significant issues or reorganization, and the world's comic stars were brought to the Montenegrin coast again. Three artists from Britain, five from Croatia, three from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and six artists from the Montenegrin comics scene introduced themselves to the audience and spent time with them.
"First of all, I am delighted that we have managed to hold the festival in these conditions. We never doubted that. All the artists were eager to come, and at the cost of being quarantined for 14 days when they return home, this is what will happen to William Simpson, Glenn Fabry, and Karen Holloway. All five Italians guests announced said they would do take part, but they received an official letter from the Italian embassy with a strong recommendation to them not to come. This in practice prohibited them from attending, so they had to concede defeat. Yet that is the only thing that changed in our plan. Also, the guests and ourselves are delighted because HSF is the only event dedicated to comics held in Europe this year, and probably beyond, since the New York Comic-Con was also supposed to take place. And yet, it will not, " Nebojsa Mandic, one of the HSF organizers said to Vijesti, sharing his first impressions at the beginning of the festival.
Nebojša expressed great pride that his team had staged the festival at an extremely high level, hosting stars such as the winner of two Emmys who also worked on the series "Game of Thrones", William Simpson. Glen Fabry, who is among the 20 most important cartoonists globally and whose drawings are worth three thousand euros each, also attended. The winner of the Eisner Award, Esad Ribić, who has been working exclusively on Marvel covers for the last five years, was in attendance as was one other important person in Marvel and DC, Mirko Čolak. According to Mandic, this year, the traditional comics school, which was the best so far, stood out with over twenty children participating.
"I am very proud and happy that we received the support of all our traditional sponsors, who did not withdraw despite the financial uncertainty due to coronavirus. We owe a great deal of gratitude to them, to the whole city that stood behind us, and to the whole country that recognized that our festival is the best ambassador of Montenegrin culture in the world. We got the most out of abnormal conditions. HSF also boasts traditionally positive coverage when it comes to the media in the region and beyond. RTS has put us on its cultural program twice, and they are preparing a special show; HRT also reported on the festival. Otherwise, we have been extremely well-represented in the Italian media before. One specialized magazine even published a dozen pages about Herceg Novi and what we do. "Everyone is following us because we are the only festival that took place in Europe this year, so everyone who deals with comics wrote a little more about it," said Mandic.
In addition to the problems before the festival, he says that it was challenging during the festival. But now that he sees the results, it all looks like "sweet torment".
"It was challenging because we had to calculate what to do and how to work, which guests we would have; we just had to have not a B plan, but a Z plan. From A to Z, we had plans for every situation so that the festival would be staged no matter what. The big obstacle was that the crisis is everywhere. Everyone is financially unstable; that is why I pointed out that one of our most significant victories is that we got the support of all those who have supported us before. Of course, the huge thing was how to explain to the artists that they are not allowed to group, that they have to wear masks in certain places, they are not allowed to dance to the music ... ", he explains.
Due to the pandemic restrictions, the number of visitors from Croatia, BiH and Serbia was lower. Still, it was compensated by visitors from other cities in Montenegro and was generally very good, claims Mandic.
"It seems to me that the city was the busiest this weekend. I don't know the exact numbers, but it appeared that it was the fullest during our summer season during our entire summer season," he said with pride.
Visiting artists are always delighted with the homely atmosphere in Herceg Novi, as was the case this year as well.
"I will best describe their reactions in one sentence that Karen Holloway repeated for days: 'What did I do to deserve to be here, to deserve this part of heaven that you have afforded me these six days?!' All artists love our festival because it is entirely different from the other conventions and the Comic Zone. When drawn, they can draw, have direct interaction with the audience, and do not have strictly defined dates. Also, during all six days, we organized the festival at different locations to get to know the city well, and we can even take them to Topla and Luštica ", Mandić points out.
"The Association of Montenegrin Comic Authors, headed by Simon Vukčević, also presented itself at our festival, and he also published the magazine 'Comics', which deserves attention. These are all familiar names, but we also had the opportunity to see extremely talented young artists, primarily from Kotor, who came to the Association's presentation. The most eminent comic book experts like Ribić and Simpson praised their work, shared a few tricks, and encouraged them to continue working as Luka Cakic, who learned a lot at our festivals and is now one of the most sought-after illustrators, "said Mandic.
Speaking about the atmosphere at this year's HSF, Mandic recalled a few especially interesting moments.
"Every night, we had parties, regardless of the restrictions, following NKT measures. It was a bit of a weird scene when the hard rock band Mustang was playing. You see, the audience is struggling with the urge to dance and jump, but everyone is sitting at tables, and no one is moving. The measures are being followed. Everything looked like from the time of that hard communism when there were dancers and when no one was allowed to be the first to start playing. When it comes to this segment, one of the most beautiful moments was when Esad Ribić sat down at the drums and started playing with the teenagers from the Herceg Novi group Kupplung. It was spectacular. There was a real feeling that the guests missed such events this year, and there was a perfect vibe during the entire festival ", he said.
Text by Stefan Strugar
September 10, 2020 - Montenegro urgently needs a modern fishing port, according to the Institute of Marine Biology (IBMK) Director, Dr. Aleksandar Joksimović. He emphasizes that Montenegro's current situation is such that our fishermen, unfortunately, do not have fishing ports specifically for their use, but use berths in other ports or marinas along the coast.
Joksimović highlighted that the public debate on the construction of a port on Rt Đerani near Ulcinj, with a capacity of 50 fishing vessels, worth tens of millions of euros and financed by the World Bank within the MIDAS 2 project, will last until September 23.
"What fishers currently have at their disposal is not enough for them, so it is administratively and financially complicated. Therefore, this project, which we have been talking about for a long time in Montenegro, is gaining in importance every day," Joksimović said for Radio Kotor, adding that the fishing port will be a real tourist attraction.
The goal is to improve the competitiveness of fisheries in Montenegro by increasing state support in compliance with EU accession requirements. The project's value is 30 million euros, and construction is expected to last until June 2023. Eight years ago, the construction of a fishing port was planned in Njivice, but it was abandoned.
Joksimović recalled that the University of Montenegro's Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor, in cooperation with the Institute of Biology, will be coordinating a regional project called "Development of a Regional Joint Master Program in Maritime Environmental Protection and Management."
The project includes such national partners as the Agency for Nature and Environmental Protection of Montenegro and the NGO Eco Center Delfin alongside partner universities from EU countries in Ljubljana, Cadiz, and the Cote d'Azur University in Nice. The total project budget is 845,188 euros.
September 6, 2020 - As part of the Risan Time Machine project, two events will be held on Tuesday, 8th September; an evening presenting Miraš Martinović’s literary work, Teuta - Inspiration, Myth and History, and an exhibition of old photographs of Risan - entitled Risan Through Time. Both events will be held at the Roman Mosaics site, starting at 8 p.m.
The exhibition Risan Through Time showcases the rich history of the oldest town in Boka through old photographs. These have been brought together from the albums, archives and scrapbooks of Risan families and those who love this ancient town, and will represent both a visual time machine, and a fitting backdrop for Martinović's literary work.
Curating the programme are the NGO Koltrina and MZ Risan. The goal of the project is to revive the rich history of Risan through several cultural events. The Risan Time Machine programme is supported by the Secretariat for Culture, Sports and Social Activities within the Boka Time Machine 2020 event.
Miraš Martinović, born in 1952, is one of the most significant Montenegrin writers. HIs first work, The Myth of the Cherry, was awarded the Lazar Vučković prize for literature. In the region and beyond, he is recognized for his work on ancient themes and forgotten landscapes of Montenegro, which he brought to life in prose form: Roads of Prevalis, Revealing Agruvium, Teuta, Dreams of Doclea and Ancient Cities: Dreams and Destinies.
He is also the author of several novels: Heretic, Babylonian Sages, Aeschylus’ Last Day, The Harpist from Ur, a novel about Njegoš - The Second Sun Shines, and a book of stories, Return to Alexandria.
Martinović’s rich creative treasury also includes works in poetry form: The Invisible Chronicle, The Speech of Kings, The Speech of the Earth, Whispering with Memory, The Bow and the Lyre, Voices from Stone and The Day That Has Not Passed.
His works have been translated into several languages. He is laureate of the Teuta Regional Literary Award and the October Award of Herceg Novi, the town in which he resides. He is a member of the Montenegrin PEN and Matica Crnogorska. The conversation with the author is led by Marija Starčević, Manager of the Kotor City Library and Reading Room.
September 4, 2020 - The Strategy for the Development of the Maritime Economy for 2020 to 2030, recently adopted by the Government of Montenegro, aims to improve business in ports and attract investments. One part of the strategy refers specifically to the port of Kotor, and a project to modernise berths in the port. At the same time, the strategy includes options to develop currently underused ports, such as Risan and Zelenika.
The Port of Kotor is divided into two basic sections - the port and the marina. The operational zone of the waters of the Port of Kotor covers a total area of approximately 52,000 m2. The operational shore for mooring ships and mega yachts consists of two berths, with a third on the north side of the operational shore used for mooring smaller vessels, as well as for mega yachts during free traffic and stern-berthing periods.
The operational shore can accommodate ships of approx. 250 metres long, depending on the draft. For ships no longer than 300 metres, planning documentation has been prepared for a mooring pile 80 metres from the end of the current operational area.
To keep up with trends in the cruising industry, and the need to accommodate ever larger vessels - of up to 350 metres, and also provide a greater degree of security for berths, a mooring system for cruise ships on mooring buoys is proposed. These mooring buoys will be of up to 6 metres in circumference, spaced at a distance of about 420m.
Kotor - photo Boka News
The company Luka Kotor AD has operated the port for many years, providing for mainly cruise ship passenger traffic, the strategy recalls. The port infrastructure is in working condition and is regularly used for the docking and supply of vessels.
The strategy includes plans to adapt, reconstruct, build and equip the port of Kotor as a trading port open for international traffic, with an emphasis on the tourist-passenger sector. There are also plans to increase the capacity for ships berthing at port and providing cruise ships mooring at anchor, by installing temporary buoys.
An overhaul of the marina includes the improvement of anchoring, mooring, electrical, and water supply systems, as well as constructing access bridges that have a built-in access control system.
“The modernization of the marina infrastructure will ensure improvements to the billing system itself, as well as preparation of the berth cadastre, and reservation, so that the user of marina services provided by Luka Kotor AD can settle all payments at a toll station that will be operational 24/7,” the documentation states.
The information further states that all pontoons will be modular, which in practice means that, depending on future plans and projection of berth occupancy, capacity could be expanded.
The estimated value of the investment project is EUR 500,000.
The drafting process of the strategic document also recognized the possibility, and potential need, to suitably develop the neglected or underused port infrastructure. Here, the ports of Risan and Zelenika are highlighted as potential that should be tapped for the development of the overall maritime economy.
The port of Risan has 75 metres of operational shore, is about 5 meters deep and has a mooring 75.5 metres long, which was previously used for local maritime traffic. The area of its open operational shore is 1,330 m2 and has four mooring cleats. It also has the possibility of mooring vessels of up to 17 metres long, ie. about five vessels of average size parallel to the coast.
RIsan - photo Boka News
“The public company Morsko Dobro has issued a public call for tender for the preparation of a study on the construction conditions for the Port of Risan, the necessary investments in infrastructure equipment and maintenance, for the preparation of an economic and financial analysis and the concession act,” the strategy states.
The study should include a survey and estimate of works on the maintenance of the facility and possible renovation for a period of 20-30 years, and equipping the marina with pontoons for yacht mooring. Also, the document should contain information on the necessary infrastructural equipment of the marina, installation of a pontoon breakwater, as well as all connected systems for sanitation and drainage of wastewater, and a summary of estimates for works.
The Port of Risan is planned as a local and marine tourism port. Information given states that the plan for granting concessions for local ports adopted already by the Government of Montenegro in 2016 envisaged granting concessions to the port of Risan. Through the concession model, infrastructural equipment will be provided, alongside modernization, maintenance, investments in and use of the port - i.e. provision of port services. The capacity of the marina will be a maximum of 150 berths, while a part of the port is defined as a communal mooring with 30 communal berths.
The Port of Zelenika has the function of a trading port open to international maritime traffic and, accordingly, that of a border crossing at which foreign maritime vessels can perform the necessary procedures when entering the territorial waters of Montenegro.
GP Zelenika - Photo Boka News
- Safe and unhindered entry to the port is possible due to the significant depths at the port approach, and the absence of obstacles for semi-navigation. The border crossing uses the 134-meter-long NW port pier and is physically separated by a fence from the rest of the port. At the pier of the border crossing, relevant mooring, electricity and fuel infrastructure are also provided for.
- The port of Zelenika still does not meet all the standards provided by law and bylaws necessary for passenger traffic, but there is certainly significant room for further development of the port and opening it up to accommodate ships as an alternative to Kotor - the Government document states.
September 4, 2020 - The Montenegrin record company Rabbit Records, in cooperation with the Made in New York Competition and Festival INC from New York, is organizing the 5th Made in New York Jazz Festival, Montenegro 2020. The festival will be held tonight from 9 pm on the open stage Synchro in Porto Montenegro and on September 6 in the atrium of "The Capital Plaza" in Podgorica.
Some of the biggest names on the world jazz scene will perform. Tommy Campbell - drums, Calvin Jones - bass, Yaac's Mayman - saxophone / ewi (artistic director of Made in New York Jazz Competition INC and multiple Grammy performer), Stafford Hunter - trombone and player on the seashells (Grammy-nominated performer), Marianne Solivan - vocals. They will be joined on stage by regional and local jazz musicians: Vladimir Maraš - piano/synthesizer, Matija Dedić - piano, Rastko Obradović - saxophone, Sara Jovović - piano, and Milorad Šule Jovović - guitar.
In the renovated Ethno Jazz Club "Sejdefa" in Podgorica, tomorrow, the renowned jazz-funk Reunion Funk Band from Belgrade will present their club performance. Composed of experienced professionals and proven masters of jazz-funk, it will bring us the spirit of American clubs in which groove is an always recognizable program concept. The quintet consists of Ljubiša Paunić Paun (saxophone), Mirko Sokolović (bass), Dejan Hasečić (guitar), Željko Janković (drums), and Filip Bulatović (piano).
The "Made in New York Jazz Festival, Montenegro" is the European sequel of the New York jazz festival, held every year in May in the prestigious Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC. The Made In New York jazz festival's founding company is Made In New York Jazz Competition INC from Brooklyn, NY. In cooperation with Montenegrin company Rabbit Records, every year after the New York premiere - Jazz Gala concert in May - there is a special edition of the prestigious festival in Europe, happening in June. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival's 2020 edition was postponed to the end of the summer, and is being held under specific conditions. Yet still it maintains the excellent reputation it has within the countries' cultural context.
The "Made in New York Jazz Festival, Montenegro" was launched in 2016. Over its first four years, the festival hosted over 50 renowned jazz performers from all over the world, with legendary jazz artists mostly from the US, the home of jazz and international guests, participants of the Made In New York Jazz Competition!