Porto Montenegro and Belgrade-based M2C event management agency present the underwater exhibition by Montenegrin artist Luka Radojević. The exhibition has been set in the Tivat aquatorium, just off the island of Our Lady of Mercy. It has been realized due to cooperation between Porto Montenegro Company and M2C.
The concept of the sculptures for the underwater exhibition deals with time, as an abstract phenomenon in civilizational change.
The exhibition is dedicated to ancient sculpture, which is dominated by male and female torso inspired by ancient Greece and Rome. They also have implemented abstract elements reminiscent of the civilization of ancient Egypt in their geometric form and colour, as has been announced from Porto Montenegro.
“The ancient Greeks and later Rome paid great attention to the creation of portraits, male and female torso, and the idealization of the human body, and in fact, through modelling, brought it three-dimensionally closer to divine ideal proportions.
The best examples of ancient Greek sculpture have been preserved precisely thanks to the sea, as they were found at archeological sites at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea on ships that sank in ancient times, thus preserving important sculptures from that time. The bottom of the sea has kept the mystical secret of masterpieces for thousands of years. It is with the display of sculptures at the bottom of the sea that I, as an artist, wish to revive the mystical ancient times and to see our future through a vision of the past”, emphasizes artist Luka Radojević.
The exhibition will be staged until August 18th and can be enjoyed by all who come with diving equipment to Our Lady of Grace. Over 200 guests of Porto Montenegro and Regent Hotel, as well as the players of recently organized polo tournament in Tivat nautical resort, and many others, have been delighted with this extraordinary setting, it has been pointed out from Porto Montenegro.
Art in Croatia and its cultural connection with Montenegro, especially with the area of Boka Kotorska and Tivat will be the subject of the next exhibition in Summerhouse Buća in Tivat.
Tivat Museum and Gallery continues its art program, worthy of the attention of the professional and wider public, which began last year with the exhibition "Towards Nature", it has been announced from this house of art.
It encourages the maintenance of a cultural manifestation that aims to educate the general public about modern art in Croatia, as well as its relations with Boka Kotorska.
A special opportunity for this in the newly renovated and decorated Tivat Gallery, situated in the Summerhouse Buća will be provided from 16 August to 6 September at the exhibition "The Art Correlations of Tivat and Zagreb".
The works of three renowned visual artists will be presented then, which through extremely mature and very current approaches to painting expression confirm individual relationships to the world in which we live. The artwork of Zagreb painters Lea Popinac (1981) and Pavle Pavlovic (1983), as well as Momcilo Macanovic (1966) from Tivat, will be presented to the audience.
All three artists work in oil painting technique, which they use in different ways, expressing figuratively (Macanovic and Pavlovic) in the pursuit of realistic or objectless. (Popinjac).
It is worth pointing out that the visitors will be able to get an immediate glimpse not only individually into their works, but also with a collective insight investigating whether they complement (and how) their expressions when they are put together (as is the case in this collective exhibition).
The exhibition, organized by the Museum and Gallery Tivat, will open on Friday, August 16 at 9 pm. Jelena Bujišić, director and curator of the gallery, in professional cooperation with curator Nevenka Sarcevic from Zagreb will participate in the event. This art event and the stay of two painters in Boka Kotorska is supported by the Municipality of Tivat and Vice President Ilija Janovic.
We want the Tivat audience to recognize the interest and value of these cultural events for both the art scene and the city of Tivat itself, it is concluded in the announcement by Museum and Gallery Tivat.
On August 9, at St. Spirit church, leading international artists Yuja Wang and Andreas Ottensamer held their second concert within the XVIII KotorArt Don Branko Music Days. With their carefully selected program, they evoked a wide variety of emotions in the audience, playing compositions of different epochs and composers. What was familiar and evident in their playing was the perfection of the performance, the symbiosis of the sound and the presence at the given moment.
Performing multiple times in an encore accompanied by a 20-minute standing ovation from the audience justified the superlatives used along with their name. Recognized for her unique blend of technical bravura of musical deliberation and emotional depth, the pianist, Yuja Wang, has performed several compositions during and after the program. With each performance, the reactions were louder, the enthusiasm did not wane, both from the audience and the artist. As a result, an agreement was reached on performances in Montenegro next year. The concert was attended by Ambassador of China to Montenegro, Liu Jin, Mayor of the capital, Ivan Vukovic, and President of one of China's largest concert agencies, Jianguo Zheng.
The last week of the Festival and this peak of artistic music, featuring Narek Hahnazarjan, Roman Simovic, Blythe Tech-Engstrem, Simon Crawford Phillips, Milena Simovic, as well as Yuja Wang and Andreas Ottensamer, were also covered by regional media who were staying in Kotor. Journalists from Serbia and Croatia are delighted with the program, the organizing team and Kotor, which over time has become for Montenegro what Dubrovnik Summer Games are for Croatia.
Text by CdM, on Agust 10th 2019, read more at CdM
Last night, with the program "Piazza of Jazz" and the last performance within the series of jazz concerts, completed the entire program of the international KotorArt festival. Over 46 festival days of this year's edition, more than 1500 artists from 25 countries participated and performed more than 300 programs - 53 major and over 250 supporting ones.
The festival is sponsored by the Municipality of Kotor and the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, as well as with the support of important friends and sponsors - Coca-Cola, Lustica Bay, Porto Montenegro, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, the Hungarian Embassy in Montenegro, the Tourist Organization of Kotor, Huma, Junus Emre Institute, Accion cultural Espanola and many other partners. In this way, the festival provides almost 40% of the total budget through sponsorships, donations, and its own funds. Media partners of the festival are RTCG and Pobjeda, and media friends are all major media in Montenegro.
KotorArt is grateful to patrons, artists, audiences, all sponsors, friends as well as media partners for their outstanding cooperation and broadcast of all program activities.
Participants in this year's edition of the festival came from Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Slovenia, Hungary, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Spain, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Armenia, Turkey, Israel, China and Russia.
This year's edition of the festival took place from June 27 to August 11 at numerous locations in Kotor and across Boka Bay through four program units: XVIII KotorArt Festival Klapa Perast, XXVII KotorArt Kotor Festival of Children's Theater, XVIII KotorArt Don Branko Music Days and IX KotorArt Philosopher's square.
XVIII KotorArt Klapa Perast Festival hosted female, male and mixed klapa groups from Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina who competed in different categories. The jury was composed of Mojmir Cacija - president, Zlata Marjanovic, Mario Katavic, Zorana Larkovic, Marina Dulovic, Jasminko Setka and Vladimir Begovic.
In the category of best female klapa, according to the expert jury, the winners were the Lusa klapa from Split. In the category of best male group, the winners were the group Conra, also from Split. The New Klapa Song Award went to author Marko Šimić for his song “Love” by Lusa, performed by the Klapa Lusa from Split. Also, as part of the Hungarian Culture Week event, the concert was also held by a Capella band Fool Moon from Hungary.
XXVII KotorArt Festival for Children's Theater was held under the slogan "Trip to the Moon". From 01 to 12 July, Kotor was a city of children, and the children had the opportunity to attend performances from many countries, workshops and panels. This year, the 27th in a row, the Kotor Festival of Children's Theater marked as many as 24 plays within the theater program. During the 12 festival days, 16 performances were performed in this part of the program, of which there were 12 premieres and 4 shows. A total of 109 programs were realized at the Festival.
IX KotorArt Philosopher's Square was held on August 10 and 11, entitled "How to Think of Refuge". The editor of this year's Piazza was Paula Petricevic, a philosopher, activist, feminist, Master of Political Science. Carna Brkovic's lectures were presented on this topic through the thesis "Humanitarianism as a Politics of Citizenship" and a lecture by Adriana Zaharijevic with the topic "We refugees: A life that cannot be lived".
XVIII KotorArt Don Branko's days of music marked the 40th anniversary of the devastating earthquake in 1979, as well as placing on the UNESCO list of the world's heritage through orders and performing new works. The concerts are divided into several series: Top Art Music, where this year we could once again hear the very top of the world stage, such as Yuja Wang, Andreas Ottensamer, Narek Hahnazarjan, Blythe Teh-Engstrem, Roman Simovic and many others; then the Coca-Coca Stage, where music and popular music intertwined with concerts dedicated to Oliver Dragojevic, but also those of Massimo Savic and Sergej Cetkovic with the orchestra of young talents; Jazz Market, a series of 5 Sunday jazz concerts at the Museum of Kotor Market in Kotor; KotorArt Talents, a platform for young, successful artists strongly supported by the Festival; as well as the Port of Art, perhaps the favorite series of Kotor caterers, passers-by and tourists, performances by various ensembles in the squares in the Old Town.
In addition to the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, we also listened to two Festival Orchestra concerts, the RTS Grand Jazz Orchestra, the No Borders Orchestra and many other bands. KotorArt was also an important partner in the implementation of the Hungarian Culture Week program in Montenegro and hosted the directors of major festivals from Verbier and Shanghai. According to preliminary estimates, the Festival's main and supporting programs were attended by more than 40 thousand visitors.
Photo credit: Duško Miljanić, Krsto Vulović
Text by CdM, on August 13th, 2019, read more at CdM
12 August 2019 - The Disneyfication Map online service, which reviews overtourism, ranked Montenegro in the top 10 list of countries which are endangered by overtourism, with an estimated 3.02 tourists per capita.
The Disneyfication Map visualizes the number of tourists visiting the countries of the world, in proportion to the local population. The map is an attempt to show where over-tourism could be hurting the local population and the visited areas. Overtourism is a new term to describe the situation of having so many visitors in one location that it harms the locals and the environment.
The map uses data from the World Bank to show which countries have the most tourists in comparison to each country's population. The redder countries have more tourists and the greener countries have fewer tourists per capita.
As well as showing in red the countries where over-tourism might be a problem, the Disneyfication map also highlights cities which might be suffering from excessive numbers of visiting tourists.
Montenegro occupies the sixth position on the list of countries endangered by overtourism, while the neighbouring Croatia is second, with an estimated share of 3.78 guests per capita.
The complete list of countries endangered by overtourism looks like this:
Iceland - 6.52 tourists / inhabitant
Croatia - 3.78 tourists / inhabitant
Bahamas - 3.64 tourists / resident
Austria - 3.34 tourists / resident
Cyprus - 1.01 tourists / resident
Montenegro - 3.02 tourists / inhabitant
Greece - 2.53 tourists / resident
Estonia - 2.47 tourists / inhabitant
Ireland - 2.15 tourists / resident
Denmark - 2.04 tourists / resident.
The service also made a list of ten cities that are affected by overtourism the most, and it looks like this:
Cinque Terre (Italy) - 4,800 tourists / resident
Hallstatt (Austria) - 1,283 tourists / resident
Old Town of Dubrovnik (Croatia) - 1,000 tourists / resident
Venice (Italy) - 364.64 tourists / resident
Santorini (Greece) - 128.62 tourists / resident
Salzburg (Austria) - 45.94 tourists / resident
Kyoto (Japan) - 36.39 tourists / resident
Palma de Mallorca (Spain) - 32.26 tourists / resident
Jeju Island (South Korea) - 24.8 tourists / resident
Amsterdam (Netherlands) - 22.5 tourists / resident
Some of the effects of overtourism are the unbearable crowds that bother not only the locals but also the tourists themselves, crowds in public spaces or public transportation, local traditions and institutions being lost and being replaced by souvenir shops and the negative impacts on the environment.
The country shading shows which countries have the most tourists in comparison to their population. However, overtourism isn't the same as mass tourism. Some locations can cope with millions of tourists, while others struggle to handle a small increase.
The greener a country, the more likely it is that locals surround you during peak season.
Every city or location that is marked with a red dot is either struggling with overtourism or has been repeatedly mentioned in news articles and research related to overtourism.
The map is available at the DisnificationMap's official website.
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12 August 2019 - According to the official statement of the PR service of the Government of Montenegro, the construction of the electric power infrastructure for powering the future cable cars within the ski resorts Cmiljača and Žarski have begun, and the contractor will manage to respect the deadline, which is set for early next year.
As TMN reported earlier, during the fifth session of the Bijelo Polje Municipal Assembly, the President of the Bijelo Polje Municipality, Petar Smolović, stated that the construction of the Ski Centre Cmiljača, worth 23 million EUR, should be completed by 2022. He also explained that the implementation of the Cmiljača Project consists of two phases. The first phase, which is currently being executed, includes works on the construction of road infrastructure, construction of the base station with accompanying facilities, parking space, construction of electric power network, ski lifts, hydrotechnical and telecommunication infrastructure, about 3 kilometres of ski tracks and the purchase of necessary machinery and equipment. The planned deadline for the completion of the first phase is 2020.
The construction of the electric power infrastructure to power the future cable cars within the ski resorts Cmiljača and Žarski began with the preparation for the installation of the 35/10 substation in Majstorovina in Bijelo Polje.
Preliminary works include construction work, to construct a structure for future power equipment.
The value of this investment, which will be financed by the Government of Montenegro through the capital budget, amounts to more than 1,18 million EUR, and the contractor committed to finishing the works within six months from the beginning of the work, i.e. early next year.
The project is part of the activities that the Government is continuously implementing in order to valorise the tourism potential of the north of the country. The installation of cable cars at ski resorts Cmiljača and Žarski has already been contracted and the estimated value of complete investments in the two sites is more than 52 million EUR.
The Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro, in cooperation with TV “Vijesti”, is launching the PRESS TO WORK project - CLICK & (WORK) whose key purpose is to contribute to the promotion of employment opportunities for persons with disabilities (PWD) in Montenegro.
The goals that will be achieved through the project are:
These objectives will be achieved through the implementation of the following activities:
1. Basic Computer Training (Microsoft Office, Internet, Computer Network) - This means basic knowledge of the programs: Microsoft Office, Internet and computer network. Bearing in mind that PWDs involved in the project will master basic computer skills, this training will include 24 lessons, which involves systematizing computer skills and preparing for advanced levels. All six PWDs involved in the project will be involved in this activity, although the person doesn't need to be employed under the Employment Service.
2. Advanced computer training (Word Press, Joomla, image and video preparation and processing programs) - implies advanced computer training with a special focus on advanced Word options, and programs for image and visual design and editing, graphics, symbols and illustrations, as well as print preparation, as well as work on the Internet, primarily Wordpress and Joomla, where most websites and portals are created. So, training involves preparing, editing and administering text and images, then visualizing, preparing for print and updating web content. All six people with disabilities will be included in this activity, which will cover 50 lessons. The activity involves being trained to work in specific workplaces. After this training, the job description of each PWI who will be hired after the training will be determined.
3. Public relations training - involves the introduction of communication and information media, the importance of information and communication channels, and consists of the following main topics: Public relations concept, Public relations functions, Public relations activities, Public relations planning, and Relations with the media, within which the following topics will be covered: press statement, media appearances, press releases and the like. The training will include 15 lessons and is intended for all participants in the project. The training will be conducted in the first months of employment of the PWD.
4. Marketing training - primarily involves training for internet marketing, but also marketing, that is, "selling" other services. It will be conducted in parallel with public relations training. It implies 10 lessons with the obligation of attendance of all participants in the project. The training will be conducted in the first months of employment of the PWD.
5. Employment of persons with disabilities - involves the selection of at least three project participants to be employed in the positions of editors, that is, administrators and technicians of graphic preparation for a minimum duration of five months during the implementation of the project. The employees will sign the contract with the UMHCG and will work in the main premises of the UMHCG, and the premises where the UMHCG printing house is located. The PWD employees will be accompanied by a mentor throughout their employment.
6.Implementation of the Employment Service; Employment service is, in fact, a recent activity that involves informing, liaising with employers and providing them with opportunities for practical work and employment in conjunction with them. It also includes the provision of legal advice in the field of work and employment, consultation and guidance on the exercise and protection of rights in this field. This Service will last throughout the project, and within the same, we expect the employment of one PWD.
7. Monitoring employees of PWDs and promoting the importance of employment of PWDs; This activity includes tracking the work and performance of PWD employees and will be carried out every five months after their employment. The Coordinator of the Employment Service and the mentor of the PWD employees will monitor the work of the PWD, i.e., the work process, will be available to deal with different situations. At the same time, the activity implies the promotion of the activities of PWD employees as well as the importance of employment, i.e., work engagement of PWD in general, not only participants in this project.
8. Media Campaign (social networks, portal www.disabilityinfo.me, partner media: TV shows, written and video content) - will cover the preparation and broadcasting of shows, other TV content, texts, then the campaign on social networks, and all in order to inform as many employers and citizens as possible about the right to work of persons with disabilities and the importance of their employment.
The target group of the project is the unemployed PWD, who will be involved in the activities of preparation for employment, the process of employment and work, and monitoring during the employment and promotion of the importance of employment of PWD.
The project will be implemented by UMHCG in partnership with TV “Vijesti” for a period of 10 months, starting on July 23, 2019, in the territory of Podgorica and will include PWDs from all over Montenegro.
The Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro invites interested persons with disabilities who are on the register of ZZZGG, who are not participants in other projects and who were not involved in projects under Public Invitation no. 11-896 dated 22.01.2018 and no. 11-11463 dated 31.07.2018 to apply for participation in the activities above.
The project was supported by the Employment Service of Montenegro.
Text by Promo, on August 12th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs requested the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism to issue urban-technical conditions for the preparation of technical documentation for the construction of Virpazar border crossing for international lake passenger traffic.
The document states that this represents the first phase of realization of the Port of Virpazar. “North of Hotel '13. July 'and 120 meters from the river Oraoštica waterway, a border crossing point for international passenger lake traffic is planned. The realization of the port with an international crossing requires significant manipulation space and area for facilities with appropriate conditions in accordance with the Decree on the conditions that must be met by ports classified according to the type of maritime traffic and the purpose and requirements of future users of the port," states the State Study of Virpazar from 2014.
For adequate service, it is added that the Port should be equipped with appropriate traffic surfaces - roads, parking spaces, roundabouts, sidewalks, footpaths and the like.
The deadline for the construction of the port Virpazar is June 2022, as announced at the end of May by the Ministry headed by Osman Nurkovic.
Danijela Kapa, on behalf of the Directorate for International Cooperation and EU Funds and Project Manager, said that the realization of the Port of Vripazar will contribute to the valorization of the economic, commercial and tourist resources of Lake Skadar.
Kapa also recalled on the agreement between the Montenegrin and Albanian authorities to open a joint border crossing of Ckla (Montenegro) for international road and lake and passenger traffic, signed in Skadar on July 3, 2018, according to a statement after a working group meeting in for the purpose of preparatory activities for the implementation of the construction project of the Port Virpazar.
Text by Milos Rudovic, on August 9th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The traditional Prčanj Mussel Festival will take place on Tuesday, 13th August from 8:30 pm on the local waterfront, with music, mussels and wine.
“The Festival is important for us to present, primarily to tourists, one local delicacy - our mussel stew. It’s an opportunity for them to taste our produce, but also to get together and socialise. It’s just one way for us to increase what we offer to tourists in our area. We invite everyone to come and join us - the more the merrier,” President of Prčanj Community Group Zoran Brguljan told Radio Kotor.
Prčanj Mussel Festival. Photo: Boka News
The event is organised by Prčanj Community Group and NGO "Bope".
"Bokelian Themes" – Bokeljske teme by Željko Brguljan will be presented on Tuesday, August 13 at St. Paul's Church, as announced from the MPI - Municipal Public Institution "MUSEUMS" (OJU Muzeji) Kotor.
The edition "The Bokelian Themes" by Željko Brguljan will be promoted starting at 9 pm at St. Paul's Church in the Old Town of Kotor. Brguljan's book, which was published in Zagreb last year, will be discussed by academician prof. Dr. Radoslav Tomic and art historian Marija Mihalicek, MSc. The event is organized by OJU "Museums" and Matica hrvatska - branch in Boka Kotorska.
“In the book Bokeljske teme, Željko Brguljan deals with the historical and cultural heritage of Boka Kotorska. The book is divided into five thematic units and contains twenty-three works of scientific and publicist character, which have been published over the past decades in journals, chronicles, proceedings and books published in Croatia and Montenegro.
Selected texts of this passionate researcher of history, history of maritime affairs and cultural heritage have been modified or at some extent allowed to new knowledge, the book also contains a list of archival material and literature used by the author, as well as an index of personal names. The book was released at the Antibarbarus Publishing House in Zagreb in 2018.
The center of Brguljan's interest is his birthplace Prčanj through topics of maritime and cultural heritage, especially the Church of the Birth of Virgin Mary with a series of discoveries about designer Macaruci and engineer Milan Karlovac.
Brguljan also deals with the artworks of sculptors Ivan Mestrovic and Toma Rosandic, paintings by Milo Milunovic in Paval Bilinic's workshop. Much of the author's research is devoted to local Boka Kotorska artists who lived and worked in the 19th and 20th centuries, including painters - mariner Bazi Ivankovic, poet and playwright Ida Verona, renowned comic strip artist Andrija Maurovic, painter Antun Sojat and poet Viktor Vida.
Those above and other contributions in the books of the Bokelj theme are valuable contributions to the knowledge of the cultural heritage of Boka Kotorska ”- as has been pointed out in the announcement of the exhibition.
10 August 2019 - Minister of the Interior Mevludin Nuhodžic and Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Ambassador Aivo Orav, recently visited the border crossing at Bar and Command and Operational Centre of the Regional Centre of Border Police "South", which has been recently equipped with modern EU-donated electronic surveillance technology worth 3.4 million EUR.
“We came here to get acquainted with the equipment and technology for electronic surveillance of the state border used by the Border Police. We can rest assured that the technology used by this border centre is state-of-the-art and that it enables complete control and detection of all data at the land border. The installation of television and thermal imaging cameras along the radars at Crni vrh and Obostnik that are in line with NATO standards ensures full surveillance and detection of the blue border,” Minister Nuhodžić stated after visiting the Centre.
Ambassador Orav expressed satisfaction with the visit to Bar and the equipment of the border control system procured by the EU donation.
“The EU is Montenegro's biggest partner when it comes to support of integrated border management. Today's donation is a part of a larger EU sector budget support to Montenegro, worth in total EUR 20 million. In parallel to our joint efforts with the Ministry of the Interior and the Border Police to strengthen the capacity in border management through the provision of equipment, we also organise numerous training activities and provide support through TAIEX," Ambassador Orav said reported the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro.
He also added that the donation came as a result of endorsing the European Commission's recommendations and thanked the Ministry of the Interior for accepting all European Commission's recommendations.
Referring to the recommendations of the European Commission, Minister Nuhodžić noted that the system of surveillance and control of the state border is now fully aligned with European standards and that the Ministry of the Interior and the Police Authority work continuously on fulfilling the recommendations of the European Commission regarding border security, and that the Ministry also makes efforts to develop integrated border management in line with the Schengen Action Plan and Schengen standards.
"Security of a country begins at its border. That is why we constantly invest in border security assets and equipment, we constantly invest resource and educate our Border Police to make our border more secure and to make our citizens and those who come here to spend their holidays safer," Minister Nuhodžić concluded.
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