Tourists and Citizens of Herceg Novi had a chance to get acquainted with the culture and specifics of Japan, Great Britain, Slovakia, Australia, and China at the Newcastle of the World Day, which was held within the program of the 50th Mimosa Festival.
The event was marked with the performances of the artists from Hejin, China, who featured face-changing skills and performed with Chinese traditional instruments. The sounds of bagpipes from North Umbria in England were played by Steel Rigg, Japanese guests featured the art of calligraphy, origami and social games, and Klapa Lira from Herceg Novi and the Art Center As, as well as the students of Herceg Novi Music School, also participated in the program.
The head of the Office for International Cooperation in the Municipality of Herceg Novi, Simonida Kordić, said the Newcastle of the World Day project was held in Herceg Novi for the first time this year.
"It's a project that takes place within the organization of Newcastle of the World. Last year Herceg Novi became a member of this international organization, which gathers over 40 cities from all over the world," Kordic explained.
Herceg Novi, as she pointed out, is one of the central members of the organization, "which is a great success for us as the Municipality and our Office for International Cooperation."
"We are very pleased to be in such an organization that creates a network of projects that link people from the field of culture, tourism, education, and economics from all the world's cities. Last year, the 20th anniversary of this event was held in Japan, where Herceg Novi was admitted to the organization," Kordic said.
According to her, guests from Japan, UK, Slovakia, Australia, America, China participated in the event.
"Everyone brought what is characteristic of their city, and Herceg Novi now has the opportunity to present its art and virtues," Kordic said.
The President of the Municipality Herceg Novi, Stevan Katic, assessed the program Newcastle of the World Day as significant, stating that he was pleased that Herceg Novi hosted numerous cities in the association of Newcastle cities.
"For Herceg Novi, it is good that we signed the Charter on the entry of our town to the Newcastle Town Association in October. And after three months, the results of the entry into the association are visible. I am pleased that this event takes place within the 50th Mimosa Festiva," said Katic.
He also announced other planned events that will be held for the first time in Herceg Novi. "It is also significant that Herceg Novi will host, for the first time, a show of all city music orchestras from Europe, the region and the majorettes. This is an important event for our city, which will also bring Europe and the world to Herceg Novi," Katić said. Rumi Matsushita from Japan explained that the city he comes from is a member of Newcastle, saying that today in Herceg Novi they represent a part of the Japanese culture - calligraphy.
"The boys who visited us today are very much interested in calligraphy, so they became part of our presentation today and we are showing them calligraphy," said Matsushita.
She said that she is in Herceg Novi for the first time, and evaluates that the Mimosa Festival is "fantastic".
Representative of the delegation from the town Nove Zamki from Slovakia, Katarina Hozlarov, said that they came to Herceg Novi to present their small town, which is also a member of the organization.
In history, the city of Nove Zamki played an important role because it was a fortress that has defended Europe from the Turkish invasion. Although we do not have any fortresses in the city, we can offer our hospitality to the tourists, the remains of historic architecture, and a good sports program. I think there is always something nice to see, "Hozlarov said. A representative of Newcastle upon Tyne, a town in the north of the UK, Sue Wilson, said the entire project came from their city, stating that they now have many cities that are members of the association around the world.
"We are doing student exchange, cultural exchange, different business events. Twenty years ago, at my colleague's initiative, I wrote the book Newcastle of the World. At the same time, the city of Japan Shin Siro began to hold conferences. Meanwhile, these two projects merged after 20 years of alliance, I wrote a second book with the same name. Now we have more than a thousand cities as alliance members," Wilson said.
Text by PR Center, on February 3rd 2019, read more at CdM
February 4, 2019 - The Hotel Regent Pop Up Restaurant is ready to welcome gourmands and excellent chefs of Boka Bay; which they proved with a presentation of the degustation menu “Montenegro Inspired” organized on the last day of January. By the end of March, the Pop Up Restaurant will offer their guests an entirely new line to present the selection of Bokelian and dishes of Boka Bay hinterland. The jury will choose among 35 recipes from local masters of the kitchen who responded to the hotel management's invitation to share their knowledge in a joint mission of the presentation of the best local gastronomic tradition to hotel’s guests, coming from all over the world.
03 February 2019 - Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanović paid an official visit to the Republic of Italy, during which he met with Italian Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities Alberto Bonisoli.
Minister Bogdanović expressed satisfaction with the meeting with his Italian counterpart, emphasising the high level and quality of cooperation that Montenegro and the Republic of Italy have in all areas of culture.
The two officials agreed that the recent ratification of the Agreement in the area of education and culture in the Assembly of the Republic of Italy represents a strong foundation and an incentive for future cooperation. To implement it more dynamically, both sides agreed to establish a joint Committee to deal with the identification of priority areas for cooperation, as well as their implementation.
Minister Bogdanović highlighted the importance of exchanging experiences and knowledge with Italian experts in the field of cultural heritage.
"Preserving the rich cultural heritage, but also its tourist valorization, represent only some of the areas in which we will work with our friends from the Republic of Italy. Many years of experience, as well as the expertise and skills of our colleagues from Italy in this field, will be a strong support to overcoming the challenges that Montenegrin cultural heritage encounters," Minister Bogdanović said.
Minister Bonisoli expressed the readiness of the Republic of Italy to provide training in Florence through several education processes for several Montenegrin conservators and restaurateurs.
The Ministers also discussed cultural cooperation, primarily through active participation of the National Research Council of Italy in the field of research in the area of Duklja, the former Roman city, as one of the oldest archaeological sites that has been on the Tentative List of Montenegro for potential entry to the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2010.
Ambassador of Montenegro to Rome Sanja Vlahović also attended the meeting.
"Niksic follows Cetinje. They do not let them be decorated with laurels! That is how it should be," published the "Voice of Montenegro" in the edition of 19th February 1884. Three days earlier in the city under Trebjesa, the theatrical performance “Slobodarka” by Manojlo Đorđević Prizrenac took place.
On February 16th this year, Niksic Theater, which is the oldest theater in Montenegro apart from the Zetski dom, marks 135 years of existence. In addition to the war and peace destruction, extinction and re-establishment, the theatre stage boards tell the story of the duration, the ups and downs, the culture and the link between the three centuries.
In 1884, the society of Niksic readers decided to establish the Theater Company and for the first performance they chose "Slobodarka", which was performed in front of a fully booked hall, and before the play, Bekica Šobajić spoke about the significance of the opening of the theater, "first behind the first one in Cetinje".
King Nikola, half a year later, wanted to see this play, but his desire was not fulfilled, because some "dilettantes", as they called actors, were absent. In four years of existence, after the Theater Company lost its work due to the lack of room for the rehearsals and performances, in 1890 ceased with work, plays "Krst and Kruna" by Jovan Subotic, "Death of Stevan Dečanski" and "Miloš Obilić" by Jovan Sterije Popović and "Balkan Carica" by Nikola I, Gogol’s "The Government Inspector", which was performed at the school hall in 1891, the Company resumed with work.
The revenues from the performance were sent to the City Library, as well as the incomes from the play "Tri Bekrije", which was performed in March 1896. In December of that same year, comedies "Congratulations" and "Gypsy" were played, and money was directed to the victims of the floods in Crmnica and Ulcinj, while the drama "Dejan" was performed next year. By founding of the singing company "Zahumlje" in 1898, the Theater Company, which until then worked alone, was abolished and continued with its work within "Zahumlje". There were some theatrical performances, the chronologists recorded about the "impressive acting skills" shown.
The First World War breaks down the theater life in Niksic because most actors fron "Zahumlje" go to the front. After the war, the construction of the Craftsman's Workers' Association began, which was completed in 1925 when a drama section was established, led by a famous drama artist and director of Novi Sad Theater Mihailo Kovačević. He opened the House in August 1925 with the play "Maksim Crnojević" by Laza Kostić, in which Kovačević interpreted the main role. Three years later, the City Theater was established, and the director Milutin Plamenac was appointed as administrator. And as it is usually the case with the theater life in Niksic, ten years later, it ceased with work and all the assets, worth ten thousand dinars, were donated to "Zahumlje"
After the Second World War, in 1949, by the decision of the National Committee in Niksic, a National Theater was established, which was assigned to the Chamber of the former Craftsmen's Workers' Association. Veljko Šakotić was appointed as administrator and actor Veljko Mandić as secretary. For two years, members of the theater have voluntarily raised an auxiliary building with two studios, wardrobes, workshops and warehouses.
The first performance was made by the members of the theater on June 4th, 1949. It was 'Nemirna starost' of Rahmanjiv, directed by Radoje Gojković. Since the city was almost doubled, the theater had to be renovated and the work was entrusted to famous architects Djordje Minjević in 1953, who, together with Josip Slade, King Nikola and Slobodan Vukajlović, were the most important for building a modern city. Everything was then replaced and a balcony with 450 seats was built, which was also intended for theater and cinema performances.
In that hall on August 14th in 1961, the citizens saw black people for the first time when singers performed folk songs, the ensemble "Black Trio".
That the theater was a “Small Yugoslavia” says the fact that actors such as Raša Plaović, Milivoje Živanović, Ljubiša Jovanović, Olivera Marković appeared on the scene as guests of the National Theater. The world-famous Russian ballerina Maja Pliseckaj was also a guest. It is interesting that Savo Njunjić (1891-1962) doyenne of the Montenegrin acting society began his acting career in Zahumlje in Nikšić 1901 when he became a member of the Tambura Choir. Later, in the drama section, he developed his acting talent to professionalism - he appeared in 1909 for the first time and retired in Niksic Theater in 1953. Following the liberation of Niksic, he was an actor of the newly established National Theater and acted in 30 plays. He has played in the movie "Zle pare," which was shot in 1956.
The children's theater, the first of its kind in Montenegro after the Second World War, was founded in 1956.
For 16 years, the National Theater had 116 premieres of all genres of famous domestic and world dramaturgy. And again, that was not enough to survive. At the second session of the Council of Culture of the Republic of Montenegro, which was held in 1958 in Titograd, it is concluded that professional theaters in Niksic, Cetinje, Kotor and Pljevlja were reorganized into amateur and semi-amateur. The reason was that supposedly the number of theaters exceeded the possibilities of small media, that are in a difficult financial situation, of unequal quality, and that it would be better to have one quality theater that will meet the needs of other places. "By this decision, only directors and four actors could be engaged professionally.
Veljko Šakotić was re-appointed in the Niksic Theater, where Veljko Mandic was doing the job of a director, and this duo managed to offer more than 50 plays to citizens of Niksic, only in 1958.
The official decision to terminate the theater work, unanimously, was issued in 1965 at the June meeting of the Assembly of Niksic Municipality. Interestingly, at that time, there were 17 educators in the Assembly.
The theater building and fundus, the richest in Montenegro, had the scenes for displaying 20 plays, several sets of stylish furniture, a wide variety of costumes from various epochs, props, electric, carpenter and tailor tools, were handed over to Radnicki University.
Niksic Cultural Center founded the Drama Studio in 1980, which for ten years of work brought the theatre to the place where it belonged, prepared 17 premieres and played nearly 500 performances. But culture in the town under Trebjesa seems to have a limited duration. Although the Drama Studio was proclaimed one of the best amateur theaters in Yugoslavia, it closed down in 1991 when it was removed from its premises and when the "Culture" hall ceased to work. Instead of it, a café was opened, although the Center for Culture has been strongly urged to be restored and brought back to those who it belongs to - the actors.
By the decision of the Assembly of the Municipality Niksic, in December 1999, "Nikšic theatre" began with work and the building of the old theater, the "Culture" hall was demolished in 2008. With the renovation of the cinema building "18th September", Niksic Theatr on 30th January 2015 got its own home. From renewal to today they have had over 20 premieres, annually recording fifty performances of their own and nearly as many performances from guest theater productions. They have renewed the "International Festival of Actors" and the "Pozorište" magazine, whose first issue came out in 1956, established the "Veljko Mandić" prize, they also deal with publishing. And they last.
Text by Svetlana Mandic, on February 3rd, 2019, read more at Vijesti
Children between the ages of 4 and 11 who participated in the 3rd Mala Skalinada have completed the task, as confirmed by the parents and organizers of the Triathlon Club X Herceg Novi.
From the City Port to the Square of Nikola Đurković, 48 children succeeded, by themselves or with a little help of their parents, to master 248 steps and receive diplomas and medals.
In the category of age competitors up to four years, in first was Saša Hajduković, in second Andrija Plesničar, and third Boris Hajduković.
In the age category up to five, Ilija Butuli won, and Vanja Babović won in up to six years.
In the category up to seven years the first three places were won by Vojo Petrović, Filip Simović, Strahinja Bjelović. From 8 to 9, Todor Butuli, Dimitrije Lučić, Pavle Živanić. From 10 to 11 Srđan Lero, Miloš Bogdanović, Andrija Pop. In the category of the youngest girls in ages up to four, Ema Perovic and Kristina Jovanović were the fastest, up to five years it was Katarina Pestorić, up to 6 years it was Milica Lučić, Una Marčeta and Ivana Nikolić, up to seven years it was Valentina Đorđević, Milica Pestorić and Katarina Ćurić, up to 9 years it was Bjanka Bulajić, Nađa Živanović and Petra Sucevic, and in the category of 10 to 11 years it was Vjera Bulajić, Anita Kojić and Maša Vasic.
Text by Slavica Kosic, on February 2nd, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The Municipality Herceg Novi published a tender in December 2018 for the open procedure for the Public Procurement of equipment and installation of underground containers. The estimated value of public procurement with VAT included is 500,000 euros.
The Local Government Administration in Herceg Novi has foreseen the construction of underground containers in the Budget for 2019, as this waste disposal system proved to be the most efficient in the European Union.
Within the procurement are 32 containers of 5 m³ volume (for wet and dry wastes), 24 containers of 2.5 m³ (for wet and dry wastes) and 30 containers of 500 l capacity.
If the tender for their procurement is completed, the underground containers should be installed by the beginning of the summer season. The installation of containers of 5 m³ and 2.5 m³ will be carried out on all locations in pairs - one for dry and one for wet waste
There are many benefits to this kind of waste collection. First of all, this is a higher degree of hygiene, easy maintenance, clean and well-regulated space around the container, and there is no scattering of garbage and spreading of unpleasant smells. It should also be known that one underground container equals as many as 6 classic containers of 1.1 m3. This means six times less fuel consumption, human resources, time, equipment, and better environmental protection. This reduces the spread of unpleasant smells and carbon dioxide.
Another significant feature of this type of container is their durability, which is estimated at 30 years and after use, they can be recycled. In addition, these containers are waterproof, they cool and compress the collected waste, which allows higher filling capacity. Most of the containers will be buried in the ground, maximum at a depth of 1.8 m. Their usage will be adjusted even for people with disabilities.
Director of "Čistoće" d.o.o Herceg Novi, Vladimir Arsić, said that he is satisfied with the way the company worked in the past year and that positive results were achieved.
As Arsić pointed out, the analysis has shown that the criteria for continuing the future work of the Utility Company is well defined, so they expect the next period to be even more successful.
"Depending on the months, the statistics are different. For the period from June to December 2018, approximately 900,000 euros have been earned on this basis, while about 500,000 euros were collected last year. In August 2017, 113,000 euros were charged, while in August 2018 this value was 194,000 euros; in September 2017, the bill amounted to 81,000, while in the same month in 2018 170,000 euros were charged. In October 2017, 74,560 was charged, while 2018 in the same month amounted to 157,304 euros by the collection of claims. So, in the last quarter of 2018, the billing is up to 120% compared to the comparative period of 2017," explains Arsić.
As for the construction of underground containers, Arsić pointed out that the original investment was not realized because the announced donation of the state and the Slovenian government was not fulfilled, but that this time funds from the Budget were provided, and that with their installation, Herceg Novi would have a new dimension of cleanliness.
Promo sadržaj, on February 1st, 2019, read more at Vijesti
February 3, 2019 - Kotor celebrates St. Tryphon's Day today, the day of the patron saint of Kotor and Kotor’s Diocese, whose cult has been present in this area for 1,210 years.
February 3, 2019 - The 50. Mimosa Festival officially opened at the Feast of Mimosa Fish and Wine in Baosici, which brought together about 15,000 visitors to the Herceg Novi Riviera. The Igalo Institute hosted the first of the four planned costume balls, and visitors of Herceg Novi's jubilee edition of the Mimosa Festival in Baosici have the opportunity to enjoy the "Fragrances and Taste of February" Bazaar.
01 February 2019 - Culture Minister Aleksandar Bogdanović met with the President of the National Research Council of Italy, Massimo Inguscio, during his official visit to the Republic of Italy.
On that occasion, Minister Bogdanović expressed his satisfaction with the cooperation with the National Research Council of Italy, which resulted in substantial progress on archaeological and other research in the area of Duklja in Podgorica.
During the conversation, which was focused on the "Twinning Program", has been confirmed strong support to Montenegro in the process of preservation, protection, and valorization of cultural assets.
President Inguscio presented the mechanisms and possibilities of joining the programs of the European Research Institute for Heritage Science and the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. Interlocutors estimated that this represents a strong potential for improving all segments in the protection and valorization of cultural heritage in Montenegro.
Minister Bogdanović especially emphasised the activities on the development of the map of Duklja in QGIS and the continuation of activities on the 3D reconstruction of facilities. He also pointed out the need for cooperation in the part of laser monitoring of the static stability of cultural property objects, with a particular emphasis on overcoming the problem of rehabilitation of the Kotor ramparts. It was concluded that through the direct communication and cooperation between the Ministry of Culture and the National Research Council of Italy, we are looking at the possibilities of realization of the seismic monitoring project and the risk of immovable cultural property, which would be an important prerequisite for better preservation of the rich cultural heritage of Montenegro.
During his official visit to Italy, Minister Bogdanović met with the Director General of the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, Weber Ndoro.
The interlocutors emphasised extremely high quality and meaningful interinstitutional cooperation and expressed readiness to continue with strengthening the partnership through the transfer of knowledge and training in deficient areas for experts in Montenegro.
Minister Bogdanović also met with the President of the Association AICI (Associazione delle istituzioni di cultura italiane), Valdo Spini.
Minister Bogdanović and the president of the AICI Association noted that, given the fact that the association is represents the affiliation of 108 institutions of culture in Italy, there is a possibility of strong inter-institutional cooperation, through the organisation of training in the field of protection and preservation of cultural property related to the management of urban units, in areas where Montenegro has a lack of knowledge.
President Spini has invited Minister Bogdanović to take part in the next conference, organized by the Association of AICI, which will be held in Florence.
Minister Bodganović was also a guest of the National Museum of Art of the 21st Century, where he talked with the Executive Director Pietro Barrera about the possibilities of cooperation.
On this occasion, they expressed readiness to enable Montenegrin artists from the field of contemporary art to exhibit in this significant Museum, which would be a powerful incentive for their further affirmation.
At the end of the visit, the Minister visited the gallery Chiostro del Bramante as a place where it would be important to organise a presentation of the creativity of Montenegrin artists.
The visit of the Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanović is the result of the successful and meaningful cooperation of the two countries. Working meetings with Italian and international institutions were attended by the Montenegrin Ambassador in Italy Sanja Vlahović and the Director of the National Museum Anastazija Miranović.
A frozen Plavsko Lake located under the beautiful massifs of Prokletije will take your breath away, and you can be sure of it just by looking at the photos.
PHOTO: Sena Vatić
Generations of citizens in Plav have grown alongside the lake, enjoying all the blessings of this mountain gem and the largest ice-lake in Montenegro, over two kilometers long and one kilometer wide.
PHOTO: Sena Vatić
PHOTO: Sead Jasavić
The beauties of the lake every year attract many tourists, whether they walk along the paths around the lake and the surrounding mountain ranges, swim in the clear lake waters or simply enjoy the clean air and the scenery that are unique because of their beauty.
In the winter, the lake is covered with ice, and the citizens of Plav say that in the extremely harsh winters a thick layer of ice is created, one they can pass over by car.
Text by CdM, on January 30th 2019, read more at CdM
The Italian polyvalent artist - musician, screenwriter and artist, Luca Tito Faraci will be a guest at the Fourth Comic book Weekend Festival organized by Herceg Novi Comic festival (HSF) in collaboration with the Italian Embassy and JUK Herceg Fest, and within this year's jubilee 50th Edition of Mimosa Festival.
This year's comic weekend will be held from February 14th to 16th and is dedicated to the Italian cultural strip phenomenon Tex Willer, who celebrates 70 years.
From 2007 until today, he has made several dozens of issues, as well as two maxi editions, one of the most famous comic book heroes - legendary Tex, and beside him, another guest at the comics weekend is the great Italian artist Walter Venturi. This phenomenal artist was the guest of the 12th edition of Herceg Novi Comic festival held last year in September, and since 2012 works for the publishing house Bonelli Editori which also publishes Tex.
Guests of the Fourth Comics weekend are also the representatives of Belgrade publishing house “Veseli Četvrtak” (Merry Thursday), representatives of Bonelli for the local market, who will give a lecture on the history and success of the comic Tex Willer phenomenon in these areas, while Tito Faraci as one of the best experts on Tex will be given a general lecture on the cult ranger and the adventures of this comic hero for 70 years.
The Comic Weekend will begin on Thursday, February 14th at 7 pm, with the opening of the 70th anniversary Tex Willer exhibition at the lobby of Dvorana Park, where the guests from Italy will present the works. The next two days, Dvorana Park, the City Café, Nikola Đurković Square, the HSF comic workshop will hold lectures, workshops with young artists and students from Herceg Novi, all accompanied by standard drawings for fans, comic books exchange stock and famous HSF parties.
Text by CdM, on January 29th 2019, read more at CdM