Those born in the stunning Boka Bay fell in love at first sight, and this deep feeling guides them through their lifetimes. “I've loved the sea most of all in my life”- says the grey-haired man in a hat in front of me rolling a cigarette. “Returning home after studying at the Belgrade Music Academy, I immediately ran directly to the shore, jumped in our boat and went to the sea.” Zoran Proročić is a famous Montenegrin composer whose creations sing of the beautiful Kotor bay life, its charming people and old Mediterranean traditions. He is the father of a big family and the owner of an authentic Kotor restaurant “Konoba Scala Santa”.
The architect Slobodan Bobo Mitrovic is one of the most competent experts in the spatial planning and protection of Montenegro's architectural heritage.
When my friend (another curly-haired girl like me) brought me to this hair salon, the first thing that impressed me was not the classy posters of modern haircuts, but the sounds of music. Meštri o’ Kose (“Masters of Hair” in the local Boka dialect) is a small hairdressing salon located behind the Musical school walls in the Kotor old town. Run by Živko and Nina Jevtović, together with their colleagues Katarina and Ivana, they are real professionals who managed to bring my unruly fuzzy curls into a beautiful haircut for the first time in my seven years in Montenegro. This aroused my interest, and I wanted to know more.
Živko Jevtović, a Schwarzkop professional mentor and an external associate of Kotor Hairdressing school
The most famous Montenegrin comic strip creator, Simon Vučković, found some time in his busy schedule for a TMN interview. With the numerous strips published, exhibitions held, awards received, and classes run, Simon is a modest knight with a motto from his coat of arms: Be true to yourself, true to your country.
Meet Ipek from Istanbul who believes that "life is a mirror reflecting back the good and bad messages you send out into the world".
“The only key to a better life is a hard work. The harder you work, the more you get," says Mr. Labud Mihović, which is contrary to the basic Montenegrin commandments.
It’s always exciting to come across genuinely talented young artists, especially in a small place like Kotor. Nadja Jankovic is just 17, but has already won or placed in a number of guitar competitions, including the 2013 “Julian Arcas” International Competition in Spain (which she won), the 2014 “Giovani Musicisti” International Competition in Italy (which she also won), the 2015 International Youth Competition Forum Gitarre in Austria (first prize as well) and the 2015 Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition (second place). A student at Kotor Music School, she visits workshops and additional classes abroad, doing her best to become a real professional and present Montenegro and the rest world with the charming sound of her classical guitar.