19 May 2019 - "Convinced that the values of the Bokelj Navy, which is considered to be the oldest existing maritime organisation in the world, overcome national and regional borders, we have nominated this cultural heritage for the inscription on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity, as Montenegro's first nomination for the inscription on this prestigious list," Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Pažin noted while opening the exhibition "Bokelj Navy Kotor - 1210 years of history, spirituality and culture" in Cetinje.
He explained that this initiative was launched by the organisation itself, and that the nomination process was in deep agreement with the members of the organisation and was conducted in line with its basic principles that indicate that the Bokelj Navy can be accessed by any person accepting its Statute, regardless of their ethnic, religious, or any other identity, and that it is an organisation focused on respect for human rights and mutual respect for religious, national and cultural diversity.
The Deputy Prime Minister underlined that the members of the Bokelj Navy, their family history and traditions of the local community preserved this cultural heritage for the generations to come in spite of all the challenges the Bay of Kotor had faced throughout its history.
He recalled that for over twelve centuries the Bokelj Navy has managed to resist the strong influences that overwhelmed the area, stressing that the maritime tradition that permanently marked it was the true and fundamental value of the organisation itself.
DPM Pažin emphasised that the essential value of the Bokelj Navy is immaterial. "The value transcending all material traces, which is passed on from generation to generation and which is a key cultural value that recommended this organisation for the status of Montenegro's cultural property of national importance."
He concluded by saying that only by preserving local communities, supporting their identity and the initiatives that come from them, such values can be preserved and passed on to future generations.
19 May 2019 - The first Herceg Novi regatta named Herceg Novi Sailing Tour is being organized by the Tourist Organization of Herceg Novi in cooperation with the Sailing Club Jugola Grakalić, the Municipality of Herceg Novi and the Hotel Lazure.
The event, which will take place on June 1, includes an umpires and skippers boat race. The regatta will be held in the waters of the Bay of Kotor within the territory that belongs to the Herceg Novi Municipality.
The sailing tour, which will mark the official beginning of the 2019 summer sailing season, starts in front of Marina Lazure in Meljine and runs around the island of Mamula. Then the ships sail towards their goal - the city port of Herceg Novi.
Fifteen crews are expected to compete, and the Montenegrin sailor that competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Men's Laser class, Milivoj Dukić will also take part in the sailing tour. The list of the participants in the regatta will include musician and sailor from Herceg Novi, Rambo Amadeus.
In anticipation of the Herceg Novi Sailing Tour, Milivoj Dukić said: "Herceg Novi is becoming richer for yet another port of nautical tourism, in this case, Lazure Marina & Hotel in Meljine. Therefore, the Sailing Club Jugola Grakalić, which I represent today, and the Tourist of Organzation Herceg Novi, came up with the idea to organize the regatta of large ships. We are becoming richer for another regatta and our goal is to attract as many participants and visitors, because every time our boats sail into the sea, we send the best picture to nautical tourism lovers all over the world."
Starting from May 27, all competing boats can be docked at the Lazure Marina and await their official registration within the regatta. On May 31, the organizers have prepared a special cocktail at the Lazure Marina for all the participants within the event.
The sailors will meet for the race on June 1 at 9:30 am, and the official start of the regatta will be at 11 am. The finishing point of the sailing tour is the city port Škver, and sailing enthusiasts can await the boats at this point at 1 pm.
The Tourist Organization of Herceg Novi and the Sailing Club Jugola Grakalić have prepared a traditional fish and wine celebration accompanied by local entertainment and music from 1 pm to 5 pm. The award ceremony will be held also on June 1, at 9 pm.
The representatives of the Tourist Organization of Herceg Novi are inviting all sailing enthusiasts to experience the unique regatta moment when the first boat will officially sail for the first time on June 1. All visitors will be able to enjoy an exciting and competitive racing and the onshore camaraderie!
With the music from the opera "The Blind Mouse" by Johan Straus, 220 graduate students from the high school "Ivan Goran Kovacic" danced the quadrille at the square "Nikola Djurkovic".
The graduates were dressed in yellow and green t-shirts, thus giving their contribution to the jubilee celebration - 50 years of Mimosa Festival. Ana Ercegovic led the graduate's dance.
So far, around 400,000 graduates from more than 100 European cities have participated in this event. All graduates dance the same choreography at the same time, and music is broadcasted over satellite radio. All together they are part of the project of dancing with the same goal in Europe, connecting and cooperating, as well as spreading togetherness, love and peace.
After dancing at the square, the graduates continued the celebration at Kanli Kula, and on Saturday, 25th May, there will be the graduate’s parade through the city and the graduation party.
Graduates from Herceg Novi first danced the quadrille on May 16th in 2008, and so far over 350,000 students from more than 100 European cities have participated in this event, and seven times they have succeeded in breaking the Guinness record.
"Herceg Novi sends a picture of youth, beauty and communion in the world," said the secretary of culture and education of the Municipality Herceg Novi, Ana Zambelic Pistalo, addressing graduates, professors, numerous gathered parents, relatives and friends.
"Herceg Novi has young people full of potential, and many of them today are united in the beauty of dance, and we are trying to support young, prospective citizens of Herceg Novi through various activities. To make Herceg Novi a city in line with the needs of the young people which offers quality and opportunities, this is our basic task and obligation," the secretary for culture said.
The general sponsor of the event is the Municipality Herceg Novi.
Text by Slavica Kosic, on May 17th 2019, read more at Vijesti
13 May 2019 - Within the framework of the manifestation Kotor Concert Season, organized by prestigious Montenegrin Music School Vida Matjan and KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days, renowned musicians Ratimir Martinović (piano) and Gordana Josifova Nedelkovska (oboa) will perform on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in the beautiful ambiance of Luštica Bay’s The Chedi Hotel.
Martinović and Nedelkovska will present an interesting and challenging program to the audience, which includes the compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac and Stanislas Verroust.
Martinović, who is also the director of the International Art Festival KotorArt, is more than satisfied with the previous cooperation with Luštica Bay and looks forward to the mutual success in the future.
"Luštica Bay is a traditional partner not only of our festival, but also of other valuable art events in the country. Luštica is not only the largest investment in tourism in the country, but perhaps its most beautiful. Such an enthralling vision is granted to have superior art as its partner. As a pianist playing in Luštica Bay, it is very inspirational to engrave our music in the youngest city to be built in Montenegro, and I believe that Gordana and I will be able to convey our vision through a varied and multi-layered program that we have prepared," Martinović said in an interview for the CDM portal.
The concert will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 8 am and will be held at The Ballroom of The Chedi Hotel.
The cooperation between Luštica Bay and KotorArt began several years ago, through the partnership that brought the first artistic programs to this gorgeous marina town. From then on, the organization of cultural events in Luštica Bay continues to position this new centre of life as an incredible tourist destination that cherishes the importance of culture in location branding.
The organizers of this event have made sure that all interested locals and tourists have the opportunity to come and enjoy the concert, so they arranged transportation from Kotor. The bus departs from the bus stop in front of the Employment Service Kotor (Montenegrin: Zavod za zapošljavanje Kotor) at 7 pm. After the concert, the bus will depart from The Chedi Hotel to transport the passengers back to Kotor.
"For the very first time, the Kotor Concert Season is organizing a concert in our youngest town, Luštica Bay. It is our great pleasure to organize a concert with the long-standing partners of the Festival and announce all the events that are expected within this year's Don Branko’s Music Days, precisely with their support. What distinguishes the Kotor Concert Season is the care of pupils and teachers of the school, as well as our faithful audience and during the winter months for which, primarily, we organize transportation from Kotor," said the representatives of KotorArt.
The manifestation Kotor Concert Season was first launched in 2015, and is organized with the mutual cooperation between the Music School Vida Matjan from Kotor and the International Festival KotorArt. Through numerous concerts and master class workshops, this event allows its students, professors and audience to listen and learn from the world's most celebrated names of classical music. Therefore, during the winter period, concert hall becomes the centre of cultural events in the city and a favourite place for the development of ideas, conversation and socializing.
“So far, Kotor Concert Season events hosted incredible artists: Albert Mamriev, Rita Kinka, Mihajlo Zurković, Florian Koltun, Xin Wang, Antonio di Cristofano, Darko Karajić, Stefan Milenković and many others," stated from the KotorArt PR Service.
Pianist Ratimir Martinović was born in Kotor, and he graduated in 1999 from the class of Kemal Gekić at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, playing in one night Bach’s “Goldberg Variations”, Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier Sonata”, Chopin’s Four Ballades, and Prokofiev’s “Toccata”, to great critical acclaim. He received his Master’s degree, playing an all Bach program. At present, Martinović works as Associate professor at the Academy of Arts, as the youngest piano professor and serves as the head of music department.
Martinović plays as soloist with orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Mexico State Symphony Orchestra , Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vogtland Philharmonic, Thailand Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Plovdiv State Symphony Orchestra, Macedonian Philharmonic orchestra, North Czech Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Radio-Televison Serbia Symphony Orchestra as well as witch chamber orchestras such as „Viotti“ Orchestra, Kaliningrad Chamber Symphony, St. Georg’s Strings, Young European Soloists, The Orchestra of the North Shore and many others, collaborating with conductors such as Alexandar Rahbari, Andres Mustonen, Emil Tabakov, Peter Sundkvist, David Porceline, William Noll, Aleksandar Ostrovsky, Gudni Emilsson and many others.
He is the winner of many domestic and international awards and tributes.
After initial successes in piano competitions at a very early age, Ratimir Martinović withdrew from the competition scene, devoting his time to playing concerts and teaching.
Oboist Gordana Josifova Nedelkovska is a very respectable musician in the highest European cultural circles, and she is considered as one of the most important Macedonian artists. Critics call her „sophisticated oboe poetess“, and her name is a synonym for the pursuance for perfection in musical expression.
She has performed as a soloist with many important orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the State Chapel of Saint Petersburg, the Estonian National Symphonic Orchestra in Tallinn, the Chamber Orchestra Musica Viva with Alexander Rudin, Belgrade Symphonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra ‘Sophia Soloists’, the Chamber Orchestra St. George Strings, the orchestra of Avignon – Provence, Chamber orchestra of Porto Alegre – Brazil, United Europe chamber orchestra. Since September 2009, Prof. Josifova Nedelkovska has been Dean of the Faculty of Music – Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
May 11, 2019 - The fourth Primavera festival, organized by NGO "Hands" started today with an educational walk in Nature Park Orjen, and for Sunday, May 12th, rich content is planned, with some new activities and events for all ages and tastes.
May 10, 2019 - The list of artists to be presented at the 13th edition of the Herceg Novi Strip Festival from 6th to 13th September is enhanced by two other great Italian artists - Daniel Vetro and Pasquale Del Vecchio, organizers of the HSF say.
08 May 2019 - Extending the tourist season in the countries of the region is one of the leading priorities and challenges in the area, it was pointed out at the fourth Forum of EUSAIR which is taking place in Budva.
Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Pavle Radulović, took part in the first day of the Forum, on the panel with the thematic subject – sustainable tourism.
All participants of the panel have agreed that many aspects play important roles in the reduction of seasonality – improving the hotel offer, better accessibility of the destination and improving the quality of the product.
One of the priorities is the diversification of the offer certainly. The development of the offer based on the comparative advantages of our destination that will satisfy different demands of tourists should be in focus.
Risks that specific regions are faced with – primarily due to the great tourist pressure – have been pointed out. In that context, it is necessary to establish a more efficient model of destination management. They also spoke about the results achieved in tourism, plans for the forthcoming period and cooperation in the region.
Žarko Radulović, president of the Montenegrin Tourism Association recently said that this year’s tourist season had started better than expected and Montenegro can already expect that revenues from tourism would reach 1,1 million EUR. According to him, this will be a record-breaking year for tourism in Montenegro. He also pointed out that tourism could manage to generate even more revenues, but some things must be arranged before that.
04 May 2019 - This year’s season has started better than expected and Montenegro can already expect that revenues from tourism would reach 1,1 million EUR, as estimated by co-owner of the Montenegro Stars Hotel Group and president of the Montenegrin Tourism Association, Žarko Radulović.
According to him, this will be a record-breaking year for tourism in Montenegro. He also pointed out that tourism could manage to generate even more revenues, but some things must be arranged prior to that.
“I mean primarily on fiscal discipline and then on the unfair competition. In addition, coastal towns must be fashioned after the high-end tourism destinations,” said Radulović.
As for the expectations from the summer tourist season, he says that everything will go better than they have been expecting.
Tourists are coming even earlier than last year. According to him, that is a sign that Montenegro has entered the Western Europe market.
“This means that companies and other associations which were traditionally going to other destinations now spotted Montenegro and arrivals are going to increase in the forthcoming period,” Radulović noted, emphasizing that this means that the next winter season will be even better.
The number of new flights is continuously increasing and that is what brings tourists.
“The number of announced flights is almost the same as last year. There is a somewhat lower number of those from Russia which we certainly expected but still, we are still satisfied,” concluded Radulović.
May 5, 2019 - The NGO Hands from Herceg Novi invites you to the fourth Primavera Feast, which is scheduled for next weekend, May 11th and 12th. The event includes outdoor activities, handicraft exhibitions and tastings delicacies of wild herbs, as well as educational programs. In cooperation with the Agency for Protection and Development of Orjen and the City Café, which hosts the festival, Hands are organizing a festival devoted to spring, interesting for all generations.
03 May 2019 - At the end of September 2019, Herceg Novi could host a birthday celebration of the largest carnival family in the world, FECC - Dies Natalis 2019, if the Montenegrin presentation wins over Italy and Macedonia, which also submitted their presentations.
The final decision will be made after the presentation, which will be held at the end of June at the convention of the Federation of European Carnival Cities - FECC, in the Turkish city of Yalova.
The president of the NGO Maškare, Ivan Peulić recently spoke with the members of the International Board of FECC, Budva Municipality President, Marko Bato Carević and representatives of the Tourist Organization of Budva on the topic of following 17th International Travel Carnival Festival.
"Support has certainly come from representatives of the FECC of Montenegro. At the convention in Turkey, we will present Herceg Novi and Montenegro as possible destinations of this event. An official meeting was held today at Hotel Alexander with FECC president Lars Algel. The meeting was also attended by FECC President Montenegro Branko Đurica, Vice President of the International Board of FECC Josip Silov, as well as members of the board Aleksandar Cicimov and Aleksandar Vasović," said Peulić for Radio Jadran.
He is convinced that Herceg Novi could be the host of this event, because there is a great chance for this to happen.
"A good "basis" for this is our jubilee Feast of Mimosa, after which there are plenty of positive impressions, and we must try to design a better programme for this weekend and present Herceg Novi as a desirable destination. The birthday of FECC every year moves to another country. As far as I know now, we have a better impression compared to Italy and Macedonia, and I hope that 25 nations will support the convention." pointed out Peulić.
The Herceg Novi Municipality already accepted the proposal and unofficially supported the candidacy in March during the Mimosa Feast, while the support was provided by the Directorate of the 50th Feast of Mimosa, the President of the Municipality, Stevan Katić and Vice President Miloš Konjević.
"Maškare" are also participating in the 17th International Travel Carnival and 18th Spring Night under Masks.
"The carnival officially began last night, the programme on the streets of Budva, the restaurant and cafes that were full of food. Abrum was led by Carnival Director Marija Pjerotić and a delegation from the International Board of FECC. The carnival atmosphere already staggered last night with numerous masks that continued the party in the old town's streets. "Satiri" is one of 72 carnival groups from Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro," concluded Peulić.
At 7.30 PM a large carnival rally from the main Post Office to the Square of the Painter is planned, and at 11.30 PM "The Carnival Show" is scheduled. Programme leaders and hosts will be members of The Books of Books.