September 22, 2019 - The manifestation Kotor Circle ended yesterday in the city. The second edition of this Festival of free thought will be remembered for political censorship directed by the local DPS government. Namely, on the day of the festival beginning, the financier - Kotor Municipality, informed the organizers that they would be denied support if, although it was foreseen by the previously defined agenda, Goran Jovanovic, alias Timur Tmurni appeared at the Festival.
19 September 2019 - The Decision on the Enlistment of the Bokelj Navy on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List by the end of 2019
Minister of Culture of Montenegro Aleksandar Bogdanović recently paid a working visit to Kotor, during which he met with the representatives of the local government, and visited the Maritime Museum, the Bokelj Navy and the old prison facility, where work on establishing new facilities will begin soon.
According to the statement issued by the Government of Montenegro, discussions with local government representatives included numerous topics, such as art programs in the city, city development projects, as well as current issues regarding Kotor’s status on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The meeting emphasized that the previous edition of KotorArt justified the festival’s status as one of the key cultural programs in the country. In this regard, Minister Bogdanović and President of Kotor Municipality Aprcović agreed that the state and the city should consider the possibility of an even more generous budget for KotorArt's program next year.
When talking about activities in regards to UNESCO, Minister Bogdanović emphasized that communication in this area is intensive.
Most of the discussions between the Minister and President Aprcović concerned activities in regards to Kotor’s status on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In this regard, the entire natural and cultural, historical area of Kotor is currently under HIA review, while at the same time, the Management Plan is being revised. At the end of the month, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the city’s listing on the UNESCO World Heritage List, an ICOMOS meeting will be organized in Kotor. “I hope that we will soon get an opinion from UNESCO on the spatial plan of Kotor, so that we can start corrections as soon as possible, since we are obliged to submit a new Conservation Status Report by February 2020,” Minister Bogdanović said.
During his visit to the Bokelj Navy, Minister Bogdanovic stressed that it would soon be known whether it would be part of the UNESCO heritage.
“The most important will be the end of the year, when a decision will be made in Bogotá to enlist the Bokelj Navy on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Last year, we submitted the nomination file, it met the technical parameters, and we received 300 signatures of approval for the nomination,” said Minister Bogdanović.
16 September 2019 - According to records published by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, there are 453 hotels in Montenegro with 43.639 beds. Nearly 55% account for four-star and five-star hotels. This year, 38 high-end hotels have been opened, and there will be even more.
As representatives of the Ministry said, categorization procedure helps achieve one of Government’s goals – creating conditions for the improvement and raising the quality level of catering capacities.
One of the key measures defined by the Reforms in the Area of Tourism Agenda is the development of new and improvement of the existing accommodation facilities. The most important activity in that context is defining models for the enhancement of the construction of four and five-star hotels, reports CdM.
"There are currently 25 five-star hotels in Montenegro. One hundred seventy-nine four-star hotels, whereas others refer to one to three stars," said the representatives of the Ministry.
Analysis of the current state of affairs of hotel structure takes into consideration the fact that the Strategy adopted at the end of 2008, when the many-year-long economic crisis started, has severely affected the investment projects in Montenegro.
"However, despite such ambiance, we are very satisfied with the structure of our hotels now, as the number of high-end hotels exceeds the projections envisaged by the Strategy," said the representatives of the Ministry.
Raising the offer quality in hotels and other catering facilities achieves the strategic goal of the development of tourism in Montenegro- high quality, all-year-long tourist offer.
"In that context, Government is focused on creating conditions for enhancing the development of catering services, as the most important segment of the tourism product," said the representatives of the Ministry.
With the aim of raising competitiveness level and creating conditions for the extension of the season, Ministry has been implementing the project of the establishment, improvement and control of the quality level of hotel facilities as well as other accommodation facilities.
Commission of the Ministry of Tourism is in charge of the categorization of catering facilities.
"Commission for categorization of catering facilities conducts the categorization procedure and assigns the category depending on the organization, equipment and maintenance of the facility, type and quality of services and other categorization criteria," explained the representatives of the Ministry.
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A record 137,508 tourists visited Kotor fortresses from 1st April to 1st September.
The total revenue from ticket sales was 1,100,064 euros.
In the same period last year, 104,492 tourists visited the fortresses, generating a total income of 835,936 euros.
Željko Knežević, from the Kotor Directorate of Planning and Construction, which manages the city walls, told Boka News that some 33,000 additional visits had been made in the same period.
The reasons for this, Knežević states, are twenty percent more cruise ship visits compared with last year, paid entry beginning earlier, on 1st April, and the fact that conditions for visiting the fortresses were very good, given the improved weather.
“The positive trend for visits continued throughout September, we have good prospects for tourism in the coming months, and we are expecting a record number of visitors by the end of the year,” Knežević stated to Boka News.
Entrance to the fortresses costs eight euros.
The Ministry of Science of Montenegro, in cooperation with EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratories) and the Institute of Marine Biology (University of Montenegro), organized a summer school in the field of molecular biology from 9 to 11 September.
"The regional school was organized in Montenegro for the first time and was intended for students of biological, medical and biotechnical sciences. In addition to students from Montenegro, students from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia participated in the school. The idea is that this school becomes a tradition and every year we have the opportunity to enable a number of students to become acquainted with one of the new fields of molecular biology. Dr. Detleu Arendt, leader of one of the EMBL research groups at Heidelberg, dealing with the exploration of simple marine organisms and the cells they are made of. The attendees were addressed by Dr. Mirko Djurovic, Director of the Institute of Marine Biology in Kotor, and all participants were welcomed by Mr. Djurdjina Bulatovic on behalf of the Ministry of Science of Montenegro," as said by the Ministry.
Illustration (Photo: Ministry of Science)
The theme of this year's school is "Single cell sequencing" and was an ideal opportunity for students to become acquainted with state-of-the-art molecular biology research techniques.
Participats of the school (Photo: Ministry of Science)
"In addition to lectures and practical work in the laboratory, students also had the opportunity to learn about the methods of sample collection in the Bay of Boka, which were demonstrated to them by a team of experts from the organization EMBL (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), which represents a significant success in the field of internationalization of scientific research,
the Ministry said.
Text by Vijesti online, on September 11th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
Academy painter Ratko Šoć’s exhibition of paintings and drawings entitled “Fantasy - Paintings and Drawings,” celebrating 60 years of the artist’s work, will open on Tuesday, 10th September, at 8 pm at the Gallery of Solidarity in Kotor Old Town. The exhibition is organised by Municipal Public Institution “Museums” (OJU Museums) and will be opened by journalist Slavko Mandić, Director of Skala Radio.
Of Šoć, art critic Dejan Đorić said, “Šoć is one of the Montenegrin “barbarogen” artists who conquered Belgrade and indeed Europe with his volcanic imagination and sense of artistry. Born in Cetinje in 1938, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad, but has never associated himself with urban trivialities.”
Ratko Šoć has had over 50 solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad, is the recipient of numerous awards, and currently lives and works in Vrbas. His many decades of work include numerous pieces in the area of painting, graphic design, caricature, illustration, scenography, and he is also known as an aphorist.
The exhibition “Fantasy - Paintings and Drawings,” by Ratko Šoć will be open until 5th October at the Gallery of Solidarity.
03 September 2019 - Discotheque Maximus Kotor is proud to present the premiere performance of the techno pioneer from Ukraine, Stanislav Tolkachev on September 5th.
The songs of the Ukrainian DJ are influenced both by the classic sound of Detroit and the sleek minimalistic tendencies born in Berlin. He is focused on experimentation with textures and psychedelic sounds, taking inspiration from many diverse sources. Tolkachev’s music has been released on many labels, including M_Rec, Semantica, MORD and Geophone.
Resistance to categorization, countering standard laws of music, striving for new and unexplored, lack of compromise, far from available - these are the words that very accurately describe the sound and attitude of Ukrainian techno magician Stanislav Tolkachev, who is one of the most respected and top-quality artists in today's world techno scene.
Stanislav started his first techno ventures in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was first noted in the techno world in 2006, due to his tapes on the label POHJOLA. Tolkachev secured his place among the list of great DJ names with further editions that regularly appear in techno sets around the world.
Stanislav has performed at famous venues such as Berghain, Berlin Tresor, Drugstore, he had two live sets organized by the world-renowned music platform Boiler Room, as well as at all other leading clubs and festivals in the world.
His tapes are on the world's leading record labels such as: Semantica, Inkblots, Krill Music, Mord, M_rec, Plector, Subsist, RAW RAW records, Energun records, Rösten and many others.
Witness the magic of the Ukrainian techno-wizard who will premiere at the electronic music temple - Maximus Discotheque in Kotor.
Experience a change in your perception of techno sound and club experience!
23:00 - 00:00 - TANYA MOSS
00:00 - 02:00 - WAKAT
02:00 - 04:00 - STANISLAV TOLKACHEV
04:00 - 05:00 - DINO GANIC
Entrance fee before midnight - 8 EUR
Entrance fee after midnight - 10 EUR
September 1, 2019 - A trip to Dobrota near Kotor for this week's RE/MAX Property of the Week in Montenegro.
One of the concerns about owning a holiday home is that there is usually nobody local to look after it unless special arrangements are made. The advantages of owning property in a gated community include peace of mind, both in terms of security and property maintenance. And should the property come in an idyllic location by UNESCO World Heritage Site Boka Bay and a short drive from the magical old town of Kotor, then peace of mind is just one of the attractions of this week's RE/MAX Property of the Week, a 43 m2 one-bedroom apartment in a gated community with swimming pool, with sales price of 119,000 euro.
In the words of the official RE/MAX property description:
One-bedroom apartment, fully furnished with a swimming pool, located on the ground floor. This is a gated development, very nicely kept all round and constantly maintained. The swimming pool is also regularly serviced and is shared between all the residents in the building. Location is excellent, it’s very close to Forza Mare and within close proximity of local beaches, restaurants and Kotor Old Town is only 5 minutes away by car. Excellent Investment.
Dobrota is one of the places on the Montenegrin coast where it is still possible to see all the splendor of the former Boka and the noble Kotor, from the time when sailors sailed the world's seas, conveying the glory of these regions and bringing much wealth to the local naval houses.
Dobrota is located in the immediate vicinity of the ancient Kotor with a view to Vrmac. A large number of churches today testify to the solid faith of the old Dobrich. The promenade in Dobrota runs several kilometers along the coast beside countless small stone pontoons and old palaces, unique and glossy like nowhere else.
The seafront of Dobrota consists of old captain villas renovated as seaside cafes and small hotels. Dobrota is also a place with very good restaurants and small seaside cafes where you can truly enjoy the ambiance of the ancient Boka.
For more photos, information and to book a viewing, check out the original RE/MAX listing.
01 September 2019 - The 340 million EUR super-yacht Eclipse, owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, was spotted in the Boka Bay this morning.
The ship has 24 guest cabins, two pools, a nightclub, and even a missile defense system!
The Russian billionaire spent 350 million EUR to make this ship, but some claim it cost 1 billion EUR if all the luxury and safety amenities are taken into account.
Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse boasts nine decks, the top one containing two helipads and a garage. The forward helipads open out to allow for a Eurocopter EC155 to be placed in a hangar underneath, reported Cafe del Montenegro.
The 8th deck has a swimming pool and a sundeck, with a pull-out barbecue and pizza oven and a built-in wood-burning fire pit.
The main saloon boasts a fireplace and a massive sculpture from Indonesia. There is another pool on the seventh deck with an adjustable depth feature that sees the floor rise and fall, so that it can be changed into a dance floor.
The Eclipse also has bullet-proof windows and lasers to dazzle paparazzi.
Each cabin in the yacht has a private cinema screen, a Jacuzzi, spa and special security systems. The super-yacht is however very expensive to maintain – running costs are estimated to 40 million EUR a year.
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