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05 Mar 2019, 23:20 PM

March 5, 2019 - Kotor Municipality, the Women's and Peace Education Center "Anima" and the Women's Rights Center have organized a program of marking March 8, International Women’s Day, emphasizing a great jubilee - hundred years since the first protest gathering in Montenegro organized by women, held in Kotor in 1919.

"This year, we celebrate the century of marking March 8 in the space of today's Montenegro as a protest in which the first celebration of this holiday in Kotor took place in 1919. In cooperation with members of the workers', socialist and communist organizations, the Kotor women organized an against the costly and approving board, attended by more than 300 both male and female workers. Hundred years later, the struggle for women's rights continues because we continue to live in a patriarchal society that does not know true equality," the organizers said in a statement introducing the great jubilee program.
The less paid for the same work, exposed by family violence to the assembly, underwritten at decision-making places, women do not abandon the struggle for equal dignity. This fight is not just a struggle of women; it is the struggle of the whole society. March 8 is a political celebration that celebrates this struggle and warns of its unfulfilled goals.
Anima - Center for Women's and Peace Education, Women's Rights Center and Kotor Municipality organize a jubilee celebration on March 8 by numerous programs in Kotor and Podgorica. "Our basic idea is to provide a complex insight into the dynamic history, aspects, and perspectives of a women's struggle through various forms - public forums, exhibitions, performances and March 8 March - to track what kind of activism has been taking place in these areas over the past hundred years and we find key challenges in our communities today. We invite all citizens to join us," says Anima.
The organizers reminded of the Declaration of 1919. "This year, we celebrate the anniversary of marking the March 8 in the territory of today's Montenegro as a protest in which the first celebration of this holiday in Kotor took place in 1919. In cooperation with members of the workers', socialist and communist organizations, Kotor's women-socialists organized" public chancellor against the cost and approval committee, "attended by more than 300 workers. Hundreds of March 8 march with us today, hundreds of sisters, mates, mothers, workers, colleges, strikers, mistresses, all of them are our voice while we exclaim a hundred years old parole:
We live in this country today, we are fighting for the shame of today's state, for the daybreak of bread and rescue from the jaws of the navy and the final destruction of the remaining deeds that the terrible war failed to destroy.
Today, women will be aware of condemning the idiotic and chaotic order of the capitalist society and demonstrating for the achievement of a socialist society in which women will be straightforward to men in everything, both in their duties and in their rights.
Today, the state is full of "socialists," but no socialism or trace.
No one can see from the fight that the century was not enough to achieve equality and social justice.
No one can see from the fight that the fundamental civil and political rights are going to be in Montenegro today.
No fight is given to anyone who has to defend acquired rights, public space, and public interest.
Nobody leaves the fight "(Declaration on the March 8 issue of “Radnice Novine "in 1919)

100 years since the first march on March 8 in Montenegro- March 8 Conference 2019 Program:

One hundred of March 8 - (Dis) Continuity of Fight
Organizers: Anima - Center for Women's and Peace Education, Municipality of Kotor
& Women's Rights Center
1-7 March - Workshop "Bit of protest."
Workshop Leaders: Nina Perovic, composer, Blažo Tatar, drummer
Venue: Petrovic Njegos Foundation, Podgorica
Wednesday, March 3
Exhibition of photographs by Marija Jovanović (NGO "Spektra") "When the Daylight Comes"
Gallery "Art," Podgorica
Thursday, March 7 
6 pm – 7.30 pm - Tribune "One hundred eighth march - (Dis) continuity of struggle"
speak: Ivana Pantelic, historian (Belgrade), Mirjana Kucer, lawyer (Split), Ervina Dabizinovic, psychologist (Herceg Novi), moderated by Paula Petricevic, philosopher (Kotor)
Venue: Multimedia room KC "Nikola Đurković" Kotor
8 pm - Opening of the photo exhibition of street performances of NGOs Anima
Venue: Church of St. Paul, Kotor
Friday, March 8
11 am - 12.30 pm - Public debate: "Equal Rights, Protected, Enhanced? - The Status of Women in Montenegro"
Speak: Aivo Orav, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation in Montenegro, Oliver Komar, researcher and professor of the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Montenegro, Maja Raičević, Women's rights activist and Executive Director of NGO "Women's Rights Center" and Ivana Mihajlović, legal advisor , The Union of Free Trade Unions of Montenegro. Modrira Duška Pejovic, a journalist
Venue: EU Info Center, Podgorica
1 pm - 3 pm - March 8 march
Plan of march: on the slope of freedom to Sv. Petra Centinjski  Boulevard to the intersection of Ivan Vujosevic and Svetozar Markovic (to the "Maša" restaurant), where the procession will make a semi-circle and return to Boulevard on the street Stanko Dragojevic, from which it will turn into Boulevard Ivan Crnojevic and then Street of Liberty to the Independence Square.
6 pm- 7.30 pm - Tribune: "One hundred 8 of March later - how to fight today?"
speak: Ivana Pantelić, historian (Belgrade), Rosanda Lola Peković, coordinator of the organizing committee for the protest of the mothers (Bijelo Polje), Ervina Dabizinovic, psychologist (Herceg Novi)
moderated by: Paula Petricevic, philosopher (Kotor)
Venue: Petrović Njegoš Foundation, Podgorica
9 March, Saturday:
7 pm - Performance "Son" by Natasa Zivkovic, production: Mesto žensk, co-production: Bunker - Old Mestna Elektrarna
8 pm - Talk: Natasa Zivkovic, author, Maja Raicevic, CFC Executive Director. Moderated by: Milica Saranovic, Assistant at the Faculty of Design and Multimedia and the Faculty of Arts and Communication, UDG
Venue: Perjanicki Dom, Center for Contemporary Art, Podgorica.
05 Mar 2019, 12:52 PM

With a big carnival parade which took place on the main road, the trial and burning of the carnival last night in Kotor ended the Winter Carnival parade.

To his last walk, Montanjaro was accompanied by the city music from Djenovici and Kotor, the majorettes "Festa", "Alisa" and "Lili" from Herceg Novi, "Infinity dance studio", Carnival group “Karampana”, “Za despet” and “Kosmopolitanke”, Lastva carnival, children from kindergarten "Radost" and "Osmijeh", "University of Art" from Belgrade, “Retirement home” from Risan, “Theater 303”, masks from Kotor Gymnasium, Maritime faculty and Kotor primary schools.

The famous court sentenced Djudic Ultimo Montanjaro at Trg oruzja, a culprit for all the troubles that Kotor faced in the last year. He was burnt at Mace after the court decision with fireworks.


(Photo: Krsto Vulovic)

The festivity then moved to the main city square with Terrarosse and Goran Karan.

The trophy for the best mask was given to the Carnival group “Karampana” for the mask “The Dragons from Pestingrad”, “Rocher Ferrero” and “Residents of the Old Town”.

The trophy for the second place was won by the Carnival group “Za Despet” for the mask “See Venice and die, see Kotor and live”.

“Cosmopolitan women” with a mask “Exotic trip” won the trophy for third place.

Transitional Cup this year was handed over from the carnival Group “Za despet” to “Karampana”.

The cup for the largest mask with 660 participants was given to the children of JPU "Radost", and the organizer JU Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" decided to award them also with a special prize of 500 euros.

Prizes for the contribution to this this year's carnival were given to: private kindergarten "Osmijeh", Elementary schools: "Njegoš", "Veljko Drobnjaković" from Risan, "Nikola Đurković" from Radanovici, "Ivo Vizin" from Prcanj, University of Arts from Belgrade, The Retirement home “Grabovac” from Risan, the City Music from Djenovici and Kotor, Kotor Gymnasium, the Faculty of Maritime Studies and the Theater 303. Special prizes from the organizers in the form of excursions were received by the students from the Kotor Gymnasium and Primary Elementary Schools, and the guests of the Retirement home from Risan will receive a concert as their present. The best masks in the category of individual masks were awarded to the “Lord of Darkness”, with the trophy during the carnival. The organizer of the Traditional Winter Carnival is JU Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" Kotor, co-organizer is the Tourist Organization of the Municipality of Kotor, partner is NGO "Festa" Kotor, and is sponsored by the Municipality of Kotor.

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Text by Vijesti online, on March 4th 2019, read more at Vijesti

05 Mar 2019, 00:03 AM

04 March 2019 - The first International Film Festival “Uhvati Film Montenegro” (English: “Seize the Film” Montenegro) will be held on March 5 and 6 in Kotor. The opening ceremony of the Festival, film screenings and the discussions are planned for Tuesday, March 5 at 4 pm (at Cinema Boka) and March 6 at 12 pm (at the Solidarity Gallery in the Old Town of Kotor).

As the director of the festival Aleksandra Božović explained for TVCG, film festival Seize the Film is part of the regional network Film festival Seize This Day With Me/Seize the film, which has been held for the past 16 years in Novi Sad, Rijeka and Banja Luka, and this year it comes to Montenegro.

First International Film Festival Seize the Film Montenegro in Kotor 3

According to its organisers, the Film Festival Seize this Day with Me - Seize the Film includes screenings of foreign and domestic films on the topic of the lives, activities and achievements of people with disabilities and the following programs: film workshops, forums/discussions with the filmmakers and actors who appear the films, a seminar for journalists and students of journalism, exhibitions, performances, etc… in which people with disabilities participate.

16 films from 13 countries (among which are Japan, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, Russia, Germany, Serbia) will be screened at the Festival in Kotor and they are selected from the program of the Novi Sad Festival 2018.

The festival features 16 films about people with different types of disabilities, different age, social, national, gender structures. It is this diversity that gives a broader picture of the situation of persons with disabilities, so it is possible to notice differences in approach and position, but also similarities.

The first International Film Festival Seize the Film Montenegro will be opened with the Japanese short film "Wheelchair dancer".

First International Film Festival Seize the Film Montenegro in Kotor 2

"The film projections are preceded by a panel discussion on the participation of persons with disabilities in culture, on institutions’ accessibility in regards to people with disabilities, but also on content, as well as how people with disabilities are displayed in movies and in the media," Božovic explained. The panel discussion will be organized in Kotor on March 5, starting at 12 pm in the Solidarity Gallery in the Old Town of Kotor.

"Guests of the festival and panelists will be representatives of the public sector, media houses, artists, representatives of non-governmental associations both from the country and from abroad," said Božovic.

As explained by the festival organisers, the goals of the Festival are: “informing the public about the lives, activities, positions, and accomplishments of people with disabilities, recognizing one’s own identity and potential, facilitating a better understanding and acceptance of differences, and influencing the media to more adequately follow activities and events in which people with disabilities participate”.

The Film Festival has, is in its 16 years of existence, attracted the attention of numerous media outlets, and, as a topic, it has had an everyday presence in both printed and electronic media.

The festival is organized by the non-governmental Art Association 365 in partnership with Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro and supported by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro and the Municipality of Kotor. The festival is supported by the Cultural Centre Nikola Đurković Kotor, the Cultural Centre Novi Sad, as well as the partner organizations from the region AS Parnas Novi Sad, Spirit Rijeka Association and HO Partner Banja Luka.

04 Mar 2019, 11:18 AM

March 4, 2019 - The traditional Kotor Carnival was held on Sunday for the 501st time along with the burning of the culprit for all the problems of the city and citizens in the previous year. Đudić Ultima Montagnaro, formerly accused of nine counts of the indictment, was missing in flames, and the defense was not able to release him.

The carnival doll, which has been mentioned in the indictment and the offense described in the charge on Kotor citizen, President of SDP (Social Democratic Party) Ranko Krivokapić, faced several thousands of people, with fireworks and sounds of the death march, was burned to Mace.
Previously a joyful procession led by the Capo of the carnival, which was made up of several hundred imaginative masks - individuals and members of the carnival groups, the local music of Đenovići and the town music of Kotor, passed the main road from the former hotel "Fjord" to Tabačina.
The Carnival, Đudić Ultima Montagnaro, was introduced into the walls of the Old Town where a trial on the Arms Square was held.
The indictment was attended by the public prosecutor Dr. Gvero Spratkovic, aka Funjara, who said that the Accused had done almost a 30 years of incapacity and helping Major Devastator to make a private company from the state and Kotor, and the local community of Podgorica. He was accused of buying votes in the elections and placing his relatives and listeners in well-paid positions, regardless of their expertise, knowledge, and qualifications. He is accused of wishing the Old Town of Kotor to be baroque authentic to put on an anodized locksmith, spreading the windows. In Europe, he acted like a Democrat, at home as a dictator. He helped to change laws, not to the benefit of the people and the state than the elected tycoons to be more affluent, so that we would all be poorer. He is guilty that the spatial plan documents related to the Communion are not developed according to the needs of the population of the city.
"He did not want to give up his position, privilege, official travel and appendage until he had to, and now to those who made it all possible, he throws trees and stones," said prosecutor Dr. Gvero Spratkovic, aka Funjara.
Despite the defendants' attempt to challenge all nine counts, the president of the court Prof. Dr. Kornito Picikamorte condemned the defendant to death by burning.
After the burning of the carnival, the feast continued on the squares of the Old Town, where Italian band Terraros and Croatian musician Goran Karan performed.
A new edition of the traditional carnival satirical magazine "Karampana" came out yesterday in the press, which reads in the introductory: "It used to be a city of Kotor - today a settlement with characteristics of a city. Those from the DPS, as once Vučurovic for Dubrovnik, decided to make older, more beautiful and more advanced Kotor by the system of PROFONDO..
Karampana as an integral part of the traditional Kotor Winter Carnival dates back to 1926 and is sold at Kameni Kiosk in front of the Old town of Kotor.
Kotor President Vladimir Jokic pointed out that it is a well-marked tradition that lasts more than five hundred years.
"Today in Kotor it was nice to see when the main city street is closed, when people are walking and when they resist everything that has been bad in the past year. I hope to move this carnival maze and walk from Kotor to Podgorica and resist everything bad in this system," said Jokić.
On behalf of the organizer, the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković," the director Marija Bernard expressed satisfaction with the overall organization of the Kotor’s Carnival, which was organized for the 501st time.
"Our goal was to be better than last year. The procession was vivid; with a large number of masks; with a critical review of the current situation. It was very demanding to organize all of this because the tradition of half a millennium is bound to excellence," Marija Bernard told Boka News.
Source: Boka News
28 Feb 2019, 17:04 PM

February 28, 2019 - Excessive urbanization and some key government plans are a severe threat to Boka Bay, according to UNESCO and ICOMOS experts in the Report on the State of Natural and Cultural Historical Area of Kotor, based on the findings of a joint reactive mission visited Kotor at the end of October last year.

The Report concludes that the state and local government have taken many measures in the last period to meet the requirements of UNESCO and prevent the Kotor area due to the loss of exceptional universal values from being erased from the World Heritage List. 
However, the construction moratorium in the area did not help to prevent new devastation, which encouraged the Montenegrin Government, arguing that projects such as the beach construction in Dobrota at the beginning of last year had given the green light to earlier plans. 
In its guidelines, UNESCO and ICOMOS are seeking alignment of the Kotor's Spatial-Urban Plan, which is under preparation, with the Management Plan of the Kotor Area, as well as the improvement of administrative mechanisms that will enable the Kotor Area Management Council to provide greater incentive and implementation of these recommendations in practice.
The Report treated all "painful points" in the landscape of the Kotor-Risan Bay. Thus, for a restaurant on the Turkish Cape, approved by the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Property as a "Temporary Building," UNESCO and ICOMOS require an explicit restriction of the duration.
In their report, they support the efforts of the Kotor administration, headed by Mayor Vladimir Jokić, as well as the NGO sector, which are opposed to further devastation of the Gulf. In the Report, the experts of the World Heritage Committee explicitly recommend the abandonment of many new construction projects, as well as the controversial infrastructure projects advocated by the Montenegrin Government, such as the Verige bridge. The Montenegrin government has again raised the question of building a bridge, for which world experts say it is unacceptable and should finally be rejected. They recognize the problem of traffic infrastructure in Boka Bay, but they suggest considering an alternative bridge location, or an utterly alternative solution, such as building an underwater tunnel.
They recommend that the draft of the Spatial Urban Plan of Kotor completely abolish the proposal for the construction of new roads along the Vrmac Mountain and above Kostanjica, the development of the overpasses above Risan, as well as any further urbanization along the hills surrounding the Kotor- Risan Bay.
The report welcomes the Mayor Jokic's decision not to embark on a project for the construction of a cable car along the hill St. Giovanni, who are looking for a Heritage Impact Assessment - HIA, as well as not allowing development of tourist facilities around the Austro-Hungarian fortress in Vrmac.
The UNESCO-ICOMOS mission report analyzes a lot of controversies in the country's irresponsible relationship to the area, recommending the abolition of any further urbanization of Morinj and Kostanjica as well as the site of Glavati. For the already built Boka Gardens complex in Kostanjica, experts are looking for activities to reduce its negative visual impact by removing the fake historical tower.
The development of the Spatial Urban Plan of Kotor is underway, and according to the new Law on Spatial Planning and Construction of Facilities, the competent Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism is in charge. 
Kotor has been waiting for this document since 2015, as the Department for the Protection of Cultural Property has consistently obstructed the adoption of the Cultural Property Study for this plan. It was during this period that some of the most catastrophic devastations in the protected area occurred. 
According to its policy, UNESCO requires insight into this document, in which all relevant recommendations highlighted in the Reactive Mission Report have to be incorporated.

Milica Nikolic: We were looking for a Reactive UNESCO / ICOMOS Mission to Get Concrete Recommendations

The Secretary of the National Office in cooperation with the UNESCO Committee and the National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, Milica Nikolic, for TMN explains:
"The state called for a reactive monitoring mission based on all previous activities and our estimates that we need suggestions to go further with all the complex issues that were imposed in the previous period, which were further intensified by the adoption of the Action Plan for the Implementation of UNESCO Council Decisions 2016. This Action Plan was adopted in February 2017 and has foreseen a series of measures. However, these measures were very complex, and each of them had a series of activities. In this regard, the Mission's arrival was crucial to the analysis of the progress made in defining further activities that need to be implemented so that we can respond to all the requirements highlighted in the World Heritage Committee's decisions since the removal of the Area of Kotor from the World Heritage List in jeopardy in 2003 . "
Definitely, significant progress has been made, says Nikolic, adding: "The topics we have started are essential because they have opened up a series of issues that we are trying to solve in the coming period, especially in the context of the Urban Spatial Plan of Kotor and the Revision of Management Plan of the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor.”
Asked how much the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism has taken into account the requirements of the World Heritage Committee and the issues we face after the adoption of the Action Plan for meeting the demands of UNESCO, while drafting the Spatial Urban Plan, Nikolic responds:
"I cannot talk about how the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism has gone through the analysis. I know that many consultations with the Department for the Protection of Cultural Property and the Ministry of Culture have been made to bring the draft plan into line with UNESCO standards, to ensure the procedures for the area under UNESCO were different from the usual planning documents. I think the guidelines that the institutions mentioned have given to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism already embedded in the existing law. What is important to emphasize is that in UNESCO report we find that we have a problem with the administrative label "silence of administration." It is unacceptable to them. The future silence of the administration will not be possible, especially when it comes to the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Property. It is incredible that we have plans and projects that, without the approval of the Management Board, have been accepted and realized. It will no longer be possible. We'll have to change that. How and in what way, we will try to define in the coming months, in cooperation with the World Heritage Committee. "
The mission suggests that the Law on the Natural and Cultural-Historic Area of Kotor, which is Lex Specialist, has the supremacy over all other laws on the protected area.
"We will make changes to this law; a working group has already been formed. The amendments also include the selection of members of the Kotor Management Council, where it is necessary to ensure more substantial participation of the institutions. The Council currently has representatives of institutions, experts in certain spheres, but have no incentive to make decisions. According to the law, the Council has severe inconsistencies within its competence. But to realize them, it is necessary that in addition to the experts, there are also representatives with mandates to make decisions within sovereign institutions, so that the Council's action is more operational than it is now, "explains Milica Nikolic, who is in constant communication with the World Heritage Organization's experts.
In the Report on the State of Natural and Cultural Heritage of Kotor, UNESCO recommends the establishment of closer cooperation between the municipalities, whose territories represent a buffer zone of the protected area. "Now it is a recommendation, and we expect to be submitted as a request.  It is necessary to establish more concrete and dynamic cooperation between the municipalities of Kotor, Herceg Novi, Tivat, and Cetinje. Probably the representatives of these municipalities will find themselves in the Management Council because there is a need for synergy in the work of all local institutions to function and protect the Area fully. "
According to Nikolic, the lack of cooperation between the competent institutions at the national and local levels in the previous period marked the problems that we had in the protected area. "Whether it is lack of cooperation between institutions, within institutions, cooperation between local and national levels has led to major problems. Many institutions have independently designed certain policies, programs, and projects without consulting with others responsible for the Area. What will be the priority of the National Commission for Cooperation with the UNESCO Committee in the forthcoming period is to strengthen this cooperation because it is one of the biggest misconceptions of the Mission and one of the key issues that is being covered throughout the report. "
Nikolic welcomes the Reactive Mission Report is very detailed and accurate.  "As time and space in the field show we do not have enough capacity to cover such pressure on the institutions, especially the Department for the Protection of Cultural Property with regard to urbanization control, tourism pressures and everything that has been marked by the previous couple of decades when it comes to the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor.” The Secretary of the National Commission welcomes the Committee's recognition of the Montenegrin needs presented and provided the mission of the experts who give its most accurate guidance in its report. The institutions now have clear guidelines on how to handle both projects and locations, as well as laws, urban plans, and everything that has caused problems in the past period.
These problems cannot be solved for a short time. This document represents a medium-term strategy. "At the moment, it is most important to bring a good urban plan for Kotor, which will put all of the lower plan paper out of power and give a chance to reconsider all the plans that do not comply with the Urban Spatial Plan of Kotor when it comes into force and gets UNESCO's approval.”
The National Commission for Co-operation with the UNESCO Committee has already given some guidance by a preliminary insight into the Reactive Mission Report. "In the coming days we will have meetings with the planter so that we can thoroughly go through the Report and make sure its guidelines to be incorporated in the Spatial Urban Plan before we send it to UNESCO to get their opinion and, in perspective, to final approval, " concludes Nikolic.
25 Feb 2019, 16:11 PM

February 25, 2019 - Orahovac is a place in Kotor Bay, which stretches from the village of Ljuta to Perast. The name of the site is first mentioned in the 15th century. Like most settlements along the Bokelian coast, and Orahovac exists as Gornji (upper) and Donji (lower) - the first was formed the settlement in the hinterland, and later the urban area along the coast. Today, it is just the coastal part of Orahovac - the center of the settlement and the village Drazin Vrt, what we read in the area, while most of the upper settlement is left behind preserving only the outlines of the former cultural landscape. Our host in Orahovac is Professor Dr. Ilija Lalosevic, an architect.

"At the time of Old Zeta, Orahovac was the principal and included Donji Orahovac, Drazin Vrt and Glogovac, if we are talking about the seafront. Orahovac once belonged to the Perast municipality, and we know that Glogovac was part of it, by notary records from the Venetian period. As far as Gornji Orahovac is concerned, we have a whole range of hamlets - the Velje Selo, the largest, then the Kljavici, Jezevici, Ubalac and Velinici. What we see today along the shore is therefore only a small part of the settlement territory, which inland goes all the way to Krivosije, and in one part even borders with the Municipality of Niksic and the Municipality of Cetinje - the villages of Grahovo, Zalazi and Cuce. Of course, the older settlement is Gornji Orahovac. Along the coast, as well as in other parts of the Boka Bay, such as the Stoliv or Prcanj, at first were just objects related to sea activities, while the majority of the villages were in the background," explains Professor Lalosevic.

orahovac gornji dan.co.meCopyright: www.dan.co.me

From 1482 to 1684 Orahovac was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. It was freed along with Risan and other places under Turkish rule, up to Kumbor. "At that time, the inhabitants began to be more involved in maritime and commerce, which meant the spread of settlements along the coast. Although Orahovac in the past was primarily perceived as a settlement of farmers and fishers, it was significant in the maritime sector and especially in the trade. Because of the connection to the hinterland, this place was the door of Montenegro to the sea - the area of Cuce gravitated to Orahovac. Therefore, after liberation from the Turks in the 17th century, beside Kotor and Risan, the one in Orahovac was the third market in Kotor Bay. For this purpose, the whole network of paths has been made, as evidenced by the documents available in the Historical Archive in Kotor," explains architect Ilija Lalosevic.

Orahovac is today one of the few places along the coast of the Boka Bay where you can still feel the authentic culture of life. The reason for this, above all, lies in the fact that the cultural landscape along the coast is still quite well preserved of the pressures of excessive and inadequate urbanization. "In comparison with other places in Boka, we can say that Orahovac is well preserved, especially part along the coast with old, stone houses. After the earthquake in 1979, some buildings were built that are not very close to the ambience, but the town mostly preserved the character and urban matrix, characterized by smaller buildings and a lot of greenery. The relationship with the coast, the sea, the Mandraci has been preserved, we have kept the beaches. We have a tourist resort that we did not want, against which the locals even managed to compete at the session of Kotor Municipality in the 1990s, but it was subsequently built. It is the Synthesis Complex, which, as we would say, is seen from the plane. We have several dense urban angulations that are not in the character of the matrix, but it is still negligible when we look at what has happened in the area of Dobrota, Kostanjica or Prčanj."

Gornji Orahovac is almost completely abandoned today. "According to some data, Orahovac had almost 1,000 inhabitants in its "golden age", in the middle of the 19th century. The village was very populated; each household had about ten members, especially in the largest hamlet of Velje Selo, which had thirty houses. Gornji Orahovac became abandoned after the Second World War when emigration took place. Today there are no permanent residents, and part of the houses is preserved only in Ubalac settlement, to which, thanks to the efforts of the locals who are still returning to the hinterland, especially the teacher Mr. Abramovich, a road was made. This route comes from the hinterland of Risan, from the locality of Kalacka Voda. To other villages of Gornji Orahovac, there are no roads, and they are abandoned completely thirty years ago," says Professor Ilija Lalosevic.

Today, Gornji Orahovac is known primarily as a popular destination for alternative tourism, hiking, and mountain-climbing, which brings us to the sad fact that this part of Boka Bay has met more tourists than residents. "There are plenty of domestic and foreign guests, as well as my colleagues, who visit Gornji Orahovac, primarily within walking and hiking trails. I was there last time in 2005 when we prepared the exhibition "Orahovac - a village on our conscience" realized by Jadran Art from Perast and the former Regional Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments. Except for the needs of this exhibition, some ethnologists from the University of Belgrade were also involved in the research. While we were engaged in the Regional Institute, colleague Aleksandra Kapetanovic and I started work on collecting materials - shooting old houses, after which the rural architecture of Gornji Orahovac was not deeper studied," Lalosevic explained.

In anticipation of some better times for the legacy in the hinterland, and Orahovac, as well as other places along the coast, today mostly lives from tourism. However, the site has managed to preserve a part of earlier economic activities. "We in Orahovac still have fishers who are engaged in fishing in the old, traditional way. Agriculture, because of the terrain configuration, has never been specially developed but we're cattle breeding. Unfortunately, this activity is dead. As far as tourism is concerned, Orahovac is not a place that characterizes masses. The capacity is primarily directed towards family tourism, which is why Orahovac attracts guests seeking peace and rest and the true meaning of that word. Along the coast, we have several wonderful beach bars, which are embedded in the ambience and are characterized by a lot of greenery. I think peace and harmony are what attracts tourists to Orahovac. Earlier, most of our guests come from Belgrade and Novi Sad, and now most of our guests come from Western Europe, Germany, and France," says our host in Orahovac, architect Ilija Lalosevic.

orahovac beogradska nedeljaThe church of St. George on the rock Stanac, Copyright: Portal Beogradska Nedelja

When it comes to the cultural heritage, the most important monument of Orahovac is the church of St. George. Its architecture is not impressive, but its position. It is located on the great natural rock of Stanac. The chapel on the site of today's church altar dates from the 13th century, while the rest of today’s church was erected in the 19th century.

Today, in Orahovac you can visit the Bajova kula tower, a place where the famous Montenegrin warrior Bajo Pivljanin once operated. You can opt for one of the hiking trips in the hinterland, or enjoy the pleasant seafront ambiance, with friendly hosts and hard working fishers who continue to sail on the wooden boats, using the fishing tools of their grandparents.

22 Feb 2019, 12:14 PM

February 22, 2019 - Kotor Winter Carnival Festivities begin on Saturday, February 23, at 6 pm on the main square of the concert of the Klapa "Contra" - the Organizing Committee announced.

The children's costume ball will be held on Sunday, 24 February in the Business Center "Vuksic" from 3 pm. For all masked children, there are gifts and fun with "The Group".
To better promote the Traditional Carnival this year, except in Kotor, the organisers have foreseen the promotional performances - Abrum in Budva and Tivat. Abrum in Budva will be held on February 25 at 5 pm.
In cooperation with the Vida Matjan Music School, two hours later, in the church of the Holy Spirit, the students and professors of this school will hold the "Masked Concert".
In Tivat Abrum it is scheduled for 26 February 26 at 5 pm, and on the same day, it will go through the streets of Kotor, around 6.30 pm. The second Abrum in Kotor is scheduled for the day before the carnival – 2 March at 11 am. The streets of the Old Town will see the Capo Carnival, Kotor City Music and the Majorettes of the Association "Festa" and the Dance Studio "Alisa".
After that, the Infinity Dance group will perform at the Arms Square as an introduction to the Trio Gust band concert.
On the big stage of the Cultural Center, the dance studio "Alisa" will perform on 27 February at 7 pm, and a day later in the Gallery of Cultural Center will open an exhibition of carnival costumes.
"We are all the Fest" - is the name of the 24th Concert of the Majorettes "Festa", which will be supported by the "Festa Acrobatic Group" on the stage of the Cultural Center on 1 March at 7 pm.
At the big masquerade, in the Business Center "Vuksic", on 2 March from 8 pm, guests will have fun with "Tri Kvarta" and "Trio Gust".
The program of the Traditional Kotor Carnival ends on Sunday, 3 March, with a grand carnival march on the main city road from 3 pm.
The Carnival Trial will be on the Arms Square, and the burning on the Maceo.
The carnival night will feature "Terraross", a famous orchestra from Puglia and Goran Karan with the band "Vagabundo".
On the day of the carnival, the humorist-satirical "Karampana" list will come out. A box designed to deliver texts that make up the contents of this publication is located at Kameni Kiosk, in front of the city gate.
Festival organiser is the Cultural Center "Nikola Djurkovic" Kotor in partnership with the Tourist Organization of the Municipality of Kotor, The partner in the organisation is NGO "Festa" Kotor, and the sponsor is the Municipality of Kotor.
19 Feb 2019, 15:31 PM

19 February 2019 - According to the investment and business plan of the company "Luka Kotor" A.D. (English: “Port of Kotor”) which is majority owned by the Municipality of Kotor, in the next five years the development of port infrastructure foresees investments of 4.678.440,00 EUR while the construction of pylons is the main and most expensive project worth 1,5 million EUR, the realization of which is planned in 2019.

According to the executive director of the company, marine captain Branko Kovačević, the implementation of the five-year investment plan will provide an amount of 1,1 million euros from the loan, and the rest will be the company’s own funds.

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“The most important project is the construction of pylons, that is, the extension of the operational coast, which involves the construction of four pylons with a concrete block at about 80 to 100 metres from the beginning of the operational coast. This would create the conditions for the 330-meter-long mega cruiser to be connected to this site because boats up to 300 metres long can be connected, but with a limited bow that should not exceed eight metres," said Kovačević for Daily Newspapers Dan.

He emphasized that the realisation of this project is crucial because more and more boats are being built for the transport of tourists, and within the next year, 22 mega cruisers with a length of 330 metres will appear on the world market.

Port of Montenegro to Invest in Infrastructure in order to Receive Mega Cruisers

“The construction and putting into operation the pylons is one of the priority conditions for Kotor Port to be competitive for unlimited quantities of ships and to be operational throughout the year for mega cruisers. This investment is significant not only for Kotor but also for the entire state because the Port of Kotor is a gateway to Montenegro. Tourists from cruisers visit all interesting destinations, starting from Cetinje, Skadar Lake, Žabljak, Bay of Kotor, and this is a unique promotion of Montenegro in the world. We already have an announcement from one agency for the next year that, if we finish everything according to the plan regarding the construction of the pylon, one such Kotor mega cruiser will be the starting port for its first journey,” emphasized Kovačević.

Kotor is a cruising destination which is continuously gaining more popularity, which is confirmed with the reservations for the current year for the arrival of 530 cruisers. There are already positive predictions regarding the Port for the year 2020, and it is currently confirmed that the “Ancient City of Boka” will be visited by 478 boats next year.

Source: Boka News

19 Feb 2019, 06:03 AM

February 19, 2019 -  The old road Kotor- Njegusi-Cetinje presented the most important Montenegrin architectural and infrastructure project built at the end of 19 century. Unfortunately, because of the need for a faster road, the part from Njeguši to Cetinje is destroyed and could hardly be reconstructed to once again show the amazing skill of its constructor, engineer Josip Slade.

Slade came to Montenegro in 1877, and already in 1878, he designed and built the road from the Austrian border over Kotor to Cetinje via Njegusi. The second stock to Kotor with the famous 25 serpentines was completed in 1884. Recently the road is paved, some places expanded, but basically remained almost identical to the first built version.

There were recently some ideas to reconstruct the famous 25 serpentines, but this idea came to the strong resistance of experts and NGOs dealing with natural and cultural heritage protection.

18 Feb 2019, 15:08 PM

17 February 2019 - The reconstruction of the indoor swimming pool "Nikša Bućin" in Kotor has reached its final phase. Minister of Sports and Youth Nikola Janović said that the Kotor pool is a symbol of Montenegrin water polo and swimming sports, and that it has huge importance for the Montenegrin sport, as well as for children and youth throughout the Bay of Kotor.

"I am one of those people who started their first career adventure in this very pool. That's why I know its significance and its potential. Part of the policies of the Government and the Ministry of Sports and Youth relate to the establishment of sports infrastructure in every city, in every place where it is possible to do so. By reconstructing this pool, water polo returns to Kotor," said Minister Janović.

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He added that the sports facilities will be reconstructed or built throughout Montenegro and that the Ministry will continue with precise policies and measures from now on - that the sport comes to life in every Montenegrin quarter, in every settlement.

The director of the Public Works Directorate, Rešad Nuhodžić, said that the Government provided all the money needed for the next stages of the reconstruction of this pool and that the Public Works Directorate will ensure that the works will be completed within eight months, as foreseen by the planned period of development.

"As we promised during the conclusion of the contract on the start of the second phase of the reconstruction of the pool in Kotor, today Minister Janović and I visited the construction site and officially held the final meetings with both the contractor and supervision unit. Now it is time for us to finish the reconstruction in the deadlines agreed upon, which is until the end of this year, and make this pool operational," said the director of the Public Works Directorate.

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He added that it is particularly satisfying that this is an object that, in addition to water polo players, can be used by the citizens of Kotor, which is an additional motive for completing the works in time and in full.

"What I will particularly insist from the position of Director of the Public Works Directorate is that the works are completed within the agreed time and that their quality will be in accordance with the highest standards," said the Director of Public Works.

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