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23 Dec 2018, 15:17 PM

December 23, 2018 - The first edition of the book festival - Humanities of Culture and Art FesKK Kotor "Be careful what you are reading" was closed on Saturday.

On behalf of the organizers of the festival, the director of JU Museum of Kotor, Dusan Medin, greeted the present audience, who pointed out that during the days of the festival the main mission was realized - Cultural heritage of Pro futuro, to talk about the cultural heritage in a way that it can bring us benefits in the future , but also to remind us of all our cultural values, especially the value and character of Boka Bay, especially Kotor as its center.

The president of the expert jury, Jelena Djurovic, announced the winners of the awards; in the category of publishers the award was given to CANU publisher and the Supervisory Museum of Montenegro, for the publication "Red Rock", editor Robert Whallon for international contributions in the field of archaeological research on the territory of Montenegro and the National Museum of Montenegro for the scientific contribution of the book "Art Museum", by the author Ljiljana Zeković.

For innovative educational practice, the award was presented to publisher Gligorije Dijaku for the book " Čudesni svijet puha Đorđa " by author Žarko Vučinić for outstanding contribution to innovative practice in education. "

In the category of the awards for authors, the award was given to Jovica Martinović for the scientific contribution of the book "Socio-economic structure of the society in Kotor in the first half of the XIV century", by a comprehensive survey of the socio-economic circumstances of the medieval Kotor.


FesKK – closing December 2018.

 Festival editor Stanka Janković Pivljanin announced prizes awarded by the city of Kotor. The award was presented on behalf of the city by the Vice-President of the Municipality of Kotor Ljiljana Popović Moškov. The jury in the town of Kotor awarded two prizes to the publishers: Kotor Maritime Museum of Montenegro for the book "Lav Svetog Marka: simbol Serenisime predstavljen u umjetnosti grada Kotora", by Radojka Abramovic, in the category of a book that has a lasting value and achieves a scientific contribution. "This study, which is accompanied by an extraordinary illustrative material, has shown the maturity and cautiousness of the author as a critical investigator," said Jankovic Pivljanin.   

The second prize was awarded to the National Library of Montenegro "Đurđe Crnojević" for the book "Artistic treasures of Montenegro", in the category of reprinted editions of old books that have permanent value.

Two awards for authors were awarded to academician prof. Dr. Serbo Rastofer for the book "Komunisti i muhadžiri (1958 – 1971) slučaj Opštine Rožaje", in the category of books that provides an important scientific contribution. The second prize was awarded to prof. Dr. Miodrag Perovic for the book "Istorija matematike", in the same category.

The Special Award for Photo monography "Krsto Andrijašević", by editor Ljiljana Zeković, was awarded for a book that has a lasting value, published by Cano Koprivica Foundation and the National Museum of Montenegro.

"During the three days, the festival gathered 50 publishers and organized over 20 book promotions, it was successful," estimated Maja Grgurovic, a professor of literature and librarians at the Museum of Perast, at the closing ceremony of the festival at the Gallery Solidarnosti this evening.

Text by Boka news, on December 23rd, 2018, read more at Boka news

23 Dec 2018, 13:42 PM

December 23, 2018 - Kotor Mayor Vladimir Jokić called on the Constitutional Court to urgently make a decision on the proposal to review the constitutionality and legality of the Detailed Urban Plan (DUP) of Kostanjica, whose implementation in Kotor and Montenegro would inflict irreparable damage. He announced it on Friday at the press conference he convened on this occasion.

On Monday, he submitted to the Constitutional Court a proposal to review the constitutionality and legality of DUP Kostanjica, explaining that this proposal was the result of the work of the legal team of the Municipality of Kotor.

"Kostanjica area is one of the most sensitive parts of the protected area of Kotor and has so far been recognized as a part of the area that is over constructed. This space was mentioned for the first time In its decisions, the UNESCO Committee mentioned this area for the first time in 2014. In 2016 UNESCO treated Kostanjica as a part of the entire protected area, and in 2018, at the last UNESCO Committee Session, it was underlined that every construction on the site which is under the protection of UNESCO should be prevented," explained Jokić.

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He said that since the establishment of the new administration in Kotor there is a request for the issuance of eight building permits based on the DUP Kostanjica.

"These eight building permits refer to over 30 residential and auxiliary facilities, totalling over ten thousand square meters," Jokić said.

According to him, such construction would lead to Kotor losing status on the UNESCO list.

"Such construction would have caused the Kostanjica space to be permanently and irretrievably devastated. Such construction would lead to Montenegro and Montenegrin society knowingly and deliberately screening themselves out of the line of civilized peoples," said Jokić.

He reminded that the government, in April last year, introduced a moratorium on construction in a protected area of Kotor.

"However, since the requests for these permits are submitted before this Decision was passed in accordance with the law, all legal provisions have been argued in support of the need to comply with these requirements, that building permits must be issued," Jokić said .

Jokic, from April until today, addressed the Montenegrin Government, the Montenegrin President, ministries, citing that, in addition to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, which on several occasions replied that Kotor must act in accordance with the law, and the responses of the Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO, "we have received no response from any institution we have addressed."

"Representatives of the Kotor Municipality, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism met on several occasions in July, and this resulted in an agreement to form an interest group of these three institutions, where lawyers engaged by the three institutions will try to find a way that the issue of eight building permits is overcome. This team met once in August and until today did not manage to have any results," said Jokić.

He pointed out that the Municipality of Kotor, for the time being, tried to find a way to deal with this problem, "regardless all kind of pressure we are facing to issue these building permits."

He said that the three reasons why he believed DUP Kostanjica was illegal and unconstitutional.

"The first reason is that in 2009, when deciding on the amendments to the DUP Kostanjica, the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, headed by Minister Branimir Gvozdenović, was obliged to consent to the local authority that the plan is adopted in accordance with the plan of the higher order, "said Jokić. He said that Gvozdenović did not give such consent on that occasion, but consent to the procedure being conducted in accordance with the law.

"He avoided that kind of consent, which was a legally binding element for adopting such a plan document," Jokić pointed out.

Jokić also pointed to the adoption of the Decision on the adoption of the DUP in 2009, which was passed as a modification of the 1991 decision, clarifying that by this same 2009 decision the decision from 1991 was taken out of force.

"So we have a paradoxical situation - the amendments to the basic act cease to apply this act. This means that no new act could have been valid either, "Jokić said.

He said that in 2013, the Assembly of the Municipality of Kotor, at its meeting in December, adopted the Decision on Changes of the Decision on the DUP in Kostanjica.

"These changes adopted by the Assembly extend the validity of the DUP Kostanjica to the adoption of a new planning document. On that occasion, the legal procedure for amending the law was strictly formalized," says Jokić.

He pointed out that the previous practice of the Constitutional Court, in the same cases, on the same occasion "resulted in such decisions being declared unlawful and unconstitutional."

"By acting in our opinion on the unconstitutional and unlawful detailed urban plan of Kostanjica, we would inflict irreparable damage to Kotor. Ultimately, it would inflict irreparable damage to the reputation of Montenegro in the international scene and the status of Montenegro in UNESCO and other United Nations agencies, "said Jokić.

He said that preserving Kotor on UNESCO lists issues of public interest. "It is not Kotor as a member of UNESCO, but Montenegro is a member of UNESCO," Jokić said.

He called on the Constitutional Court, noting that he did not intend to interfere in any way with its final decision, to take a proposal to review the constitutionality and legality of the DUP Kostanjica in the priority considerations.

18 Dec 2018, 20:59 PM

December 18, 2018 - From Christmas to Christmas, a traditional program organized by the NGO "Karampana" in cooperation with the Kotor Tourist Organization, under the auspices of the Kotor Municipality, begins on 23 December and lasts until January 8, 2019.

The program commences with the concert of the Mandolin Orchestra of the Croatian Civic Society at the Museum Square, scheduled for Sunday, 23 December at 11 am. The same evening is the Great New Year's Concert of the Town Music of Kotor at the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" at 7.30 pm.

Karampana, in cooperation with Kotor housewives, in the spirit of the centuries-old ecumenism, this year celebrates Christmas Eve by serving delicious “priganice”- traditional small donuts. On 24 December, Catholics prepare “priganice,” and friends from the Orthodox community share with their guests in front of the central city gate. On the Orthodox Christmas Eve, the roles are replaced. The Riva will smell the same on both days, since the recipes, as well as traditions, among the different confessions in Boka Bay, do not differ a lot.

The New Year's interactive children's workshop Karampana is organized on 26 and 27 December. The youngest citizens of Kotor will make New Year's decorations at the Vida Matjan Music School.

The traditional New Year's concert the "Vida Matjan" Music School will be held on 27 December at 7 pm in the Church of the Holy Spirit in the Old Town of Kotor.

Within the “From Christmas to Christmas” program, 28 December is reserved for the youngest. The New Year’s bazaar starts at 10 am in front of the main city gate. Children from kindergartens and schools will present the works they have prepared with their educators and teachers. In the case of rain, the bazaar location will be the "Kamelija" Shopping Center.

On the same day in the Church of the Holy Spirit at 20:00 the quartet "Lords of the Strings" will perform.

The New Year's Handicraft Bazaar at Riva is scheduled for 29 December at 10 am. The big New Year’s raffle is held the same day in front of the city cafe "Dojmi" at 11 am, and the organizers provided valuable prizes for all participants. The host will be SC Kamelija.

In the evenings, at the Museum Square at 20:00, visitors will be entertained by the vocal group Klapa "Kampanel." An alternative location in case of bad weather conditions will be the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" in the same term.

As a part of the “From Christmas to Christmas” program, the central event and the great joy for the youngest audience is undoubtedly the welcome of the Children’s New Year, which will be organized on 30 December beginning at 4 pm on the Arms Square.

Santa Claus and his elves have prepared a variety of surprises, which the youngest must not miss. The students of the Vida Matjan Music School will participate in the reception for the children. They will also have the opportunity to enjoy an interactive show titled "Let's Love - This is the Year of Love."

"Like every year, the unavoidable part of the Children’s New Year's program is the distribution of New Year's packages, which Kotor’s Santa Claus will distribute for all the present children," Karampana.

For children who, due to health problems, cannot attend the reception, NGO Karampana has organized the delivery of the New Year's packages at 12 pm at the Kotor General Hospital. It is a continuation of the "Fairytale for Health" action which started in 2015 as part of the project "From Christmas to Christmas."

The Children’s New Year will be followed by a musical happening entitled "Kotor- City of Good Music." The audience will be entertained by Who See, Niggor & Jelena Kženegra.

"The beginning of the New Year will be marked on January 3, 2019, under the title “Experience the Hundred,” where we will organize a special music program and the New Year's tombola with various prizes," said Karampana.

The Christmas Concert of the Serbian Singing Society "Jedinstvo" is scheduled for the 4 January in the church of St. Nicholas at 6 pm.

"Karampana" invites citizens and guests of Kotor to join the event announced for 5 January. "A humanitarian evening is dedicated to all Kotor originals, and all the proceeds from the sale of sausages and wine will be intended for the purchase of new instruments for Kotor City Music," the organizers said.

As for the Catholic Christmas Eve, Kotor will prepare “priganice” to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas Eve, which will be served in front of the central city gates on January 6 at 10 am.

The sixth “From Christmas to Christmas" manifestation ends on January 8th with the gastronomic specialities of Kotor hosts, which will be presented within the framework of the "Papalada ala maka."

"Thanks to the support we received, without which this project could not be so successful, we owe the first place to Luštica Bay, which already traditionally helps the project “From Christmas to Christmas.” Also, thanks for the support and infrastructure assistance of the Municipality of Kotor, La Mia Casa from Podgorica and our colleagues by enthusiasm - Ocean Lava Montenegro," said Karampan with the invitation to attend the programs and the message “the New Year's Magic can begin."

18 Dec 2018, 01:53 AM

17 December 2018 - Charming and beautiful, Kotor is especially gorgeous during the end-of-year festivities. Kotor’s streets and citadel are embellished with lights and magnificent decorations that all locals and tourists can enjoy during the holidays.

This year’s refined Christmas decorations throughout Kotor caught the eye of the city’s public. Inspired by the holiday’s spirit, the representatives of the local government paid particular attention to details, and their creativity contributed to the Christmas atmosphere within the city.

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Creative interpretation of the holiday symbols that lit up Kotor includes: Christmas presents, luminous arches, tunnels, cross street decorations, Christmas bells, colorful bows, Christmas tree balls, Snowmen and, of course, a giant Christmas tree. Still, the culmination of all Kotor lights and decorations is, without a doubt, the light curtain that covered the Citadel. This breath-taking landscape that looks even more elegant in the evening hours is definitely a place to admire.

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If you’re looking to spend your holiday in Kotor, not only can you enjoy a special Christmas atmosphere, but the rich New Year program can also entertain you with many concerts by renowned performers from the region. In fact, the New Year's Eve celebration in Kotor is organized as a so called “Kotor Evening” which includes a program for the youngest – Children New Year's Eve, followed by entertainment by numerous local performers and guests. For the New Year's Eve and the first night in 2019, Kotor returns to its true, rock image and within the Rock New Year program, brings the most significant bands of the EX-YU rock scene of today. On December 31, the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy the performances of Damir Urban, Darko Rundek, Bombaj Press and M.O.R.T. On January 1, and the program continues with the sounds of Four Blues Driver, followed by Galija, Psihomodo pop and Autogeni trening.

Rich New Year celebration program offer goes beyond Kotor. Looking for information on entertainment programs along Montenegrin coast? We've got you covered.

17 Dec 2018, 19:40 PM

December 17, 2018 - The documentary play "Kotor About Kotor” (“KoTo(R) o Kotoru”) directed by Petar Pejaković and produced by the NGO Expeditio from Kotor, will be shown on Saturday, 22 December in Zadar within the festival “Artakt.”

On this occasion, we spoke with Marjan Santic, one of the creators and performers of the play, which has attracted the audience in Montenegro and the region for the last two years. Why this documentary play still lives on, and lives internationally, since it is about the town of Kotor?

The play, acted and authored by the citizens of Kotor, already had 15 performances in the hometown, Podgorica, Cetinje, Belgrade, Kolašin, Tivat, Herceg Novi, Dubrovnik and Budva. Now the crew travels to Zadar.

Wherever it was performed the play attracted considerable interest and produced entirely positive reactions of the audience and professional public, whose numerous comments and reactions have been collected within a unique evaluation of the project carried out by NGO Expeditio, followed by multiple invitations to perform the play in countries of the region and Europe. The community theatre which promotes the idea of theatre as a means for research and creative expression of each individual or a group for personal development and social engagement has proved to be a potent tool in establishing a dialogue of the participants with the audience, i.e. with a broader and closer community. 

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"The play shows the situation of the state and the problems of citizens who are naively trying to solve them. Unfortunately, the competent municipal bodies cannot and do not want to solve the problems in their backyard, so the citizens are forced to leave. And what are the problems? Noise from hospitality facilities, corruption, spamming, thievery, inability to function, counterfeit diploma of employees in public enterprises, political key recruitment, arthropods, ecological problems, sea and air pollution from cruise ships, apathy of institutions responsible for the protection of natural and cultural heritage - these are the problems that lie with today's society," explains one of the creators and protagonists of the performance, Kotor’s hiker and heritage protection activist, Marjan Šantić.

Why does this theatre play attract interest in the region? Why are invitations coming from many European countries?

"Kotor About Kotor is interesting because it brings the truth about our city, our country, and our environment. We all face situations where people in power and individuals who are in the account of that power are becoming richer and richer, leaving behind the interests and the welfare of the people living in the space they manage. For this reason, the audience of our play, wherever we perform, accepts it with enthusiasm, because we have expressed through the theatre play what they think. In our culture, there still survives a saying that silence is golden. We have shown exactly the opposite by this performance - it is necessary to talk about the problems, and something useful can result from it. How useful it is, we will see in the future."

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In “Kotor About Kotor” uses 15 amateur actors. Even though most of the participants did not have previous experience in theatre, it was not difficult for them to present this play, to be persuasive. The reason for this is that the project participants were chosen by the love that they share about the city.

"The performance has succeeded thanks to the fact that we are all in love with our Boka, our cities and our nature. In all other issues, there are no common points among us. We are distinguished by professional qualifications, by professions, by political persuasions, by social status. In our frameworks, given the prevailing mentality, it could have been expected that we would produce a fight rather than a theatre play. However, love has overcome and overwhelmed us with all of our diversity, and that's why the performance succeeded," Marjan said proudly. Tolerance, according to him, is what we are missing in the Balkans in the family, in cities, in our societies in general, and it is a prerequisite for better days ahead. 

Asked whether the international audience showed interest in the play, Marjan explains that the Expeditio team has managed to provide a translation of the text into English, enabling the viewers who do not understand our language to enjoy the play.

"Foreigners are delighted with the play. As there is a translation, they can familiarize themselves with the subject before coming to the theatre, as well as follow the text during the play. They are very interested in the topic and often after the show they share their impressions with us. Many of them intend to talk about the problems faced by their cities, their countries. It seems it could play in any country, in any language, because the problems we are talking about is not just ours. Destroying the legacy for short-term profit, pollution of the environment, corruption and the separation of the rulers from the interests of the people who entrusted them their legitimacy are the global problems of today."

"The biggest problem is silence. Silence is approval. So you do not mean the future of your children and the future of your country. If you keep silent, it means you do not want it to be better. People are invaluable in different ways and are silent. Silence is the atomic bomb of the future," says Marjan Santic.

NGO Expeditio produced Kotor About Kotor within the frameworks of two large projects, the European Artizen Initiative (funded through the EU Creative Europe program) and ACT4CITY (funded by BAC - Balkan Arts and Culture Fund). The project has also resulted in a printed and digital book "KoTo (R) o Kotoru", containing, along with the script of the play, a description of the process of play creation and several reviews and expert comments. Thanks to the help of volunteers, the play script has been translated into English.

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The Kotor Tourist Organization supported Kotor About Kotor's performance at the Zadar festival. Asked when the Montenegrin audience would agai enjoy the play, Marjan couldn’t answer. He says that the show team is still playing and willing to continue with the performance, so we hope that this opportunity will be announced soon.

15 Dec 2018, 22:56 PM

15 December 2018 - The First Book Festival - Humanities, Culture and Art in Montenegro – “FesK Kotor (FesKK)” will be officially opened on Thursday, December 20 at 7 pm in the Gallery of Solidarity in Kotor, under the auspices of the Kotor Municipality, organized by the Public Institution “Muzeji” Kotor and the Centre for Culture “Nikola Đurković" Kotor, and licensed by the publishing house HERAedu from Belgrade. On the same day, an exhibition of the old and rare books of the Museum of the city of Perast will be held at noon.

The Festival aims to draw attention to the importance of high-quality content in the publishing industry of Montenegro in the field of humanities, culture, and art, and to affirm the role of publishing in the national culture of Montenegro. FesKK wants to point to the global trends of the multidisciplinary approach in these areas and emphasize social responsibility and ethical principles in the sphere of culture.

A three-day multimedia program entitled “Cultural Heritage Pro Futuro” will gather the representatives of Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts and other Montenegrin publishers, like libraries, faculties, institutes, museums, galleries, all at one place. In addition to multiple promotional events during each day of the festival, the program will include an exhibition of old and rare books of the Museum of Perast (PI “Muzeji” Kotor), as well as a roundtable on the subject “Green Culture” after the screening of two US feature films. Guest of the Festival is the Association of Publishers from Sarajevo (BiH).

The award ceremony will be organized on the third day of the event, at 7.30 pm. For the first time in Montenegro, the value of books that make a significant scientific contribution, contribution to innovative educational practice, as well as valuable reprints of the publications of old books with features of impenetrable value, will be recognized and awarded during the FesKK Festival.

The festival will be held from December 20 to 22, 2018, from 10 am to 8 pm in the Gallery of Solidarity in the Old Town of Kotor, and films and the roundtable will be held in the Cinema of Boka and the multimedia hall of the Cultural Centre "Nikola Đurković".

Source: Culture Corner “Kutak”

15 Dec 2018, 16:25 PM

December 15, 2018 - The New Year mood slowly catches everything around us, as well as the well-known sculptor and sailor of Boka Bay, Goran Moškov Gonzo. Preparations for the Children's New Year in Kotor are underway, and without Gonzo, it just cannot pass. As an associate of one of the organizers of the program, the NGO Karampana, Gonzo participates in the design and creation of the story to be given to the youngest citizens and visitors of Kotor within the Children's New Year, this city is being organized for a few years.

Winter for Gonzo is certainly a period of intense creativity, because he has adapted his life to a brilliant way of sailing and absorbing the energy of the sun and the sea during the summer months, in order to dedicate the winter to art in various ways. Participation in the creation of the Children's New Year is among his regular anual activities.

"December is a time of joy and creativity. And I got involved in the children's joy. Preparations for the Children's New Year are underway. Kotor as a city of children is increasing and more and more dedicated to the youngest. That's how I'm going through the whole month. Because, when it comes to doing, we are investing not only work but also leisure time to be ready in time and for the joy of the children," says TMN Gonzo, who is also Kotor's Santa Claus.

"For several years, I have the honor of being Kotor's Santa Claus. This does not only involve participation in the central ceremony and accompanying programs for the children we organize, but also the humanitarian program designed by the Kotor Tourism Organization and NGO Karampana under the auspices of Luštica Bay Company. This is a visit to the Children's and Neonatal Department of the General Hospital in Kotor and the distribution of new-year packages and gifts for newly born babies.

Children already know that in Kotor we prepare gifts for all children. But here we are especially careful and devoted, and thanks to the sponsorship of Luštica Bay, we can provide special gifts for children who will, unfortunately, spend New Year Eve out of their homes, without their families. The most beautiful times of the year they are alone, and they deserve to be treated specially. We have an entertaining program, and we go from one hospital room to another, carrying an electric sleigh, which we did a few years ago for this purpose. We have a guitar, we sing with children, we joke. To them, that means a lot," says Gonzo, Kotor's Santa Claus.

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And in the streets of Kotor, visitors to the Children's New Year expect surprises. "The Municipality of Herceg Novi is going to lend us a city train, so children will have the opportunity to be in the company of Santa Claus driving the city streets. As always, it will be a lot of fun, with enough surprises. And for the central manifestation of the Children's New Year's we have created some new, fun and educational concepts," Gonzo announced with the laugh of Santa Claus.

"We will make a nice story that will be both educational and entertaining. In addition to what the kids are most interested in, and that is the arrival of Santa Claus and sharing gifts. So, this is a call for all children and their parents- come and join us on 30 December at 6pm on the Square of Arms to meet the Children's New Year in Kotor," said Gonzo. 

Knowing what surprises Gonzo and his friends made in previous years, there is no reason to suspect that for this Children's New Year they are also organizing a spectacle. The greatest of all was the giant Santa Claus, who was waiting for the children in front of the main city gates, almost surmounting the walls of the Old Town.

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"This was a brilliant project of the Kotor's Festival of Children's Theater and its director Petar Pejakovic. The theater production made that giant doll within the framework of a completely different story, the children's play Guliver, and we realized that we also could use it to provide the children in Kotor to receive the greatest Santa Claus they saw. It lasted for days until we modified the doll, and then children enjoyed it for days. It was worth it. For the last two years we have been inside the city walls, Kotor is organizing a New Year's program at the Square of Arms, so we have the Children's New Year on the same stage." 

The New Year's program in Kotor- Rock New Year, as well as the program of the Children's New Year, primarily meet the mood and taste of Kotor's citizens. This is a good recommendation for all its guests. The town's waterfront is dressed in festive clothes and the decorations of the Old Town began a few days ago.

In just a few days, the event "From Christmas to Christmas" begins, within which the Kotor Municipality, Cultural Center Nikola Đurković, Kotor Tourism Organization and local NGOs prepare a diverse artistic, entertaining, gastronomic and tourist program. "From Christmas to Christmas" begins on 23 December and lasts until 9 January.

09 Dec 2018, 21:53 PM
December 9, 2018 - San Giovanni, the fortress of Kotor, is one of the most fascinating segments of the architectural heritage of Boka Bay and one of the Montenegrin cultural monuments of the most significant interest of tourists. Besides the fact that it is a masterpiece of defense architecture, San Giovanni equally fascinates with breathtaking views over the Old town of Kotor and the surrounding area. 
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Together with the old town and its natural surroundings, the fortifications were inscribed in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979 labeled Natural and Cultural-Historical Region of Kotor. The fortified city of Kotor, including San Giovanni, was also included in UNESCO's World Heritage Site list as part of Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries.  
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San Giovanni is an idyllic destination for a half-day trip, an opportunity to indulge yourself in a light mountain-hiking tour, but also to take some photos to try to preserve fascination, which nature here, supported by a skilled builder, offers literally on every step.
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The San Giovanni hill rises over Kotor to about 280 meters above sea level. The name originates from the church of the same name, which was first mentioned in 1440 and was located in the main fortress at the very top, and it was dedicated to St. John the Baptist and served for the needs of the army, which guarded the city walls. The total length of the rampart is over four kilometers, a thickness of two to sixteen meters, and the height reaches some places up to twenty meters. Walls climb along San Giovanni's hill like the snakes and curve, adapting to the murky shape of the rocks, demonstrating an exceptional building technique, which still admonishes today, despite the no-go-lucky condition of the ramparts and forts. The project for reconstruction of the fortress of Kotor is still not systematically and systematically implemented, although much has recently been said about the necessity of an emergency action to rehabilitate and preserve this exceptional monument of culture.
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The fortress and the ramparts, the fortified complex was created for centuries, and the beginning of the construction of the city walls was linked to the Roman Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. The integrated old fortification system that protected the medieval town of Kotor contains ramparts, towers, citadels, gates, bastions, forts, cisterns, a castle, and ancillary buildings and structures, that incorporate military architecture of Illyria, Byzantium, Venice, and Austria. The majority of actual appearance and form came during the XV to the XVII century, so that for Kotor's fortress is considered of the most powerful that Venice has built in its Adriatic lands.
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On the way to the top, somewhere halfway, there is a famous sanctuary, earlier called the Our Lady of Rest, and from the other half of the XVII century of Our Lady of Health celebrating November 21st. In the church is the tomb of the famous Kotor's family Bolica and in front of the church count Anton Lukovic's tomb. Our Lady of Health is an ecumenical sanctuary, which on this holiday is equally visited by Orthodox and Catholics, residents of Kotor.
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The fact is that San Giovanni fortress is not in a good state, but in this condition it fascinates by the harmony of architecture, the skill of the building hand, the resistance of the dry-stone path, which, stays along the most part of the road against rainwater and the tooth of time over 500 years.

San Giovanni Excursion Useful Tips:

Entrance to San Giovanni is 3 euros.
Take a sunny day for an excursion to San Giovanni. It is not pleasant when it rains because there are not many places where you could hide.
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Be sure you are in proper walking shoes. It will not hurt you to bring mountaineering shoes if you own them. Although the road is not in bad condition and safe, it is a high slope of the terrain, and the stone path has been thrown out for ages.
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Do not take a trip to San Giovanni without water. There is no other way to heal your thirst.
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As we all walk with mobile phones, we do not need to remind you to take a camera. San Giovanni hill, that in a tectonic movement disobeyed the wild sides of Lovcen and overtook the deepest bay of Boka Bay, together with the fortress of San Giovanni, for centuries, forcing the ancient Kotor, just place you in the position of a participant who wants to keep the impression forever. We all have illusion photos could help.
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09 Dec 2018, 20:38 PM

09 December 2018 - The street food industry has always been present but has never enjoyed such publicity and glory as it does today. Every day people are increasingly looking for a quick and cheap meal which is the main offer of portable booths and other catering facilities of the kind. Street food vending offer includes a various selection of ready-to-eat meals, snacks, fruits, and drinks.

The administration of Kotor Municipality recognized the convenience of ready-to-eat food or drink sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place to tourists. The Directorate for Development and Construction of Kotor has published a public call for lease for temporary use of portable booths for sale of cakes, pastries, “ruštule” (appetizer often served in Bay of Kotor), crepes, sausages, small fish and shellfish, French fries, boiled wine and other hot and cold drinks at the location of the city promenade. Street food is generally convenient and cheap and quite simple regarding preparation and ingredients. Still, the few bites eaten on the streets of an exciting destination is often a perfect way to sample some authentic local cuisine.

Street Food in Kotor for the Holidays3

As stated in the public call, the term for issuing a portable booth is from December 14, 2018, to January 20, 2019. This means that people from Kotor, as well as tourists from the country and abroad, will be able to enjoy freshly made home specialties from Kotor and from all over Montenegro. The number of booths is limited, which means that only the very best vendors can secure a place there. It is especially worth a visit during the holiday seasons, since Kotor offers rich New Year programme (you can read about it here). Come hungry as the food stalls will offer delicious food and you’ll certainly want to pop into a nearby pub for a pint at the end!

Working hours are set in advance, from 10 am to 9 pm, except on December 30, December 31, January 1 and January 2, when the working time is extended to 1 am.

09 Dec 2018, 20:30 PM

December 9, 2018 - With the concert of two great musicians, violoncellist Dmitry Prokofiev, and pianist Ratimir Martinovic, the fourth concert season started with the concert organized by the Music School "Vida Matjan" and KotorArt Festival Don Branko Days of Music.


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Prokofiev and Martinovic performed an exciting and demanding program in front of the numerous audience made from the compositions of Shuman, Shubert, Schnittke, and Shedrina. In the introductory speech, the school director Laura Jovanović reminded of the importance of such a practical improvement of school pupils, as well as the fact that most guest artists and professors from the local and regional art faculties held free workshops for pupils of the school.


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Mayor of Kotor Vladimir Jokić said in his speech that one of the ideas of this season is that "in the days when the coastal towns are mildly melancholy, bearing the depression of rainy days, we awaken the sleepy town and disperse the weight of the south with the music."


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Kotor concert season will last until June, during which its focus will be on the cello, as a deficit instrument in Montenegro about young musicians.


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The audience in Kotor and Montenegro will have the opportunity to listen to the best pupils at the festive school concerts from Christmas to Christmas, during the Days of Kamelija, on the eve of the school day, artists from the domestic scene like pianist Bojan Martinović and violinist Vujadin Krivokapić, regional musicians like concert cellist Sandra Belić and Irina Josifoska and the opera ensemble of the Academy of Arts in Osijek, as well as internationally acclaimed musicians such as the Polish Krakowsky duo Kalinovski-Selezer (cello-piano), who performed already on Tuesday, December 11th, in the hall of St. Duha in Kotor.

Text by CdM, on December 7th 2018, read more at CdM

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