January 6, 2019 - The 50th anniversary of the Mimosa Festival will open with the pop music star of the region Zdravko Čolić on 1 February. Traditionally, a day later, there will be the Feast of Mimosa, Fish, and Wine on the Herceg Novi Riviera and the first costume ball.
During the 50 days of Mimosa Festival, Herceg Novi will host four costume balls, concerts and outdoor festivities, evening of Mediterranean songs, international carnival parades, an international meeting of wind ensembles, flower exhibition, children's and sports programs, Women Day’s program, wine evenings, beer evenings, an art program, events to present the friendly cities and states, announced the organizers. The Mimosa promotive caravan starts its journey in the region and European countries on 10 January.
Jubilee Mimosa Festival is one of the most significant events in Herceg Novi in 2019 and will be worthy of a five-decade manifestation, stressed Stevan Katić, the President of Herceg Novi Municipality. As he said, the Mimosa Festival will include numerous quality programs that will attract visitors during February and March.
"One curiosity, I do not know how familiar you are, in Herceg Novi, more precisely in Bijela, 52 years ago, 1967, Zdravko Čolić had his first public appearance. It is a great pleasure to return him to Herceg Novi and that his character and work will open the jubilee Mimosa Festival," said Deputy President of the Municipality, Danijela Đurović, announcing a concert for the opening ceremony.
Director of Herceg Fest Gordana Krcunović met the participants of the conference with the framework program, pointing out that next to Čolić, Herceg Novi will feature Saša Matić, Kaliopi, Dženan Lončarević. As she said, they've already established 80 percent of the program, and the rest organized with foreign embassies in Montenegro they will announce during the coming days.
"We will have the days of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Poland, Italy, China, Germany, Turkey, Norway, Finland, Slovenia, as well as a rich sports program featuring traditional international swimming rally, Picigin, Skalinada," Krcunovic said.
Tourism Organization Manager Pavle Obradovic said that they had formed tourist packages before the New Year program and intensive marketing activities are underway. It is especially important that the Mimosa Festival emerges from the borders of our region and the goal for the coming years is to break on the foreign markets, so that a visit to Herceg Novi will increase in February
, Obradovic said.
"It is a manifestation that promotes the tourist offer of Herceg Novi and Montenegro in the best way. We tried to mark the quality of the program as a significant jubilee," said Zoran Živković, member of the Mimosa Festival Directorate. He outlined the 52nd Winter Salon at the Herceg Novi’s Gallery, the most prestigious art event in the region, featuring affirmed art creators. He announced two theatre performances that marked recent months of the region: "Bloody Weddings" and "Little Pirate," as well as a concert by the Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra and a show of a Mediterranean song.
Živkovic added that during the program completion, and at the next press conference, a final program will be published, with the dates of all events. The total cost of the organization 50. Mimoza Festival is about 250,000 Euros, and the general sponsors are Herceg Novi Municipality and the Tourist Organization of Herceg Novi.
Mimosa Festival Caravan Moves from Vienna
The Mimosa Festival announced the Mimosa Caravan this year, which will visit the cities of Western Europe, Austria, and Slovenia, after three decades. Vice President of the Municipality of Herceg Novi, Miloš Konjević announced that Mimosa caravan would visit the capital city of Austria, Vienna, where the City Music, the Majorettes and the Masquerade will present the manifestation on 10 January. On the same day, the Mimosa Festival will be presented at the Tourism Fair in Vienna at the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro stand.
The caravan will be in Vrbas and Novi Sad on 11 January, and on 12 January in Zrenjanin and Belgrade. On the second turn, the Caravan will travel to Višegrad and Zlatibor on 17 January, and then visit Bijeljina and Banja Luka on 18 January. Following will be guest appearances in Slovenia, Ljubljana, Novo Mesto, and Kranj. Also, 50th Mimosa Festival Caravan will Montenegrin towns and neighboring Trebinje.
The aim of organizing Mimosa Caravan beyond the borders of our region is that Mimosa Festival got the function it had when it founded - to intrigue visitors, bring them to Herceg Novi during the winter
and announce the summer season, explained the municipality manager, Dragan Šimrak. As he said, in the last ten years, Mimosa has "lost its function and now needs to get it back."