culture

Birth anniversary of Croatia's 1st female journalist to be marked

The Centre for Women's Studies, which manages the Marija Juric Zagorka Memorial Apartment and carries out documentary-information, educational and cultural activities related to the study and promotion of the heritage of this novelist and Croatia's first female journalist, stated on Friday that it was marking the 144th anniversary of the birth of Marija Juric Zagorka next week.

Croatian minister attends CoMoCoSEE conference in Albania

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek participated in a third conference of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South-Eastern Europe (CoMoCoSEE) that took place in Tirana on February 21-22.

Trump and the nuclear codes: Carnival again takes aim at politicians

US President Donald Trump, Brexit, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Germany's right-wing AfD party: Floats unveiled Tuesday for this year's Carnival parades in Cologne and Mainz once again turn to political satire to entertain revellers.

Croatian minister to take in CoMoCoSEE conference in Albania

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek will take part in a third conference of the Council of Ministers of Culture of South-Eastern Europe (CoMoCoSEE), scheduled to take place in Tirana on February 21-22, the Croatian Culture Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Monument to Croatian scientist Rudjer Boskovic unveiled in Milan

On the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the death of Croatian scientist Rudjer Josip Boskovic, who died on 13 February 1787 in Milan, a monument by Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic was unveiled in Milan on Monday.

Pakistani court bans Valentine’s Day celebrations in public

A Pakistani court on Monday issued a ruling against observing Valentine’s Day in public places across the country.

Kings of Leon to play INmusic festival

Kings Of Leon have been announced as one of the headliners of Croatia's acclaimed INmusic Festival.

Tight security for Nice carnival after deadly truck attack

Seven months after a truck attack on Nice's seaside promenade left 86 people dead, the southern French city was Saturday due to launch its famed annual carnival amid tight security measures.

Matica Hrvatska cultural institution celebrates 175 years of existence

President of the Matica Hrvatska, academic Stjepan Damjanovic announcing celebrations to mark 175 years of this cultural institution, told a press conference on Monday that today, Matica is primarily relying on young people.

China welcomes Year of the Fire Rooster

The Year of the Rooster has officially begun in China, marking the country's most important annual holiday.

New media strategy draft possible in few months, culture minister says

Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek said on Wednesday the ministry would work on a media strategy this year, adding that Hina's financial situation had stabilised and that it was an important media outlet which could open up to new services.

Croatia, Montenegro sign underwater cultural heritage protection memorandum

Croatian Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek and her Montenegrin counterpart Janko Ljumovic held a working meeting in Zagreb on Wednesday at which they signed a memorandum on cooperation in the protection of the underwater cultural heritage.

Burgenland Croats hold their 70th ball in Vienna

The 70th edition of the traditional annual Burgenland Croat ball was held in the Schoenbrunn Hotel in Vienna on Saturday evening, with some 1,000 guests attending the event.

Documentary about 2 Croat priests killed by Albanian Communists shown in Montengro

A documentary about two Croat Catholic priests -- Friar Serafin Glasnovic Kodic and Rev. Anton Muzic-- who were killed by the Albanian Communist regime and who were beatified as members of the Blessed Martyrs of Albania by Pope Francis in November 2016, was shown in Kotor, Montenegro, on Friday evening.

Thirty per cent of Aleppo's Old City destroyed, UNESCO says

Thirty per cent of the Old City of Aleppo has been destroyed and 60 per cent significantly damaged amid the ongoing conflict there, UNESCO said Friday.

Children open Danish city's cultural capital year

Thousands of children sang and danced Friday as the Danish city of Aarhus opened its year as European capital of culture,  an honorary title it shares with the port town of Pafos in Cyprus.

Paintings by German Anton Hoeger to be exhibited in Zagreb

Over 40 works made by German painter Anton Franz Hoeger will be put on display at the Home of the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU) in Zagreb from 17 January to 5 February.

Malta assumes EU presidency, Aarhus and Pafos capitals of culture

Malta on Sunday took over a six-month rotating presidency over the European Union from Slovakia that chaired the presidency in the second half of 2016.

Times Square NYE party goes as planned, aside from Mariah Carey gaffe

An estimated 1 million revellers packed into New York's Times Square on Saturday amid heightened security measures for a New Year's Eve party that passed without incident

Celeb deaths, terrorism on minds of partygoers as world greets 2017

Celebrations in Australia and elsewhere in the Pacific region kicked off a night of revelry on Saturday under stringent security as partygoers elsewhere round the globe geared up to ring in the new year.

Sydney warms up for NYE party with purple firework tribute to Prince

More than a million people around Sydney's harbour foreshore cheered as purple fireworks rained down from the Harbour Bridge to the sounds of Prince's hit Purple Rain Saturday evening.

German museums urged to check collections for Nazi-looted art

Germany's culture minister Wednesday called on the nation's museums to ensure they are not housing any art looted by the Nazis.

Ukraine takes down 1,320 Lenin statues in move away from Soviet past

Ukraine has taken down 1,320 statues of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin and renamed 51,500 streets in the last year as part of a sweeping transition away from its communist past, the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance said Tuesday.

Stolen Old Masters' paintings recovered in Ukraine to return to Italy

A collection of 17 Old Masters' paintings, stolen from a museum in Italy last year and later recovered in Ukraine, was due to return home on Wednesday, the Italian ministry for culture said in a statement.

Rade Serbedzija and Vanessa Redgrave to perform in Zagreb on Thursday

Actor and musician Rade Serbedzija will give a concert at Zagreb's Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall on Thursday December 22, when he will be joined onstage by famous British theatre, film and television actress Vanessa Redgrave.

Ukraine moves to ban imports of Russian books

The import of Russian books into Ukraine would be sharply limited under new legislation passed in the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday.

Young Croatian violinist Blaskovic performs at Carnegie Hall

Young Croatian violinist Carolina Blaskovic  (20) gave a solo concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on 27 November.

Croatia Winter Music Festival, multigaming tournament in Zagreb's Arena during New Year holidays

The Croatia Winter Music Festival will take place in Zagreb from 31 December to 6 January, and the event is expected to attract some 10,000 guests in the Croatian capital.

Fund announced to protect cultural heritage in conflict zones

France, the United Arab Emirates and almost 40 other countries and international organizations launched a fund on Saturday to protect cultural heritage at risk from conflict and extremism.

Museum of tastes opens in Osijek

A museum of tastes was formally opened in Osijek by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Friday on the occasion of marking Osijek City Day.

Falconry, yoga added to world intangible cultural heritage list

Falconry and yoga are among a number of pursuits that have been added to a list of the world's intangible cultural heritage, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday.

Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza wins Cervantes Prize

Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza has won the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honour.

Israeli Film Week to take place in Zagreb

The eighth edition of the Israeli Film Week will take place at Zagreb's Europa Cinema from November 30 to December 4.

Book fair to take place in Pula 1-11 Dec

The 22nd edition of the book fair in Pula called "Dreamlike Book Fair in Istria" will open on Thursday, 1 December and run through 11 December, organisers of this event said at a news conference in Pula on Monday.

FM says Austria looking forward to culture year with Croatia

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday that Austria was looking forward to 2017 as the year of culture between Austria and Croatia.

Culture minister says 2020 unique chance to promote Croatia

Croatia will have a unique opportunity to promote its culture and art in 2020 as chair of the Council of the European Union and with the northern Adriatic city of Rijeka as the European Capital of Culture, Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek said in Brussels on Tuesday. 

Nearly 40,000 people attend Theare Night

The 8th edition of Theatre Night was held on Saturday evening in 46 Croatian cities and towns in which approximately 38,000 people saw 145 shows, organisers of the event reported on Sunday.

Trump calls for apology after Broadway actors' protest to US VP-elect

US president-elect Donald Trump called for an apology from the cast of the hit Broadway show Hamilton on Saturday after the actors expressed their anxiety to his deputy Mike Pence, who was attending a performance.

8th European Theatre Night to be held on Nov 19

This year's European Theatre Night, to be held on November 19 in as many as 86 institutions in 46 towns across Croatia, will feature a record high 145 plays, including four premieres, which theatre goers will be able to see free of charge.

7 Zagreb Film Festival titles nominated for European Oscar

The Zagreb Film Festival will take place on 12-20 November, and  as many as seven titles to be screened during the festival have been nominated for the  European Film Awards (EFA).

Book in the focus of Interliber

Interliber, the central annual event involving publishing and books in the Croatian capital will be held on 8-13 November.

World Heritage Committee adopts controversial Jerusalem resolution

UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Wednesday voted to approve a resolution criticized by Israel as ignoring Jewish ties to a key holy site in Jerusalem, the second such decision approved by the UN body in a month.

Interliber to be held in Zagreb 8-13 Nov.

The 39th edition of Interliber, an international book and teaching appliances fair, will take place in the Zagreb Zaagreb Fair (ZV), from 8 to 13 November, Zoran Usuric of the organising team, told Hina on Wednesday.

German orchestra invites Erdogan to performance genocide piece

A leading German orchestra has invited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to a performance of a controversial piece of music about the Ottoman Empire's killing of ethnic Armenians and other Christians a century ago.

World's highest cathedral at risk amid stream of public urination

A stream of men relieving themselves on the world's highest cathedral - the Ulm Minster in the southern German city of Ulm - continues unabated despite the imposition of fines, endangering the building's integrity, city officials warn.

Bob Dylan website drops reference to Nobel Prize in Literature

US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's official website has removed a reference to his Nobel Prize in Literature, news reports said Friday.

Obuljen Korzinek takes over as Minister of Culture

Nina Obuljen Korzinek took over from Zlatko Hasanbegovic as Croatia's Minister of Culture at a ceremony on Thursday, announcing that one of her first moves would be to appoint directors of several cultural institutions and to begin talks on next year's budget.

UNESCO adopts controversial resolution despite Israeli objections

UNESCO formally adopted a controversial resolution on Tuesday that Israel says seeks to erase Jewish ties to a key Jerusalem holy site, according to a spokeswoman for the UN body.

Israel to consider resuming UNESCO ties if resolution vote cancelled

Israel's education minister on Tuesday said he would "consider resuming professional ties" with UNESCO if the organization decides to cancel a vote on a draft resolution that Israel says seeks to erase Jewish ties to a key Jerusalem holy site.

Israel in UNESCO row about Jerusalem, as UN to discuss settlements

Israel's education minister on Friday ordered the suspension of "all professional activities" with UNESCO, after the organization moved a draft resolution the day before, which Israel says seeks to deny Jewish ties to a key Jerusalem holy site.

Israel enraged after UNESCO text disputes Judaism link to holy sites

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried UNESCO's decision on Thursday to adopt a resolution that disputes the link between Judaism and several hot-spot holy sites in Jerusalem.

Croatian Book Month to start on 15 Oct

The Croatian Book Month, a national programme promoting reading as an activity of great social value and the book as a cultural asset, will have an official launch on Saturday, 15 October, in Sibenik which is observing 950 years since the first mention of its name.

Bob Dylan wins surprise Nobel Prize in Literature

US folk icon Bob Dylan was the surprise choice for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature announced Thursday by the Swedish Academy.

Croatian MEP organises conference on Dubrovnik in EP

Croatian member of the European Parliament Dubravka Suica organised a conference in Brussels on Wednesday entitled "Dubrovnik: Valorisation of Croatian Intangible Cultural Heritage in the European Context."

Croatia to promote fledgling authors at Frankfurt Book Fair

Selected young Croatian authors will appear at this year's Frankfurt International Book Fair on October 19-23 under the motto "They're coming

White Night cultural event held for second time in Zagreb

The "White Night" event, featuring various cultural happenings at 18 different locations in Zagreb, including free exhibitions, performances, visual installations and dance workshops, was held in the Croatian capital on Saturday.  

HND says 280 journalists in non-profit media left without income

The termination of a Culture Ministry grant programme for non-profit media, which over the past three years has strengthened the third media sector, has left 280 journalists without any income on the last day of September, the Croatian Journalists Association (HND) said in a statement on Saturday, urging the next culture minister to find solutions to "burning problems in the media field."

Paris weighs setting up outdoor area for nudists

The French capital may be known for its well-heeled residents, but those seeking a non-sartorial experience could soon get an alternative to clothes: Paris approved a proposal to set up its first outdoor nudist area.

Obama dedicates new museum devoted to African American heritage

US President Barack Obama on Saturday opened a new museum in Washington that tells the history of African American life in the United States, starting with slavery and culminating with his 2008 election as the country's first black president.

Obama calls for Trump to have history lesson on African Americans

US President Barack Obama thinks Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump could benefit from a history lesson the challenges overcome by African Americans as Washington prepares to mark the opening of the National Museum of African American History and culture on Saturday.

Photos about Russia to be staged in Museum of Arts and Crafts

An exhibition called "Russia: Life, Places, Moments" will be staged in the Zagreb-based Museum of Arts and Crafts on Thursday and run through 9 October, and on the eve of the official opening Russian Ambassador Anvar Azimov said that the exhibition represented a small part of his country.

Hasanbegovic: Croatian and HDZ policies free of extremism

Croatia's caretaker Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said on Tuesday that there was no extremism either in the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) or in Croatia's society and therefore no one should impose a legacy of so-called extremism in Croatian politics.

Literary festival "Europe In The Yard" to promote writers in Zagreb this autumn

The fourth edition of of the literary festival  "Europea u Dvoristu" ("Europe In The Yard") organised by the Ljevak publishing company will take place in Zagreb this autumn and winter, the publishing company has stated.

Chinese dance and theatre group to perform at Zagreb Youth Theatre

The Zagreb Youth Theatre opens the new season with performances by the Caochangdi Workstation/Living Dance Studio, an independent Chinese dance and theatre group, on September 27-29.

Zagreb Film Festival to be held Nov. 12-20

The 14th edition of the Zagreb Film Festival (ZFF) will take place in the Croatian capital from November 12 to 20 , with screenings at the Europa and Tuskanac cinemas.

Destroyed sites from Iraq, Syria revived in Rome's Colosseum

With the help of digital technology and 3D printing, experts in Italy on Thursday presented their recreations of three historical monuments destroyed by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Alberto Giacometti's sculptures and drawings to be exhibited in Zagreb

Works of a world-known Swiss artist, Alberto Giacometti, including his sculpture "L’Homme qui marche I" (The Walking Man) will be staged in the Art Pavilion in Zagreb from 21 September to 8 January 2017.

Trash Film Festival to take place in Varazdin 7-10 Sept.

The 11th edition of the Trash Film Festival will take place in the northern Croatian city of Varazdin on 7-10 September.

World Literature Festival starting in Zagreb and Split

The fourth annual edition of the World Literature Festival will be held in Zagreb and Split on September 4-11 with the focus on Italian authors and literature.

People's Coalition presents its cultural platform

"Culture is freedom, it is a right to be different, it's a risk, an adventure, a search for what is not clearly defined in you," SDP leader Zoran Milanovic told a rally of some 100 supporters.

Over 265,000 stroll Varazdin streets during Spancirfest

The 18th edition of the Spancirfest festival was held in Varazdin on 19-28 August under the slogan "Activate Your Creativity", and over 265,000 guests visited that northern city during this outdoor festival that featured 500 events, including some 50 concerts.

Zagreb to host 14th World Theatre Festival on Sept. 9-21

Zagreb will host the 14th World Theatre Festival on September 9-21, starting with "The Marriage of Maria Brown", performed at the Croatian National Theatre (HNK) on the 9th by Berlin's Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz under the direction of Thomas Ostermeier.

Dubrovnik's Midsummer Scene Festival to tour globe

Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream has been included as the main feature of Dubrovnik's Midsummer Scene to be presented in the Viennese English Theatre during Advent and will be performed every night from 7 November to 22 December.

"On the other side" Croatian entry for Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film

On the Other Side, a film directed by Zrinko Ogresta and produced by Interfilm, has been selected as the Croatian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Renaissance Festival taking place in Koprivnica

The 11th edition of the of the Renaissance Festival started in the northern Croatian town of Koprivnica on Saturday with a procession of costumed participants along the city's medieval fortress walls.

Dimensions festival starts in Pula with Massive Attack concert

The 5th edition of the Dimensions festival started in the Croatian coastal city of Pula on Wednesday night with the opening concert of Massive Attack that attracted several thousand people in the Arena amphitheatre.

Milanovic: Culture is not a military march

The SDP leader said it was important to send out the message that culture "is not a military march", "conducted by commissaries in leather coats who carry mausers and lugers, but a space of freedom and realisation."

Jazz festival to be held on island of Rab in Sept

The first edition of jazz festival will be held on the northern Croatian island of Rab from 8 to 11 September.

Historic warehouses in Bulgarian "tobacco town" gutted in fire

A massive fire has destroyed four historic warehouses in the old quarter of Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city that was named the European capital of culture for 2019.

Performance by Croat theatre highly acclaimed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The play titled "Murdered Artists' Society" performed by an amateur theatre group "Daska Theatre and Nomads of Beauty" from Sisak, Croatia, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has won high acclaims from the audience and critics alike.

Eighth Serbian Culture Days in Istria begin

The Eighth Serbian Culture Days in Istria were opened in Pula on Tuesday with an exhibition of works by artists from Leskovac and food-tasting.

Tenth edition of Vukovar Film Festival set for Aug 22 - 27

The tenth edition of the Vukovar Film Festival (VFF) - Festival of Danubian Countries taking place August 22nd to 27th will premiere some of the best recent European and world film productions with the highlight being the premiere of Pedro Almodovar's latest production - Julieta.

Sydney's iconic Opera House set for 150-million-dollar makeover

The Sydney Opera House, Australia's top tourist attraction, is set to receive a 150-million-dollar renovation over the next six years, the state government said Thursday.

French city cancels renowned market festival over terrorism concerns

The northern French city of Lille cancelled Friday its annual Braderie street market festival, citing security concerns after a series of terrorist attacks that have shaken the country.

Last Minute Open Jazz Festival in Bale on Aug 1-4

The Last Minute Open Jazz Festival in Bale will take place in this small town in the heart of Istria on August 1-4, organisers announced.

Two more sculptures made by Dina Merhav set up in Vinkovci

Two new sculptures from the opus "Flying Birds" by Israeli sculptor Dina Merhav  were set up in a park in the eastern Croatian city of Vinkovci where this Israeli artist was born in 1936.

Leonardo di Caprio brings Robin Hood to Dubrovnik

The largest ever film production in Croatian history is set to be filmed in Dubrovnik in 2017 “Robin Hood: Origins.”

World Heritage Committee sceptical about Palmyra's 3D replicas

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee is sceptical about plans to rebuild the ancient site of Palmyra with a three-dimensional facsimile after parts of it were destroyed in the Syrian civil war.

67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival opens

The 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival opened on Sunday evening with the raising of the festival's Libertas flag to the verses of A Hymn to Liberty by 17th century Croatian poet Ivan Gundulic.

Last day for visitors to walk on water at Christo's Floating Piers

An installation by renowned artist Christo, which allows people to walk on the waters of a northern Italian lake, was due to close Sunday, after attracting more than twice the number of visitors organizers had expected.

Croatia, Albania sign cultural cooperation agreement

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasenbegovic and Albanian Culture Minister Mirela Kumbaro Furxhi in Zagreb on Friday signed an agreement regulating the two countries' cultural cooperation for the 2016-2019 period.

Hamilton wins big at Tony Awards, but falls short of breaking record

New York (dpa) - The Broadway hit musical Hamilton won big at the 70th Tony Awards on Sunday, sweeping in the highest distinction for achievements in US live theatre in 11 categories.

Exhibition of drawings by Alvaro Siza and his wife opens in Zagreb

Drawings by world-famous Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza and his wife Maria Siza, who died in 1973, opened in the Oris House of Architecture in Zagreb on Saturday.

Finkielkraut: I signed petition against Hasanbegovic because of his historical revisionism

"I am here to express solidarity with all Croatians who regard the fact that Hasanbegovic is at the helm of the Ministry of Culture as a shameful act," the French intellectual told a press conference.

Three members of cultural council for book publishing industry resign

Three members of the Culture Ministry's council for the book publishing industry - Nadezda Cacinovic, Gordana Crnkovic and Neven Jovanovic - have tendered their resignations to their posts in the council. 

Underground world of women priests exposed in Rome poster campaign

Hot on the heels of Pope Francis' announcement that the ranks of deacons may be opened up to women, photographs of females rebelling against the all-male priesthood are due to appear in the streets around the Vatican.

Hasanbegovic rejects Ustasha ideology in interview with Le Monde

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde that he did not feel sorry for the Ustasha regime and that criticisms against him were a result of post-communism in Croatia.

After attacks, Brussels' culture institutes struggle to draw visitors

For Brussels' artistic and cultural institutions, the effects of the attacks in the Belgian capital earlier this year remain palpable. With museum openings pushed back and visitors staying away, the situation has prompted talk of financial aid from the government.

Hungary and Croatia ink cultural cooperation deal

Hungarian Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog and the visiting Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic on Monday signed a bilateral agreement on cultural cooperation in the 2016-2018 period.

Croatian Culture Minister on visit to Hungary

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic is paying an official visit to Hungary on 23-25 May at the invitation from Hungarian Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog, and the two ministers will sign a bilateral agreement on cultural cooperation ....