Tuesday, 26 October 2021

10th Hideout Festival Announces Huge Return to Zrće Beach in 2022

October 26, 2021 - The 10th Hideout festival will return to Zrće beach next July, 12 years after the electronic music festival was first held on the island of Pag. 

After two years away due to the pandemic, July 3rd to 7th, 2022 will see Hideout Festival pull out all the stops to serve up a long-awaited 10th edition of the festival like no other. 12 years after kick-starting the clubbing revolution that has since unfolded on the gorgeous beaches of Croatia, Hideout continues to lead from the front with five fantastic stages of diverse music from first wave headliners Camelphat, Sonny Fodera, Andy C, Jamie Jones, Jayda G, Eats Everything, Skream, Sam Divine, HAAi, Horse Meat Disco, Sherelle, Shy FX, TSHA, Bad Boy Chiller Crew and loads more. Ticket Prices start at £ 149 + BF and can be booked from October 28th for a £ 50 deposit at https://hideoutfestival.com. There are also several flight, coach, and accommodation packages making the festival extremely accessible.

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Over the last 12 years, Hideout has grown from reasonably humble roots into one of the flagship summer festivals in Europe. It's a place where young, playful, and style-conscious music lovers gather to cut loose, look good and have plenty of fun at high-energy parties. But it’s also serious about music and tastefully brings together a wealth of beach vibes, boat parties, day parties, and exclusive headline shows across five stunning open-air venues. They are the world-renowned Papaya, Aquarius, Noa, Kalypso, and the intimate Euphoria stages, and between them, they boast sun-soaked wooden terraces, plenty of thematic production, mesmeric lights, world-class sound systems, and uninterrupted views of the glistening Adriatic.

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The line-up this year is supersized even by Hideout’s high standards. It is another celebration of all genres from disco to techno, drum & bass to garage and house music with legendary pioneers next to red hot breakout acts. For those who like their cutting-edge underground sounds, there is plenty to look forward to from scene leaders such as Ninja Tune's Jayda G, rising superstar TSHA, and recent Fabric mix entrant and techno innovators Overmono. For house heads, there are the likes of GRAMMY winners Camelphat, Aussie house maestro Sonny Fodera, bass lover Eats Everything, and Hideout favs like Solardo, Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Sam Divine, Richy Ahmed, Krystal Klear, and many more. 

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For party-starting beats and breaks look no further than the thrilling breakout star Sherelle, plus returning legend Skream and the social media sensations that are Northern rap kings Bad Boy Chiller Crew. DnB, garage and all things bass are covered by titans including Andy C, Dimension, Shy FX, Holy Goof, Jaguar, My Nu Leng, and Flava D. There are plenty more shades and sounds covered from every corner of the spectrum with more to come, so whatever you are into, Hideout has you covered in 2022. 

As well as the wealth of musical offerings and carefully curated line-ups, the whole of Zrce Beach becomes a hotbed of entertainment where you can plan your own adventure. For adrenaline junkies, there are plenty of options to keep your pulse racing for the full five days including water sports, banana boats, jet skis, pedalos, the famous Bungee Jump, massages on the beach, and plenty of rental options including quads, boats, and pedalos in Novalja.

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Hideout Festival 2022 promises to raise the bar once more. It will be a much-needed return to open-air dancing in the natural beauty of Zcre Beach with a world-class soundtrack. There is a reason it is one of Europe's most loved festivals, now it's your turn to find out why. 

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Traditional Potravlje Pottery Workshop Hosted by Sinj Tourist Board (VIDEO)

October 26, 2021 - Traditional Potravlje pottery was again in the spotlight in Sinj thanks to an educational workshop led by Ivan Knezović.

On Friday, October 21, 2021, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the Museum of Cetina Krajina - Sinj, and the City of Sinj, organized two educational workshops for children and adults about traditional hand wheel pottery from Potravlje.

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Željko Zrnčić

After last year's break, and due to increased interest, for the sixth time, several workshops were organized. As in previous years, the workshop for children was held in cooperation with the kindergarten "Bili Cvitak" and Mrs. Ana Glavinović, who assisted Ivan Knezović in making objects from clay. At the end of the workshop, the proud little participants took their handicrafts with them to decorate the premises of the kindergarten. This year, the students of the 4th grade of the Technical and Industrial School of Ruđer Bošković, who participated in the school project Research of Cultural Heritage under the mentorship of Professor Branimir Romac, also joined the workshops.

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Željko Zrnčić

Ivan Knezović, who regularly leads these educational workshops, is also among the last to engage in this traditional craft. Traditional hand pottery from Potravlje has had the status of an intangible cultural property since 2013. Accordingly, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia nominated it for the protection of UNESCO.

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Željko Zrnčić

It is imperative to preserve this segment of traditional culture and continue living by passing it on to younger generations. With this goal in mind, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, holds workshops on Traditional hand pottery from Potravlje. Due to the large number of participants who wanted to try to make valuable objects and successfully implement all epidemiological measures, the workshops were held from 16:00 to 20:30.

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Željko Zrnčić

In the introductory part, Danijela Petričević Banović, curator of the Museum of the Cetina Region in Sinj, gave an interesting and instructive lecture on traditional pottery. This was followed by a presentation and guidance of Ivan Knezović through the stages of preparation and processing of clay to the final pottery. Anyone who expressed a desire and interest could participate in making pottery under his expert guidance. Workshop participants received unique souvenirs personally made by the leader, Ivan Knezović, and the youngest participants received small gifts and gingerbread as souvenirs.

In addition to these workshops, in the musical part of the evening, members of the Association for the Preservation of Heritage of the Cetina Region and KUD Dicmo performed traditional melodies of ojkavica: male and female rera, which is also on the list of intangible heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.

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Željko Zrnčić

You can see the production process and scenes from the workshop below:

 

This workshop is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia. The Sinj Tourist Board genuinely thanked everyone who helped them in the realization of this project.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Osijek, Hajduk, and Slaven Belupo First to Secure Croatian Cup Quarterfinals

October 26, 2021 - The Croatian Cup quarterfinals began on Tuesday, with the first teams securing their spot in the next round of the competition. 

Osijek was the first to advance to the Croatian Cup quarterfinals, topping second division team Rudeš 2:0 (0:0) in Zagreb.

After a more reserved first half, Osijek increased the tempo in the second half and deservedly won. The goals were scored by Ivan Fiolić and Ramon Mierez in the second half. Osijek coach Nenad Bjelica can be satisfied because Argentine Mierez scored after a long time. 

Hajduk advanced to the Cup quarterfinals with a convincing 5:1 (2:1) away victory against the third division team Belišće.

The triple scorer for Hajduk was Marko Livaja (4', 56', 68'), two goals were added by Marin Ljubičić (35', 58'), while the only goal for the home team was scored by Silvio Anočić (5').

Hajduk's second goalkeeper Danijel Subašić had his first appearance in an official match after almost two years. The former Croatia goalkeeper and 2018 World Cup finalist last stood in goal in an official match for Monaco in December 2019, playing against Lille. His last official appearance for Hajduk before this was in December 2011.

After Osijek and Hajduk, Slaven Belupo also qualified for the Croatian Cup quarterfinals. 

In the only round of 16 match between two first league teams, the Koprivnica club beat Šibenik at Šubićevac after a penalty shootout (1:1, 6:4).

The game was 1:1 in the first 120 minutes of play, thanks to two penalties. Belupo took the lead in the 68th minute (Krstanović), while Ćurić equalized for the hosts in the 92nd minute. Belupo showed more skill on penalties, scored all five shots from the penalty spot, and advanced to the quarterfinals 6:4 (1:1).

BSK - Dinamo, Gorica - Mladost Ždralovi, Rudar Labin - Istra 1961, and Varaždin - Lokomotiva will play on Wednesday, while Oriolik and Rijeka will play on November 13.

The quarterfinal draw will be held on Friday.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Zagreb to Disburse HRK 22M in Aid to Quake-Damaged Family Houses in 2021

ZAGREB, 26 October, 2021 - Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević said on Tuesday that 834 applications were received in a second call for financial support to repair earthquake damaged houses and that about HRK 22 million will have been disbursed for that purpose until the end of 2021.

Tomašević announced that there would be a third call advertised and that the total amount would climb to about HRK 30 million.

Deputy Mayor Danijela Dolenec announced the forming of a task force to organise and prepare this year's Advent in Zagreb fair.

Tomašević informed of the appointment of new management boards in city-run health institutions including the Srebrnjak children's hospital.

That means that the management board could meet soon and advertise a vacancy for the hospital director's position, added Tomašević.

New management boards have been appointed to the Sveti Duh Hospital, Zagreb East health clinic, the Polyclinic for Heart Disease and the Goljak hospital.

(1€= HRK 7.520005)

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Croatia's Coronavirus Update: 3,360 New Cases, 30 Deaths

ZAGREB, 26 October, 2021 - In the last 24 hours, Croatia has conducted 10,761 coronavirus tests and 31.2% of them (3,360) have turned out to be positive, the national COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Tuesday.

The COVID-related death toll has increased by 30 to 9,090.

Currently there are nearly 18,000 active cases, and of them 1,170 are receiving hospital treatment, including 139 patients placed on ventilators.

Since the first registered case of the infection with coronavirus in Croatia on 25 February 2020, a total of 3,048,235 tests have been conducted showing that 449,365 people have contracted the virus. Of them, 422,331 have recovered from the disease so far, including 2,031 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

Croatia has applied nearly 3.57 million vaccine doses against this disease under its vaccine rollout plan, and to date 52.58% of adult citizens have fully been vaccinated. 

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Entrepreneurs' Association Claims Health Reform Disastrous for Economy and Citizens

ZAGREB, 26 October, 2021 - The Voice of Entrepreneurs (UGP) association believes that the healthcare reform being proposed by Health Minister Vili Beroš is disastrous for Croatian entrepreneurs, citizens and the economy.

UGP is particularly critical towards the sections of the proposals that appeared in media reports on Monday according to which sick leave and maternity leave will not be paid by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO), and that young people under the age of 30 will lose the benefits they were entitled to until now.

"The question is who is going to pay for sick leave and maternity leave if the HZZO were to stop paying these allowances? Naturally, they once again want to pass everything on to entrepreneurs and citizens who are overburdened in any case. We consider that this is an absurd proposal because this health reform will probably additionally burden entrepreneurs who are already paying too much for unnecessary tax contributions," UGP said in a press release.

UGP underscored that it is "senseless" for entrepreneurs to pay for the first 42 days of an employee's sick leave, as they already pay a contribution of 16.5% on gross salaries for health insurance.

Singling out parts of health reform distorts the picture, says minister

Health Minister Vili Beroš on Monday commented on media reports that as part of the health reform, the highest participation fee would be raised and that sick leave would not be paid by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund, saying that singling out parts of the reform created a distorted picture.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

ECA Warns of Risk of Delay in EU Funds Absorption

ZAGREB, 26 October, 2021 - The European Court of Auditors (ECA) on Tuesday warned of the risk of delays in the absorption of funding for the 2021-2027 financial period due to a significant increase in funds compared to the previous period.

"In view of the great challenges that lie ahead of us, we must remain even more vigilant about the financial soundness of the EU”, said ECA President Klaus-Heiner Lehne was quoted as saying.

"Over the next seven years, the EU will spend significantly more than in the previous programme period."

During the next seven years, the Union will have €1.8 trillion at its disposal.

In addition to the revised multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2021-2027, worth €1.1 trillion, this also includes Next Generation EU recovery instruction of €750 billion, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, said ECA President Klaus-Heiner Lehne.

The European Court of Auditors on Tuesday released the annual report concerning the financial year 2020, the last year of the 2014-2020 period.

Since the funds from the previous programming period are being absorbed more slowly than planned, due to a late start of the implementation of the programme, auditors warn of the risk of this occurring again in this financial period.

By the end of 2020, the last year of the current seven-year budget, only 55% of the committed funds for the 2014-2020 period were absorbed. That led to an increase in outstanding commitments, which reached €303.2 billion by the end of 2020. The funds for this programming period can be used by the end of 2023.

Croatia doing well in terms of committed funds

Croatia is doing well in terms of committed funds, and by the start of October 2021 it had over 122% of committed funds compared to its allocation. However, it was one of the countries with the lowest absorption rate, with only Italy behind it, and Spain performing slightly better.

Croatia has a total of €10.731 billion at its disposal from the total envelope of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), and about 47% of that amount was absorbed by the end of 2020, while another €5 billion is to be disbursed.

Croatia's ECA Member, Ivana Maletić, said that as a new member Croatia hadn't had enough projects prepared in its first years of membership, but everything was speeding up now and a big jump in absorption was expected now. She cited as an example the construction of the Pelješac Bridge, which will increase absorption by as much as 20% once the funds for this year and next are disbursed.

The slowdown was partly due to coronavirus, and in Croatia also due to earthquakes, so some projects could not begin, Maletić told a press conference.

The ECA points out at its web site that "Member States’ absorption of the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds has continued to be slower than planned."

"By the end of 2020, the final year of the current seven-year budget, only 55 % of the agreed EU funding for the 2014-2020 period had been paid out. This has had the effect of inflating outstanding commitments, which reached €303.2 billion by the end of 2020, the equivalent of nearly two annual budgets."

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Losinj Hotels Take Home Awards for Wellness and Spa Offers

October the 26th, 2021 - Losinj hotels have been recognised once again for their wellness and spa offers, putting this beautiful part of Croatia firmly on the radar of those tourists who opt for that type of holiday, and there are more and more of them.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marta Duic writes, Losinj's popular Hotel Bellevue, a member of the luxury hotel brand Losinj Hotels & Villas, has climbed to the very ''top of the world'' when it comes to spa and wellness offers this year. The Spa Clinic Hotel Bellevue is the winner of the World’s Best Hotel Spa 2021, which has been being awarded by the World Spa Awards for six years in a row now with the aim of promoting and rewarding quality in the increasingly popular spa and wellness industry.

This Losinj hotel also won at the Europe’s Best Hotel Spa 2021 and Croatia’s Best Hotel Spa awards. In the same selection, Vitality Punta from Veli Losinj, another hotel from the Jadranka group, won the title of the best wellness hotel in all of Croatia.

For Losinj hotels, these aren't the only awards in tourism which were won throughout the month of October. As part of the fourteenth International Conference on Cultural Tourism in Europe, which was held on Thursday in Athens, the project of sustainable cultural tourism from Nerezinac camp, also in Losinj, was awarded.

At that conference organised by the European Cultural Tourism Network, this Losinj project won second place in the category "Archaeological Sites and Museums as Cultural Tourism Attractions".

The first place also went to another incredible Croatian museum, the Museum of Krapina Neanderthals and the Husnjakovo site, while the third place went to the City Museum of Zenica. According to the Tourist Board of the town of Mali Losinj, awards were given to various projects from all over Europe in five more categories.

Among the winners were other impressive Croatian museums, for example, the first place in the category "Walking Tourism and Slow Travel - Synergies with Cultural Tourism" was won by the Rab Archaeological Museum, and the Zagreb Chocolate Museum was also a hit.

For more, make sure to check out our dedicated business section.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Less Waste, More Recycling, Croatian South Still Lagging Behind North

October the 26th, 2021 - The Croatian south is still very much lagging behind the northern part of the country in terms of waste disposal, recycling and proper management.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak writes, the circular economy, ie waste management so that it is almost all completely recovered and reused as a raw material or fuel, has become a principle of development of the European Union's economy, which Croatia is trying to follow.

Ambitious EU targets call for at least 70 percent of municipal waste to be recycled by 2030, and for 2025 to ban the disposal of recyclable waste - plastics, metals, glass, paper, cardboard and biodegradable waste.

Problems in Zagreb...

Although official figures show that slightly more than 40 percent of waste is collected separately in Croatia, which is a prerequisite for recycling, skeptics say that less than 10 percent is actually recycled and recovered. Problems in the waste collection system are ubiquitous in Croatia, which we're able to witness every day with the example of Zagreb.

However, the current report on municipal waste from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development says that in 2020, 1.69 million tonnes of municipal waste was generated, or 418 kilograms per capita. This is a decrease of 6.5 percent compared to the year before, and the most significant reductions were recorded for mixed municipal and packaging waste.

According to the competent ministry, one of the significant factors that influenced the reduction of the total amount of generated municipal waste is the coronavirus pandemic, which significantly reduced the work of the service sector in 2020 - closing restaurants, less tourism, a huge reduction in the number of overnight stays, etc.

The continuous implementation of educational activities aimed at raising citizens' overall awareness of their role in generating and preventing waste has additionally contributed to all improvements. At the same time, investments were made in the infrastructure for the separate collection of municipal waste, such as containers for separate collection from the doorstep, the construction of recycling yards, the installation of containers for separate collection in public areas, the procurement of vehicles and the construction of more sorting plants.

The share of mixed municipal waste in the collected stood at 59 percent - 998,807 tonnes. The share of separately collected municipal waste was 41 percent (694,160 tonnes). Although this is a negligible increase of 4 percent, it still lags behind the estimated planned dynamics.

Back in 2020, there was also an increase in the number of local self-government units (LGUs) in which the separate collection of biowaste from communal waste was carried out. This activity was carried out in 35 percent of local self-government units, ie 192 of them.

''This mainly regards biodegradable waste from kitchens and canteens and waste from gardens and parks. This is 118,692 tonnes or 24 percent of total generated municipal biowaste. Compared to pre-pandemic 2019, this represnts an increase of 22 percent, which still lags behind the plan for achieving the national goal,'' they emphasised from the relevant ministry.

Recycling yards reported a total of 60,146 t of municipal waste, which is 25 percent more. Bulky waste (42 percent), wood waste (22 percent) and biowaste (8 percent) were collected the most. The highest rates of recovery of municipal waste collected under the organisation of local self-government units were recorded in Medjimurje County (47 percent), Koprivnica-Krizevci County (40 percent), Varazdin County (37 percent) and the City of Zagreb (36 percent), and the lowest was recorded in Lika-Senj County and Zadar County, with 3 percent each. This means that the Croatian south is still lagging quite a lot in this regard.

64,010 tonnes of municipal waste was received for composting in ten composting plants, and although the amount of compost didn't change when compared to 2019, there was a significant increase in the quantities received by 57 percent. During 2020, a total of 941.3 thousand tonnes or 56 percent of the total generated municipal waste ended up in landfills.

In addition to 56 percent of municipal waste being sent for disposal and 34 percent sent for recovery, 9 percent of municipal waste was sent to mechanical-biological waste treatment plants (MBO plants), while the remaining 1 percent went to some other pre-treatment procedures.

For more, check out our lifestyle section.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Croatian 2022 Tourist Season Threatened by Shortages, Price Hikes

October the 26th, 2021 - The Croatian 2022 tourist season could be threatened by something quite different than a global public health crisis, as was the case in 2020 and to a certain extent this year.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, the euphoria of a remarkably successful summer season this year has lasted for just a short time, after the pandemic, the next crisis looks set to hit tourism and is equally uncertain. Global increases in prices and the shortages of energy, goods, materials and products now pose new and very serious threats to the tourism business, and the consequences are only just beginning. The Croatian 2022 tourist season could now be more problematic than we thought.

So far, the rent a car business has been hardest hit, and it isn't much easier for agencies and the hospitality and catering sector, which not only cannot plan any of their prices, but also don't know whether they'll be able to deliver their services at all to a market in high demand by the time spring rolls around. If tourists manage to stay in hotels, eat dinner in a restaurant and rent a vehicle, in 2022 they could be paying very dearly for it.

"In normal years, this would be a period when deals are contracted with suppliers and customers, between large travel organisers, agencies, hotels and camps, package deals are defined, the need for transportation services are looked into, cars are procured for rent. The coronavirus pandemic shook up these processes, so there was no demand and it all came down to survival and cutting costs, and now we have a situation where we suddenly received demand, but it's very difficult to put together an offer,'' Boris Zgomba, the CEO of Uniline, the largest Croatian agency, warned.

Tourism across all segments will be equally affected by rising prices and delays in deliveries, ie shortages. As tourism is activity that unites a number of other industries, everything from food and beverages to transfers, charters, buses, hygiene products, packaging, furniture, and even basic things like towels will be called into question.

Since the winter is on its way to Croatia, for some these issues won't manifest themselves before the spring, and it's difficult to plan what the situation will be like by then for a multitude of reasons, epidemiological ones included. The primary issue here is that planning is precisely the key word for this sector, mostly in the pricing policy segment.

Service sellers are currently having the biggest problems because they have a situation where prices are changing on a daily basis, which means that the contracted prices, which was defined in normal times, is no longer realistic. They have no input for pricing, and if they try to protect themselves and set a price too high, they're at great risk of not being competitive. And if we want our guests to come on April the 1st and start with the pre-season, we should now have a calculation for our partners, so that they can form their own prices,'' explained Zgomba.

At the same time, from conversations with major travel organisers, it is learned that the demand for the Croatian 2022 tourist season will be high. Transport is a particularly important and very questionable thing for tourism in the coming period, either in terms of public transport or vehicle rental. At the moment, it's uncertain how the offer and prices of airlines, from scheduled flights to charters, as well as buses and transfer organisers, will move in the weeks and months ahead of us.

Kresimir Dobrilovic, the founder and director of Carwiz, revealed that due to the supply crisis across the entire European market, prices are now not being negotiated at all. Winter will pass in relative peace due to reduced demand, but spring is already very close.

"Vehicle importers don't have concrete information for next year, and those who will have cars are already announcing higher prices, which entails higher prices for all other vehicle purchase costs. News like this about the closure of the Skoda plant in the Czech Republic worries us even more. The prices of car rental services have skyrocketed and this is not good for a market where there's now demand. Many car rental companies are turning to the alternative of using more used cars in the fleet, but this won't help us much because there aren't enough of these vehicles either. The same is true throughout Europe,'' Dobrilovic said.

"Now we have a situation where prices change three to four times in one day. That's why it's very difficult to say what the rental prices will be in 2022, but we can expect them to be much different than they were before the pandemic,'' said the owner of Carwiz.

For more on the Croatian 2022 tourist season, check out our dedicated travel section.

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