Tuesday, 20 April 2021

VukovART 2021 to Return Art, Culture and Joy to the City of Vukovar

April 20, 2021 - With a five-year tradition already in place, VukovART 2021 promises a month of fun and exciting activities for Vukovar with visual eye candy as souvenirs to last.

A unique concept in the culture and art of Vukovar, the VukovART festival will be held from May 15 all the way to June 15, writes HRTurizam.  

With a five-year tradition, the streets and squares of Vukovar will once again host numerous exhibitions and workshops, debates, children's programs, film, and literary programs, panel discussions, colorful lectures, and concerts. This event, organized by the City of Vukovar and Val Kulture association, co-financed by the European Social fund, promotes Vukovar as a Port of Art, changing the visual identity of the city making it a beautiful place to live. In addition to the local community, tourists also enjoy the eye candy of the city's open-air gallery. Artists Boa Mistura (Spain), BustArt (Switzerland), Jana Brike (Latvia), Mr Woodland (Germany), Victor Splash (Russia), Artez (Serbia), Juandres Vera (Mexico), Kerim Musanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Marion Ruthardt from (Germany), and Croatia's own Forest are ten artists who will come this year to give their contribution to the growing visual content of the city.

The festival will be opened by a beloved Croatian band Vatra (Fire), with performances of Mia Dimšić, musical composition CLUE, and vocal composition Watercolor in the following days too. During every larger event of the festival, „a superb craft scene and street food“ offers will be offered to visitors too. 


© VukovArt - Art Harbour

Famous Croatian singer from Psihomodo Pop with a neck in painting as well, Davor Gobac will exhibit his paintings and also host Motivational and Art Workshop for children.

„There will also be an active weekend led by the Vukovar Half Marathon, and for a slightly more relaxing activity, a bicycle race will be organized to tour previous works of art“, says HRTurizam article.

Domagoj Jakopović Ribafish, Dusan Bučan, and Robert Knjaz will host travel lectures and the full program and more details can be found on VukovART official website and on social networks.  

Learn more about Croatia's festivals on our TC page.  

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Monday, 9 November 2020

Koncar Presents First Tram for Latvia as Part of €18 mn Project

ZAGREB, November 9. 2020 - Croatia's Koncar Electric Vehicles company on Monday presented the first of the 12 low-floor trams for the city of Liepaja in Latvia, and the value of the two contracts for those trams is about €18 million.

Co-operation started in November 2018, when the first contract for the delivery of six low-floor trams was signed, while the second contract, for six more trams, was signed in August 2020. Eigthy-five percent of the procurement is financed by EU funds.

The President of the Managing Board of Koncar Electric Vehicles, Josip Ninic, said that in addition to Koncar Group companies other entrepreneurs from Croatia also participated in the project.

Despite the difficult epidemiological conditions, including suppliers, especially those outside Croatia, being late, the tram was finished on time, Ninic said.

"These contracts are the confirmation of our focus on export, as well as of our competitiveness and quality," he stressed.

The sixth tram, the last one from the first contract, will be delivered in May 2021, while the trams from the second contract will be delivered from October 2021 to April 2022.

Ivan Bahun, Deputy President of the Managing Board and President of the Supervisory Board, said that Koncar had earlier successfully produced and delivered 142 low-floor trams for the City of Zagreb, a project that had been entrusted to Koncar as the leader of the Crotram consortium following an international tender.

Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic said that 60 low-floor trams that had been promised to Zagreb citizens had not yet been done. He expects they could be produced in the next four years.

He said that he was proud that the tram would be sent to Latvia, which is the first time Koncar's tram was going outside Croatia.