Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Milk: First Gay Bar in Dubrovnik to Open this Weekend

May 3, 2022 - The first gay bar in Dubrovnik will open its doors on Saturday, May 7! 

Ever since it was announced that 'Milk,' the first gay bar in Dubrovnik, will be located on Marojice Kaboge Street in the historic center, there has been a lot of buzz. The comments are mostly positive, which is not surprising when Dubrovnik has long been known as a gay-friendly city. Among the shortcomings, Dubrovnik lacks somewhere the LGBT population could gather, reports Slobodna Dalmacija

Enter Milk, opening this Saturday in Dubrovnik at 8 pm, with an offer that will be more diverse than other bars in the city.

"The name was inspired by Harvey Milk, an American politician and activist who fought for the rights of gays. Milk is the first public homosexual to be elected to public office in California or San Francisco. After all, the name is effective and easy to remember for both locals and foreigners," explains the co-owner of Dubrovnik's first gay bar, Vicko Lazo.

Due to limited space and narrow and dead-end streets, approximately 150 people will be invited to attend the opening. As Vicko Lazo points out, the program will be started by cellist Ana Rucner, and the main performer will be a surprise. 

"We won't reveal everything. It will be a music and dance spectacle. This official part of the program lasts until 9:30 pm when the facility opens to the public," says Lazo and notes:

"This bar is intended for the LGBT community. It is designed that way, and we stick to the plan and profile ourselves as a gay bar. Many ask if heterosexuals are welcome? Everyone who spreads love and tolerance and has good intentions without any prejudices and condemnations is welcome because 'Milk' is a place that spreads freedom, love, and happiness."

Asked how the opening of the first official gay bar in Dubrovnik and Dalmatia has aroused so much public interest, Lazo said:

"At the moment, we are mostly focused on the opening and the program, so we are not even aware of how many people are talking about it and how they anticipate the opening. Incredible! The comments of the younger population are mostly positive, and some people find it difficult to accept. We are different, so our views are so different. One should not enter into it or condemn it, but respect everyone's right to their own opinion."

In addition to professional staff and signature cocktails, DJs will enhance the mood every night. Various themed parties will be organized, including drag queen performances, as an artistic expression to bar performances.

Since caterers are struggling to find a workforce, which is especially pronounced this season, the co-owner of Milk commented on their status:

"It was not a problem; we even had to make a selection. Open-minded people know that the gay population brings good and quality guests. Many girls have contacted us for work, so the team is mixed; there are both women and men."

He points out that the restaurant looks superb and has been renovated and refurbished in record time, in just three months. He emphasizes that one of the owners, Dubrovnik caterer Tomislav Ivušić, is most responsible for the design and details in the space, along with two top architects.

"We put a lot into the design, and it looks great. The best London members club, "Annabel's" by the famous architect Martin Brudnizki was our starting point, so this space is dominated by mirrors, velvet, colorful flowers, animal patterns - and that's just part of the details.

In this whole story, we mainly focused on air conditioning and ventilation where it is not intended for smoking, especially the sound system, sound insulation, and lighting," says Ivušić, who decided on this business move because he does not doubt its success. He revealed how he came up with the idea and finally brought it to life. 

"On one occasion, I heard a guest comment, "whoever opens a gay bar in Dubrovnik will make it," and I did not immediately attach importance. On one occasion, Vicko said that such a bar is lacking in the city, which is a favorite of the gay population.

After all, it is surprising how many members of the LGBT community visit Dubrovnik even out of season. I also have gay friends who often say that we don't have a gay bar. Through talking to business partners, we concluded, “let’s open a gay bar.” Everything else is history," says Ivušić and continues:

"Now, so many people come to me and say, "I thought about this 5-10 years ago", and they probably did - but they did not dare to make it happen. I believe that when a man is confident in what he is, in his sexual orientation, there is no reason to be afraid of anything else.

All those men who spit talk about it with contempt and fear; more and more, I think they’re not sure about themselves and their sexuality. Maybe they are afraid that they will not like it," the Dubrovnik caterer said.

He adds that it was necessary to renovate the space, equip the premises and find staff, and now it is up to colleagues to do the work. He also mentions that they asked the City to rent the public space in front of the bar, which is at the end of the dead-end, but they are still waiting for an answer.

So, what is expected of Dubrovnik's exclusive gay bar? Ivušić answered briefly - "a good season."

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Monday, 28 June 2021

2020 Sees 0.3% Drop in Cow Milk Collected

ZAGREB, 28 June 2021 - In 2020, the quantity of cow milk collected in Croatia fell by 0.3% on the year to 434,230 tonnes, according to the national statistical office (DZS).

After years of marked decreases, a certain stabilisation in the purchase of milk from farmers can be noticed, the Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food (HAPIH) says in a 2020 report.

Official statistics show the quantity of cow milk collected has been decreasing since 2015, with the largest decrease registered in 2018, by 4.9% from 2017.

According to the DZS, 2020 saw increases in sheep and goat milk collected, with 2,821 tonnes of sheep milk (+7.1%) and 4,055 tonnes of goat milk (+1.6%).

Statistics on milk and dairy production show the production of drinking milk in 2020 dropped by 5% to 281,820 tonnes on the year. Cream production dropped by 6.7% to 33,033 tonnes, butter production by 17.4% to 3,515 tonnes, cow milk cheese by 6.2% to 31,373 tonnes and fermented products by 5.5% to 89,522 tonne.

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Monday, 8 June 2020

Small Dairy Farms In Hardhsip Receive Hrk 2.5 Mn In Assistance

ZAGREB, June 8, 2020 - The Ministry of Agriculture has informed that the call for applications for assistance for small dairy farms as a temporary measure due to difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been closed as the foreseen amount of HRK 2.5 million earmarked for that measure has been expended.

The ministry said on its web site that as of June 5 no more applications will be received for this temporary measure that was introduced to relieve the impact of the novel coronavirus on small dairy farmers.

The measure has been implemented since April 2 by withdrawing dairy products from the market and buying them up from farmers and distributing these products free of charge to those in need. The measure related to small dairy farms that in 2019 had bought and processed less than 14 million litres of milk in that year.

The financial aid was used by eight small dairy farms and to date, a total of 175,987 kilograms of products had been bought up for an amount of HRK 2.5 million, which was equal to the original amount foreseen for this measure.

The distribution of milk and dairy products is still continuing and to date, 143,789 kilograms of products have been distributed to 59 registered intermediaries that donate food to food pantries, soup kitchens as well as give donated food to those in need, the ministry informed.

Monday, 18 June 2018

China's Doors Opened for Croatian Meat and Dairy?

All major producers such as Vindija, PIK Vrbovec and MI Pivac are expected to be licensed.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Dairy Farmers to Protest with Cattle on Zagreb Streets?

It seems that taxi drivers will not be the only ones who block traffic in the city.