Friday, 29 May 2009

CROWN - Croatian World Network - Featured Articles 29 V 2009

Featured Articles
Branko Lustig receives 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award

Born in 1932 to a Croatian-Jewish family, Branko Lustig (left) began his film career in 1955 working on films like Fiddler on the Roof and The Tin Drum before landing a job on Meryl Streep's unforgettable "Sophie's Choice." He is the recipient of two Oscars, having won one for "Schindler's List" in 1993 and another for "Gladiator" in 2001.

Eat that Croatian food man, and you just feel the power in your veins

"30 Rock" actor, stand up comedian, and World Champion, Judah Friedlander (left) is an outspoken fan of Croatian food. To which he was undoubtedly exposed to, by his Croatian mother. Describing the power of Croatian cuisine, he says: "I like pretty much all food, but eat that Croatian food, man, and you just feel the power in your veins."

Marijana Hajdarhodzic & The Penny Black Remedy mix up styles

How many bands have tried to mix up styles and genres and fallen on their face? Don't spend too long trying to come up with an answer. It'll take you a while, and you'll doubtless need more fingers and toes than you are in possession of to keep count. One thing is for sure, The Penny Black Remedy are not a band that you'd be adding to the list of failures.

Ivana Vidovic performing Dora Pejacevic in the city of Zadar May 30 2009

Ivana Marija Vidović, Croatian pianist from the city of Dubrovnik, will soon be a guest of the University of Zadar. Her rectial includes compositions of Albéniz, Chopin, Liszt, Pejačević and Resta, starting at 21:00, May 30 2009. Students of the University will perform her poetry dedicated to Dora Pejačević, the first famous Croatian women composer.

Jovica Kozlica paper plane world champion in Salzburg 2009

Jovica Kozlica, a 26-years old student from Split, Croatia was the only champion from 2006 who defended his title again in Salzburg in 2009. Once again, he won the first place in the Longest Distance category with a throw of 54.43 metres, proving that Croats aren't just good at building ships, but also at aerodynamics.

Hrvojka Mihanovic Salopek and her Stella Maris project of St. Mary's heritage

Dr. Hrvojka Mihanović Salopek is the leader of an important project Stella Maris - Sea Star, devoted to centuries of St. Mary's heritage in Croatia in the broadest sense: from church architecture and sacral paintings to church music, poetry, literature and Croatian Lenten chants. Till now the project resulted in 5 excellent DVD's which describe an important part of 13 centuries of Croatian spirituality and culture in Europe.

Joseph Haydn Austrian and Croatian composer died 200 years ago

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), a famous Austrian and Croatian composer, died 200 years ago, May 31. He was born in a Croatian ethnic enclave in Burgenland (Gradišće) in Austria. Joseph Haydn composed a lovely melody which is based on a very old Croatian folk song. He named it Volkslied (Folk song), and later it became the Austrian national anthem. This melody is the contemporary German national anthem that everybody knows.

Srdjan Bulat wins three times in Gorizia

Srdjan Bulat (left) a fourth year student from the Zagreb Music Academy from Split, confirmed once again that he is known as one of the best guitar players at the European Classical Guitar Competition "Cittŕ di Gorizia" held May 15-17 in the Italian city of Gorizia. He won three prizes in three of the toughest categories in the competition.

1130 years since the first international recognition of Croatia

The first international recognition of Croatia came on May 21, 879 from Pope John VIII, that is, 1130 years ago. During the solemn divine service in St. Peter's church in Rome in 879, Pope John VIII gave his blessing to Croatian prince Branimir and the whole Croatian people, about which he informed the prince in his letters. A detail of Croatian sacral monument from 9th century can be seen on the left, with the name of prince Branimir.

Studia Croatica 1986 #103

In this 103 (1986) issue of Studia Croatica, Ivo Korsky explains why Croatians struggle for independence and Ernesto Livacic writes about the living Croatian presence in Chilean literature. Three articles are devoted to the Venezuelan Precursor Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816) and his relation with Croatia, while Mateo Martinic writes on the Croatian immigrants to Chile (1919-1939). 96 pages, in Spanish.

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