With the villages of Stravča, Duba, Brotnice, Jesenice i Šilješci, the Konavle region is now fully included within the municipality water system. The tap water supply was a promise decades ago made to the inhabitants of Gornja banda (Konavle hills). The head of the municipality Mr. Luka Korda, in his sixth mandate now, said it was a project of a lifetime for him.
ZIJAH A. SOKOLOVIĆ & HIS CABARET-LIKE STYLE
The night before, on Saturday, the superb cabaret-like performance by Zijah A. Sokolović in Močići was a great ouvertire to the Sunday's Don't go 'round bare naked.
Music & Word Festival made yet another evening artfully delicious, as the exhibit 'The Modernists' showcased some great artwork. That in and by itself surely would have sufficed, but the organizors did not stop there: they offered their visitors the screening of the critically acclaimed films Bunarman, Plašitelj kormorana and Recikliranje -- all three award-winners at the Croatian Film Days.
Sure Nicholson said it in 'Chinatown' and Damon drop the same line in 'Good Will Hunting', but three is a charm, no? So, how do you like them apples!
The second week of this year's edition of the Music & Word Festival ended with a bang. Classic rock sounds meshed with "Atlantida's" hits from their new album Premalo za san (Too Little for a Dream) to bring rock sound to the space usually reserved for the traditional folk song and dance, the space used to only the sound of traditional Konavle string instruments such as ljerica and tamburica.
KUD Čilipi's terrace was wall-to-wall filled with audience of all ages that, judging by the ambiance and their smiles, loved both the old and the new "Atlantida's" hits. Cudos to the band!
Next Event: Art Exhibit and (Awarded) Film Screenings
The sounds of Haydn's opera The Apothecary echoed throughout Pridvordje's monastery last night enchanting the audience (very few seats were left unfilled). Originally titled Lo speziale, the three-act buffa was libretted by Carlo Goldoni and first performed to popular and critical acclaim at Eszterháza in the autumn of 1768.
The warm comedy develops around a love triangle between the poor apprentice Mengone, the rich and assured dandy Volpino, and the local apothecary's ward, Grilletta.
The Apothecary was delivered as a single-act opera last night.
Photogallery #1 (5 photos, good quality)
Photogallery #2 (25 photos, lower quality)
Next event: Atlantida & Guests
Beach and seabed cleaning endeavors have been ongoing in Cavtat for some years now. The first few years of the beach cleaning in Cavtat were truly amazing (and scary). Namely, each year it would take up to two semi-loads to truck away all the garbage that was found and taken out from the sea-bed around Cavtat.
A large group of students from Universty of Mostar made a field-trip to Konavle today. Exploring varies sites related to agrotourism, from the refurbished traditional houses or monasteries to the remnants of Illyric sites, the aimed to learn firsthand how tourism and ecology successfully intertwine.
The six grader Leona Sentić topped the 15 competitors in this year's edition of the 'Konavle looking for a star' singing contest. Her wonderful interpretation of Zaz's 'Je Veux' won over the audience as well as the panel of judges (D. Lukić, I. Puljić, P. Mihatović, Z. Cvjetković). Leona was in turn awarded a painting (by Antonija Rusković Radonić) and a special beauty package (provided by the beauty salon 'Look').
Tonka Bušković, first-grader from Gruda and a debutant, won the Star-of-the-Evening Award impressed the special panel of judges (Miss Konavale N. Šmanjak, rapper M. Klajić, T. Jovanović) with her interpretation of 'My Boyfriend is Dangerous' and was awarded the sun glasses (by Optics Van Gogh).
Frano Šmanjak has done a great job coaching the young 'stars' who have all enjoyed a loud support from the audience.
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The KEM was founded in 1974. It is located in the central square of the Konavle village of Čilipi, in a building that used to be the village treasury. It was rebuilt and restacked after being burned down in 1991 (during the Homeland War).