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British Croatian Society Annual Dinner

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner, 4th November 2016

This year’s British Croatian Society Annual Dinner will take place on 4th November at the wonderful Queen’s Club in West London. The private members club is the first multipurpose sports complex ever to be built anywhere in the world, and is situated in a both tranquil and charming setting.

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner 2016

A drinks reception will be held from 6.30pm, followed by a dinner at 7.30pm. Dress code is lounge suit/smart casual.

Tickets for the annual dinner cost £45 for members or £50 for non-members.

If you’d like to book a ticket, please email britishcroatiansociety@gmail.com with your name and that of anyone else in your party. Payment for tickets can be made on the British Croatian Society website at www.britishcroatiansociety.com/events.

The British Croatian Society hopes to see you at the dinner!

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner
Friday 4th November 2016
The Queen’s Club
Palliser Road
London
W14 9EQ
www.britishcroatiansociety.com

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Membrain Festival comes to Croatia’s coast this August

There’s another new name on the Croatian festival scene this summer – Membrain Festival (18th to 21st August 2016)! Taking place near Sibenik, Membrain is a festival of bass culture with some of the best-known names of the European Underground bass scene appearing on the bill. The festival’s rich line-up will also include educational lectures and workshops, a wonderful location making the most of the local environment, and catering consisting of the best local Dalmatian produce.

Membrain Festival

Membrain will be taking place in the bay of Minerska, which is around 10km from Sibenik. The festival site is an abandoned ex-military base surrounded by thick pine forest; next to the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea and a beautiful beach, there’s plenty to do all day long.

Membrain Festival

Membrain Festival

Membrain Festival’s Line-Up

The artists on Membrain Festival’s line-up will all be performing for the very first time on Croatia soil, solidifying Membrain’s unique concept. The bill will see a very wide spectrum of bass music genres; on the festival’s three main stages and a solar stage there will be more than sixty European and regional artists. Drum and Bass, Liquid, Dubstep, Dub, Ragga, Jungle, Jump-up, Grime, Global and more will all entertain the bass addicted audience.

The best-known headliner is surely UK duo Hybrid Minds. Having gained considerable critical acclaim over the last few years, they’ve reached the top of the underground scene with their recognisable liquid dnb sound.

Membrain Festival 2016 Promo 02 from Membrain Festival on Vimeo.

Sub Zero is the UKBass champion of the danceable Drum and Bass, known in wide circles of the scene around the world and performing regularly at festivals & clubs.

Levela is a Drum and Bass producer best known for his collaborations with some of the biggest names on the dubstep scene including Datsik. He’ll be at the Membrain Festival as part of his fully booked summer Sensory Tour.

Italian DJ/Producer/MC collective Numa Crew is the main representative of the Italian independent bass scene. They are known for their collaborations with artists such as Dub FX, General Levy, DJ Vadim, and many more.

Membrain Festival

Tickets for Membrain Festival

Regular tickets for the four day event cost €80, whilst you can splash out on VIP tickets for €120. You can also attend any one day of the festival for €40. Buy all these ticket options below:



Membrain Festival

More on the Membrain Festival

Check out the official Membrain Festival website and do also look them up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

2016 Summer Season at Kalypso Club Zrce Beach

For those heading to the party-central destination that is Zrce Beach in Novalja on the island of Pag this summer, be sure to head straight to the open-air Kalypso Club. They’ve announced a very exciting line-up which features a rich and international programme of DJs, festivals, events and parties, all set on the gorgeous Adriatic sea. We’re sure you won’t want to miss out on the fun at Kalypso Club Zrce Beach!

Festivals at Kalypso Club Zrce Beach

There’s the club’s own Woodshock Festival (17th – 20th July 2016) with DJs Klingande, Jack Novak, Will Sparks and Jauz as well as the Stereoforest Festival (8th – 10th August 2016) which features Deorro, Tigerlily, a ÄUDÄJ night with Simon & Lush, DJs from Mars, Damian N-Drix or Gregori Klosman, a special featuring with DJ Antoine, DJ Da Candy, Rony Rex, and resident DJ Bronxwon.

Kalypso Club Zrce Beach - Croatia Spring Break

This year, Kalypso is also part of the new Black Sheep Festival (31st July – 3rd August 2016) – taking place in all four major clubs on Zrce beach and featuring DJs Michale Calfan, Nervo, Quintino and R3HAB.

But of course it’s impossible to forget that Kalypso is also one of the host clubs for the main famous music festivals taking place in Zrce Beach. These include Hideout Festival, SONUS, Loveweek, Fresh Island, Barrakud, Hard Island, UES Festival, Zrce Spring Break and Croatia Spring Break.

Kalypso Club Zrce

Parties at Kalypso Club Zrce Beach

There’s many special parties being hosted at Kalypso too. These include the Neonsmash Musicfestival (13th July 2016) direct from the Carribbean Islands with 2faced funk, as well as the Holi One Color Party (9th August 2016). Kalypso will pull out all the stops to surprise partygoers with crazy After Beach Parties and performances, plus numerous individual events and chill-out parties.

Kalypso Club Zrce Beach - Croatia Spring Break

Open-air clubbing in Croatia has a long, long history with Zrce Beach being part of this scene as far back as the 1970s! Kalypso itself was one first trendsetters, welcoming partygoers for almost 30 years. And after a complete refurbishment in 2015, the 2016 is likely to be the best season yet!

Full details of all events taking place at Kalypso Club, Zrce Beach can be found www.kalypso-zrce.com and www.facebook.com/KalypsoClub.

Ferries in Croatia - Jadrolinija catamaran

New Jadrolinija catamaran line from Dubrovnik to Korcula, Hvar and Bol!

Croatia’s main ferry company Jadrolinija will be running a brand new catamaran line for summer 2016! The new Jadrolinija catamaran line will connect Dubrovnik with Korcula, Hvar Town and Bol – meaning that some of the Croatia’s most popular destinations and islands are connected.

Ferries in Croatia - Jadrolinija catamaran

A Jadrolinija catamaran departing Hvar Town

Operating daily from 1st July to 11th September, the catamaran will sail from Dubrovnik in the morning and make the return journey in the late afternoon/evening. That means that you could potentially make day trips to Hvar and Bol from Dubrovnik using this catamaran service. (And to Korcula of course as well – although this was already possible.)

What will also interest many travellers is that this catamaran can also be used to make day trips from Hvar to Bol on Brac! (Although, as you can see from the timetable, not the other way around.) There’s currently only a catamaran service – also run by Jadrolinija – connecting Jelsa on Hvar with Bol.

The full timetable:

Dubrovnik - Korcula - Hvar - Bol

Full details of this service and prices can be found on the Jadrolinija website. We’d definitely recommend pre-booking this Jadrolinija catamaran if you intend to travel on it – booking can be done Jadrolinija’s homepage – as we’re sure this will be an exceedingly popular service.

Kapetan Luka have run another catamaran service for a few years which has also proved to be exceedingly popular. Their service also runs daily (in high summer), and several times a week in May and October, connecting Split, Milna (Brac), Hvar Town, Korcula, Pomena (Mljet) and Dubrovnik. This line however goes from Split in the early morning (reaching Dubrovnik at midday), and from Dubrovnik in the late afternoon (reaching Split at 8.20pm). The full timetable, prices and ticket booking can be found on the Kapetan Luka website.

For more on travelling around Croatia by sea, check out our Ferries in Croatia and Ferry and Catamaran Prices sections.

Bon voyage!

Soundwave Croatia Boat Parties and New Acts!

One of Croatia’s top summer music festivals, Soundwave (Thursday 4th to Monday 8th August 2016), recently announced exciting details of new names that have been added to their line-up…as well as info about the all important Soundwave Croatia boat parties!

Soundwave Croatia

Already bursting with top names on the bill for the festival’s eighth edition – see our post on the latest artists added to the Soundwave bill – the three new acts to be added to the line-up are LTJ Bukem, Congo Natty and Jazzanova. They’ll join acts performing at Soundwave such as Pharoahe Monch, Calibre, Craig Charles, Gentlemen’s Dub Club, Channel One Sound System and many, many more.

Soundwave Croatia - LTJ Bukem

LTJ Bukem

Drum and bass pioneer LTJ Bukem is one of the UK’s most iconic names, with his Good Looking label embracing the jazzier, more atmospheric side of the scene. And leading the Jungle Revolution is the amazing Congo Natty; the lauded Rebel MC blends African-inspired rhythms and heavy urban beats in his rousing sets. And the revered eclectic collective from Berlin, Jazzanova, have been busy producing, composing, arranging, remixing and DJing for many years, continuing to create magic in clubs, the airwaves, their studio and live on stage, with their label Sonar Kollektiv one of Europe’s most respected.

Soundwave Croatia Boat Parties

But what about the boat parties, you say? As ever, these will all take place on the legendary vessel The Argonaughty and are a core part of the festival – what’s better than partying it up on the Adriatic waters? With sun-kissed frivolity by day and star-speckled mayhem at night, make sure you snap up www.soundwavecroatia.com/ for one (or more!) or these parties quick!

Thursday 4th August

BOAT 1. DUB TO JUNGLE
Plates Records & Circles.
13:00 – 18:00

BOAT 2. THE DISCO BOAT
Bedmo Disco, Origins & Harvey Sutherland.
19:30 – 23:00

Friday 5th August

BOAT 1. THE CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL BOAT
Craig Charles, Bitesize DJs & Jack Tyson Charles
13:00-16:00

BOAT 2. THE SUNSHINE REGGAE BOAT
Channel One Sound System & Lively Up
16:30-19:30

BOAT 3. TUCKSHOP SUNSET BOAT
Jazzanova / Manu & Ando / Russ Ryan / Tappa / Mentú
20:00-23:00

Soundwave Croatia Boat Parties

Saturday 6th August

BOAT 1. SFSC & GOODLIFE PRESENT THE HIPHOP BOAT
Josey Rebelle / Menendez Brothers / TwoGood / Dj Mylz / Bloxed Beats
13:00-16:00

BOAT 2. EGLO RECORDS BOAT
Alexander Nut, Fatima & Noah
16:30-19:30

BOAT 3. THE SOUNDCRASH BOAT
Special Guest TBA, Bamboomann, Mo Fingaz & Bobafatt
20:00-23:00

Sunday 7th August

BOAT 1. TRU-THOUGHTS VS. FIRST WORD RECORDS
With J-Felix, Harleighblu, Gilla

BOAT 2. THE SOUL BOAT (HOW x STFD)
With Dan Shake, Flo Real & Jordan Rakai
16:30-19:30

BOAT 3. DUB TO DRUM&BASS BOAT
DRS / Eva Lazarus / GDC Sound System / Rich Reason (LVLZ)
20:00-23:00

Monday 8th August

BOAT 1. RIOT JAZZ BRASS BAND ON A BOAT
Riot Jazz, Taste The Diff’erence, Chunky & Rich Reason
15:00 – 18:30

BOAT 2. CLOSING BOAT
Staff, friends & family, Dan Shake & Harleighblu
19:30 – 23:00

More on Soundwave

Take a look at our guide to Soundwave, or check out the official www.soundwavecroatia.com/ where you can find all the info you need. And look them up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest festival news!

Soundwave Croatia Dan Medhurst

Credit: Dan Medhurst

 

 

 

Uber on the Croatian coast!

Yesterday Uber‘s uberX service launched in two of Croatia’s most popular destinations for visitors – Split and Dubrovnik. Having already launched in Zagreb in October 2015, locals and visitors alike can now use Uber services in these two new locations using the Uber app.

Uber Croatia

01.06.2016.,Split- Zapadna obala, Riva; lucka kapetanija, Ela Dvornik za Uber.

To celebrate the launch, Uber are very excitingly offering free uberX rides this weekend to all users, new and existing. All users can request up to two free rides by using the code BESPLATNIVIKEND (which is Croatian for ‘free weekend’) in the Uber app.

uberX will operate in Dubrovnik during peak season (June to October) and in Split all year round.

“We want to make the Croatian coastline even better and safer for the millions of tourists visiting our country, adding our contribution to local tourism and celebrating one of the most beautiful places in the world. We have been present in Zagreb for over 6 months, providing safe, reliable and affordable transportation – we’ve been overwhelmed by the response there. Today, we take a step towards becoming a national service, as we launch licensed uberX, in Split and Dubrovnik” said Davor Tremac, Uber Croatia General Manager.

Uber currently offers various services in over 65 other countries around the world, including 21 European Union member states.

All uberX drivers in Croatia are qualified and licensed professionals who have passed rigorous criminal background checks and who hold commercial insurance. Every driver is self-employed, and chooses the hours they wish to work.

Uber is a cashless service as all payments are made electronically using a credit card linked to the user’s account. This means that professional drivers no longer have to carry cash and all transactions are fully traceable. At the end of every trip a receipt is automatically emailed to the rider which includes a breakdown of the fare, details of the driver and an overview of the exact route taken, as all rides are tracked by GPS.

Pricing of Uber on the Croatian coast

Uber’s journeys on the Croatian coast will have a starting fare of 9 Kunas ($1.34/€1.20), then priced at 5 Kunas per KM/0.5 Kunas per minute and will have a minimum fare of 15 Kunas ($2.23/€2).

Some popular journeys will have a flat fare:

  • Split to Dubrovnik – 228 km: 1,500 Kunas ($223/€200)
  • Split port to Split Airport – 26 km: 225 Kunas ($34/€30)
  • Dubrovnik Pile gate to Dubrovnik Airport – 21 km: 180 kn ($27/€24)
  • Dubrovnik Port Gruž to Dubrovnik Pile gate – 3.3 km: 55 Kunas ($8/€7.3)
Soundwave Croatia 2016

Win tickets to Soundwave Croatia 2016!

The eighth edition of Soundwave (4th – 8th August 2016) returns to the wonderful location of The Garden Tisno with a fantastic line-up – and here’s your chance to win tickets to Soundwave, plus tickets to a boat party and entry to the legendary on-site nightclub, Barbarella’s!

Soundwave Croatia 2016

Soundwave Croatia

Known for the eclectic range of acts on its bill, Soundwave brings together a mix of broken beat, reggae, afro, acid jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, drum and bass and more to the Adriatic coast – but also sets itself aside from some of the other festivals in the region with a more edifying and spiritually enriching experience for festival-goers.

Soundwave Croatia 2016

Credit: Dan Medhurst

Soundwave is held at The Garden Tisno – and anyone who’s been there before can attest that it’s one of the most idyllic places in the world for a festival! With beautifully clear waters, a private sandy beach and endless hours of sunshine by day and star-lit skies by night, nature really plays its part. And with the incredible water-side beach bar, stages built around their surroundings (including the Olive Grove stage, nestled under a canopy of trees) and the open-air night-club Barbarella’s, you’ll have an amazing time practically any time, day or night.

Soundwave 2016 Line-Up

The headline act at this year’s Soundwave is Pharoahe Monch, formerly a member of New York City duo Organized Konfusion. Having developed a reputation as one of underground hip-hop’s preeminent lyricists, Pharoahe Monch is also an incisive political and social commentator, using hip-hop as a platform for political engagement. Calibre will also be headlining; with his distinctive sound that takes on elements of jazz, funk, dub and techno, Calibre is responsible for some of the most beautiful and sublime tracks in drum and bass.

Soundwave 2016 - Pharoahe Monch

Pharoahe Monch

But that’s just the start of things when it comes to the line-up! Digital Mystikz’s Mala will be returning, as will funk and soul DJ and one of 6 Music’s lead presenters, Craig CharlesFatima & The Eglo Band will be performing live, and Gentleman’s Dub Club will also bring their energetic and exhilarating live show to Tisno. Channel One Sound System will also be at Soundwave – they’ve been regulars at the Notting Hill Carnival for over 30 years and are the UK’s most prominent and respected reggae crew; the Red Bull Culture Clash winners will bring their ground-shaking bass to the festival.

The Riot Jazz Brass Band will swoop in with their peace-lovin’ aggro jazz, hip-hop samples, funked-up favourites and re-interpreted dubstep too, dropping drum and bass and dancefloor bangers that always have everyone dancing. Romare blends Afrocentric beats and global inspirations, as encapsulated in his brilliant Projections album. The incredible voice of Harleighblu – one of the UK’s brightest new names – will enchant the Soundwave crowds. Italian producer C. Crisci’s Clap! Clap! project samples African tribes, bands and singers, creating tribal rhythms through drum machines and synths. And BAFTA and MOBO award winning artist Akala is a rapper with heart, soul and steel, a historian who brings a touch of lyrical grace and edge to Soundwave.

Soundwave Croatia 2016 - Gentleman's Dub Club

Gentleman’s Dub Club

But that’s not all! Other names on the bill include Rinse FM presenter and DJ Josey Rebelle, Eglo Record’s boss Alexander NutHenry Wu  from 22a Records, Dan Shake, Jordan Rakei, Harvey Sutherland, Flo Real (Mahogani Music), Chunky, Werkha, Eva Lazarus, Bambooman, Sarah Williams White, Bobbafat, Gilla, DJ Mylz, Tehbis, Normanton Street, Chiminyo, CC Disco, Taste The Difference, So Fresh So Clean, Plates and Tuckshop.

Win tickets to Soundwave Croatia!

If all of the above is whetting your appetite, here’s a wonderful opportunity to win a pair of tickets to this year’s Soundwave Festival. And that’s not all – included as part of the prize will be two tickets to the boat party of your choice, plus entry for two to Barbarella’s every night of the festival!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:

What is the name of the festival site in Tisno, Croatia, where Soundwave takes place? 

a) The Field
b) The Park
c) The Garden

To enter, email us on webmaster@visit-croatia.co.uk with the answer, as well as your name and country of residence.

Only one entry per person. The competition will close at 12pm (midday) on Friday, 27th May 2016. The winner will be notified by email soon after this date.

 

More on Soundwave

If you’re not lucky enough to win tickets to this year’s awesome Soundwave, you can snap up a festival pass at www.soundwavecroatia.com/ for £125 for 5 days (club and boat parties extra).

Or if you’ve already snapped up tickets and want to know more about getting to Soundwave, check our our guide to the festival.

Be sure to also look up Soundwave on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!