Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Samardzic-Markovic in Brussels

Belgrade/Brussels, March, 24. 2010 (Serbia Today) – Minister of Youth and Sport Snezana Samardzic-Markovic arrived in Brussels yesterday to meet with Director of the Directorate for Western Balkans Pierre Mirel and Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture Androulla Vassiliou.

Samardzic-Markovic told the Tanjug news agency that the aim of the visit is to acquaint the European Commission with her Ministry plans for youth and sport policies. She said that while in Brussels, she will also meet with representatives from several sports organizations.

50 cent back in Belgrade

Belgrade, March, 24. 2010 (Serbia Today) - More than three years after his first appearance, 50 cent will perform again in Belgrade Arena. Tickets are on sale from 25 December. American rapper is coming to Serbia on April 1 st 2010th, representatives of Belgrade Arena told the press. Curtis Jackson, known as 50 Cent, will promote next year the new album "Before I self destruct". Popular rapper has already performed in Belgrade, at the Arena three years ago.

Born in 1976. year, 50 cent celebrated his album "Get rich or die tryin' ', six years ago, and confirmed his status by releasing " Massacre " in 2005. year. These albums were published in platinum and sold in more than 21 million copies. He grew up in Queens and was involved in crime until he was discovered by Eminem in 2002, and together with Dr. Dre he was introduced into the world of music business . Since then, Jackson is on the top of hip hop scene, writing books, starring in films ...He received the Grammy for best new artist, one Billboard award for the second, and even six for his third album.

Monday, March 29, 2010


By: Bojana Jankovic

Uzice, March 20, 2010 (Serbia Today) - In the vicinity of a town Zajecar, in the Eastern part of Serbia and South of the river Danube, as a part of the ancient Roman imperial palace Felix Romuliana, an archaeological site Gamzigrad is located. It represents the residence of the Roman Emperor Gaius Valerius Maximianus. Since June 29, 2007, Gamzigrad is under the protection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and officially one of the seven natural and cultural wonders of Serbia since October 18, 2008.

In mid-nineteenth century, Gamzigrad was rated as a very large and exceptional archaeological site, but its purpose was not yet specifically determined. The riddle of Gamzigrad was solved only in 1984, when in the southwestern part of the palace, in a building with mosaic floors and walls painted with frescoes, an archivolt is found made of sandstone on which the inscription FELIX ROMULIANA was carved. That label introduced Gamzigrad in the history entering the big door and placed it in the group of imperial constructions, in the category of monuments of Roman Castle architecture. This label enables mutual adjustment and supplementation of history and archeology. Relief decoration on archivolt, where the inscription was carved, denotes that the first word Felix has a purely religious and ideological meaning, expressing some kind of consecration and alludes to something that is sacred and eternal. The leaves of ivy, laurel wreath and peacocks as well as decorative elements that surround this label are symbols of consecration and apotheosis, as well as symbols of eternal life. Between 1985 and 1989 in the Eastern part of Gamzigrad, an area in front of a large temple was found and the East gate of the older and younger fortification. Parts of a colossal marble statue was found in front of the temple, which represent Jupiter with an eagle on his extended right hand, while in the ruins of the Eastern facade of the gate of that younger fortification, many architectural elements with relief performances were discovered. That is indicative that the whole Romuliana was built in honor of members of Jupiter, his family and their system of ruling the world. In addition to these ,on the portal of Romuliana’s main gate are presented scenes from afterlife and imperial apotheosis; and so the archivolts, consoles, pilasters and panels are abundant in vines, ivy, laurel branches, grape gathering, eagles and laurel wreathes adorned by peacocks. To the apotheosis allude the displayed sculptures of divinities and pictures of Dionysus,

Hercules and Asclepius on the mosaics discovered in the Imperial Palace next to a large temple. All the important checkpoints inside the city walls of Romuliana were explored archaeologically until 1990. Even the first researchers of Gamzigrad have noticed that the space outside the walls was covered with remains of various buildings from Roman times, especially on the Magura ridge that rises east of the main gate Romuliana, at a distance of about 1000 meters. Archaeological research has shown that the Magura is a specific holy hill, “Mons Sanctus”,that even in prehistoric times was a holy place of greatest respect and is the place where Romulus and Galerius were buried and ascended among the gods. Magura is a high, elongated reef built by marl, sandstone and volcanic rocks, and through its northern ridge led a main road for Romuliana. At the highest point of the ridge were discovered remnants of tetrapilon, a monumental gate with four entrances. That was a crossroad: the east-west direction from tetrapilon descended towards the main gate of Romuliana, and to the south changed slightly towards the top of Magura, where between 1989 and 1993, two giant tumulus and remains of two mausoleums were excavated.

Although they were destroyed long time ago and covered in a thick oak forest, religious monuments and tumuli silhouettes, even today are a point that can clearly be sees on the horizon, which means that once they have been far more visible. From the mausoleum’s square foundation on the North side, only a part remained with a grave in its center. A few stone blocks in the site and architectural elements found in the ruins, allowed to perform the reconstruction of the mausoleum. In the middle of a giant natural amphitheater Romuliana was built in the area which was inhabited since prehistoric times. During the excavation of the palace in its northern part, remains of settlements from the Bronze and Iron Age were found. Tombs with urns from the Early Iron Age were discovered at Magura, below the consecration monuments. From the moment the building of Romuliana began, all about it and around it became sacred, and every building is designed in order to convey a certain message or become a symbol. Felix Romuliana is one of the most important late Roman localities in Europe. Gamzigrad is included on the popular tourist offer “On the way of Roman Emperors”. Gamzigrad offers also comfortable accommodations and two kilometers away is a famous water spa with a source of thermal water.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jelena Jankovic won Indian Wells Tournament

Belgrade, March, 22. 2010-(Serbia Today)- The best Serbian tenis player Jelena Jankovic won the title at the tournament in Indian Wells,after she defeated the Danish player Karolina Voznjacki 2:0 (6:2, 6:4).
This is the fourth victory of Jankovic in duels with Voznjacki. In the first set she pleyed flawless, she led with 4:0 and after two lost gems ,she finished the set for 39 minutes. Our tenis player continued with excellent game although the next set was little uncertain, because the Voznjacki manage to keep up with her rival. In the final round, Jankovic increased 5:3, and soon ended mach and won her first title in this year.
Match lasted one hour and 24 minutes. Total prize money Of the tournament in Indian Wells was 4. 500.000 USD,the winner won 700.000 ,and the finalist received 350. 000 USD.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The End for Djokovic and Troicki

Belgrade, March, 19. 2010 (Source:B92) - The only Serbian representative in the singles on the ground Indian Wells remains Jelena Jankovic, Djokovic and Troicki have completed participation Jankovic will play on Thursday with Alice Klejbanovovm from Russia. Novak Djokovic won the Ivan Ljubičić from Croatia in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, and Viktor Troicki lost from Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-1. On the doubles tournament, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki handed match Frenchman Ljodri Israel and Ramah, and Dušan Vemić and Ivo Karlović were defeated by Americans Iznera and Kverija with 6:3, 6:4. Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor in the field on Thursday night, opponents of them Czechs Cermak and Mertinak.

“Rammstein” at the Arena

By: Milen Vesovic

Belgrade, March 18, 2010 (Serbia Today) - The most famous German band Rammstein will play on March 20,2010 at the Belgrade Arena in Belgrade. There is great interest for this concert. Until now 12,000 tickets were sold out of the 16,000 released.

The audience expects a true spectacle on stage: the stage on wheels, breathtaking pyrotechnics raging from missiles to fire waterfall. Equipment arrives in Belgrade in 20 trucks, and a movable stage on 128 wheels will be mounted by a number of technical teams arriving to Serbia by eight buses. The stage on which the German rockers will perform consists of four parts - the bottom (long 16m, and five meters wide), central (20 meters long and three meters wide) and bunkers that are located on both sides of the stage.

Rammstein are known for their fantastic live performances with the use of fascinating pyrotechnic resources, and their music is classified as "Neue Deutsche Harte" - a combination of the industrial-metal, vocals, synths and rhythm machines.

Their new, sixth studio album in 15-year career, includes 11 new songs and was announced by the single "Pussy", for which they have recently published an explicit content video. The Album is directed by a Swedish director Jonas Akerlund, who has worked with artists such as Metallica, Madonna and The Prodigy.

The Band members are Til Linderman, Richard Kruspe, Paul Landers, Oliver Riddle, Christoph Schneider and Christian Lorenz, who gained cult status, not only for the great music, but for the fact that they have become incredibly popular around the world, although singing in German.

Fruska Gora

By:Bojana Jankovic

Uzice, March 19, 2010 (Serbia Today) -The only mountain in the plains region of Vojvodina, called Fruska Gora is spread at the length of 75 km, width 12-15 km and comprise the area of 25,525 square kilometers.
Fruska Gora belongs to the group of low mountains, and with its highest point, which is at 539 meters over sea level, it barely surpasses the border of high hills. This old massive mountain was proclaimed as a National Park in 1960, and thus became the first National Park in Serbia.
Parallel to it on its both sides are flowing Rivers Sava and Danube, and the mountain range is divided in three parts. On the North and East side it is surrounded by the river plains, on the South and West side by flat grounds of Srem. Meadows, grasslands, pastures and fields are spread on the slopes of Fruska Gora, as well as orchards and vineyards. Higher areas are covered with deciduous forest, being the thickest forest of that kind in whole Europe. It is abundant with wild life, and deer, mouflon, jackal, and rabbits are often encountered. Moderate continental climate with cool summers and cold winters, will make your summer vacations especially pleasant.
Sixteen Monasteries of Serbian Orthodox church are located throughout this mountain area. They were built as foundations of famous Serbian ruling families, and represent the cultural and spiritual treasure. Some of them are Beocin, Vrdnik, Grgeteg, Kuvezdin, Jazak, Novo I Staro Hopovo, Privina Glava, Velika I Mala Remeta, Besenevo, Krusedol, Djipsa, Petkovica, Rakovica and Sistavac. Thanks to a suitable climate of Fruska Gora, a famous picnic area and children rest-home Letenka were opened. Other accommodation centers are: a hostel owned by The Postal System of Serbia, Children rest-home Testera, hotel next to the TV tower, as well as on the Iriski venac, an area where a famous healing spa by the same name is located.

Stara Planina (“Old Mountain”)

By:Bojana Jankovic
Uzice, March 18, 2010 (Serbia Today) - Stara Planina is one of the most precious tourist offers of Serbia, and is the highest mountain in the East part of Serbia. It is a natural border towards Bulgaria, and is located 330 km away from Belgrade, 100 km from Zajecar, 70 km from Nis, and 50 km from Pirot or Knjazevac. The highest top of this mountain-Midzor-is located at 2169 meters over sea level.
Whether you choose to vacation on this mountain during summer or winter, you will always enjoy in the magic of its nature. During wintertime, the famous top Babin zub (at 1780 m over sea level) offers a four-seat ski lift and four ski lanes connected in directions North-Northwest.
During summer, the green meadows, fields, orchards will all contribute to your enjoyment. Natural beauty of this mountain is its National park, with untouched, unpolluted and beautiful nature.
The accommodation is affordable but excellent. Whether you are staying in a villa “Babin zub”, “Kamen”, overnight hostel “Mezdreja” or a hotel B category “Babin zub”, be certain that you will be treated like a king. Stara planina offers all its natural beauties, with special warmth of hospitality and cordiality. This will be a vacation to remember.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Four Serbian tennis players in the next round of Indian Wells

Belgrade, March, 17. 2010 (Source : Beta) - All four of the remaining Serbian tennis players at the tournament in Indian Wells - Novak Djokovic, Jelena Jankovic, Nenad Zimonjic and Dusan Vemić, have qualified on Monday for the following circuit. Djokovic is placed in the eighth since the finals in the 3rd round defeated Germans Philip Kolšrajbera with 2-1 in sets (6:3, 2:6, 7:6 / 7:3 /), while Jankovic was also in the 3rd round, beat Italian Sara Errani same with 2:1 (2:6, 7:6 / 8:6 /, 6:4).
In doubles, Nenad Zimonjic and Canadian Daniel Nestor in the 2nd round, beat American Andy Roddick Doubles - James Blake to 2-1 in sets (6:4, 3:6, 10:7 / tajbrejk /). Dusan Vemić paired with Croat Ivo Karlovic defeated Spanish doubles David Ferrer - Albert Montanes s also 2:1 (6:3, 4:6, 12:10 / tiebreak).

Milan Stankovic in Oslo

By: Milen Vesovic
Belgrade, March 16, 2010 (Serbia Today) – Serbian voters have decided that Milan Stankovic will represent Serbia with the song "These are the Balkans" (Ovo je Balkan) at the Eurovision Song Contest, which this year takes place in Oslo, Norway.

The Author of the composition is Goran Bregovic, who composed a song for all three competitors. Besides Stankovic in the fight for performance in Oslo were Emina Jahovic and Oliver Katic.

In the Review program “Beovizija” the previous winners of this contest Marija Serifovic, Jelena Tomasevic, Marko Kon sang some of the biggest hits of Goran Bregovic and former representatives of the Eurovision Song Contest from neighboring countries, a group Regina, Severina and old music collaborators of Bregovic - Haris Dzinovic and Zdravko Colic. Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Norway because its representative Alexander Rybak won the previous Contest in Moscow in 2009.


By: Bojana Jankovic
Uzice, March 16, 2010 (Serbia Today) - Ethno- Tourism has been operating in Serbia for many years with great success. Serbian villages are known as ecological oasis free from pollutions of modern cities, the air clean and the food healthy.
Known by their hospitality and cordiality, the hosts will greet you with a smile, attentiveness and closeness. Traditional way of greeting a visitor is by offering him a piece of a warm pogacha ( round bread), preserve made from locally grown fruits, or honey with a glass of cold spring water; of course unavoidable is tasting of domestic rakija (brandy). Yet, there are differences in details in various parts of Serbia, because the ethno-tourist includes the excursions through the surrounding areas, natural attractions, cultural-historical sites, traditional folklore manifestations, sports and recreational activities in nature. If you choose Vojvodina village for your retreat, you will realize that many years ago, the salashes (farms) have switched from agriculture to tourism. Secluded from the rest of the world, they fill you with a charm of past times. Some of the salashes exist over 200 years, and in time they became museums of flatland’s way of life. You can find there almost all the objects and tools that their inhabitants used in the field, household or yard.
In the Eastern part of Vojvodina, in Banat, there is an ethno village Tiganjica, 10 km away from the city Zrenjanin. With an idea to present the life in Banat in an imaginative way, at the entrance to this village is situated a natural reservation preserve called Carska bara (King’s pond). A special attraction in Tiganjica is a mini zoo with roosters, pawns, does and ducks. For lovers of active vacation, there are available horses for riding, and refreshment can be found at the bathing area next to the Zabalj bridge, where also a camp site has been open. The Eastern part of Serbia was always described as a part of country in which life was expressed in a mystical and secretive way, with special philosophy and beliefs. The village homesteads in the vicinity of towns Donji Milanovac, Kladovo, Golubac, Majdanpek and Negotin, known by their ethno-tourist offers, will take care that your stay is not just comfortable but also interesting. Timok region is famous by its vineyard cultivation. A special area in Eastern Serbia is Homolj area, with famous gorges like Gornjcka, Ribarska, Velika I Mala Tisnica, Osanicka Reka I reka Do. The spiritual and cultural center of Serbia called Sumadija (read Shumadia), gave its “seal” and contribution. The trumpet and flute are the instruments from these areas and traditional instruments when the famous ” kolo” is played. The famous “Sumadian Tea” (cooked brandy) will warm you up, while you listen to the story-tellers and their stories of Serbian heroes and Dukes, famous battles and big victories. The villages of Central Serbia nurture a tradition of good health, clean air, pure water and medical benefits of nature. Specifically those are the areas around the towns of Arandjelovac, Topola, Gornji Milanovac, Cacak, Knic, Lucani, Krusevac, Kraljevo. At the North-West part of municipality of Arandjelovac, there is a village Latkovac. With its long and interesting history it spreads a magic atmosphere around itself, culminating in remarkable quality wines.
A special event is wine tasting, when it is accompanied with story-telling about Fairies and Slavic Gods. In this village tourists can participate in old Serbian Crafts or agricultural works. Even though the historic and cultural tradition is very rich, the nature is still intact and pure. There is a souvenir store in this village, which proceeds go to the mentally challenged persons in Aleksandrovac.
The villages in the Western parts of Serbia were actually the first ones , which started to accommodate the tourists in their own houses. Their houses are mainly built out of wood, on stone foundation. The architecture is very pleasant and impressive, while the interior is filled with warmth. Here people greet each other by “All the Best”, which they seriously wish you, and will show you by their traditional meals that will leave you breathless: corn bread from integral flour, mushrooms, pies with homemade filo-dough and domestic cheese, vegetable soups, nettle, djuvech and stuffed peppers, corn meal. The most famous specialty is a flat bread from Uzice, served hot with a spoonful of kajmak (cheese spread).
Fifteen kilometers from the Zlatibor mountain, a village Ljubish is located. It is famous by its medicinal herbs, and river Ljubisnica abounding with trout. Between the mountains Zlatibor and Tara, a film director Emir Kusturica has built an ethno village called Drvengrad on Mecavik, in Mokra Gora. At one end it has a small wooden entrance, at the other end a small wooden church dedicated to Saint Sava. The central village square is made of a big wooden square. Authentic wooden houses are raised on stone foundations. Drvengrad has a library, art gallery, movie theater, pastry shop, traditional restaurant, store selling handicraft works of villagers.
Not far from Mokra Gora is located a village Sirogojno, known as “museum in the open” or “Old village”. The architecture of Sirogojno consists of 47 wooden houses bearing the authentic spirit of surrounding villages. A summer shepherd’s house where they keep the animals is a special attraction. This house consists of two huts and a mobile house with a bed, so the shepherd could be next to his herd during summer and winter. Many workshops are organized during the year, as well as numerous art exhibitions. Sirogojno is famous worldwide for its handmade sweaters, well known in Paris, Rome, Vienna, but also in the Far East. Sirogojno is surrounded by mountainous range, ideal for winter and summer vacations, and in vicinity are Stopica cave, and spa Vapa. There are many other villages participating in the ethno-tourist offers, and even more are still developing and working towards that direction.

“Tokio Hotel” in Belgrade

By : Milen Vesovic

Belgrade, March 16, 2010 (Serbia Today) – It is announced by the MTV and the Belgrade Arena that the German Teen attraction Music Band "Tokio Hotel" will perform on March 28,2010 in the Belgrade Arena, as a part of the “Humanoid” world tour to promote the album by the same name, instead of earlier announced concert in Zagreb.

It is announced by the Arena that this is the beginning of cooperation between the biggest TV music station in the world MTV, and the most famous Arena in the region.

“Tokio Hotel” appeared on the music scene in 2005 and soon acquired the name of the most successful German band of the younger generation. Already with their debut album “Schrei”, their three singles broke through the first place of the charts, and these teen musicians became internationally famous. Twin brothers Bill and Tom Kaulitz, founded the band in their hometown of Magdeburg, in 2001 when they were only 12 years old. With a drummer Schafer Gustav and bassist Georg Listing, the band from the start had high ambitions and already in 2003, they signed a contract with record label Universal. Although initially called “Devilish”, the Band changed its name to “ Tokio Hotel”! There is a possibility that the European MTV Awards in 2011 will be held in Belgrade Arena. Negotiations are underway between the Arena and MTV.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Final preparation for “Eurovision”

Belgrade, March, 13. 2010 (Serbia Today) - After a few weeks of expectations, Serbia will tomorrow night choose their representatives for this year’s “Eurovision” . In the show “Tree and one for Oslo”, which begins in 9 PM at national television, three finalists– Emina Jahovic, Milan Stankovic and Oliver Katic will present their songs to viewers who will by SMS choose a winer.
Host of the night is Goran Bregovic, who is the composer of this year’s composition, and among others in the studio will be Zdravko Colic, Jelena Tomasevic, Marija Serifovic,Severina, group Regina and many others. In this show program viewers will see how it looked casting for performers in the house and heard Emina Jahovic, Milan Stankovic and Oliver Katic to sing Bregovic songs. Then will begin reviews of the program in which will perform Zdravko Colic, Marija Serifovic, Severina Vuckovic, Goran Bregovic. The reviews of the program will perform the previous participants of “Eurovision Song Contest”who in previous years represented Serbia in this contest : Jelena Tomasevic, Marija Serifovic and Marko Kon, then the great music star Zdravko Colic, Haris Dzinovic, Severina Vuckovic and group “Regina”.
All those performers will sing song by Goran Bregovic, so we will hear Severina’ s performing of “My heel” with wich she performed on Eurovision in 2006, and the current actual duet– track “Maniacs” by Zdravko Colic and Goran Bregovic.
Famous music stars will perform their songs accompanied by Bregovic ‘ s “Orchestra for weddings and funerals” . Besides music, in the show will be a documentary segments made in audition at Bregovic”s studio, which includes statements and performance of the invited performer, comments on collaboration with composer and a statement of the author.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Serbia responded to the challenge

By: Milen Vesovic

Belgrade, March 11, 2010 (Serbia Today) - Serbia and Serbian Tennis Association are raising from year to year the organization standards of world importance tennis events. The media mostly talk about how was the tennis match, which was the result, who was the winner and so on, but hardly anyone talks about how the organization itself took place and what was its effect on the field.
Serbian Tennis Federation (TSS) has organized two major tennis events within one month. TSS was the host of the match between Serbia and Russia in Fed Cup (women's tennis players) on February 6-7, and on March 5-7 a match was organized between Serbia and the United States in Davis Cup for men. TSS organized well both events. Security was at the highest level. It must be added that Organizers in Serbia who honor all the Journalists’ requests linked to this job, are rare.
Foreign journalists with whom we talked were extremely satisfied with their relationship with the Tennis Association of Serbia. Special commendations were presented on the account of Neda Miletic PR TSS. A Serbian tennis player Nenad Zimonjic at the conference for journalists stated that he has noticed how the tennis public in Serbia is becoming more and more involved after each tennis match.

Announced a competition for the “Exit” Artists

Novi Sad, March 11, 2010 (Serbia Today) - Organizers of the Novi Sad music festival "EXIT" announced that the competition for artists under the title "Play et EXIT" so that by 15 May will be able to apply all solo performers, bands and disc jockeys who want to display their work on some of the festival stages. All interested individuals and bands can apply so they will register on the website www.exitmusic.tv. By registering and filling out applications every band is also reported on a competition for participation in the "EXIT" and get your page on that site.

For contractors who already have their profiles on the site, it’s enough to log on to your personal page, click on "Play et EXIT 2010" (Play at Exit 2010). Results of competitions will be published 1st June, and winners are provided the ability to find and "EXIT music Live" compilation, which will be published on the "EXIT” online label and allow the presentation of musicians worldwide audience via the Internet.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Serbia beats USA to advance to Davis Cup quarterfinals

Belgrade, March 10, 2010 (Serbia Today) - World number two Novak Djokovic beat John Isner in five sets in the fourth singles rubber in Belgrade Arena, to fire Serbia into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup. Serbia, which advanced in the World Group for the first time, will next play Croatia in July.


Day 1: Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs John Isner (USA) 7-6(4), 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4; Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Sam Querrey (USA) 6-2, 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3

Day 2: Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) vs Bob Bryan/John Isner (USA) 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-7(8), 3-6

Day 3: Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs John Isner (USA) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-4; Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs Sam Querreey (USA) 5-7, 2-6.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Topalko winner of Grand Festival!

By: Milen Vesovic
Belgrade, March 09, 2010 (Serbia Today) –A singer Milan Topalovic Topalko is the overall winner of the third Axal Music Grand Festival. He was in the finals, after the additional votes of the Judges and the audience determined the winner, thus winning the prize of 35 thousand Euros.
A singer Sasa Matic received the first prize worth 15,000 Euros by the Judges who consisted of 51 members of people from cultural and public life; the second prize and 10,000 Euros went to Zorica Brunclik, and the third prize of 5,000 Euros was won by Tanja Savic.
The audience, which voted by SMS, chose their favorite Milan Topalovic who won 15,000 Euros, the second was Darko Lazic , who won 10,000 Euros, and the third Dusan Svilar received 5,000 Euros. Topalko was the second choice in the new "Zvezda Grande" festival last year, and in late December he became the first winner of Reality shows "Farma".

Zlatibor Mountain

By: Bojana Jankovic

Uzice, March 06, 2010. (Serbia Today) - Zlatibor Mountain, known as the most famous “Air Spa”, is located at a distance of 230 kilometers from Belgrade, in the Western part of Serbia, near the town of Uzice. At a sea level of 1000 meters, Zlatibor is a mountain that connects the beautiful and useful with a complete healing.

Because of its favorable climate, Zlatibor is well known for healing the bronchial asthma and allergy diseases. Zlatibor is also popular for people who are coming to lose weight or for its famous evening entertainment.
Spacious clearings, mountain brooks, pleasant climate, rich flora and fauna, make this mountain attractive and in center of attention. Zlatibor has its healing natural water sources, and one of them is spa Vapa, whose healing water has properties to cure eye and skin diseases.

Recently many sport terrains, ski lifts, and paths were opened, as well as outdoor and indoor swimming pools. There is a beautiful lake and many new hotels and apartment villas, private accommodations, restaurants and cafes. Annually around 200.000 people visit Zlatibor.
Hotel complex Palisad, Hotel Panorama, Hotel VIS, Hotel Olimp, Medical center Cigota, Hotel Mona, Hotel Zelenkada, Villa Jelena, Villa Jet Set, Apartments Prestige, Aleksandar, Monarchy, Casa Vostra, Panorama, Rosic, Vihor, Fantazy, Children’s Rest Home, Golija, Students Rest home, are just a few of a huge selection for excellent accommodation and service, to which many visitors return often.

One of the most recently opened establishments is a Center called “The Rose of Winds”, which is a center for healthy living. It consists of a five star hotel and a complex of apartments around it. Its purpose is raising the awareness of healthy and organically produced food and healthy life style.

Divcibare Mountain

By:Bojana Jankovic
Divcibare, March 06, 2010. (Serbia Today) - Positioned in a central part of a mountain range Maljen, 38 kilometers South-East of the town Valjevo, Divcibare is a well known mountain, airial and touristic place that attracts over two million citizens yearly.
Black river, Zabalci, Calacki potok and Devil’s whirlpool are strict nature conservation places at the sea level of 980 meters. Because of its good geographic position and comfortable gentle climate, air masses from the Mediterranean sea combine with the air masses from the Caucassus mountains, Panonian valley, and meet over Divcibare. That explaines the presence of iodine in the air.
Thanks to that climate, Divcibare was proclaimed a climatic healing center in 1963. The river Manastirica that flows through this mountain represents a special curiosity because of its waterfall called Skakalo, which thanks to its hight of about 20 meters makes incredible shapes.
Besides that, with a special pleasure Divcibare presents its soft meadows, and coniferous and deciduous forests. If you are looking for a sense of freedom, relaxation, happiness- you will find them with a help of a cable railway which will lead you to the tops „Crni Vrh“ and „Maljen“.
All these beauties cannot be seen in one day only, so you will need the services of accomodation. Indeed, Divcibare has those bountifully. In the absolute silence and peace, scents of nature and flavor of freedom, you will be fascinated by the hotels: Bob-Petošević, Maljen, Mladost, Crni Vrh, with very affordable prices.
The name of Divcibare dates from 1476, when it was mentioned during Turkish census of Sandzak. „In the vicinity of „Master’s cottage“ there was a spring of cold mountain water, and the name Divcibare or „Girl’s pools“ got its name by a tragic death of one young girl who has drowned by accident in the risen river“. Make a decision to be beautiful, healthy and happy, and let it guide you to the mountainous climatic healing center of Divcibare. You will have the time of your life.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Championship of Swimming Associations of Central Serbia

By: Bojana Jankovic

Paracin, March, 05. 2010( Serbia Today) - On February 27, 2010 at the swimming pool “Three Dolphins” in Potocac,near Paracin, a winter Championship of Swimming Associations of Central Serbia was held. The participants came from 18 clubs, consisting of 241 swimmers, from towns of Leskovac, Nis, Krusevac, Paracin, Kraljevo, Vrnjacka Banja, Jagodina, Valjevo, Kragujevac and Uzice. The swimmers from Cigota on Zlatibor have won three medals (two gold, one silver). The participants from the club Cigota at this year’s championship were Predrag Citić, Danilo Milijanović, Marija Petrović, Bojana Knežević, Jana Anđić, Srtđana Vukajlović, Teodora Vujić, Jelena Stanić i Helena Aganović.
The youngest participant Predrag Citić, who is only 11 years old, has won two gold medals (100 meters breaststroke and 100 meters backstroke). He is one of the most talented young swimmers in Serbia.
In a category of younger girls (9 and 10 years old) a relay from Cigota (Bojana Knežević, Marija Petrović, Srđana Vukajlović i Teodora Vujić ) took a silver medal in a discipline 4x50m free style. On this winter Swimming Championship 2010, the youngsters have won 11 medals in total (4 gold, 3 silver, 4 bronze). The II round of Championship for youth will be held next weekend.

The best bowler in the world from Serbia!

By Milen Vesovic

Vrbas, March, 05. 2010 (Serbia Today) - Vilmos Zavarko, Serbian national bowling player is placed first on the International Bowling Federation ranking list (FIC NBC).

Zavarko, who on the previous list was third, replaced on the top Norbert Kis from Hungary. Serbian representative won the tournament for the world rankings in Vrbas, Apatin and Szeged this year, and as points are counted his participations in the team championship of the world in Detenheim 2009, his last year's victory in the tournament in Szeged and third place at last year's tournament in Skopje .

Among the top 20 on the list, which this year has a record 779 bowler, there are three Serbian players. The captain of the world champion Jovan Calic is fourth, at the 12th place is Arpad Antal, and 17th is Daniel Tepsa. In the women’s bowler competition, among the top 20 list were 474 names, while Serbia has three competitors. Nevenka Jokovic is the tenth, Zorica Barac 11th, and Livia Santo 19th.
Rank list for March - bowler: 1 Vilmos Zavarko (Serbia, Sport Podbrezova - Slovakia) 82 points, 2 Kyle Kis (Hungary, Szeged) 74.73, 3 Kracijun Kosmin (Romania, Victoria Bamberg - Germany) 72.29, 4 John Calic (Serbia, Sport Podbrezova) 70.29, 5 Gejer Karl (Germany, Victoria Bamberg) 70 ... 12. Arpad Antal (Serbia, Belgrade, "Postal Savings Bank) 60, 17th Daniel Tepša (Serbia, Belgrade, "Postal Savings Bank") 56 points.

Bowler-women: 1- Ursula Zimmermann (Germany, Ledelseim) 91.67, 2- Barbara Fidel (Slovenia, Celje Lanteks) 82.67, 3- Corinna Kastner (Germany, Epelheim) 82.25, 10- Nevenka Jokovic (Serbia, Pioneer - Subotica) 62.33, 11- Zorica Barac (Serbia, Junakovic - Junakovic Spa) 61.80, 19- Livia Santo (Serbia, Pioneer) 50.33 points, etc. Next tournament for the world ranking list is the "Grand Prix” of Austria in Vienna on April 3,2010.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Album of Zdravko Colic

By:Bojana Jankovic

Belgrade, March 03., 2010 (Serbia Today)- Sebian pop legend Zdravko Colic in the past six months has recoreded a new album „When you look over the shoulder“ with 13 songs.
Producers and arrangers Voja Aralica and Nikola Bratos produced this album on the highest standards of newest music production.
The re-mastering and post-production are done in a studio ’Metropolis“ in London.
Colic is not only a singer of all thirteen songs, but also their composer. Songs „Lili“ and „Deceit“ carry some very lively melodies.
In a song „Marijaci“ Colic is singing a duet with Goran Bregovic. This is the first time during his forty –year old carreer that he is performing a duet.
With a joyous and catchy rythm of this disco-story „Manijaci“, Colic and Bregovic are showing that in spite of their long time presence on the music scene, their time is still coming.

Friday, March 5, 2010

U.S. Embassy Belgrade proudly announces the opening of the first American pavilion at the International Tourism Fair at Belgrade’s Fairground

Belgrade, Feb.26, 2010 (Source: US Embassy Belgrade News) - U.S. Embassy Belgrade proudly announced the opening of the first American pavilion at the International Tourism Fair, held February 24-28, 2010, at Belgrade’s Fairground.

This year, through rich content and presentations of specific U.S. attractions, this beautiful country will be brought closer to Serbian travelers as a potential tourist destination.
At US Embassy booth visitors will have an opportunity to virtually visit the United States through interactive displays. The American pavilion is located on the first floor of the Hall 1, booth number 1306. Every four hours, among regular activities, personnel at the booth will be presenting chosen destinations according to the schedule provided below.

As this is the first official presentation in Serbia of the U.S. as a tourist destination, personnel from the Embassy’s Visa section will be available to provide information on visa issuance procedures, according to the established schedule. Through these presentations organizers hope to help Serbian travelers get to know the beauties of USA through word and image.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Vera Zvonareva defeated Jelena Jankovic

Belgrade, Feb. 19, 2010 (Serbia Today) - For Serbian Tennis star, Jelena Jankovic, the tournament in Dubai is over after she lost against Russian rising star Vera Zvonareva after one hour and seventeen minutes of play (6:3,and 6:2, ).
It is visible already for some time that Serbian best Tennis player is a bit out of her usually top form.Ambitious Zvonareva didn’t give for a minute a chance to Jelena to come back to herself. She knew how to use Jankovic’s de-concentration and after a soft and balanced start she took over with aggressive game and soon after she won.
High intensity and frequency of the Tennis tournaments during the professional season sometimes come back to hunt the best of players. It seems to be the case with Jelena Jankovic this year.

The “Bacon Fest” (Slaninijada) in the Village of Kacarevo

Kacarevo, Feb. 20, 2010 (Serbia Today) – The 23rd traditional annual tourist event “Slaninijada” (Bacon Fest) opened on Friday in Kacarevo. According to the press release by the Tourist Club Slaninijada, during this unique bacon festival several events will take place. The exhibition of bacon produced by various farms, competition in the quality of bacon , bacon, cold cuts and meat products fair, as well as culinary competition “Golden Pot” will all take place during the bacon fest.
On several places public will be able to see demonstrations of the process of bacon and sausage production. At most of the booths public will be offered to taste various products. Commercial character of the fest is not to be undermined. This is a place where each year food wholesalers and retailers meet with producers of bacon and cold cuts to make deals and put orders
Music, sports and entertainment programs are part of the bacon fest as well. Here visitors are able to see ethnic traditions of different ethnic minorities living in Vojvodina and to experience the richness of diverse cultural and culinary heritages.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Belgrade Tourism Fair opened

Belgrade, Feb. 24, 2010 (Serbia Today) – State Secretary for tourism at the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development Goran Petkovic declared on Monday that Belgrade’s tourism fair is the leading event of its kind in the region. Speaking at a press conference about the program and related events of the 32nd international tourism fair, to be held from 24 to 28 February in Belgrade, Petkovic said that the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has devoted a great deal of attention to this fair over the past few years. Petkovic announced that the fair, at which 850 exhibitors will participate, will be opened by UNWTO General Director Zoltan Somogyi this year. The fair has offered progressively more exhibitions and events every year. It is expected to be visited by a large number of business people, as this fair can offer great business opportunities, noted Petkovic. This year a wine fair will also be held for the first time, parallel to the tourism fair. A UN program committee for rural tourism will also hold its gatherings at the fair, he said. Tourism fair project manager Nikola Andric announced that this year the fair will last for five days and it is expected that leading domestic and foreign tourism organizations, agencies, hotels and resorts will be present. Visitors who choose to pay for a summer vacation package deal at the fair will be offered a 10% to 20% discount. Director of the Tourist Organization of Belgrade Jasna Dimitrijevic said that the tourism fair attracts a lot of visitors to Belgrade and that special sightseeing tours will be arranged for fair participants.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Bob Dylan will perform in Belgrade in June

Belgrade, Feb. 19, 2010 (Serbia Today) – The legend of the American music scene Bob Dylan will perform in June in Belgrade according to report by Belgrade daily Blic. Concert organized by music Agency Avalon, will be held in Belgrade Arena.
Last time Dylan performed in Belgrade was nineteen years ago, in 1991, when he had a concert at the Galenika Stadium in Zemun. Dylan is, without doubt, one of the most important name of the American music of 20th century. Not only that he changed the direction in which the American folk music was going, but he also introduced American folk music outside of US and made it popular around the world.
Since 1988, Dylan made over 2100 concerts around the world in his so called “Never ending Tour”. This year, he is starting with the concert in Osaka, Japan, in March. Besides Belgrade, he will have concerts in other major cities in the region.