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"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up," said Pablo Picasso. This predicament is one that Zagreb-based artist Maya Beus has overcome with flair. An art lover from a young age, Maya has been creating and drawing her whole life. She crafted her passion into a profession over ten years ago and hasn't looked back. In that time, she has accumulated an impressive client list that includes the likes of Oscar de la Renta, St. Regis Hotels, and LVMH. Maya BeusMaya on location for St. Regis We chatted with Maya about everything from her artistic journey - which is one of pure perseverance, talent, and hard work - to her go-to spots in Zagreb, her favourite paintings and creators, and more. Immerse yourself in the life of an artist in Zagreb, and read on for Maya's firsthand account of building a creative career in Croatia's capital city. On becoming an artist Could you explain your path to becoming a professional artist? I was always drawing as a kid. In the 80s, Croatia had travelling book salesmen. That's where my parents got a trilogy of books on the history of art. The third one covered everything from the Renaissance to the Modern Age - and that was my favourite book ever. As a child, I would open it and just stare. I grew up with it. My dad tells me when I was very, very little that I also liked Picasso, but I don't quite remember that phase [laughing]. Art was always around me. My dad painted a little bit, and my mom used to draw. She

USA Today published an article titled 15 must-try spirits, liqueurs and canned cocktails (as seen at Bar Convent Brooklyn 2021) on November 16. The text came out following the prestigious Bar Convent food and beverage conference, which Croatian beverage company Badel 1862 was part of. Badel 1862 manufactures "Antique Pelinkovac," a brand of pelinkovac. It was this drink that left an impression on USA Today, which then noted: "Though not quite as pervasive in the United States as Scotch whisky or Italian amaro, pelinkovac is a particularly intriguing liqueur that's certainly worth sampling. While this wormwood-heavy concoction is enjoyed all throughout the Balkans, Antique offers a distinctly Croatian spin on the spirit, first created back in 1862 by Franjo Pokorny to aid in digestion. Antique performs beautifully in a cocktail, but for best results, enjoy the spirit with nothing more than an ice cube and a slice of orange." Pelinkovac is a herbal liqueur that has been touted for its medicinal benefits - and simply consumed for pleasure - in Croatia for ages. The most prominent flavour in this bitter drink is wormwood (pelin in Croatian). USA Today might like it with orange, but for an exceptionally flavourful experience we recommend you try it with a dash of lemon juice. When in Croatia, just ask your waiter for a štrukani pelin (š is pronounced sh), and they'll know what to do. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Antique Pelinkovac (@antiquepelink

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In a press release, the Zagreb Film Festival announces: "Outstanding recent films from the five largest European cinematographies, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, are once again the focus of the side program The Great 5, which Zagreb Film Festival organizes in cooperation with the Network of European Union National Institutes for Culture in Croatia (EUNIC). The British one-shot film, Boiling Point directed by Philip Barantini, easily pulls viewers into a frenzied evening of a prestigious restaurant and its staff. Andy’s (Stephen Graham — The Irishman, Snatch) day has just started, and he’s already behind with work. As the chef at a popular London restaurant, he’s used to the relentless pace, stress, and unexpected situations, but it’s the last Friday before Christmas and the busiest night of the year… Actress Vinette Robinson won special mention in Karlovy Vary. Zagreb Film Festival"Boiling Point" French cinematography is represented with the uplifting social drama with notes of magic realism, Gagarine, which ZFF presents in collaboration with the French Institute in Croatia. The debut film by directorial duo Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, which premiered at the Cannes Festival, is a nostalgic homage to the Utopian parisian housing project Cité Gagarine. 16-year-old dreamer Yuri has lived all his life in the brick complex on the outskirts of Paris. He dreams of becoming an astronaut. When local authorities decide to demolish the building, Yuri and

During a press conference on November 9, employees of the Pula Tourist Board presented a new project: the Pula Fort Centre – Pula’s Fortification System. The project aims to provide a new and exciting offer for visitors to the city. On the project's official website, its value is stated as 23,277,260.22 HRK (around 3,097,993.95 EUR), and its date of completion as November 2022. The website states: "The implementation of a programme of arrangements for integrated-territorial investment (ITI) in cultural heritage began at the end of 2020. It began by integrating different, but linked activities to mobilise and enhance the enormous potential of parts of the city of Pula’s cultural heritage, increase the offering of cultural and educational activities and events primarily for the wellbeing of all residents in the city of Pula area and Istria, and, indirectly, influence the sustainable development of the economy and tourism. The project activities resulted in significant physical changes to the spaces included in the project, with new, associated service departments and an entirely new potential for numerous development opportunities in various sectors of significance for Pula’s urban area. The project implementation period is 41 months." The project includes the Fort Centre visitors' centre, the underground Zerostrasse tunnels, and the underground Kaštel fortress.

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Croatia has secured its place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, following a 1-0 match against Russia. The match was played today at a very rainy Poljud Stadium in Split, Croatia with the "Vatreni" coming out on top following 94 minutes of gameplay. In the 81st minute, Russia's Fedor Kudryashov deflected a ball from Croatia's Borna Sosa into their own net. Fan and team spirits were high after the game, with the confirmation that Croatia would be travelling to Qatar next year. So far, Croatia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, and Qatar have qualified. Starting November 21, 2022, 32 total teams will play in eight groups of four to kick off the next World Cup. Here's to Croatia doing (at least) as well as in 2018! 😏 CROATIA MIGHT BE GOING TO THE WORLD CUP THROUGH A RUSSIA OWN GOAL 😱 pic.twitter.com/W6jC8DP2Yb — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 14, 2021 🇭🇷🇷🇺⏹️ It's over! #Croatia prevails! 💪#BeProud | #CRORUS | #WCQ | #Vatreni❤️‍🔥 pic.twitter.com/lQEOithS0j — HNS (@HNS_CFF) November 14, 2021 FT: Croatia 1-0 Russia.The World Cup Finalists of 2018 have qualified for the World Cup in Qatar! pic.twitter.com/at4tmfNZUk — 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) November 14, 2021 Captain Luka Modric is leading Croatia to their third-straight World Cup 🪄 pic.twitter.com/ItUvTGjQqF — B/R Football (@brfootball) November 14, 2021

Tis the season of rolling fog, seemingly smoke-covered grey skies, and long chilly nights in Croatia… Though Halloween is behind us, nature continues to set the perfect scene for horror film watching season. Indeed, being scared is fun (science says so!), and it's made even better when the world around us seems to match our favourite hair-raising film plots. Maybe it's easier, too, when we can blame the bumps in the night on a typical November draft. Then again, horror films can be enjoyed all year long, especially when they're good. The type of good that goes beyond solely visually striking scenes and temporary emotions. The type of good that engages and makes you feel – and keeps you thinking, even weeks after watching. Such a thrilling (through and through) experience can be found in The Accursed, an independent film by women-led production gang, Almost Normal Productions. If there was ever a trio to "make films for women to channel their inner badass" (the studio's slogan), it's Elizabeta Vidovic, Kathryn Michelle, and Izabela Vidovic. The three women behind Almost Normal Productions are equal parts talented, full of life, intelligent, kind, passionate, and – badass, of course. Time Out Croatia caught up with Elizabeta, Kathryn, and Izabela to get the lowdown on their upcoming film – one that we're very excited for. At the Los Angeles-based Almost Normal Productions, we're told, "we all wear all the hats!" Elizabeta, Kathryn, and Izabela each write, produce, and direct, b

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Beloved Zagreb bistro Pod Zidom is reopening soon! New, new, new In tow is a new state-of-the-art wine and spirits menu - completely revised. The restaurant also has a new chef on board: Matija Pavlić, a talent from Croatia's region of Međimurje. Pavlić kicked off his career in Čakovec, while his first fine-dining restaurant was De Canavellis on Korčula. After a stint at The Ledbury in London, Pavlić made the rounds at 360 in Dubrovnik, Sabbia in Crikvenica, and Noel, Mano, and Barbieri's in Zagreb. So... With a new groove in both the kitchen and the bar, this reopening will mark Pod Zidom's first time back in full swing since the outbreak of the pandemic.

In honor of November kicking off, we're bringing you a selection of fall photos from Croatia's capital city. It's official: Zagreb has donned a beautiful autumnal coat.  Patrik Macek/PIXSELLCars in Zagreb in full fall garb Marko Prpic/PIXSELLNovember 1, All Saints Day, sees Zagreb citizens flocking to the beautiful Mirogoj Cemetery Slaven Branislav Babic/PixsellA delightfully eery tree-flanked street in Croatia's capital Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELLThe Mimara Museum's horseshoe shape stands out among colourful trees Marin Tironi/PIXSELLSun and fog mingle at Zagreb's majestic Medvedgrad Castle Slaven Branislav Babic/PIXSELLCan you recognise this Zagreb landmark behind the autumn fog? Jurica Galoic/PIXSELLAn aerial view of Mirogoj Cemetery on All Saints Day Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELLA post-rain postcard from the foothills of Mount Medvednica

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After two years away due to the pandemic, the 10th edition of Hideout Festival is on from July 3 to 7 2022, the team announced in a press release.  The fest will feature boat parties, day parties, and headline shows across five stunning open-air venues. Per Hideout, these are the world-renowned Papaya, Aquarius, Noa, Kalypso, and the intimate Euphoria stages, and between them, they boast sun-soaked wooden terraces, plenty of thematic production, mesmeric lights, world-class sound systems, and uninterrupted views of the glistening Adriatic. Guests can expect genres from disco to techno, drum & bass, to garage and house music, by both legendary pioneers and red-hot breakout acts. For those who like their cutting-edge underground sounds, there is plenty to look forward to from scene leaders such as Ninja Tune's Jayda G, rising superstar TSHA and recent Fabric mix entrant and techno innovators Overmono. For house heads, there are the likes of GRAMMY winners Camelphat, Aussie house maestro Sonny Fodera, bass lover Eats Everything, and Hideout favs like Solardo, Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Sam Divine, Richy Ahmed, Krystal Klear, and many more. For party-starting beats and breaks look no further than the thrilling breakout star Sherelle, plus returning legend Skream and the social media sensations that are Northern rap kings Bad Boy Chiller Crew. In addition, DnB, garage, and all things bass are covered by titans, including Andy C, Dimension, Shy FX, Holy Goof, Jaguar, My Nu Leng, an

3.5 years ago, repairs began on Zagreb's famed Medvedgrad Fortess. Since the 13th century when it was erected, Medvedgrad has sat on the slopes of forest-covered Mount Medvednica; the beautiful green guardian of Croatia's capital city. The now-finished Medvedgrad revamp project included a renovation of the fortress' walls, as well as three of its interior buildings. Now, from October 22, guests will be able to enjoy the fortress once again - this time with a modern visitor centre, interactive exhibits, and educational information. A fortress full of history Nature Park Medvednica explains Medvedgrad's back story: "[Medvedgrad Fortress] was built in 1254, after the catastrophic invasion of Tatars who had raided and devastated this area, burning and razing to the ground the two settlements which later became the city of Zagreb: the burgher’s Gradec and the bishop’s Kaptol. Although built in order to protect the burghers, the bishop and the ecclesiastical treasure, castle Medvedgrad commanded such a perfect strategic site that it was perpetually in the centre of proprietary and political turmoil. In its history it changed many lords, who won or lost it through marriage, purchase and sale, intrigue or even plotting. Even though magnificently fortified and always ready for battle, Medvedgrad was never attacked. On the contrary, the lords of Medvedgrad often filled their coffers and storehouses by plundering neighboring villages, and sometimes even, either by political or armed for

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