This year, too, a street art festival called will be held in Vukovar VUKOVART – goes vertical! co-organized by Vala kulture and the City of Vukovar, as a continuation of last year’s international event VUKOVART – Port of Art 2017. At several locations in Borovo naselje, the facades of buildings will be painted with murals world-famous street artists. Also, after a great collaboration s Planet Street Painting as a co-organizer, this year he is changing that role Val culture.The main goal of the project is to change the image of the city of Vukovar and put it on the maps of European and world contemporary art that will be recognized in Croatia and in the European Union, and finally the world, and last year is proof that the organizers succeeded.The festival will host the most successful artists from the world street art scene, and visitors will be able to observe the creative processes of muralists: Marine Capdevile from Spain, Rickey Lee Gordon from South Africa, Vere Bugatti i Fabia Fedelea from Italy, Elle & Pitra from France and two Croatian artists, Cheza and Sarma. The artists will paint the facades in Borovo naselje and the program will be accompanied by musical performances. The concert of General Woo on the Vukovar promenade is also expected.The festival is also intended for families with children, so the youngest creatives will be able to participate in children’s program “Chalk 2 ” and to announce fresh competition with world artists. The workshop will be led by Filip Mrvelj, who will refresh or restore his 3D image on the Vukovar bridge.The rich program will be completed by the screening of the film “First Journey” by Filip Mrvelj and Krešimir Herceg, which shows a 1000-kilometer long bike ride to the festival where Filip Mrvelj painted a picture of the connection between Croatia and France.The Vukovart Festival realizes the original idea of the organizers to make Vukovar an open-air museum with its new attractive visual identity. The 3D images attract many tourists who come to this city on the Danube every day on cruises. In this way, Vukovar creates a new concept of branding the city by merging the archaeological, cultural and historical heritage with a new urban identity, modeled on famous European destinations such as Berlin. The result of this whole tourist story is that 3D graffiti certainly generated new added value in the tourist offer of Vukovar, and in combination with the rest of the cultural offer if it is combined into a complete tourist product, they can be an excellent new tourist product of Vukovar.This festival promotes Vukovar as a place that accepts all artists, ie creators of new values. Also, this concept changes the visual identity of the city and makes it a more beautiful place to live, but also in a way that the painted areas are an attraction for more and more tourists who come. It is a project that proves that we are systematically working on a continuous tourist offer and that Vukovar is opening up to various tourist interests.On the one hand, by renovating the facades and painting public areas, Vukovar is becoming a more pleasant place to live, while on the other hand, this festival creates a unique tourist attraction that is interesting to both locals and foreign tourists.This is another proof of how the enthusiasm of an individual can contribute to a new added value of the tourist and cultural offer of the city. This event is slowly becoming a new tourist product that can result in the motive of tourist arrivals of visitors to Croatia and even Europe. Yes, you can make a great tourist story out of “nothing”, but nothing goes overnight without the will and long-term work, recognizing the opportunity of the city administration, investing in a better tomorrow and the effort and synergy of all participants.And don’t forget, investing in events is not a cost, but an investment. An investment that in a couple of years will become a motive for coming and generate tourist consumption that is dispersed vertically and horizontally to other industries. That is the greatest power of tourism.Visit Vukovar from May 29 to June 10 and have a new experience – VukovART, port of art
The club said in a statement: “Liverpool can confirm they have completed the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli, subject to registration. “The 24-year-old sealed his switch to Anfield from AC Milan after passing a medical and agreeing a long-term deal to become the Reds’ ninth signing of the summer so far.” In the club statement, Balotelli, who won a league winner’s medal with City in 2012, said Liverpool was “a great team with young players”. He said: “I’m very happy. We’ve been talking about coming here and now I’m happy to be here. “Liverpool are one of the best teams here in England and the football is very good here. “It’s a great team with young players, and that’s why I came here.” Balotelli spent a year-and-a-half at Milan, where he scored 30 goals in 54 appearances. He has also won the Champions League, three Serie A championships and the FA Cup, plus 33 caps for Italy during which he has scored 13 goals including the strike that accounted for England in the World Cup. Balotelli has had a colourful career and has often fallen out with his managers. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to have asked for assurances about the player’s behaviour on and off the pitch. Last week, Rodgers said no incoming player would be allowed to threaten the “fantastic environment” at the club. Balotelli will wear the No 45 shirt and is understood to have signed a three-year deal with the option of a fourth year after moving for a transfer fee of £16million. Rodgers said that was “outstanding value” for a “world-class talent”. He told the club’s official website: “This transfer represents outstanding value for the club and I think we have done a really smart piece of business here. “There is no doubting Mario’s ability; he is a world-class talent and someone who, for such a young age, has vast experience of playing at the very highest level. “He has scored goals in the Barclays Premier League, in Italy, in the Champions League and for his country at international level. “I believe we have the infrastructure, culture and environment to get the best out of him and help him achieve his true potential. We are a strong group here, committed to hard work and he will benefit from being around it. “I am looking forward to working with him and helping him learn more, improve and progress as a player. I’m sure the supporters will make him feel very welcome.” The 24-year-old has agreed a “long-term deal” according to the club, but will not be registered in time to play against his former side Manchester City. The Italy striker tweeted the news of his signing minutes ahead of the official club announcement, saying: “YNWA! COME ON LIVERPOOL!” Liverpool have sealed one of the shock signings of the summer after confirming Mario Balotelli’s arrival from AC Milan. Press Association
Week three of the spring position previews shifts focus from Jim Leonhard’s defense to the offensive side of the football, a unit also welcoming many new faces to the mix.I don’t need to be the one to say that last year’s Badgers disappointed for many reasons. This lack of success can partially be credited to the team’s offense only scoring 29.7 points per game, good for 61st in the nation, after scoring 33.8 points per game during the team’s outstanding 2017 season.The underlying stats, however, paint a different picture.Football: To fuel 2019 season, Badger secondary looking for consistencyAfter last week’s dive into the units of defensive backs and linebackers, this week the focus is on Coach Paul Read…An important statistic in evaluating offensive production is yards per play. This stat takes the total yards gained by an offense and divides it by the number of plays the unit ran during the course of a season.The 2017 Badgers, a team that went 13-1 and fell a drive short of the College Football Playoff, averaged 6.1 yards per play.The 2018 Badgers, a team that went 8-5, averaged 6.4 yards per play.The drop in offensive production on the scoreboard was not due to a lack of production by the team as a whole, but rather due to untimely turnovers and a lack of efficiency in the red zone and on special teams — Rafael Gaglianone, the team’s kicker, made an atrocious 58 percent of his field goals.So, now that Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Joe Rudolph has lost much of his 2018 and 2017 talent to graduation and the NFL, it’s time for him to rebuild his unit in order to bring the Badgers back into national relevance.The first positional units of the offense previewed are the offensive line and backfield.Offensive LineBadger fans know the offensive line has been a pivotal cog in Head Coach Paul Chryst’s and Rudolph’s offensive system, one premised on dominating the line of scrimmage and running the football.Last year the line boasted NFL talent across the board in Jon Dietzen, Michael Deiter, Tyler Biadasz, Beau Benzschawel and David Edwards.Football Outsiders’ end-of-year rankings had the unit as the best in the nation, outperforming the great offensive lines of Alabama, Oklahoma and other top programs.Looking forward to 2019, however, only Biadasz returns to the team, and a new-look line must be ushered in around him.The good news for Wisconsin fans is that Chryst hasn’t had any trouble in the past bringing top-level talent at the position to the school, as he has seemingly rebooted the line to a perennial top-ten unit in the nation every year.Current linemen on the roster who will battle for open starting jobs alongside Biadasz include redshirt sophomore Kayden Lyles, redshirt senior Jason Erdmann, redshirt sophomore Tyler Beach, redshirt senior David Moorman, redshirt sophomore Logan Bruss and redshirt sophomore Josh Seltzner.With Biadasz on the sideline for the spring session and several spring practices in the books, the shape of the line around him is starting to form with Moorman at left tackle, Seltzner at left guard, Bruss at right guard and Beach at right tackle.This lineup is not finalized, however, as Chryst and the staff will welcome in five-star recruit Logan Brown to the team in the fall and have Erdmann and Cole Van Lanen, players who both played in 13 games a year ago, battling for the positions.Despite all these new names up front, Biadasz is encouraged with the progress that they’ve made as a unit since the spring began.“They’re doing a hell of a job this spring so far,” Biadasz said. “It’s only week two and they’re doing a really good job of just catching along and building themselves each practice.”Chryst and Rudolph hope that the development at the position continues as the spring and summer progress and that the line can come close to their 2017 and 2018 form.Football: Fresh defensive line, linebacking corps seek to return Wisconsin defense to dominanceThe date was December 27, but the Badgers’ 34–3 Pinstripe Bowl victory against the University of Miami feels like it Read…Running Back and FullbackThe answer in the backfield is clear. Jonathan Taylor is back in Madison for his junior season and will be ready to defend the Doak Walker Award he received last fall.Taylor is coming off a sophomore season that not only lived up to the hype that followed his freshman campaign but exceeded it with 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns. To put Taylor’s historic first two seasons in perspective, he’s on pace to become the greatest running back in Wisconsin history.What isn’t clear about the backfield, however, is who will play Robin to Taylor’s Batman and keep him fresh throughout the season.Last year, Taiwan Deal, Garrett Groshek and Chris James split the role of the team’s backup running back and filled it well, averaging 6.6, 6.5 and 4.7 yards per carry respectively. Groshek is back in Madison this season but Deal and James both graduated last spring, leaving a big hole in the rotation.Chryst addressed the running back rotation when speaking after the Badgers’ 7th spring practice.“There are spots or roles to be earned,” Chryst said. “That’s where spring is a good time to get reps, the consistency probably won’t come until fall camp.”The likely heir to Deal and James’ role as one of Taylor’s backups is Bradrick Shaw. Shaw was injured for all of the 2018 season but showed promise during his freshman year in 2016, rushing for over 450 yards on an average of 5.2 yards per carry.Shaw and Groshek should do an effective job aiding Taylor this season — Shaw as more of the bruising, powerful back and Groshek as a third-down passing option.The story of departed talent continues at the fullback position with Alec Ingold graduating and pursuing an NFL career. The likely replacement for Ingold is redshirt junior Mason Stokke. Stokke played in nine games a year ago, only carrying the ball four times.Other fullbacks on the roster are sophomore Leo Chenal and redshirt sophomore Coy Wanner.Both of these units — the offensive line and backfield — will work to take pressure off one of the most talked about positions coming into spring and summer football — quarterback.Will Graham Mertz, the No. 5 overall quarterback in this year’s class, take the helm as a true freshman? Will Jack Coan build off his productive-at-times 2018 season?Next week the quarterback position will be previewed along with the wide receiver group, two positions with plenty still up in the air with the 2019 campaign around the corner.Note: The print version of this article incorrectly identified Logan Brown as Trent Brown. The Badger Herald regrets this error. Brown’s correct name is listed in this story.