Modern art styles – Utopic Studios http://utopicstudios.com/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 17:42:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://utopicstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Modern art styles – Utopic Studios http://utopicstudios.com/ 32 32 10 Best Batman Comic Book Covers From The 80s https://utopicstudios.com/10-best-batman-comic-book-covers-from-the-80s/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 17:42:42 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/10-best-batman-comic-book-covers-from-the-80s/ Batman may have been created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939, but the modern version of the “Dark Knight” originated in the 1980s in books like Return of the Dark Knight by Frank Miller and killer joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. It was a groundbreaking decade for the Caped Crusader, with […]]]>

Batman may have been created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939, but the modern version of the “Dark Knight” originated in the 1980s in books like Return of the Dark Knight by Frank Miller and killer joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. It was a groundbreaking decade for the Caped Crusader, with stories that explored the character’s past, present, and future in ways no one had before.



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These stories were crafted by some of DC Comics’ greatest writers and artists, and while the stories contained in the comics were fantastic, their covers were equally memorable. Artists like Todd McFarlane, Mike Mignola, and David Mazzucchelli have created some of the most striking and engaging Batman covers of all time.

ten Detective Comics #566 shows the thieves

When Batman and Robin receive a mysterious note asking them to “know their enemies”, they settle in front of the Batcomputer to browse through their files and review their villains. The issue includes a dozen splash pages depicting some of Batman’s greatest Silver and Bronze Age villains, such as Ra’s al Ghul, Deadshot, Nocturna, and more.

The number looks more like an anniversary or annual number. The cover, illustrated by Dick Giordano and Anthony Tollin, faithfully reflects the walk in the past that the interior offers. Portraits of some of Batman’s greatest villains hang on the walls like a museum.

9 The Demon’s Son Features a Defiant Batman

Batman: son of the demon took the relationship between Batman and Talia al Ghul to the next level. After Batman works with Ra’s to stop an eco-terrorist, Bruce and Talia have time to explore their relationship and Talia becomes pregnant. Fearing that the baby would distract him from his heroic obligations, Talia lied to Bruce, telling him that she had had a miscarriage.

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As fans know, years later it will be revealed that Talia gave birth to Damian Wayne, the new Robin. son of the devil, by Mike W. Barr and Jerry Bingham, looked like an adaptation of an early Dennis O’Neil/Neal Adams Batman story, and Bingham’s painted art style is gorgeous, standing out from most strip styles drawn at the time.

8 The Dark Knight Returns #4 shows Batman facing off against the Man of Steel

The ultimate superhero showdown took place at Return of the Dark Knight #4. Superman and Batman had swapped fists before in the comics, but never like this. Frank Miller crafted a confrontation that went deeper than any physical brawl, showing Superman and Batman arguing over their morals, ideals, and opposing views on what’s right.

The fight itself has been adapted countless times, most notably in Zack Snyder’s film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The cover is just as visually striking as all of Miller’s covers. The World’s Finest fight atop the wreckage of a war zone, their silhouettes silhouetted against the fires behind them.

seven Batman #423 shows just how cool Batman’s cape can be

Todd McFarlane is best known for creating Spawn and his contributions to the amazing spider man, including the co-creation of Venom. But fans might not realize that McFarlane actually spent time at DC Comics, creating some great covers for Batman.

When McFarlane drew Spider-Man, he studied spiders, putting the Wall-Crawler in exaggerated and acrobatic action poses. For Batman, McFarlane exaggerated the physics of his cape, creating folds and shapes that made Batman look more like a gothic creature of the night, as seen on the cover of Batman #423.

6 Batman #436 “Year Three” saw Dick Grayson’s origin

After the success of Miller and Mazzucchelli’s “Year One” Batman storyline, DC Comics expanded on Batman’s early crime-fighting years. One of the most successful explorations came from Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick’s “Year Three” storyline, which began in Batman #436.

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The cover, illustrated by legendary artist George Pérez, was a collage of images of a shadowy Batman, Haly’s Circus, Nightwing and a young Dick Grayson crying over the body of his parents, mimicking the cover by Mazzucchelli from “Year One”. While “Year One” explored Bruce’s origins, “Year Three” delved into Dick Grayson’s origin.

5 The killer joke is an iconic joker cover

Written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Brian Bolland and colored by John Higgins, Batman: The Killing Joke explored a possible origin story for the Joker, something that had remained largely untouched until the 1980s. The Agent of Chaos was given some stability, portrayed as a failing comedian desperately trying to support his new family.

The killer joke was a dark and mature story that featured shocking images and events that would eventually be inserted into the main DC continuity. Bolland’s cover design was simple but memorable. The Joker is holding a camera, taking a photo of the reader. It’s one of the most recognizable Batman covers of all time.

4 Batman #406 saw Batman under siege

All of David Mazzucchelli’s covers for the four-part “Year One” story deserve a place among the best comic book covers of the decade. Batman #404 features Bruce Wayne kneeling beside his parents’ bodies, #405 puts Batman in the spotlight, while #407 depicts a shady confrontation between Batman and Gordon.

Although they are all fantastic, number 406 exceeds them. The cover features a snapshot of a scene from the book as Batman evades Gotham police. “Year One” revolutionized Batman’s origin, and while the plot was well crafted by Frank Miller, Mazzucchelli’s art is timeless and will continue to influence Batman stories for years to come.

3 Gotham By Gaslight Shows A Victorian Era Dark Knight

DC’s heroes and villains have such strong narrative underpinnings that changes to their origins or future are not only accepted but encouraged. This has been proven in Elseworlds stories like Superman: Red Son and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight.

In Gotham by Gaslight, written by Brian Augustyn with art by Mike Mignola, Bruce Wayne exists in the late 19th century, hunting Jack the Ripper in London. The art inside the book is as amazing as the cover itself. Batman’s iconic figure perches on a rooftop with the nighttime city of London behind him.

2 Detective Comics #587 shows off the quintessential Batman of the 1980s

In the 1980s, artists Norm Breyfogle and Anthony Tollin created a series of beautiful gothic-style Batman comic book covers, but the cover of Detective comics #587 stands out as simply “Batman”. The Dark Knight stands in a dark alley, illuminated by lightning in the background as rain hits the street below him.

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It’s the kind of imagery that separates Batman from most other superheroes. He is a creature of the night, a vigilante who hunts down shadows. The best Batman covers are often the simplest, using Batman’s iconic silhouette to create stunning visuals.

1 The Dark Knight Returns #1 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley

Return of the Dark Knight is one of the most famous Batman stories of all time, thanks to creators like Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley. It might be one of the best Batman stories ever told, but the art is even better. The cover image for issue #1, with a larger Batman lit up by a thunderbolt, is absolutely iconic and has been recreated by countless artists for countless covers.

One of the best things about Return of the Dark Knight is that it can be read without Batman’s prior knowledge. Sure, the characters reference past events like Jason Todd’s death, but the story stands on its own in a possible future that doesn’t necessarily exist in the main DC Comics continuity.

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Nobu vs. Matsuhisa Restaurants: What’s the Biggest Difference? https://utopicstudios.com/nobu-vs-matsuhisa-restaurants-whats-the-biggest-difference/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:31:00 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/nobu-vs-matsuhisa-restaurants-whats-the-biggest-difference/ According Forbes, Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants adhere to Nobu’s philosophy of excellence by focusing 50% on exceptional service and 50% on food quality. Both play with Peruvian influences like seafood ceviches and tiraditos, a thinly sliced ​​raw fish similar to sashimi or carpaccio de crudo. The restaurants also incorporate local flavors into their seasonal dishes […]]]>

According Forbes, Nobu and Matsuhisa restaurants adhere to Nobu’s philosophy of excellence by focusing 50% on exceptional service and 50% on food quality. Both play with Peruvian influences like seafood ceviches and tiraditos, a thinly sliced ​​raw fish similar to sashimi or carpaccio de crudo. The restaurants also incorporate local flavors into their seasonal dishes and specialties and offer exceptional drink lists.

The concepts differ in mood and approach. “Matsuhisa restaurants are different from Nobu restaurants in that they are smaller, more intimate and more upscale, but the concept of the food, the blend between Japanese and Latin American cuisine, is the same,” explains Nobu Matsuhisa at Forbes. So essentially Matsuhisa’s restaurants are upscale and more formal, with a sense of exclusivity reminiscent of a private club. Nobu restaurants, meanwhile, are open and bright, with visible kitchens and sushi counters buzzing with chefs and guests.

Chef Nobu’s signature creations feature on both menus, but are arranged and served differently. Nobu’s beginnings in Peru are rooted in his technique and culinary creativity. “It’s not Nikkei or fusion,” he insists to Forbes. “It’s Nobu style. That means the food is still Japanese but with ingredients and styles from Peru like cilantro, jalapeno peppers and ceviche. But I wouldn’t call it fusion.” Chef Nobu Matsuhisa says, “Restaurants and hotels that bear my name, Nobu, are considered high-end, but they are not exclusive. I want Nobu to bring smiles to the faces of our customers with the bite of food, to give them a place to relax, enjoy good conversation, a good meal, and walk away happy,” via Nobo Hotels.

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9 games you might have missed at Summer Game Fest https://utopicstudios.com/9-games-you-might-have-missed-at-summer-game-fest/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/9-games-you-might-have-missed-at-summer-game-fest/ The Summer Game Fest is here, and with it a plethora of game announcements and presentations. Whether it’s called E3 or Summer game party, for years, June has been an exciting time for gamers. The month serves as the de facto Christmas morning of gaming, where developers and publishers pull back the curtain on what […]]]>

The Summer Game Fest is here, and with it a plethora of game announcements and presentations. Whether it’s called E3 or Summer game party, for years, June has been an exciting time for gamers. The month serves as the de facto Christmas morning of gaming, where developers and publishers pull back the curtain on what they’ve been working on, and this year has been no different.

Most of the headlines have been dominated by megaliths like star field Where The Last of Us Part Ibut there are plenty of smaller titles that deserve their time in the spotlight as well.

With that in mind, here’s a list of all the games you might have missed during the opening weekend of Summer Game Fest 2022.

Metal: Hellsinger

Part rhythm game, part Loss clone, Metal: Hellsinger seems like a shooter like no other. This FPS takes fast-paced action and pairs it with some of the best heavy metal artists in the world.

Instead of just running around killing demons, hellish singer requires the player to shoot, melee, and reload at pace. It creates a zen experience where the rest of the world melts around you. All that matters after that is your shotgun ending and the jagged soundtrack.

It’s a creative mix of genres that really stands out. Even if you’re not a fan of double-kick bands like Lamb of God or Trivium, this game will have its hooks in you. All in all, it looks like a bloody good time.

Release date: September 15, 2022

skateboarding history

skateboarding historythe teaser during the Devolver Digital summer showcase hooked me. Not your typical skating experience. Instead of riffing on the arcade experience of the Tony Hawk franchise, skateboarding history offers something a little different.

Developed by one person, this game tasks players with skating through a version of the underworld that feels like some kind of crazy drug trip. Gone is any semblance of the real world and in its place are geodesic prisms and flashing colors.

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That’s not to say your environments aren’t skatable. There are still plenty of ramps, rails and gaps to conquer. But skateboarding history is something a little more ethereal than cargo shorts, The skating tariff of yesteryear.

Release date: 2023

nil earth

nil earth is the antiSimCity. While most management/simulation games push players to build industry, use resources, and terraform the land, nil earth does the opposite. Presented at the Live healthythis simulation immerses players in an abandoned, resourceless world and forces them to make things green again.

Wind turbines, wells and greenhouses serve as tools to restore this ecosystem to its former glory. Developer free lives aim to create an experience where nature is the currency and success comes in the form of babbling streams and thriving wildlife.

Terra Nil on Steam

nil earth is to reclaim wasteland and make something out of nothing. And in a world where the skies can get grayer every day, experiences like this are like a breath of fresh air.

Release date: To be determined

Great Zoo Story

Great Zoo Story what would happen if Zoo Tycoon and Stardew Valley had a beautiful pixelated baby. The zoo management RPG has dropped a new trailer at IGN Summer of Gaming Showshowing snippets of the game’s story along with some new features.

For many it was the first time they had seen Great Zoo Story, and it stuns. While the game looks awfully Stardew Valleyits adorable sprite and animal characters will make this game of this farmer stepbrother unique.

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Plus, this brightly colored RPG doesn’t stop at rhinos and lions. The latest trailer also showed off some prehistoric additions you can bring to your zoo, allowing fans to live their lives. jurassic park fantasies while playing zookeeper.

It hasn’t been announced for Switch yet (PC only at this point), but it would be the perfect game for Nintendo’s handheld hybrid.

Release date: 2023

The little

One of the recurring themes of Summer Game Fest this year was platformers with stunning art styles. The little falls into this bucket. This 2D platformer is a spiritual successor to 1990s SEGA games like Aladdin and The Lion King.

From the brief trailer that debuted at Guerrilla Collective 3, The little looks like a wonderful animated movie that you can play. Its colorful environments are complemented by fluid parkour and intricate puzzles.

The Cub on Steam

It’s hard to say exactly what the story will be in this Demagog Studio– developed title. However, the studio promised there would be plenty of twists and turns in this post-apocalyptic tale.

Release date: to be determined

Beasts tape

As long Pokemon fan, Beasts tape got me out of my chair. Also part of the Guerilla Collective, this monster-collecting adventure seems like the next step. Pokemon fans asked.

The game sports a stunning HD-2D art style. It seamlessly combines 3D environments with beautiful 2D characters and monster sprites. And speaking of monsters, Beasts tape gives players the power to combine two of these creatures, creating something brand new.

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It’s that fusion mechanic, open world, and Saturday morning cartoon-like character designs that make Beasts tape One to watch. Of course it’s not that brand name Pokemon experience, but it seems to elevate that, making it a worthy competitor to Nintendo’s iconic IP.

Release date: To be determined

frog rifle

For those looking to scratch that Nintendo 64 itch, look no further than frog rifle. The 3D platformer sports retro polygon graphics and an adorable googly-eyed art style.

The gameplay resembles the collectathons of years past with a twist. The main character of the game, Renata, sports a grappling hook in the form of a hand frog. Using the titular Frogun’s tongue, players can swing and solve puzzles.

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It looks like a simple platform game, but it’s a kind of game that doesn’t get done much anymore. So, frog rifle will be welcomed by many.

Release date: Summer 2022

the last faith

Speaking of games that don’t do anything anymore, the last faith seeks to rediscover the magic of the classic Castlevania titles, while iterating on Konami’s gothic formula. Featured as part of the Future Games Showcase, this gory adventure is seemingly a proof of concept for what a modern game is. Castlevania game might look like.

Developer Kumi Soul Games describes the title as an “unholy alliance of Metroidvania and Soulslike”. That means this game is just as much transmitted by blood as is symphony of the night. Tight souls-esque combat meets adventure on a sprawling map, with new secrets around every corner.

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the last faith proves that this formula is anything but outdated. The beautiful pixel art and stunning craft environments make this a worthy SOTN successor.

Release date: 2022

The brave squire

The brave squire might be the most awesome game uncalled star field by Summer Game Fest. This beautiful platformer really has to be seen to be believed. Developed by former Game Freak employees, this title seamlessly blends a beautiful 2D storybook world with hyper-realistic 3D platforming sections.

Some gameplay sections shown during the Devolver showcase look like a top down view Zelda Title. Others flip the camera, turning things into a 3D action game akin to Ratchet and Clank.

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At the moment it is not clear whether The lucky squire will be something more than stunning visuals. But when your game looks this good, you benefit from the doubt.

Release date: 2023


That’s a lot of games, and there are so many more that we haven’t covered here. Whether it’s a massive AAA RPG or the smaller deck-building roguelike developed by one person, Summer Game Fest/E3 (when it actually happens) is a magical time.

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Flamenco and the Spanish Woodstock of 1922 https://utopicstudios.com/flamenco-and-the-spanish-woodstock-of-1922/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 23:45:21 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/flamenco-and-the-spanish-woodstock-of-1922/ As the audience emerged at the end of the second night, much soaked after a thunderstorm, most were more than satisfied. It had been an exuberant event. But, as the last stragglers hurried away from the grand Nasrid Palace, the debate over the larger meaning of the concert – and ultimately the meaning of flamenco […]]]>

As the audience emerged at the end of the second night, much soaked after a thunderstorm, most were more than satisfied. It had been an exuberant event. But, as the last stragglers hurried away from the grand Nasrid Palace, the debate over the larger meaning of the concert – and ultimately the meaning of flamenco – was just beginning.

These days, it’s hard to choose a book on flamenco that doesn’t acknowledge the influence – good and bad – of the Concurso de Cante Jondo. The legacy of the event in the world of flamenco weighs heavily in the same way that the 1969 Woodstock festival preoccupies rock historians. Although the two events were markedly different in size and tone, both helped define their eras, spawned a cavalcade of similar events, but in some ways failed to deliver on their most ambitious promises.

Like Woodstock, much of the Concurso’s enduring fame lay in who was there.

“The power of 1922 lies in the weight of the great names who led and supported it, above all Falla and a very young Lorca”, explains José Javier León, writer and professor, and author of a 2021 book on the Concurso entitled Burlas and Veras from 22.

Saved from extinction

As for its positive fallout, the 1922 concert inspired a number of competition throughout Spain, notably the Concurso de Córdoba in 1956, and others in Seville, Huelva and Madrid. The Falla event was also successful in discovering new talent (including the flamenco legend that would become El Caracol) and in rescuing several old flamenco styles – notably the Martinette and liviana – almost certain to become extinct.

“I think the Concurso has set a precedent for competitions in the profession that has definitely changed the way we perceive flamenco and to some extent how we enjoy it,” says school-trained flamenco dancer Magdalena Mannion. Amor de Dios dance hall in Madrid. . “Was he successful in his attempt to preserve the purity of the art? I don’t think – I think what he did was start a process in which to quantify and compare something so personal that should be hard to judge by numbers.”

Modern observers today are inclined to question some of Falla and Lorca’s historical assumptions, particularly that flamenco in the 1920s was decadent and dying.

“Flamenco in its origins was an urban manifestation”, says León, “Not rural and secretive, as the promoters of the Concurso believed, not an artisanal product of an aficionado, but a complex artistic discipline. They split the tree flamenco in two, on one side jondo song with only positive connotations, and on the other hand “flamenco” – derivative, adulterated and commercialized. This division was pernicious.”

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Modern Warfare 2 Fans Praise Exclusion Of Destructible Environment From Multiplayer https://utopicstudios.com/modern-warfare-2-fans-praise-exclusion-of-destructible-environment-from-multiplayer/ Thu, 09 Jun 2022 21:07:05 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/modern-warfare-2-fans-praise-exclusion-of-destructible-environment-from-multiplayer/ Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare series has always been known for its amazing campaigns and now we know a ton about what 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has in store for us. Here’s a first look at the characters, missions, and storyline of MW2. Modern Warfare 2 has been officially revealed, with Infinity Ward dropping the […]]]>

Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare series has always been known for its amazing campaigns and now we know a ton about what 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has in store for us. Here’s a first look at the characters, missions, and storyline of MW2.

Modern Warfare 2 has been officially revealed, with Infinity Ward dropping the gameplay trailer on June 8 and a campaign mission showcased at Summer Games Fest on June 9.

CharlieIntel was able to learn about Modern Warfare 2 during a crafting session with Infinity Ward. Here’s everything we’ve learned about Modern Warfare 2’s campaign, like the characters, missions, and overall plot.

Of course, there will be minor spoilers here for the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, you have been warned!

Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Scenario

When we last connected with Price at the end of Modern Warfare 2019, he was gathering Task Force 141 to combat the threat posed by Zakhaev Junior. modern warfare 2 resumes three years later with 141 fully trained and operating worldwide.

While plot details are slim at this time, Modern Warfare 2’s storyline kicks off after an American strike kills a foreign general. This nation vows revenge, and Task Force 141 teams up with Mexican Special Forces to stop the threat.

Modern Warfare 2 Operators in Nightwar Campaign Mission

Task Force 141 is not the tight-knit unit one would expect, with Ghost often working as a “one-man army” that “will not agree with the group”. After the discovery that the terrorist group Al-Qatala is working with the Mexican drug cartel “Las Alamas”, Ghost realizes that he cannot do everything alone and asks for help from Colonel Alejandro Vargas of the Mexican Special Forces. .

The campaign will see Task Force 141 travel around the world during the campaign, visiting the Middle East, Europe, Mexico and the United States.

Modern Warfare 2019’s campaign was designed to be “provocative” and put players in awkward positions, but Modern Warfare 2 sees Task Force 141 do “heroic, badass things”, but they are “humans, not superheroes.

Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Characters

Captain John Price

Price in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

SAS Captain John Price is the leader of Task Force 141 and has a complicated relationship with authority, often preferring to get the job done in his sometimes unconventional way.

Price has his own sense of morality, understanding that war isn’t always black or white, explaining in MW 2019, “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”

Kyle ‘Gas’ Garrick

Sergeant Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick joined Captain Price’s Bravo Team after Al-Qatala’s attack on Picadilly Circus in Modern Warfare 2019.

Loyal to Price throughout the mission to recover the stolen chemical weapons, Gaz was his first choice to join Task Force 141.

John ‘Soap’ MacTavish

Soap in Modern Warfare 2

Soap was the main playable protagonist of the original Modern Warfare trilogy and returns in the reboot’s second installment.

Described by Price as an expert in snipers and demolitions, Soap will likely take on the stealthier missions of Task Force 141 in Modern Warfare 2’s campaign.

Simon “Ghost” Riley

Not much is known about Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley other than that he works like a lone wolf who doesn’t always agree with the rest of Task Force 141. The campaign will see Ghost realize that he can’t always be an army -man and brings Vargas into the fold.

Colonel Alejandro Vargas

Vargas in Modern Warfare 2

Mexican Special Forces Colonel Alejandro Vargas is a brand new character in Modern Warfare 2, introduced by Ghost.

We don’t know much about his character yet, but his knowledge should be vital in Task Force 141’s fight against Las Alamas.

Fallen down

Modern Warfare 2 will also introduce another new character – Graves. Described as an ally of Task Force 141, Graves is a private military contractor for the Shadow Company.

Shadow Company helped General Shepherd betray Task Force 141 in Modern Warfare 2 in 2009, but with the new timeline and continuity, we’ll have to wait and see if they can be trusted.

Kate Laswell

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In Modern Warfare 2019, Kate Laswell was the supervisor of the CIA’s Special Activities Division and had a close working relationship with Price, giving her permission to form Task Force 141.

Three years later in Modern Warfare 2, Laswell is a CIA station chief and will be in the field with Task Force 141.

Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Missions

dark water

Infinity Ward took the opportunity to show off Modern Warfare 2 gameplay at Summer Game Fest on June 9 with a campaign mission called Dark Water.

The mission takes place on the American Atlantic coast, following members of Task Force 141 as they board an enemy platform to disarm a missile.

The mission promises to be intense, with rainy weather and high winds pushing huge cargo containers everywhere. There are both stealth and chaotic aspects to the mission, with explosive barrels being fired in a firefight.

night war

Modern Warfare 2 Operators watch a downed helicopter in a Night Warfare mission

Nightwar is an action-packed mission in the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, where the player takes charge of Soap.

This mission takes place at night when an allied helicopter crashes in the area as Task Force 141 moves. After using night vision to clear a building full of terrorists, 141 moves in to secure the downed helicopter.

As the helicopter is overrun with a ton of enemies, the mission ends with a rocket hitting the helicopter.

Wet work

Modern Warfare 2 boat operators

Although longtime CoD players will recognize “Wet Work” for the multiplayer map, it’s a campaign level in Modern Warfare 2 that shows off the new swimming and water mechanics.

Wet Work is a stealth mission set in Amsterdam where the player takes control of Gaz as he and Price seek to find out who is smuggling on behalf of the terrorists.

Much of the wet work takes place underwater, with Price advising Gaz to stick to using knives to keep things stealthy. Using the water as cover, Gaz moves around the area silently dispatching targets one at a time, pulling them into the water for a silent kill.

This level features several different mechanics such as ledge blocking and underwater shooting and ends when Price and Gaz discover that terrorists are using the Mexican cartel, “Las Alamas”, to smuggle goods.

Tower

modern warfare 2 operators using night vision

Modern Warfare 2’s Tower mission takes place in a major city, but we don’t know which one. In this level, players rappel down the side of a building and have full control over how they push back – head first or feet first.

This mission allows players to approach it in their own way, with a variety of different playstyles.

Vehicle based mission

ghost with night vision goggles in modern warfare 2

Although we don’t know its official name, the fourth mission shown was vehicle-based, where the player fought in and out of vehicles in a convoy in Mexico.

This mission features all new vehicle mechanics, where players can shoot out of windows, climb on top of vehicles, and even commandeer other cars while driving. The developers have stated that any vehicle can be driven by the player, so it is one of the most cinematic missions in the game.

Also, later in the campaign there will be a level reminiscent of All Ghillied Up where the player dons a ghillie suit and teams up with Price for long range snipers. The developers said that after their work on Warzone, they can create massive environments.


For more on Call of Duty in the meantime, be sure to check out when Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 4 are due out.

Image credit: Activision

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The 7 Best Free Music Streaming Apps for Your Phone https://utopicstudios.com/the-7-best-free-music-streaming-apps-for-your-phone/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 17:38:12 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/the-7-best-free-music-streaming-apps-for-your-phone/ There are a variety of quality free music apps that can serve as alternatives to premium music streaming subscriptions. Spotify and Tidal offer free and ad-supported service tiers, and apps like Pandora, iHeart, and YouTube Music also give you access to vast libraries of free popular music. Here are seven of the best free music […]]]>
  • There are a variety of quality free music apps that can serve as alternatives to premium music streaming subscriptions.
  • Spotify and Tidal offer free and ad-supported service tiers, and apps like Pandora, iHeart, and YouTube Music also give you access to vast libraries of free popular music.
  • Here are seven of the best free music apps for iPhone and Android, and why you should check them out.

Apps like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music have been game changers when it comes to listening to music at home and on the go – access to millions of tracks from anywhere feels like you have every song ever released at your fingertips. But if you’re paying for a subscription to any of these apps, there are plenty of ways to stream music for free as well. Here are seven of the best free music apps for iPhone and Android.

Spotify

Spotify is not only one of the most popular subscription music apps, it’s also one of the best ways to stream music for free. You can sign up for a free Spotify account and listen to the service’s full catalog of 90 million songs, but you’ll have to deal with ads and albums set to “shuffle mode”. These drawbacks aside, Spotify doesn’t hold back much; you can search for artists, albums and songs, and you can favorite songs and artists for later. Spotify also offers podcasts, playlists, and sharing music with friends. Download Spotify for iPhone Where android.

Spotify app for iPhone.

Spotify has a catalog of 90 million songs and lets you share songs with friends.

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pandora

Pandora works a little differently than most music apps in that it’s structured like a radio with stations built around musical styles. Choose an artist, for example, and you can listen to their music as well as tracks from artists with a similar style. Rate the songs Pandora plays to refine the app’s recommendations. If you sign up for a free account, you can use the same settings and bookmarks on multiple devices, or subscribe to remove ads. Download Pandora for iPhone Where android.

Pandora app for iPhone.

Pandora’s AI can suggest songs and artists based on what you’re listening to with uncanny accuracy.

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Tide

Audiophiles love Tidal because it offers high-fidelity and nearly lossless tracks, but until recently it didn’t offer any free tiers. That has changed now; Tidal Free gives US users access to Tidal’s usual lineup of over 90 million tracks, but does so with limited commercial disruption and a more modest 160kbps sound quality, similar to what Spotify and many other music services. Also, you will only be able to choose shuffle, rather than choosing specific tracks. It’s still a good introduction to the


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service, in case you want to try the catalog before upgrading to the paid version. Download Tidal for iPhone Where android.

Tide app for iPhone.

Tidal now offers a free tier of service (but you’ll need to upgrade to get Tidal’s signature hi-fi audio quality).

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iHeart

One of the oldest music streaming apps, iHeart has lost the “Radio” from its name but still functions much like modern radio, allowing you to favorite and follow artists and stream their music or listen to a huge range of radio stations, both local to you (you can search by zip code) and internet radio. iHeart is also a complete hub for podcasts. The app has some other cool features, like the ability to set a sleep timer that turns off your music after a set period of time. Download iHeart for iPhone Where android.

iHeart app for iPhone.

iHeart remains one of the best ways to stream radio stations on your phone.

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Don’t be confused by the free trial screen the first time you start TuneIn; you can dismiss it with the almost invisible X in the top corner and use the app for free, with ads, of course. And like iHeart, TuneIn’s specialty is radio. You can stream a very wide selection of radios from this app including local radio as well as talk radio, music stations, news and sports from around the world. There are over 100,000 stations in total and you can save your favorites for easy access. And like iHeart, TuneIn also offers podcasts. Download TuneIn for iPhone Where android.

TuneIn app for iPhone.

TuneIn offers a multitude of radio stations and podcasts to listen to.

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youtube music

Perhaps because YouTube has become such a popular hub for music videos, YouTube Music is here with a dedicated streaming music experience. The free version is of course ad-supported, but you can upgrade to the ad-free version for $10 per month. Either way, the app provides smart recommendations based on your preferences and offers an extensive library of audio-only and video (including live performances). Especially welcome: many songs also have lyrics. Download YouTube Music for iPhone Where android.

YouTube Music app for iPhone.

YouTube Music has a great recommendation engine and lyrics for many songs.

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SoundCloud

While the other apps will give you access to mainstream and popular music, SoundCloud is where you can go to get the scoop on new, upcoming, and user-generated music you won’t hear elsewhere. It’s a popular resource for people to upload their own home-recorded tracks and for unknown artists to share their art. There’s a huge library of music to explore here, and SoundCloud gives you great ways to find music you might never have experienced otherwise, including a new fast-forward button that lets you move in a track. Download SoundCloud for iPhone Where android.

SoundCloud app for iPhone.

SoundCloud is where you go for user-generated content and undiscovered independent artists.

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Rangeela Dance Company brings Bollywood Fusion to Seattle – South Seattle Emerald https://utopicstudios.com/rangeela-dance-company-brings-bollywood-fusion-to-seattle-south-seattle-emerald/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/rangeela-dance-company-brings-bollywood-fusion-to-seattle-south-seattle-emerald/ by Amanda Ong Since 2016, Rangeela Dance Company has been the premier Bollywood fusion dance venue in Seattle. Rangeela, founded by Priyanka Jain Vora, teaches and offers Bollywood, BollyCardio, Bhangra, BollyHop, Urban Bollywood, Garba Funk, BollyContemp and BollyClassical dances. “I really wanted to create a platform for post-graduate adult dancers to come together and not […]]]>

by Amanda Ong


Since 2016, Rangeela Dance Company has been the premier Bollywood fusion dance venue in Seattle. Rangeela, founded by Priyanka Jain Vora, teaches and offers Bollywood, BollyCardio, Bhangra, BollyHop, Urban Bollywood, Garba Funk, BollyContemp and BollyClassical dances.

“I really wanted to create a platform for post-graduate adult dancers to come together and not necessarily compete, but create dance pieces together, create art together, share it with our community, teach dance workshops, teach our routines to adults and children everywhere,” Vora said in an interview with the South Seattle Emerald. “And then also play in the community to celebrate our culture. Ultimately, my goal is to preserve our Indian culture and pass it on to future generations. I really think doing that through dance and art is a really powerful way to get that message across.

Rangeela offers a variety of dance classes including Bollywood, BollyCardio, Bhangra, BollyHop, Urban Bollywood, Garba Funk, BollyContemp and BollyClassical dance. (Photo: Allyne Armitage)

Vora is trained in classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam, which she studied for 11 years in addition to other Indian dance forms, such as Bollywood, Garba and folk. Once in college, she was captain of the Bollywood fusion dance team. There she was exposed to other styles, such as contemporary and modern. For many colleges, South Asian dance teams can be intensive in training and competition. After moving from Boston to Seattle, she founded Rangeela as a way to truly connect with the dance community and reach the specific population of post-college dancers who may no longer know what place dance has in their lives.

Vora was studying physical therapy while teaching Bollywood cardio classes on the side and choreographing for events and weddings. “My personal goal was, after college, to keep dancing and figure out how to keep that in my life,” Vora said. “And then I realized there had to be other people like me, and that’s how I found my community in Seattle, other dancers who shared that same passion. And then it just grew and grew and grew, and now we’re a pretty big organization.

Since then, Rangeela has been featured in an exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry and performed at major corporate and nonprofit events, including Boeing, Microsoft, Zillow, Facebook and Chaya API. Rangeela has also worked and performed for the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Northwest Folklife Festival, where they performed last Monday.

“Our most exciting company [event] was Boeing,” Vora said. “It was a grand opening for their new aircraft made by Boeing. And it’s an Indian airline, so Boeing made this airline, this aircraft. And so we played the opening gala for this aircraft. C was pretty cool.

Rangeela also has a thriving Youtube channel. During the pandemic, he started creating YouTube videos, like 15-minute Bollywood cardio and HIIT workouts, some of which reached almost a million views. His YouTube connections have also connected him with guest instructors from around the world, including famous YouTube dancers as well as famous Bollywood choreographers.

Priyanka Jain Vora poses and smiles at the camera, located slightly above her
Many dancers who come to Rangeela are recent immigrants or American Indians raised in the United States. But Vora says “regardless of our background, we’re all equally passionate about celebrating our culture through dance.” (Photo: Allyne Armitage)

Vora’s passion for making Bollywood and Indian dance accessible is tied to her own strong bond with dance. “Dancing…for me, personally, is a source of Vedic meditation,” Vora said. “When I’m dancing or when I’m choreographing or directing a piece…it’s like I’m completely immersing myself in the art, which is so exciting.”

Rangeela’s classes are mostly for adults, but he also runs classes for kids — like his upcoming summer workshop — and even classes for seniors. “I’m also a physical therapist, so I’m a women’s health, pelvic and female health physical therapist,” Vora said. “So we designed a class for seniors.”

The Indian community in Seattle has been a major supporter of the Rangeela Dance Company community, although anyone is welcome to take classes at Rangeela even if they have no Bollywood dance experience. Vora says much of the Indian community she encountered is split between recent immigrants and American Indians raised in the United States. “Regardless of our backgrounds, we’re all equally passionate about celebrating our culture through dance,” Vora said of the community. “To see how similar we are, too, in wanting to preserve the culture and maintain it and share it with everyone, it’s really gratifying, it really makes us smile every day.”

Vora says Rangeela is blessed with an incredibly strong team, working together to do marketing, choreography, sales and race practice. His dedicated and supportive team is like family, and they’re all extremely passionate about what they do, with most juggling their jobs there and another full-time job. “They’re looking for a way to break free, a way to exercise, a way to learn, a way to connect with other people outside of work,” Vora said. “And I think that’s a really important aspect of their well-being, for fitness, for happiness, for community, for social reasons. Some of my dancers need a family of dancers. … And we truly welcome them with open arms.

More than anything, as the only Bollywood-focused dance company in Seattle, Rangeela offers a kind of cultural dance that is very underrepresented in the Pacific Northwest. “We’re really bringing a change to Seattle, where there really wasn’t a lot of high-quality Bollywood [and other South Asian] dance,” Vora said. “There weren’t a lot of really solid, high-quality representations of where people could go to choreograph their weddings or take classes on a regular basis and find these friends who also wanted to learn dance after college. .”

To try dance lessons at the Rangeela Dance Company at 340 15th Ave. E. Suite 101, visit his websiteor sign up your kids for her summer dance workshop series by emailing Rangeela.


This is part of a series of articles sponsored by the Seattle Office of Economic Development in recognition of Asian Indian, Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.


Amanda Ong (she) is a Chinese-American writer from California. She is currently a master’s candidate in the University of Washington’s Museology program and graduated from Columbia University in 2020 with degrees in Creative Writing and Ethnic and Racial Studies.

📸 Featured Image: The Rangeela Dance Company was founded in 2016 by Priyanka Jain Vora. (Photo: Amit Bhardawaj)

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MorEnvyOne: an artist with a unique and creative talent https://utopicstudios.com/morenvyone-an-artist-with-a-unique-and-creative-talent/ Sat, 04 Jun 2022 07:03:17 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/morenvyone-an-artist-with-a-unique-and-creative-talent/ DUBAI, UAE, June 04, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Art, without a doubt, is a profound medium of expression. Beyond words, he is able to convey thoughts and feelings in a way that nothing else could. MorEnvyOne is one of the most versatile artists working in contemporary art today. MorEnvyOne says, “My artistic background is graffiti street […]]]>

DUBAI, UAE, June 04, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Art, without a doubt, is a profound medium of expression. Beyond words, he is able to convey thoughts and feelings in a way that nothing else could. MorEnvyOne is one of the most versatile artists working in contemporary art today.

MorEnvyOne says, “My artistic background is graffiti street art, but I also have a great admiration for fine art.” One of his influences is Salvador Dali, although he also appreciates HR Geiger and Bob Ross.

It was no coincidence that he had become one of the most successful artists in the world. MorEnvyOne describes himself as “self-taught through trial and error. Late at night, I worked on my collections of stickers and drawings in the pages of my sketchbooks. And there were also many nights, after hours of making mayhem and painting graffiti in the middle of the night, I would come home and my mom would yell at me.

In sixth grade, MorEnvyOne found his own style of art, but it wasn’t until the end of seventh grade that he began experimenting with graffiti. Amused, he continues: “I was constantly in trouble and the police were called more than once! But graffiti gives you a buzz like no other type of art – as much as I’ve always been inspired by artwork that focuses on beauty.

Today, MorEnvyOne’s works are a combination of graffiti and fine art, and he accomplished this feat by creating something entirely new out of both styles. According to him, “I would describe my unique approach as ‘modern contemporary fine art'”. Graffiti, street art and fine art are combined in my work.

There is no other artist like MorEnvyOne, whose work is truly unique. Look for his works whenever you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, Las Vegas, or Dubai, and you’ll be glad you did.

Originally from San Francisco, MorEnvyOne currently lives in Las Vegas. However, his works of art will soon be seen in some of the most exclusive hotels, restaurants and nightclubs in the world, including the penthouses of the Four Seasons, the 4-star Michelin restaurants of San Francisco, Miami, Monaco and Dubai, and even some of The most popular nightclubs in Las Vegas.

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]]> Selaco is a retro shooter that mixes old and new https://utopicstudios.com/selaco-is-a-retro-shooter-that-mixes-old-and-new/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 01:31:17 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/selaco-is-a-retro-shooter-that-mixes-old-and-new/ The revival of the old-school shooter continues to continue as the generation of fans who fell in love with LOSS yearn for the glory days of incredibly fast and dynamic shooter action. To date, dozens of indie developers have produced their own reimaginings and homages to some of the 90s’ most iconic shooters like earthquake, […]]]>

The revival of the old-school shooter continues to continue as the generation of fans who fell in love with LOSS yearn for the glory days of incredibly fast and dynamic shooter action. To date, dozens of indie developers have produced their own reimaginings and homages to some of the 90s’ most iconic shooters like earthquake, Duke Nukem and the aforementioned cultural phenomenon that was originally LOSS. Now a new independent entrance, SelacoDeveloped using the popular retro engine GZDoom, aims to not only deliver a love letter to this classic era, but also deliver a captivating new take on the idea of ​​first-person shooter.


Developed by Altered Orbit Studios, Selaco is making a name for itself by not only drawing inspiration from the retro shooters of yore with its speed and art style, but also looking to another era for heavy inspiration when it comes to its mechanics. This combination of newer gameplay and retro flair ensures that in the sea of ​​retro shooters available, this one manages to provide a level of difficulty and tactical challenge that many of its other titles in the genre lack.

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Set in the titular futuristic underground vault, players take on the role of Dawn, an ACE security captain tasked with overseeing the refugees who populate the facility after Earth falls into disarray. When Selaco is invaded by an outside force, Dawn will have to fight to survive while trying to figure out what this deadly enemy is after. Overwhelmed and overwhelmed, players will follow Dawn’s struggle as she desperately tries to survive this full-scale battle intact.


At first glance, with its sci-fi setting and gritty futuristic premise, Selaco might seem like another homage to the classic LOSS (which it definitely is), but after playing the game’s demo, some of its inspirations clearly come from another classic source – the now iconic Build Engine that spawned the equally iconic Duke Nukem 3D. While Dawn doesn’t spring from one-liners like Duke, she is capable of destroying almost anything not nailed down in environments, which is eerily reminiscent of more classic Build Engine games. This level of destructibility is an exciting part of Selacowith firefights erupting with broken glass, crates exploding, and all manner of havoc.


Although Build Engine’s comparisons with Selaco Perhaps on the surface level, its other inspirations, which surprisingly come from a much more modern shooter series, are integral to its core gameplay. The game is directly and heavily inspired by the TO FEAR series both in its AI and gameplay. SelacoEnemies are incredibly smart and adaptable, and can all work in tandem to punish the player in the form of explosives and a hail of bullets. Enemies react to each other, retreat when pressed, charge Dawn if she runs out of ammo, and are even able to provide hints about their tactics through voice dialogue in the heat of battle.


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For those who have experience with the TO FEAR series, this level of enemy AI behavior is precisely what players have experienced in these groundbreaking shooters, and it makes SelacoCombat is as fun as it is challenging. One minute players could run around and shoot down enemies with ease like a classic 90s shooter only to drop into a kill box full of enemies that will spell Dawn’s doom. This kind of duality to fight makes Selaco Feel fresh in a flooded market full of retro-style shooters that put speed first. Although it may take a page of TO FEARAs far as the AI ​​goes, the game doesn’t give players the series’ incredibly useful slow-motion mechanic, which only serves to make Selaco all the more difficult and tactical in the best way.


These nods to predecessors are pasted all over the gameplay of Selaco, and not just in battle either. In one of the available demos, players can find an Easter egg image of Alma, the antagonistic evil spirit that haunts players throughout the game. TO FEAR series. Selaco even features a weapon called the Penetrator, which is a nail gun very similar to a fan-favorite weapon of the same name that has appeared in many TO FEAR Games.

At the end of the day, Selaco is a game that somehow manages to feel fresh and inventive by effectively blending two distinct shooter styles. For fans of retro shooters who often view beloved titles from the past through rose-colored glasses, Selaco manages to play as fans remember these classics from the 90s back in the day. For that alone, it’s worth a look and is available now on Steam in demo form, with a full release planned for the near future.


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Croatian Tourism Series: Symbols of Đakovo https://utopicstudios.com/croatian-tourism-series-symbols-of-dakovo/ Tue, 31 May 2022 09:05:03 +0000 https://utopicstudios.com/croatian-tourism-series-symbols-of-dakovo/ Croatian Tourism Series: Symbols of Đakovo (Croatian Post) Symbols of Đakovo on the new commemorative postage stamps of this year’s “Croatian Tourism” series which will be issued this week by Robert Francem The most magnificent fruit of the rich Slavic plain, Đakovo emerges from its heart and rises, touching the sky with the towers of […]]]>

Croatian Tourism Series: Symbols of Đakovo (Croatian Post)

Symbols of Đakovo on the new commemorative postage stamps of this year’s “Croatian Tourism” series which will be issued this week

by Robert Francem

The most magnificent fruit of the rich Slavic plain, Đakovo emerges from its heart and rises, touching the sky with the towers of its cathedral.

In the lap of the love of the fertile land and the endless sky, the city of Strossmayer, Lipizzaner and Đakovo embroideries keeps the tradition and the heritage of the living generations in the hearts of the inhabitants and in the symbols of its spiritual wealth and material.

Đakovo appears in monuments written in the 13th century, and this area was inhabited in Neolithic times. The place knew a beginning of development with the arrival of the Bosnian bishops. In 1239, the brother of the Croatian-Hungarian King Bela IV, Prince Koloman, donated the town of Đakovo and its surroundings to the Bosnian bishop Ponsi as the seat of the diocese.

Precisely as an important medieval diocesan center, Đakovo became a city, and as a diocesan city after Turkish rule, it experienced social and cultural prosperity.

A key figure in the historical development of the city is Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer. Visionary and patron, thanks to whose work and actions Croatian culture, art, science, education and the Church have become an integral part of the modern world and European movements, and Đakovo is a beautiful and proud city from central Europe.

Visionary and spiritual greatness is embodied in the life of JJ Strossmayer in the construction of the most beautiful cathedral of Venice in Istanbul, as Pope John XXIII called it. Good.

St. Peter’s Cathedral

Croatian Tourism Series: Symbols of Đakovo

St. Peter’s Cathedral

The center of the city, the heart of Slavonia, is dominated by St. Peter’s Cathedral. Its steeples rise like a beacon above a plain and shine in the distance with their beauty and spiritual richness.

Đakovo Cathedral, built from 1866 to 1882, is a monumental masterpiece of neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic architecture, a magnificent monument of sacred art in which important European and Croatian artists of the 19th century such as architects Karl Rösner and Friedrich von Schmidt, painter JF Overbeck, father and son Alexander Maximilian Seitz and Ludwig Seitz, Ludovic Ansiglioni and sculptors Vatroslav Donegani, Ivan Rendić and Rudolf Valdec.

The cathedral with three naves and two towers retains its value not only in its aesthetic richness but also in its symbolic meaning and its roots in the region and the people from which it originated. The cathedral was built on Strossmayer’s idea as a link between East and West, and was built by the diligent hands of the people for whom it was intended.

It was built with the land it belongs to, with seven million bricks and decorated with Slavic folk motifs. At the foot of the cathedral towers is one of the most beautiful Croatian squares – JJ Strossmayer Square – and together with the promenade, the city’s central street, is one of the most beautiful continental promenades. A walk through the center of Đakovo will offer every traveler a little time travel through the history of styles of architectural art, from Romanesque to Art Nouveau.

Đakovo will offer human warmth in the spiritual sea with the richness of its hospitality, the aromas and tastes of gastronomy, events, the warmth of the Lipizzaners and the beauty of nature of a small paradise in the heart of Slavonia.

Đakovački vezovi

Croatian Tourism Series: Symbols of Đakovo

Đakovački vezovi

Đakovački vezovi, one of the largest Croatian folklore festivals, a festival of songs, dances and folk customs, for more than half a century, since 1967, gathers every summer at the end of June and the beginning of July thousands of participants from Croatia and the world. Founded as a cultural and tourist event on the occasion of the International Year of Tourism, today it has become a symbol of the heart of Slavonia – Đakovo.

The Đakovački vezovi have long surpassed anything that can be a traditional manifestation of folklore: today we have before us a ceremony on the basis of which new generations of admirers of cultural treasures develop. Đakovački vezovi (embroideries) live in the hearts of all who consider them a symbol of Croatian identity, tradition and love for folk art.

The Đakovački vezovi folk festival is an event that includes many programs where you can enjoy the beauty of folk customs, costumes, songs, dances, crafts and gastronomic specialties.

The central and most beautiful part of the event traditionally takes place on the first weekend of July. Then, many visitors from all over Croatia and the world can discover the priceless wealth of national heritage, and the inevitable and most visited programs are the grand opening, a procession of participants through the streets of Đakovo and the closing program titled ” Slavonia, noble land”.

After half a century of existence and continuous management of the national treasure, Đakovački vezovi has become the central cultural and tourist event of the city of Đakovo and all of Slavonia.

The cultural and tourist value of Đakovački vezovi has been recognized nationally and internationally, as evidenced by the many awards given to the organizers – the city of Đakovo and the Tourist Board of the city of Đakovo.

Among many awards, Đakovački vezovi carries the Charter of the Republic of Croatia for his outstanding contribution to the preservation and development of traditional Slavic heritage and the promotion of Croatian national culture and identity, and for years has carried permanently the symbol of the TOP event of the Republic of Croatia, which, with financial support, is awarded by the Croatian National Tourist Board.

Đakovački vezovi preserves and maintains cultural treasures that have been recognized by UNESCO. The list of world cultural heritage includes ljelje, which is one of the symbols of Đakovački vezovi, and Slavonic Bečar, which transmits folk wisdom and memories with its song, and without which there is no Đakovački vezovi.

Đakovački vezovi always offers the most precious thing – the hospitality and hospitality of our generous Slavonia and the warm heart of Đakovo, and the Slavic soul is as wide as the plain, so there is room for every dear guest.

Symbols on postage stamps

On June 2, 2022, Croatian Post will release two new commemorative postage stamps from the “Croatian Tourism” series featuring the symbols of Đakovo.

Croatian Tourism Series: Symbols of Đakovo

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The facade of the Đakovo cathedral and the Đakovo vezovi event are the motifs of this year’s commemorative stamp series designed by Dean Roksandić, a designer from Zagreb. The authors of the photographs are Mario Romulić and Dražen Stojčić, photographers from Osijek.

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The mintage of the stamps is 30,000 copies per design and they were issued in sheets of 10 stamps. Croatian Post has also printed a First Day Cover (FDC).

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