Tuesday, September 28, 2010


The much-talked about showbiz announcement in the last month or so was about Oprah Winfrey going ‘Down Under’ for the last segments of her show in December 2010. However, I am pleased to say that Nenad Bach beats Oprah to get to ‘Down Under’. :)

PERTH: 21 – 27 September 2010

Following the Nenad Bach Band’s successful two shows at the Lucy’s in Pleasantville, Nenad Bach went to Australia! First stop was in Perth [Western Australia] where he was a guest performer at the 2010 Smoke Free Perth Royal Show. This is Perth's biggest community event attracting 400,000 visitors from the city and the country every year. With a rich history spanning 170 years, the Show is an iconic social and cultural event which showcases WA agriculture, small business and entertainment.

Croatia was chosen as the 7th Guest Nation as the 2010 Smoke Free Perth Royal Show held during 25 September - 2 October at the Claremont Showground. The 2010 event aimed to further strengthen the already well-established cultural links between Croatia and WA, as well as lead to the development of new commercial ties between the two governments. Mr Hrvoje Petrusic, Consul General Consul General at the Croatian Consulate in Perth, together with the Croatian Community Council of WA, collaborated with the Royal Agricultural Society of WA in their collective aim towards a successful and memorable event.

Nenad was among the artists who were guests of the WA Croatian Community at this event to showcase talents of Croatian background and to promote this event throughout the world. Nenad was looked after the Croatian Consulate official. During his stay in Perth, he also performed at The Esplanade Hotel in Freemantle, which held the Croatian Food Exhibition.

Nenad Bach, performing at The Esplanade Hotel, Freemantle

Nenad Bach with the Klapa Galeb Singers

Performing with the Klapa Galeb Singers at the Croatian Pavilion at the Royal Perth Show

Aside from his performances, Nenad also had interviews by two local radio stations: http://www.6eba.com.au/1/croatianradio.php 6EBA 95.3FM by Tugomir Matokovic and Darinka Ravlich.

Tugomir Matokovic and Nenad Bach, in front of Radio 6eba building.

Darinka Ravlich and Nenad Bach.

107.9FM http://www.radiofremantle.com/ by Fr Nikola Čabraja.

Nenad Bach and Fr Nicola Cabraja, after Nenad's interview.

Nenad also had a telephone interview by Sergio Marusic of Radio 3ZZZ 92.3FM. http://www.3zzz.com.au

On a personal level, one of the enjoyable parts of Nenad's visit to Perth was meeting for the first time his niece, Mara Halcomb, and two of Violi Calvert's friends.

Enjoying lunch. L-R: Violi Calvert, Nenad, Mara Halcomb

Nenad and niece Mara who was happy to get a signed copy of the new CD.

L-R: Nenad, Maya Wycoco, Josie Soliva, Violi

After Perth, next stop was Melbourne. Below are a few of the many photos taken in Perth.

More Perth photos:

The Hotel Esplanade, Freemantle

HE Consul General Hrvoje Petrusic, Welcome Speech, Croatian Food Exhibition
at The Hotel Esplanade

At King's Park, Perth

L-R: Mara Halcomb, Nenad Bach, Violi Calvert. City of Perth in the background.

Nenad doing his 'logo shot', looking at the Burswood Entertainment Centre.

At the entrance of the Croatian Pavilion at the Royal Perth Show.

Signing CD's "All I Want Is Freedom"

Nenad by the electric car invented by a Croatian, for use in tackling landmines, mining underground, etc.

Nenad with HR Consul Hrvoje Petrusic. Klapa Galeb Singers performing in the background.

His Excellency Mr Vicencije Biuk and Nenad Bach.

L-R: Ratimir Kraljevic, Nenad Bach and Ivan Draganjac [both from Perth Consular Office].

L-R: Branko Cubelic, Violi Calvert, Branka Cubelic, Nenad Bach

Nenad' foot imprint being taken for cast to be part of artists' exhibition in Rijeka.