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Actor Revives Ancient Skill of Boat Building in Dubrovnik


Nov 21, 2023

Igor Hajdarhodžić is a multitalented individual, known to the public as an actor. However, his interests extend far beyond acting, as he is also a musician, sculptor, caulker, merchant, designer, pedagogue, word juggler and painter. In his workshop in Dubrovnik, Igor lists his many hobbies and explains that he devotes his time to all of them, allowing his day to flow freely as he moves between his various forms of artistic expression.

Despite spending 26 years of his life in the theater, Igor has moved away from acting. He feels that the current theater scene does not offer satisfying answers to serious questions. He recounts his beginnings as an actor and reminisces about his time in theater. His experiences in theater led him to pursue other interests such as art and shipbuilding.

Igor’s work in art serves as a way for him to express his concerns about society and the exodus of people from Dubrovnik. He is optimistic about the future and even started a shipbuilding school for young generations to pass on his knowledge and skills. Igor believes that children often inspire him and has learned just as much from them as they have from him. He sees potential in caulking and believes that children’s interests in working with their hands will ensure the craft’s future.

Although there are some dissatisfactions with state intervention in shipbuilding and lack of cultural appreciation for national heritage, Igor remains dedicated to restoring old ships and consulting on boat design. He attributes his success to his undying love for his work and his ability to let life guide his plans rather than relying on institutions for support.

In conclusion, Igor Hajdarhodžić is an individual who finds joy in pursuing multiple interests and forms of artistic expression. His work serves not only as a means of personal fulfillment but also as a way to express concerns about society and inspire future generations through education.

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