Culture

Serbian cinema festival in Moscow

Serbian Minister of Culture Predrag Marković opened a Serbian cinema festival in Moscow. DAYS OF SERBIAN CINEMA last from November 23 to November 30 and include eight Serbian films. The 54th International Biennial in Venice ended on November 27. Serbia was represented by artist Dragoljub Raša Todosijević, with a project entitled THE LIGHT AND DARK OF SYMBOLS, which won a special award. The theatre production WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS, staged by Oliver Frljic after a screenplay by Abdulah Sidran and performed by Belgrade theatre Atelje 212, was proclaimed best at the 28th Festival of Theatres in Brcko, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Serbian Icons on Island

Serbian Icons on Island

The Serbian icon painter Danilo Ivanovic for the first time exhibits in Reikjavik, Island. The exhibition is called "The Icon - a window to the Heavenly Empire" and consists of fifteen icons of Byzantine style with different motives: Theotokos with Christ, Christ on the throne, St. John Chrysostom, St. Catherine of Sinai and others. The exhibition is opened in a new parish house of Kopavogskirje. Islanders who love Orthodox music sing in the Kopavogskirje choir. 

Jordan Nikolic and Kosovo folk songs

Jordan Nikolic and Kosovo folk songs

Jordan Nikolic was born in Prizren, Kosovo and Metohija, in 1933. He studied Serbian language and literature at the Belgrade University, however he was interested in the folk music and motivated to become a musician and a folk singer.

Nikolic had his first serious contacts with the singing of folk songs, and at the same time the first recordings, in Radio Pristina back in 1961. Two years later, he also became a music editor. In 1968, he started recording for Radio Belgrade, never stopping to expand his repertoire of the Kosovo folk songs and the circle of fans.

Maga Magazinovic a Pioneer of modern dance in Serbia

As a performing art, ballet arrived in Serbia much later than in western Europe or in Russia. In the early 20th century, only some enthusiasts in Belgrade were interested in dance and ballet as a form of art. The first and the most dedicated champion of dance as an official form of art in Serbia was Maga Magazinović (1882–1968), a person of versatile talents, who was always ahead of her time. She was the first woman to graduate from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and the first woman who wrote for the POLITIKA daily.  Marija -  Maga Magazinović was born in Užice, Western Serbia, in 1882. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade in 1904, in the class of distinguished Serbian philosopher Branislav Petronijević.

Iustinian's seals found in Iustiniana Prima

At the archaeological site Iustiniana Prima, near Leskovac, two seals of Emperor Iustinian (527-565) were found.

The chief of the archeological team at the Iustiniana Prima site, Vujadin Ivanisevic said that the seals were found during summer's excavation at Acropolis, the place where was the seat of the Archbishopric in Iustiniana Prima. This great discovery is one additional evidence that Iustiniana Prima was a birthplace of Iustinian.

Anniversary of The Belgrade National Theatre

The Belgrade National Theatre celebrated its 143rd anniversary on November 22. The celebration included various exhibitions and presentations and The Demons, a novel by Dostoyevsky adapted for the stage, was premiered. The ceremony was also marked with the presentation of awards. The theatre manager, Božidar Đurović, said that the Friends of the National Theatre Club is to be founded with a view to expanding the circle of theatre lovers. The „Raša Plaović“ award, named after one of the best Serbian theatre actors of the 20th century, went to actress Nataša Ninković for her role in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. The award was established for the purpose of the affirmation of the highest values in the art of acting and the stimulation of creative efforts on the stage. It is presented for best acting achievements of the season in professional theatres in Belgrade.