On the occasion of the 170th anniversary of the foundation of the Society of Serbian Letters, the predecessor of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, a big exhibition of works of artists who were Academy members was opened on November 18. The exhibition includes works by painters and sculptors who were members of the Academy and its preceding institutions throughout history (Society of Serbian Letters, Serbian Learned Society, Serbian Royal Academy) from painters Steva Todorović and Đoka Milovanović, to artists that are active even today - Olga Jevrić, Vladimir Veličković, Ljubomir Ljuba Popović, Svetomir Arsić Basara, Petar Omčikus, Nikola Janković, Dušan Otašević, Tome Serafimovski, Todor Stevanović and Milica Stevanović.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.