Monthly Archives: February 2015

Dereta publishing house: (In)Tolerance – Seven Awarded European Writers


(In)Tolerance – Seven Awarded European Writers is Dereta’s publishing project, which involved seven awarded authors from six EU countries. We have acquired rights and we will translate these texts, disseminate and promote the selected books in the best possible way.There are several cross points that connect them, otherwise, very different authors, and the central one is the question of (in)tolerance in contemporary society on various levels: social, political, personal. It is the basic question of how we see others: our enemies, friends, family, strangers, lovers, and how we tolerate those who are different than we are. All those novels are very communicative, understandable for broad audience, but also they deal with very important existential questions which are common for most people, regardless their nationality or religion. At the same time, there is no better way to promote European literature and values in Serbia. Raquel Martinez-Gomez Sombras de unicornio and Viktor Horvat Török tükör both won EU Prize for Literature. Ada Murolo, with her novel Il mare de Palizzi, was awarded Rhegium Julii – Sezione Opera Prima prize for 2013, as well as Il Mulinello – special prize of the jury. Patrik Ouředník, with his internationally successful novel Ad Acta, is the most translated Czech writer in the last 25 years. He was awarded the Czech Literary Fund Award. Emil Hakl (1958) is widely recognized as one of the most remarkable writers of Czech literature and is often compared to the great Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal. He was awarded the prestigious Magnesia Litera Prize for O rodičích a dětech. Jonathans Trigell’s novel Boy A won the Waverton Award of 2004, later that year John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and Italian Edoardo Kihlgren Prize. Also, he achived big commercial success which is crowned by a movie adaptation. Franncisco José Viegas is winner of the Portuguese Writers’ Association’s Grand Prize in 2005 with his novel Longe de Manaus.

Museum of applied art Belgrade: Ceramics and it’s dimensions


Project Ceramics and its dimensions is multidisciplinary and complex European project dealing with social, technological and artistic aspects of ceramics and porcelain. The project consists of 10 modules whose pillars are different European institutions (museums, universities etc.). It began in 2014, and will have been finished by 2018.

The objective is to bridge European cultural institutions, industry, science and technology in the field of ceramics and porcelain. Two manifestations are envisaged to be held in Belgrade: Symposium Ceramics between changes and challengesbetween the past and the present since Baroque till today from 20th to 23rd May 2015 at Fresco Gallery, and travelling exhibition European cultural style in ceramics – from Baroque till today from 19th May (grand opening) to 30th June 2015. The Symposium Ceramics between changes and challenges- between the past and the present since Baroque till today represents one of the first modules among many of the aforementioned perennial project. The bearer of the module is Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade, and the chief European implementing partners are Porzellanikon, Selb and International Ceramics Museum, Faenza. National Museum in Belgrade is also taking part in the project.

The structure of model one consists of actuating symposium on ceramics as significant segment of European cultural heritage aiming to perceive different dimension of ceramics in the field of art, design, technological inventions and its role in various cultural, historical and social segments.

The programme of the symposium will connect and gather world and regional experts who will deliver their experiences, scientific accomplishments and proposals in the field of ceramics production, history, culture, technology, architecture, design and advance technologies. These presentations will lay the groundwork for further advancement in terms of science, technological development, and usage of ceramics and research of the role of ceramics in numerous aspects of contemporary society. This basis will be constantly add up to and documented during the project. The exhibition of European cultural style in ceramics- from Baroque till today is a travelling exhibition which will be held in Belgrade in 2015, and then in Tallinn in 2015, Faenza in 2015 and 2016, Valencia in 2016, Stoke on Trent in 2016 and Selb in 2016/2017.

The contents of the exhibition will include art collection, multimedia strategy, workshop and representative catalogues from the funds of six European museums of ceramics. The exhibition explores ceramics tradition aiming to incite acquainting with the present state of ceramics production that spans from the production for everyday use all the way to the grand artistic and biotechnological possibilities of modern ceramics.

The partners will be encouraged to share knowledge and rich ceramics history reinforcing the role of European ceramics in the future challenges. This exhibition carries a strong message that will capture attention of a broader international audience and it focuses on the attitude of people toward ceramics from the different perspective: historical, artistic and educational strategy as well as virtual access to the collections and heritage.

The bearer of the project is National museum Porzellanikon from Selb with the partners: International Ceramics museum (Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche), Faenza; National Ceramics Museum, Valencia (Museo Nacional de Cerámica y Artes Suntuarias, Valencia); The Pottery Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent; Aalto University School of Art and Design, Helsinki; Macromedia University Cologne / Munich; University of Ulster, Belfast; Technical University, Riga (Rigas Tehniska Universitate); Kunsthochschule BerlinWeißensee, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Berlin; National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana; Stafford Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent; Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny; Uměleckoprůmyslové museum v Praze, Prague; Eesti Tarbekunsti-ja Disainimimuuseum, Tallinn; Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade; National Museum in Belgrade as annexed partner to MAA (Museum of Applied Art).

Museum of Yugoslav history: Heroes we love


Heroes we love is a multidisciplinary project dealing with perennially controversial topic of socialist heritage of European art of 20th century and gathers NGO’s and institutions from Central and Southeast Europe (Bulgaria, Poland, Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina). The leading partner of the project is the Art Gallery Maribor. The project aims at connecting contemporary art practice with the research of the social art phenomenon in its cultural, socio-ideological and political context starting from the foundation of socialist countries of Eastern Europe up to the present moment, and at acquainting new public with the topics it comprises.

The objective is to draft the development of socialist art, varied art forms and visual manifestations, to map relevant works and artists, presenting different case studies and linking them to the contemporary art trends. The project will initiate the dialogue on the background of socialist art in Eastern Europe, different practices and differences in relation to the geopolitical framework of the development of practices. It will focus on questioning the role of socialist art in the period of economic transition and social transformations, as well as identifying potentials of socialist art in the context of the present and the future. Heroes we love are divided into four topics: politics, aesthetics and art during socialism, socialist monuments and modernism, heroic art and social realism, post-socialism and nostalgia. Project will ensure theoretical framework, map specific works, art forms and artists, and discuss conditions in which they were created. Conferences, lectures and panel discussions will be held concurrently with the series of art interventions in public areas as well as workshops following the project segments so as to bring contemporary art practice and public closer to the topics.

Final results will be travelling exhibition and concomitant publication comprising gathered material and knowledge acquired during the project, aiming at launching a public debate on linkage of socialist art heritage and current international trends. International conference proposed by the Museum of Yugoslav Art will deal with the phenomenon of nostalgia through different political and cultural contexts in various European countries. Yugonostalgic and Tito-nostalgic culture related to the celebration of Youth Day will have a special place. Encompassing perspectives and experiences from different countries, the conference goal is to lay the groundwork for mapping and research of the forms and visual manifestations of nostalgia. The conference will gather custodians, theoreticians, researchers and artists who will have the opportunity to share experience and knowledge and jointly set the basis for the exhibition.

Center for the promotion of science: European Digital Art and Science Network


European Digital Art and Science Network is a project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. The coordinator of the project is Ars Electronica from Linz, and apart from Centre for Promotion of Science from Belgrade, partners are also the Science Gallery from Dublin, GV Art from London, LABoral from Gijon, Ethiopia from Zaragoza, Kapelica Gallery from Ljubljana and DIG Gallery from Kosice.

The fundamental objective is to couple contemporary scientific discoveries with current practices in the domain of digital art- interactive art, digital music and sound, digital design, digital architectural installations, computer animations, film, photography, visual effects, digital communities and social networks, hybrid art, performances and choreographies. This project includes two rounds of public invitations for artists from across Europe, who can apply and register to participate in different stages of the project. Two first prize winners win one-month residencies and mentorship by scientists at European Southern Observatory located in the mountains of Chile, South America and it represents one of the most significant astronomy centres in the world.

Projects are being realised within FutureLab laboratory of Ars Electronica before premiered at Ars Electronica Festival at Linz, at the beginning of September, 2015. All other registered artists and their applications and ideas enter the selection round at national i.e. partner level.

Concurrently, after presenting two winning works and the partners’ selection of projects to be independently realised, the schedule of the travelling programme, artists’ visits and other partners’ projects are to be devised. In Serbia, two national projects will be realised and premiered at the exhibition in March 2016, featuring four partner projects. An identical cycle is reiterated, starting from December, 2015, offering the opportunity to actuate the mentorship residence at CERN, Switzerland, specialized in research and experiments in the domain of elementary particles.

Literary traslation 2014

Odiseja publishing company, Belgrade


Awarded European Children’s and YA Authors

Odiseja will translate, publish and promote 10 proposed children’s books written by 10 awarded authors from 7 EU countries. Proposed novels were written by outstanding, awarded authors: from already classic ones such as Italian Bianca Pitzorno and Czech Pavel Šrout (both shortlisted for Hans Andersen Medal), to younger writers hastily completing their prestigious awards collections, such as Carnegie Medal winner Sally Gardner and Marcus Sedgwick; from worldwide famous bestselling English Jacqueline Wilson, who won all the major awards for children’s literature, to young Hungarian István Lakatos who has yet to cross national borders; from one of the most popular writer of YA fiction, Malcolm Rose, to three mega-stars awarded for both their adults fiction and children’s literature, such as French Daniel Pennac, Norwegian Jo Nesbø and Irish Roddy Doyle. This selection makes a representative sample of the best children’s and YA literature EU has to offer at this moment.

Books: Bianca Pitzorno, La bambinaia francese (The French Governess); Jacqueline Wilson, The Worry Website; Pavel Šrut, Lichožrouti; Roddy Doyle, A Greyhound of a Girl; Daniel Pennac, Kamo. L’agence Babel; Sally Gardner,I Corriander; Jo Nesbø, Doktor Proktors Prompepulver (Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder); Marcus Sedgwick, Midwinterblood; Malcolm Rose, Framed! (Traces series); István Lakatos, Dobozváros (Boxville).

Literary traslation 2014

Clio publishing company: Grail on water


The Project Grail on water is a result of a particular editorial concept which has been maintaining in Clio for 23 years. The idea of the concept is to respond to the cultural needs of our environment and to show a variety of literary poetics from the whole world. Grail is a book collection based on translations of novels from literary fields that are not well known in Serbia, and on the contrary, very much appreciated in their countries. The stories take place in the modern time, reflecting the atmosphere in which they are created, introducing readers with the diversity of cultural identities. Thus, we consider the four books chosen for this year’s project an inspiration to writers as well as a challenge to the most experienced translators. The authors are from Netherlands, Greece, France and Italy and each one of them describes everyday life stories about ordinary people, but besides that we can also feel the atmosphere of the specific environment and dramatic social and cultural changes, and their effect on lives of ordinary people.
These literary works tell us about current problems of different societies which are becoming general in all European countries. Serbian readers will, thus, get to know new writers and their literary poetics, as well as new European identity and compare it with its own experience.

Books: Un jour je m’en irai sans en avoir tout dit, Jean d’Ormesson; Figli dello stesso padre, Romana Petri; Rootless, Lefteris Koulierakis; De helaasheid der dingen, Dimitri Verhulst

These literary works tell us about current problems of different societies which are becoming general in all European countries. Serbian readers will, thus, get to know new writers and their literary poetics, as well as new European identity and compare it with its own experience.

European cooperation projects

Belgrade design week: Human Cities


Human Citiesis a multidisciplinary European network composed of different profiles: universities, design centers and design weeks, ICT platforms, service design and creative design consultancies. Led by Cité du Design de Saint-Etienne, France. The partners share their know how in with people in the urban space using design as a creative and sustainable tool.

The focus of Human Cities Network (2014-2018) will be to analyze, test and implement the process of engaging people in co-creating and “challenging the City scale and Flow space in Europe today”. People are the key to design change in a network society and to respond to the growth of ‘flow space’, which is both physical and digital. To go beyond planning practices on the urban territories, the partner cities are enhancing unplanned activities within a frame of 13 shared values: empathy, wellbeing, sustainability, intimacy and conviviality, mobility and accessibility, imagination and leisure, aesthetics, sensoriality, solidarity and respect. Those values applied to everyone follow an intergenerational equity. We are here on a subjective territory where ‘an alternative environment’ is sought. By rejecting ‘specialities’ and compartmentalised disciplines, this interdisciplinary and multicultural Alliances Projects brings together designers, architects, urban planners, researchers, sociologists, philosophers, psychoanalysts, translators, artists, historians and art historians, bloggers… The State of the Art, which is enriched by Experimentation Labs, Users experiences and testing, Interaction and Exchange workshops in order to assess and implement sustainable results within the European urban territories, is coupled to Masterclasses and a ‘work in progress’ exhibition. Through applied research and co-creation, Human Cities Network appears as a continuous human-driven cultural programme questioning the position and status of people in relationship to their city and ever-changing flow space(s).

Literary traslation 2014

Sezam book publishing company, Beograd


Many stories of history

With this year project for a grant Many stories of history, Sezam Book would like to continue the new subject category of our publishing program – the European contemporary literature – that we started last year with the project for EACEA – Read in European.

For this year’s project, Sezam Book was inspired by the quote of Pavol Rankov, about the motives to write his book that is included in our project: “I have the feeling that the little stories, the stories of real people, are closer to reality and truth than the big historical events. History is overburdened with ideology, patriotism and things like that, while the stories – the oral history – of ordinary people are closer to reality and truth.”

Not all of the seven books treat precisely the theme of history swirls and how the ordinary people can face them, survive and recuperate, but all of them show us the different possibilities of coping with the reality that sometimes is too cruel and too strange to be understood. And all of them are the messengers of humanity, reminders of the importance of the universal human values. That kind of message we would like to serve to our readers as the bridge for ideas and interpretations between cultures. For the implementation of this project, Sezam book intends to cooperate with foreign cultural centers and city libraries for the book promotions and first book readings, but also with the Faculty of Philology and Philosophy, inviting students and scholars to participate in the lectures and promotional activities. Sezam book also intends to invite György Spiró for the first public reading of his books, and Pavol Rankov as a special guest during the Belgrade Book Fair in October 2015. In order to enhance the accessibility to translated works and our project, we included the e-books in our publishing program for the first time. All of Sezam book`s promotional activities related to the project will be visible on the web site and the You tube channel.

Literary traslation 2014

Geopoetika publishing house, Belgrade


The Identity Search Project

The Identity Search Project consists of high quality modern European literature books mostly written in lesser used languages. There are six novels and one book of short stories originally written in Norwegian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish and French. All books are based on the lost or found identities of an individual, a group, a nation or all of humankind. The process of the search itself and the differences in its visibility is the very essence of the project.

Alek Popov – The Palaveevi Sisters; Mojca Kumerdej – Dark Matter; Afonso Kruz – The Kokoschka`s Doll; Dulse Marija Kardoso – The Return; Silvan Prudom – Here, Said Bahi;

Maret Lindstrom – Days in the History of Silence; Rafael Arguljol – The Reason of Evil

European cooperation projects

Ring ring: EUropean Traditions in cultural hERitage and PErformances (EU.T.ER.PE)


EU.T.ER.PE  is a cultural project of international level which can give opportunities of integration and cohesion, driving economic growth and employment in Serbia, Italy, Greece and Croatia. The main aim is to promote a stronger and long – lasting cooperation among cultural operators, museum’s operators, artists, institutions, musical instruments artisans and private sector, encouraging common activities and events which can present many kind of artistic expression with a special focus on traditional instruments, folk and traditional music. Prerogative of the project is to raise awareness and spread the knowledge over the popular traditions of each partner countries. Through workshops, seminars, training and performing arts and in collaboration with museums, school of music, businesses and artisans manufacturers of musical instruments a path to rediscover the cultural roots of each region can be created.

With EU.T.ER.PE project we want to establish a system of European territories sharing their tradition starting from the music, the traditional instruments and constantly talking to each other to achieve a coordinated international network. The project will cover various aspects related to traditional musical instruments: the manufacturing with the involvement of manufactures, the training and education with the participation of school of music and public schools, the performances with artists coming from whole Europe and the preservation committed to museums. EU.T.ER.PE. goes in the direction of supporting and promoting the creative and cultural sector as a flywheel for the development of the territories.

 Coordinator organization:  Association Adriatico Mediterraneo


Association Ring Ring (Serbia)

Amadeo – art kabinet d.o.o. (Croatia)

Day After ong (Greece)

European cooperation projects

Ilija M Kolarac Endowment Belgrade: Take Over


The project Take Over was launched to assist participating organisations in redefining their programmes and orient them toward younger generations during two-year period of education, exchange and other activities. Thus, each institution will attempt to perceive its existing contents and adopt proposals by newly-formed ‘youth councils’ whose task will be to give recommendations for programmes aimed at their age-mates. In line with the current programme policy the focus will be on renewing classical music audience.

Project proposes an innovative model of supply and demand development based on acknowledging the young audience representatives’ opinion. During the project, representatives of institutions and ‘youth councils’ will be trained and consequently adopt European experience and know how in this field (focusing on the UK and Finnish experiences), improving communication with young audience. Moreover, members of ‘youth councils’ will have a chance to get acquainted with European markets and bring the best tendencies and practices to their country.

Finally, each of the partner institutions will organise multiple-day events based (Kolarac Take Over) on acquired knowhow during the two-year research process. The activities will include: study visits, workshops, research and opinion polls, European seminar, series of ‘youth council’ sessions, mentorship, Take Over events, external appraisals, final seminar and establishing online promotion and knowledge exchange platform.

Promoting inclusive approach in the field of contemporary performing arts in Europe will strongly influence local communities. In addition, this process should spur institutions to observe and redefine existing programmes taking into consideration audience’s recommendations. Individual results will be visible in terms of future leaders’ advance trainings intended to expand their knowledge in line with cutting edge trends of European cultural market.

Objectives: promotion of inclusive approach for the youth who will influence the redefinition of institutions’ programmes using acquired skills and knowledge; implementation of the adopted via recommendations and conclusions; practical organization of Take Over events at the premises of institutions; strengthening artistic and cultural capacities consequently contributing to the adjustment of programme policy; supporting future local leaders in culture. The aforementioned approach yields decision-makers well-acquainted with their community and audience’s needs.

European cooperation projects

Mikser Belgrade: Balkan Design Network (BDN)


Balkan Design Network (BDN) is an innovative platform stimulating and supporting production and presentation of Balkan design in the region and internationally, aiming to show advantages and contribution of high quality design to social development, to underscore benefits of application of such design in local entrepreneurship and promote design to broader public.

Three main organisers: Croatian Design Society (Croatia), Public Room (Macedonia), Mikser Organisation (Serbia) united their expertise and experience with local and international designers, institutions and design organisations so as to set new joint venture into motion in the field of Balkan design development and its positioning on the European level. The project links three creative organisations and serves as a specific case study for the development of a greater and broader BDN network which will include more countries, companies, creative and cultural workers and public, and as such create design and business data base of Balkan creative scene.

The two-year project consists of the regional competition of young designers, international travelling exhibitions, concomitant educational events, numerous workshops at the residence and practical trainings in cooperation with leading regional producers of design products, as well as networking and promotional activities. Creating data base of designers and product resources, research in the design sector, formulation of regional design strategy will be accountable for the sustainability of the project, promoting Balkan design in all the aspects of the discipline.

Education on additional value of the design directed towards a broader spectre of target groups, ranging from designer community, small and medium enterprises, and civil servants to broader public presents the challenge of the project and special engagement. Via multidisciplinary activities indicating the importance of the design in the culture of the region, also the impact of design on innovativeness and competitiveness in small and medium enterprises, project offers innovative solutions, both for products and services and society and public sector.

Project is dedicated to young designers offering the opportunity for additional education and individual career development, regional companies assisting in better response to the merger of market trends by designing products originally and to broader public ensuring the access to new European trends in the field of modern design.


New call for projects within the Horizon 2020 programme


Horizon 2020 is the core programme of the European Union for financing science and technological development. It is a new, integrated system of financing encompassing all programmes of research and innovation which were financed through the general programme for research and technological development, CIP programme and the programme of the European Institute for Innovation and technology. The key segments of this programme are Excellence in Science, Industrial Leadership and Social Challenges. The aim of the project is finding ways for economic advancement, especially through supporting small and medium enterprises with the potential of becoming leading companies on a global level in the future.

The programme is open to participation of all research groups from universities, research institutes, individual researchers, small and medium enterprises, big companies, but also other governmental, non-governmental and private organizations and institutions. The total budget until 2020 amounts to 80 billion Euros.

More information about the Horizon 2020 programme can be found in the official presentation of the programme:, and also on the official portal of the programme for Serbia: Moreover, the Computer centre of the University of Belgrade established a website with all the relevant information about this programme:

The call for applications can be found at the following web page: ( h2020-reflective-6-2015.html). The simplified rules for delivering project propositions and also for managing projects provide the applicants an easier way to participate in the programme. The practical instructions can be found on the following link: H2020 online manual. ( research/participants/portal/desktop/en/funding/guide.html)