The results of the European cooperation project open call 2017 are published. Among success stories, there are nine organizations from Serbia. Museum of Yugoslavia and Kolarac, the organizations that completed the previous projects Heroes we love and Take over are again supported by the program. Now with projects New mappings of Europe and Young@Opera.
We are extremely pleased that among this year’s successful stories are organizations that for the first time participate in the Creative Europe programme, whose representatives were participants of our seminars and workshops, and with whom we met and talked about their applications – theater “Kosztolányi Dezső” with the project Rediscovering Europe, Heartefact with the project CATHESIS: Inovating Theater as Event: The Spectator as Reseacher, Association Krokodil with two projects, South East Reaches West – digital platform for the promotion of writers in post conflict societies and Socially inclusive Literature operation, Children’s Cultural Center Belgrade with Young Theater project, Communication point with the project MAPS – Mapping and Archiving Public Space and Center for Cultural Decontamination with the project Borderline Offensive: Laughing in the face of fear.
The total value of projects involving institutions and organizations from Serbia is 1 873 356.02 euros.
Congratulations to all successful applicants and we are looking forward to the programs and activities that will start this year!
Writers from 12 European countries, and among them Darko Tuševljaković from Serbia, won the European Union Prize for Literature for 2017.
European Union Prize for Literature, awarded every year to writers from 12 different countries, was also awarded, based on the decision made by national jury panels, to Rudi Erebara from Albania, Ina Vultchanova from Bulgaria, Bianca Bellová from the Czech Republic, Kallia Papadaki from Greece, Halldóra K. Thoroddsen from Iceland, Osvalds Zebris from Latvia, Walid Nabhan from Malta, Jamal Ouariachi from the Netherlands, Sine Ergun from Turkey and Sunjeev Sahota from the United Kingdom.
As it was said in the statement, through the awarding of this Prize, exquisite new literary talents are being recognised throughout Europe, and also the wealth of contemporary European literature is emphasised and attention is directed towards the unique cultural and linguistic heritage of the entire continent.
Serbian writer Darko Tuševljaković was awarded for his novel “Jaz” about the 90s, published by the publishing house Arhipelag, who said that it was great honour to receive such an important prize and be among the chosen authors from other European countries, and also among the previous winners of the award from Serbia (Jelena Lengold and Uglješa Šajtinac).
Tuševljaković’s “Jaz” is a novel about Serbia during the 90s and the beginning of a new century, but also about a young generation stretched between leaving and staying in their own country, but also about the older ones, overwhelmed by nostalgia and the struggle against time which was surpassing them. Displaying the life of young people in turbulent times and combining the elements of a social novel and phantasmagoria, Tuševljaković in “Jaz” shapes the stage where, in the middle of political and historical breakdowns, impressionable characters with their human and intimate dramas are being displayed. “Jaz” is, as described by Arhipelag, an exciting story about how to survive history and preserve the right to one’s own specificity. The novel takes the reader to an extraordinary adventure from Belgrade to Kragujevac during the 90s, to the image of a family vacation in Greece, while in the parallel and intersecting stories personal and family dramas are being resolved, but also other historical forces and struggles with the self and the others.
Laureates receive a prize amounting to 5,000 Euros, but also numerous other benefits stemming from international visibility and cross-border promotion of their works, starting with the ceremony of prize awarding in Brussels all the way to presentations on the largest book fairs.
European Union Prize for Literature for 2017 will be awarded to laureates in a ceremony on 23rd May in Brussels, and it will be given by the European Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Tibor Navračić together with the highest representatives of the European Parliament.
The awarding ceremony is organised by the consortium of European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), European Writers’ Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), with the support of the European Commission, i.e. the Creative Europe programme. Therefore, it is available to writers from all countries members of Creative Europe.
During the first three years (2014-2016), Creative Europe programme aided the funding of translation of around 1,400 books to more than 30 European languages, including the works of the previous 58 winners of the European Union Prize for Literature. Some of them were translated for the first time.
The European Festival Association (EFA), project holder of “Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe”, published a list of winners of the EFFE Label for 2017/2018, and among them there are as many as 45 festivals from the Western Balkans region, including commercial and tourist, artistic, internationally already recognised, but also smaller manifestations.
As many as 30 festivals were chosen for the EFFE Label from Serbia, five from Bosnia and Herzegovina, seven from Montenegro and two from Albania, announced ArtLink, partner of the European Festival Association for the Western Balkans.
Festivals were chosen after detailed evaluation entrusted to national experts and a European jury. According to the explanation of the international jury of EFA, criteria were related primarily to devotion to humanity and inclusivity.
Being impressed with the devotion of the festivals from the region to the European festival movement, not only did the jury of EFFE, through the EFFE Label for 2017-2018, recognise the most exceptional festivals of Europe, but they also invited the winners to join the joint movement of festivals for peace, solidarity, art, artists and open talks, ArtLink emphasised.
The open call of EFFE was applied for by hundreds of festivals from Europe, and for the winners of this recognition EFA will organise a conference from 3rd to 6th May in Wiesbaden, where they will get an opportunity to network and create partnerships.
Bearers of the EFFE Label for 2017-2018 from Serbia are: ArtLink Festival of Young Talents, Belgrade Design Week, Guitar Art Festival, Cinema City in Novi Sad, Electe Subotica, European Film Festival Palić, Festival Belgrade Saxpirience, Days of the Organ – Dies Organorum, Green Fest, International Harp Festival, International Theatre Festival “Slavija”, Joy of Europe, Novi Sad Music Festivities (NOMUS), Nušićijada, Operosa, International Festival of Children’s Theatre Subotica, Summer3p Palić, International Jazz Festival in Kragujevac, Literary Festival “Krokodil”, Poetry Festival “Trgni se! Pozija!”, Theatrical Marathon Sombor, Zmaj Children’s Games, Nova Festival, Festival of Chamber Choirs Kragujevac, Gitarijada Zaječar, International Folklore Festival ORFEO, Festival “Biserna grana”, Festival “Baby Exit”, Belgrade Irish Festival and FESTar Dancing Days.