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Regional Info Center (RIC) were founded in March of 2009 with the goal of strengthening the Serbian LGBT population through information and culture.
Since December of 2009, in cooperation with the Belgrade Youth Center, RIC has been organizing the International queer film Festival “Merlinka”, a part of the project of strengthening the LGBT population through art and culture. Insofar we organized ten festivals in Belgrade, six in Sarajevo, four in Novi Sad, three in Niš, four in Tuzla, two in Podgorica. In March 2013 for the first time we had Merlinka festival in Sarajevo, in May 2014 for the first time we had the festival in Podgorica, in February 2015 we had the festival for the first time in Niš and we plan the festival in Novi Sad in May 2015.
In January 2014 we produced our first theater play Merlinka’s Confession about trangender sex worker and actor Vjeran Miladinovic Merlinka, who was brutally murdered in Belgrade in 2003 and the killer was never found.
In January 2018 we produced our second theater play “And others” about discriminated and forgotten minorities in Serbian society as LGBT, Roma, people in wheelchairs… The theater play received excellent reviews and selected for Sterijino pozorje theater festival in Novi Sad.
RIC is also publishing the only gay magazine in Serbia “Optimist” and several LGBT websites.