EUROPEAN CULTURE PROJECT MANAGEMENT SESSION IN SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
European culture enthusiasts, operators and managers have gathered in Serbia and Montenegro
Educational program for enthusiastic culture managers from 20 countries of the world organized by Fondation Marcel Hicter, which is set in Brussels and is run by the Director Jean-Pierre Deru, took place on the 11th to 24th May 2006, in Serbia and Montenegro. Political, economical, cultural, and social realia of the both countries were presented in detail in the 1st part of the program by honourable culturologists, pedagogues and politicians, notorious professors, culture advisors, and people highly appreciated in the world, such as Mr. Franco Bianchini, Doctor at the De Montfort University (Leicester), Prof. Milena Dragicevic-Sesic, Ms. Sonja Licht, honourable and world-acclaimed politician, Ms. Ljiljana Simic (Brussels, Belbium) and culture advisor Tarja Richard (Marseilles, France).
Meetings with experts in the form of workshops and round-table discussions at the Ministry of Culture of Serbia, acquaintances with influential representatives of the country’s culture, who contribute to the development of the common European culture policy, provided us with an opportunity to get a better insight into the spiritual strength of Serbia. We have noticed their strong desire to straighten one’s back after shocks and meaningless bombing of Belgrade in 1999. During the war, many people of culture have lost their close ones and very young colleagues. Therefore, when someone asked them to speak about that, tears could be seen in the eyes of many people, and their faces reflected pain. Some of them apologized for not being ready to speak about that yet... Serbia cherishes an inexorable hope to preserve the national identity, and is actively looking for the ways to settle internal problems of the country. The objective of the people of culture and artists in the short run is to be seen and recognized on European culture map.
Montenegro entranced us as soon as we got off the place that took us there from Belgrade. Tourist town Kotor was hospitable, and hotels reminded of home. An impressive historical moment was the independence referendum that took place on the 21st of May 2006. Mr. Petar Cukovič, Director of National Museum, Mr. Petar Pejakovič, incorporator of private cultural enterprise Vertigo, Ms. Milena Filipovič, Manager of Culture and Media International Relations Department of Montenegro, and Ms. Tamara Jokovič, Developer of Program and Culture Strategy of the Culture and Media Ministry of Montenegro, spoke about rich cultural life of the country, current social-economical situation, envisaged economical climate with the help of tourism and culture projects, prospects and strategies of international cultural cooperation. Architectural works of Ms. Sandra Kapetanovič and Ms. Milica Lopičič, enthusiastic, modest incorporators of a very ambitious private culture project implementation company, made a very deep impression.
The Program 2006/2007 is divided into three stages: sessions, practical group work and project development, evolution and workshops. Practical work in small groups was lead by graduates, who have successfully accomplished the educational program some-teen years ago: Ms. Andrea Gancs, cultural advisor (Budapest, Hungary), Michel Guérin, Director of Culture Observatory (Brussels, Belgium), and Mr. Jean-Pierre Deru, Director of Fondation Marcel Hicter, who is full of the joy for life and confidence, and practices positive thinking. Students admitted that practical work in small groups was one of the most effective parts of the educational program.
Intensive course of the studies was enriched by a merry attraction – the Eurovision song contest that drew us to TV screens. When the Irish song was on, our Irish colleagues Leslie Ryan (Ireland) treated us to Irish liqueur, and when Lithuanian song “We are the winners of Eurovision” was on and the Finnish rock group Lordi was announced the winner, everybody had a chance to try the taste of Lithuanian champagne.
Everyone was moved by the anticipation of the results of referendum in the historical Old Town of Kotor. The entire journey was crowned with dynamic and professional work of Ms. Tamara Jokovič. She has developed the cultural tourism program for the group, giving us an opportunity to admire at the inimitable and enchanting beauty of mountains. During the short journey we had an opportunity to get deeper insight into management of cultural institutions, advantages and disadvantages of post-soviet cultural institutions and organizations, museums, new exhibitions of art, and, finally, enjoy sun bathes, dazzlingly fresh water in Kotor resort town located at the foot of mountains in Montenegro. This is the place attracting more and more foreign investments, particularly from Russia. New and modern holiday resorts and hotels with inimitable added value – views of overwhelmingly harmonious nature – are in the process of construction.
Fondation Marcel Hicter cooperates with the Ministry of Culture of Serbia, municipalities of Belgrade, Zrenjanin, Pokrajana Vojvodina, and was supported by the executive partner Remont; in Montenegro, the foundation cooperates with the Ministry of Culture and Media and the Ministry of Education and Science.
The group consisted of students from Portugal, Italy, China, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Lithuania, Ireland, Slovak Republic, Montenegro, Croatia, Finland, Poland, and Slovenia. At the end of the 1st session, pedagogues have said some nice words and compliments for our positivism, toleration of the program that was full of challenges and the environment we were living in. Homework, online conferences and group work awaits us, and the results thereof will have to be provided to our course tutors at the time of the 2nd session, which will take place in October 2006, in Nord-Pas-de-Calais (France).
We express sincere gratitude to Kaleva travel UAB for favourable cooperation terms, private persons and partners, who are helping us to ambitiously represent Lithuania, to proclaim its name and culture in Europe.
What concerns the Ministry of culture of Lithuania, we hope of getting leastways an educational scholarship, the feedback of which would be new contacts, a wide range of contacts necessary for development of strategic plans, enabling Lithuanian art people and managers to create more freely and work in the European market through presentation of joint projects in Lithuania and abroad, formation of cultural policy, and acknowledging the importance of joint forces of business and culture in Lithuania.
Photos by Rui da Eufrazia (Portugal), Marta(Bulgaria),Jonanna Sniezko(Poland), Jelena (Serbia)
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