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Seminar “Serbia and Kosovo:
Intercultural Icebreakers”

August 7-11, 2015

 

 

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and its partner organization from Prishtina, the Liberal Democratic Centre, organized the third seminar titled “Serbia and Kosovo: Intercultural Icebreakers” on August 7-11, 2015 in Belgrade. Young people from Kosovo and Serbia, active and interested in culture and arts, spent five creative and working days, making friends and exchanging experiences and knowledge about their societies and cultures.

Participants in the seminar had an opportunity to listen to lectures by prominent authorities in arts and culture. During the first day writer Sasa Ilic delivered a lecture on “Literature of the Separated Worlds - Cultural Exchange as Peace-building (Kosovo/Serbia)” addressing the history of divided societies, cultural and political developments since early ‘80s until today, the culture and politics of denial, the avenues for cooperation in arts and culture, especially at the literary scene, and the importance of cultural exchanges. “Communication is being created through culture and arts. It is necessary to show that kind of openness in the communication and to allow the inflow of information and stories in order to change ourselves, and through our change we can make changes in societies we live in,” he said among other things.

Film director and investigative journalist Birol Urcan tackled the topic “Culture and Arts in Closed and Open Societies”, while politicologist Milos Ciric delivered the lecture titled “The Media, History, Memory, and Confronting With the Past”.

Besides lectures young artists were attending the workshops held by sociologist Demir Mekic and philologist Tamara Tomasevic. During the workshops they teamed up for creative campaigns for mutual respect, understanding and tolerance to be staged in the period to come. In this way, the program helps the promotion of young artists from both societies, who will be working together for breaking prejudices and stereotypes, and promoting good relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

The participants in the seminar also visited different cultural institutions and organizations in Belgrade in order to learn more about cultural and artistic programs on Serb-Albanian relations. One of them was visit to the Center for Cultural Decontamination, where participants talked with Borka Pavicevic on so far achieved Serb-Abanian cultural and art cooperation.

The overall goal of the program is to contribute to renewing old and create new ties between young people, academic and artistic community, media and civil society from Belgrade and Prishtina by promoting intercultural dialogue, reconciliation and normalization process.

Program is realized with the assistance of the European Union under the Support to Civil Society Facility 2013.

 

 

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In 2015, program is financed by the European Union under the Support to Civil Society Facility 2013.
In 2016, program is financed by the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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