A Night in the Museum – Annual General Meeting of the Serbian Council of Great Britain

The Serbian Council of Great Britain (SCGB) decided to make a night of it on Friday 26th February 2016, with the event ‘A Night in the Museum’. The Museum in question is the Leighton House Museum, the beautiful former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, the famous Victorian painter. It is a remarkable building, where East meets West, with its sumptuous Arab Hall and fascinating collection of paintings by Lord Frederic and his contemporaries. Those attending the event were lucky enough to be able to have their very own private tour of the Museum free from the crowds.
In this glorious setting the SCGB held its Annual General meeting, attended by around 20 members, and took this opportunity to inform the audience about the projects undertaken throughout the year, particularly the SCGB’s role in Serbian Month, The Round Table and promoting and standardizing the way in which Serbian is taught in Britain. The benefits of the work in the Serbian language were ably displayed to the audience by Ivana Zivkovic, a pupil on the Reading Serbian GCSE style course, who read an extract from a book by Uros Petrovic which tested the audience’s ability to solve riddles and which they failed miserably. At the end of the AGM thanks were given to Jelena Krzanicki and Milos Stefanovic, who were standing down after having served ten years on the committee. Both have made a significant contribution to the work of the SCGB and they will be sorely missed.
After the AGM Maya Momcilovic Jordan, SCGB hosted a talk by Lazar Dzamic, Head of Brand Planning at Google Zoo, and also an author, publicist and marketing consultant, about his two books ‘The Florist in the House of Flowers- Homage to Alan Ford’ (Cvjecarnica u kuci cveca) and ‘Damson Tea’ (Caj od sljiva). An audience of thirty five were treated to an amusing and thought provoking talk about why Alan Ford, why only the Croatian translation proved to be so popular in the former Yugoslavia and the differences between the British and Serbs as shown through markets and garden sheds. Maya skilfully created the atmosphere for the talk by playing a medley of pieces on the piano.