The Serbian Fairy Tales project is an international collaboration that crosses time, culture and art form. A Literature and Live Literature project, it includes a book with illustrations (for all ages), performance storytelling with music (for adult audiences), on-line content and a series of workshops (for children and young people).
The project aims to introduce Serbian culture, language and literature (currently under-represented in English) not only to the second and third generations of Serbian immigrants in the UK, but to a wider audience in an interesting and innovative way. It presents and promotes the unique, traditional, ethnic heritage and cultural legacy of the Balkans and celebrates and enhances British Serb identity. This is a three-year-long project, with the London Tour its first stage (October 2012- March 2013), followed by a UK Tour (Summer 2013- Spring 2014) and a European Tour (Summer 2014- Spring 2015).
The project is supported by Arts Council England and Serbian Council of Great Britain, and is a UK first: for the first time ever, Serbian cultural heritage and the legacy of Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic is being taken out of the niche and brought into the mainstream of British culture, by not only presenting this unique heritage to the wider, non-Serbian public, but also by involving a number of British artists in its interpretation and realisation. Thus, the project has the potential and the aim of reaching out to most diverse communities.
The project had its launch for Serbian diaspora on 20th September at the Serbian Embassy inLondon and its official launch for wider public on 12th October at the Rich Mix inEast London, which was completely over-sold and a roaring success.
The book (containing 20 stories originally compiled by Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic, as well as a wealth of information about their origin, about Vuk himself, about Serbian folk lore and mythology and Serbian language, introducing a high volume of Serbian words with their English spelling and IPA transcriptions throughout the stories) is due to be published in December 2012; however, the funds required for printing and distribution are still being gathered and all donations are welcome.
Full details on the project and the London Tour are available on the website http://www.serbianfairytales.com.
For all further information and how to make donation please contact Jelena Curcic: [email protected], tel. +44 (0)7415024262
Thank you for your support
‘Serbian Fairy Tales’