Serbian Month

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Serbian Month 2014 – Full programme available HERE

Serbian Month 2013 – review

Once again Serbian Month, the fifth such event, gathered various organizations and individuals and presented a positive image of Serbia to audiences in London, Norwich and Reading.

Serbian Month started, as usual, with St Sava celebrations organized by Serbian Orthodox Church in London, followed by the second St Sava Ball in Mayfair organized by Sofranac Ltd. Serbian art was exhibited at Houses of Parliament, Westminster, thanks to Pro Art & Co, and the Serbian Society also held an art exhibition at the Old Chelsea Town Hall.

Several music events were held and well received by audiences. St Paul’s Actors Church, Covent Garden hosted Ivan Tasovac, at the time the Director of the Belgrade Philharmonic (organised by Serbian City Club) who gave a humorous insight into the workings of the well-known Belgrade orchestra. The Serbian Society organised a recital by pianist Aleksandra Timarov, while SCGB arranged the ‘Impressions of Love’ concert with singers Milena Dobrzycka, Silva Vuckovic McQueen, Michael Butchard, David Hansford, accompanied by pianist Mina Miletic. The Norfolk & Norwich Novi Sad Association hosted pianist John Humphreys at the annual ‘Paul Cross Memorial Concert’.

Other events included book launches – ‘Serbian Fairy Tales’ by Jelena Curcic and ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Political dissident’ by Vlastimir Sudar. There were also film screenings ‘I Even Met Happy Gypsies’ and the London Sports Society organised a football tournament. Serbian culture in Britain is being kept in good shape through events like these.

In 2013 the focus of the SCGB was on children and improving their knowledge of the Serbian language and Serbian culture. The SCGB launched the pilot Serbian GCSE-level course during Serbian Month. It featured at the ‘Serbian Children’s Day’ held on 9th February at St Cyprian’s Church, where pupils from the Reading Serbian School performed a delightful programme followed by a performance of ‘Serbian Fairy Tales’ by Jelena Curcic and was officially launched after the AGM held at the Serbian Embassy on 22nd February. The evening continued with screening of documentary ‘Kalenic, The Last Days of a City Market’ by Milan Miletic and Ivan Vukovic and a discussion with author. After the programme visitors had an opportunity to taste the finest wine from the “Aleksandrovic” Winery (the royal vineyards of the Karadjordjevic dynasty from Oplenac) kindly provided by Dusan Sofranac.

This year’s programme for Serbian Month is taking shape and looks like it will provide an opportunity to present Serbia and its culture in the best possible way around the UK thanks to effort of whole Serbian community.

Serbian Month 2012 – review

Only four years ago Great Britain witnessed its first Serbian Week in the UK. We are very proud to say that in 2012 Serbian week had expanded to over a month of events, including not only in London, Cambridge and Oxford, but also Edinburgh, York, Halifax and Norwich. This was undoubtedly the biggest festival of Serbian culture to date, gathering numerous organizations and individuals: Serbian Orthodox Church in London and Halifax, Serbian Council of Great Britain, Serbian Society, Serbian City Club, British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Serbian Embassy, Pro Art & Co, London Sports Society, SEES Society, Norwich-Novi Sad Association, Fine Art Escape, Classical Concert, EXER, Sofranac Ltd, to name a few.

Besides the annual St. Sava Day celebrations organized by Serbian Orthodox Church, an old Serbian tradition, the St. Sava Day Ball was welcomed in the prestigious West End venue of the Westbury Mayfair hotel. Also, St John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church in Halifax celebrated its 45th anniversary and a series of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, as well as a football tournament were held around the country, enhancing the profile and the understanding of the Serbian community in Great Britain.

Celebrating and Enhancing British Serb Identity

SCGB organised a ‘Serbian Day’ at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden on 18th February that brought in over 50 children from various Serbian schools around the UK. In the overcrowded church hall, children from London, Reading, Bedford, Corby and Leicester gathered for the first time in a joint performance of Serbian songs, poetry and dramatic plays and skits. Following the performances, teachers and parents had an opportunity to discus the future of Serbian language and teaching in UK at the reception hosted by a number of Serbian restaurants from London (The Corner Terrace, Mugi, and Café Resentin).

The event was followed by SCGB’s AGM and the Gala concert titled ‘Following Constantine the Great’. 

‘Constantine the Great’ brings together Serbian artists from across the globe – Concerts in London and York

‘Following Constantine the Great’ project commenced in 2011 in Nis (Serbia) during the NUMUS festival and continued its journey this year proving to be a celebration of cultures, achievements and cultural connections.

Following the concert by Serbian and French artists at the Serbian Cultural Centre in Paris on 3rd February, the English audience welcomed the artists to London and York, during the Serbian Month 2012. Artists from Serbia, Germany, France, USA and England had a rare opportunity to work and perform together, presenting music dedicated to Christianity and Constantine the Great, as well as Serbian classical music. A special treat for the audience at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden on 18th February and Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel in York on 19th February was the premiere of works dedicated to the project: ‘Constantine’s Dream’, written by English/French composer Malcolm Bothwell and performed by ‘The 24’ choir from York; and ‘The Tree of Glory’ by Serbian/US composer Vera Stanojevic and performed by Serbian artists from the UK, Germany and Serbia. The audience in London had an opportunity to enjoy not only the music, but also an exhibition by Pro Art & Co, which included works of British-Serbian artists Jasna Nikolic, Natasa Delic, and Sanja Milankovic, as well as those of the children’s art school ‘Artino’ from Belgrade.

As part of the celebrations of the 1,700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan in 2013, the project ‘Following Constantine the Great’ will be hosted in Germany next year, in co-operation with the Serbian Council Germany and Serbian artists based in the country. The project emphasises the historical link between Nis and York through Constantine the Great (he born in Nis and became emperor of Rome while in York) and aims to strengthen connections between the Serbian cultural organisations and artists from Serbia, as well as the Serbian diaspora in the UK and in other countries. It provides a unique opportunity for Serbian artists around the world to promote Serbian culture. ‘Following Constantine the Great’ project brought together various organisations: SCGB, Nis Symphony Orchestra, University of York, Serbian Cultural Centre in Paris, Serbian Council Germany; as well as numerous distinguished artists and choirs. The project is partially funded by the Big Lottery Fund.