Cultural and public diplomacy activities 2011
Dutch dance at the Belgrade Dance Festival 2011
The annual Belgrade Dance Festival was held from 3 to 18 April. The Dutch contemporary dance was prominent in this edition. Two prominent Dutch dance companies performed in the framework of the Belgrade Dance Festival
The Netherlands is a leading country for contemporary dance and the Nederlands Dans Theater is our most famous dance company. The Nederlands Dans Theater performed in Belgrade in 2006 and 2007 drawing strong positive publicity and enthusiasm from a large public. This year the Nederlands Dans Theater II is one of the highlights of the Belgrade Dance Festival.
The company creates inspiring and new techniques of dance. When former artistic director Jiří Kylián joined the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1975, he initiated a long period of artistic prosperity that lasts today when the company celebrated its 50th anniversary.
“If you see one live performance this year…Nederlands Dans Theater is the one to see.”
New York Times
Sunday, 10 April, 20:00, Sava Centre
Scapino Ballet Rotterdam is the oldest Dutch touring dance company. The company has played a vital role in the development of modern dance. In 1992, the appointment of Ed Wubbe as artistic director brought a fresh vision to the company and marked the beginning of a new chapter. One of the present day Scapino’s most important attributes is its much lauded group of 21 dancers, celebrated for their accomplishment and technical prowess.
Tuesday, 12 April, 20:00, Opera Madlenianum
Dutch participants at BINABelgrade City Museum/Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrade, 5 – 25 May
Jan Jongert from 2012Architecten held a lecture From Superuse to Recyclicity within the Belgrade International Architecture Week (BINA). In addition, the exhibition RESTART: Architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1995-2010, curated by the Dutch architect Hans Ibelings was displayed.
Dutch designers at MIKSER
Zitomlin, Industrial zone in Dorcol, Belgrade, 24 – 30 May
Exhibition Existing Achievements, which was presented at the festival MIKSER, consisted of works of eight prosperous designers from the Netherlands. The exhibition was a visual compilation of views on the contemporary female appetites and priorities. The exhibition was well balanced set of designs from the categories of fashion, interior, product and jewellery design.
ADM photo exhibitionOld sugar factory, Belgrade, 11 – 20 June
Photo exhibition of the Amsterdamse Droogdok Maatschapij, an abandoned shipyard, by the Serbian photographer Vladimir Miloradovic was organised. Milou Velling, Rolf Meesters and Joachim Hartz, Dutch guest artists living at the ADM had site specific performances during the exhibition opening. Jam session of Serbian musicians followed.
The Transitory Network Forum
Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Belgrade, 22 – 24 July
The three days Transitory Network Forum was hosted by the cultural organization Treci Beograd and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Belgrade and was organized by the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA, Slovenia) in collaboration with Kitchen Budapest (Hungary) and CENATUS CIC London (UK). The forum was also joined by WRO Arts Center in Warsaw (Poland) and Ciant Prague (Czech Republic), partners and founding members of the future Transitory Network. The Forum, as an open platform for the dissemination of transitory art through the organization of the transitory Artist-in-Residence program and the research, creation, presentation and distribution of transitory art, consisted of presentations, debates, information platforms and public interventions. Director of the organization Trans Artist from Amsterdam Yasmine Ostendorf participated in the Forum.
Cultural Centre Cacak, 7 - 10 September
Dutch freelance animator and director Roelof van den Bergh was the chairman of the jury of the 5th international animation festival ANIMANIMA. In addition, he presented the Dutch animation studio IL LUSTER within the program A visiting studio. The presentation included 11 films made by the Dutch contemporary directors and animators.
The Old Belgrade Fairground
Cultural Centre GRAD, Belgrade, 15 – 18 September
Exhibition and presentation of the Old Belgrade Fairground, project by Maja
Popovic that deals with this cultural heritage complex and the power of new
architecture in connection with it. The aim was to show the missing historical
links of this site and re-link them to the city of Belgrade and its society. The
project presented the Dutch approach to architecture as it is based on
conceptual architecture expanding the discipline outside its borders. Exhibition
was an opportunity to present Dutch educational methods and ideas on the example
of Serbia. Download
Festival of Ethnological Film
Ethnographic Museum, Belgrade, 15 – 22 October
Director of the Amsterdam based Beeld Voor Beeld, documentary film festival on cultural diversity, Eddy Appels was the president of the international jury of the 20th international Festival of Ethnological Film.
The international conference: Management in Culture and Media in the Knowledge Society
Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade, 9 – 10 November
A lecturer from the Netherlands (Steve Austin of the Felix Meritis, Amsterdam) participated at the conference Management in Culture and Media in the Knowledge, with the aim to improve cultural management education. In addition, he held a lecture for students of management in culture at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts.
Cultural Centre GRAD, 18 – 19 November 2011
Dutch Mark Venneker, from the Res Artis organisation (global network of artist residences), was be one of the key speakers at a seminar on international “artist in residence” activities.