Different Face of Serbia in London

10. September, 2011 Culture No comments

London will be immersed in a celebration of contemporary Serbian culture next month, as the London School of Economics schedules an impressive festival of photography, films and discussion as part of its Days of Alternative Culture, Art and Science programme.

The LSE’s Different Face of Serbia festival (5-14 October) will present and debate modern Serbian culture in a programme of photography, films and discussion. Running consecutive to the numerous Balkan cinema screenings as part of the city’s Raindance Film Festival, this series of events will make October a month of exploration, celebration and discovery for those interested in contemporary Serbian culture.

The festival, presented by the Serbian LSE Alumni Society, has been put together by Jelena and Srdjan Stojanovic, who wanted to present an fresh image of Serbia today, through scientific and cultural output by LSE alumni and other world class Serbian authors.

A lynchpin of the programme is an exhibition by renowned British rock photographer Brian Rasić, who is of Serbian origin. Former LSE student Mick Jagger was not only a hero for Rasić, he was the subject of his best work for more than 30 years. Among the photographs will be a shot in June 2011, when Rasić was the only official photographer at the final concert by Amy Winehouse in Belgrade. The exhibition is free and open to everyone, Monday-Friday between 10:00 and 20:00. It will be held in the Atrium Gallery, LSE Old Building, Houghton Street, London

The exhibition is supplemented by archive materials used in making of the acclaimed documentary Cinema Komunisto, written and directed by LSE alumni Mila Turajlić. The film, which represents a sentimental history of the movie industry in former Yugoslavia, will be shown on 13 October at 19:30 in the LSE’s Wolfson Theatre, to mark the festival’s end. It will be accompanied by a Q&A with Mila Turajlić.

Admired Belgrade author Zoran Zivković will present from his celebrated works and take part in a Q&A on Thursday 6 October. This will be followed by a presentation from EXIT founder Dušan Kovacević on Music and Tourism as Means of Reconciliation. The evening will run from 18:00-21:00 in the Wolfson Theatre, LSE New Academic Building, London

One of the most anticipated events will be on Thursday 13 October (18:00-21:00), when Dr Nicholas Whyte, a diplomat from Brussels, will join leading Oxford University’s Sir Ivor Roberts and prominent economists from the LSE, the European Intelligence Unit, and the Belgrade Banking Academy, to discuss Serbia’s European Challenges. The event will discuss some of the options and issues facing Serbia if it is to take a route towards a greater role in Europe. Contact fosdi.belgrade@gmail.com to request a ticket, on a first-come, first-served basis. Information on this and other events in the programme can be found at: arts@lse.ac.uk.

On 12 October, the LSEE will hold a public lecture entitled Obstacles To Western Balkan Trade In Services, with speakers Borko Handjinski (World Bank) and Ivana Prica (University of Belgrade). The lecture, as part of the Research on South Eastern Europe programme, will take place in the Thai Theatre, the New Academic Building, at 6pm. Entry is free and a ticket is not required

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