The European Year of Cultural Heritage

Evropska godina kulturnog nasleđa

In an era of political and social upheaval, of changes to the way we consume media and information and the rise of identity politics, the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH) could not come at a better time.

This year’s BIF program gives prominence to a common European heritage shared by Serbia and Ireland, highlighting a rich source of common experiences, values, remembrance, understanding, identity and dialogue.

BIF responds the objectives of the EYCH through numerous Irish artists partaking in a diverse cultural program of theatre, history, literature, visual arts, film, music as well as chance encounters in this grand old European city of Belgrade. And a new Artists Studio Program will open Belgrade’s artists’ ateliers to guests for the first time.

And it is with good fortune that we host two lectures and a documentary film about the Irish (Balkan) writer, Hubert Butler – now translated into Serb-Croat- whose powerful and insightful writings can inspire clarity in an age of ‘deliberate’ and unmistakable mass confusion. It should be all the more interesting given that the “Pious’ and the ‘Respectable” in Ireland successfully gagged Butler for almost 50 years because of his ‘controversial’ writings and thoughts “The Papal Nuncio Incident“ on Yugoslavia in the 1950s.

We open the 2018 program with live music by the celebrated musician Mundy, performing for the first time in South East Europe at Electropioneer. Also in Cetinjska an exciting Serbian theatre performance “WTF are we doing here”, will be performed and is a humorous English language play bemoaning the fate of youth emigration from Serbia and consequent brain drain.

We though it had gone away, but it seems the border dividing the island of Ireland is back on the agenda again (read Brexit) and we are going to revisit this once controversial space with a photography exhibition, “Borderlands” by Nigel Swann. And Read that Image (Dublin) will host a unique workshop on the art of bookbinding.

Feature and documentary films on Grace Jones; Song of Granite, The Farthest, and Moscow Never Sleeps are richly produced narratives which span the globe and, beyond, into intergalactic space. And an altogether more personal form of Irish story-telling is brought to us through the unique films of Medicated Milk, True North and Talking to my Father.

Marking the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI (1918) with lectures on Irish forces fighting at the Balkan (Salonika) Front as well as on Flora Sands, and with a screening of the epic WWI documentary, Serbian Cavalry, a must see film.

A host of activities take place in Belgrade as it joins the global St Patrick’s celebrations– green Illumination of some beautiful Belgrade structures to a crunching breakfast, brunch and six nations rugby encounter.

It is always a pleasure to work with the talented crew at BIF and enormously grateful to our partners without their support this festival, now in its 6th edition, would not be possible;

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Jas Kaminski
Festival Director

U vremenu političkih i društvenih pometnji, promena u načinu na koji primamo medijske informacije kao i porasta politika identiteta, Evropska godina kulturnog nasleđa nije mogla doći u boljem trenutku.

Ovogodišnji program BIF-a u prvi plan stavlja zajedničko evropsko nasleđe Srbije i Irske, naglašavajući bogate izvore zajedničkog iskustva, vrednosti, sećanja, razumevanja, identiteta i dijaloga.

BIF daje svoj doprinos ciljevima Evropske godine kulturnog nasleđa kroz brojne nastupe irskih umetnika u okviru raznovrsnog kulturnog programa koji obuhvata pozorište, istoriju, književnost, vizuelne umetnosti, film, muziku kao i kroz slučajne susrete u velikom, starom evropskom gradu Beogradu. Pored toga, po prvi put u sklopu umetničkog  programa festivala,  beogradski umetnici će otvoriti vrata svojih ateljea za posetioce.

Takođe, imamo sreće da ugostimo dva predavanja i prikažemo dokumentarni film o irsko -balkanskom piscu Hubertu Batleru (Hubert Butler) –  sada prevedenom na srpsko-hrvatski jezik, a čiji radovi unose smisao i jasnoću u vremenu svesne i namerne  masovne konfuzije. Naročito je interesantan zbog toga što je zbog svojih “kontroveznih” eseja o bivšoj Jugoslaviji Batler naišao na probleme sa “pobožnima” i“uglednima” u Irskoj tokom pedesetih godina prošlog veka.

Program festivala za 2018. godinu otvaramo živim nastupom proslavljenog irskog muzičara Mundija (Mundy) u Elektropioniru, i to  će biti njegov prvi koncert u Jugoistočnoj Evropi. Jedna zanimljiva srpska pozorišna predstava će se odigrati takođe u Cetinjskoj ulici – “WTF are we doing here”, priča o emigraciji iz Srbije i odlivu mozgova, ispričana na engleskom jeziku.

Iako smo mislili da smo završili sa tim, izgleda da se tema granica vraća na dnevni red u Irskoj (čitaj Brexit) pa ćemo još jednom da ispitamo ovaj kontroverzni prostor kroz  izložbu fotografija – “Borderlands” Najdžela Svona (Nigel Swan). Pored toga iz Dablina nam dolazi “Read that Image” koji će održati jedinstvenu knjigovezačku radionicu.

Dokumentarni filmovi o Grejs Džouns, zatim Pesma granita, Najudaljenije i Moskva nikada ne spava, su bogate priče koje se odigravaju širom planete, i još dalje, u međugalaktičkom prostoru. Nešto ličnije, irske priče  stižu nam u jedinstvenim filmovima  kao što su Lekovi u mleku, Pravi sever i U razgovoru s ocem.

Projekcijom filma koji nikako ne treba propustiti „Golgota Srbije“, kao i predavanjima o Flori Sends i  irskim  vojnim snagama koje se se borile na Solunskom frontu,  obeležićemo stogodišnjicu kraja Prvog svetskog rata (1918).

Beograd će se pridružiti globalnoj proslavi Dana Svetog Patrika zelenim osvetljenjem nekih od najznačajnijih gradskih struktura, kao i irskim doručkom i zajedničkim uživanjem u ragbi Kupu šest nacija.

Bilo je  zadovoljstvo raditi sa talentovanim BIF timom, a želim da izrazim i veliku zahvalnost našim partnerima za podršku festivalu, bez kojih njegovo već  šesto izdanje ne bi bilo moguće.

Hvala!

Jas Kaminski
Direktor Festivala

Sem Fabrizi
EU Delegacija Logo
Orla o Hanrahan
Ireland Embassy

This year’s Belgrade Irish Festival in its sixth edition offers numerous events involving film, theatre, music, literature, visual arts and history.

The festival has established itself as a great place to promote culture and share European heritage. As we celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018, it supports the feeling of belonging to a common European cultural sphere. The festival’s messages serve to strengthen not only cultural, but also social and political ties between Serbia and EU member countries.

I am delighted that the EU Delegation to Serbia continues supporting the Belgrade Irish Festival also in 2018.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all!

 

Sem Fabrizi
Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

I am honoured to support the Belgrade Irish Festival in 2018 and to congratulate all involved in this successful annual event, now in its sixth year. I want to acknowledge also the support the Festival is receiving from Culture Ireland which promotes Irish arts globally and those who pay such a huge role in our creative industry, including through the strong programme which is offered every year in Belgrade.

St. Patrick’s Day is a time of celebration in Ireland and for all those of Irish descent and affinity around the world. It has become a moment when we celebrate Ireland’s global reach and our contribution to the wider world. The connections between our two countries exists in many spheres, including culture, business, politics and sports.

This year’s programme contains exciting and diverse elements which explore the shared heritage between Ireland and Serbia, celebrating music, film, history as well as local artists. I hope that you will get the opportunity to experience as much of the programme as possible, including the multiple greenings that will take place across the beautiful city of Belgrade. I hope that these images will lead to even greater number of tourists visiting in both directions.

I would like to thank festival director, Jas Kaminski, and his team for their ongoing commitment and excellent work, leading to this rich and vibrant programme of events which coincides with the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy St. Patrick’s Day – Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig Oraibh Go Léir!

 

Orla O’Hanrahan
Ambassador-designate
of Ireland to Serbia