Belgrade presents itself as a loud, lively, polyphonic city that wonders, however, where the free spaces are, if any, for young people. Economic hardships deprive many people in Serbia of their freedom. On the other hand, there are plenty of free spaces in the alternative music scene, which raises an interesting question for Belgrade: Isn’t personal satisfaction really the yardstick of a healthy, free society?
Belgrade is addressing the Spanish question “Do Sinti and Romanies symbolize the spirit of a Europe without borders?” in a documentary film. Andrijana Stojković and her team have been shooting the film in multiple stages since the summer of 2018, accompanying Skill and Buddy, two brothers in a German-Serb hip hop group called Gypsy Mafia, on their journey from Germany through Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary to Zrenjanin, their hometown in Serbia. From the protagonists’ point of view, we see the obstacles they meet with at and between national borders on account of their passports or ethnicity. No sleep till Mahala – Return of the Gypsy Mafia implicitly asks what an enlightened culture and a borderless Europe might look like, and whether either is even conceivable.
Barcelona/Madrid are working with La Joven Compañía Theatre on the question from Belgrade: “Is happiness possible regardless of social circumstances?” Professionals at La Joven Compañía are directing two (musical) plays in workshops for young people, one in Barcelona and one in Madrid, focusing on the Romani and Sinti community in Spain and their conception of happiness and lust for life. The two partner institutions, the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) and the Fundación Instituto de Cultura Gitana (FIGC), are actively encouraging young Romanies and Sinti to take part in the workshops. Each workshop will be mentored by an invited artist (actor, director etc.) from the community. The artistic team are also developing an overall concept to ensure that each group’s work complements and refers to the other’s. In mid-December, the two workshop groups will meet up in Madrid at the Feria Internacional de las Culturas festival to combine and present the results of their efforts.
Film and TV director Andrijana Stojković
has made several short and full-length feature and documentary films. Her work has been shown and won awards at film festivals in Rotterdam, Sofia, Havana, Marseille and at the Raindance Film Festival. She is the founder of All Inclusive Films, a production company committed to contemporary formats with a focus on hybrid docu-fiction forms. She is also a co-founder of Filmkultura, an educational association for audiovisual culture. She teaches courses in "Documentary Filmmaking" and "Contemporary Directing" at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.
is an initiative dedicated to the realization of literary, cultural and socio-political projects with the aim of generating and nurturing a culturally interested public. It advocates the need for conciliatory dialogue and seeks to rebuild broken relationships in the Western Balkans. KROKODIL was founded by the Serbian writer Vladimir Arsenijević.
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OsloMilan Who are you and how can we shape the present together?
ParisLjubljana If we had the Freiraum – the time and the space – to do exactly what we want to do together, what would we do?
RigaLyon How can we build a society that perceives diversity not as a threat, but as an enrichment?
HelsinkiSofia How many rules are necessary at the very least to live together?
SofiaHelsinki How can our society get back in touch with itself and overcome its internal rifts?
TiranaBudapest Is freedom a burden or an opportunity?
Milan OsloIs identity coexistence or conflict?
LyonRiga How can we pass on freedom?
Bucharest VilniusIf identity is like a fruit salad, how can we add tolerance as an ingredient to tie all the flavours together?
AmsterdamNaples How do we construct our individual and collective identity around the concept of freedom? We can we use freedom as a tool that includes without excluding and challenges our habitual ways of thinking?