The Montenegrin Cultural Network (MCN) has sent an initiative to Prime Minister Dusko Markovic for the establishment of a professional folklore ensemble within the Music Center, which will perform the choreographies of all nations living in Montenegro.
"Folklore is an indispensable part of our country's cultural heritage, which, unfortunately, loses significance year after year because it is based on our volunteerism. Many cultural and artistic societies in our country do not have the basic means of work, which include halls for exercise, representative costumes as well as the finances needed for the costs of traveling to festivals. The Ministry of Culture, which should work to create quality conditions for dealing with folklore and its affirmation among young people, supports commercial festivals and electronic music parties instead of folklore. Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanovic supports our initiative, only in the working team it lacks creative people who would recognize the poor position of folklore ensembles," MCN said in a statement.
They added that it would be important to introduce folklore classes as a compulsory extracurricular activity in primary schools.
"What is worrying is that there is no quality school to learn how to play “gusle” in Montenegro where children would be introduced to this ancient instrument, which is an indispensable part of Montenegrin cultural heritage."
"The music center for which the Government is allocating significant financial resources certainly has room for establishing a professional folklore ensemble that would present the cultural heritage of Montenegro in a quality way. And given that this institution is seriously organized, we are sure that quality folk ensemble could be organized throughout Montenegro. There are many quality folklorists and choreographers around Montenegro who could be members of a national folklore ensemble and present the cultural heritage of Montenegro worldwide."
Text by Vijesti online, on September 9th, 2019, read more at Vijesti