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30 Jun 2020, 23:21 PM
June 30, 2020 - The KotorArt Festival has this year also been sponsored by UNESCO, the festival's organizers announced. The festival is planned for the period from July 2 to September 13, with the rotation of different program segments:
 
- KotorArt Kotor Children's Theater Festival (July 2 - 10)
 
- KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days (July 14 - August 14)
 
- KotorArt Philosophers' Square- Pjaca Od Filozofa (August 11)
 
- KotorArt International Klapa Festival Perast (September 11-12)
 
"The festival is of special importance for the culture of Montenegro, being the one of the most prestigious festivals in the country and the region. It gathers numerous artists and audiences over two months in Kotor and Boka, and has received plaudits from prestigious international sources for several years," the organizers said in a statement. 
 
The main programs- Don Branko's Music Days, and the Kotor Children's Theater Festival are the holders of the European quality of the EFFE label festival. The segment dedicated to traditional singing- International Festival of Klapas Perast, has received a Wild Beauty Award from the National Tourist Organization.
 
"Apart from the extremely positive image it has on the European festivals map, and the small but highly professional team behind its realization- the main characteristic of the festival is the autonomy of its program units, decentralized administration, and an unusually high percentage of self-generated funds, especially in Montenegrin conditions. Even in these difficult times, individual segments of the festival, in addition to sponsors - UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture, and the Municipality of Kotor - are supported by numerous sponsors and partners," concludes the statement of KotorArt crew.
29 Jun 2020, 11:45 AM
June 29, 2020 - The exhibition Montenegrin Theater History and the promotion of a special issue of the magazine Pozorište, entirely dedicated to the centuries-old theatrical tradition of Kotor, will be held in the Atrium of the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" on Tuesday, June 30, starting at 11 am. The organizer is the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" Kotor with the support of the Municipality of Kotor.
 
Drama artists Tihana Ćulafić and Marija Sarap and the author of the exhibition and editor from the "Nikšić Cultural Scene" will talk about the importance of the exhibition, which consists of thirteen panels and the magazine Pozorište. The exhibition will be open until July 7. The program is also a part of the repertoire of the Nikšić Theater, held within the Nikšić Cultural Scene, the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" Kotor informs.
 
 The project "Montenegrin Theater History through the Centuries" is conceived as an exhibition, taking an illustrative-narrative character. The original documentary material collected by the method of selection, in modern graphic-design technique, was presented on 13 panels. Of that number, 12 boards, photographs, documents and accompanying text illustrate the development of dramatic art in the municipalities: Nikšić, Cetinje, Podgorica (history and production of two theaters: CNP and City Theater), Kotor, Budva, Bar, Tivat, Pljevlja, Bijelo Polje, Berane and Herceg Novi. The title - the 13th panel - is the central one, where the Montenegrin theatrical history is presented.
 
According to well-known Montenegrin theater theorist and academician Sreten Perović, the project "Montenegrin Theater History" is a valuable effort to give deserved recognition to the theater and to all institutions, societies and production groups that built and realize this kind of art."
 
"Such a project, in the context of the priorities of the development of Montenegrin culture, can truly be seen not only as unique but also as very important. This is all the more so due to the lack of cultural content that indicates trends in the development of theater art and production in Montenegro from early forms of stage expression to the contemporary theater at the local and national level," stated film and theater advisor at the Ministry of Culture Montenegro, Ilija Subotic.
 
For the literary historian and publicist Dragan B. Perović, the exhibition "represents a real little holiday and a cultural time machine."
 
"It is admirable with how much energy and knowledge the approach to the realization of this project has been carried out. We have the opportunity to see a rich heritage, tradition, continuity in one place in an important cultural and artistic area such as theater. Of course, for various reasons, there was a blow to continuity, professional life was disrupted, and attempts were made to mold it. But despite these efforts, the theater survived. After all, it is no coincidence that the performing arts have lasted from ancient times to the present. The creators of this exhibition managed to show us in the best way why this is so, sublimating and presenting strikingly the development phase of theatrical activity in all Montenegrin communities. From the cities from the Montenegrin coast, which inherited various influences, to those in the north, which managed to replace some limiting factors with their enthusiasm ", said Perović. He sees this project like a scrapbook, which includes all important actors in their places. By developing professional activities, they brought a touch of culture, regardless of whether they were professionals or amateurs. We received a lexicon of theatrical life and performing arts, where each theater house has its special stamp. Each of the panels is a gem in the exceptional mosaic of theatrical life in Montenegro, which, placed together like this, give a harmonious picture. Practically, we already have one diorama, which encompassed all epochs of the development of theatrical art in our country ", wrote Perović in the catalog of the exhibition. At the opening of the exhibition in Nikšić (May 7 last year), he expressed his belief that "this exhibition will help us break away from stereotypical representations of cultural activities only on the occasion of festive days." It is a document of a time, a history, a monument to duration. On the other hand, this is a gentle reminder to understand that investing in culture and theater is not a cost, but a real investment that pays off many times over. It returns through the education of theater audiences, through the development of a culture of critical thinking and primarily through the nurturing of a culture of remembrance and respect for traditional values ​​as a pledge for the future, "concluded Dragan B. Perović.
 
Montenegrin Theater History, Publishing Activity of the Nikšić Theater, was realized with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro. The exhibition's design is the work of academic painter Darko Music, and Ranko Radulović signed the graphic processing of manuscripts and photographs. Niksic firms also supported the exhibition's preparation: "Drvex" d.o.o. and Milić plus d.o.o.
 
Apart from the main theater, the exhibition has been held in Bijelo Polje, Pljevlja, Bar, and Tivat.
 
Source: Radio Kotor
28 Jun 2020, 15:42 PM

28 June, 2020 - The village of Suscepan, 1.5 km from the center of Herceg Novi, and at an altitude of 300 metres was, according to the architect Marin Đurašin (1954 - 2000), the centre of ancient Troy.

Đurašin’s theory (he also wrote a book on the subject, although his death prevented him from publishing it) was that the whole of Boka Kotorska was ancient Troy, and that Suscepan was its centre. Troy, or Elijah (ancient Greek: Τροία [Troía] or Τροίας [Troías], or Ίλιον [Ílion] or Ίλιος [Ílios]; Latin: Troia, or Ilium; Turkish: Truva or Troya), was a legendary city and the scene of Trojan war, which is partly depicted in Homer’s Iliad, an epic poem in ancient Greek composed in the 9th or 8th century BC.

This assumption did not have a greater impact, nor did it lead to greater tourist interest in the village, which offers a beautiful view of the entrance to and the interior of the Bay of Kotor.

The village of Suscepan was assumed inhabited in the Middle Ages and has been under Turkish, Venetian, Austro-Hungarian rule. It had, in the main, followed the fate of Herceg Novi, then that of the whole of Boka Kotorska and Montenegro.

Until World War II, the locals lived mainly from agriculture and livestock. Olive oil and wine were produced, grain was sown and vegetables were planted. Fruit was also grown - most often figs. A few inhabitants worked in nearby Herceg Novi - mostly in trade and tourism.

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Suscepan - Bostanj Spring

Today, no-one in the village is exclusively engaged in agriculture. Most often it is an additional activity or carried out solely to meet individual need.

Until the increased construction at the end of the last century, the village looked like a typical coastal Boka village. The houses were built at a distance of 500 - 700 metres, and the hamlets were connected by paths paved with stone. They were built on slopes and along the perimeter of rare arable land. Today, almost every house has a tarmac - or more often concrete - road.

The few inhabited old houses in the village are built of local stone. Upstairs is a living area for the family, and the ground floor-barn is used to accommodate wine, oil, grain, flour and other foodstuffs. In some houses on the ground floor there are cattle.

In front of the village houses is a part of the yard - terraces - paved with stone and surrounded by a low wall-seat. In some yards there was also a “bistjerna” for collecting rainwater. The terrace was covered with vines and served as a small extension of the house proper, for gathering after a hard day’s work. In the summer, sometimes a table was brought out, so people could eat on the terrace.

The garden also has a threshing floor - a round paved surface covered with stone slabs. This was used for threshing grain.

The village does not have an official centre, but the population used to gather around the Bostanj spring. The spring is channelled, the area around it paved and has a stone wall-seat. In addition to this spring, there is also a spring in Smokovac and Zirina.

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Saint Stephen’s Church

 During religious festivals, locals gather around the village church of Saint Stephen. The church was built at the end of the 19th century, but it is assumed that there had been a building there previously. The church is a single-nave, vaulted building with an apse of a semicircular base and a bell tower on a pediment with three bell windows. It is built of stone, but all the walls, except at the front, are plastered. According to the motifs from the preserved parapet slab, which is today in a museum, it is assumed that there was a pre-Romanesque church on the site, dating from the 10th or 11th century.

 The Church of Saint Stephen

The iconostasis is the work of Corfu icon painter N. Aspioti. Around the church is a gate with tombs. It is thought by some that the church was built by the Bosnian king Tvrtko (founder of Herceg Novi) or Stevan Kosača.

The Legend of the Village's Origin

Legend has it that the Bosnian King Tvrtko I began the construction of the church of St. Stephen in the centre of Herceg Novi, inviting the most famous masters of that time from Kotor and Dubrovnik. But one morning, the stone disappeared from the square and appeared about 1.5 kilometers from the city - in its current location. The king was advised to build a church there, which he did. According to the legend, the settlement that started to grow around the church was named Sveti Stefan (Saint Stephen) - later Suscepan.

Each to Their "Own" Troy

German entrepreneur and amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann began excavations on the hill of Hisarlich in today's northwestern Turkey, near the sea coast, southwest of the Dardanelles under Mount Ida in 1873 and claimed that this was the location of ancient Troy.

Researcher Ilija Ogorelica claims that ancient Troy was located near Belgrade, more precisely on the border of the settlements of Rušanj, Ripanj and Lipovačke šume. Milutin Jaćimović claims that Troy is "the Serbian historical capital of Skadar".

Mexican Roberto Salinas Price (1936 - 2012), philologist and wealthy Mexican passionate homerologist, first put forward the idea in the 1980s that Troy was on the east coast of the Adriatic and that the Trojan War had taken place in the Neretva Valley, and that the holy the city of Troy was on the site of present-day Gabela.

There are also theories that Troy was located at Ljubuški in Croatia, and also in Macedonia,… but with no scientific evidence supporting the claims.

/S.Kosić/

27 Jun 2020, 23:36 PM
June 27, 2020 - UNESCO has recognized Forte Mare fortress as a potentially significant cultural and historical monument. At the same time, the Ministry of Culture thinks that the process of its registration on the list of protected cultural goods will be positive.
 
Ms. Milica Nikolić from the Ministry of Culture says that it is necessary to finish conservatory works that are underway to eliminate traces of inappropriate use of the fortress in the past.
She thinks it is necessary to prepare a suitable file, which is to be considered by UNESCO in the forthcoming period.
 
"The deadline for the delivery of the file is 31 January 2021. The assessment itself takes a year and a half. We expect registration," Ms. Nikolić explained.
 
Director of Herceg Fest, institution managing fortresses, Ms. Gordana Porobić-Krcunović, shares optimism.
 
"That means a lot for Herceg Fest. Registration of Herceg Novi on UNESCO list will position the town in such a way that it becomes a recognizable town with valuable and important cultural heritage", Ms. Porobić-Krcunović said.
 
The Municipality of Herceg Novi has proposed Forte Mare fortress to be registered on the world cultural heritage list.
 
Forte Mare Damaged in the earthquake in 1979
Forte Mare fortress was built between the 14th and 17th centuries. It was restored in 1833. In 1952, it was adapted into summer cinema, and then in the night club.
 
Famous architect from Belgrade, Mr. Aleksandar Deroko, wrote about the architectural importance of Forte Mare and noted that architectural assembly of the fortress was a unique example of such construction continuity since Bosnian rule in the 14th and 15th century.
 
After the devastating earthquake in 1979, when the fortress suffered substantial damage due to the unprofessionally performed restoration, the fortress's first Bosnian phase was utterly lost. What is left of it today is only the wall in the south-east part corner and high staircase.
 
 
25 Jun 2020, 23:15 PM

Montenegro's potential as a location also presented at the Film Festival

The "Otter" project directed by Srđan Vuletić and screenwriter Stefan Bošković will be showcased at the "Co-Production Speed Meeting Session" 

June 25, 2020 - At this year's Cannes Film Festival, the Montenegro Film Centre will, for the fourth time, present contemporary Montenegrin cinematography within the virtual pavilion, which is part of the online version of the film market "Marché du Film", offered in a different format due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Montenegrin project "Otter" (working title: "Valley of Monuments"), from director Srđan Vuletić and screenwriter Stefan Bošković, and produced by Artikulacija Film from Podgorica, will be presented at the "Co-Production Speed Meeting Session", which will be held for the first time within an online edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Young director Sara Stijović will be presenting her project "Djina" about Djordjina ‘Djina’ Markuš, with concept and screenplay by Nataša Nelević, and produced by Branimir Žugić and the company "LIVE production", which was selected for the programme "La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut Français" within the Film Festival in Cannes. The feature-length documentary "Djina" is the first Montenegrin and the only European project selected this year for La Fabrique Cinéma.

"The virtual environment, running from June 22 to 26, brings together more than 8,500 participants, with 250 stands and 60 pavilions. In order to support the film industry globally, as well as its professionals, the online version of the ‘Marché du Film’ will offer more than 1,200 online screenings for participants, as well as the opportunity to purchase rights to more than 2,300 feature films. More than 150 virtual panel discussions, talks and round tables, concerts and presentations are planned.

At online meetings with film professionals and representatives of institutions from all over the world, the Montenegrin virtual stand offers accredited visitors access to an overview of film projects from the country, which are in various stages of production. Capacities and possibilities of interest to foreign co-producers, production companies and other interested parties will be promoted," the Film Centre highlights. Montenegro has been present at the Cannes Film Market since 2011.

 

Location potential also presented

This year, for the purposes of promotion, the Montenegro Film Centre enabled accredited market participants to download the electronic version of two catalogues: "Montenegro - Film Destination", which shows the potential for filming in Montenegro, and "Montenegrin Cinema 2020", which presents current film projects at different stages of production.

During the festival, the Montenegrin Media Desk (Creative Europe) will also be active, with representatives participating in panel discussions and online meetings.

24 Jun 2020, 18:17 PM
June 24, 2020 - The nineteenth KotorArt Don Branko Music Days are being held in all known extraordinary circumstances caused by the pandemic, what caused more than 95% of programs and artists, initially planned for 2020, to be canceled or changed.
 
This program included the celebration of Beethoven's significant anniversary with artists and ensembles such as Miša Majski, soloists of the Verbia Festival, soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Stefan Milenković, Kemal Gekić, Giovanni Gnocchi, cycles of Jazz Square with ensembles from Slovenia, Hungary, Austria; China stage, with five concerts by renowned musicians from China; Piano marathon in Luštica Bay and Kotor with winners of piano competitions and prominent pianists of the region and Europe; three shows of the Festival Orchestra, Coca-Cola Stage with three concerts: Josipa Lisac, Vasil Hadžimanov, Božo Vrećo, Bojan Zulfikarpašić and the group Frajle; over two hundred performances within the cycle of the Port of Art.
 
Total program change, a drastic budget reduction of over 70% (of which 60% is a reduction from the sponsors - the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Kotor), and cancellations of sponsorship funds for more than a third prevent KotorArt from offering the best. After all, KotorArt has faced extraordinary circumstances in the past, when it has always reacted readily and professionally, with a great desire to maintain its quality and image in the country, but also the region and Europe, "said the Festival's PR service.
 
KOTORART ANNOUNCEMENT
 
Recognized for years as a gathering place for the world's music elite and specially conceived original programs, despite this multiple budget cuts, with the support of patrons, sponsors, and friends, as well as the understanding and solidarity of artists and the organizing team, KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days will be held from July 14 to August 14 through a relevant program to confirm social responsibility, artistic and tourist attractiveness, thematic relevance and reasons for the status of the event of special importance for the culture of Montenegro, as well as its place on the festival map of the region and Europe.
 
After an incredibly busy spring on social networks, the Festival will organize events at a total of ten locations in more moderate summer dynamics, through a dedication to Beethoven, instead of the usual twenty. At the same time, most programs will be held in the Church of St. Spirit, with a live broadcast on the neighboring Piazza from the cinema. Over a hundred artists from a total of six countries will perform in front of an audience that will be distributed in sparse audiences.
 
"At the very beginning, on July 14, in front of the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, as part of the celebration of Statehood Day, the Beethoven program, eternal inspiration, is planned. Having in mind the measures and recommendations of the competent services and the desire to present the most promising domestic musicians, the Montenegrin Youth Orchestra will perform at the opening ceremony, led by the conductor of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Tomislav Facini. The program includes some of Beethoven's most dramatic works prepared for this orchestra and the premiere of the commissioned work on the Ode to Joy by Montenegrin author Aleksandar Perunovic, after which the premiere of a documentary on European heritage and identity of Montenegro produced by RTCG is planned. 
 
In addition to celebrating Statehood Day, opening the Festival, celebrating Beethoven's anniversary, and artistically marking Germany's presidency of the European Union, this event will also be an occasion to rethink the European identity of today's Montenegro, share and understand the values ​​inherited by the European Union. - Go for joy ", they say from the PR service of the Festival.
 
After this program, several different program units are planned, which will include performances by renowned international artists, including maestro Tomislav Facini, one of the most famous European coloratura sopranos Erik Miklos from Hungary, famous jazz ensembles from Austria, world-renowned pianist Kemal Gekic with Beethoven sonatas, members of the KotorArt trio, as well as participants in the planned regional conference Festivals in Times of Crisis.
 
"The celebrated Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglić will have a special evening, who will talk to the audience about various aspects of the global crisis on classical music and the consequences for artists and art in general, along with his interlocutor Ratimir Martinović, the director of the Festival. In addition to the Montenegrin Youth Orchestra, Montenegrin musical forces will be represented through performances by well-known local and internationally renowned artists such as the Montenegrin Guitar Duo and the Allegria Quartet and a trio of professors from the Cetinje Music Academy. Also, through the established segment of KotorArt Talents, promising Montenegrin musicians studying abroad, soprano Petra Radulović and pianist Andrija Jovović will perform, and students of the Music Academy of Cetinje, as well as the youngest - students of the Music School Vida Matjan in Kotor, will have the opportunity to perform. Local performers will be the backbone of the concert entitled Homage to the Professor, dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the death of Nikola Gregović, who left an essential mark in the city's music. In addition to the city choir and mandolin orchestra, original Klapas led by the Professor will perform. The sounds of jazz can be heard through the series Jazz Square in the regular Sunday period through four concerts, two Austrian guest bands, and musicians from Montenegro and Serbia.
 
The Port of Art cycle will be presented through dozens of performances by chamber ensembles of classical and popular music, inspiring the life and musical content of today's unusually empty Kotor squares.
 
In collaboration with Deutsche Welle, the Festival provided a screening of the valuable feature-length documentary Symphony of the World, which tells the story of Beethoven's latest symphony.
 
The KotorArt Academy, conceived initially with three artists, is still planned to be held at the beginning of August, through the piano course of pianist Kemal Gekić.
 
Beside Miloš Karadaglić and the aforementioned conference on Festivals in times of crisis, which will be addressed by artists and directors of renowned festivals from Montenegro and the region, planned for August 4, reflections on important social topics will be the backbone of for August 11, with the editor Paula Petričević. This year's topic is "European identity - the answer to which question?" on which the relevant speakers will participate.
 
The Wild Beauty Art Festival is taking place this year, organized by the KotorArt team, with planned concerts in Žabljak, Kotor, and Luštica bay.
 
This year's KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days will be held under UNESCO's auspices, the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Kotor, and sponsors.
 
Source: kotorart.me
23 Jun 2020, 12:12 PM

June 23, 2020 - A thrilling event "Mountain Festival Orjen 2020" intended for mountaineers, nature lovers, and everyone with a positive and strong will, this year is held for the fourth time in the mountain lodge "Za Vratlom" in Orjen, from June 26-28. This year's program consists of a series of exciting activities such as a presentation to mark the tenth anniversary of the Everest expedition, a presentation of the "Via Dinarica" ​​trail, and the traditional way of life on the Orjen.

"We will promote the new publication of the magazine "Planinarske Novine" and award prizes to the best texts in the competition for a short mountaineering story. We will organize the traditional "Orjen Marathon," a presentation and field testing of the potential centre for vertical sports, a mountain race "Orjensko Srce" (Orjen Heart), and a mounteaineering orientation competition," say the organizers. The Mountaineering Association of Montenegro and the host of the festival Mountaineering Club "Subra" are organizing the festival with the support of the Ministry of Sports.

Mountain Festival Orjen 2020 Program

Friday, June 26

Gathering of participants in the afternoon (mountain lodge "Za Vratlom")
19:00 - Opening of the Mountain Festival, welcome speeches, the opening of the photo exhibition and service
19:30 - Promotion of the 10th issue of Planinarske Novine and awarding prizes to the best texts in the PSCG competition for a short mountaineering story
20:00 - Presentation "Ten years since the Everest expedition," Dragutin Vujović, participant of the expedition
21:00 - 23:00 - Campfire, socializing

Saturday, June 27

07: 00-14: 00 - Hiking tour - 21st Orjen marathon - organized outing on Subra (circular trail)
Around 3 pm - Joint lunch for all participants
17:00 - 19:00 - Presentation and field testing of the potential for a centre for vertical sports, Mišković and Radović beams
19:00 - Panel discussion "Sustainable use of the mountain"
20:00 - 20:20 - Traditional way of life on Orjen, Orjen Nature Park
20:20 - Presentation of "Via Dinarica," Ante Romac (Croatia)
21: 00 - 23:00 - Campfire, socializing, live music

Sunday, June 28
08:30 - Mountain Running race "Orjensko Srce"
10:00 - Competition in mountaineering orientation
Noon - Announcement of winners in both races
13:00 - Lunch together and closing of the festival

Note: In addition to the mountain lodge, participants can stay in their tents on the plateau out front.

Contact phone for registration of participants: +38269262331 Iva Verigo

16 Jun 2020, 13:05 PM
June 16, 2020 - The Secretariat for Culture, Sports, and Social Activities of the Municipality of Kotor in cooperation with the Public Institution Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" Kotor - City Library and Reading Room organizes a series of forums entitled "Kotor 2020 - consequences and recovery after COVID-19."
 
It is a project that will be implemented during the summer, every other Friday at noon in various locations of the Old Town.
 
The first tribune will be held on June 19 at noon on the Maritime Museum's terrace. The President of the Municipality, Zeljko Aprcovic, the Director of the Tourist Organization, Ana Nives Radovic, the Dean of the Faculty of Maritime Studies, Spiro Ivosevic, and the Director of the Port of Kotor, Marko Radulovic, will take part. The moderator for the first part of this cycle will be the librarian of the City Library and Reading Room Jasmina Bajo.
 
The project aims to review the situation in society caused by the epidemic crisis, analyze the current situation, and remedy the consequences in social life and creation. It is planned that in fifteen-minute presentations on interesting topics from various fields, reputable and competent citizens of Kotor - representatives of institutions, organizations, festivals, NGO sector. They will discuss the issue of economy, culture, sports, entrepreneurship, tourism, education.
 
"We believe that after teaching online, video conferencing applications, the inability to go to work for a large number of employees, the total interruption of cultural and sports activities, and live programs, this project will be a novelty in the Cultural Kotor Summer, which is just beginning. The goal is to include as many of our citizens as possible, to think about how and what should be done to get out of the crisis and the problems that the whole world is in as painlessly as possible, which did not bypass Kotor either," the organizers say. 
14 Jun 2020, 19:07 PM

Petar Pejaković on the occasion of this year's Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children

June 14, 2020 - “The Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children will be held for the 28th time in its traditional period from July 2nd to 10th. It is important that the Festival is held on those days, not only because of its long tradition, but also because during this global crisis it is a positive thing to start the entire "cultural summer" in Montenegro with a festival dedicated to children and children’s culture,” said Pejaković.

Youngsters deal best with big things, even when they, like coronavirus, seem like monsters from a fairy-tale. Even as its evil fire burned on all sides, and turned their world upside down, they were patient. And as one of the rewards for their courage, the Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children, as announced by the event’s Director, Petar Pejaković, will also be held this year, from 2nd to 10th July.

Although somewhat redacted, the 27 year-old festival will continue in its attempts to bring to the most sincere of audiences positive creativity for children and young people, both in the drama and in the literary and musical segments. Pejaković spoke further to Pobjeda about this year's programme.

How much, due to the consequences of coronavirus, has this year's concept for the Festival changes, and is it possible to hold it in the traditional period?

The Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children will be held for the 28th time in its traditional period from July 2nd to 10th. It is important that the Festival is held on those days, not only because of its long tradition, but also because during this global crisis it is a positive thing to start the entire "cultural summer" in Montenegro with a festival dedicated to children and children’s culture. Children are also the most impatient and deserve the most attention first, after an extraordinary period in which we were all deprived of many things. For that reason, the motto for this year's Festival is: "Everything has stopped, but the children are still growing". That is, everything can stop, but children cannot. This sounds like a just a phrase, but it's not really, it's already a basic, and if you will, harsh reality. We have an obligation to be aware of this, to respect it and to lend a hand.

Will the youngest audience be able to watch any performances from the region and abroad this year, and will it be possible to organize the competitive part of the programme? 

We are still in discussions on performances from the region that will be part of the Festival. We are waiting for the general situation in the region to return to normal in order to bring the best possible performances from neighbouring countries. What is certain is that there will be several professional performances at the Festival coming from outside Montenegro. We have decided that this year there will be no competition taking the format of professional awards conferred by an expert jury. This is not the right time for that, and without participation from international competitors there would be no true or worthy competition. The children's jury will still work this year and will award the "Dragan Radulović" award. Here, the symbolism of this award and the act itself are more important than the competition.

 Has the Festival programme already taken shape, that is, has it been agreed what will be performed at the Festival this year?

The programme of the 28th Festival has largely been agreed. There will be 10 performances on the main theatre programme. Most of the theatres in Montenegro, several theatres from the region and some of the best productions of the Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children will be taking part. The festival has striven, especially in the last ten years, towards quality internationalization, that is, towards the opportunity for our children to see and a broad range of quality theatre performances from all over the world. So far, the Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children has been attended by children's artists from 45 countries on five continents. This year, we are, in the artistic sense, in a kind of quarantine, and we rely on our own production and capabilities. We need to make the best of this difficult circumstance. This year we need to turn to ourselves, reflect, and honestly see where we are, what we are doing, and what and how to proceed. In the case of the Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children, it is a good opportunity to get a true picture of the Montenegrin youth and children’s theatre scene and to make the right decisions on how to improve it and quickly and in a quality way, and for sure a lot needs to be done.

Can we expect some local premieres at the Festival?

From 2nd to 7th July, the City Theatre of Podgorica will present two new premieres in Kotor:  “Maca papučarica” (The Slipper Kitten) and “Na ivici neba” (On the edge of the Sky). The Nikšić Theatre will perform “Kraljević i prosjak” (The Prince and the Pauper). The Royal Theatre Zetski Dom will premiere the play “Ljubavno doba” (The Age of Love), made in the Drama Studio and intended for young people. In addition to these local premiere performances and several other performances from the region, the Festival will also welcome performances that were previously produced or co-produced by the Festival and the Nikola Đurković Cultural Centre: “Ivo Visin – kapetan od snova” (Ivo Visin - Captain of Dreams), “Lagarije - predavanje o surogatu” (Make-Believe - A Lecture on Substitutes) “Kinez” (The Chinese Man), “Cvrčak i mrav” (The Cricket and Ant) and “Kako rastu veliki ljudi” (How Great People Grow).

How has this year's music and literature programme been designed?

 The other programmes will be quite comprehensive, considering this year's situation. A new book will be presented at the Festival for the first time from Ćuk Editions - “Ivo Visin – Kapetan od snova” (Ivo Višin - Captain of Dreams) by Jelena Lela Milošević with illustrations by Đorđe Kalezić. It is a continuation of the publishing endeavours by the Festival, aiming to fill the gap in domestic literary publishing for children. In addition, two more literary evenings are planned, three programmes of children's drama, five music and dance programmes, three exhibitions, animation programmes around the city, film screenings, and over twenty art installations in the Old Town, entitled “Stone Heritage".

How significant are the consequences of coronavirus on the event financially, and did you find support in organizing this year's edition?

The plan is for patrons from the Municipality of Kotor and the Ministry of Culture to set aside 40 percent of the previous sum used to support the Festival, which as part of KotorArt is one of the three festivals of national significance in Montenegro. It is difficult to know how many cuts there will be when it comes to other areas of life, but it would not be positive for culture and children to be most affected by the emergency situation. 

Theatre is Resilient

Although we are currently a country without active cases of the virus, and many measures have been relaxed, the situation in the region and the world is still uncertain. Do you have access to alternative solutions if things take a turn for the worse?

We planned alternative solutions two months ago, so we have several scenarios for holding an extraordinary edition of this year's Festival. These include moving it, holding the various programmes separately, and virtual or “guerrilla” editions and programmes for children and youth. Theatre is very resilient, it is used to difficult conditions, and it has high standards and requirements, so it will surely survive and be a guide in terms of other areas of life.

Source: Pobjeda - Svetlana VIŠNJIĆ

12 Jun 2020, 13:20 PM
June 12, 2020 - With changes to the decision on the amount and manner of calculation and payment of fees for the use of national parks, adopted by the Government of Montenegro yesterday, children up to the age of 15 will now be able to enter national parks in our country free of charge.
 
Until now, children under the age of 12 were not required to pay an entry fees to visit national parks.
 
- Amendments to the decision were made following the demand for specific services in national parks. There was a need to abolish and reduce the prices of particular fees. Tickets to the Durmitor National Park for three, seven, and 15 days and tickets to all national parks for ten days were cancelled because the analyzes showed little interest in those tickets - the Government stated.
 
Fees for commercial fishing have also been abolished following a new decision on the cost of issuing a license for commercial fisheries and aquaculture.
 
- Annual ticket fees for all national parks are now 50 percent cheaper. Discounts have also been introduced for fees for sport fishing and sport fishing licenses for members of sport fishing associations, clubs, and societies - the Government said.
 
The new regulation was adopted at the request of commercial fishers from Skadar Lake and the National Parks of Montenegro to reduce the annual fee for commercial fishing by 50 percent and extend the validity of issued licenses to mitigate the consequences of the new coronavirus.
 
- National Parks of Montenegro are obliged to issue a 50 percent discount to all commercial fishermen who apply for a license to conduct commercial fishing on Skadar Lake from the date of adoption of the information. The fee reduction applies to all future annual licenses issued for commercial fishing valid until the end of this year - said the Government.
 
Commercial fishers from Skadar Lake, whose licenses were issued on March 23 and who paid the fishing permissions in full, will have their licenses extended for another year free of charge. For fishing licenses that were valid on March 20 or paid from January 1 to May 1, the validity is extended until September 1 without an additional fee.
12 Jun 2020, 13:02 PM

June 12, 2020 - One of the world's most relevant comics artists, the phenomenal Cian Tormey, is the new confirmed guest of this year's edition of the Herceg Novi Comics Festival- HSF, which will be held from September 4 to 9 at several locations in Herceg Novi.

The outstanding Dublin-based artist works for the world's two most prominent labels- US giants Marvel and DC. In addition to Batman and titles from the "Batman" universe such as Batgirl with screenwriter Cecil Castellucci and Catwoman with legendary Sean Gordon Murphy and Blake Northcott, Cian Torney is currently working on a new edition of Doctor Doom and Scarlet Witch for Marvel and the latest sequel to the excellent Injustice series for DC Comics.

Before a full transition to Ninth Art, Tormey was a multi-award winning art director in the world of marketing. In parallel with his regular job, he worked on the DC Anthologies comic book series with well-known screenwriters such as Kyle Higgins, Mariko Tamaki, and Paul Dini. His work did not go unnoticed even by competitors Marvel, and he was brought onboard for the Doom story within the critically highly rated saga War of the Realms, and on titles such as Valkyrie and Annihilation Scourge: Alpha.

"As the coronavirus pandemic subsides across Europe, so the number countries to which Montenegro opens its borders is increasing. The last updated list includes the Republic of Ireland, and this is the perfect reason to announce another one special guest of the fourteenth edition of the HSF, which comes from that very country. It is a great joy to have the honour of hosting this artist in Herceg Novi. Thus we further raise the reputation of our festival, which in art circles in Europe already stands as the main summer event dedicated to comics," say the organizers of HSF.

They remind us that the list of special guests announced so far includes the British PJ Holden, Slovenian Izar Lunaček, German Sedat Oezgen, Russian Artyom Trakhanov, and Italians Marco Mastraco and Mario Milano.

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