8 January 2015
Apart from welcoming in the Orthodox New Year on 13th January, the Serbian community will also celebrate the inauguration of the seventh ’Serbian Month in Great Britain 2015′. This annual expression of cultural identity commences even earlier this year with a line-up of events which follow through until the end of February.
Commemorating the centenary of the Great War, our two countries have joined their talents in the theatre play ‘(un)decorated’ presented by Serbian City Club, highlighting diplomatic relations between the UK and Serbia which have lasted 177 years. Directed by Maja Milatović-Ovadia, this multimedia piece sheds light on British adventuress Flora Sandes and Serbian shepherdess-turned-fighter Milunka Savić with a Serbian and British cast.
The play is followed by an exhibition at the Serbian House dedicated to Milunka Savić, organised by the Serbian Embassy.
Friendship between the two countries is also promoted by the Norfolk & Norwich Novi Sad Association, celebrating the relations between twin cities Norwich and Novi Sad with a piano recital by Aleksandar Djermanovic(in support of an educational project at The Milan Petrovic School for children with special needs in Novi Sad).
The programme continues with St Sava celebrations held at the Serbian Orthodox churches in London and Halifax. The ultimate highlight of the Serbian month is the St Sava’s Academy on 5th February with a gathering of numerous Serbian organisations led by St Sava’s Church in London. An evening of music, poetry and prose, presented by Serbian and British artists will celebrate St Sava and Serbian traditions.
Several events are dedicated to children and Serbian schools. Fine Art Escape brings Serbian fairy tales to children as well as adults in the Cambridge Open House event, while work by acclaimed children’s writer Uroš Petović will be presented in Reading and London. A fundraising event in aid of the Serbian Language GCSE-level course will be held at the Serbian Embassy with a family concert for all ages, performed by Guy Holloway and Aleksandra Timarov. Children will also gather at the Football Tournament organised by the London Sports Society.
This year, Serbian culture is spreading as far as Ashdown Forest with a concert by pianist Maya Jordan and soprano Silva McQueen, joined by the Fine At Escape exhibition.
A polar opposite to Aleksandra Timarov’s piano recital is Gypsy Fever (ft Katarina Gadjanski) bringing the exquisite and archaic folk tunes (sevdalinke, izvorne, ciganske i starogradske pesme) to Brixton.
Don’t miss this opportunity for ‘A Coffee with…’ journalist Olja Bećković at British Parliament or to obtain books by Serbian and Balkan writers at the Mini Book Fair at the Serbian Library in Fulham. On the same day, the Serbian Council invites you to their AGM to present their achievements.