London, 5–6 October 2018


Contemporary Balkan Art welcomes you
to a festival on (post-)Yugoslav culture, heritage and identity

Rich Mix



5 October 2018, 18.30
Embassy of the Republic of Serbia
28 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB


Panel discussion

Cultural Diplomacy and National Branding:
The Role of Arts, Literature and Creative Industries 


Aleksandar Brkic, Lecturer, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths University
Susan Curtis, Istros Books, Southeast European and Balkan literature
Ana Russell-Omaljev (moderator), Creative Director, Contemporary Balkan Art


Please RSVP to russell-omaljev@contemporarybalkanart.com




6 October 2018
Rich Mix, Shoreditch
35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA 


Panel discussion

The Story of Yugoslavia and Its Cultural Heritage


Catherine Baker, Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History, University of Hull
Senija Causevic, Senior Lecturer in Critical Marketing Studies, School of Oriental & African Studies
Eric Gordy, Professor of Political and Cultural Sociology, University College London
Svetlana Rakocevic (moderator), University of Westminster


Film screening

Unwanted Heritage  (by Irena Skoric)

‘Thousands of monuments were built throughout the former Yugoslavia in the 1945–1990 period to commemorate the sites where World War II battles had been fought. Many of these monuments were of a high artistic value, having been designed by some of our most prominent artists. However, since the 1990s, a great number of these monuments in Croatia, including some of the highest artistic value, have been destroyed and razed to the ground. Once proud monuments were turned into ruins and now they are a testament to our neglected and unwanted cultural and political heritage. Through images and testimonies of witnesses, experts and politicians, as well as the people who used to sell pieces of monuments as secondary material, Unwanted Heritage talks about the fate of works of art that had been turned into waste, but also about a society that has disowned its history and valuable art.’ (Film Director)


The film screening is followed by panel discussion

Toward a Concrete Utopia  (MoMA, NYC)


Marko Ilic, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, SSEES, UCL
Dragan Pavlovic, Visiting Lecturer, University of East London
Ana Russell-Omaljev (moderator), Creative Director, Contemporary Balkan Art
Goran Vodicka, Lecturer in Architecture, Sheffield Hallam University


For film tickets, please visit the SEFF webpage.


Short film

Musical Traumas  (by Milos Tomic)


Musical Traumas came to fruition as the result of the director’s obsession with music schools. It is a rhythmic compilation of traumatic, but amusing confessions of former students, as well as an attempt to visualise music with scrumptious, hand-drawn animation. The experiences may be documentary, but the image comes straight from the world of musical impressions.




Audio and video performance

Do Your Thing Storm  (by Ana Seferovic)



Lady Jelena

Jelena’s repertoire is made up of Jazz-Pop rhythms and songs from old animated films as well as her interpretations of other songs. While Lady Jelena keeps a simple rhythm on guitar or ukulele, Andrej Martinovic will back it up with joyful solos and complicated keyboard harmonies.


Nina Romic

Nina has already published four albums and her music was nominated for the 2014 Impala Award European Independent Album, and then for Porin Award for Best Christmas Album. She is a spirited performer with powerful vocals and will be joined on stage by an accordion player.


For concert tickets, please visit the SEFF webpage.




*Photo on the previous page: Milos Tomic, Precious Trash