Friday, September 22, 2017

Scandinavian Corner

Contact

Contact

Scandinavian Corner
Kapetan Misina 6a
(UK Parobrod)
11 000 Belgrade
 E-mail: skandinavski.kutak@gmail.com
Milica Nikolic – co-founder and project coordinator
milica.nikolic@skandinavskikutak.org
Lena Maricic – Consultant for Swedish culture and project assistant
lena.maricic@skandinavskikutak.org
Sofija Vukovic – Consultant for Norwegian culture
sofija.vukovic@skandinavskikutak.org

Scandinavian Corner is an organisation that has as a goal promotion of dominant Scandinavian social and cultural values. The focus of our activities are, first and foremost, non-violence and tolerance, respect for differences, gender equality and human rights, promotion of healthy lifestyle, as well as raising awareness regarding environmental issues.

The idea of creating a space for the promotion of Scandinavian culture has existed in Belgrade for some time now. We have been thinking for a long time how to deal with various obstacles that we met along the way, and despite serious challenges create a space to promote Scandinavian cultural, but also social values. Thanks to a very creative approach and incredible enthusiasm by our friends and potential associates, we gathered enough energy and courage to start a project like this. The organisation was founded in September 2013, and in the first 12 months, when we were all working as volunteers and with no financial support whatsoever for our events, we managed to organise: 15 educational film screenings, more than 25 conversation workshops in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish, as well as 4 lectures.

Scandinavian Corner has participated in several projects. We were media partner to the “Nordic Panorama” film festival in 2014. We participated in the project “Trans Europe Express” that was created as a mutual effort of Global Reporting media company from Stockholm and Kielo agency from Belgrade, and was supported by the Swedish Institute through the Creative Force project, and organised by the so-called Global Bars within the project – a string of public debates on current topics in a relaxed and unconventional atmosphere.

The activities of the Scandinavian Corner have attracted attention of more than 1500 people. We are also proud of the fact that our Facebook page now has more than 2000 followers.

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The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations. 

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relations.

We build trust and understanding for the UK to create a safer and more prosperous world. In terms of our reach and impact, we are the world’s leading cultural relations organisation. Cultural relations is a component of international relations which focuses on developing people-to-people links and complements government-to-people and government-to-government contact.

We use English, Arts, and Education and Society – the best of the UK’s great cultural assets – to bring people together and to attract partners to working with the UK. The British Council has over 7,000 staff working in 191 offices in 110 countries and territories.

The British Council in Serbia

Belgrade was one of the first eight cities in which the British Council opened its offices overseas.

Our first office in old Yugoslavia was opened in 1940. It was known as the Yugoslav-British Institute and occupied the first two floors of the Anglo-American-Yugoslav club. The Club itself was located in the heart of the town, in the building that is today known as Albanija. At that time we had two main activities: running English language courses and an English kindergarten.

During the Second World War the work was disrupted, but was resumed as early as June 1945. The first British Council Library was set up as part of the operation in 1946. Development of cultural and technical cooperation was also very rapid with first exchanges and visits taking place in 1947.

Having moved premises several times and having had our office and library separate for almost 40 years, we settled into our current building on Terazije Street in January 2001. We are now only 100 metres away from the place we first began work as the Yugoslav-British Institute.

In 2008, the British Council redefined its role across Europe in order to ensure that we continue to contribute to stronger cultural relations within and beyond Europe in a rapidly changing environment.

This change directly affected our library services. Since the uniqueness of the British Council library offer was gone, we transferred the resources to our new partner libraries in Novi Sad and Kragujevac. This transfer also meets the long-standing need of these important Serbian University cities, and will help us provide information services to a wider audience in Serbia.

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