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DIALOGUE CLUB: ON MEDIA, RESPONSIBILITY, NEW GENERATIONS AND ACTIVISM

As a part of the final program – celebrating the hundredth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Serbia, the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade invited two exceptional guests from Stockholm, so that Belgrade audience could meet them, hear their experience, ideas and perspectives.

Ms. Helene Larsson Pousette, former cultural attache of the Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade, who is coming from Stockholm to Serbia especially for this occasion, will lead the audience in the first “Dialogue Club” through the topics of media in contemporary society, their responsibility and potential, as well as through the questions of participation of new generations in designing public opinion and the future of societies.

During her mandate in Serbia, Helene Larsson Pousette has initiated and supported numerous topics of high importance to our cultural, artistic and creative scene. Some of them were the role of museums in society or children’s rights to culture, facilitated cultural exchange and collaboration between professionals from both countries as well as residence programs. Her support made initiatives such as “Create in Residence” at Nova Iskra and Crocodile, collaborations with Centre for development of children’s rights to culture C31, as well as „Creative Mentorship”, even stronger. Cultural Centre “Grad” was many times important partner in her efforts.

“Dialogue Club” is one of the events within the final program of celebrating the hundredth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Serbia. The idea is to continue with this program in 2018 by discussing diverse topics relevant for both societies. 

The first “Dialogue Club” will be held on November 29th in Cultural Centre „Grad” in Braće Krsmanović str. no. 4 in Belgrade at 16:30pm. It will consist of two one-hour-long discussions which will be moderated by  Helene Larsson Pousette. The entrance is free, but it is necessary to confirm your attendance  via this link.

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/0plxfbOIZgplOLys2

Programme:

16:30h Opening and registration

17.00h Gunilla Kindstrand & Tamara Skrozza

Gunilla Kindstrand (born in 1957) has worked as a journalist since 1977, mainly for Swedish public service television provider SVT; and as editor, arts editor and editorial director for Mittmedia, Sweden’s largest news and media group. She also has many years of experience in production, dramaturgical and curatorial work in top museums and theatrical institutions across the country. Since 2013, Gunilla has served as chairperson of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee,  board member of the public service radio provider, Sveriges Radio, and of the national college. She has received several awards for her journalistic and educational efforts, including the Swedish Academy award.

Tamara Skrozza, journalist of the magazine „Vreme” and  laureate of the award „Conquering Freedom” for 2017, will exchange ideas, opinions and experiences with Helene Larsson Pousette and Gunilla Kindstrand on the topic of media.

Tamara Skrozza has been a journalist since 1997, first she worked in the Radio Indeks but from 2000. she writes for the magazine „Vreme”. She started working in the field of during the protests against former president Milošević in 1996-97. She considers media ethics one of the most important topics so she is developing it constantly on the web portal Cenzolovka. She was born in Sombor in the northern Serbia in 1973. She is a member of the Committee for complaints of the national Press Council (Savet za štampu) and member of the managing boards of the Open Society Fund and CRTA organization (Center for research, transparency and accountability). From 2004 to 2006 she was Vice President of the Independent Association of Journalist of Serbia (NUNS). She collaborate with many magazines and web portals. Also, she is a coauthor of several documentary movies and author of Guidance for the Journalist Code of Ethics in Serbia. Tamara won the awards „Jug Grizelj” for investigative journalism in 2015, „Person of the Year” in the field of media given by OSCE in 2016.  The most recent award she was honoured with, in September 2017,was „Conquering Freedom” by Maja Maršićević Tasić Fund. It is a traditional recognition in Serbia awarded to the woman advocating for the human rights, justice, democracy and tolerance.

The discussion’s starting points  will be the  challenges on media scenes in Sweden, Serbia and globally, current initiatives for freedom of the media, questions of censorship, ethics, objectivity and responsibility of media and journalists but also their potential for social impact and changes. What else could we do and where should we go?

18.30h Linda Skogsby & Sanja Kljajić

In the second debate, the audience will have the opportunity to meet Linda Skogsby, activist and member of Fryshuset, one of the most important centres for youth activism and development of youth potential in Sweden.

Linda Skogsby is a member of Fryshuset based in Stockholm, which has been, for more than 30 years, important centre for gathering, empowering and encouragement that are necessary in order to enable young people to develop their innate abilities and find their way into society. Linda is experienced in youth work in Sweden and abroad, especially in South Africa, and very passionate about it. For years she has been leading the Camp Connect which gathers around 500 young people per year. The Camp aims to encourage them to take responsibility for their lives and to contribute actively to their own future, but also to the future of the communities.

Besides Linda Skogsby, the audience will meet Sanja Kljajić, who will speak about the same topic. Until recently, she worked as a journalist for public broadcasting service of Vojvodina RTV, but she is mostly known as one of the leaders of movement for protecting public interest in media „Podrži RTV” – “Support RTV”.

Sanja Kljajić graduated in Media studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad. She was an informative journalist in RTV – public broadcasting service of Vojvodina. Sanja is a member of the Independent association of journalist of Vojvodina (NUNV) and Research and analysis centre of Vojvodina – VOICE. She collaborates with Deutsche Welle in Serbia. Mostly known as one of the leaders of the movement  „Podrži RTV” (Support to RTV) which is currently followed by almost 10.000 people on Facebook and more than 3.000 on Twitter. In 2016 Sanja received „Dušan Bogavac” award for ethics and bravery, after an unanimous decision of a very appreciated jury and in strong competition. Sanja is 27 years old, originally from Ruma, but lives and works in Novi Sad.

What is the potential, and what the role of youth in Sweden, Serbia and generally, in the world? Which are the tools for social changes – protests, new media, creativity, sports? Which are the good practices that we can point out as inspiring? Those will be some of the topics that will be explored during the discussions.

The Embassy of Sweden in Belgrade initiates these discussions with regard to in the celebration of the hundredth anniversary diplomatic relations between Sweden and Serbia. „We hope to point out the importance of open, direct and constructive discussions on the burning and relevant questions for open societies in Europe today” – say the organizers. This program leans on the previous great experience the Swedish Embassy had in Serbia, especially concerning the discussions named „Monday Club” that took place in Museum of Science and Technology in Belgrade during 2011.

The aim of „Creative Mentorship” is to support and empower perspective and exceptional young professionals in the field of culture and media and to offer them space and tools to influence their professional communities, but also wider society.

The event will be hosted by Cultural Centre „Grad”, Braće Krsmanović str. no. 4. The discussion will start at 5pm and will be held in English. Between the discussions the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious catering provided by social enterprise „Bagel bagel”.