“Creative mentorship” affirms mentoring as a tool of personal and professional development, strengthens the capacities of the cultural sector and provides support to prospective professionals interested in developing, networking and sharing knowledge and experience. We want to build, gather and support a community of motivated and socially responsible individuals that will contribute to the development of a society based on creativity, culture, knowledge and mutual cooperation.


I was encouraged by the eagerness of successful expert to unselfishly share knowledge and advices, and became motivated to continue with this practice in relations with my younger colleagues. I learned that mentorship is about patience, dedication, and motivation to help others. I learned that people are not difficult, but different. That leadership is not only about talent and excellence in own profession, but also about active listening, guidance, understanding and compassion. These useful techniques can help me with my everyday life and work. I learned to be better in learning every day.

Jelena Manić Radoičić

Program manager

Should only a small part of what we discussed – get realized, that would be a big step forward. It is unbelievable how good our match is, and the ideas we came up with together are revolutionary.

Snježana Bahtijari

Marketing, communications and CSR Director in Ericsson Nikola Tesla, Zagreb

I was matched with my mentor based on my interests and experience – and this was a perfect match! It has been very useful for me to find out that someone successful has gone through same periods, problems and dilemmas as I am going through right now. My mentor invited me to various events and connected me to relevant professionals and that has been really precious for me.

Ivana Anđelković

MA founder of co-working space “Pionirska” in Novi Sad

I am very satisfied with my mentor. If I was thinking for months about the choice of my mentor, he would never come up with his name... however, choosing him seems such a logical move that I wonder whether it is really possible that it has never crossed my mind! Even on our first meeting I noticed that he has so much experience that he could tell only three sentences, and I would keep thinking on them all the time, for a month. I am not used to such outcomes: my big dilemmas might not be solved, but I got huge input in just one sentence.

Stefan Savić

grahic designer

Awesome! Inspiring! Beneficial on so many levels. Creative Mentorship is a great opportunity to connect and create a network with people who share your interests and values, as well as benchmark with them while having insights into their experience. Opportunity to learn and teach in both formal and informal environments.

Jelena Vasilev

Digital communication and CSR expert


Do you have a need to ask for an advice someone who you believe that could provide you with relevant knowledge and experience? Do you want to share the challenges you face with someone reliable, talk about available options or possibilities that may occur but that you have not even thought about? Are you interested in the life path of the people you admire – how did they reach their goals and overcome obstacles?

If your answer is YES, you are on the right place!

”Creative Mentorship” is the first mentorship program in Serbia which tackles the issue of personal and professional development of upcoming leaders in the field of culture. It aims to promote mentorship as a way of lifelong learning and exchange of knowledge and experience between an established professional, the mentor, and emerging professional, the mentee. In the next few years, we would like to develop and support a community of motivated and socially responsible individuals who would contribute to the society based on creativity, culture, knowledge and collaboration.

Each cycle of ”Creative Mentorship” programme gives the opportunity to 25 mentees, upcoming leaders in the field of culture, to be supported by mentors, established professionals from different fields. Through programme, talented, dedicated and engaged young professionals, active in the field of culture, match with mentors, chosen according to their needs and interests. Variety of activities, trainings and events offer to the mentees new insights, contacts and information.

Creative Mentorship programme has a non-profit character and is free of charge for the mentees, thanks to the numerous patrons of the programme, from the private, public and civil sector from Serbia and abroad.

Also, in order to increase capacities related to mentoring and promote the idea of mentorship, we have developed know-how base and handbook that are available on this site, and we organise public debates, speed-dating events etc.

The programme ”Creative Mentorship” was launched in 2012.


The active part of the programme ”Creative Mentorship” lasts one year. During this period, the mentees have individual monthly meetings with their mentors who support them in achieving their goals, provide them with professional guidance and new perspective on their career plans and challenges.

Also, we organise different educational events, closed or open to the public: round tables, presentations, lectures, trainings that are intended, first of all, for the participants of the programme, mentors and alumni, but for all the professionals from the field of culture, as well.

Educational programme consists of three various types of trainings and lectures:

  • about mentorship, personal and professional development
  • practical skills, like: communication, presentation, fundraising, leadership, team work
  • actual topics, relevant for the field of artistic and cultural production, cultural policy,

The ”Creative mentorship” team will organise public workshops and discussions about the idea of mentorship and methodology of the programme, in September and October 2017 in 7 Serbian cities. From February  2018 until February 2019,  within the framework of the fourth programme cycle, in Belgrade was held 12 trainings, lectures and round tables. From September 2019. starts 5th cycle of “Creative Mentorship” programme.

Important aspects of the program are formal and informal gatherings, which create the space for networking and cooperation among participants, mentors and alumni. Our alumni could confirm how much the fact that they became the part of the community of ”Creative mentorship” was useful and important to them, as well as the continuous support of the programme team, access to the know-how base and handbook about mentorship.