Vol 1, No 18
25 October 1999
F U R T H E R S U R F I N G:
Resources on culture for the former-Yugoslav states
Compiled by CER Staff
Pontes is a site and organisation dedicated to cultivating a cultural network of young writers sponsored by the Fund for Central and East European Book Projects. The site is fully available in English and contains an archive.
Culturelink is an international network for research on culture. It's an interesting site but, along with its on-line publications, it devotes a lot of space to the bureaucratic aspect of developing culture rather than actual projects and initiatives. Their publication, Culturelink, had a special issue in 1995 dealing with Cultural Centres in Central and Eastern Europe and two of the articles are available online:
Biserka Cvjeticanin, "Some Cultural Aspects of the Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe"
The South Slavic Literature Library is the most comprehensive reference site. This is what the search notes promise and the site truly delivers. A complete index of authors and a virtual café makes it an essential link for those interested in the subject.
Articles on Ademir Kenovic
Godine nove - the main cultural magazine of the new generation. Unfortunately, available only in Croatian.
Vijenac - main cultural weekly of the older generation. In Croatian only
Kolo - in Croatian only.
Arkzin a jouranal of politics which also contains some cultural elements. The site is available in English and Croatian.
Kontura is a magazine concerned with the visual arts. The site is mainly in Croatian but has English supplements to editions past and present, which are available in the archives
Hrvatski filmski ljetopis - a scholarly journal that still finds time to cover American blockbusters, as well as Croatian film. In Croatian and English.
Articles on Vinko Bresan
Moderna vremena - about literature. Also a well-organised site, but is only available in Croatian.
Article: "Croatian literature in 1990s"
Articles on Milcho Manchevski
Articles on Bozidar Bota Nikolic
This Serbian folklore and culture site delivers exactly what the name suggests. Besides the site is officially called Balkanorama so how can you go wrong.
The Serbian Unity Congress sounds rather serious, if not scary, but it is a culturally oriented site. It is a nice mix of information on Serbian art history and articles on and examples of contemporary Serbian visual artists and composers.
Two from the Underground:
Beograd Underground Connection is (as the name suggests) dedicated to underground culture, including graffiti, music and lists of events.
Beograd.com has an extensive arts and culture section in English which includes art works available for sale, discussion groups, a "bookstore" and links to the Poets' society and the Serbian Academy of Arts and Science. This site is quite comprehensive as it brings together the visual and literary arts as well as music. Good departure point. Many of the subsites are not in English. Of particular interest is the link to the Poets' Society Iris - which is in English and contains samples of work.
An intriguing links site with lots of URLs written up on the screen. Clicking on them leads to an error message but old-fashioned copy and paste gets them working fine.
Theatre and Dance
Belgrade's English Speaking Theatre site contains general background of the theater, a photo gallery and descriptions of projects past, present and future.
K-07 Modern Dance Company has a site in English which describes the company and its activities, performances and history.
The Serbian Association of Dramatic Artists has existed since 1952 but only began producing plays in 1996.
Torpedo Theatre is apparently one of the most renowned in Belgrade who perform both traditional stage productions as well as street theatre.
Ekran is a Slovenian cinema magazine with articles on Slovene and international cinema.
BeiThroN is a theatre/performance artist troupe based in Lubljana have a very strong website. To take full advantage of the site's audio and video capabilities requires a fairly powerful computer.
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