Organizing Committee of Novi Sad 2021 appointed the members of the Arts Council as an important element of Novi Sad candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2021. It is made up of eminent experts from different fields of cultural and social life, the aim of this body is to provide expert assistance in the preparation of artistic concepts and strategies for Novi Sad candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2021.”
,, In contrast to the usual practice of the individual as the artistic director of the project, the Organizing Committee opted for a collective body. I believe that, in addition to the quality and participation of prominent individuals as well as institutions and organizations they represent, variety of opinions is provided, which will result in a more comprehensive and diverse access to the candidacy, “said Mr.Nemanja Milenković, President of the Organizing Committee Novi Sad 2021.
The Arts Council members were elected on the basis of several criteria. Besides the undisputed personal contribution to the development of the city of Novi Sad, as well as institutions and organizations they represent, members are elected on the basis of their expertise in different segments of the cultural life of the city. In addition to gender and age equality, a crucial role in the election of the Arts Council was the availability and readiness of the elected members to commit themselves to the project in the most productive and effective way possible in a given time period for making the application document.
Members of Arts Council are: Rita Kinka, a pianist, a representative of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, which has performed in almost all European countries with the support of the foundation “Women of Europe”Award; Dubravka Lazić, PhD, student doctorant at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (2013) closely related to film studies and is currently a full professor at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad; Tijana Palkovljević, director of the Gallery of Matica Serpska, author of a doctoral thesis on the topic ,, Picture of cultural identity through the presentation of works of art “; Vesna Kaćanski, editor of the music department of the Cultural Center of Novi Sad; Vladimir Kopicl, literature, film and theater critic, whose works are included in several European and world anthologies and collections; Valentin Vencel, actor and director of the Novi Sad theater “Ujvidek”, member of an expert team that prepared Eger candidacy for European Capital of Culture; Dušan Kovačević, founder and director of “EXIT” festival, the youngest winner of the February Award of the City of Novi Sad, as well as Zdravko Vulin, director and editor in chief of the Student Cultural Center.
The beginning of work is scheduled for mid-May, and if during the development of application there is a need for that, there are possibilities of expanding the composition in the future.