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Debate program
August 28 at 11 am, August 29 at 12 pm, Center for Cultural Decontamination, Birčaninova 21, Belgrade.
August 29 at 6 pm, Yugoslav Film Archive, Uzun Mirkova 1, Belgrade.

During the traditional KROKODIL Festival’s Debate program, we will deal with the most current socio-political topics from the perspective of culture.

The debate program will be held on Saturday, August 28, at 11 am and Sunday, August 29, at 12 pm at the Center for Cultural Decontamination (Birčaninova 21).

On Saturday, August 28, at 11 am, the Debate program will begin with the presentation of the project Unifying Power of Diversity: European Literature through Time, Genres and Languages ​​of the publishing house IPC Media. Two authors whose works have been translated as part of this project – Marcin Wicha (Poland) and Darko Tuševljaković (Serbia), as well as Spanish author and translator Miguel Roan, will touch upon the diachronic view of the diversity of European languages ​​and the genre diversity of European literary traditions, as well as the contribution of the Serbian and regional literary scene to the polyphony and polymorphism of European literary voices. The conversation will be moderator by Aleksandar Božić from IPC Media.

This program will be followed by the Borders vs Frontiers debate, in which author Elvedin Nezirović (Bosnia and Herzegovina) will take part in addition to the journalist and cultural worker Arif Muharremi (Kosovo) and Polish writer, illustrator and designer Marcin Wicha. This conversation will be moderated by journalist Ljubica Gojgić.

A regional panel discussion within the Better Together project will be held on Sunday, August 29, at 12 pm, bringing together a large number of representatives of NGOs from the Western Balkans (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia and Kosovo) and European Union (Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania) in the discussion on the way in which state institutions responded to the pandemic in relation to the non-governmental sector, and especially in relation to organizations in the field of culture and creative industries. The negotiating abilities and capacities of these organizations in extraordinary circumstances will also be discussed.

The fourth and final evening of the thirteenth KROKODIL Festival will be held on Sunday, August 29, at 6 pm at the Yugoslav Film Archive. During this evening, the latest book from our Common Library series, Youth, with the texts written by Svetlana Slapšak and Aleksandar Hemon, will be presented, along with the integral Common Library edition, which includes all nine books published so far. The editors of the Common Library, Vladimir Arsenijević and Igor Štiks, will take part in the conversation, as well as some of the authors who have contributed to this project with their essays.

The closing event of this year’s KROKODIL Festival will be the Histoire pour la liberté conference, where participants will discuss the responsibility of historians and non-historians for creating historical narratives and shaping the politics of memory. Participants include Ivana Bodrožić, Igor Štiks, Semezdin Mehmedinović, Damir Agičić, Husnija Kamberović, Tomas Schad and Milivoj Bešlin. The discussion will be moderated by Dragan Markovina and Tvrtko Jakovina.

The entrance for all programs in the Center for Cultural Decontamination as well as in the Yugoslav Film Archive will be free. Attendees will be invited to support the program of this year’s festival with a symbolic donation.

The debate program of the Festival will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel – Krokodil Engaging Words, and free to watch.

The organizer of the KROKODIL Festival is Association KROKODIL.

Support: European Commission, USAID, Balkan Trust for Democracy, Terre Solidaire, National Platform Serbia Creates, Museum of Yugoslavia.

Technical production: Marsh Creative Production.

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