Slobodan Marković Received a High Recognition in Poland

Yesterday, during the formal opening ceremony of the jubilee 30th edition of the International Theatre Festival “Valise” in Lomza, a decoration of honour “Meritorious for Polish Culture” was awarded to Slobodan Marković, initiator and director of the International Festival of Children’s Theatres in Subotica, by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Republic of Poland.

“I feel elated and proud for receiving such distinguished recognition from the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Poland. At the same time, this is also acknowledgment for the efforts of the entire Festival organization, starting with the late Henryk Jurkowski and Jovan Ćirilov, then Ljubivoje Ršumović, Zoran Maksimović, Miroslav Radonjić, Siniša Jelušić, Zoran Đerić and Olivera Mudrinić. Indeed, here in Poland as well, in this country of rich cultural tradition, the reputation of the Subotica International Festival of Children’s Theatres has been reaffirmed by this high distinction once again. My association with Polish culture has lasted over four decades, starting with the work with Halina Kalita, translator for the books by Andrić; Monika Snarska, Henryk Jurkowski, Wiesław Hejno, Marek Waszkiel, Mirosław Korzeb, Jarosław Antoniuk and many others. Guest lectures, theatre plays, inter-festival cooperation, translation of Polish authors’ works to Serbian language, theatrological conferences, exhibitions and building cultural bridges have marked the time behind me.

This is one of my most treasured recognitions apart from the Vuk Award, given to the International Festival of Children’s Theatres in Subotica; the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation given to me, personally; the Gold Medal of Merit for the contributions in culture of the Republic of Serbia; Pengov Award for the contribution to international cultural cooperation, promotion and popularization of Slovenian puppetry art, and many other social and cultural honours.

I am deeply convinced that this distinguished award will, in a way, encourage a more serious recognition of the status and the importance of the International Festival of Children’s Theatres in Subotica, its role in connecting our culture with the world and bringing the world closer to us, and that, finally, it will obtain a more adequate position in terms of the financial support, because the Festival genuinely deserves it”, stated Slobodan Marković, on the occasion of receiving this recognition in Poland.

The award was given to the director of the Subotica Festival at the suggestion of Polish creators and experts. Slobodan Marković is the member of this year’s International Theatre Festival “Valise” jury in Lomza.

From its inception until 2016, there were 13 Polish theatres (from Warsaw, Rabka, Opole, Lomza, Bialystok, Slupsk, Poznan, Rzeszów, Olsztyn and Wałbrzych) in the competition programme with 23 different plays which received following awards: three awards for the best direction, two for the best stage design, three for the best original music, two for the best aesthetic and technological puppet solutions, four awards for the acting/animation skill and two special prizes for the originality and fantasy.

Moreover, starting with the second Festival held in 1995, there has not been a single edition without participation of theatres from Poland, which obviously means that Polish theatres have been present at the Festival continually for 22 years!

Polish puppetry was in focus of the 22nd Festival in 2012, represented with an exhibition of puppets and posters of Polish artists in Subotica, Novi Sad and Belgrade, made in cooperation with Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum form Łódź (Poland), Theatre Museum of Vojvodina from Novi Sad and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland from Belgrade; as well as with scientific convention on the subject and the participation of Polish theatres in Festival competition programme. The exhibition was later held, within the “Puppet Nomad Academy 3” project (EU Culture Programme 2007-2013) and organised by the Festival, in Ljubljana and Maribor (Slovenia), then Zagreb (Croatia) and eventually Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Among the Festival editions, the following books of the Polish authors have been translated to Serbian and published: Metamorphoses of Puppet Theatre in the 20th Century (“Metamorfoze pozorišta lutaka u XX veku“, 2006) by Henryk Jurkowski; Theory of Puppetry, Vol.1 („Teorija lutkarstva I“, 2007) by Henryk Jurkowski; The World of Edward Gordon Craig (“Svet Edvarda Gordona Krega“, 2008) by Henryk Jurkowski; The Art of Puppetry Direction („Umetnost lutkarske režije“, 2012) by Wiesław Hejno; Theory of Puppetry, Vol.2 („Teorija lutkarstva II“, 2013) by Henryk Jurkowski; Puppet Within Culture, Vol.1 (“Lutka u kulturi I“, 2015) by Henryk Jurkowski; and a collection of papers dedicated to Henryk Jurkowski – A Tribute to Jurkowski (“Jurkovskom u čast”), last year.

On many occasions, Polish experts have been members of the Festival’s juries and participants of the scientific conventions, and academician Henryk Jurkowski is the first laureate of the Little Prince Lifetime Achievement Award for his extraordinary contributions to the development of culture and theatre arts for children. He is also the initiator and the founder of the theatrological conference held within the Festival which bears his name today.

The outstanding acknowledgment of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland is just one in the series of important recognitions for Slobodan Marković and the Festival which reaffirms the exceptional reputation the International Festival of Children’s Theatres in Subotica enjoys around the world.

In April 2013, in Ljubljana, Slobodan Marković received Pengov Award for his contribution to international cultural cooperation, promotion and popularization of Slovenian puppetry art. By the Act of the Russian Federation President Dmitry Medvedev from February 2, 2011, Slobodan Marković was presented with the Order of Friendship for his vast contributions to the development of Russian-Serbian cooperation and his work on popularization of the Russian culture abroad. In 2005, for its exceptional contributions to the stage arts for children and culture in general, the Festival received the Vuk Award, the highest cultural recognition in the Republic of Serbia; while in 2009, the International Festival of Children’s Theatres was presented with Pro Urbe Award for its important contributions to the development and the prominence of the city of Subotica, by strengthening its material and spiritual values.

In 2015, the Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić presented Slobodan Marković with the Gold Medal for outstanding achievements and results accomplished in public and cultural spheres of activities.

The 24th edition of the International Festival of Children’s Theatres will be held on September 24-30, 2017 in Subotica.

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Juče je prilikom svečanog otvaranja jubilarnog 30. Međunarodnog pozorišnog festivala „Valiska“ u Lomži idejnom tvorcu i direktoru Međunarodnog festivala pozorišta za decu u Subotici Slobodanu Markoviću uručeno visoko odlikovanje za zasluge za poljsku kulturu koje dodeljuje Ministarstvo kulture i nacionalne baštine Republike Poljske.

“Osećam se srećnim i ponosnim što mi je uručeno ovako visoko priznanje Ministarstva kulture Republike Poljske. To je ujedno i priznanje celoj festivalskoj organizaciji počev od pokojnih Henrika Jurkovskog i Jovana Ćirilova, preko Ljubivoja Ršumovića, Zorana Maksimovića, Miroslava Radonjića, Siniše Jelušića, Zorana Đerića, do Olivere Mudrinić. Evo i ovde u Poljskoj, zemlji bogate kulturne tradicije, primajući ovo visoko priznanje još jednom se potvrdio ugled Međunarodnog festivala pozorišta za decu u Subotici. Moja saradnja sa poljskom kulturom duga je preko četiri decenije, počev od pokojne Haline Kalite, prevodioca Andrićevih dela, Monike Snarske, do Henrika Jurkovskog, Vjeslava Hejna, Mareka Vaškjela, Miroslava Kožeba, Jaroslava Antonjuka i mnogih drugih. Gostovanja, pozorišne predstave, međufestivalska saradnja, prevođenje dela poljskih autora na srpski jezik, teatrološke konferencije, izložbe, građenje mostova kulture, obeležili su vreme iza mene.

Pored Vukove nagrade, dodeljene Međunarodnom festivalu pozorišta za decu u Subotici, Ordena prijateljstva Ruske Federacije koji je dodeljen meni lično, Zlatne medalje za zasluge u kulturi Republike Srbije,  Pengovljeve nagrade za doprinos međunarodnoj kulturnoj saradnji i promociji i popularizaciji slovenačke lutkarske umetnosti i drugih društvenih i kulturnih priznanja ovo mi je svakako jedno od najdražih.

Duboko verujem da će se i preko ovog visokog priznanja na neki način ozbiljnije shvatiti status i značaj Međunarodnog festivala pozorišta za decu u Subotici, njegova uloga u povezivanju naše kulture sa svetom i sveta sa nama, i da će on dobiti adekvatnije mesto kada je reč o finansijskoj podršci, jer to Festival istinski i zaslužuje”, izjavio je Slobodan Marković povodom priznanja koje je dobio u Poljskoj.

Priznanje je direktor subotičkog festivala dobio na predlog poljskih pozorišnih stvaralaca i stručnjaka. Slobodan Marković je inače član žirija ovogodišnjeg Međunarodnog pozorišnog festivala „Valiska“ u Lomži.

Od osnivanja zaključno sa 2016. godinom u takmičarskom programu Festivala u Subotici učestvovalo je ukupno 13 poljskih pozorišta (iz Varšave, Rabke, Opole, Lomže, Bjalistoka, Slupska, Poznanja, Žešova, Olština i Valbžiha) sa 23 različite predstave, osvojivši pri tom: tri nagrade za najbolju režiju, dve za najbolju scenografiju, tri za najbolju originalnu muziku, dve za najbolje estetsko i tehnološko rešenje lutaka, četiri nagrade za glumačko/animatorsko majstorstvo i dve specijalne nagrade za originalnost i fantaziju.

Štaviše, od 2. Festivala održanog 1995. nijedan festival nije prošao bez učešća teatra iz Poljske, što znači da su poljska pozorišta u kontinuitetu prisutna na Festivalu pune 22 godine!

U fokusu 19. Festivala 2012. bilo je poljsko lutkarstvo koje je predstavljeno kroz izložbu lutaka i plakata poljskih umetnika u Subotici, Novom Sadu i Beogradu, u saradnji sa Arheološkim i etnografskim muzejem iz Lođa (Poljska), Pozorišnim muzejem Vojvodine iz Novog Sada i Ambasadom Republike Poljske u Beogradu, naučni skup na datu temu i kroz učešće pozorišta iz Poljske u takmičarskom programu Festivala. Izložba je kasnije u organizaciji Festivala a u okviru projekta „Lutkarska nomadska akademija 3” (Program Evropske unije Kultura 2007-2013) održana i u Ljubljani i Mariboru (Slovenija), potom u Zagrebu (Hrvatska) i na kraju u Mostaru (BiH).

U izdanju Festivala, prevedene na srpski, objavljene su sledeće knjige poljskih autora: “Metamorfoze pozorišta lutaka u XX veku“ (2006), Henryk Jurkowski; „Teorija lutkarstva I“ (2007), Henryk Jurkowski; “Svet Edvarda Gordona Krega“ (2008), Henryk Jurkowski; „Umetnost lutkarske režije“ (2012), Wieslaw Hejno; „Teorija lutkarstva II“ (2013), Henryk Jurkowski, “Lutka u kulturi I“ (2015), Henryk Jurkowski, a prošle godine objavljen je Zbornik povećen Henriku Jurkovskom – “Jurkovskom u čast”.

Poljski stručnjaci bili su u više navrata članovi žirija Festivala i učesnici naučnih skupova, a akademik Henrik Jurkovski prvi je dobitnik Nagrade za životno delo “Mali Princ”, koja mu je 2000. godine dodeljena za izuzetan doprinos razvoju kulture i scenske umetnosti za decu. On je takođe idejni tvorac teatrološke konferencije koja se održava u okviru Festivala i danas nosi njegovo ime.

Visoko odlikovanje Ministarstva kulture i nacionalne baštine Republike Poljske još jedno je u nizu značajnih priznanja za Slobodana Markovića i Festival, koje potvrđuje izuzetan ugled koji subotički Međunarodni festival pozorišta za decu uživa u svetu.

U aprilu 2013. godine je u Ljubljani Slobodanu Markoviću uručena Pengovljeva nagrada za doprinos međunarodnoj kulturnoj saradnji i promociji i popularizaciji slovenačke lutkarske umetnosti. Ukazom predsednika Ruske Federacije Dimitrija Medvedeva od 2. februara 2011. g. za ogroman doprinos u razvoju rusko-srpske saradnje i rad na popularizaciji ruske kulture u inostranstvu gospodin Slobodan Marković odlikovan je Ordenom prijateljstva. Za svoj izuzetan doprinos razvoju scenske umetnosti za decu i kulture uopšte, Festival je 2005. godine nagrađen Vukovom nagradom, najvećim kulturnim priznanjem u Republici Srbiji, dok je godine 2009. Međunarodnom festivalu pozorišta za decu dodeljena nagrada Pro urbe za značajan doprinos razvitku i ugledu grada Subotice podizanjem njegovih materijalnih i duhovnih vrednosti.

Slobodanu Markoviću je 2015. godine predsednik Srbije Tomislav Nikolić uručio Zlatnu medalju za zasluge, visoko priznanje koje se dodeljuje za izuzetne zasluge i postignute rezultate u javnim i kulturnim delatnostima.

Dvadeset četvrto izdanje Međunarodnog festivala pozorišta za decu biće održano od 24. do 30. septembra 2017. godine u Subotici.

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