The Formal Citation of Serbian UNIMA Centre for Olivera Mudrinić, the Executive Director of Subotica International Festival of Children’s Theatres

The first laureate of this newly-established award – the Formal Citation of Serbian UNIMA Centre – is Olivera Mudrinić, the Executive Director of Subotica International Festival of Children’s Theatres.

This award is given for “the development and cultivation of theatrological exploration on an international level”.

The Administrative Board of Serbian UNIMA Centre has decided to establish this important recognition at the suggestion of Vojvodina Theatre Museum, and in its statement the Board emphasises, among other things, “the invaluable role Olivera Mudrinić had in the artistic formation of the Subotica International Festival of Children’s Theatres and her continuous pursuit for new theatrical contents and forms for the competition programmes, the appropriate presentation of the national puppetry arts of individual countries, publishing, and above all, the organization of the International Research College of Theatre Arts for Children and Young People”.

“During these past ten years and eleven festivals, my only goal has been to do my job to the best of my abilities and really, I have not even contemplated the recognitions or awards. For this reason, I was very surprised upon learning of this award.

I have to say, and hopefully it will not be misunderstood, that in my mind the greatest reward is the project itself, successfully realized and brought to conclusion, which is also a source of an immense satisfaction for me. I am exceedingly proud of all the festivals, all the theatrological conferences held here up to this day, of the twenty books published so far (including monographs and collections of papers), series of exhibitions, successful and lasting collaboration with numerous institutions and individuals both in Serbia and abroad, and many other things I have managed to accomplish, together with my associates, from 2006 until today. In my opinion, I was in fact very lucky and privileged to be in a position to connect and to bring all those things about, and I believe my approach to the work is truly a reflection of the awareness of my good fortune. I suppose this is precisely the one thing that could not but succeed to produce results and get recognition.

Finally, I would like to emphasise that I am very honoured by this decision of the Administrative Board of Serbian UNIMA Centre, as it is indeed a decision made by renowned artists and experts, people who have dedicated their lives to puppetry and theatre art for children and youth. One thing is certain – the highest recognition comes from one’s peers and colleagues” stated Olivera Mudrinić upon hearing the news of the award.

The Citation will be awarded on November 29, at 8 pm, in Little Theatre “Dušan Radović”, during the opening ceremony of the 47th Annual Meetings of Serbian Professional Puppet Theatres.

Serbian UNIMA Centre is a part of the international network of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette – International Puppetry Association), founded a long time ago, in Prague in 1929.

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Prva dobitnica novoustanovljenog priznanja – Svečane povelje UNIMA centra Srbije je Olivera Mudrinić, izvršna direktorka Međunarodnog festivala pozorišta za decu u Subotici.

Svečana povelja dodeljuje se za „razvoj i negovanje teatrološke misli na međunarodnom planu“.

Upravni odbor UNIMA centra Srbije odlučio je da dodeli ovo značajno priznanje na predlog Pozorišnog muzeja Vojvodine, a u obrazloženju se između ostalog ističe „nemerljiva uloga Olivere Mudrinić u umetničkom oblikovanju Međunarodnog festivala pozorišta za decu u Subotici i stalnom traganju za novim pozorišnim sadržajima i formama takmičarskog programa, na predstavljanju nacionalnog lutkarstva pojedinih zemalja, izdavaštvu, a pre svega u organizaciji Međunarodnog foruma za istraživanje pozorišne umetnosti za decu i mlade“.

„ Tokom proteklih deset godina i jedanaest festivala jedino sam se trudila da svoj posao radim najbolje što mogu i zaista nikad nisam razmišljala o priznanjima i nagradama. Utoliko me je ova vest više iznenadila.

Moram da kažem, a nadam se da neću biti pogrešno shvaćena, da je za mene uspešno realizovan projekat i dalje najveća nagrada i ono što mi pričinjava najveće zadovoljstvo. Ponosna sam na sve festivale, na sve do sada održane međunarodne teatrološke konferencije, na dvadeset objavljenih knjiga, uključujući tu monografije i zbornike, niz izložbi, uspešnu dugogodišnju saradnju s brojnim institucijama i pojedincima u zemlji i inostranstvu i još mnogo toga što sam sa saradnicima uspela da ostvarim od 2006. do danas. Smatram da sam zapravo imala sreću i privilegiju da upravo ja budem spona koja je omogućila da se sve to desi i verujem da je moj odnos prema poslu odraz svesti o tome. Pretpostavljam da je upravo to ono što nije moglo da ne da rezultate i prođe nezapaženo.

Istakla bih, na kraju, da sam izuzetno počastvovana odlukom Upravnog odbora UNIMA centra Srbije, pre svega jer je to odluka dokazanih umetnika i stručnjaka, koji su svoje živote posvetili lutkarstvu i pozorišnom stvaralaštvu za decu i mlade. Jedno je sigurno – nema većeg priznanja od onog koje dolazi od kolega.“, izjavila je povodom nagrade Olivera Mudrinić.

Povelja će laureatkinji biti uručena 29. novembra u 20 časova, u Malom pozorištu „Duško Radović“, na svečanom otvaranju 47. Susreta profesionalnih pozorišta lutaka Srbije.

UNIMA centar Srbije deo je svetske mreže Međunarodnog udruženja lutkara UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette – International Puppetry Association), osnovanog daleke 1929. godine u Pragu.

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