Serbian Cultural Centre Danilo Kiš is a non-profit citizens association, established in 2009 (officially registered on 3 February 2010) with the aim of encouraging intercultural dialogue between Slovenia and Serbia. The Centre actively works on the establishment of new levels of cooperation between Slovenian and Serbian culture, promotion of the Serbian language and culture in Slovenia and contemporary Slovenian culture in Serbia. SCCDK’s main mission is the establishment of new connections between Slovenia and Serbia and the wider region.
So far, SCCDK has carried out many successful projects in the field of culture, media, social inclusion of vulnerable social groups and education, which were helped by: theMinistry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Office for Coperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region, the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Commission through the European Structural Fund and the IPA Programme, as well as public and private companies and donors.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia awarded the SCCDK the status of Association of Public Interest in the Field of Culture.
The activities of SCCDK are regulated by two framework documents: the Memorandum of Association and the Statute of SCCDK.
The Centre is represented by the seven founders: Dušan Jovanović, Milica Antić-Gaber, Petar Damjanić, Nikola Damjanić, Dragan Mitić, Marko Milosavljević and Svetlana Slapšak and together with a representative of the employees, they constitute the Council of the Centre. The work of the Centre is governed by the programme director and executive director who are elected every four years. The SCCDK operational team consists of the employees, permanent and temporary associates and volunteers. SCCDK is one of the rare minority associations that has managed to professionalize and since 2011, it has employed four expert minority members on permanent basis.
Over one hundred artists and authors from the fields of literature, anthropology, ethnology, history, linguistics, theatrology, fine and graphic arts, design, photography, film and media have cooperated in different projects in the last three years.
SCCDK provides an opportunity for young people from Slovenia and the region to intern and volunteer. Through the ERASMUS+ Programme a student of Serbian language from Poland successfully completed her internship and this year two social work students from Croatia have been interning here. Besides permanent volunteers who have helped the Centre from the beginning, more than thirty new volunteers, who took part in the humanitarian action providing assisstance for the flood affected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia last year, have stayed in close touch with the Centre.
SCCDK has operated through its programmes and projects in the following ways:
- encourages critical reflection and reconsideration of the past, civil values, cultural dynamics and different cultural identity levels;
- advocates a contemporary and activist structuring of culture through encouragement of minority and vulnerable groups to engage in intercultural dialogue;
- fosters multilingualism;
- encourages changes in Serbian (and other) ethnic group self-understanding and reassessment of its cultural and social role in Slovenia by finding innovative creative models;
- establishes new forms of cultural communication in the public by uncovering neglected cultural phenomena and connections or the ones interpreted in a simplified manner;
- advocates European standards of tolerance, respect for human rights and anti-discriminatory policy;
- mediates the adherence to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between Serbia (and the Western Balkans) and the EU, by encouraging peace, stability and economic development of the Western Balkans and opening up possibilities of accession to the EU.
SCCDK operates as an info-spot for everyone who comes to Slovenia from abroad, especially from the South East Europe, and is in need of some kind of assisstance: from finding accomodation and employment to acquiring citizenship and other (administrative) documents.
Based on previous activities, cooperation on projects and public response to the events organised by SCCDK, we have defined our target audience as ethnically, socially and generationally diverse:
- the second generation of Serbian immigrants who are experiencing Slovenian social and cultural reality as their own, while being, at the same time, very well acquainted with Serbian social and cultural reality;
- more recent Serbian immigrants, mostly highly educated younger experts and artists, often critically oriented towards Serbian (or any other) nationalism and prevailing stereotypical conceptions of the Serbian community in Slovenia;
- various ethnic group members (Macedonian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Polish, Greek) and vulnerable group members (the disabled, Roma people, the unemployed);
- members of minority and immigrant associations and organisations;
- members of younger and middle generation of independent artists and cultural workers from abroad;
- researchers from the field of humanities from Slovenia, Serbia and wider region, artists and cultural workers of all generations, media representatives;
- Slovenian general cultural public;
- Serbian general cultural public interested in the position and achievements in the diaspora;
- general cultural public from the region of South East Europe and the EU.