Our 15!

In line with strategic policies and identified opportunities, the main events marking FSK 15th anniversary took place in three different Slavic countries: Slovenia, Croatia and the Russian Federation, as well as in Paris, France.

The festive events were:

    • Ceremonial Session of the FSK Board
    • Slavic Rhapsody concert
    • Women and the Great War Exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters
    • a set of 11 events at the VIII International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg
    • literary and publishing programme Slavic Garden (Slavenski đardin) at the Pula book fair
    • social event At the Table with the Slavs.
“When we first started with the Forum of Slavic Cultures there was a great deal of work to be done. Fifteen years later I can confidently announce that we have achieved a lot, but many challenges remain to be tackled. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the future, knowing that we are a big and closely connected family that still has so much more to offer.”
Andreja Rihter, Director of the FSK
“Over the past 15 years, we have seen many times how the organization’s initial orientation was both important and correct…The FSK was the right response to the challenge of the time, since it brought together all Slavic cultures under one roof as an intuitive response to the many challenges posed by globalization.”
Vladan Vukosavljević, Chairman of the FSK Board and Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia


Ceremonial Session of the FSK Board, Ljubljana/Slovenia

Composed of the ministers of culture of FSK member countries the Board of the International Foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures met at the ceremonial session. One of the items on their agenda was the future of the FSK and the Board signed a memorandum on the strengthening of the intercultural dialogue and participation of all Slavic countries. The event took place under the auspices of Marjan Šarec, Prime Minister of the RS, while Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, sent a letter of congratulations to the FSK on its 15th anniversary.

Slavic Rhapsody concert, Ljubljana/Slovenia

The International Foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures marked the 15th anniversary of its operation with an open-air concert titled Slavic Rhapsody. On this occasion the FSK conferred the title of honorary ambassador and FSK ambassador charters.

The open-air concert Slavic Rhapsody (organized in collaboration with Imago Sloveniae) featured a programme specially designed to mark the 15th anniversary of the FSK and its 1,500 visitors enjoyed a unique musical experience with musicians from 13 Slavic countries sharing the stage. The musical cross-section of this “rhapsody” referenced on the one hand the distinctive folklore elements and on the other hand mirrored the process of transformation of the folk and regional into the national-typical character through a compositional superstructure.

Women and the Great War Exhibition
at UNESCO, Paris/France

11 events at the VIII St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, St. Petersburg/Russian Federation

Slavic Garden (Slavenski đardin)
at the Pula book fair, Pula/Croatia

At the Table with the Slavs,




Slavic Rhapsody under the auspices of the Slovenian President

The open-air concert took place under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, and was part of the international festival Imago Sloveniae and the Summer in Old Ljubljana Town.

About the FSK’s 15th Anniversary at a Special Meeting

Four ministers of Slavic countries attended a special meeting at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and Alla Manilova, Deputy Minister of Culture. With special guests Mikhail Shvydkoy, Mikhail Khorev, Mikhail Bryzgalov, Elena Kalnitskaya and other guests from Russia they talked about FSK's 15th anniversary and challenges for the future.

The publication marking 15th anniversary

In the year marking the 15th anniversary of operation the International Foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures issued a special publication Our 15! which offers an overview of the Foundation's activity since its inception in 2004.
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