Živa

The Živa Award for the Best Slavic Museum and for the Best Heritage Site in Slavic countries aims at identifying, encouraging, rewarding and promoting experiments, projects, practices in the museum sector within the specific cultural and geographical framework of the European countries of Slavic culture recognizing the peculiarities and specific values of the Slavic world with its story, its traditions, its heritage, its common and sometimes contradictory roots as well as its problems.

The Živa is alive trough:

“It is an Award which at the same time collect interesting experiences and make possible to share them at the transnational level. It encourages competition in order to increase the number of museums which can do better more than simply to be the best ones and it is based on the idea that knowledge and sharing of experiences is essential for determining a more influential role of museums in our societies.”
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THE ANNUAL PROCEDURE

There is an amazing, and growing number of Slavic museums and heritage sites which extend their role in society with a significant local or national impact. That is admirable in itself, but these experiences need to be shared, seen and acknowledged. And the Živa Award – with all its applicants – is a major entrance point for the FSK stakeholders, colleagues and audiences.

The Award serves as a platform for sharing and promoting – in Slavic countries as well as in the broader group of European countries. Both main awards (The Živa Award for the Best Slavic Museum and the Živa Award for the Best Slavic Heritage Site) are dedicated to the promotion of the protection, preservation, education and communication of museum collections, and of heritage sites, their diversity in type, size and contents as well as their social role by highlighting their innovative and creative approaches, accessibility to the public and openness, their impact on societies, and their contribution to the development of museological principles and ideas.

There is an amazing, and growing number of Slavic museums and heritage sites which extend their role in society with a significant local or national impact. That is admirable in itself, but these experiences need to be shared, seen and acknowledged. And the Živa Award – with all its applicants – is a major entrance point for the FSK stakeholders, colleagues and audiences.

The Award serves as a platform for sharing and promoting – in Slavic countries as well as in the broader group of European countries. Both main awards (The Živa Award for the Best Slavic Museum and the Živa Award for the Best Slavic Heritage Site) are dedicated to the promotion of the protection, preservation, education and communication of museum collections, and of heritage sites, their diversity in type, size and contents as well as their social role by highlighting their innovative and creative approaches, accessibility to the public and openness, their impact on societies, and their contribution to the development of museological principles and ideas.

  • The Živa Award is open for the candidates from the following countires: Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  • Applications are free of any financial obligations.
  • Applications are welcomed from all types of museums: historical, natural-historical, technical, industrial museums or science centers, ethnographic, architecture, literary, music, art, and others. The museums can be local, regional, national or federal. Private ones are also welcome.
  • Applications are welcomed from all types of heritage sites: historical buildings and structures, monuments, architectural works, archaeological sites, cultural and natural museum reserves, revitalized, reconstructed industrial buildings and areas used for museum and cultural purposes, combined works of man and nature such as gardens and parks – heritage sites of exceptional historical, artistic, scientific ethnological and anthropological value.
  • To share the ideas and results with colleagues from Slavic countries and abroad.
  • To have a platform to speak up and to exchange at the Award ceremony.
  • To get promoted in the Živa catalogue, website, video and all FSK press-releases all year long.
  • To get a wider visibility among European institutions.
  • To gain an excellent PR to the stakeholders.

The selection procedure starts every autumn when an international call is published and the information on it is widely disseminated. With the assistance of the international jury the promotion and candidacies submissions take place until the end of the year. The first half of the year is dedicated to the evaluation and decisions. The judges pay visists to the museum candidates upon their complete applications. In May or the beginning of June the judges get together, review their reports, exchange their expert evaluations and decide on the award and special recognitions winners. The summer is dedicated to the organization of the Živa Award ceremony that is gradually turning into a professional get-together with the exchange of experiences.

The Živa Award cycle is concluded by the award ceremony in September. In the six years of its existence the event evolved into a three-day long professional gathering featuring experts from various fields that are often complementary to the museology. A specific characteristic, now already a common practice is the presentation of the previous winner and its experiences over the year. The cycle might be fixed but the award ceremony moves to a different location every year. This brings about a great opportunity to get much better acquainted with the environments we work with.

THE JURY

Member countries of the Forum of Slavic Cultures appoint judges from each country. The European Museum Academy collaborates and provides three or four judges from its pool of experts. The team of judges consists of 13 to 14 members. Jury members come from different backgrounds such as museum directors, cultural management consultants, curators, museum personnel working in public relations and marketing experts.

Katya Djoumalieva, PhD/Bulgaria
Director of the Cultural Heritage, Museums and Visual Arts Directorate at Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria

Pavel Douša, PhD/Czech Republic Director of the Museum of Czech Rural Life and Deputy Director of the National Museum of Agriculture

Dirk Houtgraaf/The Netherlands
Examiner in a strategic management educational institute

Neda Knežević, MA/Serbia
Director of the Museum of Yugoslavia

Lidija Nikočević, PhD/Croatia
Senior Curator at the Ethnographic Museum of Istria

Gordan Nikolov, MA/North Macedonia Curator Advisor at the Museum of the Republic of North Macedonia
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Branislav Panis/Slovakia
Director General of the Slovak National Museum

Dobrila Vlahović, MSc. Arch./Montenegro
Coordinator for the Department of Culture, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports

Andreja Rihter, PhD/Slovenia
Director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures

Youlya Vronskaya/Russian Federation
Peredelkino Writers’ and Artists’ Residency

Elia Vlachou/Greece
EMA, Museum Expert

Sarita Vujković, PhD/Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Srpska

Nina Zdravič Polič, MA/Slovenia

Galina Alekseeva, PhD/Russian Federation
Academic Director of the Leo Tolstoy National Museum-Estate at Yasnaya Polyana

Judges on the Tour

The Jury visits all participating and nominated museums in situ, which is a rare and unique practice that enriches both, the museums and the Živa judges. The pricelessness of individual experiences is added to their professional evaluations at which they are looking for the outstanding and creative use of collections, combined with an innovative interpretative approach.

Jury Impressions

ŽIVA SCULPTURE

The author of the unique art sculpture is Ljubica Ratkajec Kočica, the Slovenian fine artist as well as glass and ceramic designer from Rogaška Slatina. Her works, which she successfully presented at individual and group exhibitions, were awarded with numerous national and international awards.

Her body of work is distinguished by innovativeness and exceptional sensitivity for the life of details in the overall form composition of art products. She devotes an important part of her creative process to the female form, which she displays with a stylized head and a simple silhouette, cleverly supplemented by individual symbols and artistic elements.

With her remarkable feeling Ljubica Ratkajec Kočica has brought the ceramic sculptures to outstanding creative achievements, where the solid structure of the ceramic forms passes over to the field of creating sculptures with a precise graphic treatment of the surface. Each of her unique masterpieces tells a story of its own and ensures a unique aesthetic experience.

WINNERS & SPECIAL RECOGNITION RECIPIENTS

ŽIVA AWARD WINNERS

BEST SLAVIC MUSEUMS

All winners for the Best Slavic Museum over the past years
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BEST HERITAGE SITES

All winners for the Best Heritage Site over the past years
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Special recognitions recipients

Diploma for creating a new museum

Diploma for unusual interpretation

ŽIVA AWARD NOMINEES

ŽIVA PUBLICATIONS

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

CEREMONIES & CONFERENCES

Location: Belgrade/Serbia
Host: Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia

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Location: Bar/Montenegro
Hosts: Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, Cultural Centre Bar, Municipality of Bar

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Location: Prague/Czech Republic
Hosts: National Technical Museum, National Museum of Agriculture

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Location: Bled/Slovenia
Host: Bled Municipality

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Location: Zadar/Croatia
Host: Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar

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Location: St. Petersburg/Russian Federation
Host: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

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Location: Skopje/North Macedonia
Host: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia

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HIGHLIGHTS

The Živa family

ŽIVA has connected 139 museum candidates from 13 Slavic countries in 7 years.

The Živa Award ceremony
and conference hosts

The Živa Award annual ceremony and conference have so far been hosted in Skopje/North Macedonia, St. Petersburg/Russian Federation, Zadar/Croatia, Bled/Slovenia, Prague/Czech Republic and Bar/Montenegro.

Živa after Živa

Živa after Živa event was part of the special FSK programme at the VIII International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg, organised in cooperation with the State Museum of Political History of Russia, and included the award ceremony for the winners of the 2019 award.

NEWS

Woodcarving Museum (BaH), recipient of ŽIVA Award 2020, winner of Micheletti Award

Esch-sur-Alzette, the European Capital of Culture, hosted this year’s European Museum Academy conference and award meeting between 8 and 10 September. One of this year’s award winners was also the Woodcarving Museum from Konjic (BaH), recipient of ŽIVA 2020 award. The Emigration Museum in Gdynja (Poland), recipient of ŽIVA 2018, received special commendation of the DASA award.

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FSK and ICOM SEE in Prague – a step on the common path

At the 26th ICOM General Conference, the Forum of Slavic Cultures and the International Council of Museums of South-Eastern Europe organised two round tables. The focus was on common roots and their importance in ensuring peace, and on the threat to heritage in states of emergencys such as war. The meeting was attended by 50 experts.

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STORY

The Slavic goddess Živa (also Żiwia, Siva, Sieba or Razivia) represents a principle of life, longevity, youthfulness, beauty, mildness, vitality and fertility. These are the attributes that should describe Slavic heritage as well.

The Živa Award has been established in 2012 on the initiative of an expert project group from the member countries of the Forum of Slavic Cultures.

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