Having prepared and announced the call for proposals for Živa 2022, the international panel of judges are back in action. Experts from Slavic countries and the European Museum Academy met at their regular meeting. The central point of discussion was the presentation of the Forum of Slavic Cultures and ICOM SEE committee at ICOM’s General Conference, which will take place in Prague in August 2022.
The Forum of Slavic Cultures successfully hosted the 7th international conference and ŽIVA awards ceremony live from Belgrade. The diverse three-day programme in the Serbian capital brought together 70 participants from 14 countries. They shared good practices, made contacts and forged new partnerships, and to top it all they attended the opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture in Novi Sad.
The International foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures (FSK) bestowed the awards for the best Slavic museums in Belgrade in Serbia in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia and Serbian partner institutions. In addition to the main award, the winner was Woodcarving Museum from Konjic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the award for the best heritage site in Slavic countries was bestowed for the third time. It went to the Etar Regional Ethnographic Open-Air Museum from Gabrovo in Bulgaria.
Based on the signed agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the 7th Živa Award with an international conference will take place in Belgrade and Novi Sad, at the time when the official opening of the European Capital of Culture will take place, at the time when the latter hosts the opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture.
With epidemiological situation in most Slavic countries improving and control measures relaxing the judges for the Živa Award are ready to visit the nominated museums in person. Should that not be possible for all of the museums the visit and evaluation will take place remotely. The 7th Živa Award ceremony for the Best Slavic Museum and Heritage Site will take place in September 2021.