At the official ceremony at the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad, the city was pronounced the European Capital of Culture.
The head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Emanuele Giaufret, handed over a plaque to the mayor of Novi Sad, Milos Vucevic, whereby Novi Sad officially acquired this prestigious title.
The ceremony was also attended by the prime minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabic, who pointed out that there was no city that deserved more than Novi Sad to raise the European flag of youth and culture.
– Novi Sad is a center of creativity and culture, excellence and innovations. Novi Sad is a city in which large foreign tech companies, research and development centers are flourishing, but also a city of extraordinary domestic smart companies, our people who are world leaders when it comes to innovations – she said.
As part of the multimedia program within the ceremony, the tradition of Novi Sad and Vojvodina was presented in the light of European values, the thread which runs through the entire program of Novi Sad as the European Capital of Culture through a total of eight thematically oriented program arcs.
The music and dance spectacle at the Serbian National Theater features eminent representatives of the cultural scene of Novi Sad and Vojvodina. The event was directed by Aleksandar Nikolic, the music was composed by the Novi Sad-based instrumentalist and musician Boris Kovac, and the program was hosted by actors from the Serbian National Theater, Jovana Balasevic and Vasa Stajkic.
The central event of the official opening of the European Capital of Culture was the “Zeniteum :: 2022” ceremony, directed by Dragan Zivadinov, which celebrated prominent names of Serbian science – Mileva Maric Einstein and Milutin Milankovic.
The large exhibit “Through Time and Space”, at the “Studio M” hall, was also part of the program of the opening ceremony.
In 2022, Novi Sad has taken the prestigious title, along with Kaunas, Lithuania, and Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, and Novi Sad is also the first of the three cities where the official opening of the year of the title was held, as announced on the website of the Government of Serbia.
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