Press release about the Decision on changing the status of October Salon

Press Release

Anent Decision of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade, pursuant to the proposal put forward by the Secretary for Culture Vladan Vukosavljević and adopted during the meeting of the City Hall on Friday, October 24th, according to which: ”October Salon will, henceforth, be held biannually, meaning every second year, by virtue of which certain savings will be achieved and the overall quality of this cultural manifestation significantly improved”. (


Cultural Centre of Belgrade, as the organiser of October Salon, appointed each year since 1986 by the City Council, brings forth its position towards the afore mentioned Decision and the manner in which it was adopted, based upon long year professional commitment in realisation of this manifestation.


We firmly believe that by adopting such Decision, with utter disregard to professional public, which is to say by employing such non-democratic procedure, a fundamental principle in operation of governmental organ has been violated, the principle of transparency in making decisions related to cultural politics and significant manifestations for the City of Belgrade.


In an enduring hardship tangling our culture, where key institutions in Serbia face existential problems, we regard the Decision to hold October Salon biannually as an autocratic termination of breathing space for contemporary visual art and critical opinion.


Aiming to improve the quality of this cultural manifestation, we believe it was necessary to consult the wider professional public, prior to adopting the Decision, as well as organising a public debate, where different opinions and arguments would be brought forward and subjected to scrutiny, followed by deciding on further development strategy of October Salon. Adoption of such a faithful Decision, which considers the entire community, must not have been left solely to counsellors and committee members of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade. We stress that, at the initiative of Cultural Centre of Belgrade and one part of professional public, open, critically intoned debates have been taking place for several years now, in scope of side programmes of October Salon.


We regard that all culture workers, but decision makers first and foremost, should intercede in favour of increase of the space and means for cultural activities, and not for abolition of programmes justified by savings, which we assert would have a short term effect and a long term loss.


Belgrade, October 28th 2014


Collective of employees of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade:

Mia David Zarić, acting director
Vesna Danilović, director’s assistant for programme
Ninela Gojkovć, director’s assistant for finance
Svetlana Petrović, editor of fine arts section
Aleksandra Bjelica Mladenović, curator
Milica Stanković Đorđević, curator
Gordana Dobrić, curator
Slavoljub Ćirić, expert associate for realisation of fine arts programmes
Ljubica Solunac, editor of music department
Olivera Stošič Rakić, editor of literary-debate department
Danica Jovanović Prodanović, expert associate
Bojan Marjanović, projectionist
Milomir Vukajlović, doorman
Vidoje Čarapić, doorman
Zorana Đaković Miniti, department editor
Jasmina Petković, producer/organiser
Dragan Nikolić, chief of technics
Dragana Rusalić, editor of design centre
Dragana Ilić, secretary
Drago Radulović, superintendant
Snežana Branković, accountant
Ana Đokić, PR
Tijana Đinđić, senior assistant for realisation of fine arts programmes
Miodrag Paunović, assistant for realisation of fine arts programmes
Marijana Arsić, assistant for realisation of fine arts programmes
Zorica Obradović, cashier
Dejan Pavić, doorman
Tatjana Rakić, administrative referent
Biljana Radenković, sales manager
Slobodan Sinđelić, vendor
Milica Brajkovski, vendor
Valentina Pavlović, vendor
Ivana Gordić, vendor
Gordana Simonović, vendor
Gordana Stojančić, vendor
Slađana Bastl, courier
Vesna Vasić, assistant for financial operations
Gordana Nikolić, accountant assistant
Maja MAksimović, designer
Jelena Lugonja, designer
Snežana Timotojević, programmes assistant
Gordana pujić, vendor

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