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EVENING OF CARICATURES AND ANIMATED FILM

Consulate General presented an evening of caricatures and animated films by Zoran Jovanovic, a well known cartoonist and animator from Belgrade, whose name appears in the Anthology of the best cartoonists and illustrators as selected by the New York Times.

The best caricatures by Zoran Jovanovic, awarded at the international festivals, were on display including "General with crosses", which marked his professional career. Also presented during the evening were his animated films "Marxians", "Flags", "Antidogmin", "Libertas" and "Crazy Ship".

Acting Consul General introduced the guest who then spoke about the creative process, inspiration, influence of new technologies on the development of cartoons, engagement and experiences during his work and residence in New York. Guests had an opportunity to engage in question and answer session.

Jovanovic's creative achievements were presented at the festivals in Oberhausen, Montreal, Cracow, Sydney, Belgrade, Zagreb, London, Aspen.  Retrospectives of his animated films were held at the cinema houses at Harvard, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa; at cultural centers of Bombay, New Delhi and the Walt Disney Studio.  His works are represented at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.

Gallery of photos can be found here


"KUMOVI" BY DUSAN KOVACEVIC AT THE CERVANTES

Dusan Kovacevic's play "Kumovi / Godfathers" was presented at the cultural center Cervantes in Chicago. The organizers of the presentation of this Serbian play are International Voices Project in collaboration with the Vitalist Theatre and the Consulate General of Serbia in Chicago.

The roles in the play were read by the Vitalist Theatre actors. The play was translated  from Serbian into English language by Dennis Barnett, professor of dramaturgy from Iowa. This was the first presentation of the play "Kumovi/Godfathers" in English.

The play was presented at the Eighth Festival of the International Voices Project, which runs in Chicago from April 17 to May 18, 2017. This is the first time that the Festival has presented a Serbian playwright. In addition to Serbia theater plays presented as part of the Festival were from Spain, Ireland, Finland, Romania, Germany, India, Australia, Wales and Sweden.

Before the beginning of the program, present guests were addressed by Patrizia Lombardi Acerra, Executive Director of the International Voices Project and Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic, who expressed thanks for the selection of Serbian playwright for the Festival and stressed the role and importance of Dusan Kovacevic in Serbian theater and cinematic arts. After the reading of the play questions of the audience were answered by professor Barnett and actors of the Vitalist Theatre.

The gallery of photographs is available here.


VISIT TO THE SERBIAN COMMUNITY IN SAN FRANCISCO

During the visit to San Francisco, on the occasion of opening a voting place in California, Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic had many meetings and conversations with the representatives and individuals from the Serbian community in San Francisco and surrounding area.  Acting Consul General Radulovic visited church school districts of the orthodox churches St. Archangel Michael in Saratoga and St. John the Baptist in San Francisco.  During those visits he spoke with the priests and representatives of those church school districts about the questions regarding the interest and importance of the activities pertaining to the preservation of Serbian community, as well as cooperation with the Consulate General. He also attended the morning liturgy at the church in San Francisco followed by a meeting at the church hall with our citizens where he responded to their questions.

Acting Consul General Radulovic attended the gathering of Club Tesla which works at the Serbian Orthodox church in Saratoga.  During the visit he addressed attendees and spoke about the role and activities of the Consulate General. He responded to the questions from the audience which mostly referred to the status of the citizens as well as to the support of the Consulate General in the educational and cultural activities of the club.
 


EVENING WITH WRITER NIKOLA MORAVCEVIC

The Consulate General held a literary evening with Nikola Moravcevic, the greatest contemporary Serbian writer of historical novels.

In his guest introduction, Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic expressed the pleasure of the Consulate General which in this way wanted to express the respect and recognition of professor and writer Nikola Moravcevic for his contribution to Serbian literature. Nikola Moravcevic’s literary opus includes fifteen books or novels, of which twelve are historical.

Nikola Moravcevic spoke about the development of the literary form of historical novel in the world as well as in Serbia.  Professor Moravcevic introduced the topics covered in his historical novels. He responded to the questions of the audience, relating mostly to the creative process and the system of collecting the material and information required for the writing of historical novels.

Member of the Serbian Theater in Chicago, Vesna Zafirovski, read the selected passages from the novels “Vitez u doba zla” (‘Knight in the time of evil’) and “Grof Sava Vladislavic” (‘Earl Sava Vladislavic’).

Nikola Moravcevic resides in the United States, in Chicago since 1955.  He is the founder of the Slavic Department at the University of Illinois, where he was a Professor, Vice-Chancellor of the University and the Director of Administration for the University development.  He is an honorary Doctor of the Wroclaw University in Poland; winner of many awards and recognitions, such as the award “Rastko Petrovic” for his lifetime achievement in 2010, and the award “Janko Veselinovic” for the best historical novel in 2016.

This evening the Consulate General also displayed graphics and painting from the art studio Bokiki ART from Chicago (Irena Vujanovic and Bojan Jovanovic). Among the displayed artwork was a graphic which the authors exhibited at the Autumn Art Salon in Paris, in October of 2016.

The gallery of photographs is available here.
 


CELEBRATION OF ST. SAVA IN CHICAGO AND MILWAUKEE

Several manifestations celebrating St. Sava were held in Chicago and Milwaukee. Celebrations were held at Serbian schools as well as at church parishes.

Solemn academies with appropriate cultural and artistic program were held at Serbian elementary schools: St. Sava Academy in Chicago and School St. Sava in Milwaukee.

Also, the Academy St. Sava in Chicago organized special reception for the donors and all those who assist and support the work of this school.  Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic attended the reception in the name of Consulate General and on this occasion he expressed his congratulations to the representatives of the Chicago school on the occasion of the holiday and school feast day (slava), as well as to the representatives of the Serbian school in Milwaukee who were also in attendance at the reception.  Mr. Borislav Bujeva, Consul General of Bosnia and Herzegovina, also attended the reception.

Attendees of the weekly school curriculum from all parochial schools also marked the school feast day (slava) St. Sava with solemn and appropriate programs.


OPEN COMPETITION FOR CULTURAL PROJECTS

Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia has announced an open competition for financing or co-financing of projects in the field of cultural activities of Serbs abroad in 2017.  The aim of the competition is to encourage cultural creativity and presentation of the members of the Serbian communities abroad and the preservation of their cultural identity.

The contest will support projects in the following areas: visual arts, theater production, literature and publishing, artistic music, grass-roots, folk and amateur creativity, cultural activities for children and young people, and scientific research and educational activities in culture.

Deadline for the competition applications is February 28, 2017. Open competition and the details regarding participation can be found here (only in Serbian).
 


HOLLIDAY RECEPTION FOR DIASPORA

On the occasion of New Year and Božić holidays a reception was held for the representatives of Diaspora and local Serbian community at the Consulate General of Republic of Serbia.  Reception was attended by the representatives of Serbian organizations, associations, Serbian cultural institutions, representatives from Diaspora media and prominent personalities of the Serbian community.

Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic addressed the gathering and used this opportunity to thank them for the cooperation in the past year and to wish them happy upcoming holidays.

The reception was organized in cooperation with Air Serbia. On this occasion Djordje Petkovic, Regional Director of Air Serbia to North and South America addressed the audience.

Photo-gallery from the reception you can see here.

Consulate General wishes to take this opportunity to extend to all citizens of the Republic of Serbia and members of the Serbian community best wishes for happy upcoming New Year and Božić holidays.


SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN CHICAGO

Serbian Film Festival 2016 was held at the theater "Muvico 18" in Chicago, December 2-4, 2016. This is the fourth Serbian Film Festival in Chicago. The following films were presented within the festival: "Stinking Fairytale", "Diary of the train driver", "Burek" and "Brothers on grandmother’s side". Also presented were the documentary film "Radnički is the love of Nis", "General Mihailovic - hero and punishment" and "Such faith I haven’t found even in Israel”.

Festival guests were actor Žarko Laušević, who opened the Festival, Miodrag Miljković, producer and director of the documentary "Radnički is the love of Niš" and Radosav Jevrić, author of the documentary film "Such faith I haven’t found even in Israel”.

Speakers at the opening ceremony of the Festival were Slavica Petrovic, director of the Festival and Dejan Radulovic, Acting Consul General who on that occasion emphasized the importance of the Festival and expressed his thanks to all those who assist and support it. The opening ceremony and screening of "Stinking Fairytale" was attended by Consuls General of Croatia and Macedonia, as well as the Consul of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

On the second day of the Festival a special addition “In Memoriam” was presented, paying tribute to the greats of the Serbian film and stage who passed on in 2016. During the final evening guests were given bronze plaques of “Serbian Mirror” (Ogledalo) for their participation in the Festival.

The founder and organizer of the Festival is the newspaper of the Serbian Diaspora "Serbian Mirror". Festival, as in previous years, was held in cooperation and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate for Diaspora and the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago.

Beside Chicago some of the films from the Serbian Film Festival were previously presented in Washington, New York and Dallas.

Gallery of photos can be found here


EVENING WITH ARTIST SAVA RAKOCEVIC

The Consulate General held an evening of art with renowned Serbian painter and poet Sava Rakocevic from Chicago.

In his guest introduction Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic expressed the pleasure of the Consulate General which wanted in this way to express respect and recognition of artist Sava Rakocevic for his contribution to Serbian painting and national culture, and its affirmation in the world, especially in the US.

Sava Rakocevic spoke about his approach to painting, about spiritual inspirations, perspective, color. He also demonstrated the technique of painting on canvas and also had an interactive communication with the audience. Vesna Zafirovski, member of the Serbian Theatre in Chicago, read verses of the poet Rakocevic. Artist’s paintings were also exhibited on the premises of the Consulate General.  All the seats were filled to capacity. Among those present were a significant number of admirers of Sava Rakocevic and his art. Bishop Longin was also among those present.

Sava Rakocevic resides in the United States, in Chicago since 1966. In addition to those in the US and Serbia the audiences in many other countries had the opportunity to see his works of art. He had many solo and group exhibitions including the Exhibition of American Painting at the Palace of Congress in Paris in 1975 on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of US statehood. Significant exhibitions in Belgrade were retrospective exhibition at the National Museum in 1992 and the exhibition of paintings and drawings by the Serbian Academy of  Sciences and Arts in 2009. He received numerous honors and awards including the Vuk Award for special contribution to the national culture of Serbia in 2007.

Gallery of photos can be found here.


VISIT TO THE SERBIAN COMMUNITY IN ST. LOUIS

Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic visited the church and school municipality of "Holy Trinity" in St. Louis and on that occasion had a meeting with members of the Serbian community. He attended the morning liturgy at the "Holy Trinity" church followed by the celebration of the Slava of the Serbian Sisters Circle. On this occasion Mr. Radulovic addressed the audience, congratulated them on their Slava and informed them about the activities and responsibilities of the Consulate General. At the same time, he thanked the parish on their efforts and activities that help to preserve the identity, language, culture and tradition of the Serbian community in St. Louis.

In conversation with the Acting Consul General members of the Serbian community were interested in obtaining documents from Serbia, the issue of passports, registrations of birth of a child or a marriage, issues of citizenship and other consular issues.

Father Ljubomir Krstic, the parish priest, expressed his gratitude for the visit and stressed the importance of cooperation with the Consulate General. Also, he stressed that this was the first visit of the representative of the Consulate General to their parish in St. Louis.


BUSINESS FORUM AT THE CONSULATE

A Business Forum was held at the Consulate General on the on the topic of "Serbian companies and Serbian products in the US - experience, challenges and mutual support." Forum was organized in cooperation with the Serbian-American Chamber of Commerce.

Key-note speakers at the Forum were Zachary Harris, Advisor at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Zoran Golubovich from the Serbian-American Chamber of Commerce who is the representative of the United States at the Business Council of Diaspora with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Dejan Radulovic, Acting Consul General.

The prime focus was the importance which the Government of the Republic of Serbia attaches to attracting the investments and improving economic ties with the United States. In this context, they expressed the support for initiatives that contribute to the strengthening of economic cooperation, as well as the placement of Serbian products and services in the US market. The Consulate General reinstated readiness and openness on its part to help interested investors and business people in the realization of their initiatives.

It was an opportunity to meet business people, for presentations, exchange of experience in placing Serbian products and services in the US market. It was pointed out that there is an increasing presence of Serbian companies, especially small and medium-sized companies which open their representative offices in the US and expand their business in the US market. In this context, the companies that were presented were the ones operating in Chicago or that have increased the business cooperation between Serbia and the United States (JPS Chicago -JPC from Belgrade, DES doo from Subotica and Lav (Lion) Imports from Chicago).

After the program, the Forum held a cocktail reception for the participants and guests that was sponsored by companies that were presented and by the Serbian-American Chamber of Commerce.

Gallery of photos can be found here.


AMBASSADOR MATKOVIC AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia Djerdj Matkovic was a guest of the Institute for Politics at the University of Chicago and delivered a lecture on Serbia, its integration path towards the European Union, as well as the bilateral relations between the Republic of Serbia and the United States.

Ambassador Matkovic pointed out that the full membership in the European Union is a strategic goal of Serbia and he expressed his appreciation for the United States’ significant support of Serbia on her European path. Ambassador Matkovic said that the bilateral relations with the United States are on an upward trajectory, that they are constantly improving, and that there are good prerequisites for their further improvement in the political, economic and other planes.

Following the lecture, Ambassador Matkovic answered questions from students and guests present.

Ambassador Matkovic’s lecture was organized by the Consulate General in cooperation with the Institute for Politics at the University of Chicago. Co-sponsors were the Center for Eastern European and Russian-Eurasian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and International House of the University of Chicago.


15 YEARS OF ACADEMY "SAINT SAVA" IN CHICAGO

Serbian Academy "Sveti Sava" in Chicago celebrated the 15th anniversary since its founding.

On this occasion, a festive concert was held on October 1, 2016 at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston with the following participants: Maja Bogdanović, cellist from Paris; mezzo-soprano Olga Bojović and pianist Kristijan Civljak, Chicago; string quartet of the School for music talents from Cuprija, Serbia; chorus “Branko Radičević” and students of the "Saint Sava" Academy.

Celebration of the Academy’s anniversary continued on October 2, 2016 with the Liturgy at the Orthodox Cathedral "Holy Resurrection of Christ" in Chicago followed by a festive ceremony at the church hall. The audience was addressed by Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia Djerdj Matkovic who congratulated the 15th anniversary and spoke about the importance of the Serbian school in Chicago. Ambassador Matkovic also conveyed congratulations and support to the school of the Minister of Education of the Republic of Serbia Mladen Šarčević. 

Acting Consul General Dejan Radulović presented the Certificate of Appreciation from the Consulate General for the Academy’s significant contribution in education of younger generations, preservation of language, culture, history and religion of the Serbian people.

Within the festivities a cultural program was performed with the participation of students of the Academy "Saint Sava" and ethno-group "Trag" (Trace) from Banja Luka.

Gallery of photos can be found here.


MESSAGE OF PEACE AND SERBIAN FOLKLORE

The Day of Peace, established in 1978, was held in Chicago. The message of peace was sent from the city center’s Daley Plaza square. City representatives, representatives of the State of Illinois, Consular Corps, representatives of ethnic organizations, cultural and educational institutions and many others participated in the event.

The flags of all the UN member countries were carried during the World Peace Flag Ceremony. A prayer for peace was said for each individual country. Consuls General or the representatives of the consulates based in Chicago carried flags of their countries. Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic participated on behalf of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia.

Serbian folklore ensemble "Bozur" from Chicago participated in the cultural-artistic program. This is the first time that the representatives of the Serbian community in Chicago participated in the artistic portion of this event.

The Day of Peace in Chicago was founded three years before the UN declared September 21st as the International Day of Peace.

Gallery of photos can be found here.

 


VIOLINIST STEFAN MILENKOVIC WITH THE LAKE FOREST SYMPHONY

The most renowned Serbian violinist Stefan Milenkovic was the special guest at the concert of the Lake Forest Symphony, held on 10th and 11th of September 2016. Under the baton of American-Serbian conductor Vladimir Kulenovic, symphony performed the works of Beethoven. "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber was performed as the opening number in memory of the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Both concerts were performed before a packed concert hall primarily with American audience as well as with a large number from the Serbian community, who greeted music director Vladimir Kulenovic and special guest Stefan Milenkovic with standing ovation.
At the invitation of the Consulate General, and thanks to the cooperation with the Lake Forest Symphony, the concert was attended by members of the Consular Corps in Chicago. They were warmly welcomed to the concert by the music director Vladimir Kulenovic and CEO Susan Lape.
Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic met with the performers and representatives of the Lake Forest Symphony and extended warm wishes for a successful 59th music season.
A reception was held after the concert which was co-sponsored by the Consulate General.
 


MILITARY COOPERATION BETWEEN SERBIA AND OHIO

Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic received the delegation of the National Guard headed by Commander Major General Mark Bartman thus marking the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the State Partnership Program between the Republic of Serbia and the Ohio National Guard.

They summarized results of ten years of partnership and expressed great satisfaction with the excellent cooperation between the Serbian Army and the Ohio National Guard. They agreed that the State Partnership Program is one of the best segments of the bilateral military cooperation between the two countries, and the modalities of further cooperation within the framework of the Program were discussed.

State Partnership Program of the Republic of Serbia and Ohio is being implemented on the basis of the signed Status of Forces Agreement - SOFA of September 7th, 2006.
 


VISIT OF VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TO SERBIA

US Vice President Joseph Biden made an official visit to the Republic of Serbia and on that occasion met the President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic.

"Our bilateral relations are developing wonderfully and we share common values. We were allies in two World Wars and share the world's greatest two scientists, Tesla and Pupin so that this is an important junction point, " President Nikolic said.

Vice President Joseph Biden stressed that the US has a strong interest that Serbia achieves political and economic success, adding that he will encourage new foreign investments in Serbia.

Prime Minister Vucic said that he discussed bilateral relations between the two countries with US Vice President, about the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and possible progress in the future, as well as regional relations and Serbia's European path. Prime Minister Vucic said that the bilateral relations between the US and Serbia are on the upswing and expressed gratitude to the US for its support of Serbia's European path.

Vice President Biden stressed that Serbia is a key political and economic cornerstone for the whole region and that the Serbian leadership is extremely important for this part of Europe. Some moments of our common history were extremely painful, recalled the Vice President of the US and added that he was happy that a new chapter has opened in the relations between the two countries. Vice President Biden has paid condolences to all the families who lost their loved ones in the NATO campaign.

During Vice President Biden’s visit to Belgrade a bilateral agreement on extradition was signed between Serbia and the United States.


SERBIAN MIRROR: FEWER DOCUMENTS AT THE COUNTER

Serbian diaspora newspaper "Serbian Mirror" published an article related to the implementation of the provisions of the new Law on Administrative Procedure. We present part of the text:

Since June of this year in Serbia legal provisions came into force, which allow citizens to submit fewer documents when submitting various applications than they had before. We approached the Consulate General in Chicago and in reference to this Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic said the following:

"This is a significant improvement for the citizens of the Republic of Serbia that during submission of a large number of requests they do not have to attach supporting documents with the data that the administrative bodies already have in their records. This was discussed and argued over a very long time, especially in the Diaspora, and with this law it finally became a reality. The law has forced the government authorities to mutually exchange information from the official records, thus relieving citizens from obtaining documents, as well as free the citizens and administration from excessive and unnecessary procedures.

In practice this means that the citizens of the Republic of Serbia while submitting an application for a passport no longer have to submit documents such as the proof of citizenship or excerpt from the registry of birth. This information will be officially obtained by the competent authority to satisfy requirements for the issuance of passports. An applicant for a new passport is required to possess an identity document such as previous passport or identity card. In addition, at that time an applicant needs to sign a statement agreeing that the above data should be obtained through official channels. In this way, the citizens, especially those residing abroad, will be greatly facilitated when applying for a passport, since they will no longer have to obtain required documents from the country and will thus save time and money since they will not have to pay a fee for the issuance of the above documents. The law estimates a period of fifteen days to obtain the documents through official channels, which would naturally reflect in the total time saved in the resolution of submitted request.

Very often we are contacted by our citizens who came to the United States several decades ago and do not have any of the documents issued by the Republic of Serbia. Often, many are not even sure whether they even are citizens of Serbia in general because they left the country at the time of the former Yugoslavia. The consulate will provide assistance to all citizens who turn to us in order to establish the facts, particularly those relating to citizenship. In such cases even old documents can help us so that our advice and recommendations to the citizens who have left Serbia long ago is that upon arrival at the consulate they still bring us the old documents which will help us in the identification of relevant data for submission and resolution of applications.

It is the right of every citizen to independently decide whether the documents will be obtained by him/her or will opt for the competent authorities to do that for him/her.

Obtaining the information through official channels also applies to other consular services such as registering birth of children, registering marriage and requirements regarding the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia. "


DIRECT FLIGHT BETWEEN BELGRADE AND NEW YORK CITY RE-ESTABLISHED

On June 23, 2016, after a break of nearly a quarter of a century, a new direct flight from Belgrade to New York City has been re-established. The Air Serbia flights to New York will be operated five times a week under the numbers YU500 and YU501, the same ones which Air Serbia’s predecessor JAT Yugoslav Airlines used when it had direct flights to NYC.

The Airbus A330 aircraft named after Nikola Tesla, the most famous Serbian-American, has capacity of 254 seats, economy and business class. The first wide-body aircraft for intercontinental regular traffic between the Balkans and the United States is currently the largest aircraft in the fleet of Air Serbia. The Serbian airline is now the only company in the region that has a direct flight to the United States.

At the opening ceremony in Belgrade Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and US Ambassador Kyle Scott stressed that the new line represents an important step that will encourage economic ties and growth, help develop tourist potential and provide additional impetus to positive development of overall relations between the two countries.


THE BUST OF MILEVA MARIC IN CLEVELAND

The bust of Mileva Maric, Serbian scientist, was unveiled in the Serbian Cultural Garden within the Rockefeller Park in Cleveland, Ohio. Mileva Maric was the first wife of Albert Einstein.

The initiative for the placing of the bust was initiated by Alex Machaskee, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Serbia in Ohio in cooperation with the Diaspora Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. The bust of Mileva Maric was sculpted by sculptor-academic Ivan Felker.

The opening ceremony was attended by Djerdj Matkovic, Serbian Ambassador to the USA.

At the Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland are also memorials to Saint Sava, Petar Petrovic Njegos, King Peter Karadjordjevic, Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic, Stevan Mokranjac, Mihajlo Pupin and Nikola Tesla.


GIVING THANKS TO SERBIAN SCHOOL IN MILWAUKEE

Serbian elementary school "Sveti Sava" in Milwaukee celebrated the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the first Serbian Orthodox School in the United States.

Following the liturgy at the Orthodox Church "Sveti Sava" a solemn academy was held on the occasion of this significant anniversary of the school.

The audience was addressed by Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic, who congratulated the 20th anniversary of the founding of the school and on the occasion presented a letter of thanks by the Consulate General for a significant contribution to the education of younger generations, preservation of the language, culture, history and religion of the Serbian people.

The First Secretary of the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington, DC Marinko Avramovic and a representative of the city of Milwaukee Mark Borkowski also extended their congratulations in their address.


VOTING IN CHICAGO

On the occasion of the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Serbia, the polling place at the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago was opened on 23 April 2016. 48 percent of the total number of registered voters in the voter list for the consular district of the Consulate General in Chicago came out to vote.

In accordance with the regulations, the results of the voting at the Polling Place Committee is displayed at the Consulate General.


FILM "I DEFENDED YOUNG BOSNIA" IN CHICAGO AND DALLAS

Film "I defended young Bosnia" was shown in Chicago at the "Muvico" theater. The screening was attended by film director and screenwriter Srdjan Koljevic and producer Zoran Janković. Following the screening, the filmmakers responded to questions from the audience. The greatest interest of the audience was regarding documents and other sources used in the writing of the script.

The film screening was organized by the Serbian Film Festival in Chicago and the editorial staff of "Ogledalo – Serbian Mirror" with the cooperation and assistance of the Consulate General. While announcing the guests and the film festival director and Editor Slavica Petrovic thanked the assistance provided by the Consulate General.

In addition to Chicago the film was screened in Dallas, Texas also with the presence of the filmmakers.


CELEBRATION OF SISTER CITIES RELATIONS BETWEEN BELGRADE AND CHICAGO

The 10th Anniversary Celebration of Chicago-Belgrade Sister Cities Partnership was held at the Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center.

The organizers of the celebration were Chicago Sister Cities International and Belgrade Committee.

Desko Nikitovic and Ljubisa Milicic, Co-Chairmen of the Belgrade Committee, addressed the audience. Co-Chair Nikitović recalled the signing of the Charter of the two sister cities, as well as the activities carried out in the past. He also announced the engagement of the Belgrade Committee on new projects, especially on those that will contribute to the intensification of economic cooperation between the two cities. On behalf of the City of Chicago Lisa Kohnke, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Global Affairs in the Office of the Mayor read a welcome letter from the Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel.

In his speech Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic stressed the importance of strengthening the sister cities relations between Belgrade and Chicago and also thanked the organization Chicago Sister Cities International and the Belgrade Committee for organizing the celebration. Acting Consul General then read a letter from Belgrade Mayor Siniša Mali which was sent on the occasion of the celebration.

Participating in the program were violinist Stefan Milenkovic, folk ensemble "Božur", Serbian choir "Branko Radičević" and Goran Ivanovic Trio. MC of the program was Tanja Babic, journalist and speaker of the morning TV program ABC7. Exhibited at the Preston Bradley Hall were artworks of painter Gordana Nenadović.

Gallery of photos from the celebration can be found here.


BOOSTING ECONOMIC COOPERATION OF SERBIA AND US

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Executive Director for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of Commerce Skip Jones pointed during the talks in Belgrade on April 6, 2016 to the importance of strengthening the Serbian-American partnership for the sake of maintaining stability and progress in the region.

The Prime Minister Vucic informed the US delegation about the good results of the fiscal consolidation and other economic measures which Serbia is taking in order to improve business environment in the country. He said that the opening of a direct flight between Belgrade and New York by “Air Serbia” will facilitate contacts of business people and thus significantly contribute to the strengthening of economic ties between Serbia and the United States. The Prime Minister said that he expects greater presence of US investors, which would mean the transfer of work habits and entrepreneurial spirit onto Serbian workers.

Jones gave the Prime Minister the "Roadmap" - a strategy of development of economic relations between Serbia and the United States. The "Roadmap" emphasizes that need for strengthening trade and other economic ties between the two countries due to the importance of the Serbian-American partnership for the stability and prosperity of the region.The American side believes that conditions for foreign investors have been significantly improved in Serbia and that is the reason why more and more companies from the United States are considering the possibility of investing. The United States is therefore ready to work together with the Serbian government to encourage mutual trade and investments in the fields of IT, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing of parts for the automotive industry, as well as health care. This also entails the expansion of operations of US companies that are already present on the Serbian market, Jones concluded.


WORKSHOP FOR THE CHICAGO LADIES CLUB

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the Chicago gallery Eleven Eleven Jewelry organized a workshop on how to create art objects and jewelry made of glass.

At her studio the artist and designer Dobrila Pintar presented a workshop on production of art objects made of glass.
Workshop participants were members of the Ladies Club of the Consular Corps in Chicago (CCCLC). Members of the club are wives of career and honorary consuls general and consuls as well as ladies who themselves are Consuls General and Consuls of countries that have consulates general in Chicago.

Workshop participants had the opportunity to independently and with the help of the artist create objects made of glass.


LITERARY EVENING WITH VIDA OGNJENOVIĆ

The Consulate General held a literary evening with the writer and theater director Vida Ognjenović. On this occasion she presented her latest book of essays "High Voltage".

Nikola Moravčević, writer and former professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago spoke about the book. Vida Ognjenović spoke about her book and the actual moment of the written word in the context of the growing impact of modern technology. She also read parts of the essays from her book "High Voltage".

During this literary evening lovers of literature had the opportunity to ask questions and have conversations with the writer.

Gallery of photos from the literary evening can be found here.


VISIT TO GLOBAL JEWISH ADVOCACY IN CHICAGO

Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic visited Global Jewish Advocacy (AJC) - Regional office in Chicago and on this occasion had a meeting with Amy Stoke, Regional Director and her associates.

Amy Stoken and AJC representatives presented the work of this organization founded in 1906 and the actions taken to protect the rights of Jews around the world, suppress anti-Semitism and intolerance, and protect human rights and democratic principles.

Acting Consul General Radulovic informed them about the bilateral relations between Serbia and the US, the friendly ties between the Serbian and Jewish people, Serbia's relations with Israel and the Jewish community in Serbia. He also informed AJC about the recently adopted Law on Restitution of Property, or the rectification of the consequences of seizure of property of Holocaust victims, who have no living legal heirs, in accordance with the 2009 Terezin Declaration. Acting Consul General pointed out that it is a historical and ethical act that Serbia has become the first European country to legally regulate this issue. Adoption of the law was welcomed by the US officials, Israel and the World Jewish Restitution Organization.

AJC representatives expressed their gratitude to Serbia on the adoption of the law as well as the care and help to the Jewish community. They expressed hope that Serbia’s example will be followed by other countries.
 


OPEN COMPETITION FOR CULTURAL PROJECTS

Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia has announced an open competition for financing or co-financing of projects in the field of cultural activities of Serbs abroad in 2016.  The aim of the competition is to encourage cultural creativity and presentation of the members of the Serbian communities abroad and the preservation of their cultural identity.

The contest will support projects in the following areas: visual arts, theater production, literature and publishing, artistic music, grass-roots, folk and amateur creativity, cultural activities for children and young people, and scientific research and educational activities in culture.

Deadline for the competition applications is March 28, 2016. Open competition and the details regarding participation can be found here.
 


BOOK OF CONDOLENCES

The book of condolences will be open at the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago fallowing the tragic death of Sladjana Stankovic and Jovica Stepic, staff members of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Libya during air strikes against terrorist camp in Libyan town of Sabrata.

The book of condolences is opened on February 22 and 23, 2016 between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Address of the Consulate General: 201 E Ohio ST. Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60611. 


SERBIAN NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION

National Day of the Republic of Serbia was celebrated February 16th at the Daley Center Plaza in Chicago. The celebration was organized by the Consulate General in cooperation with the city of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Cultural Events and the local Serbian community.

The celebration began with the singing of the National Anthems of the United States and Serbia. During the singing of the national anthem of Serbia the flag of the Republic of Serbia was officially raised on the mast in front of the Daley Center Plaza. Acting Consul General addressed the present guests among which were the representatives of the US authorities, the Consular Corps, representatives of Serbian organizations and associations.

In an hour long cultural-artistic program performers were: choir "Branko Radičević", students of the "St. Sava Academy" and folkloric ensembles "Soko" and "Dukati i Biseri". The celebration concluded with a joint performance of all participants in a rendition of the song "This is Serbia".

Photos from the celebration at the Daley Center Plaza can be found here.

Also, on the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia the Consulate General held a reception which was attended by representatives of the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, members of the Consular Corps, Serbian community and many other guests.

Following the playing of national anthems of the US and Serbia audience was addressed by Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic. Representatives of the State of Illinois and City of Chicago also read the greetings of Governor Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and State Attorney Lisa Madigan.

Gallery of photos from the reception can be found here.


VISIT OF STUDENTS FROM “ST. SAVA ACADEMY”

On the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Serbia the Consulate General was visited by the students of Serbian "St. Sava Academy" in Chicago. A group of students in lower grades, headed by Director Marko Bojovic and their teachers were received by the Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic.

Acting Consul General explained to the students the importance of celebrating the National Day and introduced them to the historical events related to this holiday. In addition, students were interested in talking about the role and mission of the Consulate.

School director Marko Bojović gave his thanks for the reception and expressed satisfaction with the cooperation of the school with the Consulate General.


JANUARY 27th IN CHICAGO - SAINT SAVA ACADEMY DAY

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the City of Chicago, has officially proclaimed January 27, the feast day of the revered Serbian patron saint of education and culture, as Saint Sava Academy Day in Chicago in recognition of the school's work and for its contributions to the community.

The Mayor's proclamation also noted that Saint Sava Academy is "the only full-time elementary school in Chicago offering dual language education in both Serbian and Russian languages," "offers a safe community where students are able to express their culture and religious beliefs," and "sustains an Orthodox faith-based education that provides students a strong spiritual compass both inside and outside the classroom."

Founded in 2001, Saint Sava Academy is the dual language parochial school located at the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago.

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia believes that the Proclamation is a significant affirmation of the Academy of "Saint Sava" in Chicago. It gives this Serbian school recognition and acknowledges the efforts of the Academy in education of the new generations. Consulate General values that, in addition to being significant to the school, the Proclamation further affirms and emphasizes the importance and contribution of the Serbian community in the development of Chicago.

The text of the Mayor's proclamation is here.


VLADIMIR KULENOVIC – CHICAGOAN OF 2015

At the end of each year Chicago daily newspaper "Chicago Tribune" publishes a list of ten Chicagoans who were outstanding in the field of arts and culture in the outgoing year.

According to the latest list, Serbian symphony conductor Vladimir Kulenovic was declared Chicagoan of 2015 in the field of classical music. On this occasion, "Chicago Tribune" published an article about Vladimir Kulenovic which you can read here.

In 2014 Vladimir Kulenovic was elected as the music director of the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra among the 150 candidates from around the world. In addition, Vladimir Kulenovic is the Resident Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and an Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony.

 


HOLIDAY RECEPTION FOR DIASPORA

On the occasion of New Year and Božić holidays a reception was held for the representatives of Diaspora and local Serbian community at the Consulate General of Republic of Serbia.  Reception was attended by the representatives or Serbian organizations, associations, Serbian cultural institutions, representatives from Diaspora media and respected personalities of the Serbian community.

Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic addressed the gathering and used this opportunity to thank them for the cooperation in the past year and to wish them happy upcoming holidays.

Photo-gallery from the reception you can see here.

Consulate General wishes to take this opportunity to extend to all citizens of the Republic of Serbia and members of the Serbian community best wishes for happy upcoming New Year and Božić holidays.


CHICAGO: SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015

Serbian Film Festival 2015 was held at the prestigious cinema theater "Muvico" in Chicago from December 4 – 6, 2015.  This is the third Festival of Serbian film in Chicago. The following films were screened during the Festival: "For King and Fatherland", "No one's Child", "Stairless", "Enclave", "We Will be the World Champions", "As They Flew to the Moon" and "Legacy".

Guests of the Festival were Radoš Bajić, director of the film "For King and Fatherland", whose film opened the festival. Other guests were Vuk Ršumović, director of the film "No one's Child" and Goran Radovanović, director of the film "Enclave". After the screening of their films, guests were introduced to the audience for a question and answer session. During the final evening for their participation in the Festival guests were presented with bronze plaques of the "Mirror".

On the occasion of the Festival a letter with a message of welcome was sent by Mayor Ram Emanuel of Chicago.

The founder and organizer of the Festival is Serbian Diaspora newspaper "Mirror". As in previous years, the festival was made possible with support of Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate for Diaspora and the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago.


BOOK ON SERBIA IN THE GREAT WAR IN CHICAGO LIBRARIES

On the occasion of Armistice Day, Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic visited the main Chicago Public Library and the Library of the University of Chicago. During those visits, book "Serbia in the Great War 1914-1918" by authors Mira Radojevic and Ljubomir Dimic, printed in English language and published in 2014 in Belgrade was given as a gift to each library.

In conversation with representatives of both libraries Acting Consul General expressed his satisfaction that this book will now be found among millions of other books at two most important Libraries in Chicago, as well as that the readers and researchers will now have the opportunity to learn more about the significant contribution of the Serbian people in the Great War.

At both libraries gifted book will contain annotation that it was donated by the Consulate General.


COMPETITION FOR CO-FINANCING OF DIASPORA PROJECTS

Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate for Diaspora has announced a competition for co-financing of projects that contribute to strengthening ties between the homeland and the Diaspora.

The competition provides for co-funding of projects aimed at studying, preserving and fostering the Serbian language and Cyrillic script, preservation and cultivation of Serbian cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious identity, as well as the promotion of economic cooperation between Serbia and the Diaspora. The rights to participate in the contest have the organizations in Diaspora and non-governmental organizations based in the Republic of Serbia.

The competition is open until November 26, 2015. More info about the details regarding the submission of proposals can be found here.
 


SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN CHICAGO

Serbian Film Festival will be held in Chicago from December 4 – 6, 2015.  This is the third Serbian Film Festival in Chicago. As in previous years, the festival will be held at the "Muvico" cinema theater in Rosemont, IL.  The festival will screen the following films: "Nobody's Child", "For King and Fatherland", "Enclave", "Stair-less", “We will be world champions" and "Testament ". Directors Rados Bajic, Vuk Ršumović and Goran Radovanovic are the guests of the Festival.

More details about the program and the guests can find here.

This year in addition to Chicago the Serbian Film Festival will be held in Washington, DC on December 8 and 9, and early next year in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia invites all film enthusiasts to come and enjoy the screenings at this year’s Serbian Film Festival.
 


BUSINESS PRESENTATION FOR STUDENTS UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Group of students from the University of Illinois, led by Bridget Hockenberry, program President of the International Business Club, visited the Consulate General. On that occasion there was a presentation about Serbia's political system, foreign policy, bilateral relations with the United States, the culture of the Serbian people and Serbian famous scientists, as well as other affirmative amenities such as customs, diet and success in sports.

Considering the special interest for the business climate in Serbia, a simultaneous presentation was given on the economic situation and investment opportunities in Serbia. Through the presentation of "Invest in Serbia" by the Serbia Investment and Export Promotion Agency advantages for foreign investors in terms of tax incentives, competitive tax environment, low operating costs, free trade agreements, educational staff and others were presented.


HUMANITARIAN WORK OF LIFELINE-CHICAGO

Lifeline Humanitarian Organization-Chicago, sponsored by Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic, organized a fundraising event at the Cultural Center of Chicago to help cardio-pediatric ward of the University’s Children Hospital Tiršova in Belgrade. On this occasion they presented the activities of Lifeline and needs of the above clinic.

The event was attended by Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine. Mrs. Kathy Fanslow, President of Lifeline-Chicago, welcomed the guests and thanked everyone who responded to the call for action and collecting donations for the Children's Hospital in Belgrade. In an emotional speech Princess Katherine introduced those present with the previous actions, primarily addressed to orphanages and hospitals in Serbia, as well as with the needs for humanitarian assistance. Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic spoke on behalf of the Consulate General, and thanked Lifeline-Chicago for their humanitarian work.

A few days prior to the fundraising event, Lifeline-Chicago has shipped a container with Christmas gifts intended for the children in Serbia.


DIRECTOR OF SERBIAN POLICE IN CHICAGO

Milorad Veljovic, Director of Serbian Police, visited Chicago from October 23-28, to participate in the Annual Conference of the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police). Topics that were represented at the conference dealt with the challenges which police services face in order to meet global and local levels. Conference participants were also addressed by President Barack Obama.

During his stay in Chicago, Police Director Milorad Veljovic visited the Consulate General and on that occasion he met with Milan Vujic, President of the Serbian-American Association of Police Officers. The two parties exchanged their views on the possibility of cooperation with the Association.
 


Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?

 

• Because the request for its membership is a serious breach of the international law, the Constitution of UNESCO' The legally binding UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) and the Charter of the UN whose Article 25 says that "The Members of the UN agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter".

• Because according to the UN Security Council resolution 1244, which reaffirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Kosovo and Metohija is an integral part of the Republic of Serbia, under the administration of the UN. Since Kosovo cannot be considered a State, it does not fulfill the basic requirement for membership set out by the UNESCO Constitution.

• Because unilateral attempts such as this one seriously harm and disrupt the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, under the auspices of the European Union in which mutually acceptable solutions for many complex issues  have been devised so far. The issue of the Serbian cultural heritage and the property of the Serbia Orthodox Church has not yet been discussed within the dialogue where it belongs.

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TWENTY YEARS OF SERBIAN RADIO CHICAGO

Serbian Radio in Chicago celebrated its twentieth anniversary. The celebration was held at the great hall of the Monastery of New Gracanica. Advisor to the President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Vladimir Bozovic, Very Reverend Milos Vesin and painter Sava Rakocevic spoke about the radio program, its importance and work over the past twenty years. Within his speech Vladimir Boživić read the letter of congratulation which Aleksandar Vucic, President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia sent to Serbian Radio in Chicago. The congratulatory message, among other things, says: "Your work for the benefit and well-being of the Serbian people in America represent a jubilee for respect and praise. You were and are the voice of the Serbian people, the state and the church, and for that you and your colleagues and listeners should be proud ". On behalf of Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Very Reverend Milos Vesin presented Milorad Ravasi, founder and owner of the Serbian Radio, the Medal of Despot Stefan Lazarevic. On behalf of the Consulate General, congratulations on the occasion of the Jubilee and support for the radio was conveyed by Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic.


FILM ABOUT TESLA IN LOS ANGELES

Documentary film about Nikola Tesla titled “Tower to the people – Tesla’s Dream at Wardenclyffe Continues” will have its premiere in Los Angeles on October 23, 2015 at the Creast.  Film speaks of Tesla’s laboratory and tower at the Long Island through which Tesla wanted to provide wireless energy to the whole world. For the making of the film American director Joseph Sikorski used archived documents of the Museum of Nikola Tesla in Belgrade. Following the premiere film will be shown at the same theater from October 24 – 29, 2015.

Тhe film had its premiere in April of this year in Belgrade. Also, last October it was shown at the hotel “New Yorker” in New York, where Tesla died in 1943.  More details about the film premiere in Los Angeles you can find here.
 


DIASPORA PRESS CONFERENCE IN BELGRADE

Conference of Diaspora journalists and media with Serbian organizations will be held on October 23, 2015 in Belgrade.

The conference is organized by the Diaspora Directory with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Association of Journalists of Serbia. The conference will be dedicated to the project of co-financing of the Diaspora and their adaptation to the digital environment.

Applications for participation in the Conference will be accepted until October 15, 2015. More information about the conference and application for participation can be found here.


MESSAGE OF PEACE IN CHICAGO

Peace Day, a traditional event established in 1978, was held in Chicago. The Message of Peace was sent from the Daley Plaza. The event was attended by representatives of the City, the State of Illinois, consular corps, representatives of ethnic communities, members of cultural and educational institutions and others.

During the ceremony of World Peace Flag the flags of all world countries - members of the UN – were carried. A prayer for peace was sent for each individual country.

Consuls General and representatives of consulates based in Chicago carried flags of their own countries. On behalf of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia Acting Consul  General Dejan Radulovic participated in the event.

The event Peace Day was established in Chicago three years before the UN declared September 21st the International Day of Peace.
 


VISIT OF SERBIAN PRIME MINISTER TO THE USA

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic paid an official visit to the United States from 15 to 17 September 2015 and on that occasion he met with Vice-President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry. Bilateral relations, Serbia's European path, migrant crisis, regional stability, investments of US companies in Serbia were the main topics of talks with US officials.

Prime Minister Vucic said that Serbia has received support from the United States for economic and political reforms and the path towards the EU.

During his visit to Washington Prime Minister Vucic met with several Congressmen: Chris Smith, Bob Corker, Edward Royce, Eliot Angel and David Sislen.

At the Brookings Institute in Washington, Prime Minister Vučić gave a lecture on the topic “The Future of Serbia: Challenges and Opportunities for regional stability, reconciliation and integration”.
 


VISIT OF PATRIARCH IRINEJ TO THE US

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the United States between 3-12 of September 2015. During his stay in the United States, the Patriarch visited Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

The central event during the visit of Patriarch Irinej to the US was a celebration of the canonizations of Bishop Mardarije and Archimandrite Sebastian, which was held on September 5, 2015 at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Stevan in Alhambra.

Following the visit to the US, Patriarch Irinej traveled to Canada.
 


SERBIAN THEATRE FESTIVAL IN CHICAGO

Serbian theater festival titled "Moving Stories" will be held in Chicago in between the 5th and 20th September 2015. Three plays will be presented within the Festival. The comedy "Art", show of the Belgrade Drama Theatre, starring actors Milan Gutović, Nebojsa Dugalić and Miljan Prljeta will be performed on September 18 at the Irish-American Center in Chicago. Performances "Usual evening" with Milan Gutović and "The Confessions of Dimitri Karamazov" with Nebojsa Dugalić will be played at the Serbian-American Museum St. Sava on 11th and 12th of  September. Opening Ceremony will be held on September 5th, 2015 at the Serbian-American Museum St. Sava.

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago is pleased to invite lovers of theater arts to the first Serbian theater festival in Chicago. More about the theater festival and schedule of performances can be found here.

After the Festival in Chicago, the actors from Belgrade will be performing in several cities in Canada.


SERBIAN TENNIS PLAYER TROICKI PLAYING A MATCH IN CHICAGO

Yet another opportunity for tennis fans courtesy of Sports Management and Promotions that through organization of tennis matches seeks to promote this wonderful sport in Chicago. Following Jelena Jankovic and Dusan Lajovic, Viktor Troicki will be next Serbian tennis player to be a guest in Chicago. A match between Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki and Italian tennis player Simone Bolelli will take place in Chicago, on August 22, 2015. Tennis match will be played in Hinsdale. Details regarding the match can be found here.

 

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia invites fans of tennis to come and enjoy this match.


SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN LOS ANGELES

Representatives of Serbia will participate in the World Special Olympics to be held from July 25th to August 2nd, 2015 in Los Angeles. Team Serbia consists of 83 competitors who will compete in water sports, track and field, basketball, volleyball, football, table-tennis and other sports.

Special Olympics were founded in 1968 in America as a program that promotes sports activities in various Olympic sports for people with intellectual deficiency. Since then, more than 150 countries have joined in this program, and the program now has over 4 million athletes. Since 1988, Special Olympics are an associate member of the International Olympic Committee.

Special Olympics of Serbia were founded in 2002 and since then enable people with special needs to a better integration in society through sports and sports activities. Since 2003 until today, Serbian representatives have participated in several Special Olympics and other competitions and have achieved significant results in them.

Consulate General of Serbia in Chicago wishes our Serbian athletes success in the forthcoming competitions in Los Angeles. More about Special Olympics in Los Angeles can be found here.


SERBIAN FOLKLORE IN HARRIS THEATER

Serbian Cultural and Artistic Society "Stevan Mokranjac" from Vienna performed four concerts called "There, far Away...a Nostalgic Trip Through Serbia" as part of the American tour, from June 27 to July 6, 2015. Concerts were held in Milwaukee and Madison (Wisconsin), Chicago (Illinois) and Merrillville (Indiana).

The concert was held in Chicago at the prestigious Harris Theater. The concert in Chicago was performed by more than 40 members of the ensemble in folk dances from different parts of Serbia, and they performed several original Serbian folk songs.

Cultural and Artistic Society "Stevan Mokranjac" was founded in 1998 and for three years in a row is the winner of the Festival of folklore among ensembles of Serbian Diaspora in Europe. The tour in the US was organized in cooperation with Cultural and Artistic Society "Sumadija" from Milwaukee.

During their stay in Chicago ensemble members visited the Consulate General and the Acting Consul General welcomed them and wished them successful performances in the United States.
 


SERBIAN WATER POLO PLAYERS IN THE UNITED STATES

Serbian water polo team visited the US from June 1 - 10, 2015 and on that occasion had four friendly matches with the US national team (three in California and one in Chicago). It was the first visit of the Serbian water polo team to Chicago.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia through collaboration with the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Chicago and its parochial school held a reception at the church hall and met with members of the local Serbian community.

Members of the team were welcome by church Priest Fr. Darko Spasojevic and by the Acting Consul General. Serbian Water Polo Association President Milorad Krivokapic and captain of the national team Zivko Gocić expressed their thanks for their welcome.


LEARNING SERBIAN LANGUAGE AT THE GREEK SCHOOL

Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic visited the primary school "Hellenic American Academy Socrates" in Deerfield, a suburb of Chicago. The reason for the visit to the school is that since it’s founding in 2004 by the local Greek Orthodox Church, the school has had a program of teaching the Serbian language. In fact, this school has worked before, that is as part of the Serbian parochial school at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Resurrection in Chicago.

The school director Voula Sellountos and Serbian language teacher Vlada Rokvić introduced Acting Consul General with the history of the school, learning development and teaching program, especially that of the Serbian language.

Acting Consul General expressed his gratitude and support stressing the importance of the existence of a school program for Serbian, not only for the study of the language, and also for the good cooperation and friendly relations between the local Greek and Serbian communities.


AMERICAN PREMIERE "WE WILL BE WORLD CHAMPIONS"

Film "We will be world champions," premiered in Chicago on June 6, 2015. It was the American premiere of this movie. The film was screened at the cinema hall "Patio Theater" in Chicago.

"We will be world champions," directed by Darko Bajic, is a film about the birth and rise of the Yugoslav basketball. The central event of the film is 1970 crucial World Cup between Yugoslavia and the United States.

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia is grateful to the company "The GM Films," which enabled and organized the US premiere of the film in Chicago.


AMBASSADOR MATKOVIĆ VISITS CHICAGO

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in USA Đerđ Matkovic visited Chicago on 14 and 15 May 2015 and on that occasion had several meetings with representatives of the Serbian community. Ambassador Matkovic visited the Academy of "Sveti Sava" and became familiar with the work of the only accredited school in Chicago which has classes in Serbian language. Also, Ambassador Matkovic visited the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral, and Serbian-American Museum St. Sava.

During the visit special attention was given to the possibilities for improvement of economic ties between the Diaspora and the motherland. Within this context, Ambassador Matkovic visited company PMI Cartoning in Elk Grove Village, which has shown interest to invest in Serbia. In addition, in collaboration with the Serbian-American Chamber of Commerce, Consulate General has organized the meeting between the ambassador and business people and representatives of the Diaspora with the theme "The importance of the Diaspora in the economic cooperation with Serbia - Possibilities and Challenges". Ambassador Matkovic conveyed the readiness of the Embassy and the Consulates General of Serbia in the United States in assisting all members of the Diaspora who have plans to invest in Serbia or do business with Serbian companies.

During his stay in Chicago, Ambassador Matkovic had meetings with the Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois Evelyn Sanguinetti and Deputy Mayor Steve Koch. In their talks they exchanged opinions on further cooperation between Serbia and Illinois, and on further cooperation between Sister Cities Belgrade and Chicago.

See more in photo gallery here
 


ALL TECHNICAL CONDITIONS MET FOR DIRECT FLIGHTS TO US

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic and US Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby signed the Agreement on Air Transport between the governments of Serbia and the United States.

Mihajlovic said after the signing of the agreement that all technical requirements for direct flights between Serbia and the United States have been met, and expressed hope that they will start as soon as possible. She said that the US Federal Aviation Administration ranked Serbia in the category of the first order, which in aviation means that the country is safe and that it can apply for direct flights. The establishment of direct flights after 23 years will have great significance for the further economic development of Serbia, Mihajlovic assessed and reiterated that our country is ready as far as technical conditions are concerned.

The next step are talks between air authorities which will decide when to establish direct flights.

Ambassador Kirby expressed the hope that this will be done in the near future, probably in a few months, noting that it largely depends on the companies that are to operate flights.


SERBIAN WATER POLO PLAYERS IN CALIFORNIA AND CHICAGO

Men's National Water Polo Team of Serbia will be a guest of the American Water Polo Team in June of this year. The two national teams will play four friendly matches: three matches in California (June 2nd in San Diego, June 4th in Riverside, and June 7th in Lake Forest) and one in Chicago on June 9th, starting at 7:45 pm at the University of Illinois.

More on visiting Serbian Water Polo Team in the US and the match schedule can be found here.

Consulate General invites fans of water polo and all interested parties to take this opportunity to support Serbian National Water Polo Team. 
 


CHICAGO PREMIERE OF THE FILM "WE WILL BE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS"

Film "We will be world champions" will premier in Chicago on June 6, 2015. This will also be the American premiere of this film. The film will be shown at the Patio Theater, 6008 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634, beginning at 7:30pm.

"We will be world champions," directed by Darko Bajic, is a film about the birth and rise of the Yugoslav basketball. The central event of the film is the crucial World Cup match in 1970 between Yugoslavia and the United States.

Consulate General invites all film lovers to take advantage of this opportunity and see the latest film of the Serbian cinematography.

More about the screening of this film in Chicago can be found here.


CONGRATULATIONS TO MAYOR EMANUEL

On behalf of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago, Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic sent a letter of congratulations to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the occasion of victory in the elections for the mayor of the city of Chicago.

Among other, the greeting says that the new term as mayor will be an additional incentive for the further development of Chicago as a global and multi-ethnic city.It also states that the significant Serbian community in Chicago will provide its selfless contribution to the progress of the city as it did in the past, and that it will be a bridge of cooperation between the two nations.

"We are very proud that Chicago and Belgrade, the sister cities, this year celebrate ten years since the signing of Sister Cities Agreement. I am certain this will further enhance mutual cooperation and thus firmly consolidate the traditional friendship between the people of these two cities,” states the congratulatory message addressed to Mayor Emanuel.


SERBIAN LANGUAGE STUDY ABROAD

Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and Management in cooperation with the Department of Diaspora and Serbs in the region of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will conduct an online survey in the next thirty days, which represents the beginning of a series of activities in the process of improving the study of the Serbian language and the Cyrillic alphabet abroad.

Two questionnaires are designed, which will be available by the end of April 2015. One questionnaire was designed for schools, organizations, associations, informal groups and individuals who organize any form of Serbian language study abroad. The second questionnaire is intended for citizens of Serbian origin who live abroad and want their children to learn Serbian language in the context of additional classes organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. The aim of the questionnaire is to review the need for the development of such a type of education, improvement of school work abroad and arranging a network of schools in which classes would be implemented.

More on this subject, as well as the questionnaires, can be found here:


DIRECT FLIGHTS TO US SOON

The Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure announced that the Government of Serbia adopted the present text of the Agreement on Air Transport between the governments of Serbia and the United States on direct flights between the two countries.

The signing of the agreement is expected soon in Belgrade. On behalf of the Government of Serbia, the document will be signed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic.

This agreement will govern the conditions for the conduct of air traffic between the two countries. After nearly 16 years, Air Serbia will be the first airline in the region of the former Yugoslavia to have direct overseas flights.


BLUE PASSPORTS ARE NOT VALID

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia wishes to remind citizens of the Republic of Serbia that it is no longer possible to travel using a passport of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY), the so-called “blue passport”, regardless of the expiration date entered in the passport. Passports of the FR of Yugoslavia ceased to be valid on December 31, 2011.

Bearing in mind that the holiday and travel seasons are approaching, Consulate General wishes to remind citizens of the Republic of Serbia to check their travel documents in order to avoid eventual unpleasantness at the onset of their trip.

Consulate General suggests to the holders of the FRY passport to file a timely request for the issuance of biometric passports of the Republic of Serbia. Details regarding the issuance of passports can be found here.


ANNIVERSARY OF SERBIAN THEATRE IN CHICAGO

Serbian Amateur Theatre "Mira Sremčević" celebrated the 10th anniversary since its founding, at the Serbian-American Museum St. Sava in Chicago.

On this occasion, on the museum’s stage, they performed the comedy "Vlast” (Power) by Branislav Nušić. This play was the first one performed by the theater and it was staged in February of 2005.

In a sold-out theater, before the play began, the audience was addressed by the art director, Mrs. Ankica Ratarac, one of the founders of the Serbian Theatre in Chicago.

In the past ten years, the theatre repertory performed twenty plays, including "Žanka", "Тhe Professional", "Immigrants", "Mrs. Minister," "Larry Thompson - Tragedy of a Youth", "Canary soup", "Small Serbian comedy", "Stardust", "Koštana", " Seducer" and others.

Amateur Theatrе "Mira Sremčević" is the only Serbian theatre in the US. The theatre bears the name of late Mira Sremčević, founder of the Serbian Theatre in Chicago, former member of amateur theatres in Serbia.
 


SERBIAN FLAG IN FRONT OF CITY HALL

On the occasion of National Day of the Republic of Serbia, on February 15, 2015 Serbian flag was waving in front City Hall administration of Chicago, on the flagpole at the Daley Plaza.

This is the first time that the Serbian flag was raised in Chicago on the occasion of the national holiday of Serbia. Posting of the flag was organized by the Consulate General in cooperation with the City Hall administration.

You can read more here (in Serbian).


CHICAGO PREMIERE OF THE FILM "LOVE HUNTER"

Chicago premiere of the film "Love Hunter - How Rock ‘n’ Roll Survived in a Yellow Cab" was held on February 14, 2015. The premiere took place at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

“Love Hunter”, directed by Nemanja and Branislav Bala, is a musical comedy about love and New York adventures of Milan Mumin, the legendary frontman of one of Serbia’s cult bands.

Film’s director Nemanja Bala and actress Jelena Stupljanin attended the sold-out premiere and had a conversation with the audience following film’s presentation.

The funds raised from ticket sales will be donated to the Serbian Academy "St. Sava" in Chicago, which is located at the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.

Following the premieres in New York and Chicago the film has forthcoming   presentations in other American cities.

The film will be screened in San Francisco on March 5, 2015 at Roxie Theatre and also in Los Angeles from March 13 to 19, 2015 at Laemmle Theatre.


VISIT BY THE WAYLAND ACADEMY STUDENTS

Students of the Wayland Academy from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin visited the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago.

Students had the opportunity to learn more about Serbia through the presentation and discussion with the representatives of the Consulate General, about Serbia’s relations with other countries and activities on the international level.

Visit was organized on the occasion of students’ participation in the Model UN program.


ANNIVERSARY OF CHICAGO AND BELGRADE SISTER CITIES

Chicago City Council adopted the Resolution commemorating the tenth anniversary of the sister cities relationship between Chicago and Belgrade. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded the Resolution to Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic with a request that it be submitted to Sinisa Mali, the Mayor of Belgrade.

The Resolution expresses the willingness of the city of Chicago to further develop and strengthen fraternal relations with Belgrade. City of Chicago is proud of the partnership with the city of Belgrade, as well as the long history of friendship and cooperation with the people of Serbia, says in the Resolution. Particularly noteworthy is the long-standing presence of the Serbian community in Chicago and its contribution to the cultural and economic development of the city. The context expressed an appreciation for Nikola Tesla, a son of Serbian Orthodox priest, whose inventions enabled illumination of the Chicago’s historic World Exhibition in 1893.

Read more here (in Serbian).


LOS ANGELES: CONCERT IN COMMEMORATION OF THE GREAT WAR

On December 13, 2014 Serbian community in Los Angeles marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 100th anniversary of the death of Serbian composer Stevan Mokranjac. Milena Kitic, famous opera singer, Gorjana Zekić pianist, Mirjana Joković and Zeljka Gortinski, actors and Orthodox Choir "Source" participated in the program with other artists from Serbian and other ethnic communities. They performed Mokranjac, Handel and Weber. The concert took place at the Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach. The ceremony was attended by prominent representatives of the Serbian community and church, American friends, Gregory Karahalios, Consul General of Greece in Los Angeles and Vice-Consul Milinko Spica.


TENNIS MATCH IN CHICAGO

An exhibition tennis match was held in Chicago on December 14th, 2014 between Serbian tennis player Jelena Jankovic and an American tennis player Taylor Townsend. This was Jelena Jankovic’s first visit to Chicago, as well as the first such visit to Chicago by the top Serbian tennis player, which was met with an good reception by the Serbian Diaspora here.  Taylor Townsend is from Chicago and represents one of the more prospective American female tennis players.  Match organizer was Chicago company Sports Management & Promotions.

On the occasion of the tennis match Consulate General of Serbia in Chicago held a reception attended by both tennis players and their trainers.  That was a unique chance for the players to meet fans of tennis in Chicago, especially among the Serbian members of the community.  Press conference was held at the same time where both Jelena Jankovic and Taylor Townsend responded to questions of the media representatives.


SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL TOOK PLACE IN CHICAGO

Serbian Film Festival 2014 took place at the prestigious Muvico 18 film theater in Chicago between 5 – 7 December of this year. Three feature films were presented within the framework of the Festival: "Love isn’t always on time", "So hot was the canon" and "Little Buddo"; also three documentaries: "When your dad buys you an elephant", "Toward the light" and "Lauš".

Festival guests were Mary Žižović, author of the documentary "When your dad buys an elephant" and actress Brankica Sebastijanović who plays a main role in the feature film ""Love isn’t always on time." Following screening of their films, guests were presented to the audience and responded to their questions.

On the occasion of the festival greeting messages were sent by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Leroy Allala, Executive Director of the Chicago Sister Cities International.

Founder and organizer of the Festival is Slavica Petrovic, publisher of the newspaper "Serbian Mirror" from Chicago. The festival was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Directorate for Diaspora and the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago.


CONSULAR DAYS IN LOS ANGELES

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago wishes to inform all Serbian citizens that Consular Days will be held in Los Angeles on December 13th and 14th, 2014.

On December 13th, a concert organized by the Serbian Church will be held in St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church, 18361 Chapel Ln, Huntington Beach, CA 92646. Following the concert the representative of the Consulate General will be available to meet with Serbian citizens and all interested parties.

On December 14th, the representative of the Consulate General will attend the liturgy at St. Sava Church in Los Angeles and following the services will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Serbian community in Los Angeles.

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago wishes to invite all members of the Serbian community in Los Angeles and the surrounding area to come to the Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church on December 13th or to the St. Sava Church on December 14th, 2014 and get an opportunity to make a direct contact with the representative of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia. They can find out more information about travel documents, acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Serbia, how to certify documents, customs regulations and other issues within the jurisdiction of Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago. The representative of the Consulate General will be happy to answer all the questions within the responsibility of the diplomatic-consular mission of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago.


TENNIS EXHIBITION MATCH

Tennis exhibition match between Serbian tennis player Jelena Jankovic and American tennis player Taylor Townsend will be held in Chicago on December 14, 2014, starting at 3:00 pm. The match will be played at Chicago State University (9501 S. King Dr, Chicago, IL). Details regarding the match can be found here.

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia invites fans of the best in the sport of   tennis to come and enjoy this exhibition match in Chicago.
 


SERBIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN CHICAGO

Serbian Film Festival will be held in Chicago December 5-7, 2014. This is the second Serbian Film Festival in Chicago. More details about the program, guests, and tickets can be found here.

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago invites movie lovers to enjoy the screenings of the latest in Serbian cinematography.


SERBIAN RACECAR DRIVER IN CHICAGO

The best Serbian racecar driver, Dusan Borković visited the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia during his business visit to Chicago. On this occasion, representatives of the Consulate General congratulated Mr. Borkovic on his recent success and winning of Second place in the race of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the famous Suzuka in Japan. This represents the best results in the history of Serbian motoring.

Dusan Borković informed us that he will be more present in Chicago in the future and discussed the possibilities of cooperation with the Consulate General.


INDIANA UNIVERSITY: ROUNDTABLE ON THE GREAT WAR

Roundtable on the First World War, titled "An unsolved Business: The Legacy of the Great War" was held on November 4, 2014 at Indiana University in Bloomington. In addition to the hosts and Michael McRobbie, the president of the University, the participants at the round table were ambassadors of Australia, Austria, and Bulgaria to the United States, Consuls General of France, Great Britain and Belgium, representatives of the embassies of Germany and Italy in Washington, DC, former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar and former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton of Indiana, currently a professor at the University. The representative of the Republic of Serbia at the round table was Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic. Members of the round table spoke about the participation of their countries in the First World War as well as about the legacy and consequences of the Great War.


SOFA: PARTICIPATION OF THE SERBIAN ARTIST

Milica Jocic Knezevic, an artist from Belgrade is participant of the prestigious contemporary art fair SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design) in Chicago, which takes place at the Navy Pier Festival Hall this November 7 – 9, 2014. “Analytic Concept of Breaking up the Game into Larger or Smaller Operations” is the title of the graphic composition with which the artist from Belgrade is represented at the expo. This artwork was awarded in 2013 in Italy. During her stay in Chicago, Milica Jocic Knezevic also visited the Consulate General.


ENTERING REPUBLIC OF SERBIA WITH A VALID US VISA

Foreign nationals who have a valid US visa or lawful residence in the United States (green card) may enter the Republic of Serbia without visas and stay longer than 90 days within six month period. Visa must be valid for the whole duration of stay in the Republic of Serbia. Also, foreign nationals who have a valid Schengen visa, UK visa or other European Union member-states visa may enter the Republic of Serbia without a visa and stay longer than 90 days within six month period. The possibility of entering the Republic of Serbia without a visa is valid beginning November 8th, 2014.  Above does not apply to foreign nationals who are holders of emergency travel documents or travel documents for refugees and aliens.


ANNIVERSARY OF MIHAJLO PUPIN’S BIRTH

160th anniversary of the birth of Mihajlo Pupin was celebrated at the University of Chicago. The anniversary celebrations are under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Serbia. 

The program began with the performance of the national anthems of Serbia and the United States by "Branko Radičević", the oldest Serbian choir in the United States, Professor Milan Mrksic from the Northwestern University in Chicago spoke about the life and work of the Serbian scientist. In his lecture Professor Mrksic stressed the importance and achievements of Mihajlo Pupin in the world of science, particularly emphasizing his attachment to the homeland, his assistance to Serbia, as well as his activities related to the Serbian community in the US and development of good relations with the United States. In addition to Professor Mrksic, attendees were welcomed by Bishop Longin, Obrad Kesic from Washington and Alexander Vlajković from Belgrade, who emphasized the importance of this great Serbian and world scientist. Documentary Film “Mihajlo Pupin – the Serb who connected the world” was shown.


LESKOVAC DELEGATION IN CHICAGO

Business delegation from Leskovac stayed in Chicago and on this occasion had business discussions and meetings with the representatives of local companies engaged in the importation, distribution and sale of food products from South East Europe. The delegation was led by Goran Cvetanović, the Mayor of Leskovac and Goran Jovic, President of the Leskovac Regional Chamber of Commerce. The delegation also visited the Consulate General at which time they had a conversation with the representatives of the Serbian-American Chamber of Commerce.


CONCERTS OF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN CHICAGO AND CLEVЕLAND

The first American tour of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in its long 91 year history began with a concert at the Symphony Center in Chicago. Introduction of the Serbian Symphony Orchestra to the American cultural scene is the crown of the development of this institution and it opens a new page in the history of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra was presented along Zeljko Lucic, celebrated Serbian baritone and star of the Metropolitan Opera. Together they performed the excerpts from Verdi's "Macbeth" and "Rigoletto." Concert opened to the powerful music of "Slavic march" by Tchaikovsky, while in the second half Sibelius' “Symphony no. 2 ", demonstrated the technical mastery and breadth of musical expression of the Serbian National Symphony Orchestra.

In Cleveland, at the beginning of the concert at the Severance Hall, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and Military Band of the Ohio National Guard played together the anthems of the USA and Serbia.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia held a welcome reception for the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. The reception was attended by Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Maestro Muhai Tang, Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Weiping Zhao, Consul General of the People's Republic of China and Brane Pećanac, Consul General of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

At the reception Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic stated: "The tour of the Belgrade Philharmonic has the historical significance and represents the strongest promotion of Serbia and Serbian culture. This is a historic event for the Belgrade Philharmonic as well as for all of us in Chicago."

See the video about the Chicago concert here.

 

 


MINISTER TASOVAC AT THE SERBIAN MUSEUM IN CHICAGO

Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Culture and Information, visited the Serbian American Museum St. Sava - Tesla in Chicago.

Zivojin Pavlovic, president of the museum and his associates acquainted the Minister with the history of the museum. The Minister also visited the museum exhibits on Tesla, Serbian emigration and the Royal family, the Orthodox Religion and Serbian athletes in the United States. Minister Tasovac and representatives of the museum exchanged views on the possibilities of cooperation with the cultural institutions in Serbia.


ANNIVERSARY OF MOKRANJAC’S DEATH

Serbian community in Chicago marked the centenary of the death of Serbian composer Stevan Mokranjac. "The Sky Was Filled with Stars" is the name of a series of events marking the anniversary. At the Symposium that was organized Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, Professor Danica Petrovic, retired (University of Novi Sad) and other presenters spoke about the life and work of composer Mokranjac. The concert of “Branko Radicevic”, the oldest Serbian choral ensemble in North America, was held at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago. They performed the sacred and secular music.    


BELGRADE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN THE USA

This October Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra will perform for the first time in the USA. Concerts will be held in Chicago (October 6), Cleveland (October 7), Washington, D.C. (October 8) and New York (October 9).

Chicago concert will be held on October 6th, 2014 at the Orchestra Hall (220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604) at 7:30 pm.

The concert in Cleveland will be held on October 7th, 2014 at the Severance Hall (11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106) at 7:30 pm.

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago invites lovers of classical music to take advantage of this unique opportunity to welcome members of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and enjoy the concerts in Chicago and Cleveland.

More information about the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and their tour in the US may be found here.

Information on tickets for the concert in Chicago may be found here.

Information on tickets for the concert in Cleveland may be found here.
 


SCHOOLBOOKS FOR SERBIAN SCHOOLS IN MILWAUKEE AND CHICAGO

Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic visited St. Sava Serbian School in Milwaukee and the Serbian Academy of St. Sava in Chicago. During the visit he presented them with textbooks in Serbian language which were obtained by the Consulate General of Serbia in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Serbia. Textbooks were donated by the publishing company Eduka from Belgrade.

Consulate General highly appreciates the mission of these schools to preserve the identity of the Serbian community, Serbian culture and language. There is an expectation that the donated books will further assist and facilitate teachers and students in learning the Serbian language. Representatives of schools and priests of the Church of Saint Sava in Milwaukee and Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago expressed their gratitude for the donated books.


MAESTRO KULENOVIĆ AT THE HEAD OF LAKE FOREST SYMPHONY

Serbian music conductor Vladimir Kulenović was recently appointed to the position of Music Director of the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra, which is in existence over fifty years. He was chosen over 150 candidates from all over the world.

Under the guidance of maestro Vladimir Kulenović, this year's music season opened with the gala concerts held on September 6th and 7th, with the performance of works by Haydn, Beethoven, Glazunov, and the "Fantasia on Serbian Themes" by Korsakov. Special performing guest at the concert was violinist Stefan Milenkovic.

Acting Consul General met with maestro Kulenović and congratulated him on his election wishing him a successful musical season.

Both concerts were held to a packed concert-hall of primarily American audience whose standing ovations greeted the performers, the new Music Director as well as the special guest.

For more information about the concert and the maestro Kulenović click here.
 


EVENING WITH VIDA OGNJENOVIC

Literary evening was held at the Consulate General of the Republic Serbia with the author and theater director Mrs. Vida Ognjenovic. Mrs. Jelena Bankovic Moravcevic, Professor of English language and literature at the Oakton University in Chicago, gave an introduction and spoke of Mrs. Ognjenovic’s literary work.  Mrs. Ognjenovic read selections from her books “Poisonous Milk of the Dandelion” and “The Birdwatcher”, as well as from her new book of essays “Steadfastness of the Riddle” which is yet to be published. Attending guests had an opportunity to pose questions and have conversations with Mrs. Ognjenovic.

Read more here.


BELGRADE FEATURED IN STATE MAGAZINE

The U.S. Department of State’s magazine, State Magazine, is featuring Chicago’s sister city Belgrade in its current issue as the “Post of the Month”. Read the article in the magazine’s digital edition from pages 16-21 here


SERBIA GIVEN PERMISSION FOR DIRECT FLIGHTS TO THE U.S.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia received permission for direct flights from Belgrade to the United States, beginning the second half of 2015 adding that "Air Serbia" will fly direct from Belgrade to Chicago.

At the joint press conference with U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby, Prime Minister Vucic pointed out that our country, after several decades, again received permission to operate domestic airline in America.

Prime Minister said that in addition to the flight from Belgrade to Chicago, the goal is for "Air Serbia" to be allowed to fly to New York. He said that the most difficult requests of the U.S. aviation authorities had been met and that there are still some conditions that need to be met; he expressed belief that Serbia will meet all the requirements related to the safety of flights.

Ambassador Kirby pointed out that the U.S. aviation authorities made a decision that Serbia has secured status "category one", which allows direct flights from Belgrade to the United States.


IN HONOR OF THE WARRIOR

In an event called "Cer and Kolubara: In honor of the warrior" Serbian community of Chicago marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Bishop Longin and Consul Dejan Radulovic spoke about the Great War and the contributions of the famous Serbian army.

Actors of the Serbian Theatre group “Mira Sremcevic” from Chicago, Choir "Branko Radičević" and the folk ensemble "Soko" performed in the program.The celebration was held at the main hall of the Amundsen High School in Chicago.

The event was organized by the church Cathedral of the Holy Resurrection of Christ and their parochial school, in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago.
 


SERBIAN VOLLEYBALL TEAM IN CHICAGO

Serbian men’s volleyball team visited Chicago from June 11-15, 2014. The team played two games against the U.S. team at the World Volleyball League for 2014. Chicago Sports Commission announced that one dollar from every ticket sold for the match will be donated toward the flood relief in Serbia.

Volleyball team delegation visited the Consulate General of Serbia. They also visited the New Gracanica Monastery, where the national team was welcomed by large number of members from the Chicago Serbian community.
 


TRH PRINCE AND PRINCESS KARADJORDJEVIC IN CHICAGO

TRH Crown Prince Aleksandar and Crown Princess Katherine visited Chicago. On this occasion, the Humanitarian Organization "Lifeline", under the auspices of Crown Princess Katherine Karadjordjević, organized a fundraising dinner at the Serbian-American Museum St. Sava - Tesla in Chicago.

The event was attended by over one hundred guests. In her address to those present, Crown Princess Katherine related her visit to the flooded areas and appealed for help. Acting Consul General also spoke to the audience on behalf of the Consulate General.

Within the campaign “Together for the Children” additional fundraising dinner was organized and attended by representatives of the Greek and Serbian community in Chicago. The friendship between the two peoples and the importance of mutual aid and solidarity was highlighted in all of the speeches of this evening.
 


VOLLEYBALL: SERBIA – USA IN CHICAGO ON JUNE 13 AND 14

Serbian National Volleyball Team will play two games with the USA National Team on 13th and 14th of June, 2014 in Chicago. Games are being played within the World Volleyball League for 2014.

Games will take place June 13 and 14 beginning at 7:00 pm at the UIC Pavilion (525 South Racine, Chicago, IL 60607).

Consulate General invites volleyball fans and all interested parties to take this opportunity and support the Serbian National Volleyball Team.

More information about the participation of the Serbian National Team at the World Volleyball League read here.

For information on tickets please visit www.ticketmaster.com
 


100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR I

The performance commemorating the 100 year Anniversary of Serbian Involvement in World War I titled “Cer and Kolubara: Honoring The Warrior” will be held on June 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Amundsen High School (5110 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60625). Participating in the program will be Folklore Ensemble Soko, Choir Branko Radicevic, and the Serbian Theater of Chicago. Admission is free.

The performance was organized by the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Chicago in collaboration with the Midwestern Orthodox Diocese and the General Consulate of Serbia in Chicago. 


DONATIONS OF THE COMPANY

Acting Consul General, Dejan Radulovic, visited PMI Cartoning Inc. Company from Elk Grove Village which donated $10,000.00 dollars to the flood relief fund for affected areas of Serbia. Acting Consul General spoke with the company’s president Branko Tisma and thanked him for the company’s donation.  At that time Mr. Tisma informed him that the employees of his company started a drive themselves in order to collect funds. The company will match the sum which the employees collect and all the moneys will be deposited to the special relief fund with the Consulate General of Serbia.

PMI Cartoning Company in Elk Grove Village has been in business for 21 years and also has a branch in Kraljevo, Serbia.
 


CONCERT OF STEFAN MILENKOVIC IN CHICAGO

Fundraiser concert of renowned violinist Stefan Milenkovic was held on June 6, 2014 in Chicago. In addition to the famous violinist, the concert was also attended by pianist Rohan De Silva. Music artists performed in front of a full Fulton Hall of the University of Chicago. After the concert the audience had the opportunity to meet the artists.

Collected donations at the concert will be utilized to aid the recovery of the flood affected regions in Serbia.  The concert was organized by the Serbian American Museum St. Sava - Tesla.
 


WАТER POLO: SERBIA – USA IN SAN FRANCISCO JUNE 4-8, 2014

The USA Men’s National Water Polo Team will host the Serbian National Water Polo Team from June 4 through June 8, 2014 in San Francisco. Two national teams will play four games. Portion of the proceeds from the games will be designated toward the flooded areas in Serbia.

For game schedule click here

Consulate General is inviting all the fans of the Water Polo and all interested parties to support the Serbian National Team.
 


DEPARTURE OF PROFESSOR RADULOVAČKI

It is with great sadness that the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago received the news that Professor Miodrag Radulovački from Chicago passed away during his stay in Serbia. With the passing of Professor Radulovački, Consulate General and the Serbian community in the U.S. have lost a friend and a prominent member of the Serbian Diaspora. Consulate General wishes to express deep gratitude to Professor Radulovački for everything he has done for the Serbian people in the Diaspora and the homeland. His mission and selfless assistance which he provided will be forever remembered. As a major donor and benefactor he will remain an inspiration to all who knew him, especially the Serbian community in Chicago.


HELP PEOPLE OF FLOODED REGIONS IN SERBIA

In view of the unprecedented floods in Serbia, the Government of the Republic of Serbia has opened accounts for donations to help affected regions to cope with this natural disaster. These accounts will provide funds only for the flooded regions.

Foreign currency accounts in dollars and euros can be found here.

Also, checks and Money Orders payable to the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago  can be sent to the Consulate at address: 201 E Ohio Street, unit 200, Chicago, IL 60611, with memo "Poplave - pomoc".

Donations can be made via PayPal here.

More information on the floods and aid can be found here (in Serbian).

Consulate General is grateful to all who have donated and offered to help. At the same time, the Consulate General invites all the interested parties which are able to help to make donations for the affected population and recovery from flood damage.

$ 78,905.09  was donated by August 8, 2014 to the account of the Consulate General.

Humanitarian aid drive in Chicago. Please watch video

Serbia floods - aerial video
 

 


STATEMENT ON HUMANITARIAN AID

Diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Serbia in the United States and Canada would like to thank all humanitarian and non-profit organizations registered in the U.S. and Canada for their work and activities in collecting humanitarian aid for the flooded areas in Serbia. The Government of the Republic of Serbia did not give the exclusive right to any Diaspora organization or association to collect and send humanitarian aid.

Diplomatic and consular missions of Serbia highly appreciate efforts of all organizations, associations, individuals, Serbian Diaspora clubs and the Serbian Orthodox Church to collect humanitarian aid. Assistance is provided to all interested organizations and/or individuals so that the humanitarian aid may reach the people in need.
 


LETTER OF CHICAGO MAYOR

In reference to the deaths and suffering of victims of the devastating flooding in the Republic of Serbia, Mayor of the City of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel forwarded a letter to Acting Consul General with the following message:

”As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I would like to express my deepest condolences to you and the people of Serbia as your country  is suffering  from the devastation of mass flooding and landslides.

The people of Chicago stand together with the citizens of Serbia as we reflect on this disaster. The City of Chicago and the Republic of Serbia share a long history of friendship as evidenced by our Sister City relationship with Belgrade since 2005. This relationship remains unyielding in times of joy as well as sorrow. In this difficult time, know that our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those affected by the flooding and landslides.

I hope that you find some solace knowing that the people of Chicago`s  thoughts are with you and the Serbian people”.
 


MEETING WITH THE DEPUTY MAYOR OF CHICAGO

Acting Consul General Dejan Radulovic had a meeting with Steve Koch, Deputy Mayor of Chicago, at which time he informed him of the devastating floods in Serbia. He expressed hope that Chicago, as Belgrade’s sister city, may provide appropriate support to Belgrade and Serbia. At the same time, the Mr. Radulovic informed the Deputy Mayor about the activities of the Consulate General and the efforts of Chicago Serbian community to collect funds for flood relief.


Deputy Mayor Steve Koch expressed his condolences for the victims and his regret for the devastation caused by the floods. He conveyed that he will inform Mayor Emanuel of the meeting and consider possibility of support.


During the meeting, Mr. Radulovic and Mr. Koch exchanged opinions on cooperation of the sister cities, Belgrade and Chicago, in the upcoming period.
 


Exhibition of Roman emperors in San Francisco and Los Angeles

Exhibition of eighteen replicated statues of Roman emperors, who were born in the territory of Serbia, was held on May 17 and 18, 2014 at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in San Francisco. On that occasion, the archaeological site of Viminacium was presented to over a hundred parishioners.

The exhibition will also be presented at the church of St. Sava in Los Angeles on May 24 and 25, 2014. 

At the same time, the church in San Francisco has organized collection of donations for the flood relief assistance in Serbia. 
 


SOCCER: SERBIA – PANAMA ON MAY 31 IN CHICAGO

Regarding  the soccer  match of the national teams of Serbia and Panama in Chicago the press conference was held at the Consulate General. Program of national team’s stay in Chicago was presented to media representatives.

This is the first time that the national soccer team of Serbia will play in the territory of the USA. National soccer team of Serbia will play a match with the national soccer team of Panama on May 31, 2014 at Toyota Park Stadium in Chicago. Prior to the match in Chicago, Serbian team will play against the national team of Jamaica in New York on April 26, 2014. At the invitation of the Brazilan team, Serbian players will travel from Chicago to Sao Paulo and then play a match against the World Cup hosts.

Soccer fans in Chicago are invited to attend the match and enjoy soccer spectacle. Large Serbian community is specially invited to provide support to the national soccer team. It will be opportunity to meet and see the Serbian top soccer players.

More information about the tour and tickets can be found here.
 


PROFESSORS FROM SERBIA IN CHICAGO

The group of professors from the engineering faculties of universities in Serbia were on a study tour in the United States organized by World Chicago and Library of Congress. On this occasion they stayed in Washington, DC and Chicago. During their stay in Chicago professors have visited the Consulate General.  They had opportunity to learn more about the work of this consular mission, especially on the possibilities in establishing cooperation with local universities, as well as the cooperation of the Consulate General with the Serbian Diaspora.


CONCERT FOR KOLARAC IN CHICAGO

Fundraising Concert for Kolarаc Foundation was held on May 2 in Chicago. Renowned music artists Stefan Milenkovic - violin, Olga Bojovic - vocalist and pianist Kurt Wersterberg, Jasna Popovic, Renee Jakovčić, George Radosavljevic and Christian Civljak performed in front of a full hall of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Evanston,. The program, in addition to works by great artists of classical music, contained compositions by Natasha Bogojević, Serbian composer from Chicago.

After the concert, the audience had the opportunity to meet the musicians. The great interest of the audience was especially the performance and meeting with Stefan Milenkovic. Video from the concert can be found here.

Prior to the concert in Chicago, Kolarac Concerts were held in New York and Washington. It is expected that they will be organized in other cities of the United States (Boston, Miami, Los Angeles), as well as in European cities (London, Paris). The funds raised at the concerts will be used to purchase a new concert piano for Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade.

Concert in Chicago was organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia, New Artists Management and Serbian-American Museum St. Sava. Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia wishes to thank the music artists, the audience and all those whose donations contributed to the success of this concert.

More on the concert can be found here

Thank you letter of Kolarac's Director please read here
 


SERBIA - PANAMA IN CHICAGO on May 31, 2014

National football team of Serbia will play a match with the national football team of Panama on May 31, 2014 at Toyota Park Stadium in Chicago. Prior to the match in Chicago, Serbian team will play against the national team of Jamaica in New York on May 26, 2014. At the invitation of the Brazilian team, Serbian players will travel from Chicago to Sao Paulo and then play a match against the World Cup hosts.

This is the first time that the National football team of Serbia will be a guest under this new name in the territory of the USA. This will be an opportunity for the large Serbian Diaspora in the US to collectively support the National football team.

For more information about the game in Chicago please visit www.ticketmaster.com
 


SERBIAN FILM RETROSPECTIVE

The oldest Serbian documentary film “Crowning of King Peter I” from 1904, and a first Serbian feature film “The Life and Deeds of the Immortal Supreme Leader Karadjordje” from 1911, were shown at the Serbian-American Museum St. Sava in Chicago.  Projection of these films began the Retrospective of the Serbian Film which will showcase about twenty realizations of Serbian Cinematography.

Projections of the films will take place each Sunday through July 1, 2014.  Retrospective of the Serbian Film was organized by the Serbian-American Museum St. Sava and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago.

You may read more about the Retrospective of the Serbian Film here.
 


CONCERTS FOR KOLARAC

Fundraiser Concert for Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade will be held on May 2, 2014 in Evanston, IL at the Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood St. Evanston, IL 60201 beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is free – donations are gratefully accepted. Collected donations will be used to purchase a new grand piano for Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade.

Performing in concert will be renowned artists: Stefan Milenkovic - violin, Jasna Popovic - piano, Olga Bojovic - soprano, Dr . Kurt Wersterberg - piano, Renee Jakovcic - piano, George Radosavljevic - piano, Christian Civljak - piano and Natasha Bogojevic – composer.  The program will consist of classical music and jazz arrangements of Serbian music. 

Fundraiser Concerts for Kolarac Concert Hall are being held in several cities in the U.S. and Europe (Boston, Washington, New York, Miami, London, Paris and Belgrade).

Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago, New York Artists Management and Serbian American Museum St. Sava wish to invite all the classical music lovers to attend this concert and through their donations contribute to the success of the "Concerts for Kolarac".


Metalac Company at Housewares Show in Chicago

Metalac Company from Gornji Milanovac presented their products at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, between March 15 and 18, 2014. This is the tenth year that Metalac presents in the American market. The company distributes its products through retail chains, Ross and Kohl's, as well as through ethnic stores in the Midwest. Representatives of the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago have visited Metalac booth at the fair.

 


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