The sessions 1&2 will be held in Montenegrin language

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Session 1:

Shaping cultural diplomacy through cultural policy and individual initiatives / Oblikovanje kulturne diplomatije kroz kulturnu politiku i pojedinačne inicijative

  • Date: 15. December 2022. from 10h00 to 11h30
  • Venue: Dvorac Petrovića

Jelena Bozovic


Jelena Božović is an Artist and the Director of the Contemporary Art Centre in Montenegro. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje in the class of Professor Bane Sekulić and she is a specialist in Graphic Design with many years of experience in managing a company in the field of graphic design and textile production.

Since September 2021, she has been the Director of the Contemporary Art Centre in Montenegro, authorized to organize and manage the operations of this public institution, proposes business policy and program concepts for the development of the institution,  and ensures the provision of conditions and funds for the implementation of the activities.   

Ms. Božović is the Commissioner of the Pavilion of Montenegro at the 59th Venice Art Biennale and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Montenegro. 

Natalija Vujošević is an artist and a curator based in Montenegro. The focus of her research and practice is the presentation of archives through exhibition, seeking renewed modes of communication, engagement, and understanding through new interpretations and expanded forms. Natalija’s artistic observation is concerned with life on the margins of global capitalism: neo-colonial politics and deprivation of natural resources on the debris of society.

Natalija Vujošević is the founder and director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (NGO) in Montenegro, an independent organization dedicated to contemporary art theory, education, research, and archives.

Currently she is engaged as a curator at Contemporary Art Centre in Montenegro, where she is an initiator and one of curators of the project The Art of Nonaligned Countries Collection Laboratory. She is the curator of the Montenegrin pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. 



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Mirko Radonjić is a visual artist and a theatre director, who graduated in both: painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts and theatre directing at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Cetinje, Montenegro.

Before deciding to work in the theatre he exhibited his art in various solo and joint exhibitions (Montenegro, Serbia, Austria, and the United Kingdom). As a theatre director, he worked at Montenegrin National Theatre (Podgorica) and Royal Theatre “Zetski Dom” Cetinje, Kotor Children's Theater Festival, the National Theatre Subotica, Studio K Szinhaz Budapest, and he is one of the most important representatives of the independent scene in Montenegro. His plays are based on classics of world literature as well as contemporary domestic texts and were awarded at festivals in Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bulgaria. Just this year, in October, his theatre play “Anna Karenina” won the Grand Prix - " Zlatni lovorov vijenac”  for the best play at the 62nd MESS - International Theatre Festival in Sarajevo. Apart from directing, he also works as a stage and light designer.

Dušan Kasalica is a Film Director and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Cetinje, where he previously graduated.  His short film "Biserna obala" was awarded the Heart of Sarajevo in 2015, while his another movie "Soa", two years later, won the Special Jury Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

He is a participant in the Berlinale Talents program and the Locarno Filmmakers Academy. He is the producer of the film "You have the night" directed by Ivan Salatić, which premiered in 2018 at the Venice Film Festival. Dušan's first feature film, "Elegy of the Laurel", had its world premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2021. He is a member of the European Film Academy.

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Nataša Kraljević, LL M is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Visual Arts & the Faculty of Economics and Business, University “Mediterranean” Podgorica and she teaches the courses in the field of Arts and Cultural Management, Entrepreneurship in Arts, Public Relations and Marketing Services with the aim to provide students with a good grounding into the theoretical and practical skills required for effective Arts and Cultural Management. She is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the same University where she also works as a Head of the Department for International and Interuniversity Cooperation. Natasa is a Chevening Alumni (British Government Award) and she completed the MA program in Arts Festival and Cultural Management at the Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She also holds an LLM in Intercultural Human Rights, from the St. Thomas University, School of Law completed in Miami, FL/USA prior to which she earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Montenegro, School of Law in Podgorica. Natasa has a broad experience within the context of international cooperation and since 2019. Natasa is the President of the Montenegrin Centre of ITI. Natasa is the President of the Montenegrin Centre of ITI and a Country Expert in cultural policy research for Montenegro in the Compendium Cultural Policies and Trends.

Session 2:

Cultural diplomacy through historical processes in Montenegro: the period of the SFRJ (Non-aligned movement) and period after 1989 / Kulturna diplomatija kroz istorijske procese u Crnoj Gori: period SFRJ (pokret nesvrstanih) i period nakon 1989. godine

  • Date: 15. December 2022. from 12h30 to 14h00
  • Venue: Dvorac Petrovića

Anita Culafic


Anita Ćulafić is a senior curator at the Contemporary Art Center of Montenegro.
She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Mladen Srbinović and obtained the title of Master of Painting, in the class of prof. Mirjana Mihać at the same Faculty.  Since 1986, she has been employed as a curator at the "Josip Broz Tito" Art Gallery of Non-Aligned Countries in Podgorica, today called Contemporary Art Center. She received her training in the field of painting at the ENSBA in Paris in the class of prof. Vladimir Veličković, as a scholarship holder of the French government, in London (Moša Pijada scholarship), and at ESAV in Geneva in the class of prof. Alexander Sandoz (scholarship of the Swiss government).

During three decades of her work, she participated in the realization of a large number of exhibitions as an author and co-author, while independently curating several exhibitions, among which stand out: Touch of Africa, Modern Egyptian Art, exhibitions
works from the collection of the Contemporary Art Center: Art of Angola, Art of Africa, Egyptian ceramics; then Graphics from the collection of modern art of Egypt, and Documents 60 years of non-alignment. She is especially active in the protection and communication of the African art collection from the collection of the Nonaligned Gallery

Prof. Nikola Latković, MFA, is a graphic designer who completed basic and master's studies (2007) in Fine Arts at the Department of Graphic Design at the College of Fine Arts in Bratislava (VŠVU/AFAD). In addition to professional and artistic work in the fields of publishing and branding, he deals with pedagogical, research, and translation work (from Slovak and Czech), as well as authorship and branch association issues. A special field of Nikola's interest is vocal music, in which he has dozens of concert performances of large and chamber works of the Baroque and Renaissance, including the premiere of the Montenegrin opera "Balkanska Carica" (the Balkan Empress) and several studio recordings with various vocal ensembles abroad.



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Miodrag Lekić is the Member of the Parliament of Montenegro,  President of the Committee for International Relations and Emigrants, President of the political party “DEMOS” and a diplomat. During his diplomatic career, Mr Lekic was the ambassador of the SFRJ in Mozambique, Lesotho, and Swaziland, the ambassador of the SRJ/SCG in Italy and Malta, and also the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of Montenegro. Since 2004, he has been a professor at La Sapienza University in Rome, Faculty of Humanities, and since 2006 at Luis - Faculty of Political Sciences. In 2011, he was one of the founders and executive director of the NGO "Center for International Policy and European Integration - CEMP".

He has published several professional papers in the field of the history of international relations and diplomacy. For the book La mia guerra alla guerra (published by Guerini Associati, Milan) he received in 2007 the Italian award "Francesco Alziator" for the best book by a foreign author from the Mediterranean area published in Italian. The translation of the same book was published in Belgrade by the "Official Gazette" under the title Moj rat protiv rata (My war against the war). He is the author of the book Istorija Italije (History of Italy) in two volumes (publisher Daily press - Podgorica). He is the co-author of the books Dopo la pioggia (published by Argo - Lecce) and Italia e Montenegro (published by Laterza - Bari). In Italy, he published works in the magazines "Limes", "Affari internazionali" and "Lettera internazionale". He published comments and reviews in the Montenegrin newspapers "Dan" and "Vijesti" (cultural supplement "Art"), and in the Belgrade newspapers - "NIN" and "Politika"