Today, the director of the Andrić Institute, Emir Kusturica, invited professors and teachers of history, Serbian language and literature, and artistic subjects from primary and secondary schools from the eastern part of Republic of Srpska to cooperate with the aim of improving the cultural offer in this part of the Republic of Srpska and in other parts of Republic of Srpska as well.
Kusturica, at the meeting with educational workers, organized in Andrićgrad, said that the Institute represents a house under whose roof many cultural events take place, and that it erupted from a conversation with the President of Republic of Srpska, Milorad Dodik, to restore the town that is perpetuated in by the works of the Serbian Nobel Prize winner, Ivo Andrić.
As an example he stated that in Andrićgrad in 2014 had been marked 100 years since the beginning of the First World War and announced that next year will mark 100 years since the end of that war from which the Serbs came out as winners.
“The Andrić Institute is not a restricted institution, it is not conceived as an elite space,” Kusturica pointed out, adding that it was a place where all those who directly or indirectly deal with art are welcome.
Kusturica said that there were more events taking place in Andrićgrad, the Andrić Institute, than in the entire Republic of Srpska, and that people from Belgrade joined, all those who protect the Serbian language and culture, all that under the Andrić name.
According to him, the division in Višegrad, that caused the rise of the monument to Mehmed-pasha Sokolovic in Andrićgrad, thanks to whom the Mileševa monastery and Serbian Patriarchate of Peć were preserved, was painted in Andić’s story of the provinces and their dreadfulness.
“And we do not want to be provinces,” Kusturica emphasized, and said that no political party could accuse somebody for rising a monument.
He invited the present educational workers to help in preserving Serbian culture and history.
Kusturica added that Andrić’s Institute, by its action, has been trying to form a public opinion through the media, informing people that Serbs are a civilized people with their language and their Cyrillic script.
“It is important to break the idea that this marble, which was here set up because Andrić in “The Žepa Bridge” expressed the idea that the author and his stone merges when the author senses the heat of that stone, is there in order that someone would be afraid of it,” said Kusturica.
Kusturica said that this meeting with elementary and secondary school teachers from the eastern part of Republic of Srpska is a small holiday that through cooperation on specific projects should be transformed into cooperation in order to preserve the past and create a future.
Danijela Mrda, director of the primary school “Sveti Sava” from Eastern Sarajevo, told reporters that the treasures hidden behind the Andrić Institute’s roof is of great importance for students of elementary and secondary schools, as well as the universities in Republic of Srpska.
“I think that cooperation is of great importance for teachers of Serbian language, history and fine arts and it opens up opportunities for improving the knowledge of students, but also of teachers, who will transfer it further,” Mrda added.
For professor of Serbian language at the Secondary School “Ivo Andric” in Visegrad, Dijana Inđić-Milošević, this was an opportunity for teachers to know that the Andrić Institute is an institution opened for everyone.
The socializing with Kusturica, in Andricgrad, attended 60 educational workers from the municipalities of the eastern part of Republic of Srpska.