Today in Andrićgrad was officially opened the Andrić Institute, whose director will be famous Serbian film director and creator of the stone city Emir Kusturica.
The opening ceremony of the Institute was attended by The President of Republic of Srpska Milorad Dodik, the members of the government of Republic of Srpska and a large number of representatives of the political, cultural and public life of Republic of Srpska and Serbia, the clergy, the diplomatic corps in BiH and citizens.
Dodik also attended the first Committee meeting of the Andrić Institute, which is opened exactly two years after the begginig of construction of Andrićgrad.
At the inaugural assembly, beside Kusturica also participated historian Čedomir Antić, writer Matija Bećković, adviser of the President of Republic of Srpska Pero Simic, an adviser at The Foundation of Ivo Andrić in Belgrade Žaneta Đukić-Perišić, and the secretary of the Institute Danka Mitrovic.
Also, in Andrić Institute a new book “A writer and a story – the creative biography of Ivo Andric” by Žaneta Đukic-Perišić was promoted.
At the promotion, Kusturica talked about the book and Belgrade actress Stela Ćetković read a few passages from the book.
Work of the Andrić Institute will be funded from two governments, Republic of Srpska and Serbia.
At 1,485 square meters is located the Institute of Social Sciences and Arts, modern and internationally significant, with its own production.
According to Kusturica’s words, the scope of work will be “everything referential for the times to come,” it will be “a gathering place for the brightest and most influential representatives of the people.”
Soon it will be established prestigious, financially the most abundant literary recognition in this part of Europe, Andric Award / € 100,000 /.
In the afternoon a new administrative building of “Hydroelectric power plants on the Drina” will be opened, and tonight at the Nikola Tesla Square is planned concert of “No Smoking Orchestra”.
In the newly built and still unfinished church of the Holy Martyr Prince Lazar and the holy Serbian heroes in Andrićgrad this morning was served first Holy Liturgy.
Within this rich program of celebrating the second year of the beginning of construction of Andrićgrad, yesterday in Višegrad, The Academy of Sciences and Arts of Republic of Srpska promoted their new releases in Andrićgrad. In the evening at the newly built Njegoš Square there was a concert of “Van Gogh” band.
Building Adrićgrad, or as some call it, the Višegrad Renaissance, began on the 28th June 2011., at the confluence of the Drina and the Rzav.
Then, with the sounds of excavators, echoing the “Carmina Burana” performed by the symphony orchestra of Radio Television of Serbia from Belgrade, which marked the beginning of the only town in the history of civilization dedicated to a writer – Ivo Andrić and his work.