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Avolta has secured a new seven-year contract at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport that encompasses ten duty free shops and includes hybrid elements with food...

Rajka Šinik Vulić, Director of Rome Business School Belgrade

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Linas Libikas, JTI General Manager for the Western Balkans

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Nikola Pavlović, Konica Minolta Serbia Managing Director

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Vukašin Radulović, Partner at Heliant

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Sofija Stefanović, Physical Anthropologist

We Need To Believe In Ourselves

What helps us to uncover the values of the modern Serbia is the increasing public presence of the results of the work of creative people. Their presence inspires and demonstrates that our country has an essential treasure: people who are capable of creating top works, regardless of the circumstances under which they live.

When we consider the image of the modern Serbia, I think it is worth mentioning the book Imagining the Balkans, the brilliant work of historian Marija Todorova. Specifically, she explains how the centurieslong negative image of the Balkan countries in the Western world led to an incredibly terrible and enduring effect that is even present to this day – we have ourselves begun to believe that we are bad precisely because of the impression that others had of us.

In that sense, image – as the sum of beliefs, impressions and ideas that someone has about us – is not at all insignificant when it comes to forming our opinion of ourselves. It is precisely because of that, and due to the need for the opinions of others to stop influencing us in a negative way, that the key to our change is not in the planned creation of some new image of Serbia in the eyes of others, but rather in us starting to believe that we are good and not bad in the way that we are still often viewed today.

Serbia should enable the recognising, support and respect of creativity, and that will restore our faith that we are good. Belief that we are good should be the new image of Serbia

The first step in really making that happen is for us to get acquainted with our own values, to recognise the pillars of our heritage and culture, because we will then walk proudly through the ramparts of ancient fortifications throughout Serbia and stop using them as rubbish dumps.

What helps us to uncover the values of the modern Serbia is the increasing public presence of the results of the work of creative people. Their presence inspires and demonstrates that our country has an essential treasure: people who are capable of creating top works, regardless of the circumstances under which they live. That character, that drive for us to create no matter what, is perhaps one of our greatest values. Creatives don’t only change our perception of Serbia, but their works also represent an inexhaustible source of inspiration. It is precisely because of the values of creative people that it is necessary for our society to create a lasting support pillar for their creativity, because creativity is actually the foundation and source of the development of humanity as a whole.

Comment By Dragiša Mijačić

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