The eighth Mikser Festival, the largest regional festival of creativity and innovation, will be held for the fifth time in the Savamala neighborhood of Belgrade, from 8 – 12 June 2016 at more than 40 locations with the participation of some 1,000 creators. This year’s Mikser Festival comes under the slogan “Sensitive Society”, and will be characterized by themes of gender equality and female creativity, social equality, open dialogue, multiculturalism and more efficient conflict resolution.
The focus of this year’s Mikser Festival is threefold. In the spotlight, under the umbrella of topics of “sensitive society,“ are female creativity and gender equality, as well as the refugee crisis and possible directions for integration into European society, and, lastly, the opening of a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
Relying on these three foci, Mikser Festival aims to explore the social concepts with which citizens and creative professionals can influence current social processes to improve the quality of everyday life, open the way for more direct cooperation with sensitive and vulnerable groups, and promote humane values, empathy and love.
Female creativity and equality between male and female principles, which are different in character but of equal value, are topics that will occupy the majority of the program of this year’s Mikser Festival. Numerous exhibitions, presentations, debates, performances, and films will present the public with the visionary ideas of female authors, especially in the fields of architecture and design. While these have contributed significantly to the improvement of our everyday lives, their contribution remains insufficiently or completely unrecognized.
Female creativity will also be presented via film, a music program dedicated to female artists, as well as through the Mikser Talks, where discussion will cover topics such as the role of women in modern society and the obstacles they face in everyday life.
The program will be divided into several segments, including Mikser Talks, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, debates, performances, music, children and youth programs, Mikser Cinema, with the common denominator of all program being the removal of boundaries based on gender, age, racial, ethnic, religious or cultural differences that people face.
Guided by the principles of “ingenuity”, humanity and empathy, the Mikser Festival program will bring attention to other sensitive groups of the modern world in addition to women. The Festival is dedicated to “Sensitive Society” in order to try to discover, develop and promote different approaches to the development of a society that integrates the views and opinions of marginalized groups every day.
Continuing the efforts that began in August 2015 to run Refugee Aid Miksalište, the 2016 Mikser Festival will look at topics of integrating refugees into European society and humanizing the refugee crisis. Through various programs and competitions for the design of concepts for humanity in exile, the Festival will present ways in which design can influence crisis resolution. Through workshops, the first steps in the integration process will be presented, while the exhibition program will bring the audience closer to the personal stories of the people who pass through our city every day. Also, Mikser Talks this year will be dedicated to sensitive cities, continuing to spread the idea of citizen participation in the processes of city development and solving urgent problems through an open dialogue between citizens, organizations and public authorities.
The creativity by talents from across the region will be presented by Mikser’s platforms such as the “Young Balkan Designers” competition that was announced by the Balkan Design Network to be held this year under the slogan “New Analogue,” as well as the international competition “Ghost Project”, a call for young women’s bands in cooperation with Mascom Records entitled the “Female Element”, and the “Black Box” exhibition under the title “Erasing the Past” which will be implemented this year in cooperation with the Faculty of Applied Arts after it was successfully introduced for the first time at last year’s Mikser Festival.
This year, young talents from the region will be given another opportunity to demonstrate their talents in a public competition to create the visual identity of the 2016 Mikser Festival, which was announced on 7 March. In addition to selecting the winning work that will represent the visual identity of the Festival, the shortlisted works selected by the jury will be presented as part of a specially created exhibition showcasing the creators’ reflections on “Sensitive Society”.