FUTURE EPICS: symposium

public event with lectures and discussions

Project is co-founded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Symposium of the Future Epics Project will take place on 20th of October, 13.00 at Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts.
Free admission.


13.00 – 13.15 – Introduction
13.15 – 13.45 – Biljana Srbjljanovic (playwright, University of Belgrade). Lecture about cultural heritage in contemporary art, place of remembrance and presentation of case study “This Grave is Too Small for Me”
13.45 – 14.00 – coffee break (fika)
14.00 – 14.30 – Eleonora Narvselius (PhD, anthropologist, Lund University). Lecture via skype about Eurovikings and Europeanization of cultural heritage.
14.45 – 15.00 – coffee break (fika)
15.00 – 16.00 – open discussion

In relation to the European Year of Cultural Heritage organizations from four European countries have initiated a new project called the Future Epics. It is a Creative Europe cooperation project between organizations Heartefact (Serbia), Tasca (Spain), Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Croatia) and Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts (Sweden). The idea of the project is to develop new approaches and ways of learning about cultural heritage. More specifically, during the project different narratives of specific historical periods will be deconstructed and combined with contemporary performance art.

The project will provide a space for younger artists where they can express themselves and experiment with art forms with a goal to create new ways of engaging the audience. The result will be three theatre performance pieces that will premiere on Dubrovnik Summer Festival during the year 2020. The main topics of these performances will be issues that have been neglected, forgotten or ignored thought the history.

On 20th of October Vitlycke Centre together with other partners are organizing a public symposium with lectures and discussions. During the symposium we will discuss how historical narratives can be used in creative and artistic process, and the contemporary approach to cultural heritage. Biljana Srbljanovic (playwright, University of Belgrade) and Eleonora Narvselius (PhD, anthropologist, Lund University) will speak at the symposium about cultural heritage in contemporary art and Europeanization of heritage. In the symposium all the partners will present the project “Future Epics” to the public for the first time.

Biljana Srbljanovic is a playwright and dramaturgy professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Her written work includes over ten plays, among which are ‘’Belgrade Trilogy’, ‘’Family Stories’’ and ‘’This grave is too small for me’’. For her work she received awards such as Premio Europa – New Theatrical Realities, Sterija Award for dramatic text (six times), Slobodan Selenić award, Ernst Toller, Osvajanje slobode, The award from the city of Belgrade for drama creation and Fulbright Alumni. Currently she is a PhD scholar on Film studies at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade.

Eleonora Narvselius, PhD, is an anthropologist affiliated with Centre for Language and Literature and Center for European Studies at Lund University. Her recent research evolves on the intersection of Memory Studies, Heritage Studies, Urban Studies and studies of ethnicity and nationalism. Among her recent publications is the volume edited together with with Gelinada Grinchenko “Traitors, Collaborators and Deserters in Contemporary European Politics of Memory. Formulas of Betrayal” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and article “Cultural Heritage in Sweden in the 2000s: Contexts, debates, paradoxes” (with Nilkas Bernsand, Politeja, 2018).

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