This time around we have also asked the representatives of the authorities, diplomatic corps, international institutions, business associations, media and many others to express their views on the possible re-arrangement of power in the world, the European and regional political scene, the influences on Serbia’s accession to the EU, economic development, investments in culture, and as an inevitable question this year, elections which are taking place in many countries, including Serbia. We talked to MILOŠ BIKOVIĆ, Actor and producer

In the light of Serbia’s accession to the EU, it seems that the development of culture and the arts is overshadowed by other segments of society. What do you think are the key problems that we need to solve in order to reach the European level?

We do not need to reach the European level, but we must work to achieve the highest level in fulfilling our own, original potential. Only then will Europe recognize this as a contribution. Serbia is a country of simple but ingenious and extraordinary people. On the other hand, Serbia is a country which unfortunately has to deal with corruption, deceit and betrayal, as well as a country of great deeds, and a deeply thoughtful, enlightened, and pious worldview. But what is all of that worth if we forget about triumphs, when we do not know who the monuments we are walking by are dedicated to, and we use a book as a prop to prevent us from nodding as we sip our coffee and watch a reality show? Yet Europe is also not on that level as it usually seems. When I look at what kind of people call themselves Europeans in terms of behavioural models and value systems (I am not referring to nations or skin colour), I start to wonder about the values that Europe is gathered around. Perhaps we can learn the most from Europe in the field of ecology.

How important is the exchange of cultural and artistic content not only in the region but also more broadly and what has been your experience in this matter so far?

It is very important. The exchange of cultural content is the only thing that can counteract the straining situation created by the media and cheap political tricks geared towards winning points. Art creates connections. It reaches the human in us. And we all have that in common.

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