Montenegro as one cultural address
The Government of Montenegro, upon a proposal from the Ministry of Culture, adopted “Programme for Development of Culture in the Municipalities in the North of Montenegro”, as a less developed region, on 31st July 2008. This enables realization of measures defined under Article 6 paragraphs b and d of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
The Ministry of Culture then initiated in 2009 a comprehensive and complex programme for revitalization of culture in the north of Montenegro, in cooperation with the Directorate for Public Works, in 11 municipalities and municipal institutions of culture, with the intention to contribute to comprehensive use of the cultural potential of the north, increase in the quality of artistic production, protection of cultural goods and respect of the specific cultural needs, to provide qualitative raising of the general level of cultural life and its continuous promotion through various forms of cultural actions.
Effects for the period 2009-2010:
Reconstruction, adaptation and equipping with modern stage technique of 15 cultural buildings in 9 municipalities in the north: Andrijevica, Berane, Plav, Bijelo Polje, Žabljak, Pljevlja, Plužine, Rožaje and Šavnik – which created preconditions for equal, long-term and continuous development of culture in the entire territory of Montenegro based on the principles of self-sustainability, efficient, rational and creative management in culture;
In the stated period, the total of 744 programmes were organized and performed (theatre plays, music concerts, museum and fine arts exhibitions, literature promotions, film projections, educational presentations) – which provided representativeness of all forms of artistic expressions, from contemporary creation to protection and preservation of cultural heritage, original and traditional characteristics and values of multicultural Montenegro;
The executive production of the programmes included seven national cultural institutions, 17 nongovernmental organizations, 12 cultural institutions from the region, a number of municipal cultural institutions and individuals, dealing with artistic production – which achieved the principle of coordination and cooperation of the entities in culture, at the national and local level, along with participation of the civil sector and support for regional cooperation.
For realization of the Programme for Development of Culture in the North in the period 2009-2010, the total of EUR 4,060,000 was earmarked, out of which EUR 3,083,000 for reconstruction, adaptation and quipping of cultural buildings and EUR 977,000 for programme presentation.
Effects for 2011:
For support to 24 programmes and projects which obtained in 11 municipalities the status of special importance for the culture of the municipality, and which are a part of municipal agenda in 2011, additional EUR 95,000 was earmarked from the budget.