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Podgorica Culture

Podgorica Culture - Part III

The development of the educational institutions in Podgorica had a long journey, from rare and monastery secular schools in the suburbs of the town, to the modern university center, with almost all present fields and areas of scientific work. Podgoric high school, today almost a symbol of the town, in 2007 will be celebrating 100 years of its existence, rich with both important professors and even more famous student, who with their scientific and revolutionary acts changed the borders of the cultural not just Podgorica, but also of the entire Montenegro. Development of the school infrastructure on all levels and the wide educational – cultural activity in the second half of the XX century made the town an educational and cultural center of the republic. University of Montenegro was formed in 1974, with its main seat in Podgorica, which developed in harmony with the growing needs of the state itself, and today gathers 18 faculties with 72 study programs.

Podgorica is the meeting point of the Association of the literates of Montenegro, fine art artists, drama creators, musicians, journalists and all those who include themselves with their action in the Montenegrin cultural life. The foundation of the culturally – artistic associations and Artistic pavilion was the base for the development of culture in a wider plan. With the foundation of the modern gallery Podgorica has become and fine art center of Montenegro. Montenegrin Folk Theatre was founded in 1953 and it nurtures Montenegrin drama and influences the development of cultural cooperation and promotion of Montenegro in international scopes.

Cultural informational center Budo Tomovic, was founded in 1956, and it continued the work of the so called Dom omladine (YOUTH HOME) which is the successful continuator of the Youth center. Folklore ensembles as well as the drama troupes make the basis of the cultural actions of this institution.

Folk theatre was founded in 1953 in the former Titograd, and is the carrier of the theater production in Montenegro. The nurture of the Montenegrin drama literature and international cultural cooperation today are the mark of the Montenegrin Folk Theater which is located in the center of the town in a building of exquisite beauty, which was erected after the disastrous fire which ruined the old building. In town we also have the City Theater operating, and one of the most important cultural events in the sphere of theater is the festival of the International alternative theater (FIAT) which gathers theater groups from all over the world.

Podgorica is also a town of galleries. Beside the mentioned Artistic pavilion, the ones that stand out in this field are those in Krusevac – The Castle of Petrovici, next to which there is also the Home of the Montenegrin Prince’s bodyguard. Today in these galleries cultural manifestations of all kinds are constantly being held, from the nights of chamber orchestra, over the promotion of books, t individual and joined exhibitions of painters not just of local but also of regional importance. Galleries Most (BRIDGE) and Centar (CENTER) often open their doors to sculptors and exhibitions, of usually journal photography, with which they enrich the cultural offer of the town in cultural sense. The center of contemporary art of Montenegro with pretension to become the leading institution in organizing, most often visual manifestations, organizes also the Montenegrin triennial of young, a traditional manifestation with a goal of promoting the artists younger than 30, like Irena Lagator, Nikola Simanic and others. A range of smaller private galleries supplements the painting offer in this reach and respected market.

Montenegrin Academy of Science and Art (CANU) was founded in 1973 with the sections of natural and social studies, and arts is the institution in whose scope operate the most imminent scientific workers and artistic creators from the Universities, scientific institutes, and artistic associations. The rich library of the academy and the regular trade of the publications with almost 200 other scientific libraries in country and abroad, is a real treasure, and the academy itself represents an unavoidable institution in great state intellectual undergoes, such as the marking of 500 years since the foundation of the printing of Oktoih.

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