Cultural Relations

Serbia’s arts and cultural sector continues to grow in size, sophistication and diversity, and along with the common values and historical bonds shared between Canada and Serbia, this is creating favourable conditions for innovative Canada-Serbia collaborative endeavours in the cultural sphere - endeavours which involve the kind of people-to-people exchanges that enrich and strengthen the Canada-Serbia relationship.

Major cultural manifestations in Serbia include the Belgrade International Book Fair, the Belgrade International Theatre Festival (BITEF), The Belgrade Film festival (FEST), the Novi Sad EXIT music festival, the Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS) and the Belgrade Summer Festival (BELEF).

Canada’s own society is rich in its diversity, with Aboriginal, British, French traditions further enriched with the heritage of immigrants from every part of the world including the Western Balkans. Canadian artists and performers possess a range of talent that reflects this diversity and many of them help convey Canadian culture, values and traditions to audiences around the world.

Canadian culture has seen a boom in Serbia. Award-winning Canadian illustrators, authors and publishers exhibit at the annual Belgrade book fair every year. Many more Canadian books are being published in Serbian translation, for a total of over 100 in the last 5 years. Serbian has been the third or fourth most important language in the Canada Council's translation support program for the past several years. Canada is also well represented in Serbian international film festivals, including recently entries by Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg and Guy Maddin.

Learn more about Canada's culture and society

If you are looking for linkages and opportunities to perform in Canada or for information on exchange programs or grants available, please visit the Canada Council for the Arts.