The online presentation of the monograph “The Musical Heritage of Vranje” was held on Thursday, December 24, 2020. The book was prepared and published by the City of Vranje and the Center for Study in Cultural Development, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. The presentation was live-streamed on the Facebook page of the Center for Study in Cultural Development.
The video of the presentation can be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/zaprokul/
The rich dual-language monograph “The Musical Heritage of Vranje” by Marija Vitas was written after Vranje became a Creative Cities Network member. Vranje is the first Serbian city to become a member of this important network in the field of music. The monograph provides an all-encompassing overview of Vranje’s rich musical tradition with an emphasis on urban songs. In addition to the printed edition, we prepared a digital edition in EPUB form adjusted for reading on screens.
The speakers stressed the importance of Vranje’s membership in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for both Vanje with its rich musical tradition and our country’s culture and its international reception. They pointed out the value of the monograph as the first all-encompassing book on this subject. It will be of use to both experts and the wider audience as a source of information about the musical heritage and contemporary music of Vranje, and help popularize music from Vranje and provide a better understanding of its musical and cultural richness.
Among the speakers were Slobodan Milenković, the mayor of Vranje; Zorica Jović, the deputy mayor of Vranje; Branimir Stošić Kace, artist; Ivana Tasić, artist; Vladimir Kolarić, editor of the monograph; and Marija Vitas, author. The event was moderated by Vuk Vukićević, the director of the Center for Study in Cultural Development.