RHYTHM AND COLOURS OF CENTRAL EUROPE

-BETWEEN TRADITION AND MODERNITY-

Under the auspices of huge international gathering (‘II Media Forum 2019 – Freedom of

Journalism in the Context of Human Rights, New Technologies and Information Security’,

Praha, 20-22 November), Culture for Peace was invited as a special guest to present the

applied Fashion design project: ‘Unique K by Sofi B‘ for Vienna Fabrics and Design.

It is composed of a collection of assessors and fashioned wearing items that are solely

produced from leftovers of the famous Backhausen fabrics – materials of the top quality and

prestigious design. Numerous items of these fabrics are designed by the famous artists of the

Vienna’s Secession (German: Wiener Secession).

 

The ‘Unique K by Sofi B’ collection is based on amalgamation of science and arts. It is

inspired by the presence of tradition in the modern culture of Central Europe, but also by

cultural influences from far and wide (starting with France to Ottomans, and from

Scandinavia through Russia all the way to some Asian royal courts, too).

 

Each item in this collection is truly unique. Many have been designed from the last remaining

pieces of the unique fabrics, which is not manufactured anymore.

By leaning on rest-pieces and emphasising on quality and uniqueness, this collection

underlines its commitment to sustainable development and a green approach towards

the fashion industry.

STRENGTHENING EURO-ASIAN COOPERATION: Bridging with HONG KONG

On the margins of a major international media conference taking place in a very heart of Europe, metropolitan city of Prague, Mr. Tom Wan(Hong Kong-based Glocal and Global Studies Institute, Co-founder and Director) and Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic (Culture for Peace, Director-General) have converged and thoroughly talked over topics of their mutual interests. Hong Kong partner stated many complementarities in the scope of the GGS Institute’s work with those of the Culture for Peace. By the next rounds of their bilateral talks at that high-impact international event, both sides agreed to elevate in cooperation, by signing their respective Memorandum of Understanding.                                                            (photo above) 

 

This MoU will enable both parties to enhance their exchanges of information and of best practices, to mutually promote works complementary to each side as well as to effectively plan their joint undertakings in Hong Kong, Austria and elsewhere in Eurasia. 

ESTABLISHING LINKS EU – CAUCASUS/CENTRAL ASIA

On the side of a major international conference, Mr. Malik Ayub Sumbal (Caucasus-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies,Director) and Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic (Culture for Peace, Director-General) have met and thoroughly discussed issues of their mutual interests. The Caucasus partner recognised many complementarities in the scope of the CCSIS activities with those of the Culture for Peace. By the second day of their joint conference participation, and the next round of their bilateral talks, both sides agreed to step up closer in cooperation, by signing their respective Memorandum of Understanding.         

 

The MoU will enable both sides to regularise exchange of information and best practices, mutually promote their works, initiatives and activities, as well as to plan variety of joint undertakings in Asia and in Europe.

AUSTRO-DUTCH AGREEMENT AS A WAY TO STREGTHEN THE INTRA EU COOPERATION

On the margins of a major international media conference taking place in a very heart of Europe, metropolitan city of Prague, Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Publisher of Diplomat Magazine based in The Hague and Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic, Culture for Peace,  Director-General, based in Vienna, have met and thoroughly talked over topics of their mutual interests. Dutch partner stated many complementarities in the scope of the Diplomat Magazine activities with one of the Culture for Peace. By the next round of their bilateral talks at that international event, both sides agreed to elevate in cooperation, by signing their respective Memorandum of Understanding.

This MoU will enable both parties to enhance their frequent exchanges of information and of best practices, to mutually promote works complementary to each side as well as to effectively plan their joint undertakings in the Netherlands, Austria and elsewhere within the EU and its candidate countries.

INDIA and SOUTH-ASIA IN FOCUS

On the side of a major international conference taking place in Czech capital of Prague, Ms. Amrita Dillon (New Delhi-based Kootneeti Mediaworks, Founder and Director) and Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic (Culture for Peace, Director-General) have met and thoroughly discussed issues of their mutual interests. India’s partner recognised many complementarities and possible synergies in the scope of the Kootneeti Mediaworks activities with those of the Culture for Peace. By the second round of their bilateral talks, both sides agreed to step up closer in cooperation, by signing their respective Memorandum of Understanding.              

The Kootneeti Mediaworks are present in South Asia (India), but are building up their presence in Southeast Asia too (Singapore).

This MoU will enable both sides to regularise their exchanges; of information and of best practices, to mutually promote their respective works and activities as well as to plan joint undertakings in Asia and in Europe.

REACHING OUT TO RUSSIA:

CULTURE FOR PEACE SIGNS THE MEMORANDA WITH A PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTION FROM MOSCOW

Prague), Dr. Armen Oganesyan (Moscow-based Международная жизнь – Journal of Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Editor-in-Chief) and Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic (Culture for Peace, Director-General) have separately met and thoroughly reflected upon issues that might be of their mutual interest. Director Bajrektarevic congratulated Mr. Oganesyan for an excellently made international gathering, for its impressive number and capacity of speakers as well as for the content-intensive and highly topical event organised by him and his team. Russian partner stated many complementarities in the scope of the International Affairs’ work with those of the Culture for Peace. By the consecutive round of their bilateral talks at the Media Forum, both sides agreed to further the cooperation, by signing their respective Memorandum of Understanding.                     

 

Present MoU will enable both parties to enhance their exchanges of information and of best practices, to mutually promote works complementary to each side as well as to effectively plan their joint undertakings in Russia, Austria and elsewhere in Europe.

STRENGTHENING RELATIONS WITH ITALY:

 

CULTURE FOR PEACE OFFICIALISES ITS COOPERATION WITH THE ROME- BASED INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE

On the margins of a major international media conference taking place in a very heart

of Europe, metropolitan city of Prague, Dr. Tiberio Graziani (Rome-based Visions

and Global Trends – International Institute for Global Analysis, President) and

Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic (Culture for Peace, Program Director) have converged and

thoroughly talked over topics of their mutual interests. Italian partner stated many

complementarities in the scope of the VGT Institute’s work with those of the Culture

for Peace. By the next round of their bilateral talks at that international event, both

sides agreed to elevate in the scientific cooperation, by signing their respective

Memorandum of Understanding. (photo above)

This MoU will enable both parties to enhance their exchanges of information and of

best practices, to mutually promote applied science works complementary to each

side as well as to effectively plan their joint undertakings in Italy, Austria and

elsewhere within the EU.

‘NARRATIVES OF HOPE: THE URBAN PHENOMENON - FUTURE OF A PERENNIAL STORY’

Presentation of first (experimental) thematic evening under the auspices of the "Culture for Peace" Project "Narratives of Hope (Applied Science in the culture)", held in Vienna

(Seidengasse 28, 1070 Wien), 27 September 2019.

Ian Banerjee, expert and the main guest of the evening has held the full attention of the numerous audience all throughout his mesmerizing talk. It was a scientific field-research

content rich journey that contrasted and compared urban areas of different countries and different continents in their quest for sustainable future. This was combined with a fusion of philosophical reflections and elaboration on technological achievement. Complex issues were presented in a novel way by this exceptionally storytelling-gifted author.

Also, highly interesting was a dialogue that followed Ian’s presentation. Due to the event’s concept, it was an ‘interview’ with Ian Banerjee (as expert guest) conducted by Lorenzo

Gimeno (as a representative of younger generation) who – in the charming and eloquent way – interviewed main guest on the matters presented earlier that evening.

Both the content and the event’s format kept audience highly captive. It was especially the younger segment in the audience that complimented this event as timely and topical, inspiring, educational and foresighted by its content, vision and passion.

More Info about the topic and the guests: see under Projects (Narratives of Hope-Applied Science in the culture)

‘CULTURE FOR PEACE’ AND ‘LIFE LEARNING ACADEMIA’
SIGNED A MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION

Program Director (for Science and Art) "Culture for
Peace" , Dr Sofia Bajrektarevic and Director of the Slovenian "Life Learning
Academia", Msc. Marjertka Kastner, have signed on September 04. 2019, in
Ljubljana (Slovenia) a "Memorandum of Co-operation".
The signing of the Memorandum was staged during the official award ceremony
of the “Ambassador of Knowledge" annually awarded by the "Life Learning
Academia". This year’s event was attended by numerous diplomats and
representatives from the field of economics, politics and culture from Slovenia
and other European and non-Eurpean countries like Croatia, Montenegro,
Macedonia, Turkey, Austria, Malta, Sri Lanka, Russia, etc. "Life Learning Academia" has a long-standing tradition of "Learning Brand
Concept" and their award of "Ambassador of Knowledge" was given to numerous
successful professionals from all over the world, in all fields of sciences and
arts.
“I am extremely pleased with this "opening of the door" towards co-operation
between organizations engaged in the maintenance and transfer of knowledge
and in the promotion of a culture of dialogue and peace, these being important
pre-conditions for sustainable development within a view to achieve a
sustainable future!”, has stated the Program Director of the Culture for Peace
Initiative, Dr. Sofija Bajrektarević.

Launch Ceremony

The Initiative ‘Culture for Peace’ was officially launched on 04th July 2019 at its premises in the historical old town of Vienna. An introduction to the objectives of the initiative were presented by Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic, Program Director of ‘Culture for Peace’. At this occasion, Director Bajrektarevic shortly elaborated on the ‘Culture for Peace’ planned activities, mostly in the field of applied science, visual arts and music. Formal part was concluded by the life performance of the string-accordion duo. A cozy buffet and animated talks among the numerous guests and participants extended the event well into the evening.

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