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03. 05. 2012


From April 16 to April 27, some positive story promoting tolerance and cultural pluralism in the society and treating ethnic cultural diversity from a different angle, could be heard every working day in the programs of 41 ANEM radio stations. These stories, as part of ANEM project "Crossing the Bridge of Diversity", were told in 10-minute episodes of the series "Connecting", prepared by journalists of ANEM radio stations and mentored by the professional team of the production company "A-media".

Attractive stories of the radio series about people that live in multiethnic communities present cultural diversities not as an obstacle in connecting people of different ethnic groups, but they break the stereotypes that these differences are deep and impossible to overcome. The programs were recorded in Bac, Novi Pazar, Bujanovac, Senta, Laznica near Zagubica, Valjevo, Golubinci in Srem, Belo Blato near Zrenjanin and in Belgrade, while the listeners had the opportunity to learn how people from these multiethnic communities had found the way to live together and improve their life and environment. The programs were regularly aired on the following ANEM radio stations: RTV Kragujevac (Kragujevac), RTV Pancevo (Pancevo), RTV Prima (Bajina Basta), RTV Trstenik (Trstenik), RTV Timocka (Zajecar), RTV Yu Eco (Subotica), Radio 021 (Novi Sad), Radio Boom 93 (Pozarevac), Radio Bus (Kovin), Radio City (Nis), Radio Cacak (Cacak), Radio EM (Knjazevac), Radio Ema (Bujanovac), Radio Far (Alibunar), Radio Luna (Uzice), Radio OK (Vranje), Radio Ozon (Cacak), Radio Patak (Valjevo), Radio Pozega (Pozega), Radio Plus (Pirot), Radio Uzice (Uzice), RTV Caribrod (Dimitrovgrad), RTV Krusevac (Krusevac), RTV OK (Kovacica), RTV Majdanpek (Majdanpek), RTV Mlava (Petrovac on Mlava), RTV VK (Kikinda), Radio Indjija (Indjija), Ivanciki Radio (Ivanjica), Radio NB (Novi Becej), Radio Ozon (Sremska Mitrovica), Radio Paracin (Paracin), Radio Srem (Ruma), Radio Srbobran (Srbobran), Radio Sumadija (Arandjelovac), Radio Vrbas (Vrbas), Radio Odzaci (Odzaci), RTV Santos (Zrenjanin) Radio Bemin Musical 93 (Arilje) and Radio Subotica (Subotica).

Visitors of ANEM web portal "Bolja Srbija" (Better Serbia) will be able to hear all 10 programs of the radio series "Connecting" after the end of premier broadcasting on radio stations. First 5 programs will be available for listening on the portal as of May 4, while the rest will be uploaded from May 14. The first five radio programs are: the story about choir "Neven" from Bac, which depicts multiculturalism of this Vojvodina village and whose citizens nurture the wealth of their different languages and tradition; the story about young people of Bosniak and Serbian nationality from Novi Pazar promoting the values of multiethnicity by organizing events "Pazar sofra"; the story about the business cooperation of lifelong friends from Bujanovac, an Albanian and a Serb, which shows how wrong are those who think that living together or co-partnership of members of these two ethnic groups is impossible; the story about the jazz-blues-rock club "Modzo" in Senta, which has been connecting people of different ethnic background for almost twenty years and which is proving to everyone that taste in music is important for bringing people together and is greatly shaping the behavior of individuals and groups; the story about Vlach tradition in the village Laznica, which other non-Vlach citizens have accepted them as well.

The remaining 5 programs that will be uploaded on the web portal "Bolja Srbija" are the stories about: a school in Valjevo that enroles a great number of Roma pupils, whose parents are also actively involved in the parents' councils, which has greatly resulted in outstanding achievements of these children in school and contributed to their better integration into the society; a RTV station in Bujanovac, where two newsrooms, in Serbian and in Albanian language, share a very small space and where journalists of both nationalities are closely working together on daily basis; a Serbian-Croatian family from Golubinci, a place where people are marrying regardless of their ethicity; food, as the most "tastefull" way to other cultures, which we could learn about from two young Belgrade girls who enjoy Chinese food; people from Belo Blato near Zrenjanin, who have found inspiration in the riches of their different cultures and tradition to economically improve their village in rural turism.

In addition, visitors of ANEM web portal will be able to vote for the best story of the series in their opinion, first by voting for one of the first 5 programs (by May 14), then for one of another 5 programs (by May 21) and then by voting for one of 4 programs with the highest number of votes, by May 25, to select the best story of the whole radio series "Connecting".

All radio programs of the series "Connecting" will be also available on ANEM YouTube channel as of June 2012.

This project is financially supported by the European Union through the project "Support to Civil Society", managed by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia and implemented by GOPA Consultants.

The contents of this text are the sole responsibility of ANEM and can in no way be taken to reflect the views and stands of the European Union.

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