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A three-day meeting of culture, art, social and urban topics, Mikser Festival under the slogan “Microtactics” was held last weekend in Dorćol Platz and Prostor Dereta. From May 23 to 25, Mikser gathered hundreds of experts, creatives, business people and activists who shared their micro-tactics towards a better, healthier and fairer society with the attendees through panels, lectures, workshops and art installations.
The conference part of the program was opened by Plamena Halačeva, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia. Through the Next Gen Design platform, supported by the EU and led by Mikser – in cooperation with four other European design festivals from partner cities – Barcelona, ​​Vienna, Skopje and Amsterdam, we reanalyzed the issues of circularity, sustainable design and the role of old crafts as an invaluable legacy in the creation solutions that will be presented to us by designers of the future generation.
The festival was officially opened in the evening with a song by the “Svi UGLAS” choir, which consists of children and young people from vulnerable social groups, and the evening ended with the performances of the young pop attraction Zhiva and the band “Ljubičice”.

The second day of the festival in Prostor Dereta was dedicated to the Urban Laboratory and the exchange of knowledge and experiences of architects, urban planners, decision-makers, but also numerous activists and citizens interested in the improvement of public areas. The senior representative of the World Bank from Washington, Megha Mukim, made an introductory presentation based on research on the state of the environment in the region, how it affects health, psychological stress, but also business potential, as well as a series of recommendations that through the introduction of nature-inspired solutions in cities all these aspects improve. Guests from Serbia, the region, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Austria, Argentina, and Colombia made this meeting extremely relevant in the international context.
At the same time, in Dorćol Platz, the collaboration between Mikser and “Velike priče” ​​resulted in great and well-attended panels that “revived” the online format of “Velike priče” ​​and brought the authors closer to the audience who enjoyed the verbal bravado of Ante Tomić, Draža Petrović, Rumena Bužarovska, Željko Panteliać, Bajaga, Rosić…
On the last day of the festival, as part of the cooperation of the United Nations Population Fund, we spoke with our famous actors Branka Petrić and Slavko Štimec, the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality of Citizens Brankica Janković and John Mosoti, the director of UNFPA for the region. Although the Mikser festival is a traditional talent platform in almost all creative disciplines, we didn’t neglect our oldest ones either. We talked about the elderly and improving their lives, encouraging creativity and intergenerational cooperation.
A series of panels and workshops gave young people the opportunity to raise important topics for them in public, through conversations about influencers and responsibility in the public space, mental health, the role of young women in entrepreneurship, as well as about the numerous initiatives with which young people improved the reality of the entire community on the spot.
Through two traditional contests that preceded the festival: Ghost Project with the theme “Microcosm” and Black Box “No Compromise”, we asked young designers and artists what their vision of the desired future was and what they would never agree to. In return, we received two exhibitions with a total of over a hundred works and prototypes, and the best among them received special awards, from an independent exhibition to monetary amounts as incentives for further research.
The festival ended with a concert by the bands Daze and Funk Shui in the crowded Dorćol Platz.
Mikser would like to take this opportunity to thank all the guests and visitors who have shown that Belgrade is still a meeting place for open minds and people with a clear desire and vision for a better life for everyone, a place for reconciling genres, techniques and expressions, but also for not giving up on essential civilizational values ​​and non-conformity to compromises that would shake those values. With individual micro-tactics, we stood on the trail of a common goal – first the city, and then the world that functions on the principles of cooperation, mutual help and support, humanity and equality of all groups and individuals.