The British Council opened its doors in Belgrade in 1940, and since then our purpose has been to build relationships between people in the UK and Serbia using education and culture. Over the last 80 years, we have successfully connected hundreds of thousands of people from the UK with Serbia and the people of Serbia with the UK. Over the years, we have achieved many exchanges, exhibitions, study visits, as well as programs for reforms in various fields, trying at all times to present the best of both countries.
This jubilee definitely gives us an opportunity to think about how much the modalities and mediums of our work have changed, while our idea is still the same - to make people feel closer to each other. At the beginning, we tried to present the British way of life to the people in Serbia, we organized tea parties and demonstrated ping pong and tennis. Today, we work a lot in the field of digital art and "gaming", but we started by staging Shakespeare's plays in Belgrade theaters. In education, we started with English language courses, and now we are implementing one of the most important programs for primary schools in the region called "21st Century Schools". During all the years of work in Serbia, partnerships with relevant institutions have been constantly strengthened, and we try to nurture them even today.
The world has changed dramatically in the last 80 years, but our desire to build relations between Great Britain and Serbia through art and culture remains the same, and that is something we should celebrate and nurture. Below you can can see some of the impressive historical moments for the British Council in Serbia.
Some of the important moments for us in Serbia