Main Živa Awards 2019 to State Museum of Political History from Russia and to Belarussian Brest Hero Fortress


The International foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures (FSC) bestowed the awards for the best Slavic museums in Bar in Montenegro in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro and Cultural Center Bar. In addition to the main award, the winner was State Museum of Political History of Russia, the award for the best Slavic heritage site was bestowed for the second time. It went to the Brest Hero Fortress from Belarus.


25 museums from 11 Slavic countries entered this year’s competition for the Živa Award for the best Slavic museum and heritage site. At the sixth ceremony in Bar in Montenegro (previous ones took place in Skopje, St. Petersburg, Zadar, Bled and Prague) the Živa Award for the best Slavic museum 2019 was bestowed to the State Museum of Political History of Russia from St. Petersburg. For the second time the jury consisting of 13 museum experts from Slavic countries and the European Museum Academy also selected the winner of the Živa Award for the best Slavic heritage site. It was bestowed to the Memorial Complex “Brest Hero-Fortress” from Brest in Belarus.

In addition to the main award, a special recognition for leadership was given to the Gallery of Matica Srpska (Novi Sad, Serbia); the winner of the recognition for attention to visitors and openness was International Centre of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia); the Polish Song Museum in Opole (Opole, Poland) received the special recognition for creativity; the War Childhood Museum (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) for storytelling; and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (Prague, Czech Republic) for good use of resources. The Jury also decided to handed the Honourable Mention to Tsaritsyno – State Historical, Architectural, Art and Landscape Museum – Reserve (Moscow, Russian Federation).


“The Živa Award is an important transnational cultural platform that fosters dialogue, communication and networking, promotes exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences in view of museum service and engagement of the public while encouraging innovation, creativity, participation and inclusion,” said the director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures Andreja Rihter, PhD, at the ceremony that took place in the front of the County Museum Bar – Court of the King Nikola in Bar in Montenegro, and added that in six years of its existence the award had brought together more than 115 museums. Neda Knežević, Chair of the Živa Award Jury 2019 mentioned in her speech: ”Within the wide scope of interesting institutions that applied for Živa award this year, we had a chance to learn about fascinating historical characters, to see breath-taking landscapes and heritage sites and to get in touch with non-material heritage as well.”


Živa Award 2019