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2016

Cleveland Serbian community at Cleveland Multicultural Event

The Cleveland Serbian Community was represented at the 7th annual International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) holiday party on December 14, 2016.

120 people participated in the fashion show and each walked the runway to music from their country. Click on the white arrow to watch the short video of the Serbian models Marija Cosic, Milica Karanovic, Mirjana Karanovic and youngsters Lea Pavlovic and Katarina Gavric.



Fashions from Serbia

Fashions from Serbia

Fashions from Serbia

Fashions from Serbia

Nada Martinovic was Chair of the Fashion Show

Nada Martinovic was Chair of the Fashion Show

See more from the 2016 International Fashion Show


Serbian Cultural Garden on One World Day

The Serbian Cultural Garden and Serbian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Serbia in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Serbian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Serbian Cultural Garden and shared Serbian music, dance and culture.

Serbian Cultural Garden on One World Day


Photos and Videos of the Serbian Garden on One World Day 2016


Mileva Maric Bust Dedication in the Serbian Cultural Garden

The Serbian Cultural Garden honors many Serbian figures such as Nikola Tesla, King Peter I, Michael Pupin, Stevan Mokranjac, Bishop Petar Njegos and Vuk Karadzic. A new bust was dedicated on Sunday June 19, 2016 honoring Mileva Maric the Serbian physicist and mathematician who was the wife and scientific partner of Albert Einstein.

The ceremony included a blessing and dedication, stories about Maric and songs by the Serbian Men's Choir Kosovo.

Danielle (Danijela) Sremac, President of the Serbian Institute

Danielle (Danijela) Sremac, President of the Serbian Institute
with new Mileva Maric bust


See photos and videos of the Mileva Maric bust Dedication Event


Alex and Carol Machaskee with Serbian Ambassador Djerdj Matkovic

Alex and Carol Machaskee with Serbian Ambassador Djerdj Matkovic


See Photos of attendees posing with the Maric Bust and throughout the Serbian Garden


2015

Traditional Serbian Clothing

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

Models: Marija Cosic, Luka Trejgut, Gordana Savic, Sandra Zlojutro and Mia Macanovic

The Šumadja male nosnja: Among the creative aspects of the culture of the Serbian nation, traditional costumes occupy one of the most important places because of their role in everyday life, their significance for ethnic identity, and their value artistically and aesthetically. This variety and richness is present in both men's and women's costumes. Marija Cosic is presenting a traditional outfit from the region Vlasko. It is located in the south eastern part of Serbia. Originating back to the 1700s. Gordana Savic is is presenting a traditional outfit from the central part of Serbia (Shumadija) -characterized by a colorful and rich hand-stitched embroidery. Most of the costumes have been saved from the XIX century and characterized by a great diversity in form and decoration.

Note the difference in style and color as we move to Southern parts of this country. Luka Trejgut is wearing an outfit form the same region-the west (called JELEK) is made out of wool and is enhanced by a wonderful fine hand-mad embroidery.

Sandra Zlojutro is presenting the Pcinje nošnja from the region of Kosovo. It is located on the south western side of Serbia. This nošnja originates back to the 1700s. Mia Macanovic is wearing a traditional Sumadija children's outfit from the central part of Serbia.

Fashion of Serbia

Fashion of Serbia

Fashion of Serbia

Fashion of Serbia

Fashion of Serbia

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


Traditional Serbian Fashion and Music Journey

A unique private collection of authentic, hand-made, traditional Serbian apparel, dating back to the 19th century was presented to the Greater Cleveland community for the first time on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Cuyahoga Community College-Western campus. The Fashion show was accompanied by music from the corresponding time-period.

Mrs. Biljana Regan, a passionate folklorist and the owner of this unique and exquisite collection in collaboration with Dr. Nada Martinovic, an adjunct professor of music at Kent State University, and an avid culturist, performer and community leader, coordinated to present this opportunity to learn about this part of Serbian culture.

Traditional Serbian fashion show grand finale

Biljana Regan and Nada Martinovic

3 Pages of Photos and video of Serbian Costumes in a Fashion Show


Traditional Serbian Music Performance

A quartet consisting of Nada Martinovic, Gojko Majerle, Victor Trejgut and Marija Cosic sang traditional Serbian songs 'Gde si bilo Jare moje' and 'Cije je ono Devojce'

A trio of Gojko Majerle, Victor Trejgut and Nenad Jovanovic sang a traditional Serbian song called 'Pukni Zoro'

Nada Martinovic and Nenad Jovanovic sang a traditional Serbian song called 'Magla padnala' from Prizren, an old city from Kosovo which used to be a cultural center of old Serbia.

Serbian Quartet - Marija Cosic, Gojko Majerle, Nada Martinovic and Victor Trejgut

Marija Cosic, Gojko Majerle,Nada Martinovic and Victor Trejgut

Photos and video of Serbian Music at the Serbian Fashion and Music Journey


Serbian Community Children's Choir

The Serbian Community Children's Choir, under the direction of Dr. Nada Martinovic, sang the World War I era song "Tamo daleko". at the "Traditional Serbian Fashion and Music Journey.'

Serbian Community Children's Choir

Serbian Community Children's Choir

Photos and video of Serbian Community Children's Choir


Serbian Folklore Group Morava

The Serbian folklore act Morava performed under the direction of instructor Angie Majerle at the "Traditional Serbian Fashion and Music Journey.' They danced to traditional songs called Sumadija from Sabac and Valjevo.

The Serbian folklore act Morava danced to traditional songs

Serbian folklore act Morava

Photos and video of Morava


Serbian Community Children's Choir at Cleveland Museum of Art

The Serbian Community Children's Choir under the direction of Nada Martinovic performed at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Serbian Community Children's Choir and Nada Martinovic

Serbian Community Children's Choir and Nada Martinovic


Photos and video of the Serbian Children's Choir


Gypsy (Roma, Romani) fashion at Cleveland Museum of Art

Nada Martinovic from Cleveland's Serbian community explained her clothing to Ken Kovach of ICC-WIN at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Nada Martinovic and Ken Kovach

Nada Martinovic and Ken Kovach

Nada wore a colorful gypsy dress that would be worn by the Roma (Gypsy) people.

Nada Martinovic in gypsy dress



Serbian Alphabet Song in Serbian Cultural Garden

The Serbian Community Children's Choir, under the direction of Nada Martinovic, performed at the Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland on One World Day 2015.

The gathered in front of the bust of Vuk Karadzic who created the Serbian alphabet and sang and danced to the Serbian alphabet song Azbuka.




Children's Musicking at Serbian Cultural Garden on One World Day

The Serbian Community Children's Choir, under the direction of Nada Martinovic, performed at the Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland on One World Day 2015. They began in front of the icon of St Sava and were introduced.









Serbian Button Accordion at One World Day in Cleveland

Dragan and Milan Djakovic played Serbian button accordion at the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This performance was part of the annual Cleveland International Folk Festival.




Serbian Morava Dance Ensemble at One World Day in Cleveland

The Morava Dance Ensemble from St Sava Orthodox Church performed Serbian dances at the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Angela Majerle is the director. This performance was part of the annual Cleveland International Folk Festival.




Serbian Cultural Garden Golf Outing
St. Elias Cultural Center - 8023 Memphis Avenue
July 11, 2015

The Serbian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park, which together with a chain of more than 30 other nationality gardens, is an international symbol of peace and cultural diversity. To pay for maintenance and new busts and features, a golf outing fundraiser is held each year. Alex Machaskee and his son Lex Machaskee organized the day which ended with a dinner, music and raffle at St. Elias Cultural Center Hall after the day of golf.

Serbian musicians jam session

Jam Session


Photos and video from the Serbian Golf Outing dinner


Busts of Nikola Tesla and Vuk Karadžic dedicated in Serbian Cultural Garden

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic (Father Zivojin - St. Sava Church in Parma) and Hieromonk Platon (Father Platon, Monastery Marcha in Richfield)blessed the 2 new busts in the Serbian Cultural Garden at a dedication ceremony.

Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Hieromonk Platon bless the Tesla statue

Blessing the Tesla bust


Photos and videos from the Serbian Cultural Garden Dedication


Serbian Cultural Garden Video Tour and Busts

The Serbian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park, which together with a chain of more than 30 other nationality gardens, is an international symbol of peace and cultural diversity. Busts include King Peter I, Bishop Njegos, Nikola Tesla, Vuk Karadzic, Mihajlo Pupin, Stevan Mokranjac and a life-size icon of St. Sava, the Serbian patron saint.

Bishop Petar Njegos bust

Bishop Petar Njegos bust


Photos and video from the Serbian Cultural Garden


2014

Serbian Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

Representatives from the Serbian community participated in the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio. They modeled Serbian costumes at the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries.

Nada Martinovic was one of the MC's of the Fashion Show and she chose special music from the internationally acclaimed Serbian composer Aleksandar Simic for the fashion show.

Fashion of Serbia

Fashion of Serbia


Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Cleveland

On October 7th, Clevelanders had a unique opportunity to indulge in a pure musical treat when The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO), established 91 years ago, made a visit to Severance Hall as part of the Serbian orchestra's first-ever United States tour.

Nada Martinovic and Ivan Tasovac

Nada Martinovic and
Serbian Minister of Culture and Information Ivan Tasovac


More from the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at Severance Hall


Sarena Tamburitza Orchestra

Four ladies of the Sarena Tamburitza Orchestra performed a traditional Serbian folk song at a Global Cleveland event in the Cleveland Convention Center.

Four ladies of the Sarena Tamburitza Orchestra




Easter Eggs

Nada Martinovic, Ph.D. combined her love for music with the egg coloring tradition and came up with these beautiful eggs.

Nada Easter eggs

Nada Easter eggs



2013

Photos from Serbian Njegos Choir's Christmas Caroling
December 29, 2013

The Serbian Singing Society NJEGOS went caroling on Sunday Dec. 29th to visit the community members that are in nursing homes. They were led by music director Mr. Milan Damljanovic.

Serbian Njegos Choir Christmas Caroling

Thanks to Serbian Ambassador Mirjana Damljanovic for the photos.


Dancers and Singers from Morava Folklore Group from St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church

Dancers and singers from the Morava Folklore Group from St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Cleveland (Broadview Heights) Ohio performed authentic Serbian dances from Kosovo at International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art.



See more from the Serbian performances


Differences between North and South Serbia

Mike Simic and Milan talked languages at a Serbian picnic in Cleveland Ohio. They are both from the North of Serbia, what Mike calls the breadbasket, that used to be Yugoslavia. Mike said that the South has more of a Turkish influence than the North and while there are many dialect and cultural differences they understand each other.




Dedication of bust of Serbian composer Stevan Mokranjac

Serbian Cultural Garden
August 25, 2013

On August 25, 2013 the newest addition to the Serbian Garden was unveiled - a bust of prominent Serbian composer and music educator Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac.

The event featured prayers and a blessing from Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic from Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox as well as performances from the Serbian Men's Choir 'Kosovo'.

Serbian Men's Choir Kosovo

Serbian Men's Choir 'Kosovo' at new Mokranjac bust

Photos, Videos and more from the Mokranjac bust dedication


Serbian Golf Outing

A golf outing and dinner complete with Serbian food, music and dancing took place on Saturday July 13, 2013. All proceeds from the event benefitted the Serbian Cultural Garden.

Photos of the Serbian Golf Outing golfers

Golfers at Serbian outing to benefit Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio

Ready to hit the links


Photos and video from the Serbian Golf Outing Dinner event

Serbian band

Jamming at the Serbian Golf Outing dinner event



Photos from Serbian Njegos Choir's Patron Saint Day Celebration
Celebrate St Simeon the Myrrh flowing
February 24, 2013

inside the  Serbian Orthodox church during the Slava Service

Thanks to Serbian Ambassador Mirjana Damljanovic for the photos.


2012

The Gracanica Serbian Dance Troupe performed at the 3rd annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the City Hall Rotunda on December 12, 2012.

Gracanica Serbian Dance Troupe

Gracanica Serbian Dance Troupe at Cleveland City Hall


Gracanica Serbian Dance Troupe at WIN-NEO event at City Hall


Serbian Community and Harmonia
Opening of Ames Family Atrium in Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The band Harmonia played at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012. The Cleveland Serbian community was represented with a table.

Cleveland Serbian community table

Cleveland Serbian community table


The Band Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum opening

Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum Ames Atrium opening


Mirjana Damljanovic family

Mirjana Damljanovic family


On June 8, 2012, Alex Machaskee, representing the International Orthodox Christian Charities, Inc. (IOCC) told how "All are beggars before the Lord: and since God does not deny us, we should not deny others. He spoke at an event for Ambassador Andrew S. Natsios who spoke about Sudan.




2011

Golf Outing /Dinner to support the Serbian Cultural Garden
Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church - July 9, 2011

Serbian youngsters sing with the band

Youngsters sang a song with the band



Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
Wallings Rd in Broadview Heights

Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church



Christmas Eve - January 6, 2011 at St. Sava

St Sava Christmas Eve Service

St Sava Christmas Eve Service

St Sava Cathedral Choir Christmas Eve

St Sava Cathedral Choir

Burning the yule log at St Sava  Christmas Eve

Burning of the yule log outside of St Sava Cathedral on Christmas Eve


Thanks to Ambassador Mirjana Damljanovic for the photos


2010

Alex Machaskee honored at American Nationalities Movement Event

Irene Morrow awards Alex Machaskee

Irene Morrow awards Alex Machaskee




Alex Machaskee honored by CCWA in Serbian Cultural Garden
September 19, 2010

Alex Machaskee and CCWA Board Chair Steven Petras

Alex Machaskee and CCWA Board Chair Steven Petras


2009

Serbian President Boris Tadic visits the Serbian Cultural Garden

Serbian President Boris Tadic visited the Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland on September 21, 2009


Photos and videos of President Tadic's visit to the Serbian Cultural Garden
And the new iconic relief of Saint Sava - 9-21-09

Welcoming reception for President Tadic at the Key Marriot
Senator Voinovich, Congressman Kucinich and more - 9-20-09

2008

Dedication of the Serbian Cultural Garden
Photos and Videos of the October 2008 event


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Serbian Cultural Garden in Cleveland


Nikola Tesla statue in Serbian Cultural Garden

Saint Sava - Sveti Sava

New iconic relief of Saint Sava (Sveti Sava) in the Serbian Cultural Garden


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Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland
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Sprouting wheat on St. Nicholas Day
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