On 26 May, we will mark the start of the 2018 digging season with a celebratory dinner at 7pm at Bonnyrigg Sports Club, 610 Elizabeth Dr Bonnyrigg, Sydney, Australia 2177.
Our friends in the Sydney Serbian diaspora have been great enthusiasts for the Glac Project from the beginning, and it is fitting that we will celebrate at Bonnyrigg again before we head back to wield picks and shovels in a Serbian field.
We have often been asked how people can support the Project, and our dinner provides an opportunity to do so. During the evening guests will learn about what the Glac Project has achieved so far, and our plans for the future.
Thanks to the generosity of Bonnyrigg Sports Club, profits from the evening will also be used to support the 2018 Education Program for students in Sremska Mitrovica. Tickets are available at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=376802& at $100 per head.
We hope you can join us!
A documentary capturing the first season of excavations at Glac by our colleague Slobodan Maksic from the Museum of Srem, featuring drone footage by Dr Andrew Yip, from the University of New South Wales, will premiere at the 19th International Archaeology Film Festival in Belgrade organised by the National Museum in Belgrade, on Saturday, 24 March, at 9.30 pm at the Yugoslav Cinematheque, 1 Uzun Mirkova Street.
The Glac Project was delighted to be invited to attend the 2018 Sydney Serbian Festival, held over 10-11 February in the centre of Sydney’s Darling Harbour. The Festival is a great annual event, showcasing Serbian culture, music and cuisine, and run by enthusiastic volunteers from the Serbian Orthodox Youth Association. Members of the Australian Glac team ran a stall over the weekend, displaying posters about the Project and our 2017 season, and chatting to interested passers-by about the work we are doing at Glac and our plans for the future.
On the 26th of September 2017, members of the Glac project were back at Bonnyrigg Sports Club. This time they returned to talk about their impressions and finds following the first season of excavation. Apart from the talk about the successful scientific collaboration that was established between the Australian and Serbian teams, the audience was able to hear about the development of a wonderful friendship between the two teams and the local community.
On the 30th of August 2017, the Glac Project Co-Directors took part in the Archeo Open Days in Sremska Mitrovica, in the framework of Archest. Archest is a project that aims at developing an interest in archaeology and an audience within the general public, along the Roman route at four important Roman archaeology sites: Aquileia, Emona, Sirmium and Viminacium. During the two-day conference, the audience was able to hear talks and engage in discussions about archaeology, tourism, urban planning, architecture and conservation and take a tour of Mitrovica’s archaeological sites.
On the 13th of July 2017, the Foreign Minister of Australia, The Honourable Julie Bishop, visited Belgrade as part of her Eastern European Tour. Minister Bishop met with the Serbian Minister of Culture and Information, His Excellency, Mr Vladan Vukosavljević and our Project Co-Directors to receive a briefing about the Glac project and the progress of the first excavation season. On this occasion, Minister Bishop stressed the importance of the establishment of cooperation in the field of culture between the two countries through this archaeology project in which the University of Sydney is one of the leading partners. Minister Vukosavljević stated that this is a significant project from which we can expect significant results and expressed his wish to broaden the collaboration with Australia in the field of culture.
On the 27th of June 2017, the Glac Project was officially launched at an organised by the Embassy of Australia at Belgrade City Hall. The co-hosts, Belgrade City Manager Goran Vesić and the Australian Ambassador, Her Excellency, Mrs Julia Feeney, gave welcome speeches together with the Minister of Culture and Information, His Excellency, Mr Vladan Vukosavljević, after which the Australian Co-Director of the Project, Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sydney, Richard Miles, held a presentation about the project.
On the 27th of June 2017, the Australian delegation of experts and students from the University of Sydney, the Australian Ambassador to Serbia and her team were received by Minister Vladan Vukosavljević and Belgrade City Manager Goran Vesić at the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia.