“A Coffee with…” Dr Jovana Backović – event recording

Serbian City Club had the pleasure of hosting Dr Jovana Backović, award winning composer and performance artist on Tuesday, 9th August 2022.

During the discussion we reflected on Jovana’s amazing career including founding, composing for, and leading ‘ArHai’ ensemble, her composition being performed at the Kolarac, making albums and music for theatre, and being recognized in the UK by receiving one of Sound of Music’s COVID-19 Composer Award.

We further explored different approaches to music education in Serbia and the UK, during which Jovana shared very helpful tips to aspiring musicians and composers, what identity and belonging mean when you are living abroad, and how that shapes us and influences our creativity. We further discussed Jovana’s amazing collaborations, including project featuring local stories and family mythologies about women of South-East Serbia with London based poet Ana Seferović, how solitude can provide inspiration, and what is the best way to nurture artistic individuality.

The event was held as part of our “A Coffee with…” series of interviews and can be viewed in full HERE.