The Cultural Centre Sirmiumart
Address: Vuka Karadzica 10, 22,000 Sremska Mitrovica
Telephone number: 022 621 194
The Cultural Centre ‘SIRMIUMART’ was founded in 1971 as a cultural institution which united the two musical activities that exsisted in Sremska Mitrovica at the time. The basic activity of ‘SIRMIUMART’ is the organization and development of musical, stage and poetry activities for children and adolescents through its organizational units, as well as the realisation of the programme of cultural and musical creation and leisure time: the organization of concerts, literary evenings, exhibitions and publishing.
Nowadays, there are about 300 amateurs active in the following organizational units of ‘SIRMIUMART’:
- - the Folklore Ensemble ‘Branko Radičević’ (children and juniors, the ensemble of senior performers);
- - the Tambura Orchestra ‘Srem’ (children and juniors);
- - The Folklore Orchestra
- - the Recital Studio ‘Kaliopa’ (for children and juniors);
- - Children’s Drama Studio ‘Aes’;
- - the Synthesizer School, and
- - the English Language School
With its programme, the Cultural Centre is involved in all kinds of activities related to culture and art and the affirmation of the artistic potentials of our town; it affirms and presents various trends in art. The equally important activity of ‘SIRMIUMART’ is the cultivation of amateurism and the increase in the engagement of the young in the cultural life and art.
The Historical Archives
The Historical Archives ‘Srem’ was founded in 1946 with the head office in Sremska Mitrovica. The regional institution which covers the seven municipalities of Srem: Stara Pazova, Indjija, Irig, Šid, Ruma, Pećinci and Sremska Mitrovica.
The essential activity of the Archives is the protection, storing and processing of the archival materials. The Archives, in accordance with legislations, guarantees the materials to be public and available in order to be used in scientific and practical researches.
There are about 6,000 metres of archival materials stored in the depots of the Archives which are classified in 1,316 funds and 13 collections. The archival materials which are significantly important are the Registries from the churches, the oldest one presrved from 1732. The Registries have been created by the Roman Chatolic, Orthodox, Greek Chatolic, Jewish and a couple of Protestant religious communities. All the Registries are on microfilms and they are digitalized and the data are easily available to the researches.
The funds of the public administration documents created between the second half of the 18th and the beginning of the 20th century are thought to be extremely important.They contain the archival materials of magistrates, markets, estates, counties, cantons and municipalities which are of interest to the researchers, especially historians.
The archival funds created during World War I and World War II are kept in the Archives of Srem. They are very significant for the researchers who study that period, not only locally, but concerning more extensive research projects as well. Most of the funds stored in the Archives were created after World War II.
The Archives own nearly 150,000 microforms, 55,436 of them being scans kept in digital form, which enables a faster and easier search, overview and preservation of the original documents.
The Historical Archives ‘Srem’ is situated in the building built at the end of the 18th century as a facility for the Military Border. It has been protected by law as a cultural heritage. After several modifications the building has completely been adapted to meet the needs of the Archives. There are 16 employees who work in the Archives.
Opening hours – from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.
Address: the Historical Archives ‘Srem’, Vuka Karadžića 4, 22,000 Sremska Mitrovica
Telephone number/Fax: 022 621 861
The Institurion for Promotion of Culture ‘Srem’
Address: Vuka Karadzica 10, 22,000 Sremska Mitrovica
Telephone number: 022 628 718
The Institution for Promotion of Culture ‘Srem’ is a social organization which fosters culture, enlightenment and education, science, art and creativity, founded in Decembre 2003. The institution issues informative publications and advertising materials to inform the public about their actions and affirm the cultural and educative activities and all the forms of both amateur and professional creativity.
On the basis of the calendar of the Union of Amateurs of Serbia and Vojvodina it determines the calendar of the municipal competitions (in recitation, drama and music) and organizes those events.
It supervises and supports the activities of folklore ensembles of the minorities (the Ruthenians, the Romani people…).
Concerning the publishing activities, the most prominent magazine is the one on scinece, art and culture ‘Sunčani sat’ (‘Sundial’). The magazine was started in 1992, it has been published once a year (with the approximate circulation of 1,000 copies), and it is also engaged in the preservation of the cultural and historical heritage of Sremska Mitrovica and Srem.
In Sremska Mitrovica, within the project ‘I Love SM’ organized by the Cultural Educational Centre, the Oratorical Festival Sirmium lux verbi – Sirmium the light of words has been held every year for ten years. The Institution for Promotion of Culture ‘Srem’ has inherited the organization of the Oratorical Festival in 2004.
The festival resurrected on the antique monuments of one of the oldest cities of Europe and it is held on a site of ancient Sirmium. At the beginning of the Christian Era the city had a stratum of intellectuals who left some relics of eternal value. Among those relics is a rare bronze sculpture of an orator, a rhetorician of the beginning of the Christian Era, which was created in the honour of the righteous word. In the period before Christ, famous writers and biographers who glorified Sirmium as a ‘highly populated and glorious mother of all the cities’ lived there.
The festival gained immense respect and represents the most important cultural event in our town. It is an international festival, and the representatives of Greece, Russia, Bulgaria, the Republic of Srpska, and Italy have participated in it so far.
The Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments
Address: Trg Sv. Dimitrija 10, 22,000 Sremska Mitrovica
Telephone number: 022 621 568
The border troops’ building of the Petrovaradin Regiment, the 9th Border Regiment, was built after 1747, when the headquarters of the Regiment was moved to Mitrovica. (Nowadays the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments is situated in it.)
The institutional preservation of cultural monuments in the region of Srem and a part of Mačva, has lasted for four decades, and it began when the Regional Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments was founded in Sremska Mitrovica in 1961.
The historical circumstances have contributed to the accumulation of material evidence of great significance for the cultural history of the Serbian people, the nationalities and minorities of the region. After World War II, the monasteries of Fruška Gora were devastated. They were in ruins, together with dozens of orthodox churches. The monuments were exposed to constant and accelerating destruction.
The last few decades have represented a new era in the conservation of cultural heritage. A vast amount of cultural monuments has been saved, protected and it contributes to future cultural heritage.
Cultural monuments are a vision of an era and spirituality of a people, the voice of the creative faith, and national individuality, as well as of the creative energy which has been marked by history. Each monument has its history which represents its identity and integrity.
On the territory of Srem, there are 215 units of cultural heritage under the jurisdiction of the Institution, 29 of them with the status of national cultural heritage of high importance – 23 cultural monuments, 1 cultural and historical venue, 3 archeological sites and 2 remarkable places.