The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra is announcing the list of 500 young authors of the winning essays of the literary competition What Exactly Is a Philharmonic.

From 48 towns across Serbia, as well as from Montenegro, we received answers to seemingly quite a straightforward question: “What Exactly Is a Philharmonic”. Several hundred writings that flooded into our mailbox demonstrated all the earnestness, charm, sincerity and wittiness of children’s way of thinking.

The Evaluation Committee was chaired by this year’s recipient of the NIN Award, writer Ivana Dimić, who was assisted by Director of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra Ivan Tasovac, programme organisation staff Danica Maksimović, Asja Radonjić and Jelena Milašinović, as well as orchestra members Slavica Perić and Tamara Marinković Tomić. The authors of the winning essays are primary school pupils from all over the country, including places like Bajmok, Prilužje, Jadranska Lešnica, Veliki Izvor near Halovo and many others.

The list of award winners is available HERE.

All award recipients will receive the philharmonic backpack, which includes, among other gifts, My First Classical Music CD, recorded and published by the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. The talented winners will be notified subsequently on the date of award presentation.