The 2019 Award winner: Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski
Doctoral Thesis: “Theory of institutions and cultural policies for contemporary performative practices” obtained from the University of Arts in Belgrade, Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Serbia.
Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski is a cultural manager, curator and researcher, an active part of the independent art and culture scene in North Macedonia. She is a co-founder and executive director of Lokomotiva – Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture, co-founder of Nomad Dance Academy (NDA) and Kino Kultura (KK) – project space for contemporary performing arts and culture. With Lokomotiva she also co-founded Jadro – Association of the Independent Cultural Scene. Tanurovska Kjulavkovski is committed to initiating, curating and managing diverse projects and programs. Some of her latest projects include “Dissonant (co)spaces”; “Cultural Spaces for Active Citizens”, the “Art, Politics, Institution, Body” curatorial program and ongoing research on issues of cultural workers’ rights, public spaces and institutions in culture. She has worked as a consultant of the European Cultural Foundation and European Commission. Tanurovska Kjulavkovski is the author of various texts, (co)editor of numerous publications, journals and books. She has been a guest lecturer at different programs, as well as universities. Since 2011, she has been working as an independent lecturer at the Faculty of Music Arts in Skopje. She is a graduate of art history and archeology and holds MSc on Interculturalism, Cultural Management and Cultural Policy at the University of Arts in Belgrade. She has completed her PhD on “Theory of institutions and cultural policies for contemporary performative practices” at the University of Drama Arts in Belgrade, under the mentorship of Prof. PhD Milena Dragićević Šešić.