Enrica Damini: Six weeks at the Belgrade

Posted on 12 June 2017

My name is Enrica Damini, and I am an MA student in International Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Warwick.

The Master’s degree I am doing offers students the opportunity to undertake a placement in a cultural organisation. I considered this a good opportunity to both gain practical experience in arts management and explore the management practice of a cultural organisation.

Over the past six weeks, I had the chance of working with both the Belgrade Community and Education Department and its associate artist Ola Animashawun, discovering parts of many different projects.

Indeed, I have been developing a new marketing campaign for Ola’s company, Euphoric Ink (EI). This involved understanding EI’s existing audience, finding new potential audiences who might be interested in EI’s products and developing a strategy to create a long lasting relationship with both of them.

I have also been working organising the event Our Space, Your Sanctuary, which aims to celebrate Refugee Week (19 – 25 June 2017) and nurture a collaboration between the Belgrade and Coventry-based bodies that support asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Most of my tasks have been operational, but I also contributed to the creative development of the event, which is taking place on Monday 19 June.

However, my work was not solely office-based. Indeed, not only have I contributed to the delivery of Middle Youth Theatre workshops for young people, but I have also had the chance of working with the Front of House team. These opportunities allowed me to gain a better understanding of how different departments collaborate.

I have really enjoyed the relationships I made with my colleagues, especially those I have been in touch with on a daily basis. What is incredible and admirable about the Belgrade is that, being an unexperienced student, my opinion has always been taken into account, and I have always been treated with dignity and respect. Additionally, I have always been given a certain degree of independence and responsibility whilst being supported by my two supervisors, Claire Simpson and Ola Animashawun. My lovely office-mates have looked after me since the first moment I stepped in.

Over the past six weeks, I had the confirmation that kindness, politeness, demeanour and availability lead to the development of a warm and welcoming environment. I will always keep this in mind with all the memories I gathered.