About

GRAD – European Centre for Culture and Debate, also known as KC GRAD, was opened in 2009. It is a product of a joint initiative of Cultural Front Belgrade and Amsterdam based Felix Meritis Foundation. KC Grad is situated in an old warehouse located in the old, neglected and rundown industrial neighborhood in the very heart of Belgrade, on the banks of the Sava river. GRAD organizes exhibitions, conferences, debates, book promotions, workshops, music programs, film screenings and many other events. Through all its programs and activities as well as cooperation that are established on regional and European level, KC Grad harness the power of culture and arts to contribute the social cohesion, cultural participation, mobility of artists and cultural workers and promotion of human rights.

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure.

Sir Marcus McKellen
Founder & Actor (HFC)

The annual program of Grad gallery is one of the key programs of Cultural center Grad from the very beginning in terms of audience development and international cooperation. Every year, through an open call, the international board makes a selection of 10 to 15 suggested projects from the visual arts sphere. The main objective is to promote independent local and international artists and provide them with the space to share their art and ideas.

Artists in residence is the program organized from 2012 which aims to provide a space for artistic creation, for both local and international artists. During the two months period artists are given the opportunity to use the space of the GRAD gallery as an atelier.  The idea is not only to support aspiring artists, but also to empower sharing ideas and experiences. During the residency, the open studio days are organized for interested visitors and at the end of the program, a group exhibition is organized at the GRAD gallery.

Literary programs have been continuously organized since the opening of KC GRAD, which has changed its name and structure during the years, however the main goal remained unchanged. Literary program includes the promotion of new publications by new authors coming from Serbia, the region and worldwide, and support for small local publishing houses, while the additional aim is to empower critical thinking and debate. KC GRAD has also published a few editions, through the years, such as short story collections “Prostor za mokrog psa” and “Gradske priče”.

Deli Monday is the program that started in 2011 with the idea to serve gastronomic specialties coming from cuisines around the world but also to promote different initiatives. Every Monday artists, local chefs, diplomats and international organizations prepare different dishes. During the past years, the menu included French onion soup, hummus, solyanka, raclette, beef Bourguignon, enchiladas, pastas, different desserts and vegan and vegetarian options as well.

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The Royal Curly House of Royal Curly Theatre operates three theatres, rehearsal studios, meeting rooms, a bar and a café.

The Royal Theatre is also used as an exciting alternative to more conventional conference facilities and reception centres, hosting conferences, events, product launches, and AGMs for a range of clients.

PHONE / (03) 9371 5201
EMAIL / events@royalcurlytheatre.com.au

Staff & Board

Royal Theatre is led by co-CEOs, Artistic Director John Crawford and Executive Producer William Thompson. The Executives are supported by the core artistic team: Samuel Olivier (Resident Dramaturg), Jordan Tyson (Associate Producer), Martin Scott (Director in Residence) and Susan Brown (Resident Artist).

BOARD MEMBERS / Adam Auster (Chair), Ben Miller (Deputy Chair), Heidi Lana AM, Andrew Johnson QC, Ronnie Brown, Michelle May, John Stevenson AM, Angelina Rey, Amy Tyson, Martin Bell, Tasha Rufus, Laura Lanzeti AO & Rodrigo Gomez.

ARTISTIC & PROGRAMMING

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CO-CEO / John Crawford
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & CO-CEO / William Thompson
RESIDENT DRAMATURG / Samuel Olivier
DIRECTOR IN RESIDENCE / Martin Scott
RESIDENT ARTIST / Susan Brown
RESIDENT DESIGNER / Tony Rufus
PRODUCER / Andrew McNamara
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / Jordan Tyson
COMPANY MANAGER / Amanda Fields

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

FINANCE MANAGER / Adam Scarlett
FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR / Debbie Fox
GENERAL MANAGER / Liz Gaudini

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

MARKETING MANAGER / Tasha Roberson
PUBLICIST / Curly Publicity
GRAPHIC DESIGN / Curly Design

TICKETING & BOX OFFICE

CRM & TICKETING MANAGER / Alec May
BOX OFFICE MANAGER / Sarah O’brien

PRODUCTION

PRODUCTION MANAGER / Ernst Pynchon
WORKSHOP MANAGER / Daniel Auster
TECHNICAL MANAGER / William Twain
OPERATIONS MANAGER / Tony Miller
HEAD TECHNICIAN / Jason Lanzeti
HEAD CARPENTER / Michelle Lana

EDUCATION

YOUTH & EDUCATION MANAGER / Tatiana Alexis

VENUE MANAGEMENT

VENUE MANAGER / James Bell
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGERS / Harry Olivier & Marta Crawford

DEVELOPMENT

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER / Liz Scott
PHILANTHROPY COORDINATOR / Deena Scarlett
SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR / Heather Tyson