The Živa Award 2015

The deadline for the submission is 15th of February, 2015


The Živa Award has been established in 2012 on the initiative of an expert project group from the Forum of Slavic Culture member countries. Slavic goddess Živa (also Żiwia, Siva, Sieba or Razivia) represents a principle of life, longevity, youthfulness, beauty, mildness, vitality and fertility. These are the attributes that should describe also condition of Slavic heritage.

The role of museums in contemporary societies seems to be increasingly complex and multifaceted.  Going beyond the traditional skills in documenting, preserving and making accessible to the public their collections (which nevertheless remain in the DNA of every kind of museum) modern  museums have to play a more and more proactive role in terms of social responsibility namely as far as  the impact of the museum on the local, regional and international scene is concerned. This has to do with an efficient educational policy, with the museum’s role as a meeting place for the community, creating a general atmosphere favourable to openness, discussions and exchanges of ideas. In short, a strong attention to the visitors and to the museum’s users.  But it also means to be able to contribute to the development of museological ideas and / or practices adequate to the goals identified by each museum’s mission.

Additionally, in the present financial climate at the European level a positive sense for leadership and a good use of resources available are essential points for any sustainable strategy of development of the above depicted museums qualities .

The Živa Award aims at



    rewarding  and


experiments, projects, practices in the museum sector within the specific cultural and geographical framework of the European countries of Slavic culture recognizing the peculiarities and specific values of the Slavic world with its story, its traditions, its heritage, its common and sometimes contradictory roots as well as  its problems.

Applications are welcomed from all types of museums: scientific, technical, industrial museums or science centers, also historical, ethnographical, architecture or natural history museums, established long ago or recently opened on the local, regional, or state levels.