As every year, the Mikser Festival pours all the practical knowledge and experience we gain during the year dealing with sustainable design, urbanism, art, social justice, and in general, the potential for a better and healthier future of society and individuals. The specificity of 2020 brought us pressure, but also an experience incomparable to all the previous ones: pandemic, physical distance, and re-examination of everything we thought we knew, intertwined with the insatiable human need to create, socialize and learn in and for the community social flows. In the first place, there are older people who, due to the inability to use modern communication platforms and applications, often stay out of the center of events.

Mikser, in cooperation with UNFPA and with the help of the Serbian Red Cross, is organizing training that should enable older citizens to use computers, smartphones, and all accompanying communication programs more easily. MF2020 is a place where CK volunteers acquire basic practical knowledge for training the elderly. It is with great pleasure that we present prototypes of innovative and sustainable projects for the items we rely on every day, created by Young Balkan designers with the support of leading furniture manufacturers from the region. They care about the use of materials, the possibility of repair or conversion to preserve non-renewable natural resources.

We remain in the discourse of sustainable design with the Made In Studio workshop. The Mikser is part of a two-year collaboration between designers and craftsmen from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria, which resulted in prototypes of objects and new / renewed craft techniques aimed at humanizing the production process, revitalizing workshops, and preserving the environment.

We encourage future professionals to include environmental topics that are of vital importance in the media image of Serbia. How to report on the environment responsibly and persistently? Why is environmental news presented sensationally? Who are the credible sources? How to Manage Reporting on Environmental Issues.

A panel of experts in architecture and urban planning presents the results of a survey showing how women feel in public urban spaces. Although urban planning is a gender-neutral discipline, practice shows us that our spaces, from institutions to public parks, are adapted to men’s needs and experience. Women of all ages, as well as other sensitive groups, therefore have much lower quality access to the city’s infrastructure.

This year’s traditional BlackBox competition deals with the monumental tradition in our area. The authors of the 10 best works, according to the jury, participate in a two-day workshop (ANTI)MONUMENT where they map the site and create a joint installation – a manifesto about/in space at the festival site. Young authors have the opportunity to participate in a series of talks with eminent artists and experts, such as Radoš Antonijević and Marko Lađušić, who critically deal with the topic of monuments and issues of cultural identity.