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R.I.P. Dragan Klaic (1950-2011)



It is with great sadness that ENCATC acknowledges that Dragan Klaic, former director of Theater Instituut Nederland and past president of Culture Action Europe (then EFAH), passed away in Amsterdam on Thursday 25 August.

Dragan Klaic was a talented theater scholar and an internationally recognised cultural analyst. He was a source of inspiration to so many of us in the cultural sector who relied on his dynamism, his expertise and his innovative spirit in advancing the debate on cultural policy and cultural management. 

Born in Serbia in 1950, Dragan was a real cosmopolitan. Educated in dramaturgy in Belgrade, he held a doctorate in theater history and dramatic criticism from Yale University, and obtained professorships in several institutions across Europe and in the US. In addition to his involvement in countless cultural initiatives, the vast number of books he published remain an invaluable legacy of his important contribution to the cultural policy sector and a crucial source of knowledge for many future cultural managers. His challenging opinions, contagious motivation and uncompromising dedication will be sorely missed by ENCATC members who valued Dragan as a key player in the cultural field.

An open memorial gathering will take place in Felix Meritis, Amsterdam, on Sunday 4 September at noon.

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