Form establishment till today

In February 1969, a group of young enthusiasts led by Đorđe Prodanović and Lazar Teofilović began work on starting a folk-dance society. In autumn that same year, the Municipality of Ruma made a decision about forming the Cultural-Artistic Society “Branko Radičević”. Lazar Teofilović was appointed the first President of the Society together with Nikola Drobac, Mirko Vukov, Stevan Orišek and Ivan Kosjer as members of the Board. Ballet, folk-dance and music sections were formed. Margita Bratonožić, a well-known ballet-dancer from Novi Sad was in change of the ballet and folklore sections, assisted by Brankica Đokić. Isidor Hadnađev, the music editor at Radio Novi Sad and his assistant Jovica Jovanović were hired to form and work with a tamburitza orchestra.

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“Dances from Srem”, town square in Ruma, 1984, choreographer Olga Skovran

The first assistant was Nikola Papišta followed by Milivoj Zorić who takes credit for forming the Folk Orchestra.
Children's folklore group starts working, led by Brankica Đokić.

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One of the first generations of the folklore ensemble in “Šopska” costumes

All choreographies are based on national customs, original songs and music of our folklore area.

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“Wedding in Srem” , in milieu of a village house in Srem

The bombardment of our country and difficult situation in the society reflected on our Society as well. The separation of the tamburitza orchestra made things even worse. The situation resulted in holding an extra assembly on 27.11.2004, so that a new Statute of the Society could be adopted. The Society gets new management and a new name- Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs “Branko Radičević”, and starts working seriously. On December 10th 2005, a gala concert was held to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Society.

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The closing scene of the gala Concert

Serious and dedicated work has resulted in winning two silver medallions. Senior children's ensemble won a silver medallion at the Provincial competition of the children's ensembles of Vojvodina in Sombor, in May 2006..

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Children's senior performing ensemble- Provintial competition in Sombor, silver medallion

Performing Ensemble won a silver medallion and special reward for song on Festival of Musical Society of Vojvodina in Ruma, in June 2006.

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Serbian dances from Western Slavonia, Performing Ensemble, FMSV, June 2006, silver medallion

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At the end of this season ANIP has three groups of the Folklore School, junior and senior children's performing ensembles and the Performing Ensemble. All these groups have been supported and accompanied by our Folk Orchestra, both at practice and performances. Currently, there are around 200 active members in ANIP.

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