The opening speech of Mrs Milankа Marа Karic president of Karic foundation.
Ladies and Gentlemen, respected laureates and dear friends,
When something happens once, then it is an accident.
When something happens twice, then it is an intention.
When something happens for the third time, or several times, then we can talk of tradition.
Welcome to the second “Karic brothers” Awards ceremony!
So, dear friends, in making these Awards for the second time – we still cannot claim it to be traditional – but on behalf of my family and the Foundation I assure you that the “Karic Brothers” Award will become traditional and will continue for many years to come.
The intention was to make this Award every year in April – in the National theatre building. We wanted the best and most famous to sing, play music and speak for the best – selected – award winners. We wanted the “Karic Brothers” Award to be remembered for beauty and joy… and to end in fireworks. To our great sorrow, this year it will not be so. It is not the time for joy while Kosovo and Metohija are under the shadow of sorrow – suffering and expulsions of our people from their ancestral homes. This gives us great pain. Therefore, this year, we are not celebrating the Awards, but simply presenting them.
And why do we present them at all in these difficult times?
Because we know that we need strength – more than ever before – the strength brought by creation and the spirit – science and humanism – knowledge and the arts – virtues in which we are the strongest, with which we defend our right to survival and keep our place in European Christian civilization and secure it for future generations.
For the strength and perseverance of a country and its people largely depend on how well the works of its creators are known and recognized in the world.
Let me repeat what I said last year – and what is slowly becoming the motto of the “Karic Brothers” Award:
The Award does not give honor to the Man – but the Man gives honour to the Award.”
May dear God let us make next year’s Awards and celebrate them with song and fireworks.