Culture without Borders

As a programme, Culture without Borders focuses on affirming cultural values, supporting institutions and events of national and international significance. By upholding culture in a social context and the values of humanity that it brings, we would like to raise people’s awareness in order to join hands in creating a better, happier, and more beautiful environment.


Supporting the most prestigious jazz festival in Southeast Europe is based on the wish to open up the space for global exchange of positive energy and artistic achievements and innovations through a harmonious intertwining of high-quality music and cultural values broadly construed.

The international jazz festival Nisville, supported by NIS for seven years running, is a traditional music event gathering world-renowned jazz musicians and attracting 100,000 admirers of this musical genre on average every year. The fact that in 2009 Nisville was declared a nationally significant cultural event and that it bears the title of “the best local brand” testify to this festival’s importance.

In addition to providing financial support, and with the aim of popularizing and promoting the festival, every year NIS organizes special actions for its followers on social networks.

Two years ago, the playlist titled “The Harmony of Our Energies”, containing about 150 performances of talented amateur musicians, was uploaded to NIS’ YouTube channel. Last year, on top of giving tickets to fans, a music competition was organized under the title Nisville Strings Attached? Owing to this competition, with as many as 47 bands applying, seven previously unknown music lineups from Serbia were given an exclusive chance to perform at the biggest jazz festival in the region.

Traditionally supporting young musicians, NIS has organised a competition this year by the name of ´Vote for Nišville´ that gave four winners a chance to perform at the Youth Stage in the festival line-up. In addition to the opportunity to present themselves to the audience of the biggest jazz festival in the region, the winners of the competition have also joined famous musicians in various music workshops.


From its inception in 1971 to the present day, the Belgrade International Film Festival FEST has become the most distinguished domestic film festival and one of the major events in the cultural life of Belgrade and Serbia.

The support for this internationally acclaimed festival which has been provided for many years by NIS as the main sponsor is aimed at the dissemination of ideas, opening up new prospects, promoting artistic talent as such, and upholding projects which improve upon the cultural life of the community in which the Company conducts its business.

During the festival NIS regularly organizes actions and competitions which encourage young people to be creative. For example, in 2014, at the 42nd FEST, held under the slogan “Not everything is black and white”, NIS organized a video competition “NISpired by Film” on Instagram. Giving emphasis to the importance of inspiration in the creation process as well as the inspiration afforded to us by film art itself, we awarded the winner of the competition, who sent us the most interesting interpretation of a film classic, with a three-day visit to the famous festival in Karlovy Vary, and prepared recognition awards for all other participants in the competition.

Balkan Trafik

For the sixth consecutive time, this year as well, NISwill be the general sponsor of the“Balkan Trafik“ festival, a landmark music pageant taking place this year for the 12th time in Brussels under the slogan “Urban Chapter“.

This is a festival that promotes within the European Union the tradition, culture and heritage of the Western Balkans countries, and annually it is attended on average by more than 6.000 people.

Up to this day, those, who attended this festival had an opportunity to see or hear the most brilliant stars of South East Europe and thus feel the atmosphere, rhythm, as well as tastes of the Balkans.

This year, “Dubioza kolektiv“ features as the principal guests of the “Balkan Trafik“. It is a band from Bosnia-Herzegovina, a sweeping attraction that is a fusion of rock, ska, punk and hip-hop.

Other than “Dubioza kolektiv“ band, the festival will feature a trumpet ensemble from Romania, “Fanfare Ciocarlia“, Marko Šelić Marčelo, a rapping poet from Serbia and some 250 other artists from this region.

NIS, a company operating in 5 Balkan countries, with the greatest of pleasures has been facilitating this event since 2013, seeking a unique way to contribute to the synergy and striking closer ties between the Balkan countries, along with bringing the entire Balkans closer to the European Union. In addition to this noble cause, NIS recognises the importance of the “Balkan Trafik“ for the promotion of the wealth of diversity of this part of Europe.

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The photographs taken at the 11th edition of the “Balkan Trafik“ festival you may look up here.

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