The present-day Public Institution: Center for Culture and
Education Laktasi was founded in 1955. It is the organizer of various cultural programs – visual arts
exhibitions and colonies, concerts of classical and ethno-music, theater
performances, and festivals. It also organizes foreign language courses and computer
literacy training courses.
In 2003, a little-theater group Daske (i.e. Footlights) was set
up within the Center, which has had a children’s group as well since 2007. With its performances, the
group has won recognition at numerous festivals in B&H, Serbia, and
The Center and Drama Studio are the organizers of the
competitive International Festival of Littletheater Groups in Laktasi, which
has been gathering together little-theater groups from Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia,
Slovenia, Federation of B&H, and the Republic of Srpska since 2006.
As of 2009, the Center has also been organizing the art colony
Lasta (i.e. Swallow) with the aim to stimulate visual art creativity in the
municipality of Laktasi and the Republic of Srpska, to exchange experiences,
and to establish cooperation with visual artists from all parts of the former
As of 2008, the Public Institution Center for Culture and
Education has also been organizing the event: Comic-strip Salon.
The Public Institution Public Library Veselin Maslesa, Laktasi,
carries on the tradition originated in the beginning of the 20th century, when the first libraries popped up
in the territory of Laktasi, specifically in the elementary schools in Maglajani, Drugovici, and Slatina.
The first library in Laktasi proper was opened on April 24,
1950, and had the holdings of 417 books. The earthquake in 1969 interrupted its operation and, on April
1, 1972, it was restored under the name of Veselin Maslesa and in the premises
of the newly founded People's University in Laktasi. It separated from the
People's University in 1997 and since then, it has been operating under the
name – Public Library Laktasi. Today, it is located in the building of the
Center of Culture and Education and has the holdings of over 30 thousand
library items classified into four departments:
• The department for children with the holdings of around ten
thousand books, which also manages the activities of the Creative Workshop and Reading Room –
Fantasy Room, which stimulate and develop creativity, originality, imagination,
artistic expression and, in particular, love of books and written word.
• The department for adults has, within the holdings of around
20 thousand books, masterpieces of the world and our literature and professional literature, and it
also has remarkable holdings of literature in foreign languages, particularly
in English and French.
• The reading room is divided in the study with the holdings of
about two thousand selected titles of professional, reference books and eight computers at the
disposal to the users, and the reading room containing periodicals with the rich holdings of daily and periodical
publications, suited to different users.
• The collection of the heritage fund has been collected and
formed with special attention. It includes versatile materials from all the areas of social, economic,
cultural, and political life of the municipality. This fund offers the
opportunity to easily follow the development of the municipality through time
The Public Library also contributes to the cultural life of
Laktasi by organizing literary meetings and promotions of contemporary books,
and it also organizes forums on the topical scientific, social, and other themes.
It is also the organizer of or participant in the traditional events in
Laktasi. In spring, for the Day of the Municipality, together with the Public
Institution Center for Culture and Education and the Serbian Educational and
Cultural Society (SECS) Prosvjeta (i.e. Education), it organizes Susretanja
(i.e. Encounters) – gathering together and promotion of native writers,
painters, sculptors, actors, instrumentalists, vocalists, comic-strip artists,
and other artists. In summer, before the end of the school year, with the event
Biblioteci u pohode (i.e. Visiting the Library), along with the occasional
cultural program, it organizes free-of-charge subscription of new little
readers. In winter, by the end of December, The Days of the Library are held in
token of gratitude to the little and adult readers.
The SECS Prosvjeta and the Cultural and Artistic Society (CAS)
Slavko Mandic also give a significant contribution to the cultural life in Laktasi and its environs.
The CAS Slavko Mandic, in its folklore ensemble, orchestra,
ethno-group, and other groups, gathers together over 250 members. It was founded in 1977, and it has
had the present name as of 1980. It is one of the most successful ambassadors of culture of its
community. It has as many as 60 concerts a year. Only in the past decade, it had guest performances in
Greece, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Spain and, at
the International Festival of Folklore in Italy, in 1996, it won the first