During a visit to Belgrade during the 1990s, Richard Holbrooke, a U.S. diplomat and one of the authors of the Dayton Agreement that ended the war in Bosnia, accused Slobodan Milošević of stifling media freedom in Serbia.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the establishing of the international documentary film festival in Belgrade, Beldocs. Its jubilee edition will be held from 8th to 15th May at various venues in the Serbian capital
We are a country that has seven million inhabitants, and we have Vojvodina, Mačva, Šumadija, Pomoravlje, and with all that we have a million hungry people. If we are not capable, we should immediately lease the country to someone to feed us.
I am neither capable of being a Frenchman nor would I want to be one. I am deeply rooted as a Yugoslav and I will remain that way until the end of my life. I also have deep roots as a Belgrader, which implies that I am also a Serb. When someone asks me how I feel in terms of whom I belong to, I always give the same answer: I’m a Yugoslav painter who lives and works in France, whether someone likes that or not!
The works of artist Nebojša Veselinović, aka Đura, are personalised to the extent that they represent specific personalities. Veselinović is famous for creating atypical items using world-class materials
His name is mentioned with great respect. Milena Dravić and Dragan Nikolić remain unsurpassed as a couple in his series Cheek to Cheek, Zoran Radmilović was at his best when acting in his series More Than a Game. His film Zona Zamfirova was watched by 1.2 million people, which is an unparalleled record in Serbia.
There is no ordinary working day at Mikser House - rehearsal for a punk concert takes place at the same time as business meetings, and just a night after the premiere of Mikser’s own theatrical production, the space is being rearranged for some lecture or weekend festival. There are programmes here 365-days-a-year
I have long thought that caricaturists during the centuries fought for the position of some kind of court jester who serves to entertain the king, his close associates, and then also the national mass. And they rarely had a problem because of that. However, the situation in the world is visibly changing for the worse year after year. The killing of the caricaturist in Paris, for example, or the beating of a caricaturist in Syria.
It is paradoxical that I took fewer hits from the regime and a lot more from some people from the profession – because of their envy and malice, but I wasn’t particularly disturbed because of that, nor has it ever interfered with my work. This work has always been my only defence
Innovative and creative cooperation lies at the core of the new EUNIC Serbia approach to cultural relations and co-operation, addressing open society and youth issues with strategically focused and formatted activities in the new EUNIC GLOBAL strategy period 2016-2019
With the introduction of the traditional rakugo theatre and an exhibition of dolls, pieces of Japan have been brought to Belgrade. Culture has been proven as the most certain way for countries and peoples to come together, regardless of how far apart they are geographically. That was also the case this June, thanks to the guest appearance in Belgrade of the Japanese rakugo theatre and the exhibition “Dolls of Japan”, organised by the Embassy of Japan in Serbia
Projects based on mutual understanding and those that bring people together are the best way to strengthen cultural ties between any country and the UK, says Clare Sears, Director of the British Council for Serbia and the Western Balkans.
What is happening today inevitably reminds me of the ‘90s, although without baseball bats in the streets, without people being chased, killed and buried in Topčider or some other forest. Everything else is characteristic of a relatively totalitarian regime that has a great love for tabloidisation of every type, including bad music, the dross in which we drown as though submerged in faeces
Dance has always been the best kept secret for liberation. By liberating the body, the magic of dance permeates and opens room for debate on important issues, thereby pushing back certain borders within society. This is exactly what Netherlands-based international dance company Club Guy & Roni, led by Israeli artist Guy Weizman, has been doing since it was founded in 2002
I've always loved dance. Ballet came into my life much later, when I was eight years old. My grandma is responsible for me going to ballet school, because she constantly took me to the theatre and often spoke of the time between the two wars, when some interesting Russian dancers and instructors showed up in Belgrade, bringing the aromas and atmosphere of the great stages and an amazing profession.