2-4 – Belgrade Youth Centre
The large “Japanism” convention has been held every July for many years. The event’s attendance figures and popularity have grown, leading to growth in the need for more such events. In order to meet the increased need for such content, Sakurabana organised the first ChibiCon, in cooperation with the Belgrade Youth Centre, in 2013. ChibiCon represents a convention that is a mini version of Japanism. The name itself, ChibiCon, is composed of two words, Chibi (Japanese for “little”, but also with “cute and sweet” nuances of meaning) and the abbreviation Con, from convention, so the name describes the kind of event it is. ChibiCon is usually held at the beginning of the year in the Belgrade Youth Centre and runs for two days, during which visitors have the opportunity to enjoy various contents.
ChibiCon is dedicated to various aspects of pop culture in Japan, but also many other parts of the ‘geeky’ subculture from around the world. The programme is different each year, through there is some regular content, such as lectures, panel discussions, video game competitions, cosplay, an anime quiz, artist alley and exhibitions.
4 – Kolarac – 11.00
Tango Ensemble Libercuatro will hold a concert in the great hall of the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment on 4th February at 11am. The repertoire will include pieces by Fresade, Troilo, Cobián, Canara, Villold, Rodriguez, Caballer and Piazzolla. Entrance is free.
4,5 – Kolarac – 20.00
Nemanja Radulović returns to Belgrade for two concerts at Kolarac on 4th and 5th February, performing with the Double Sens, an ensemble comprising both Serbian and French musicians.
Nemanja has won many prestigious awards, including First Prize at the Hanover International Violin Competition and the “Révélation internationale de l’année” (Revelation of the year) at the Victoires de la musique classique. These distinctions would be sufficient to dub him one of the greatest virtuosos of his generation, though Nemanja doesn’t fit into any category. What strikes the listener is the spontaneity with which this young violinist develops his musical phrases, and his joy of playing that pervades the public’s mind and ears. He sets aflame concert halls with his every appearance, thanks to his performances and stage presence. He was recognised as the “International Revelation of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique in 2005 (European Association of Artist Managers, MIDEM prize), was nominated as “Rising Star” in 2006 and plays in the most important European concert halls. At the time of writing, Kolarac informed us that tickets are already almost sold out for both concerts, so if you are a fan of Nemanja you better hurry to secure your ticket before they’re all gone.
7 – Institut Français – 18:00
Cinéclub returns to the French Institute in 2018 with an array new films. Film gatherings will be organised every second Wednesday of each month, from 6pm to 8pm, in the cinema hall of the Institute at 31 Knez Mihailova Street. Screenings are free of charge and are led by a French Institute professor, with whom guests will be able to share impressions of the film whilst also practising their language skills. A new addition is that Cinéclub is now open to school language pupils, members of the mediateque, parents of kids attending children’s workshops, but also their friends and family. Cinéclub will run until July 2018.
Opening of the exhibition “Illustrations by Maria Hesse”
8 – Instituto Cervantes – 19.00
An exhibition of original illustrations from the book “Frida Kahlo: A Biography” by Maria Hesse, which is published in Serbia by the publishing house DIBIDUS. This exhibition features the extraordinary drawings of Maria Hesse in the technique of gouache, brush and acrylic pen on graphic paper, which she used to represent the images of Frida Kahlo and illustrate some moments from her biography.
Presentation of the book “Frida Kahlo: A Biography”
9 – Instituto Cervantes – 19.00
Following the presentation of her illustrations, Maria Hesse will present the book “Frida Kahlo: A Biography”, which has been published in Serbian by publishing house DIBIDUS.
Frida was much more than pain and suffering. It was enough for her to be the shadow of Diego Rivera and his devastating temperament, and she became an artist full of life. Her paintings are joyful and filled with colour, blood and life. She was a fighter who decided to go through life without considering the opinions of others. She was also a passionate woman who decided to live to the fullest – facing both the misfortune and joys life had in store for her. Inspired by the experiences of this Mexican painter, the book presents an illustrated walk through the exciting biography of Frida Kahlo. With this book, Illustrator Maria Hesse provides a new, brighter vision in interpreting the life of a legend.
Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra
8,9 – Kolarac – 20.00
The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Uroš Lajovac, will hold concerts in Kolarac Great Hall on 8th and 9th February, performing compositions by Ligeti, Rodrigo Vidre and Tchaikovsky.
Norman Beaker Band
11 – Belgrade Youth Centre – 21.00
The Norman Beaker Band has returned with a sensational new album and will perform at the Belgrade Youth Centre on Sunday, 11th February, as part of the European tour to promote the new album “We See Us Later”, performing as a blues quartet. With the 2015 album “Live in Belgrade”, the Norman Beaker Trio instantly conquered all in the world of blues, especially with hit “Only I Got What The Other Guys Want”, which reached the top of the international blues charts. Positive reviews from the UK, through Germany, Belgium to Canada, only reaffirmed his iconic status and the undisputed reputation as one of the best British blues musicians. During 2017, Norman Beaker became the eighth Brit to be included in the Blues Hall of Fame in the 21st century.
Mostar Sevdah Reunion
14 – Kolarac – 20.00
Mostar Sevdah Reunion, the renowned musical ensemble from Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, almost exclusively performs Bosnian traditional sevdah and gypsy music. The band comprises experienced musicians and often collaborates with renowned musicians in the field of gypsy music – the band made two albums with the “king” of gypsy music, the late Šaban Bajramović, and two albums with Ljiljana Buttler.
16 – Sava Centre – 20.00
The “Legends” have nurtured and performed Serbian old-town music for 30 years. The band traditionally launches its tour of Serbia every February, with a concert at Belgrade’s Sava Centre. If you want to get acquainted with Serbian old-town music or you are already a fan of this type of music, the “Legends” concert is a must.
24 – Štark Arena– 21.00
The pioneers of electronic music known as Kraftwerk will perform on 24th February at the Belgrade Štark Arena, under the auspices of the band’s extremely successful world tour of 3-D concerts. Kraftwerk was launched as a multimedia project in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Kraftwerk had achieved international fame by the mid-1970s, based on its revolutionary electronic “sound landscapes” and musical experiments with robotics and other technical innovations. With its visions of the future, Kraftwerk created the foundations of the sound of the 21st century’s digital age. By combining music and performance, Kraftwerk 3-D concerts represent a true “Gesamtkunstwerk” – a complete work of art, and reveal the complexity of the relationship between man and machine. The audience at the Štark Arena will be given special branded glasses that will allow them to “absorb” images coming from a huge LED screen set on stage behind the group. The setlist will certainly include their most famous songs, from “The Robots” and “Computer World” to “Trans Europe Express”: a masterpiece that literally invented a new concept of pop music, anticipating the invasion of technology in modern societies. Tickets are on sale at the Arena and Billet Service ticket offices, Eventim points of sale and via website starkarena.co.rs.
Exhibition American Pop Art
throughout February – Heritage House
The exhibition encompasses more than 110 original graphic works of art, from artists such as: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, John Chamberlain and Tom Wesselmann.
These works by icons of American pop-art are representative and recognisable works created during the 1960s, when pop artists reached the peak of their artistic expression, all the way to works from the first decade of the 21st century. The exhibition was ceremoniously opened on 12th January by U.S. Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Kyle Scott. The exhibition consists of original works in various techniques that are owned by the Visconti Fine Art gallery, which was founded in Milan in 1973 and has a representative office in Ljubljana.
The exhibition will run until 12th March at Belgrade’s Heritage House, Knez Mihaila Street 46.