Charles Simić is among America’s greatest poets. In late August he spent two days in his hometown of Belgrade, whilst on his way back from Macedonia, where he received the "Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings", one of Europe’s most important poetry awards, in recognition of his entire poetry opus.
This celebrated Yugoslav and Serbian actor will this year commemorate half a century of performing on stage, film and television with a great exhibition at the Museum of Theatrical Arts in Belgrade. He says of himself that he has two vices – smoking and acting. He can’t give up either of them, as they both bring him great satisfaction
This great Yugoslav actor, who has enjoyed a glittering international film career, talks about how – as a Serb from Croatia - he left a country at war in the 1990s, which is why hatred is a foreign word to him, and he teaches his students in Rijeka about that today. He has been a guest in the home of famous Croatian writer Miroslav Krleža, and long ago he drove today's Croatian Prime Minister to basketball training with his own sone when they were kids. He has shot films with global stars, but for him the only remaining Hollywood great is Warren Beatty
This writer and polemicist is a critic of socialism and the multi-party system, but also the government that expelled Serbs from Croatia. He has adopted the idea that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels, while he says that today’s Croatia is coming apart at the seams. His new book, The Pre-Death Diary, has upset the public with its handling of the topics of aging, suicide and death
He was four years old when jazz started being playing in Serbia. Today has reached the ripe old age of 93! He founded the first jazz orchestra in Serbia and was its conductor for 30 years, and has also met and heard the world’s greatest jazz musicians. He claims that jazz was viewed in post-WWII Yugoslavia with great suspicion; that the communist authorities didn’t like jazz, but he didn’t like the communists, so they were all square
“Believe it: Serbia is a great place for many branches of the arts. Services, transport and labour are much more reasonably priced than in other countries. There are tradesmen on every corner, and this would also be an opportunity for them to earn more money than they do on regular jobs. These are also advantages that Serbia should promote, in order for art to slowly become a branch that brings money, but also improves image”
In the 60-year history of Yugoslav and Serbian television, almost half a century belongs to Siniša Pavić. He has authored some of the most watched, most popular and most repreated television series: Graduates, Hot Wind, Better Life, Happy People, Family Treasures, Here Come the Dollars, The White Ship, Theatre in the House...
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