Culture Calendar

April 2017


4 – Hala Sportova – 21:00

Apocalyptica celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of the Apocalyptica album “Plays Metallica by Four Cellos”, featuring Metallica’s greatest hits!

Traditionally favoured by our public, these Finnish rockers have included Belgrade in their European tour, so on 4th April 2017 at Belgrade Hala Sportova (Hall of Sports) we will have the opportunity to hear live renditions of the hits celebrated by Apocalyptica, which provided it with millions of sold album copies and sell-out world tours.

It is no coincidence that Apocalyptica has scheduled its tour in the same year that Metallica is promoting its new album, while the occasion of the twenty anniversary sees Apocalyptica rerelease the album “Plays Metallica by Four Cellos” on two vinyl records featuring previously unreleased instrumentals “Battery”, “Nothing Else Matters” and “Seek & Destroy”.

Dreaming Awake

Concert in honour of Philip Glass’s 80th birthday

5 – Kolarac – 20:00

This concert, under the title Dreaming Awake, is held in honour of the eightieth birthday of American composer Philip Glass.

Performers: Branka Parlić, Nada Kolundžija and Nataša Penezić – piano
Guests: Ljubičica and Katarina Radovanović Jeremić – piano

– Philip Glass: Metamorphosis No.1
– Terry Riley: Simone’s Lullaby from The Heaven Ladder Book 7
– Wim Mertens: Circular Breathing
– Anton Batagov: Waltz & E-minor
– Gavin Bryars: Ramble on Cortona (premiere performance in Serbia)
– Meredith Monk: Elis Island
– Nico Muhly: Drones & piano I–V
– Philip Glass: Dreaming Awake (premiere performance in Serbia) / Etudes No. 20, 2, 10 / Four movements for two pianos (premiere performance in Serbia)

Mister Dollar

6 – Terazije Theatre – 20:00

Victor Victoria

12 – Terazije Theatre – 20:00

Mamma Mia!

13 – Terazije Theatre – 20:00


20 – Sava Centre -20:00

Discussion: “Meeting with photographer Rubén Salgado”

8 – Instituto Cervantes – 17:30

Rubén Salgado Escudero is a Spanish photographer who was born in Madrid and spent his teen years in the United States, where he went on to graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia. He then relocated to Berlin and began working in the field of 3D animation for the video game industry.

Ten years later he resigned definitively and moved to Myanmar to pursue his passion for photography. Since then he has been working constantly on various photography projects throughout Asia, Africa and South America.

Thanks to his photographs being published in the prestigious National Geographic magazine, he became a member of the world renowned association “The Photo Society”.

Alongside National Geographic, his images have been published by other media (TIME, The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Die Zeit, Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal, El Pais, Semanal etc.). His works have been exhibited on numerous occasions around the world. His photo series “Solar portraits in Myanmar”, which the Serbian public will be able to see this April in the gallery of the Cervantes Institute, won the prestigious Sony World Photography Award in London.

Rubén Salgado Escudero gladly shares his knowledge and experience in the field of photography, be that with fellow photographers, up-and-coming young novices or amateur photo enthusiasts. He has participated as a lecturer in numerous workshops in New York, Tokyo and Rangoon. He gave a lecture in Beijing as part of the famous TEDx Talk series, while his experiences have also been heard by those who attended his lectures at New York’s Sony Gallery and Temple University in Tokyo.

The Belgrade public will have the opportunity to talk with Ruben on Saturday 8th April in the Ceremony Hall of the Cervantes Institute. On that occasion, this Spanish photographer will talk with all interested parties about, among other things, how he decided to venture into the world of photography, what the pros and cons of the photographer’s calling are, and what attracted him to the world of reportage photography.

(17:30) meeting with photographer Rubén Salgado
(19:00) Opening Ceremony

Discussion: Santiago Roncagliolo

20 – Instituto Cervantes – 19:00

Santiago Roncagliolo (born Lima, 1975) is the youngest author to receive the Alfaguara Novel Prize (2006) and the prestigious Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2011) in London. His previous novel, Shame (2004), attracted the attention of critics and audiences throughout the Hispanic world, before being translated into many languages and made into a film. Apart from this, he has also published the novels The Alligator Prince (2002), Memoirs of a Lady (2009), The Uruguayan lover (2012) and Oscar and His Women (2013) and the collection of short stories Growing Up Is A Sad Business (2003). As a screenwriter, playwright, author of children’s books and journalist, he collaborates with various media companies in Latin America, as well as Spanish daily newspaper El Pais.

Vokalkompagniet ChoirVokalkompagniet Choir

10 – Misker House – 20:00

The Vokalkompagniet choir comprises qualified and experienced singers from Copenhagen who are characterised by their strong musicality. The choir will perform in Serbia for the first time at Belgrade’s Mikser House on 10th April at 8pm.

Having performed for over 20 years, both in Denmark and abroad, Vokalkompagniet conveys the beauty of Nordic song, country and bluegrass, modern pop classics and swing jazz, but at its core the choir is woven from a love for colourful and emotional a capella pop compositions.

The choir’s repertoire also includes trip hop music during a capella performances of the likes of Massive Attack, Bjork and many others.

Those attending the Belgrade concert will have the opportunity to hear how choir members combine modern and old compositions. For this tour the choir is composed of 20 singers, led by conductor Simone Maja.

Divna & Melodi

20 – Sava Centre -20:00

Sacred music interpreter Divna Ljubojević and her “Melodi” vocal ensemble will hold a concert at Belgrade’s Sava Centre on 20th April at 8pm. “I’m really looking forward to the concert! This year it will actually be an Easter concert for the first time, as it will be held during the Octave of Easter – the week after Easter Sunday. This will significantly enrich the repertoire! The working title is ‘The Easter concert’,” says Divna.

Divna held an extremely successful concert at the Sava Centre last April, with which she celebrated 25 years of working with “Melodi” and at which she promoted the CD “Anthology – the most beautiful sacred music of the Orthodox East”. Her anthology was PGP RTS’s best-selling album in 2016. On the eve of her latest encounter with the Belgrade audience, Divna notes: “The joy of performing erases the difficulties that are unavoidable when preparing a concert in a hall of this kind! And the audience is exceptional!” After releasing her own version of the Bajaga & Instruktori hit “Since I love you” (Od kada tebe volim) last year, Divna has once again made a breakthrough in her career by releasing the classic “Go down to the river” (Siđi do reke) as a new single and video.

Divna decided, again with the help of producer and arranger Voja Aralica, to do her own cover version of this pop classic of Belgrade group U škripcu, out of “pure love for that song and the memories of the days it marked”.

Vlatko Stefanovski & the Big Band Orchestra of the Slovenian Armed Forces

21 – Sava Centre – 20:30

Legendary guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski will hold a concert at the Sava Centre with the Big Band Orchestra of the Slovenian Army on 21st April at 8.30pm.

“I’m certain you’ll be impressed by my new musical adventure, and the rich sound of this exceptional Big Band”, says Stefanovski. For the Sava Centre, Stefanovski and the Big Band Orchestra of the Slovene Army are preparing a repertoire that consists of some of his own compositions, but also very well-known funk, jazz and soul numbers, as well as traditional music tracks that have been arranged specifically for such a composition. There will also be some new arrangements and songs that they have not previously performed together.

“So, this is not about marching and parade music, but rather more serious arrangements of jazz standards and, of course, arrangements inspired by traditional music,” explains Stefanovski. It was two years ago when the conductor of the Big Band Orchestra of the Slovenian Army, Rudolf Gas, invited Stefanovski to be a guest performer at their concert at Congress Square in Ljubljana. Stefanovski admits that he was initially somewhat sceptical, not knowing how and what that orchestra performs, but that after the first joint rehearsal he was left “completely fascinated by the sound and professionalism of the orchestra”. Their excellent Ljubljana concert was also marked by last year’s CD and DVD “The Big Band Orchestra of the Slovenian Army feat. Vlatko Stefanovski”, released by CPC Ljubljana and featuring performances of the compositions “Gypsy Song”, “Jovano Jovanke”, “Stratus” etc. “This is not a classic military orchestra, but rather a Big Band that sounds like every great jazz big band. All members are exceptional musicians, and most of them are jazz musicians. Their appearance is also very attractive, as they perform in military parade uniforms. The orchestra also includes female members, who are responsible for backing vocals,” explains Vlatko.

Freddy Kempf

24 – Kolarac – 20:00

Born in London in 1977, Kempf made his first public appearance at the age of just 8, at a concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After winning the title of BBC Young Musician of the Year, he became known to the broader public after his performance at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998. That year he won third prize, while first place went to Denis Matsuev. Some judges had wanted to award the first prize jointly to Matsuev and Kempf, and had successfully negotiated with the Russian Culture Ministry for the additional funding. However, Kempf only collected the third prize in the end, which provoked a barrage of indignant protests from both the audience and the Russian press, who accused some of the judges of bias and dubbed Kempf the Hero of the competition. Kempf returned to Moscow the following year, 1999. His visit included several sold-out concerts, huge popularity and great media attention.

Tchaikovsky – The Seasons
Prokofiev – Piano Sonata No. 1
Rachmaninoff – Piano Sonata No. 2 (1913)

Meshell Ndegeocello

26 – Bitef Art Café – 22:00

Meshell Ndegeocello will complete the Musicology Barcaffé Sessions concert series with her performance at the Bitef Art Café club on 26th April. This American artist is a celebrated songwriter, vocalist and bassist, while her music encompasses various influences, from funk via soul, hip-hop, reggae, R&B and rock, all the way to jazz. Acclaimed by music critics and her fellow performers, Meshell has been nominated for Grammy Awards ten times. During her illustrious career she has performed and recorded with artists like Prince, The Rolling Stones, Alanis Morissette and many others.

International Jazz Day: Irena Blagojević

30 – Youth Centre – 21:00

International Jazz Day is celebrated worldwide on 30th April as an official UNESCO holiday, while jazz has been officially described in UN documents since 2011 as “a means of furthering understanding, dialogue and unity between people”.

Since 2012, the Belgrade Youth Centre and the Belgrade Jazz Festival have regularly marked this day with the staging of jazz concerts aimed at popularising this music genre and attracting the attention of the broadest possible audience.

The selection for this year is Irena Blagojević – an outstanding jazz, pop and soul singer who recently released her second album, entitled “Blistavi grad” (Shining City), released by PGP-RTS. Created in the jazz-pop genre in which Irena is the leading light on the domestic scene, she imposes herself as a mature singer, with specific and recognisable style, but also a composer, arranger and songwriter. In a manner based on the tradition of classic jazz divas, with a strong and distinctive voice, alongside fresh modern melodies, with a hint of pop elements, she brings nine songs that will be enjoyed not only lovers of jazz, but also the general public.