Culture Calendar

April 2018

Knight Fest 2018

1 – Kalemegdan Belgrade Fortress – 9.00-20.00

This year sees the Royal Order of Knights continue its long tradition of a festival of chivalry for children and parents, as well as for numerous guests from Serbia and all over the world. On the most beautiful children’s holidays. Vrbica (Willows day) and Cveti (Blooms), the Belgrade Fortress will once again shine like it did in the golden age of the despots, six centuries ago. Belgrade will once again become a city of knights, princesses, children and joy!

Under the slogan “Boys and girls, let’s become princes and princesses”, the Knight Fest invites the whole family to experience a modern-day tale at the Belgrade Fortress.

Organisers promise that the festival’s programme will appeal to visitors’ imagination, regardless of their age.

Programme vitezfest.org

 

Vlatko Stefanovski

2 – Kolarac – 20.00

Celebrated guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski will hold a solo concert at Kolarac Endowment Hall on 2nd April, at which he will present his latest acoustic album ‘Mother tongue’, which he says was recorded in only three or four days. “I recorded the most intimate album so far,” insists Vlatko.

As a soloist, Vlatko has performed and recorded with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra, MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna’s Tonkunstler Orchestra, the Simphonieta Orchestra from Sophia, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra – Ljubljana, the Student symphony orchestra from Skopje, the FoolCool Jazz Big Band, RTV Ljubljana Big Band, Croatian HTV Big Band, RTV Serbia Big Band etc.

Stefanovski is renowned for his unique guitar technique and tone. He has performed around the world with his own Vlatko Stefanovski Trio.

 

Photography exhibition “Gran Via. Echoes of a City”

3 – Instituto Cervantes – 19.00

Spanish artist Luis Camacho’s photography exhibition “Gran Via. Echoes of a City” will officially open at the Gallery of the Cervantes Institute in Belgrade on 3rd April at 7pm.

The hundred-year-old Gran Via street is one of Madrid’s main arteries and one of its most recognisable avenues. Its construction, between 1910 and 1931, marked the beginning of the Spanish capital’s modernisation, along with the rise of the country’s first skyscrapers and the arrival of then current architectural trends from the United States.

The exhibition “Gran Via. Echoes of a City” represents an everyday stroll through today’s urban experience. Travel through a space in which rhythmic characters co-exist, sharing conflicts and constant movement. This is a sociological study of ordinary people and their everyday existence. It is also a journey through complex and chaotic urban life today that creates an identity crisis.

Camacho, who lives in the immediate vicinity of this avenue, says that despite having traversed it for years, he doesn’t have the impression that he is always moving through the same space. The author of the exhibition worked on this project for almost four years. He would go out onto the street every day and try to capture its busy atmosphere in the period before sunset. These final moments of the day inspired the artist to be on the street, to approach the people and create this photographic story. Camacho notes that although this is a story about Madrid’s main street, it could also be a story about any major city, considering that we are living in a time of identical adverts and identical shops worldwide. The exhibition will run until 20th June. Entrance is free of charge.

 

Uroš Predić Exhibition

Until 15th April – SANU Gallery

Uroš Predić, alongside Paja Jovanović and Đorđe Krstić, was Serbia’s greatest realist painter. Predić has nevertheless remained best remembered for his early works, in which he depicted the ‘real’ lives of ordinary people.

The exhibition is being held to mark the occasion of the 160th anniversary of Predić’s birth, with the SANU Gallery preserving the valuable Legacy of Uroš Predić.

Just a year after the painter’s death, in 1954, the Zrenjanin National Museum received almost the entire inventory of Predić’s Belgrade studio, which also served as the basis for this exhibition, which comprises 32 of Predić’s works (paintings, drawings, studies), as well as sculptures and sketches by other authors who represented this artist. Also on display are personal items, furniture, photos, reminders, postcards, letters, decorations, his diary, painting utensils and materials, catalogues, books, magazines etc.

Predić’s life and creative work are shown in the form of thematic segments, from his schooldays in his native Orlovat, via Pančevo and Vienna, travels around Italy, then his return to his homeland and final relocation to Belgrade, where he died in 1953. Also particularly pronounced is Predić’s work as an iconographer and portraitist, his relationship with family members, as well as with painters Paja Jovanović and Stevan Aleksić, and scientist Mihajlo Pupin. Also shown at the exhibition are childish drawings that Predić created between the ages of 10 and 12, as well as his unfinished painting “The Stonecutting St. Stefan”, which is considered his last work.

This exhibition presents for the first time the drawings he used to create icons for Njegoš’s chapel on Lovćen, which has since been demolished. One of Predić’s most famous paintings, ‘Vision in the Clouds’ occupies a special place, accompanied by a detailed interpretation of the image with written explanations. The exhibition also presents a high school drawing done by Mihajlo Pupin, who was a friend of Uroš from their earliest schooldays. A special segment is dedicated to the relationship between Predić and Zrenjanin, from his first arrivals in that town during early childhood, through the great role model that he had in the form of Viennese painter Konstantin Danil, then contacts with local friends and relatives, up to the decision of the City to name one of its streets after him.

The author of the exhibition is senior curator-art historian Olivera Skoko. The patrons of the project are the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia and company Gomeks.

 

Lord of the Dance

10 – Sava Centre – 20.00

In April we will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique ‘Lord of the Dance’ spectacle, which holds the world record for 21 consecutive sellout performances – a sequence that stated with its 1998 performance at the famous Wembley Arena. After winning over audiences in theatre halls around the world, including those of the West End and Broadway, and breaking records for ticket sale figures, ‘Lord of the Dance’ returns to Belgrade’s Sava Centre, this time with a show never before seen in our country. The multi-talented members of this artistic troupe will present a fantastic mix of music and dance, both traditional and contemporary. Lighting, special effects and the world’s finest acrobats, in a perfectly integrated collective, will create a spectacle for everyone’s eyes, which the audience will long remember. Lasers, pyrotechnics, special fog machines, confetti guns and many other special effects produced by state-of the-art technology that no one has ever previously had the opportunity to use, along with a large LED video wall, represent an integral part of this spectacle. Famous versatile artist Michael Flatley will lead the ‘Lord of the Dance’ troupe. Over the past two decades, he has designed, produced and performed in several highly successful shows, including his latest ‘Lord of the Dance’ show.