Culture Calendar

August 2017

Film Cycle: “Cinema Under The Stars: Contemporary Film”

8-29 – Culture Centre GRAD

Once again this year, the Cervantes Institute, in cooperation with Culture Centre GRAD, is organising the film screening cycle “Under the Stars”, which offers a panoramic overview of the most important achievements of the past year when it comes to cinema. The films to be screened all seek to present different views of our society while reflecting our present day reality.

Four creations will comprise a special programme devised in cooperation with Culture Centre GRAD, which is this year presenting free openair films with subtitles in Serbian for the fourth consecutive year.


10-13 – Niš Fortress – 20.00

The International Nišville jazz festival is the largest and best-attended jazz festival in Southeast Europe. The festival is an official cultural event of the City of Niš (since 2005) and also a “festival of national value”, according to the list compiled by the Serbian Ministry of Culture in 2010. The importance of this festival has also been recognised by the Serbian Ministry of Trade and Services and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, with the Nišville festival winning the “Best of Serbia” Award in 2011. The Tourist Organisation of Serbia includes Nišville as its official offer in tourist fairs throughout Europe. In the European Union magazine “New Europe”, published in Brussels, the festival has been reviewed as the “European face of Serbia”. Since the first edition of the festival in 1995, Nišville has promoted multiculturalism as an inevitable characteristic of contemporary jazz. The festival’s concept is based on presenting ‘traditional’ jazz forms together with their fusion with world music tradition, with the emphasis on music from the Balkans. One of the most famous jazz magazines, America’s ‘Downbeat’, considers Nišville the important musical event, as a promotion of both the traditional Balkan music and American jazz heritage. According to the magazine, Nišville’s speciality is popularising the blend of the two.

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13 – Kalemegdan Fortress – 21.00

Interpol, an American rock band from New York City, was formed in 1997. The band’s original line-up consisted of Paul Banks (vocals, rhythm guitar), Daniel Kessler (lead guitar, vocals), Carlos Dengler (bass guitar, keyboards) and Greg Drudy (drums, percussion). Drudy left the band in 2000 and was replaced by Sam Fogarino. In 2010, shortly after they finished recording their fourth album, Dengler left to pursue personal projects.

This is a year full of anniversaries for Interpol. The 20th anniversary of the band’s formation, 2017 also marks the 15th anniversary of Interpol’s debut album, Turn On The Bright Lights. Now a trio—Paul Banks, Daniel Kessler, and Sam Fogarino will visit Belgrade on 13th August, as part of a European tour that will also include Paris, Vienna, Zurich, London and many other cities.

With experience and ability on their side, Interpol has quite simply never been a better band than it is today.

The band is working on new material in its home state of New York. Its sixth album will be released by Matador Records in 2018, four years after the release of their last album, ‘El Pintor’.

Outings Project

14-18 – Matica Srpska Gallery, Novi Sad

Julien de Casabianca tours the world’s museums in search of the most beautiful characters living in the arts. An unexpected encounter with centuries-old picture depicted in a contemporary urban context leads to consideration and a call to visit museums.

The story of the Outings Project begins in 2014, when Julien de Casabianca first came across the portrait of Mademoiselle Rivière on an Ingres painting set in a corner of Paris’s Louvre. “She was beautiful. She seemed lost and unhappy surrounded by other large pictures. A princely urge awakened in me: I wanted to wake her up and free her of her frame and the museum.” Since that first collage, Julien has continued his mission and freed hundreds of paintings around the world. He firmly believes in participation in the creative process, which is why he organises workshops in many cities to encourage citizens to get to know more about the collections of their museums. Twenty participants of different ages will visit the Matica Srpska Gallery in Novi Sad with this artist, with whom he will pick the selection of works intended to decorate the walls of their city.

The works will be photographed and then printed according to a special procedure. They will then be placed on the streets of Belgrade, on 12th and 13th July, and Novi Sad, from 14th to 18th August.

Belgrade Beer Fest

16-20 – Ušće – 21.00

This year marks the jubilee 15th edition of the Belgrade Beer Fest. Belgrade’s Ušću will host the festival from 16th-20th August. Belgrade Beer Fest is one of the biggest beer festival in Southeastern Europe. Within 5 days, over 500.000 people visit the festival. The large number of visitors is mostly due to basic festival principles: free entrance, an exceptional music programme, and a wide range of foreign and domestic beer brands.

Belgrade Beer Fest was founded in year 2003. In fourteen years of its existence over 7.6 million visitors could have seen more than 600 music performances, tasted more than 330 beer brands and participated in numerous social campaigns. Belgrade Beer Fest established itself as one of the most important segments of the tourist offer of Serbia, as well as a brand that promotes our country and strengthens its image. The award “Best of Serbia” that the Festival got for 2014 edition is the best proof of that. Action “Best of Serbia” has been oganised, since 2004, by the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and daily economic newspaper “Privredni pregled”, with the goal to promote the most successful brands on the Serbian market.

This year’s BBF programme:

Art Coffee With Valerie Quade

18 – Goethe Institute – 20.00

Valerie Quade’s audio documentary about the designed world of sounds that surrounds us 68 min. Stereo, in German and English.

Everything that surrounds us is designed, even sounds. Human’s acoustic surroundings have been formed over thousands of years. What comprises that environment? Where do the sounds emerge? Where does noise emerge? What is noise? Where is the future of sounds leading? Answers to these questions are provided by sound designers, acoustics specialists, product designers, sound researchers, sound engineers and a sound archivist. Ah yes – and a priest, because even faith is born of listening.

Valerie Quade is a sound designer from Essen, a city in the German province of North Rhine-Westphalia. Within her basic studies of film sound design at the University of Dortmund, she dealt intensively with the impact of sounds on people. She is currently taking a break from her master’s studies of sound design at the University of Graz in order to volunteer at the Goethe Institute in Belgrade.