Culture Calendar

November 2017

Free Zone Film Festival

1-6 – Sava Centre

The Free Zone (Slobodna Zona) Film Festival will take place this year, simultaneously, in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Niš, from 1st to 6th November. The festival will officially open on 1st November at Belgrade’s Sava Centre, with the film “Liberation Day” directed by Ugis Olte and Morten Traavik. In August 2015, Traavik, a theatre director, conceptual artist, cultural diplomat and big fan of the music band Laibach, succeeded in merging the unmergeable – on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of North Korea from Japanese colonial rule, he mediated, contracted and organised the first concert of a rock band from the West in Pyongyang, the capital city of one of the most closed countries in the world. And not only that – he also succeeded in capturing this incredible adventure in a documentary film. The members of the cult Slovenian group Laibach, which had the honour of commemorating one of the most important dates in the history of North Korea, are followed every step of the way by the film crew, with rare and precious moments recorded behind the scenes of the “last communist dictatorship”.


Kingdom Of Denmark – From Copenhagen To The Arctic

1-6 – Sava Promenade, Kalemegdan

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Denmark and Serbia, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark, in cooperation with PC “Belgrade Fortress” and with the support of Danish companies Novo Nordisk, Grundfos and NIRAS, is proud to present an exhibition that arrives straight from the North and offers us insight into the natural and urban wealth of this Nordic country.

The exhibition actually represents two individual exhibitions (‘SOLUTIONS FROM COPENHAGEN’ and ‘THE FUTURE OF THE ARCTIC – OUR FUTURE’) fused into one: ‘THE KINGDOM OF DENMARK – FROM COPENHAGEN TO THE ARCTIC’. Two seemingly incompatible areas – urban Copenhagen and the wilderness of the Arctic, firmly connected through heritage, culture and aspirations for a high quality and sustainable way of life.

The Kingdom of Denmark is usually identified with continental Denmark, but since the 18th century it has also included the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Part of the territory of the Arctic also belongs to Denmark, thus the country is also a member of the Arctic Council.

This exhibition shows Belgraders how much Danes, Greenlanders and Faroese love and care about their country. From smart solutions for the urban challenges facing an expanding Copenhagen, to sustainable exploration and utilisation of the resources of Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Arctic.

The exhibition will be on show on Kalaegdan Fortress’s Main (Sava) Promenade until 6th November.



The BUNT Festival was initiated with the goal of supporting fine artistic values; values worthy of the talent and professional accomplishments of musicians in Serbia. BUNT stands for diversity, a wealth of different artistic forms, participants, ensembles, musicians, pieces and authors, as well as a rich variety of musical styles, epochs, tendencies and tastes. The formal opening ceremony at Kolarac will see the performance of three exceptional ladies: Katarina Jovanović – soprano, Rita Kinka – piano, and Jelena Filipović – viola.

Sonata Op. 109
1. Vivace ma non troppo. Adagio espressivo
2. Prestissimo
3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

Songs of Op. 48
1. Bitten
2. Die Liebe des Nächsten
3. Vom Tode
4. Die Ehre Gottes aus der Natur
5. Gottes Macht und Vorsehung
6. Bußlied

Songs of Op. 91
1. Gestillte Sehnsucht
2. Geistliches Wiegenlied Beethoven: An die ferne geliebte

Arianna a Naxos

Festival programme:


2-8 – Sava Centre

The CINEMAFEST film review will be held from 2nd to 9th November, once again in the Great Hall of the Sava Centre and CINEPLEXX cinemas in Belgrade, Kragujevac and Niš.

The review festival opens with a screening of the most controversial Russian film of the year, ‘Matilda’, directed by Alexei Uchitel, which depicts the relationship between ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya and future emperor Nikolai II. This creation has caused quite some controversy, such that a permit for screening it in its home country had to be issued by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Polish actress Michalina Olszanska, who plays the title role, confirmed her arrival and will open the review festival with the Belgrade premiere at the Sava Centre.

CINEMAFEST 2017 brings other extraordinary titles too, including Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, which will be screened exclusively in Belgrade a month ahead of its release in American cinemas; then the new works of directors Doug Liman (The Wall), Walter Hill (The Assignment), starring Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez, Todd Haynes’ long-awaited Wonderstruck, with Julianne Moore, George Clooney’s new project Suburbicon, written by the Coen brothers and having recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, while arriving at Cinemafest from the Toronto Film Festival is French comedy C’est La Vie!, co-directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano – creators of the great European cinema hit The Intouchables.

For more about the Cinemafest programme, visit

Autumn Echoes 2017

3 –Belgrade City Assembly – 20.00

A two-part homage dedicated to the “Poet of the Piano” Frederic Chopin.

F. Chopin: Nocturne Op.20, C sharp minor

J. Haydn: Sonata B major, hob. XVI / 41,
F. Chopin: Etude Op.25, No. 2, F minor

F. Chopin: Nocturne Op.48, C minor
F. Chopin: Etude Op.25, No.11, A minor

F. Chopin
Mazurka op 6, No.2, C sharp minor
Mazurka op.50, No.3, C sharp minor
Etude No.2, A flat major (Trois Nouvelles Etudes)
Etude Op.25, No.2, F minor
24 Prelids Op.28

Cinéclub at the French Institute

8 – Institut Français – 18:00

Cinéclub returns to The French Institute (Institut français) this autumn, with an array new films. Film gatherings will be organised every second Wednesday of the month, from 6pm to 8pm, in the mediateque. Screenings are free of charge and are led by a French Institute professor, with whom guests will be able to share their 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 youngsters attending children’s workshops, but also their friends and family.

The Red Army Alexandrov Ensemble

10 – Sava Centre – 20.00

The academic Alexandrov Ensemble of the songs and dances of the Russian Army is considered a symbol and the pride of Russian culture. It has a tradition dating back 87 years. The rich history of this ensemble is closely intertwined with the history of the Soviet Union and modern Russia. The ensemble consists of more than 200 members, including 150 professional artists: soloists, a men’s choir, orchestra, dancing groups… Their repertoire includes more than 2,000 songs, consisting of folk, patriotic and military songs and dances, while they also perform spiritual music and classics of Russian and world composers.

Worldwide, this ensemble ranks alongside Russian brands like the Bolshoi Theatre, The Hermitage, Tretyakov Gallery and the Diamond Fund of Moscow’s Kremlin. They sing in almost all world languages, including Chinese, Hindi, Turkish etc. In the course of their many years of work, the Alexandrov Ensemble has received the highest domestic and international awards, while its numerous recordings have generated sales of millions of copies. The ensemble was founded by Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory professor and national artist of the USSR, composer generalmajor Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, who led the ensemble for 18 years.

Homage to Juan Rulfo

14 – Instituto Cervantes – 19.00

This literary evening is dedicated to one of the most important Mexican writers, while the occasion for the event is provided by the centenary of his birth. Juan Rulfo, author of The Plain in Flames and Pedro Páramo, used his pages to depict the eternal beauty, customs and colourfulness of southern Mexico, while providing each text with universal attributes that have seen him glorified throughout the world, especially in Spanish speaking countries. Juan Rulfo’s other works include The Golden Cockerel (El gallo de oro) and the short story Talpa. These activities will include young Serbian Hispanics, who will give short, individual presentations on special aspects of his work. This event will serve to give recognition to Juan Rulfo and Mexican literature, as well as providing a good opportunity to present Hispanic-American literature to those interested. This will also be an opportunity to announce the new editions of this author being prepared by publishing house Dereta. Participants: Bojana Kovačević Petrović (Grupo) Društvo hispanista (Asociación de Hispanistas de Serbia).

French Week


The French-Serbian Chamber of Commerce is organising the fifth edition of French week. Parisian lights in the streets of Belgrade will once again highlight French culture, products and knowhow. This year’s topic is “Live digital”. This year’s French week will open with the celebration of young French wine – Beaujolais nouveau and French products’ Fair. A wine tasting workshop is also scheduled. A student’s debate and online Job Fair will be open for students and young managers throughout the week. Following last year’s successful edition, the online Map of French discounted products and services will be available in Belgrade and the region again. French Week will also focus on the latest technologies in the health sector, with a business conference followed by B2B meetings to be organised.

The media will cover French Week in the traditional way, while specially branded cars with French Week symbols and logos will circle the city throughout the seven days. You will find enclosed different possibilities of participation; do not hesitate to contact to discuss them (only some events include the possibility of participation).

Balkanopolis 2.0

25 – Sava Centre – 20.30

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Slobodan Trkulja performs what’s set to be a spectacular Sava Centre concert on 25th November, under the title ‘Balkanopolis 2.0’. The concert will see him and his Balkanopolis band celebrate 20 years of creating “modern tradition” – the new, exciting sound and genre that has been shifting boundaries for two decades.

The last time this musician and innovator of ancient traditions of sound and his band presented themselves at the Sava Centre they gave a spectacular concert alongside the Netherlands’ famous Metropol Orchestra. That concert a decade ago marked a turning point in Trkulja’s world career, remaining remembered for having shifted musical boundaries, creating the “modern tradition of the Balkans” – the new sound and genre that Trkulja and Balkanopolis have become recognisable for both at home and worldwide. That groundbreaking Sava Centre concert led to successes mounting by themselves, via world awards and recognition, to cooperation with world famous symphonic and jazz orchestras, as well as duets with Mariza, Dalaras, Oleta Adams…

Exhibition Fidelium

28 – House of King Petar I – 20.00

This exhibition brings together 10 prominent artists, including painters, sculptors and photographers, who are among the best young artists of Serbia’s contemporary art scene.

Among the exhibitors at the ‘Fidelium’ exhibition are multiple-award-winning artists who have represented our country at the world’s major artistic events: Gala Čaki, Tijana Kojić, Stefanija Mihajlović, Natalija Miladinović, Una Nikolić, Petar Mošić and Petar Sibinović, Marko Kusmuk, Nemanja Okiljević and Zdravko Janković.