Culture Calendar

October 2017

Belgrade SAXperience


For the 4th edition of the Belgrade SAXperience Festival, the French Institute and Société Générale Bank Srbija are preparing a musical treat for you in the form of a tour of ten cities in Serbia called Le Tour de Sax. After last year’s remarkable experience in Novi Pazar, Leskovac, Kraljevo, Subotica and Sombor, with Baptiste Herbin and the Luka Ignjatović Quartet, organisers this year decided to double the number of towns and, like a saxophone caravan, tour Serbia with Hugo Afettouche and the Uglješa Novaković Quartet, Vincent David and Nikola Arsenijević.

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Book Launch By Itamar Rabinovich

2 – Aeroklub- 18.00

The Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD) invites CorD readers to the launch of the new book by Itamar Rabinovich, “Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, leader, statesman”, published in Serbia by CIRSD.

With welcoming remarks to be delivered by Israeli Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Alona Fisher-Kamm, speakers include the book’s author, Itamar Rabinovich, former SCG Ambassador to Israel, Krinka Vidakovic-Petrov, and CIRSD President Vuk Jeremić.

The launch will be held on Monday, 2nd October at 6pm, at Belgrade’s Aeroklub, 4 Uzun Mirkova Street.

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Lost And Found In The Translation Of Cervantes

5 – EU Info Centre – 18.00

Lost and found in the translation of Cervantes: between texts, art and body.

Miguel de Cervantes is one of the symbolic figures of European literature, one of Europe’s embodiments of the Artist. This artist, as a historical figure and cultural symbol, is inextricably linked to the hero Cervantes created – Don Quixote. This lecture examines the metamorphoses and mediamorphoses through which the writer’s character passes, from literary to film and theatre expression, as a translation between historiography and various arts. Barely touching his already extensive literary productions, novels in which Cervantes the writer became a literary hero, the central focus of the lecture is the film and theatre transformation through which the play about Cervantes progressed, from Vincent Sherman’s film Cervantes (1967), through various performances of the musical Man of La Mancha (1965) by Dale Wasserman, to the latest film and television productions in which Cervantes’ life is fictionalised. The lecture will be held at the EU Info Center, Kralja Milana 7.


6-11 – Belgrade Culture Centre

The sixth edition of “GoetheFEST”, the festival of contemporary German film, will be held in the Hall of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade from 6th to 11th October, under the slogan “Reality in Fiction”. Eleven films were announced jointly by the guest director of the KCB film programme, Stefan Arsenijević, Director of the Goethe-Institut in Belgrade, Frank Baumann, and Culture Programme Coordinator at the Goethe-Institut, Sunčica Šido, including comedies, family dramas and the creations of major directors, but also a debutant.


10-12 – Sava Centre

The Eighth Belgrade International Film Festival For & By People with Disabilities – Bosifest will be held at the Sava Centre from 10th to 12th October, under the slogan “Start Change”.

Bosifest is a unique film festival in our country, but also in world circles, because its entire programme is dedicated to subjects related to the lives of people with disabilities, and the films screened are relevant and notable achievements of the documentary genre.

According to Darko Ivić, director of Bosisflet, “In a world where solidarity and empathy are increasingly suppressed and lost, the films we will have the opportunity to see at this year’s Bosifest primarily direct us towards thinking about basic values of human society. We will see special films with special characters, which are not different due to their disability, but due to their constant battle and celebration of life. This certainly makes them special and distinctive in a society that has fallen into apathy. Such a society is often dominated by a superficial view of people with disabilities, who are exclusively seen as those who are unable to walk. These films reveal that they actually walk, and do so in a spaciousness that most people in society can’t even imagine. Courage in expression, topic, approach, touchingly irrational, with an openness of view of where society is handicapped with blind spots, all of these characterize the films of this year’s selection. They will shake you, move you, strike you, compel you to think, laugh, feel surprised. Come so we can experience these emotions together.”

A lot of interest has been attracted this year – with registrations of as many as 90 films from all over the world: Canada, Italy, Czechia, Poland, Georgia, Israel, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Iran, England, Bulgaria, India etc.

The festival’s selector, renowned Serbian director Goran Radovanović, selected 18 documentary films, with ten to be screened in the competition section and eight in the review section of the programme.


26th International Festival Of Ethnological Film

10-14 – Ethnographic Museum

The International Festival of Ethnological Film will be held in Belgrade from 10th to 14th October 2017. This festival seeks to promote the successful visual research of traditional and modern cultures all over the world, contributing to raising general awareness about the importance of cultural heritage for the qualitative development of human communities.


49th BEMUS


The 49th Belgrade Music Festival – BEMUS 2017 – will be held from 11th to 20th October at various Belgrade locations.

A total of eight concerts will be held at Kolarac’s Endowment Hall, the Ceremonial Hall of the City Assembly and the Ethnographic Museum.

The 49th BEMUS commences with a performance of the famous Glinka choral ensemble, while the finale will be marked by the RTS Symphony Orchestra, under the conductor’s baton of Bojan Suđić.

Kolarac Endowment Hall and the City Assembly will host prominent soloists, smaller ensembles, but also the Strings of St. George, an orchestra celebrating the great anniversary of 25 years of work. They are led on this occasion by violinist Jožef Žiga, concert-master of Staatsorchester Braunschweig. Once among the most talented young musicians of Yugoslavia, Žiga actually enjoyed his first artistic achievements at BEMUS, back in 1989.

Famous Belgrade violist Dejan Mlađenović has prepared a true musical treat for the BEMUS audience: he will perform the concerto for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach on viola, which is a very rare endeavour in international circles.


StandUpFest 2017

17-23 – Vuk Karadžić Culture Centre

In mid-October we can expect an entire week of laughter at the 7th StandUpFest 2017, to be held at the Vuk Karadžić Culture Centre from 17th to 23rd October.

Those who attend StandUpFest year after year know that this festival bring together the best stand-up comedians from the region and highquality performers from the English-speaking world, but also that the atmosphere it creates cannot be described – you must come and see for yourself! The organisers at this year promise seven exciting days of comedy at the Vuk Karadžić Culture Centre, from new stand up artists like Srđan Dinčić, through evenings of humour with stand-up comedians Dinja, Marina and Martina (it will be fierce), to the premiere of the new Black Humour Evenings programme! Original jokes and good humour are a given, and you will convince yourself that some of the drivers of the stand-up scene in this region have a lot more to say. Of course, there are also young stand-up hopefuls, for whom there is always room at StandUpFest.

This year’s English-speaking artists are Daniel Sloss and Kai Humphries, who will perform on 19th October.



19 – Bitefart Café – 22.00

Bernhoft is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and composer Jarle Bernhoft. This man – band gained repute for his complex and fascinating live performances. Bernhoft was nominated for a 2014 “Best R&B Album” Grammy for the album Islander. Since his definitive breakthrough with the 2011 album Solidarity Breaks, Bernhoft has appeared on many TV shows worldwide, including the Nobel concert. He sold out several tours that amassed rave reviews in both Norway and the rest of the world. Bernhoft’s 2016 autumn tour included more than 30 concert dates in Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Bernhoft will present himself to the Serbian public for the first on 19th October at Bitefartcafe Club, 8 Mitropolita Petra Street, within the framework of the Musicology Barcaffe Sessions concert series.

The implementation of this project received financial support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Belgrade.

33rd Belgrade Jazz Festival

26-30 – Belgrade Youth Centre/Sava Centre

Following the huge success of last year’s edition of the Belgrade Jazz Festival, which was unanimously declared as being the best since the event was resurrected in 2005 – by the audience, but also by domestic and international critics – this year the organisers decided to offer an even bolder programme that will represent new artistic tendencies in contemporary jazz music.

This year’s edition of the Belgrade Jazz Festival will represent yet another step towards presenting today’s most important international jazz artists. The wish of the organisers is to share with their ever-expanding audience, as well as the international cultural public, a moment in the history of jazz when a new fusion of this direction is being born with other musical forms. Jazz is today, once again, the most exciting and creative form of popular music – and that’s why it’s time for visions of jazz and jazz visions. The Belgrade Jazz Festival will again run for five days this year, with its traditional double concert programme every night, in the halls of the Belgrade Youth Centre and the Sava Centre. The festival will include the performances of over 20 compositions from within the country and around the world.

The key names of this year’s programme include great American artists like outstanding saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman, a creator who paved the way for the younger generation in the 1990s and 2000s, Donny McCaslin, who worked in the compositions of David Bowie (on his final Blackstar album), then supergroup The Young Philadelphians, the main stars of which include such avant-garde stars as Marc Ribot and Jamaaladeen Tacuma. They are joined by numerous European artists who are presenting themselves to the Belgrade public for the first time, and who rely completely on the new eclectic aesthetics: from the top ambiental studio of Mats Eilertsen and the Rubicon project from Norway, to irresistible poetic pianist Jan Lundgren from Sweden; from enormously talented newcomers like Emile Parisien from France and Giovanni Guidi from Italy, to the dramatic contemporary treatment of the piano by Nitai Hershkovits from Israel, a former associate of Avishai Cohen; from the delicate but powerful Spaniards Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina, to the nocturnal melancholy of the Netherlands’ Wolfert Brederode.


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

28 – KomBank Arena – 20:00

One of the most memorable phenomena on the world music scene, esteemed author and performer Nick Cave, with his band The Bad Seeds, will perform on 28th October at the Belgrade Kombank Arena! This Belgrade concert will form part of their world tour to present the album “Skeleton Tree”, which reached number one on numerous charts around the world and was awarded with five stars by The Guardian newspaper and described as “a masterpiece of love and devastation”. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have sold over five million copies of their albums worldwide and left a deep and far-reaching impact on the world’s art scene.

The previous performance of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at the Belgrade Arena was proclaimed Serbia’s best concert of 2008. This was one of this musician’s longest concerts, lasting nearly 150 minutes, with Cave fulfilling the musical wishes of his fans on numerous occasions.

Cinéclub At Institut Français

Every second Wednesday in the month – Institut Français – 18:00

Cinéclub returns to the French Institute 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 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 kids attending children’s workshops, but also their friends and family.