Culture Calendar

December 2016

Debate: “Culture between market and public funding”
1 – EU Info Centre – 13:00

The European Movement in Serbia invites you to attend a debate on models and instruments for funding culture and art in Serbia, which will be held at 1pm on Thursday 1st December at the EU Info Centre, 7 Kralja Milana Street.

The debate, entitled “Culture between market and public funding”, is being organised by the European Movement in Serbia, a culture forum, in cooperation with the EU Info Centre. It aims to encourage dialogue on the ways and means of financing the entire cultural production in Serbia – and the field of limited cultural productions (public institutions, independent scene) and mass culture productions (creative initiatives with economic potential). From different perspectives, the organisers are seeking to highlight models and instruments of financial support for this sector, which is marginalised and insufficiently recognised and supported in terms of its educational and social potential.

Planned speakers include:
• Đurđijana Jovanović, Serbian Ministry of Culture and Information
• Igor Stanković, MegaCom Film
• Vesna Marjanović, MP
• Gojko Božović, Member of the Forum for Culture
• Dajana Đedović, Member of the Forum for Culture
Moderator: Milena Stefanović, Vice-President of the Forum for Culture, the European Movement in Serbia

Exhibition ‘El Periquillo Sarniento’
Throughout December – Cervantes Institute

This year marks the bicentennial anniversary of the publication of the first Latin American novel “El Periquillo Sarniento”, by Mexican author José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi (1776-1827). This significant fact for Mexican literature and the general culture of Mexico and Latin America inspired the literary-art project “The Mangy Parrot: picaresque novel from Mexico to the world of the arts”, which aims to promote the relationship between art and literature, with an emphasis on different ways of addressing the same themes. The project’s participants are professors and students from the University of Kragujevac’s Faculty of Philology and Arts.


Slobodan Trkulja & Balkanopolis
5 & 6 –Bitef Art Cafe – 21:00

Under the auspices of the concert series Musicology Barcaffé Sessions, Slobodan Trkulja and Balkanopolis will hold two exclusive club concerts on 5th and 6th December, at which you will be able to hear the musical magic and feel the energy carried by these musicians in the intimate, close and warm atmosphere of club Bitefartcafe.

This world-renowned Serbian artist, who fascinates the audience with both his performing skills and his extremely powerful voice, is the founder and frontman of Balkanopolis. The music of Balkanopolis, which is composed by Trkulja, is based on jazz, pop music and traditional Balkan melodies and rhythms. By merging these genres, Slobodan Trkulja and Balkanopolis have created a unique sound that relates to “modern tradition”, which has become a separate musical genre with ever more followers, among both musicians and audiences.


Requiem – Anniversary of W.A. Mozart
5 – Kolarac Foundation – 20:00

On 5th December at 8pm, precisely 225 years since the death of this famous composer (1791), the Great Hall of Kolarac will see the “Makris” New Symphony Orchestra and the “Orfelin” choir from Novi Sad perform Mozart’s magnificent “Requiem” in D minor, with the most famous Süssmayr finale. The soloists of the New Belgrade Opera are Ana-Marija Brkić (Bosnia/ Austria), Dragana Popović (Serbia), Roberto Jachini Virgili (Italy) and Sreten Manojlović (Serbia/Austria), while the conductor is Predrag Gosta (USA/Serbia). The first part of the programme, marking the 260th anniversary of Mozart’s birth (1756), will include the performing of compositions that celebrate the life of this composer: Overture from the opera “Lucio Silla”, the motet “Exsultate, jubilate” and the Overture from the opera “The Marriage of Figaro”.


Amira Medunjanin
8 – Sava Centre – 20:00

World-renowned Sevdah music singer Amira Medunjanin will perform on 8th December at Belgrade’s Sava Centre, promoting her new album “Damar”, which was released on CD in Serbia in late October by promotion house Long Play. Amira’s concert to promote “Damar” will be her third encounter with the audience from this prestigious Belgrade stage – having filled the Sava Centre in 2014 and 2015. Two years after the release of her internationally acclaimed album “Silk and Stone”, Medunjanin presents “Damar”, for the creation of which she again reached for the life blood of Bosnian music – Sevdah and other valuable ancestral songs from this land, using new arrangements to give them some new contours and colours. She also included several new, original compositions in her musical palette for the first time.


8, 9 – Yugoslav Drama Theatre, JDP – 20:00

The premiere of the latest interpretation of “Hamlet” at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre marks four centuries since the death of William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright in theatre history.

The author of this adaptation, Goran Stefanovski, says that “Hamlet” seriously questions war fever, paranoia and the foreign policy situation. Hamlet is a tragedy, but crisis brings resolution. Hamlet is something that is born every few years, which is why he returns and leaves the grave. Hamlet is a process, the opening of new chapters. “Hamlet comes to say that injustice has been done, to illuminate, to stir the spirits and, together with those spirits, shake things up. That is why he constantly returns,” says the director.

The Yugoslav Drama Theatre has enabled subtitles in English.


The International Belgrade Singers Christmas Concerts
10 &14 – Belgrade Philharmonic/Canadian Embassy

The International Belgrade Singers (IBS) are proud to announce two Christmas Concerts in Belgrade: on 10th December at 8pm at the Belgrade Philharmonic Hall; and on 14th December at 7pm at the Canadian Embassy.

IBS is a non-profit choir that was formed in February 2012. Its motto is “give back to the community in which we live”. It performs concerts twice a year to raise funds for local charities. IBS’s members come from the diplomatic and expatriate communities, as well as other Serbian choirs – currently representing 14 countries! Under conductor Katarina Milošević, the IBS Choir specialises in performing an international repertoire, attesting to the international love of choral singing.

The Choir is very grateful for the continuing support of the Canadian Embassy in Serbia, which not only kindly hosts the choir for rehearsals, but also traditionally provides the venue for the annual Christmas Concert. Special thanks also goes to the EU Info Centre, where the Choir has lately also held rehearsals, and the Belgrade Philharmonic, for hosting this year’s first Christmas concert on 10th December.

So this is the strong sex – Women in psychoanalysis
9 -27 – Kolarac Foundation

This project is being implemented with the wholehearted support and partnership of the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Belgrade, the Psychoanalytic Society in Serbia and the Kolarac Foundation. The exhibition “So this is the strong sex – Women in Psychoanalysis”, which was first shown at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, is dedicated to women from the early history of psychoanalysis. Marie Bonaparte, Helene Deutsch, Emma Eckstein, Anna Freud, Lou Andreas-Salomé and Sabina Spielrein all had a major influence on the work of Sigmund Freud and the development of psychoanalysis.

Dušan Panajotovic
10 – Guarnerius – 20:00

One of Serbia’s best young violinists will perform on Saturday 10th December at 8pm Guarnerius Fine Arts Centre, as part of the concert series “FMU & Guarnerius Award”. Visitors can expect an attractive programme comprising works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Isaiah, Debussy, Wieniawski and Mihajlović. Panajotović won numerous awards and accolades during his studies, the most outstanding of which include the Yamaha Scholarship, first prize in the “Summit Music Festival” International Competition in Spain (2013), winner of the award for the best achievement in the string class (2011-2012) from the Miodrag Macić-Mišo Foundation.


Aleksandar Madžar
14 – Kolarac Foundation – 20:00

One of Serbia’s most successful contemporary pianists, Aleksandar Madžar has developed an enviable career abroad. This favourite of the Belgrade audience will again perform a solo concert at Kolarac Foundation. Aleksandar holds professorships at the Royal Flemish Conservatoire in Brussels and Bern’s Hochschule für Musik und Theatre. Madžar maintains a schedule of diverse performances that takes him around the world: Tokyo, Paris, Stuttgart, Milan, Belfast etc.

Mozart – Andante KV 616
Schuman – Fantazija op.17
Chopin – Three Mazurkas op. 59,Sonata No. 3, op.58


Festival of Science
15-18 – Belgrade Fairgrounds – 10:00-18:00

For the tenth year in succession, the sciences will again mark December in Serbia. Thousands of experiments, workshops, lectures and science show programmes will put Belgrade on the scientific map of the world. This year the Festival of Science is being given more space, with the aim of offering a more diverse programme that will be interesting to different age groups of visitors, both those with and without a scientific background. Thus, in addition to last year’s halls 3 and 3A, the scientific fun this year spreads to also encompass Hall 11 of the Belgrade Fair. Hall 3 is reserved for interactive exhibits, 30 of them, which visitors will be led through by more than 650 young science communicators. To end of the year that has marked the 160th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest human minds of all time, the Belgrade Festival of Science also forms part of the programme devoted to this scientist, with the symbolic “EPS Tesla Zone” located in Hall 3A. Hall 11 will be reserved for scientific show programmes at the 10th Science Festival. Guests from France, Estonia, Sweden and Slovenia are set to dazzle visitors with their unusual performances on the festival’s sci-fi stage.

15th Night of Books
16 – Laguna readers’ clubs and Delfi bookshops – 17:00 – 00:00

Laguna readers’ clubs and Delfi bookshops will host the 15th regional Night of Books event, sponsored by Eurobank Serbia, on Friday 16th December from 5pm to midnight.

This event will provide another opportunity to buy the latest world hits, books by local authors, children’s books and other publications at the best prices.

The Night of Books will be held simultaneously at 52 locations in 26 cities in Serbia and the region. The regional character of the event is provided by Laguna readers’ club centres in Banja Luka, Tuzla, Sarajevo, Podgorica and Nikšić. And this time around the Nights of Books has also been joined by numerous libraries. Readers will have the opportunity to socialise with their favourite writers, while friends of the event have prepared numerous different gifts for all those participating in the Night of Books.

Discounts have been prepared for all Laguna publications: 25% discount on purchases of a single book, 30% for two books, 35% for three books and 40% for four or more books. A 20% discount will apply for foreign editions, while the titles of other publishers will also be reduced by 20%. Prices on varied gift assortments will be reduced by 10%.

All discounts will also be available via the website. During the Night of Books, Laguna readers’ club membership discounts and bulk purchase reductions will not apply to the Night of Books discounts.

The Night of Books, launched in 2009, has become the most visited event promoting the written word after the Belgrade Book Fair, attracting more than 40,000 fans of good books in just seven hours.


Beatles Tribute
23 – Belgrade Youth Centre – 21:00

On Friday 23rd December Belgrade’s Beatles tribute band, The Bestbeat, will hold its traditional Pre-New Year’s concert in the Great Hall of the Belgrade Youth Centre. This year’s programme is dedicated to the anniversary of the release of the album “Revolver”, which first saw the light of day in August 1966. Bestbeat’s programme consists of songs that were once performed by the Fab Four, while the band promises that it will not leave even the most hardened Beatles fans feeling indifferent. This quartet resonates with the message of John, Paul, George and Ringo that was heard by millions five decades ago; a message of love, peace and understanding.