Culture Calendar

December 2017

Exhibition “Petar Lubarda 1907-1974-2017”

Throughout December – Heritage House

Following exceptional guest appearances at Montenegro’s Petrović Palace Centre for Contemporary Art in Podgorica (3rd August – 2nd September) and Novi Sad’s Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection (7th September – 5th November), the exhibition “Petar Lubarda 1907-1974-2017” will on display at Belgrade’s Heritage House (46 Knez Mihailova Street) until 6th January 2018. This exhibition represents part of a joint project of Heritage House and the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the birth of this celebrated Montenegrin artist.

Exhibition “View of My Neighbour”

1-5 – French Institute

In an effort to encourage regional integration and better familiarisation and recognition among youth from the members of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), which was established on the eve of the Paris Conference on the Balkans on 4th July 2016, six young photographers from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia have been invited to travel around the Balkans and compile a photo report. Their photos will be exhibited along with accompanying texts they have written in order to share their experience. This exhibition represents the fruit of a joint project of the French Institute in Montenegro, the Petar Petrović Njegoš Foundation and the OSCE Mission to Montenegro.

Concert Rose of roses (Rosa das rosas)

2 – Church of St. Peter the Apostle, 23 Makedonska Street – 19.00

The Embassy of Spain in Belgrade and the Cervantes Institute will enable us to enjoy songs dedicated to the Holy Virgin (Cantigas de Santa María), written in the Galician language and recorded at the court of King Alfonso X the Wise during the second half of the 13th century. These writings comprise one of the most important collections of monophonic songs of Western European medieval literature. Even today, these popular cantigas are performed around the world by numerous music groups interested in medieval music. Eminent artists, musicians and connoisseurs of medieval arts from Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia have come together around the project “Rosa das rosas” (Rose of roses), with the aim of presenting the artistic richness of medieval Spain in an authentic and original way. Their cooperation resulted in the creation of the CANSO international ensemble for medieval music. Prior to the recital, Dr Alvaro Saldivar Ph.D., professor of musical aesthetics and history at the Higher Conservatory of Music of Murcia (Spain), will speak on the basic aspects of this type of music, as well as the role of songs dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the political and cultural context of the time of Alfonso X, whilst not neglecting analysis of traditional interpretations of these works, as well as the musical value of this remarkable repertoire.

IWC Bazaar

3-Belgrade Fair, Hall 2 – 10-18.00

Experience the joy of the holidays with the spirit of giving. Bring your family and friends to the IWC annual culture and shopping fair. Buy gifts for loved ones, try an international selection of food, handicrafts and drinks and win presents. All the proceeds of the Bazaar go to assist the neediest in Serbia. The Charity Committee will carefully select the beneficiaries in areas such as the elderly, children, the disabled, victims of domestic violence, economic empowerment of socially vulnerable groups and projects promoting inclusive education.

Opening of the exhibition “15 Pearls of Spain”

4 – Instituto Cervantes – 19.00

The Cervantes Institute in Belgrade recommends that you travel through the most beautiful parts of Spain this winter.

The exhibition “Spanish Cities on the World Heritage List, 15 Pearls of Spain”, features over 60 photographs of the most important buildings, places and lesserknown corners of the fifteen Spanish cities listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: Alcalá de Henares, Ávila, Baeza, Cáceres, Córdoba, Cuenca, Ibiza, Mérida, Salamanca, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Tarragona, Toledo and Úbeda.

These fifteen cities will reveal to curious travellers and exhibition visitors all their beauty and uniqueness: history, architecture, geography and customs. This exhibition, which encapsulates the beauty and significance of these Spanish pearls, is intended for lovers of travel who enjoy discovering new destinations, especially those that are less familiar but no less interesting, but also tour operators who want to expand their offer with exciting travels inspired by art and history.

The exhibition was organised by the Group of Cities on the World Cultural Heritage List, in cooperation with the Turespaña institute for the promotion of tourism, with the aim of promoting the tourist offer of these cities, and with the network of Cervantes Institute centres, in an effort to present Spain’s cultural heritage abroad. The exhibition runs in Belgrade until 6th February 2018 and entrance is free.

St Petersburg Ballet on Ice

6 – Sava Centre – 21.00

The spectacular ballet on ice presenting the work “The Nutcracker”, performed by Russia’s St. Petersburg State Ballet on ice – founded in 1967 by exceptional choreographer Konstantin Boyarsky and the successor to the extraordinary tradition of the classical ballet schools of St. Petersburg – will be performed 6th December at Belgrade’s Sava Centre. All shows are performed under the guidance of chief choreographer Konstantin Rasadin, a Russian artist worthy of credit. This is the first time in the world that a classical ballet, with classical ballet costumes, is being performed on an ice rink set on the actual stage of the theatre. This production has been performed successfully over the last five years on the best stages of the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, China, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Finland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria, Switzerland and South America. It is now coming to the main stage of Belgrade’s Sava Centre.


7 – Sava Centre – 20.30

The world’s biggest star of fado music, Mariza, will again serenade the Belgrade audience again with a concert at the Sava Centre on 7th December. This Portuguese diva is returning to this prestigious Belgrade concert hall, which she has already filled several times, after a long break. She will perform hits from her current world-renowned album “Mundo”. In the opinion of many, Mariza earned the title ‘queen of fado’ – the specific Portuguese music style that is full of passion, sadness, jealousy and melancholy – with her albums “Terra” (2008) and “Fado Tradicional” (2010), as well as numerous tours and concerts in prestigious concert halls around the world, such as Paris’s Olympia, the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Carnegie Hall etc. Mariza’s current release, “Mundo” (2015), is a tour album that takes us from the islands of Cape Verde, with “Padoce de Céu Azul”, to flamenco with the song “Adeus” and touches on tango with “Caprichosa”.

Forró in Belgrade

8-10 – Centre of Brazilian Culture, Belgrade

The Forró genre encompasses various dance styles and numerous different musical beats, and has gained widespread popularity in all regions of Brazil. Over the course of three days, the Centre of Brazilian Culture in Belgrade will host a Forró marathon at its Bulevar Vojvode Mišića venue. Through the Barra Pulmão Association, attending professors André Vieira and Pablo Dias will have a unique opportunity to experience practical and theoretical Forró classes.

Allons enfants

9 – Culture Centre GRAD – 18.00

This event is an experiment of two writers on the road: France’s Frédéric Ciriez, who studied literature and linguistics, and Germany’s Sascha Reh, who studied history, philosophy and Germanism. Their paths have never previously passed, but here they are walking through Belgrade, in the company of Mostar-born Vladimir Tabašević, who studied philosophy in Belgrade.

What do they notice? How much do their views of the world, Europe, Serbia and Belgrade differ? What is literature for them? Why do they write? What preoccupies them: which topics, materials and formats? How do younger generations of writers see the role of literature in the era of the internet, social networks and TV series?

Welcome to the conversation!

The partners of this event are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Germany, the Literary Colloquium Berlin (LCB) and Culture Centre GRAD.

Vasil & Bojan

10 – Kolarac – 20.00

Vasil Hadžimanov and Bojan Zulfikarpašić, who performed together for the first time in 2015, with unforgettable concerts at Kolarac Endowment Hall and the Novi Sad Synagogue, have announced a new concert and promotion of their CD at Kolarac on 10th December. For their third performance at Kolarac, Vasil and Bojan are again preparing an excellent repertoire that will certainly once again comprise their own compositions and famous works of modern and traditional music reworked in their arrangements. This concert will simultaneously promote their album “Concert at Kolarac”, recorded in February and October 2015 at Kolarac Endowment Hall. This edition will be released by Metropolis Music on 1st December, under its label Metropolis Jazz, and after the 10th December concert Vasil and Bojan will take time out to sign discs in Kolarac’s music gallery.

Jazzanova Live featuring Paul Randolph

12, 13 – Novi Bitefartcafe – 22.00

Jazzanova Live featuring Paul Randolph arrives in Belgrade on 12th and 13th December as part of the Musicology Barcaffe Sessions concert series at the Bitefartcafe club. The only constant for this eclectic composition from Berlin is change and an ever more progressive sound. Jazzanova emerged in 2009 as a live band performing its own tracks, with its producers, Stefan Leisering and Axel Reinemer, succeeding in their long-standing endeavour of raising the energy of their productions, remixes and live DJing on stage. All who’ve had the opportunity to hear them live describe the experience as unforgettable. The band succeeds completely in conveying the magnificence of its productions.

First 100 Years of Jazz

16 – Sava Centre -20.00

The repertoire for this year’s Belgrade Dixieland Orchestra concert will be devoted to early jazz works by the great artists who were responsible for the very emergence of this beautiful art form. The audience will travel with the band on a time machine back to the earliest gems of blues, gospel and Dixieland music, which heralded the emergence at the beginning of the 20th century of a completely new art that would go on to flourish around the world. This year’s jubilee concert, officially entitled “The First 100 Years of Jazz”, announces a rich domestic and international concert scene in 2018, during which the Belgrade Dixieland Orchestra will represent the art of its capital city at a larger number of international jazz festivals across Europe.

Gala New Year’s Concert of the Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra

17 – Sava Centre – 19.00

Every December sees the Children’s Philharmonic Orchestra traditionally perform its New Year’s Gala Concert – Winter Music Magic, intended for classical music lovers of all generations. This year’s concert will be the jubilee tenth edition, “The Magnificent Ten”, and will present the hits of the Children’s Philharmonic – the most popular compositions of various genres, which have been performed throughout previous years at various concerts, and which will be followed by the release of a jubilee CD.

Alongside popular classics like Strauss, Offenbach, Beethoven and Bach, the repertoire will also include music from hit films like Star Wars, Frozen, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mary Poppins etc., but also recognisable domestic pop hits and traditional songs. The orchestra will be conducted by Ljubiša Jovanović. This year’s “magic” will be complemented by opera singer Katarina Jovanović, who will provide a genuine musical treat.

The Children’s Philharmonic also presents its new soloists each year, young musicians and winners of numerous awards at domestic and international competitions; and this year we will also have the opportunity to see the first generation of soloists who are now studying at prestigious academies all over the world.

Ballet “Who’s Singin’ Over There?”

22 – National Theatre – 19.30

This ballet show is an adaptation of the cult Serbian film “Ko to tamo peva”, made way back in 1980. Developed according to the script of ingenious author Dušan Kovačević, who we interviewed at the beginning of the year, the show features the music of Voki Kostić and the choreography of Staša Zurovac. A show that has been delighting ballet lovers since its premiere 14 years ago, it is also appealing to foreign guests.

Belgrade Phil’s New Year’s Concert

30 – Serbian National Theatre, Novi Sad – 20.00

The Musical Youth of Novi Sad is organising this year’s New Year’s concert of the Belgrade Philharmonic at the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad on 30th December. You are also invited to be part of this unforgettable musical event on the eve of New Year’s Eve. Treat your loved ones to a musical journey through the hits of the most famous movie creations, which you will find on the evening’s programme, and which will be led by one of the best national orchestras and exceptional maestro Alan Bjelinski.