Culture Calendar

January 2017

Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra Culture calendar

Kanda, Kodža i Nebojša
1 – Mikser House – 21.00

For the twelfth consecutive year, KKN is launching the new years’ concert with a performance in Belgrade, as always on the very first night of the year. This tradition began with a concert at the Pazi škola Club on the first night of 2006 and continued in the following years at Akademija, Gun Club and the club Peron. It is also being extended on 1st January 2017, when Kanda, Kodža i Nebojša will perform at Mikser House, the venue where they held one of their biggest ever concerts in March 2016.

Kanda, Kodža i Nebojša have existed since 1991 and have to date recorded seven albums and one DVD edition (Prekid stvarnosti (Break in reality)). During a 25-year career, the band has left an indelible mark on the local rock culture while testifying to their quality is the fact that KKN is one of the few bands whose concerts are always attended by new young people who join the band’s army of admirers and fans each year.

The Barber of Seville
4 – National Theatre – 19.30

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is perhaps the most famous ‘opera buffa’- an informal style of comic opera developed to appeal to the lower classes in the early 18th century. An adaptation of Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais’ play Le Barbier de Séville, it forms part of the dramatic trilogy that also inspired Mozart to produce Le nozze di Figaro.

Rosina is confined to the house by her guardian, Bartolo. He wants to block all potential suitors so he can have her, and her inheritance, for himself. Wealthy Count Almaviva falls in love with Rosina, but he is consistently thwarted in his attempts to see her by Bartolo. Almaviva asks Figaro, a cunning barber in Siviglia, to help him. What follows is a whirlwind story of love, power, wealth and superb comedy.

Regional Children’s Philharmonic New Year Concert “Winter Musical Magic”
12 – Sava Centre – 20:00

Following the great success of the performance of the Children’s Philharmonic in front of more than 10,000 spectators at the 2016 summer concert in Belgrade’s Tašmajdan Park, another great concert is set to follow – “Winter Musical Magic” – the New Year concert of the Regional Children’s Philharmonic, which will take place on Thursday 12th January at the Sava Centre.

The Children’s Philharmonic and Foundation “Deca deci” (Children for Children) invite you attend the Sava Centre concert, which will have a repertoire adapted to the youngest audience, with the programme including, in addition to the classical repertoire, recognisable tunes from cartoons and film classics in which, as always, audience members of all ages will be able to participate and enjoy. The conductor at this concert will be renowned Serbian artist and educator, and founder of the Camerata Serbica Orchestra and Lola classic, Ljubiša Jovanović.

As of January 2017, the Regional Children’s Philharmonic New Year concert will become traditional and symbolic, representing a musical gift to Belgraders for the start of another successful and happy year, hopefully, filled with as much music as possible.

With this concert, the Children’s Philharmonic and Foundation “Deca deci” launch the year-long celebration of the tenth anniversary of their establishment, for which they announce a rich programme and the project “Year of Music”.

All music lovers are invited to join the young virtuosos of the Children’s Philharmonic and Foundation “Deca deci” in starting 2017 in the best way, with winter and musical magic.

Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra
13,20,27 – Kolarac Foundation – 20:00

13th January
Conductor: Cristian Mandeal
Programme: A. Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
20th January
Conductor: Daniel Raiskin
Soloist: Akiko Suwanai, violin
Programme: W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 32
W. Walton: Concerto for violin and orchestra
J. Brahms: Symphony No. 1
27th January
Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov
Soloist: Lise de la Salle, piano
Programme: G. Verdi: The Force of Destiny – Overture
F. Chopin: concerto for piano and orchestra No.2 in f minor
S. Prokofiev: Cinderella, excerpts


Ana Popović
14 – Mikser House – 21:00

Following her legendary concert in January 2014 that was sold out in advance and the repeat performance for the opening of Mikser Festival in June 2015, famous blues guitarist Ana Popović will once again delight the home crowd with an unforgettable performance at Mikser House on 14th January.

Ana, one of the most renowned world blues musicians, arrives in Belgrade straight from Los Angeles, where she has lived and worked for the past few years. It was from the Serbian capital that she embarked on a musical journey that would take her via the Netherlands and as far away as Memphis, the world capital of the blues.

The only European ever to be nominated for the title of Debutant of the Year within the WC Handy Awards, the Oscars for the blues, she was also the only female guitarist to be included in the 2014 all-star tour “Experience Hendrix”.

Ana has received numerous nominations and won many awards in Europe and America, while she has also performed with various music legends, such as Solomon Burke and B. B. King, and has for years been the face of Fender, the world’s largest manufacturer of guitars.

This time Ana will present to the Belgrade audience her latest and most ambitious project to date “Trilogy”, which will see her release three albums in one!

Magical window displays – Space for dreaming
Throughout January until 8th February – Institut Français

If you haven’t done so already, take a walk to 31 Knez Mihailova Street, where the French Institute has enriched its windows for the eighth time with its now traditional Magical window displays. Institut Français and Crédit Agricole Serbia Bank invite you to a fantastical journey through the window displays of Institut français, which will shine thanks to the work of two French-Korean Artists: Min Jisook and Taegon Kim, whose creative projects merge nature, travel, imagination and dreams, in short, everything implied by the festive season. This year’s project is being led by French- Serbia custodian Julija Rajačić.

The project was implemented with the support of Crédit Agricole Serbia and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Serbia.

With her installations that connect objects, images, sound and light, Min Jisook invites the audience to share moments that are not sufficiently obvious at first glance. Her favourite materials are intangible (water, air, scents) and lead us to explore lost moments. Her work offers us the opportunity to reflect on the dreams and fantasies that form part of our normal lives.

Designer Taegon Kim expresses his emotions through light installations. He uses optic fibres and LED lightbulbs to create mysterious objects usually based on items of clothing. The intention of the artist is to prompt the viewer to imagine that they are “turning into a person who we love”.

Yuga, my Yuga-Gastarbeiter stories
Throughout January until Mid-May – Museum of Yugoslav History

The Exhibition Yuga, my Yuga-Gastarbeiter stories is about Yugoslav temporary workers in Germany and Austria. It forms part of a broader research project connected to two important anniversaries: 50 years of the Agreement on Hiring Workers with Austria, signed in 1966, and with Germany, signed in 1968. Leaders of the expert team of the Juga, my Juga exhibition are Aleksandra Momčilović Jovanović and Tatomir Toroman, curators, anthropologistsethnologists (Museum of Yugoslav History) and Ljubomir Bratić, political philosopher and activist (Vienna). The project’s associates include Vladimir Ivanović, historian (Berlin), Rudiger Rosig, sociologist and journalist (Berlin), Vesna Đokić, historian (Archives of Yugoslavia), Boris Kralj, artist and photographer (Berlin) and Marija Dragišić, ethnologist (Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments).

This is the first time on the local museum scene, through the exhibition Yuga, my Yuga – Gastarbeiter stories that this topic has been addressed, and it is being done in an effort to highlight this segment of the more or less negated history of those people who were stereotyped and whose role in the cultural and economic development of Yugoslavia was disputed. The museum interpretation was preceded by field and archival research, while numerous temporary workers in Austria and Germany facilitated the understanding of the complexity of this phenomenon by sharing their own memories and significant items.

Traditional New Year’s Eve Gala Concert
13 – National Theatre – 20:00

Each year on 13th January the National Theatre in Belgrade hosts its traditional New Year’s Eve gala concert.

The gala concert of the National Theatre’s soloists, orchestra and choir bring much joy to the audience. This year they will once again perform popular arias, duets and choral performances from the rich oeuvre of the world’s greatest composers – Georges Bizet, Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, Mozart, Francesco Cilea, Richard Wagner, Franz Lehár, Pietro Mascagni et al…

The repertoire will cover excerpts from the operas “Carmen”, “Othello”, “Un Ballo in Maschera”, “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “Manon Lescaut”, “The Magic Flute”, “Adriana Lecouvreur”, “Tristan and Isolde”, “Cavalleria Rusticana” etc.

Medianeras (Walls)
17 – Instituto Cervantes – 19:00

“Medianeras” (Walls) is a film by Argentinian director Gustavo Taretto. In order to show alienation in personal relationships in an interesting way, this Argentine used the metaphor of the walls of large skyscrapers in Buenos Aires, with the homes inside popularly referred to by residents as shoe boxes, due to the small space. In this film, the director decided to resolve the crisis being experienced by both characters in a positive manner. This is a story about the search for love and the problem of alienation in the modern age. In Buenos Aires, a city of three million people, two young people spend their time locked away in their own apartments.

Martin is a web designer who does not leave the house unless it is absolutely essential. Mariana is an architect who has not produced anything since graduation, except for a couple of scale models. After ending a four-year relationship, she returns to her apartment and begins working as a decorator of shop windows in a boutique. Mariana has a room full of unpacked boxes, dolls from boutiques and a personality disorder. The end of a loving relationship can be ranked among her losses. The lives of Martin and Mariana progress simultaneously, without them knowing of the existence of each other.

The Belgrade screening is being organised by Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Argentina in Belgrade.

The Voice of Yunnan
22 – Sava Centre – 20:00

Chinese music boasts a history dating back several thousand years. The province of Yunnan is noted for its very high degree of ethnic diversity and among all of China’s provinces, it has the largest number of ethnic groups (of China’s 56 recognised ethnic groups, 25 are located in the province of Yunnan).

‘The Voice of Yunnan’ was founded by famous Chinese soprano Jin Xiaofeng, while its musical director is famous Chinese composer Zou Hang. In order to best present the ethnic songs and folk art of Yunnan Province’s ethnic groups, the creative team of ‘The Voice of Yunnan’ has spent a lot of time researching and collecting the folk songs and original stories of the people of Yunnan.

The variety of musical forms presented at the concert – from pop to world music – is derived from the original ethnic music of the minority groups of Yunnan Province. ‘The Voice of Yunnan’ represents ethnic minorities with the nationalities Han, Dai, Yi, Wa, Bulang, Jingpo, Naxi, Tibetan and Achang.

Apart from performing at Belgrade’s Sava Centre, these Chinese artists will also stage concerts at the Novi Sad Synagogue, on 21st January, and at the National Theatre in Niš, on 24th January.

60 years of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade
26 – Assembly of the City of Belgrade – 20:00

A series of concerts are being organised in the Ceremonial Hall of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade to mark the jubilee 60th anniversary of the founding of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade. Once a month, in the special atmosphere of the Old Palace, musicians who have significant cooperation with the CCB will perform.

The cycle begins with the concert of the Anime Piano quintet on Thursday 26th January at 20.00. The Anime String Quartet, which comprises violinists Dušica Mladenović and Mina Mladenović, violist Marina Popović and cellist Teodora Nikolić, will be joined especially for this concert by pianist Tea Andrijić. The concert will see this quintet perform piano concertos by J. Brahms and G. Mahler.