Culture Calendar

January 2018

TKV Exhibition ‘About the Invisible’

1 – 31 – Institut Français

The French Institute presents this fantastic TKV exhibition in order to direct us towards the genuine treasures (sometimes hidden) that are located in different parts of Belgrade, and which will be exhibited as part of the Institut Français exhibition on 12th December. TKV will create several works specifically for this exhibition, in order to show us their work from another perspective. Come and see this great exhibition, then don your boots and walk the city to see the exhibited works in their natural surroundings.

The French Institute has supported exchanges between artists in the domain of street art for many years already.

Exhibition: Anastas Jovanović ‘Art and New Media’

1-28 – Museum of the City of Belgrade – 10-19.00

Within the framework of celebrations commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Anastas Jovanović, the Museum of the City of Belgrade is organising the jubilee exhibition Anastas Jovanović ‘Art and new media’. Works were selected for the exhibition with a view to the new insights and understanding of Anastas Jovanović’s complex social and artistic activities in the area of developing media culture and the visual arts. After a break of more than three decades, the public will again have the opportunity to see some of Jovanović’s most important artistic achievements, but also to acquaint themselves with some works for the first time.

Jovanović’s imposing gallery of contemporaries, recorded using the then modern media of photography and lithography, altered Serbian culture irreversibly.

Open Heart Street

1 – Belgrade city centre

Belgrade’s Open Heart Street is a traditional urban manifestation of a humanitarian character. Visitors are greeted precisely at noon on the first day of the year by Belgrade Mayor Siniša Mali, after which follows a firework display and a carnival procession of entertainers.

Alongside Svetogorska Street and part of Makedonska Street (from Takovska to the Belgrade Youth Centre building), the Open Heart Street will this year also include Skadarska Street.

Visitors will enjoy a variety of entertainment programmes on the small plaza in front of theatre Atelje 212, in “Srpska Kafana” tavern, in front of the building of Stari Grad Municipality, at Radio Belgrade, the House of Đura Jakšić in the Skadarlija Bohemian Quarter and at the “Familija” bistro.

As in previous years, apart from enjoying numerous performances, concerts and other entertaining contents, visitors to the Open Heart Street will also be able to join the humanitarian activities and help those must in need. The humanitarian activities of this year’s Open Heart Street will be dedicated to children and the construction of a new facility of the Belgrade Shelter and larger space for children at the existing facility. The funds will be collected from sales of festive greeting cards/postcards, which will also be the main symbols of this year’s Open Heart Street.

Don Pasquale

5 – National Theatre – 19.30

In the creative opus of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848, Bergamo), the comic opera Don Pasquale occupies the most prominent place. The audience always experiences this opera eagerly, while singers compete in mastering its difficult and satisfying roles, experts seek and find the original authorial version of the musical score, prove the authorship of the librettist, while directors find new and original approaches to this indestructible piece. It seems that the ogre of time, which is so ruthless with many pieces from the music scene, hasn’t managed to harm this opera in the slightest. Don Posquale is a masterpiece, one of the best comic operas of all time, among those rare few that are always on some repertoire of the opera scene.

Serbian Traditional Music

12 – Kolarac – 19.00

The 4th Belgrade Christmas-New Year concert of Serbian traditional music will be held on 12th January from 7pm at Kolarac Endowment Hall, featuring the performance of the Serbian Orthodox Cantors, a chapel cantor group that deals with the preservation of Serbian traditional music. Its repertoire primarily fosters songs of a spiritual nature, but also national, ethnic and antiquated urban songs.

Traditional New Year Concert

13 – National Theatre – 20.00

The Great Stage of the National Theatre in Belgrade will host its traditional New Year Gala Concert on Saturday 13th January from 8pm.

The gala concert featuring the champions, soloists, orchestra and choir of the Opera of the National Theatre in Belgrade brings lots of joy to the audience. There are popular arias, duets and choral performances from the rich opus of the world’s greatest composers – Georges Bizet, Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francesca Cilea, Richard Wagner, Franz Lehár, Pietro Mascagni et al.

The repertoire will include themes from operas like Carmen, Othello, A Masked Ball, Lucia di Lammermoor, Manon Lescaut, The Magic Flute, Adriana Lecouvreur, Tristan und Isolde, Judith, Cavalleria Rusticana etc.

Moscow Circus on Ice

15 – Sava Centre – 20.00

Following performance in front of more than 200 million spectators in more than 50 countries worldwide, the Moscow Circus on Ice is performing in Serbia for the first time ever, as part of its latest European tour. With a programme adapted to performing on ice, but inclusive of all elements of acrobatics and the accompanying contents that comprise a circus, the show includes spectacular lighting effects that contribute to the magic, and also includes the spectators in the performance.

Founded in 1964 as the first spectacle of its kind, the Moscow Circus on Ice still applies the golden standards required for the spectacular performing of shows of this kind. Apart from the precise performances of dancers, clowns and acrobatics, spectators will also see trapeze artists, with everything connected by acrobatics on ice skates.

This programme for all generations, which will be enjoyed by both children and their parents, has become a spectacular world attraction over the years, with the contributions of fun-loving spectators and packed halls worldwide.

Echoes of BELDOCS

24 – Belgrade Youth Centre – 19.00

As of January 2018, the BelDocs International Documentary Film Festival, in cooperation with the Belgrade Youth Centre, will have its own accompanying monthly programme, Echoes of BelDocs at the Belgrade Youth Centre. On 24th January the audience will have the opportunity to see the documentary masterpiece ‘Woman and the Glacier’ by director Audrius Stonys. This film features Lithuanian scientist Ausra Revutaite, who has spent 30 years living in an old research outpost at 3,500 metres above sea level, where she studies climate changes on the Tuyuk-Su glacier in Central Asia. Apart from magnificent nature for company, Ausra also has a dog and a cat.

Panel Discussion marking the 80th birthday of Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky

25 – Belgrade Youth Centre – 19.00

Why has Russian actor and poet Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky, who lived for just 42 years and died more than three decades ago, been declared the second most important Russian of the 20th century, immediately behind Yuri Gagarin?

Why did tens of thousands of spectators leave the stadium during the Moscow Olympics to attend his funeral?

How did a man who was prevented from leaving the Soviet Union for years manage to gain world repute that endures to this day?

The questions that are naturally posed by the unusual and turbulent life of this artist – regarding his songs, roles, loves and premature death – will be debated at this panel discussion on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of his birth.

Presenting the book El público

25 – Institute Cervantes – 19.00

Dr Vladimir Karanović wrote in reviewing this book that is the monograph publication of Federico García Lorca – The Public (El Público), translated by Bojana Kovačević Petrović and Aleksandra Mančić, represents an outstanding contribution to the wealth of translated literature in Serbia and the region. For the first time in the Serbian language, the reading audience is offered a text that’s integral and the closest to García Lorca’s original “drama in pictures”, which has long been marginalised, due largely to its poetic specificity, but also due to ideological colouring, the promotion of alternative and/or different sexuality, free-spiritedness, often unacceptable in many European and global societies in past decades. On 25th January at 7pm you will have the opportunity to attend the presentation of this book at the Cervantes Institute in Belgrade.

Monteverdi Opera: L’Orfeo

26 – Madlenianum – 19.30

The New Belgrade Opera and Opera-Theatre “Madlenianum” presented its first interpretation of Monteverdi’s opera “L’Incoronatione di Poppea” in 2014, to great acclaim. Three years later, in the year marking the 450th anniversary of this great composer’s birth, Madlenianum welcomes the performance of Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo”, generally acknowledged as “the first opera”.

Written in 1607, Monteverdi’s use of vocal and orchestral notes performed on instruments of the period set the basis for the further development of opera as a genre, while his expert writing of vocals inspired generations to come. The story of Orpheus’s search for his love in the Underworld inspired not only Monteverdi, but later also Gluck and many other composers. Expert coaching and direction by historical performance experts Marijana Mijanović and Predrag Gosta, coupled with sublime stage direction by award-winning German director Daniel Pfluger, provide a rare opportunity to enjoy this music in the manner intended by the composer.

March Festival Open for Applicants

The Festival Board and Belgrade Youth Centre have notified producers and filmmakers that they are accepting submissions – until 15th January 2018, exclusively via website – for the 65th edition of the International short film programme competition of the MARTOVSKI FESTIVAL – BELGRADE DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL.

The 2018 Martovski Festival will take place at the Belgrade Youth Centre from 28th March to 1st April. Applying producers and filmmakers will be notified about whether their works have been accepted by 15th March.