Culture Calendar

July 2016

50th Gitarijada
Slovak Concert

1 – Kolarac – 20.00

On the occasion of taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Belgrade is organising a concert of famous Slovak jazz singer Adriena Bartoševa.

During her career, Adriena, who is partially of Serbian origin, has sung and performed with prominent musicians and groups from Europe and the United States. She is also a composer of film music and music for theatre plays.

This concert is the first in a series of events to be organised by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Belgrade during the next six months, which will see Slovak culture and art presented.

Alessandro OlaAlessandro Ola

1 – IIC Belgrado – tba

The Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrade is hosting Italian artist Alessandro Ola from 22nd June to 1st July 2016.

A composer, pianist and performer, after studying piano, composition and electronic music, Ola left behind the academic approach to music and started moving towards a more artistic path involving experimentation, improvisation and electronics, both in composing music and on stage, with a special focus on the interaction of his music with other artistic expressions. His interests and experiences include both video art and dance.

He has held concerts in international museums and galleries and has also played with contemporary artists, as well as at international festivals. Ola is the artistic director of SIGNAL – the festival of avant-garde music and other forms of expression, which was founded in 2007. From 2001 to 2005, Ola organised the MicroOnde annual festival of improvisation and musical exploration in Cagliari, which included workshops and performances.

He has lived and worked in Bolzano, Rome and Venice (1979-1996) and currently resides in Cagliari, where he founded the TiConZero, a centre dedicated to musical and theatrical research. Ola will perform at IIC Belgrado on Friday 1st July.

Orange WeekOrange Week

1, 2 – various locations

On the occasion of the end of its EU Council presidency, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is organising “Orange Week” – a Dutch week in Belgrade from 27th June to 2nd July 2016.

Orange Week is created to show you what the Netherlands is all about. The Netherlands has a centuries-old tradition of doing business globally. Dutch society is based on building bridges, seeking consensus and ensuring alignment between the political, business and social arenas.

An orange tram will be circulating Belgrade for a whole month in order to promote the Orange Week.

Orange Week will start with Applied Nostalgia, a photography exhibition of a Serbian and a Dutch photographer, to be exhibited at Mikser House. Marko Rupena has photographed places and situations in Amsterdam which remind him of Belgrade, while Ilvy Njiokiktjien photographed parts of Belgrade that resemble the Dutch capital.

This project is an initiative of the Serbian Government’s Office for European Integration and aims to enhance cultural cooperation and promote the presiding country, as well as to promote and support Serbia on its path to becoming a full member of the EU.

Orange Week continues with a Deli Monday at Culture Centre Grad, where Embassy staff will prepare food for guests and there will also be a delicious orange surprise.

During the week-long event, Dutch movies will be screened at the Belgrade Youth Centre.

Orange Week will be more than just fun. Namely, the initiative is implemented by the Netherlands of the Dutch association and Orange Funds will be utilised in Belgrade for the third time. This initiative strives to highlight the importance of voluntary work and active citizen participation in developing the community in which they live. The staff of the Embassy will again support a local initiative.

Orange Week will culminate on Saturday 2nd July, when the Bridge on Ada and the city’s Albania Palace will be lit up in orange. Visitors on that day will be able to participate in several large events in Belgrade.

At 5pm a mass Orange Bike Ride will set off from Republic Square. By organising this bike ride, the Embassy hopes to draw attention to the rights and responsibilities of cyclists, in order to promote the bicycle as a healthy, economical and environmentally-friendly mode of transport. Dress code: orange! Under the Film Street programme, starting at 8.30pm next to the Music Pavilion in Kalemegdan, a Dutch film, The Admiral (2015), directed by Roel Reine, will be screened.

Orange Finish brings the week to a close with a grand party at the Belgrade Fortress (courts of Basketball Club Partizan) and if you dress in orange you have secured yourself free entrance to the Orange party until 11pm. DJs from Serbia and The Netherlands will be there to entertain you.

Entrance to most of these events is free of charge.

João Garcia

1-9 – Institut Français

After completing his journalism studies in Portugal and graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Spain, Garcia’s experience as a photographer, designer and cameraman led him to work with several artists and institutions in Portugal and abroad (Spain, Chile etc.).

João has resided in France since 2006. He continues to cooperate with artists and institutions in many countries (France, Japan, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Algeria, Serbia …), while his work is directed through the Antichambre graphic design studio. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of La Rochelle.

Garcia has held several solo exhibitions since 1999 – Centro Cultural de Belém – Lisbon, Centro Português de Fotografia – Porto; Machikaneyama Museum – Osaka, Dejima Museum – Nagasaki, Centre Culturel Tjibaou – Noumea; Carré Amelot – La Rochelle…

Photography is the tool he uses to experiment with the power of the image in order to examine the strange beauty of everyday life.

Damien JuradoDamien Jurado

6 – Belgrade Youth Centre – 21:00

Damien Jurado is returning to Belgrade after two years. This musician, poet and painter from Seattle is coming to Serbia to promote his new album “Visions Of Us On The Land”, which completes his “Maraqopa” trilogy.

This latest album was created in collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift, with whom Damien created the albums “Maraqopa” (2012) and “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son” (2014), which completes the story of an outsider who was forced to abandon civilisation in order to discover universal truths.

Like any great work of art, “Visions Of Us On The Land” is a story about love and death, the journey into the subconscious; a sound map without accurately traced locations, roads and landmarks, which with each new hearing reveals new aspects.

EXIT 2016Exit 2016

6-11 – Novi Sad Fortress

EXIT is an award winning summer music festival that was officially declared the ‘Best Major European festival’ at the 2013 EU Festival Awards. It is held annually at Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin Fortress – considered by many as one of the best festival venues on the world. More than 2.7 million people from over 60 countries around the world have visited the festival to date.

Throughout the years, EXIT has gained international media attention, with CNN even including EXIT on its list of the world’s nine best festivals, while The Guardian declared EXIT the best festival in the world in 2006 and the best tourist destination in 2008.

For this year’s EXIT programme, please visit


Throughout June and July – various locations

The Belgrade Summer Festival, BELEF, will be held from 19th June to 30th July. This year’s BELEF comprises major musical programmes, theatrical performances and exhibitions. The 25th BELEF was opened in mid-June by Zemlja Gruva and Spanish band Los Mambo Jambo.

The Belgrade Summer Festival is an event that aims to present superior artistic accomplishments in the fields of theatrical, musical and visual arts, as well as other artistic disciplines, entertaining Belgraders and their guests.

For the festival programme please visit

Cossack State Ensemble “Free Steppes”

14 – Sava Centre – 20:30

The “Free Steppes” ensemble was founded in 2005 following a decision of the City of Stavropol in Russia. Established as a professional Cossack Dance and Song Ensemble, the “Free steppes” name reflects the essence of the Cossacks and their centuries-old desire to be independent and free. The Cossack-warrior and his horse, as his faithful comrade, were masters of the vast steppes.

The repertoire of the ensemble includes vocal and choreographic compositions, joyful songs, dance songs, war songs and many other themed songs. There are also dances that reflect the culture of the inhabitants of Terek, Kubanj, Don and Zaporozhye. The creativity of the Ensemble presents a harmonious blend of genres – choral singing, folk dancing and music. Almost every song is accompanied with scene elements, usually dance, but also choral singing. The viewer can at times wonder which performers are singing and which are dancing.

Additional vividness to the ensemble is brought with handmade costumes that reflect the way of life of the Cossacks.

The ensemble has won numerous awards and prizes at national and international festivals and competitions, but it continues to constantly improve its professional skills, thanks to director and artistic manager of Vasiliy Berchenko, who is also an Honorary artist of Stavropol.

Exhibition TranquiloExhibition: Tranquilo

throughout July – Instituto Cervantes – 10:00-22:00

The Tranquilo exhibition includes thirty blackand- white images that can be divided into two groups. The first is documentary photography, showing the hidden corners of Palma de Mallorca and in which the artist utilises panoramic formats to move the viewer into the world of imagination.

The second type represents more mysterious photographs, which feed the soul and make specific audiences pause and ponder life. Igor Mandić in his photos not only depicts Palma de Mallorca, but also manages to take the viewer deep into the incredible beauty of photographs.

His photographs have been published in numerous national and international journals and magazines (Elle, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, among others), and are used in advertising campaigns, by fashion agencies and on a number of websites… He has won two awards for innovation in photography (2006 and 2007), and in 2015 the Jewish Museum in Berlin presented his ten works from the series “Portraits of the hand”.

Aero Rock FestivalAero Rock Festival

22-24 – Kraljevo

Serbia and Kraljevo finally gained the kind of rock spectacle that had long been awaited! The Aero Rock Festival, will delight visitors from 22nd to 24th July at the “Brege” sport airport in Kraljevo.

On the first day of the festival, 22nd July, there will be performers such as Vila Filozofina, Artan Lili, Osvajači and S.A.R.S. On the second day, the festival will host IrieFM, Kolja i grobovlasnici, as well as legendary Serbian rock groups Atomsko Sklonište, YU Group and Riblja Čorba. For the third day, organisers are preparing an air show, where air clubs from Serbia and the region will provide an opportunity to fly planes. In addition, organisers will allow visitors to descend by parachute and partake in paragliding. Fans of planes will also be able to enjoy the competition of model plane makers.

Bands will perform non-stop from noon on the first day of the festival to 2am on the second day, thus entertaining visitors whatever time they come to “Brege” airport.

50th Gitarijada50th Gitarijada

26-30 – Zaječar

The 50th annual Gitarijada guitar festival will be held in Zaječar from 26th to 30th July. This event traditionally promises a good combination of positive vibrations and the best rock music. It runs for five days on five stages, with a number of additional events and bonus programme surprises.

Held since 1966, Gitarijada is one of the longest-running festivals in Serbia and Southeast Europe and the largest festival of young and pioneering bands in the region. Apart from the competition between up-and-coming bands from the region of the former Yugoslavia, the festival programme also includes performances of established acts. For programme details, please visit

“The Two Gentlemen of Verona”

28 June – National Theatre – 19.30

The famous Globe Theatre from London will perform Shakespeare’s play, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, directed by Nick Bagnall on the Main Stage of the National Theatre on 28th June.

This time around, Globe Theatre is performing one of their latest productions. Begnall, true to his innovative direction, offers a rather anarchic version of Shakespeare’s early work from 1951, with an emphasis on music.