Culture Calendar

March 2017

Your World Of Music / Katharina Uhde, Violin, Bruno Canino, Piano

4, 5 – Kolarac – 20:00

Bruno Canino is certainly one of Italy’s most important living pianists. With an international career built as a soloist, chamber musician, pianist, harpsichordist and composer, his career has been marked by a large number of other musicians, particularly violinists. Among them, he enjoyed particularly successful cooperation with Perlman, Accardo, Mullova and Ughi. As someone who is devoted to contemporary creativity, many composers have dedicated their works to him – Luciano Berio, Mauricio Kagel, Iannis Xenakis and many others. He was the musical director of the Venice Biennale.

Katharina Uhde was born in Germany, where she also attended school, before completing her doctoral dissertation on the topic of Joseph Joachim at Duke University in the U.S.. She is the founder of the Viktor Ullmann String Quartet, with which she has won numerous prizes in prestigious competitions. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed on numerous occasions in significant centres of music. She works as a professor of violin studies and musicology at Valparaiso University (Indiana, USA).

Belgrade Irish Festival

6-22 – various locations

This year Belgrade will host coveted Irish dancer from the United States, Jean Butler (Riverdance), who will perform in Belgrade for the first time, at the city’s legendary BITEF Theatre. Also coming to these parts for the first time is David Caffrey, a talented Irish director, whose most recent work includes directing the third season of the hit series ‘Peaky Blinders’.

Every day throughout the festival’s film programme, audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy an interesting selection of films and documentaries on the subject of music at the old Cinematheque Film Archive (Kosovska Street). A special 3D listening event will be organised with talented singer-songwriter Dylan Tighe, the Serbian capital’s old Irish friend and a Belgrader for 10 years already.

“TRAD” Music from County Kilkenny will perform in the narrow streets of Vračar, primarily at the bar of the festival – Monk’s, where the audience is welcome every day for a pint of beer and a chat before and after all festival events. Delicious Irish specialities will be served during the festival at KC Grad, Smokvici (Molerova) and Hotel Park; and you can also drop in at Moritz Eis, which will celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a special green ice cream.

We are delighted to again introduce to you local band O Bato. You also shouldn’t miss the screening of the rarely shown and beautiful short film on Kalenić Market, one of the oldest markets in the city – the Serbian version of Smithfield (Dublin’s famous market). This short film will be shown together with “The Dead”, a John Huston film recorded on 35mm film, which is based on the last story in James Joyce’s book “Dubliners”, and represents the fusion of two melodic dystopias from two distant European capitals, from two different centuries. While you walk around the city, look in all directions, because this year even more buildings will be illuminated in green in the evenings around St Patrick’s Day.

Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

10, 17 – Kolarac – 20:00

Conductor: Adrijan Prabava
Soloist: Andrej Jonica, cello

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy
G. Faure: Elegy for Cello and Orchestra
K. Saint-Saens: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra no. 1
M. Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, suite no. 1 and 2

Conductor: John Axelrod
G. Maler: Symphony no. 6

Exhibition “Mangoré ¡Cuan raudo es mi girar!”

15-27 – Instituto Cervantes

This exhibition depicts the life and works of Agustin Barrios, known by his nickname Mangoré, Paraguay’s most famous guitarist and classical music composer.

His opus of compositions is characterised by diversity and specific techniques. In his youth he was influenced by Bach and Mozart, but his later works are dominated by the rhythms and melodies of Latin American music. Prominent Australian composer John Williams called him the best guitar composer of all time. He is estimated to have composed more than three hundred works (including Cathedral, Bees, Confession, Guarani dance etc.), many of which have been lost.

Considered one of the most important Latin American composers of the last century, he was the first to transcribe Bach’s works for guitar. As early as 1910, he devoted a lot of attention to recording records, reaching a total of fifty records.

18th Guitar Art Festival

20-25 – Belgrade Youth Centre/Sava Centre

The 18th edition of the Guitar Art Festival begins with the concert “Fusion of Latin American Classics”, which will be held at Kolarac Endowment Hall on 20th March. This concert will present Roberto Aussel, bandoneon player Aleksandar Nikolić and the Anima Musicae chamber orchestra from Hungary.

Living legend of world guitar, Tommy Emmanuel, will perform on 23rd March, at 8pm at the Sava Centre. This will provide a great opportunity for the audience to hear songs from his current album, “It’s Never Too Late”, for the first time. During his half-century career, Emmanuel has visited Belgrade numerous times, with this famous guitarists last three concerts in the city all being sell-out events. This year will be an opportunity for the public to hear premiere performances of tracks from his latest album, “It’s Never Too Late”, with which this Australian virtuoso launched his world tour.

The Guitar Art festival also brings to the Belgrade Youth Centre the group UHF – Ultra High Flamenco – following its showcasing at the Picasso Museum in Malaga in 2016, under the organisation of the SGAE foundation. UHF is a project that has brought together four outstanding Spanish musicians whose joint work fuses different influences of flamenco, jazz and other musical styles. One of the greatest representatives of the modern Hispanic scene, Ultra High Flamenco will perform together in Belgrade with renowned flamenco dancer Rosario Toledo.

This concert will be followed by the concerts of Giorgos Georgopulus and versatile, unconventional talent Bojan Ivanovski, with the premiere of his original project – “A whole new world”.

After the traditional part of the classical programme, the festival will represent this year’s Guitar Integrations project, which will gather classical guitarists on the rise from the six former Yugoslav republics. Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi is composing a premier piece for six guitars that will be performed by Mak Grgić, Srđan Bulat, Sanel Redžić, Nemanja Ostojić, Radoš Malidžan and Darko Bageski at the closing ceremony of the festival on 25th March 2017 at the Belgrade Youth Centre.

For more information about the festival’s programme and schedule, visit:


25 – Kombank Arena – 20.00

Everything began five years ago, when they played Michael Jackson’s hit “Smooth Criminal” on their cellos, recorded a video, posted it on their YouTube channel and, in less than three months, collected more than five million views! That same year saw them sign a contract with Sony Masterworks and release their first album, which includes their version of “Smooth Criminal” and which has gone on to become one of the world’s best-selling albums.

They have amassed a dream career over the last five years! They have performed more than 1,000 concerts with more than 10 million visitors! More than three million kilometres travelled in more than 40 countries around the world! More than 1,000 days on tour! Three albums and a DVD. They have been awarded with numerous regional and international awards.

Apart from performing concerts as part of this year’s world tour, they are also currently working on their 4th studio album, in which will they will make a guest performance with one of the world’s most famous symphony orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra, with which they are recording the best film music themes.

Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser, known worldwide as the 2CELLOS musical sensation, will hold a concert to remember at Belgrade’s Kombank Arena on 25th March from 8pm.

Scott Bradley’s Postmodern Jukebox

30 – Sava Centre – 20:00

After a sold-out tour this year, Scott Bradley’s “Postmodern jukebox”, with its distinctive ‘vintage’ style of interpreting pop and rock songs, returns to Europe in 2017, and his Belgrade concert is scheduled for 30th March at the Sava Centre.

The tour announcement comes after his recent sold-out tour with concerts in 75 European cities, an upcoming tour of 16 cities in Australia and New Zealand, as well as a tour of 45 cities in North America, while on 7th October Bradley will present his project at New York’s “Radio City Music Hall”.

“We want them to feel like they’re celebrating New Year with Frank Sinatra, or that their at a 1920s party in the style of The Great Gatsby,” explained Bradley.

“Jukebox” is a steadily growing collective of artists that currently comprises more than 70 of them. Over the past couple of years it has had more than 500 million views on YouTube, as well as amassing two million followers, has appeared on Good Morning America, topped the iTunes and Billboard charts and performed more than 100 concerts in packed venues around the world.

As noted by some critics, “Jukebox” has achieved this success “by performing 40 of the greatest hits in the way that they would have been performed in earlier eras of popular music.”

Bradley, thus, changed the arrangement of hit rock group Radiohead’s track Creep, turning it into a light ballad that has had more than 19.5 million views and was declared one of the nine best viral covers in 2015 by People Magazine. According to Entertainment Weekly, “Bradley’s group is known for processing modern hit songs in a retro style, turning them into viral successes”.

The group releases a new video each week, with recordings made in Bradley’s living room.

“I posted the first video in 2009. I was poor and lived in Queens. A few years later, we gathered two million followers, had sold out performances across four continents and become a true example of an amazing group of performers,” reveals Bradley, adding that he is proud of having put together the best combination of skills and personality and created an “unbelievable experience for fans”.

64th Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival

30th March – 2nd April – Belgrade Youth Centre

The March Festival, or the Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Film, is our oldest film festival. First held in Pula in 1954, it moved to Belgrade in 1960 and has been here since. Directors awarded at this festival tend to become giants of domestic cinematography, and Dušan Vukotić was first awarded here for his animated film “Surogat”, which won an Oscar a month later in 1961.

With Boban Jevtić as the new artistic director, the Belgrade Youth Centre will both organise and host the 2017 festival, which will be held from 30th March to 2nd April, with a focus on domestic film production, thereby becoming a national festival in the full sense of the word.

In addition to film screenings in the competitive and showcase sections, renowned local filmmakers, such as Mile Turajlić, Nikole Majdak and Boris Mitić, as well as guests from abroad, will hold numerous workshops and open consultations for local filmmakers and students of film schools, while the audience can expect supporting parties, as well as the concert of cult Belgrade band Autopark.

Richard Clayderman

31 – Sava Centre – 20:30

The world’s most famous living pianist, Richard Clayderman, will hold a solo concert, accompanied by strings, at the Sava Centre on 31st March, and the Serbian capital will have a chance to enjoy performances of well-known compositions and popular rock tunes in a traditional manner.

A French pianist, Clayderman was born on 28th December 1953 and started to learn to play the piano at the age of six, thanks to the fact that his father was a piano teacher. He enrolled at the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of 12. He would later become interested in contemporary music and accompany renowned French singing stars.

When in 1996 he recorded the composition “Ballad for Adelina”, by French music producer Paul de Sanneville, his life has changed radically. Some 22 million copies of this record have been sold in 38 countries.

Clayderman has recorded more than 1,300 compositions of different genres and succeeded in creating a new romantic style, performing popular compositions and rock songs in a traditional way. This method of performing has become Clayderman’s trademark.

Richard Clayderman enjoys great popularity worldwide, and has even entered the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most successful pianist.