Culture Calendar

October 2016

bitef mapaBITEF and Cultural Diplomacy: Theatre and Geopolitics

1-2 –University of Arts in Belgrade -10.00-17.00

The UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management and BITEF festival are co-organising the international conference ‘BITEF and Cultural Diplomacy: The Role of Theatre Festivals in International Cultural Relations’, which will be held on 1st and 2nd October in Belgrade, as part of the 50th BITEF festival. The Conference will cover the following topics:
• The role of culture in international relations – between conflicts, promotion and cooperation;
• The new/old actors of cultural diplomacy: civil society, intellectuals and artists;
• The importance of theatre festivals in the development of international cultural cooperation;
• BITEF and the Cold War cultural diplomacy;
• BITEF in the perspective of conte mporary cultural policy and cultural management..

Cinema with an accent. Spanish films on travel”

3-5 – Belgrade Youth Centre – 18.00; 20.00

Travels are almost always a reason to tell a story, whether that relates to internal or physical travel. For this cycle, travel figures serve as an excuse for us to move through the landscapes of Spain, through its accents and ways of creating films. However, this is also an opportunity to observe how we relate to other cultures on our travels. This cycle aims to bring together a selection of feature films, selected because of their time, thematic and geographic diversity, and which stress the idea of Spanish multiculturalism and visions of others, beyond clichés.

Programme: for details visit

Days of Moscow in Belgrade

4 – Sava Centre – 19.00

The Moscow State Academic Theatre dance “Gzhely” is coming to Belgrade. What differentiates “Gzhely” from other dance ensembles is the restoring of the theatre tradition, revealing the regional peculiarities of Russian choreographic culture. In a variety of compositions, miniatures bring to life the creations of masters of folk art and crafts, passing the knowledge of various primeval Russian ornaments on to future generations, such as Gzhely, Palekh, Zhostovo and Pavlo-Posadske patterns. The ensemble carefully preserves and develops the tradition of Russian folk choreography, interpreting dances in modern conditions. This theatre can rightly be regarded today as the cultural identity card of Moscow, which is trying use dance to convey the spirit and beauty of Russian folk crafts.

saksofonBelgrade SAXperience

6-9 – Belgrade Youth Centre/Mikser House/Kolarac/Belgrade Philharmonic Hall

Third International Saxophone Festival in Serbia will this year be held from 6th to 9th October in Belgrade, marking the jubilee anniversary of 170 years since the patenting of the saxophone. Institut Francais in Serbia and Société Générale Serbia are joining forces the third time on this festival, in order to share with the audience great classical or contemporary music moments. On the first night of the festival we will have the opportunity to hear the most prominent French jazz saxophonist of the new generation, Baptiste Herbin with the Luka Ignjatović quartet in the Great Hall of Belgrade’s Dom Omladine Youth Centre, after which the fantastic quartet of local saxophonist Uglješa Novaković will perform.

Evening concerts are planned during all four days of the festival for the youngest audience and their parents, “Meet Mr Saxophone”. With the support of the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrade, a concert of the Milan Saxophone Quartet will be held on 9th October in the hall of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, which will see the performing of works by Italian composers Rossini, Scarlatti, Verdi and Puccini. In addition to performances, an educational part of the festival will be held every day from 9am at the Culture Centre of Belgrade’s “Artget” Gallery, which will see participants from abroad hold master classes. The courses can be attended by active students and professors of the saxophone, while others who are interested will be able to participate passively. This venue will also host a small saxophone fair, where products will be presented by Selmer and Vandoren, who have significantly supported the festival, as well as Leggere, Jody Jazz and others. Moreover, as it would not be fair for all of this talent to be shown only in Belgrade, Baptiste Herbin and Luka Ignatović will also present their talents to audiences in Novi Pazar, Kraljevo and Leskovac.

Programme: for details visit belgradesaxperience. com

Goethe FEST

6-12 – Belgrade Culture Centre

The 5th GoetheFEST will be held in Belgrade, Niš and Novi Sad under the slogan “Reality Bites”, with lovers of film offered selected films from the Berlinale 2016 and the most important current winners of the German Film Awards.

In addition to the audience’s favourite “Fack ju Göhte 2”, the Serbian audience can this year also expect Doris Dörrie’s film “Greetings from Fukushima”, and also to see young star Jella Haase (“4 Kings” and “Fack ju Göhte”). Also screened will be the only German film from the competition of the Berlinale 2016, “24 weeks” by Anne Zohra Berrached, which uses documentary camera and which engaged “real” medical workers instead of professional actors. The film “Fritz Bauer against the state” deals with important historical events. “Reality Bites” – in current German films reality is omnipresent, and often painful. They deal with growing up, hope and despair, love and political scandals, cultural and sexual identities, and also often exile. All in all, reality is more present than ever in German film fiction today.

25th International Festival of Ethnological Film

12-16 – Ethnographic Museum, 21:00

Belgrade will once again host the International Festival of Ethnological Film, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. The International Festival of Ethnological Film is an event that offers insight into a wide range of ethnographic film themes and presents the works of filmmakers who explore both the traditional and modern lifestyles of human communities; it offers diverse insights, film forms and methodologies.

Programme: for details visit

Nova Festival

13-15 – various locations (below)

The Nova (New) Festival – Festival of New Art, is a three-day art event that takes place this year from 13th to 15th October, organised by the association “KomunikArt” and partner institutions, under the patronage of the City of Pančevo, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Belgrade, Collegium Hungaricum, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipal Assembly of Kovin. The festival will this year be held in three cities, Pančevo, Belgrade and Kovin, while the festival programme consists of two parts: an accompanying programme that comprises an exhibition of the comics of Austrian collective Tonto Comics and the musical-visual performance of the Different Trains Quartet Bilitis, as well as a central music programme which will feature the performances of five bands from Serbia, Slovenia, Portugal, Hungary and Austria, which in the best way represent the current domestic, regional and European contemporary and avantgarde music scene. Admission to all festival programmes is free of charge. Programme: for details visit

October Salon

Throughout October – Belgrade City Museum

The traditional October Salon is an annual event representing the best visual artworks in Serbia. Founded in 1960 by the City of Belgrade, it has a tradition of over half a century and represents a significant segment in the study of contemporary Serbian art. This year’s October Salon has a British curator, David Elliot, Chairman of the Board of Triangle Art Network/Gasworks in London, Chairman of the Advisory Board of MOMENTUM in Berlin and a Visiting Professor in Curatorship at the Chinese University in Hong Kong.

Programme: for details visit

knjigeBelgrade Book Fair

23-30 – Belgrade Fair – 10.00-22.00

The Belgrade Book Fair, this year celebrating its 61st edition, is one of the most popular cultural events in Serbia, attracting more than 200,000 visitors and almost 800 domestic and foreign publishers.

Every year sees foreign cultural institutes in Serbia participate in the Book Fair as part of EUNIC, which is one of the largest associations of culture centres in the world, comprising 34 cultural organisations from 28 countries of the world. This year, unlike previous years, the space of all members will be shared, enabling visitors to get information on the academic and cultural activities of various cultural centres in one place.

EUNIC has decided to make this year’s theme “digital read-write”, which will include the organising of workshops with visitor participation. On 20th October at 1pm, the Dom Omladine Youth Centre will host lectures on e-books, with each institute having its own guest speaker, covering various topics.

EUNIC Cluster Serbia Board and Members

Jean-Baptiste Cuzin, Director of the French Institute in Serbia and head of cooperation at the French Embassy, has been appointed as the new EUNIC Serbia President, while Slavica Marković-Sandić, Communications and Public Diplomacy Officer at the Embassy of Sweden, has been named Vice-President.

The EUNIC Serbia Cluster currently has 15 members and associate members and several other partner organisations that share knowledge and resources on a common European agenda.

Members of the EUNIC Serbia include the Austrian Kulturforum (Österreichisches Kulturforum), Wallonie-Bruxelles International, the French Institute (Institut français de Serbie, Beograd/Niš/NoviSad), Goethe-Institut, the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, Instituto Cervantes, the Italian Cultural Institute (Istituto Italiano de Cultura), the British Council, the Romanian Cultural Institute (Institut Cultural Român, from Vienna), as well as the embassies of Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, as associate members.

32nd Belgrade Jazz Festival

26-30 – Belgrade Dom Omladine Youth Centre/Sava Centre

Wednesday 26th
19:30 Vlada Maričić Quartet featuring Brian Lynch (Serbia/USA), Belgrade Youth Centre
21:00 lfredo Rodriguez Trio (Cuba/SAD/ Brazil), Belgrade Youth Centre
23:00 Tineke Postma Quartet (Holland), Belgrade Youth Centre unna Gunnlaugs Trio (Iceland)

Thursday 27th
19:30 Avishai Cohen Trio (Israel), Sava Centre
21:00 Antonio Serrano Quintet Flame&Co (Spain), Sava Centre
23:00 Vesna Pisarović: “The Great Yugoslav Songbook” (Croatia/USA/ Germany/Italy) David Helbock Trio (Austria), Belgrade Youth Centre

Friday 28th
19:30 Jack DeJohnette Trio featuring Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison (USA), Sava Centre
21:00 Aziza: Dave Holland/Chris Potter/Lionel Loueke/Eric Harland (USA), Sava Centre
23:00 Tord Gustavsen Quartet (Norway),Belgrade Youth Centre All Included (Sweden/Norway)

Saturday, 29th
19:30 Vincent Peirani: “Living Being” (France), Belgrade Youth Centre
21.00 Gianluca Petrella Cosmic Renaissance (Italy)
23:00 Rob Mazurek & Sao Paulo Underground (USA/Brazil), Belgrade Youth Centre Horse Orchestra (Denmark/Sweden/Norway/Iceland)

Sunday, 30th
19:30 Orchestra Jazz de Matosinhos and João Paulo Esteves Da Silva: „Bela Senao Sem“ (Portugal), Belgrade Youth Centre
21:00 Dieter Ilg: “Mein Beethoven” (Germany)
23:00 Szilárd Mezei Septet (Serbia/Hungary), Belgrade Youth Centre Schime Trio + One (Serbia) Konzilijum (Serbia)
Tickets for the 32nd Belgrade Jazz Festival are on sale via Eventim and the Sava Centre.

L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres- LODHO

31 – Belgrade Dom Omladine Youth Centre – 20:00

The Belgrade public will have the exclusive opportunity to attend the first appearance in the city of the famous Canadian troupe L’Orchestre d’Hommes-Orchestres (LODHO), which performs the music of the legendary Tom Waits in an unusual way: in the form of performance and a challenging theatrical experience. With a colourful repertoire of the unclassifiable music of icon Tom Waits, L’Orchestre d’Hommes- Orchestres from Quebec creates an event that is more reminiscent of a carnival show or music circus than an ordinary concert. This busy orchestra performs the unique music of Tom Waits with the help of almost 100 objects and improvised instruments on stage, which sounds simultaneously smooth and as solid as steel, in unruly scenes of uncontrolled energy. Immersed in the world of Waits’ music, performers of this powerful tribute group seek to stay true to his creative spirit, while at the same time presenting it to the audience as a field for free play. By combining styles and adapting arrangements, these 6 multi-instrumentalists exchange instruments and vocals mutually, pushing their fingers between wires and putting a rope around the neck…