Culture Calendar

September 2016

16th Festival of Street Musicians16th Festival of Street Musicians

1-3 – Petrovaradin, Novi Sad

This year’s 16th Festival of Street Musicians will be held from 1st to 3rd September in the Lower Town of Petrovaradin Fortress, the so-called “Gradić”, in Novi Sad; when, like every year, the spirit of street art and the culture of the communities of artists from the country, the region and around the world will awaken new, fresh energy of the city.

The festival will this year be at a new location – in the lower town of the fortress, in order for it to come even closer to the elementary objectives of this event, such as ennobling streets and general urban spaces that carry valuable architectural heritage and that now – through the decentralisation of cultural offerings – make a specific cultural contribution to the local community.

This festival has always targeted clean, acoustic and chamber spaces that allow intimate contact between performers and the audience. As such, the ambiance of the Lower Town is very suitable for these kinds of events, because they contribute to the creation of direct links between cultural heritage, public space, street performing arts and visitors.

As in the previous 15 years, the programme will include the participation of performers from Serbia, the region, Europe, America and other geographically distant countries, and will encompass musical performances, performing art, environmental performances, film and video screenings, art installations, interventions in spaces, but also workshops, conferences, lectures, organised tours etc.

Many partners and friends have already got involved, so the new concept, programme and appearance of this year’s festival has been devised in cooperation with the associations Scenatoria and Suburbium from Petrovaradin, as well as the Faculty of Technical Sciences (Centre for stage design, architecture and technology).

The festival will take place at the following locations: Beogradska Street, Bishop Nikolaja Square, Štrosmajerova Street with side streets, Rampin Way (pathway that extends from the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Vojvodina to the steps of the fortress) and Barutana “Josif” and its surroundings.


1-21 – Great Gallery of Serbian Army House

“Susreti” (Encounters) is the title of an exhibition of paintings and sculpture works of Serbian and Russian self-taught visionaries from the collection of the Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art of Serbia and the collection of the Moscow Museum for the art of outsiders, which is today located in Bar, Montenegro.

The authors of the exhibition and the text in the catalogue are Nina Krstić and Vladimir Abakumov.

The exhibition opens in the great Gallery of Serbian Army House on 1st September at 7pm and will be open until 21st September. The exhibition is being organised under the patronage of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia. The organisers of the exhibition are the Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art; Art brut – Outsider art centre and the Media Centre “Odbrana” (Defence).

Damien Hirst: New ReligionDamien Hirst: New Religion

2-14 – Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad

“New Religion” is the first exhibition of Damian Hirst works in Serbia. Take the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the works of one of the most important contemporary artists in the world. You can visit the exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad from 2nd September to 14th October. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

Damian Hirst is one of the world’s most famous living artists and the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (YBAS).

“New Religion” explores the complex relationships between mortality and faith and the fascination with science and technology – central themes in the long career of Hirst, who is an intriguing and sometimes controversial artist.

After being first displayed in the Paul Stolper Gallery in 2005, “New Religion” has been presented in Oslo, Moscow, Venice, Sofia, Woking, Gdansk and in the church of All Hallows in London.

The project is implemented by the British Council in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina and the Paul Stolper Gallery. The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Vojvodina Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities and the Department for Culture of the City of Novi Sad. The exhibition is being implemented with the support of KPMG.

Bogdan ĐorđevićBogdan Đorðevic

5 – Novi Sad Synagogue – 20:00

Bogdan Đorđević is a pianist born in Novi Sad. He graduated in the class of Professor Kemal Gekić. He completed his Master’s and postgraduate studies in the class of Professor Rita Kinka at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and is employed at the “Isidor Bajić” music school.

J. S. BACH (1685-1750) Čakona d – moll (Partita br. 2 za solo violinu BWV 1004, transcription for piano: Ferucco Buzoni)
W. A. MOZART (1756 – 1791) Fantazia KV397 d – moll
Sergei RACHMANINOV (1873–1943) Prelid op. 32 br. 10 h – moll
Johannes BRAMS (1833 – 1897) Intermeco op. 118 br. 2 A-dur
Franz LIST (1811-1886) Balada br. 2 h – moll
Hungarian rhapsody No. 15 A – dur “Rakoci’s march”.

Duo RetrouvaillesDuo Retrouvailles

24 – Sava Centre – 20:00

Piano duet “Duo Retrouvailles” comprises Bojana Zdravković and Donka Angatschewa Maraszto, two prominent female artists who discovered their shared love of music during their studies in Vienna. Their increasingly attended joint concerts, presenting their charisma and unique mutual energy, attract and win over a large number of music lovers at their performances. At the heart of their music making is an immense need to represent many musical influences in their authentic form and the presentation of intercultural relations.

Dmitri Shostakovich – Concertino op.94
Carlos Guastavino – Romance del Plata, sonatina
Astor Piazzolla – La muerte del angel
Pablo Sarasate – Habanera op.21
Manuel de Falla – Two Spanish dances from “La Vida Breve”
Carlos Guastavino – Three romances, romance No.1, Las Ninas
Astor Piazzolla – Historia del Tango
Camille Saint – Saens Danse macabre op.40


24 September – 02 October 2016

Rocher BandRocher Band

25 – Sava Centre – 20:00

Ethno experience Traditional, Oriental and ethno music.

The Rocher music institution was created in 2008, based on the idea of Radmila Vardalić – violin and Dejan Rokvić – viola. What began as Duo Rocher later expanded into the String Quartet Rocher and the Rocher Band. Today all of these ensembles form the institution Rocher.

The repertoire of Music institution ROCHER includes numerous works ranging from classics, via popular miniatures to film music, ethno, jazz, tango and evergreen standards. The Duo Rocher released their first CD with works of classical music, followed by a five DVDs live from different concerts, while they are also preparing a CD recording of the band Rocher with tango and jazz standards.

The Rocher Chamber Orchestra emerged in 2014, with its debut concert at Belgrade’s Sava Centre.

Balkan ekspres, Lullaby for Kamila, T4.2, One Voice, Tribute to Maria, Ederlezi, Time 4 Time, Eden, Kazimierz, Hajde Jano, Jovano Jovanke, Dafino

Photographic exhibition “Open Mouthed” unveiledPhotographic exhibition “Open Mouthed” unveiled

27 – Instituto Cervantes – 18:00

“Open Mouthed” is a retrospective photo exhibition of Spanish artist Cristina Garcia Rodero, which encompasses one of the themes of her oeuvre, beginning with her first photographic project at the end of the seventies until today. The exhibition examines the diversity of behaviours, feelings and emotions of being human, shown through the mouth, from the first painful scream at birth until death, via laughter, shouts, singing, stories, tenderness, love, happiness, anxiety, fear, surprise, boredom, sensuality, sexuality, joy … In other words, the feelings that are revealed by life itself. Cristina Garcia Rodero has preserved this exhibition over the course of forty years, only to now leave us “open mouthed”.

Cristina Garcia Rodero is the only Spanish photographer of agency Magnum. She is a professor of photography at Complutense University of Madrid, where she completed her studies in painting. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Award for Photography or Word Press Photo. She has exhibited in New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), at the Venice Biennale, in Madrid’s Prado Museum, in the George Pompidou Museum of Contemporary Photography etc. The works of Cristine Garcia Rodero display her essential interest in human behaviour, her studies of the customs and traditions that have survived the centuries, as well as new social beliefs and behaviours.

The ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival 2016The ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival 2016

1-16 October

The 2016 ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival has a particular focus on developing inter-regional cultural cooperation between Serbia and the Western Balkans, and the Višegrad Countries – the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.

The audience of the 2016 ArtLink Young Talents’ Festival will have an opportunity to hear several outstanding ensembles and artists from the Višegrad countries, including the Kamerata Janacek, violinist Agata Szymczewska, Lukas Pohunek, conductor from Slovakia, and famous Hungarian cellist Istvan Vardai. The programme will include performances with the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ljubica Marić Chamber Orchestra, the ArtLink – Societe Generale Youth Chamber Ensemble and many young soloists from Serbia, the Western Balkans, Austria and Italy.

– Saturday, October 1, 20.00 Kolarac Agata Szymczewska, violin, Poland Lukas Pohunek, conductor, Slovakia Radio Symphony Orchestra
– Tuesday, October 4, at 20.00 Kolarac Kamerata Janacek, Czech Republic Programme: Dvorzak, Mozart
– Wednesday, October 5 at 20.00 City Hall Belgrade Raphael Severe, clarinet, France
– Friday, October 7, at 20.00 Kolarac Manuel Mayer, Trombone, Austria Jakob Wenigwieser, tuba Alisa Bešević, piano
– Sunday, October 9, at 11.00 Kolarac ArtLink – Societe Generale Youth String Ensemble
– Monday, October 10, at 20.00 Instituto Italiano Chamber Music Concert
– Sunday, October 16, at 20.00 Belgrade Philharmonic Hall Istvan Vardai, cello, Hungary Ljubica Marić Chamber Orchestra