The BIGZ building is one of the most famous architectural landmarks and works of Yugoslavian modern architecture. It was designed by famous Yugoslav architect Dragiša Brašovan, and it was constructed between 1934. and 1941. as the headquarters of the National Printing Institution of Yugoslavia. In the recent times BIGZ represents a significant cultural, artistic and social hub.
BIGZ building is sold and now famous Jazz Club Čekaonica (Selected in Top 10 Jazz clubs in Europe), Beat, numerous studios and others alike have to move out and find other locations. This represents another attack on alternative scene of Belgrade. It should be noted that the revitalization of BIGZ, as an architectural monument with cultural programs, made this building extremely well known worldwide and that architectural intervention of Čekaonica was nominated for one of the most prestigious awards “Mies Van Der Rohe” in European architecture.
“Ovom odlukom se gasi najveći centar u kome se okupljaju mladi ljudi koji nisu želeli da prihvate nekulturu, neukus i pomodarstvo. Značaj dešavanja unutar zgrade je neprocenjiv. Po rečima jazz kritičara, Vojislava Pantića, kada bi se u jednom trenutku spojili svi inostrani gosti koji su imali nastupe samo u Jazz klubu Čekaonica tokom poslednjih godinu dana, taj događaj bi nadmašio mnoge manifestacije u širem okruženju”.
We appeal to Secretariat of Culture of the City of Belgrade to change this resolution. Sign the petition here http://www.peticije24.com/jazz_klub_ekaonica_beat_i_studiji_u_bigz-u & fight for alternative and underground culture!
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.