In our new column Meet a local we present interesting individuals from different professional fields living in Belgrade. The idea is to get to know some locals and their favorite neighborhoods and venues in the city.
Please introduce yourself to our readers:
My name is Slavica Peric (38). I’m a violinist, born and based in Belgrade. I really enjoy living in this city and seems as the older I get, I’m more aware that I would like to keep living here, in Belgrade. I work in the best company in town, called Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.
But, maybe the “work” is not the best description of what I do, since playing music is my pleasure and passion. I have been playing violin since I was 9 years old.
What are you doing lately?
Next to the standard philharmonic season (which includes daily rehearsals, concerts on Fridays and sometimes even Thursdays, both taking place in Kolarac Endowment), there are also my favorite series of concerts for children (link), the concert series for babies (link) and rehearsals open for kids (link).
I wish to tell you something on education of the youngest. Our goal is to make classical music more accessible to kids and explain them how orchestra functions. We use different non-conventional and fun ways to make connection with the youngest audience. For 2 years, I have a pleasure together with a colleague of mine Tamara Marinkovic (who plays viola, not violin 🙂 ) to be a narrator, actress and a host of series of concerts reserved for kids in October and March. To name a few: “Carnival of animals”, “We are the orchestra”, “The witch & maestro” ….and I hope that I have provided you with enough information and given you good reasons to visit our concert series.
Open rehearsals aim to introduce the youngest audience with instruments, composers and orchestra members. This event takes place more than once per month and you can find all information and dates on BG Philharmonic website.
Giving this opportunity I would like to invite you to open-air concert of Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra on the 23rd of June, at the Confluence., next to the Palace of Serbia. Find FB event here.
Next to my regular daily job, I’m also a member of Mozaik quartet. Throughout descriptive musical selection (as we like to say in Serbia “From Silvana up to Nirvana”) we offer the idea that classical music can be “out of the box”. If you don’t trust me, feel free to hire us and we will prove you wrong.
What do you like about Belgrade?
I like everything. When I need peace I can find it, and when I need chaos I can reach it easily. I love the people here. This city offers everything I need in every moment.
Where do you like to go out?
I don’t have any specific place……but I would also like to mention a new project by Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra called Late Night Classic, which aims to promote classical music in more contemporary style. We organize parties where one of the members of our crew DJs in a small club in Savamala, called Taman. The season has ended now, however stay tuned for more events! We might have a summer surprise for club goers.
Name 3 of your favorite restaurants in the city?
I prefer cozy and intimate kafana with good music. To name a few: Parlament Point, ,Tri točka, Katun and restaurant Cacanin– superb Serbian cuisine.
Where do you drink coffee?
My favorite coffee is from Dolcino sweets & coffee
Where do you spend your leisure time?
I like jogging in Kosutnjak forest, drinking coffee with friends and watching movies and series at my place.
Name your 3 favorite locations in Belgrade
Name your 3 favorite local brands?
I like Baba roga leather , Milos shoes and Marko Pistoli jewelry.
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.