Our Still in Belgrade monthly guide is bound to take you to the best parties, festivals, events and the finest crowds in town. Let’s see what’s going on this November in Belgrade.
FREE ZONE FILM FESTIVAL@BELGRADE
The fifteenth jubilee edition of the Free Zone Film Festival will be held from November 7th to November 12th, 2019 in 7 cinemas in Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Nis. The festival officially opens with screening of Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace on November 7th at 8 pm at Kombank Hall.
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Within the Regional Competition – Balkan Horizons on November 11, the Serbian premiere of the controversial Croatian film Diary of Diana B., directed by Dana Budisavljevic, will also be held at Kombank Hall.
This is the true story of Diana Budisavljevic, a humanitarian and activist from Zagreb who organized an action to rescue and take care of Serbian children from Ustashas camps during World War II. Using her Austrian descent, Diana called on the authorities, the church, and the Red Cross to rescue at least the children from the camp. After they were taking no responsibility, she decided to organize an action from her apartment that saved more than ten thousand children by the end of the war! During a visit to Jasenovac in 2010, director Dana Budisavljevic receives from the head of the memorial center Diana’s diary, which is a record of the almost unknown heroism of Diana and her friends and decides to make a film based on it.
Dana Budisavljevic was born in 1975 in Zagreb. She graduated from the Department of Film and TV Editing at ADU in Zagreb. She made her debut with the documentary Sve 5! and became more popular with the family film Your Life is not a Hawaii Song, which aired in the Free Zone 2012.
Diary of Diana Budisavljevic is her first feature-length film. It premiered at the 2019 Pula Film Festival, at which it won six awards (Grand Golden Arena for Best Film, Golden Arena for Directing, Federation of Europe and Mediterranean Film Critics’ Review – FEDEORA for Best Croatian Feature Film, Golden Audience Award Gates of Pula, Golden Arena for music, Golden Arena for assembly).
During the festival in Belgrade, screenings will be organized in five halls – Kombank Hall (formerly the House of Trade Unions – Opening Ceremony and the premiere of the film Diary of Diana Budisavljevic), Belgrade Cultural Center, Belgrade Youth Center, Museum of Yugoslav Archive and Art Cinema in Kolarac’s. In Novi Sad, screenings will be held at the Novi Sad Cultural Center, and in Cineplexx cinemas in Niš.
Tickets for the Opening Ceremony, for Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace and the premiere of Diary of Diane B, can be purchased at the Kombank Hall and Tickets service!
Find an entire programme via official website.
The event art+neuroscience,a point where arts and science meet, will be open from November 14 to December 7, in multiple locations in Belgrade, where visitors will have a chance to see a diverse program, ranging from educational workshops, masterclasses, exhibitions and workshops for schoolchildren.
The fourth edition of the program which connects and confronts science and art, this year under the slogan World behind the eyes, is dedicated to the neurosciences as an active and dynamic training ground for contemporary research. During November and December 2019, these activities will be realized at various locations in Belgrade, including the Gallery of Science and Technology of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, French Institute, Collegium Hungaricum, the Center’s Science Club, and University art departments.
Using advanced technologies and authentic creative procedure, selected artists offer their insight into neurosciences and the contemporary scientific research and findings, as well as impact on humans and society. The artwork relies on creative, scientific, and technological procedures, such as methodological research, adapted experiments, intentional programming, and the use of various software and codes. Special value of this year’s program lies in the fact that all the presented artwork is developed through an intense dialogue, a direct communication and collaborative research of the representatives of both creative sides.
In the exhibiting spaces, the local artists of the younger generation will present their work, dedicated to specific topics, areas, and processes within the neuroscientific research. The work of the winner of the first national AI Lab selection in Serbia, Jasna Jovićević, will have a premier in the form of performance. This scientific and artistic project will examine how brain waves react to her music, as well as how music manipulates the brain waves of the listener.
The art+neuroscience event is the first program activity of the Center as an initial partner in the European Artificial Intelligence Lab − AI Lab project, funded through the EU program Creative Europe.Stemming from the exceptionally successful collaboration within the European Digital Art & Science Network − Art & Science project, the European Artificial Intelligence Lab − AI Lab project involves a great number of the initial partners from Austria, Slovenia, Ireland, Spain, and Serbia, as well as the new institutions from France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Greece, and Georgia.
Within the widespread and all-encompassing domain of artificial intelligence, the project will mainly focus on the cultural, psychological, and philosophical aspects that are under a great impact of the new technologies and scientific findings. Each organization within the network develops diverse program activities independently – exhibitions, educational workshops, conferences, seminars, performances – and, once again, an entirely original, unique collaborative events will take place in Linz, Ljubljana, Saragossa, Tbilisi, Athens, Amsterdam, Dublin, Belgrade…
Whiskey Fair 2019@BELGRADE MARKET
Belgrade Market, November 23-24, 2019
For the fourth time in Belgrade, traditionally in November, all whiskey lovers and other hedonists will have the opportunity to enjoy another Whiskey Fair. The famous Whiskey Fair will be held this year in the Belgrade Market at 19 Zorza Klemensoa Street, on the fourth weekend of November : November 23-24, 2019.
The rich program of the fair will be found in one place where visitors will be able to get acquainted with the history and culture of this fine drink.
In addition to well-known whiskeys from Scotland, Ireland and the US, as well as popular whiskey brands available in the domestic market, Belgrade audiences will also be able to taste some of the more exotic variants, such as Thai, Japanese or Cuban whiskey. This is an opportunity to try different flavors of whiskey from around the world in two days.
Whiskey Fair’s daily program includes lectures and workshops where whiskey lovers will become more familiar with the history, differences between whiskey types and explain how to get the most out of every glass of whiskey. Whiskey is a style drink, so the whole event is designed around the idea that visitors are introduced to the culture of whiskey drinking and the origin of each bottle.
his year the whiskey fair is located in the urban area of the Lower Dorcol, so anyone who wants to be a part of this story can find their own corner of pleasure.
Find information and the program of the fourth Whiskey Fair at www.whiskyfair.rs
AUTHOR FILM FESTIVAL@BELGRADE
Bong John Ho’s new film “Parasite” officially
opens the 25th Author Film Festival
on November 22 at Kombank Hall.
edition of the FAF will be held in Belgrade from November 22-30, and will
feature premieres of films that have won prestigious awards at the Berlin and
Cannes Film Festival.
The festival will begin with a screening of the movie
“Parasite” by South Korean director Bong John-ho, winner of the
“Golden Palm” at this year’s Cannes Festival. It is a black comedy
with elements of a thriller that confronts an affluent family, obsessed with
American culture and the poor – in a relentless pursuit of existence.
This family tragicomedy depicting the inevitable collision that occurs when Ki vo, the eldest son of a family of four unemployed adults, is offered a well-paid teaching job in a wealthy Park family.
A very comprehensive program of the festival will be complemented by the film by Israeli director Nadav Lapid, “Synonyms”, which won the most prestigious award of the Berlin festival “Golden Bear”. The Israeli-French-German co-production, in addition to the main prize of the Berlin Festival, won the FIPRESCI Criticism Award, which described it as an extremely original work with a sharp and subtle political message.
As part of the main program of this year’s festival, over
twenty works will be screened, of which up to twelve films will compete for the
Grand Prix of the festival “Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic”.
The main hall will be Kombank Hall again this year, while
the festival will also be held at the Belgrade Youth Center, the Belgrade
Cultural Center Hall, the old and new building of the Yugoslav Film Archive, the
Fontana Cinema, the Culture Center for Divljan Culture, the Student City
Cultural Center, and Art Cinema – Kolarac Endowment.
Full information about the program can be found on the festival’s website at www.faf.rs. The official site of the festival on Facebook is www.facebook.com/futorialsfilm. The Author’s film festival can be followed on Twitter and Instagram, @AuteurFilmFest.
Party will take place at the Drugstore club on the 29th of November. Follow FB event here.
PoleGroup founder back in the Big Room after five years.
Oscar Mulero (oficial) (PoleGroup / Warm Up, ES)
Spanish producer Oscar Mulero is one of the heftiest names in techno since the late eighties. As the founder of Madrid’s techno institution The Omen, early in his career, Mulero opened numerous doors for good decisions and carrer opportunities in which he wrote the history of the genre alonside other of its legendary halloffamers. He was the first Spanish representative in Members of Mayday, has released many groudbreaking singles, EPs, albums and mixes such as the early and still inspiring About Discipline and Education, and set up two seminal lables, PoleGroup and Warm Up, to name just a few of his victories. This year, Oscar Mulero is celebrating thirty years of career. Congratulations and welcome!
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THE CLEANER, MARINA ABRAMOVIC RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION@MoCAB
Marina Abramović, The Cleaner
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
September 21st, 2019- January 20th, 2020
Conceived in close collaboration with the artist herself, the exhibition The Cleaner is the first major European retrospective of Marina Abramović. The exhibition made its debut in 2017 at the Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden), and has subsequently traveled to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk, Denmark), Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Oslo, Norway), Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn, Germany), Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi (Florence, Italy) and the Centre of Contemporary Art “Znaki Czasu” (Toruń, Poland).
The Belgrade exhibition is the last stop on this tour, and it holds unique significance as it represents the artist’s return to her place of birth, where her career began, and where she last had a solo exhibition in 1975, at the Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
The exhibition chronologically reviews all of the phases of the artist’s multifaceted fifty-year long career. This begins with her early paintings (1960-1969) and conceptual works (1970-1972), followed by her solo performances (1973-1975) and works created with former professional and personal partner Ulay (1976-1988), a period in which she gained international acclaim.
Finally, the artist’s solo career from 1991 to 2017, marks her establishment as one of the greatest artists of today. The exhibition showcases over 120 artworks, including paintings, drawings, objects, photographs, audio works, video installations, films, scenography, re-performances and archival materials. Among the works exhibited are anthological works of performance art (Rhythms, 1973-1974; Lips of Thomas, 1975; Relatonal works, 1976-1977; Nightsea Crossing, 1982-1986), as well as representative works from Abramović’s recent body of work (Balkan Baroque, 1997; The Artist is Present, 2010).
The live segment of the exhibition is presented through the re-performances of Marina Abramović’s historical performances, which will be performed daily by local and international performers. In addition, the exhibition will include works that call for the active participation of the audience.
As part of the exhibition, Marina Abramović will hold a public lecture, and a Master Class for young artists.
The accompanying programme of The Cleaner includes film screenings, lectures about performance art and guided tours through the exhibition.
Marina Abramović (Belgrade, 1946) is one of the greatest performing artists and is the only representative of the 1970s generation of radical performers that is still active in the field of performance art. Throughout her career, Abramović has constantly challenged the boundaries of performance art, experimenting with different forms and genres like body art, relational performance, long-durational performance, autobiographical performance, participatory performance and re-performance. Her performances have relentlessly tested the limits of the body’s physical and psychological endurance, social stereotypes and taboos, cultural and gender identity, all while producing a strong affective impact on audiences. These performances are complex structures of meaning, formed on the intertwining between the literal and the symbolic, the material and the spiritual, the physical and the mental, the intimate and the public, the repetitive and the changing, the actual and the virtual.
For Abramović, performance art is the art of transformation that develops through the exchange of energy between the performer and the audience. It is the art of “cleaning” that has the capacity to fundamentally change how one experiences the self, others and of the collective, as well as how one relates to life itself. The artist’s oeuvre indicates a constant search for methods and techniques that release the energy of humans, objects and actions.
The exhibition is locally organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
The exhibition is produced by Moderna Museet, Stockholm, in collaboration with Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk and Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
Curator in Belgrade: Dejan Sretenović (MoCAB)
Curated by Lena Essling (Moderna Museet), with Tine Colstrup (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art) and Susanne Kleine (Bundeskunsthalle).
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The Nineties: A Glossary of Migrations@MUSEUM OF YUGOSLAV HISTORY
The Museum of Yugoslavia announces The Nineties: A Glossary of Migrations, which involves the participation of thirty contemporary artists and art and activist collectives engaged in the theme of the population’s mass migrations to and from Serbia in the 1990s.
The exhibition opens on December 5, 2019, at 6 pm at the May 25th Museum. Also, this is the first showcasing to take place within the newly renovated May 25th Museum, which is part of the Museum of Yugoslavia complex.
“The primary concern of the exhibition is to map the different forms of engagement, from the 1990s to the present moment, which have, in the field of art, addressed social, cultural, political and legal issues created in these extremely complex and traumatic migration processes, leaving the documentary-historiography approach in the background. Apart from the artistic standpoints, the exhibition includes certain activist and civil sector initiatives and organizations, however, primarily, those either initiated by artists, or those which included in their work the collaboration with contemporary artists,” – the curators of the exhibition, Simona Ognjanović and Ana Panić from the Museum of Yugoslavia, emphasize, adding: “The exhibition also introduces a parallel narrative line revealing documents such as laws, political agreements and national strategies, which greatly determined the statuses of people affected by the migrations. The aim of such an expositional structure is, in part, to shed light on the wider context in which the artworks and initiatives were created or those which they refer to.”
Visitors will be able to discover the content of the exhibition by moving through a spatial network of concepts, that is, a “glossary of migrations,” which will facilitate their reading and interpretation of the exhibition.
“The Glosssary represents an alternative to the dominant discourses through which, in the domain of the law, public politics and academia, these issues are dealt with and thought about. It opens questions regarding the reaches and role of art, activism, as well as public institutions, in the reconstruction of the past, and the morphing of ‘common knowledge’ that dominate the public sphere,” – explain the exhibition’s curators.
The glossary is the collaborative work of the curators and participants of the exhibition and includes the following concepts, syntagms and idioms: address, unlawful necessity, cleaning, man, dignity/solidarity/internationalism, courage and/or cowardice, inventory, (the) erased, Yugoslavism, one way ticket, suitcase, computer cleansing/futile hope, house or home, place, discomfort, (the) other, plan, subject, friends, holes, land of safety, free temporary territory, transfer, sorrow, uprising, law, country/territory, lust for life.
The participants of the exhibition The Nineties: A Glossary of Migrations, are: Association Apsolutno, Aleksandrija Ajduković, Dejan Dimitrijević/Nebojša Šerić Šoba, Dušica Dražić, (Dionis Escorsa), Jusuf Hadžifejzović, Kiosk – Platform for Contemporary Art, Milena Maksimović, Goranka Matić, Collective E-I-Migrative Art, Ana Miljanić, Milorad Mladenović, Ivana Momčilović/Loran Wanson, Tanja Ostojić, Vesna Pavlović, Nikola Radić Lucati, Vladimir Radojičić, Vahida Ramujkić, Rena Rädle/Vladan Jeremić, Bálint Szombathy, Škart, Čedomir Vasić, Group 484, Cardan – Remembrence Culture, the Vojvodina Civic Centre, the Joint Campaign – Roof Overhead, and Women in Black.
A series of accompanying programs will be organized for the duration of The Nineties: A Glossary of Migrations exhibition. These will include specialized guided tours by some of the artists and participants of the exhibition, public discussions, art events and winter schools for students.
The team of the Museum of Yugoslavia responsible for the realization of the exhibition is lead by Simona Ognjanović and Ana Panić, curators and exhibition conceptualists. Architect Milorad Mladenović designed the exhibition and the visual identity was created by Zoran Pantelić.
The exhibition is realized as part of the project New Mappings of Europe, supported by the European Commission through the Creative Europe program and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia.
The exhibition will run at the Museum of Yugoslavia until March 1, 2020.
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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.