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 May in Belgrade.
ART EXHIBITION: The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine!
Artist: Emir Šehanović
April 25th – June 19th
Times are changing. Human agency and experience lose their primacy in the complexity and scale of social organization these days and the principal actors are, instead, systems, infrastructures and networks. For a glimpse into the contemporary intersection of virtual and real worlds, one needs to look no further than Eugster || Belgrade’s gallery space transformed, on this occasion, into Emir Šehanović’s personal liminal environment. The superimposition and collision of disparate visual references are Šehanović’s recurring technique, combining organically shaped objects with their mysterious alien functions. He is interested in bringing these objects to their (after)life, or to a point when they start to resemble life. His latest commission engages into the phenomena that belongs to the „human now“ – the present geological epoch of the Anthropocene in which the Earth’s ecosystems and biodiversity are being slowly disrupted by human intervention. The artist sees the Anthropocene primarily as a sensorial phenomenon – the experience of living in an increasingly diminished and toxic world.
YOUTUBE HIT MASTER DJ BORING TO PLAY AT THE DRUGSTORE
DJ Boring, the man behind 2016’s super-hit “Winona” and Vienna label is coming to Drugstore on the 27th of April.
DJ Boring (Lost Palms, Vienna)
Speaking of Youtube fame, it was three years ago that the world of house got an injection in the form of “Winona”, a sentimental lo-fi daydream anthem sprayed with the voice of Winona Ryder speaking of her experience being judged. For this fragile generation it was love at first sight. Since then, Austrailan producer Tristan Hallis has released several singles and EPs under his DJ Boring moniker on Lost Palms, LPH White, and his newly founded label, Vienna. We are exited to have him for the first time at Drugstore, supported by Nevena Jeremić.
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MICHAEL MAYER (KOMPAKT, Cologne) PLAYING @ 20/44 X B Day Series
April 27th, at the 20/44 boat. Support by Kristijan Molnar
As a DJ, producer and remixer, Michael Mayer remains one of Germany’s core celebrities in dance music. It’s no secret that he spends his weekends traveling around the globe and back. Then, as a co-owner of Kompakt, he spends his weekdays deciding what will be released on the label and working with the label’s artists. Amazingly enough, he manages to sneak into the studio on occasion to produce his own music and remix the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Foals and Rufus Wainwright. It’s safe to say he loves being challenged and regardless of the pressure is never putting less than 100% of his heart and soul into everything he does.
In spring 2016 Mayer released his 3rd full-length album »&« on K7, a passionate and personal collection of tracks he produced cooperating with soulmates like Barnt, Prins Thomas, Hauschka, Joe Goddard, Miss Kittin, Kölsch or Roman Flügel.
Shortly after he was set to contribute to the legendary DJ Kicks series, again for K7.
Since March 2018 he is hosting his very own radio show on WDR Cosmo.
Tickets: 1500 RSD at the door
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FESTIVAL BELDOCS FEATURES OSCAR FILMS 2019
DATE: 8-15 MAY, 2019
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The very fact that Beldocs festival will showcase four Oscar nominees for the best documentary feature, among which is the movie which has won the prestigious award, speaks volumes about the quality of this year’s festival programme. Last year, Beldocs audience had a privilege to see the fifth of the Oscar nominated features in the Competition.
Authors Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi made an incredible visual spectacle by following Alex Honnold, the first person to ever free solo climb the highest mountains around the world. Without any ropes and safety equipment, Honnold realized the impossible, making history. According to National Geographic, Free Solo is the most expensive and the most ambitious project ever, therefore it was out of the question whether it will reap this year’s most significant award in the world of film. Viewers are kept on the edge of the seat, especially those afraid of heights for whom some of the scenes are like the most exciting experience rarely seen on big screen.
This year’s Oscar nominees Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Minding the Gap and RBG will have their premiere at the Beldocs festival. The first feature is composed of intimate moments of people in a small African-American community in Hale County, Alabama, and was highly praised by critics. Visually poetical, this feature reveals some hidden details about people who, like everywhere else, live somewhat close to us but remain unnoticed. With his directorial debut, director RaMell Ross has already shown high cinematic literacy and was, rightly so, among the nominees.
Third movie, Minding the Gap, directed by Bing Liu reconnects three young men who are escaping their families and disturbed family relations in their hometown. While roller-skating and seeming utterly carefree, they actually tell a story about extraordinary and unbelievable experiences which have undermined their friendship. For this kind of a documentary, Minding the Gap is told from a very unusual perspective, which was considered original by critics and audience, giving it special praise.
And finally, RBG. These are initials of US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsbourg, a particular star and pop culture icon. What made her so famous and the way she made so many followers is revelaed by directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen, also fascinated by her personality and legacy. In years of fight for gender equality and women’s rights, RBG is like a forefront fighter, singling out one woman in her persistance and consistence. Besides the nomination for best feature, RBG was also nominated for the best original score I`ll Fight, sang by Diane Warren. Although it is rare for documentary feature scores to be nominated, this nevertheless points to the high quality of the feature.
For the past eleven years, Beldocs festival has become the most beloved Spring festival of documentary films gathering the best of contemporary documentary features. This year too, Beldocs will continue to offer high quality programme, thus building educating its audience, and including in its selection domestic and international films and numerous events. A great number of the most significant titles of contemporary documentary films has had its premiere at the Beldocs festival. Biographical documentaries and music documentaries, as well as retrospectives have been the favourite. From 8 to 15 May, Beldocs festival will premiere more than hundred documentaries in Belgrade’s cinemas.
Since two years ago, Beldocs has been organising a programme for film professionals from all over Europe, co-funded by the European Union programme Creative Europe through the MEDIA sub-programme.
This year too, a contest #europeanfilmchallenge will be organised in which the audience can compete for a prestigious prize – a trip to one of the A category festivals. After Berlinale, another round of competition is underway, making it possible for the winner to travel to Cannes film festival. Rules are the following: contestants should watch 10 European documentaries showcased on any of the platforms (VoD, SVoD, cinema, festival, television, FEST etc.), publish the title of the movie and the platform, their photo as a proof and a hashtag #europeanfilmchallenge. After a certain period of time, the contest organizer will select the winner of the attractive prize. While waiting for the Beldocs, holders of library cards among the Belgrade audience can see the films from the previous Beldocs festivals on AVA VOD platform in the Belgrade City Library and National Library of Serbia, the first VOD (video on demand) platform in Serbian libraries.
14th BELGRADE INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE WEEK-BINA 2019
BINA 2019 / POSITIVE-ACTIVE
From 9 to 30 May in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Pancevo
The theme of the 14th Belgrade International Architecture Week – BINA 2019, POSITIVE / ACTIVE, draws attention to current and timeless examples of activities in city planning and architectural practice characterized by a positive and proactive approach to understanding and solving spatial problems. The BINA program is held from 9 to 30 May in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Pančevo, and provides insight into the value, contemporary interpretations and indications of possible new purposes of architecture created in the period of modernism, seen through the eyes of the “Y” generation (millennials).
At the same time, through various formats – exhibitions, lectures, films and installations, BINA presents contemporary architectural practice created in a completely different social, political and technological context, the basic characteristics of which are: speed, capital trajectories, flexibility and transdisciplinarity. How to be professional, achieve the desired standards, and at the same time remain faithful to ethics, are some of the topics that will be discussed at the BINA 2019.
Just like before, the event program is divided into five program units: In focus, exhibitions, lectures and seminars, walks and trips and workshops.
BINA this year focuses on the creativity and work of the renowned architect Aleksandar Stjepanovic. At the opening ceremony, at the Artget Gallery of the Cultural Center of Belgrade, a studio exhibition “Architect Aleksandar Stjepanović”, by Jelica Jovanović, Relja Ivanić and Marko Kažić will open on Thursday, May 9 at 7 pm. This program will also offer lectures and visits to the facilities Aleksandar designed in the era of socialism.
BINA exhibitions traditionally held in the Art Gallery of the Cultural Center of Belgrade and the Artget Gallery, as well as in the FLU and Kolektiv Gallery, this year come from the region and from the north of Europe, given that that this year’s BINA focuses on ecology, sustainable development and smart buildings.
At the visiting exhibition NEW TRADITION from South Tyrol, Austria, seven architectural studios and artists will be presented, and the authors and curators of the project are David Kalas (architecture) and Lisa Trockner (visual arts).
MODERN IN BELGRADE (MuBGD) brings together a group of architects (Bekić Iva, Gajić Irena, Dukanac Dalia, Đorđević Stefan, Zlatković Snežana, Ješić Mirjana, Stojanović Hristina, Cigić Petar) with special interest and work in the field of illustration, graphic design and visual arts.
PIRANESI AWARD, Piran Days of Architecture from Slovenia will take place in the gallery Kolektiv. The prestigious international Piranese award in the field of architecture has been awarded since 1989 and is a part of the international conference Piran Days of Architecture (PDA). The award is given for the best architectural realizations built in central Europe in the last two years, and since 2008 also for the most innovative student ideas. The focus of the award is on the renowned relationship of contemporary architecture in a natural, cultural and historical context.
PLASTIC HAS NO BOUNDARIES is a site-specific setting of the architectural collective BASURAMA, Spain, in cooperation with the gallery Kolektiv, located at the National Square, and the plateau in front of the Cultural Center of Belgrade. Basurama is an artist collective dedicated to research, creation in culture and nature and production. Their goal is to study these phenomena inherent in the mass production of real and virtual garbage in a consumer society, providing different points of view on this subject in order to generate new thoughts and attitudes.
ARCHITECTURAL AND CITY PLANNING COMPETITIONS and ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS – season 2018-2019, and the exhibition of current works of architectural studios URED and AKVS from Belgrade, a part of the exhibition BRING YOUR PROJECT, are an integral part of the BINA program 2019.
Within the program of lectures, seminars and workshops, we would like to highlight a series of lectures called MODERN DANISH ARCHITECTURE, organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Denmark in Serbia, the seminar ARHITECTS, DEVELOPERS, PRACTITIONERS with participants from Helsinki and Belgrade, and the lecture THE WOMEN OF BAUHAUS and others.
Belgrade International Architecture Week is known to the general public for its BINA walks organized in order for the audience to learn about the architecture of Belgrade. Free thematic walks for the widest audience are always a popular segment of our program, and this year we will visit the building of PRIZAD (present Tanjug), Radio Belgrade, Udruzena Banka, the old center of Zemun and the neighborhood Cerak-Vinogradi. In addition to the traditionally organized walks through the architecture of Belgrade (New Cemetery, Jewish Heritage and Women in Architecture), two excursions are planned this year: within the exhibition dedicated to Aleksandar Stjepanovic – a visit to the Faculty of Philosophy in Novi Sad, and a trip to Pancevo.
This year, BINA continues with the Shared Cities Creative Momentum project (SCCM), in which we improve the lives of inhabitants of suburban settlements, through educational workshops and through small interventions in the public space (Ledine settlement). SCCM is a European cultural platform that examines the contemporary urban challenges of European cities. At this year’s BINA we present Urban Hub 2 – Multifunctional Circle. The project is being implemented in cooperation with NVO Škogled and Primary School “Obradović Kameni”. Urban Hub 2 is a group intervention in the school yard – a summer classroom in the open public space of the Ledine settlement – which aims to improve the quality of life in the community. A joint discussion of all groups associated with the school yard resulted in a proposal for a solution to improve one part of the school yard with the idea that this place could become a new place for gathering and exchanging.
The BINA event has been organized by the Association of Architects of Belgrade and the Cultural Center of Belgrade for fourteen years, with the sponsorship of the City of Belgrade, the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, the Engineering Chamber, the Creative Europe; and the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Embassy of Denmark and the Embassy of Finland, as well as numerous media sponsors.
Dimensions 2019 Belgrade launch party w. DIMENSIONS SOUNDSYSTEM @20/44
May 3rd, boat 20/44
Line up: David Martin (Dimensions Soundsystem), Demir Zekiri & Doo (Beyond House)
Johana & Dusan Lilic (Banda Panda)
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STILL CORNERS @DOM OMLADINE
On the 7th of May, British dream/synth pop band Still Corners will perform in Belgrade for the first time ever. The concert will take place at 8:30 pm in Dom Omladine (Youth Centre).
With influences that span the spacey experiments of Vangelis, the expansive, cinematic sounds of Ennio Morricone, and the clean-toned guitar stylings of the Shadows, Still Corners is the project of Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray. The group formed shortly after Hughes, an American expatriate, met Murray by chance at a London train stop in 2009.
Organizer: Charm Music Serbia
PALMS TRAX TO PLAY @20/44 X B-DAY SERIES
On May 11th, Palms Trax will play at the 20/44. Support: Vemic & Ali Guney
X B-Day of the boat!
16th MUSEUM NIGHT IN SERBIA – WOODSTOCK, TOULOUSE-LAUTREC AND UNTOLD STORIES
From famous artists like Toulouse-Lautrec and Milena Pavlović Barili, to unforgettable Woodstock festival and timeless love stories, the 16th Museum Night will keep visitors wide awake on May 18th all over Serbia.
From 4 pm to midnight, fans of the favorite museum adventure in Serbia will have the opportunity for a sneak peek of the museum collections, to discover new stories in their favorite galleries and to open the door of many other buildings highlighting this years team – The Freedom. On the trail of a continuous artistic struggle for free spaces, this Museum Night will remind us how precious freedom is.
During the Museum Night in Belgrade some of over 60 locations will be open for the audience only for this occasion. One of the most exclusive tours is The Untold stories tour that is traditionally organized in cooperation with national sponsor Viasat History channel. On this tour, visitors will have the chance to feel the atmosphere of freedom characteristic to hippie era and famous Woodstock festival, to find out more about Belgrade from the period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, to question everything they know about unique cultural monuments such as old bars, or to enjoy in the free spirit of the Belgrade nightlife in the ‘80s. By playing with superstition, tradition, beauty, and vanity, visitors will explore the magnificent world of mirrors at Ethnographic Museum or they will review artistic freedom at the stage of Bitef Theatre. The Faculty of Music will host a bit different journey behind the scenes.
The National Musem in Šabac prepared for Museum Night the unusual exhibition How We Loved, which tells seven love stories from the past and one from the future related to intriguing items from museum collections. From stories about marital love of Old Romans to specific stories about Šabac, like the one about the painter Stevan Čalić and his wife, the main focus of this exhibition is on various aspects and forms of partnership love.
Laza Kostić Cultural Centre in Sombor in cooperation with the Central European Cultural Centre will have at the Museum Night the premiere opening of the exhibition dedicated to the French impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. 25 lithographies and original fashion magazine covers will give a better perspective and opportunity to visitors to find out more about one of the most important postimpressionists, besides Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Cézanne.
From Hadrian to humble Sofia exhibition in the National Museum in Veliko Gradište explores from the coin minted on the banks of The Danube during the Roman Empire to the mysterious postcard that traveled more than a hundred years ago from Belgrade to Veliko Gradište. The stories that share these two unusual objects are depicted in a unique way by our famous strip maker Aleksa Gajić. He will present at the Museum Night an unusual strip box for rewinding the entire two millenniums between Hadrian and Sofia.
The exhibition that will mark the Museum Night in Kruševac is Murals that are gone and it questions the artistic and civil freedom. The Artist Association Blue and Gold will try to revive the memory of the Reading Paradise mural, which was painted last summer on High School wall in Kruševac by its talented students. Murals of our famous writers Kiš, Crnjanski, and Dis, were unexpectedly painted over soon after they had been finished. Citizens of Kruševac want to remind others of this noble action, and also, of the struggle for the freedom of artistic expression.
Ruski Krstur will, especially for the Museum Night, open the extraordinary castle from 1913, which was built by mistake in this small village in Vojvodina. At first, it was an elementary school, and now it is the head office of the National Council of Rusyns, so the audience has the opportunity to meet their culture, folk costumes and extraordinary food.
Visitors of the Museum of Health Culture in Niš can see how the patients were treated in the 19th and 20th century, while the Museum Night opens the house of our famous actor Borislav Mihailović Mihiz in Irig. Milena Pavlović Barili Gallery in Požarevac prepared the exhibition Milena’s vision of royal court that displays twelve caricatures made by the artist while she was living in the royal court of her cousin, King Aleksandar Karađorđević.
Viasat History channel is the proud national sponsor of the Museum Night, ten years in a raw. The channel is owned by international media company Viasat World that has over 100 million subscribers, produces and distributes the best quality entertainment program on more than twenty documentary, film, and sports channels, in over 50 countries all over the world. Beside Viasat History, the company is best known in the region for TV channels Epic Drama, TV 1000, Viasat Explore and Viasat Nature.
True friendships should be nurtured, so MTS Company is the special friend/traditional sponsor of Museum Night for 14 years. Also, the Coca-Cola Company and Grafix printing house generously support the event as sponsors.
Program information is available on 16th Museum Night website nocmuzeja.rs.
On the 31st of May, Blondish will play in Barutana club.
Open air party
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Vivie-Ann Bakos steps into 2019 flying the BLOND:ISH flag solo, bringing a newly individual joy and spirituality through solo performances and recordings.
2018 was truly the Year of BLOND:ISH: the birth of the ABRACADABRA label, the blossoming of ABRA events including a stage at Tomorrowland, yet another stand-out Burning Man set, label debuts including Warung and EXIT Strategy, regular international slots at Circoloco, Ibiza residencies with WooMoon, Black Coffee and at Scorpios Mykonos… Vivie-Ann and Anstascia D’Elene Corniere grasped every star they’ve reached for, and always in their own inimitable style.
Combining brilliant entrepreneurship with environmental activism, Vivie-Ann has continually challenged herself and the music community. Last year BLOND:ISH helmed a ‘sustainable raving’ movement which led to the hugely successful beach clean in Ibiza with locals and environmentalists. Vivie-Ann also appeared on IMS and ADE Green panels to discuss the issues, along with the imminent launch of her Bye Bye Plastics initiative.
This new phase of BLOND:ISH is already reaching new heights, with a new remix of Black Coffee’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ on Ultra Music, and her Coachella debut.
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