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 September in Belgrade.
Apgrade Weekend 6-8 September
One of the biggest names in the electronic music industry, Maceo Plex, is finally coming to Belgrade to open this year’s Aprgrade Weekend on Thursday, September 6 at Kalemegdan fortress! Like Solomon, who started a three-day party in the trench under the Military Museum last year, Maceo Plex will launch the fifth and so far the biggest edition of the Apgrade weekend, led by the undisputed leaders of the global electronic music movement, Laurent Garnier and Sven Väth.
Maceo Plex returns to Belgrade after seven years in which he “grew up”, not only as the absolute headliner of the biggest electronic music festivals, but also as one of the new leaders of the world scene, the author whose unique sound best defines modern music production. September’s Apgrade Weekend, from its first edition was conceived as a culmination of the summer season of major open-air events in the region, as well this year, in the spirit of the slogan “The only way is Δp”, the scale moves forward.
Next to mentioned headliner trio, this year’s line up will include: the New York magnate Anthony Parasole, Berlin’s techno boy band FJAAK, the Berlin’s techno lady Jennifer Cardini, Cocoon team captain Maurizio Schmitz, Serbian techno ambassador Tijana T, the long-awaited “live” genius Tim Green, as well as extremely talented musician Vaal. The local DJs:Doo, Vitanov and Nenad Markovic will make perfect warm-up sets.
The three-day ticket at the price of 2390 dinars (regular) and 3590 dinars (VIP) can be purchased at box offices throughout Serbia and the region, as well as via Gigstix.com and Eventim.rs.
Bryan Ferry to Play in Belgrade on the 7th of September
British music star, Bryan Ferry will play in Belgrade on the 7th of September. Concert will take place at Stark Arena from 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased through Eventim sales networks and box offices.
Bryan Ferry (born 26 September 1945) is an English singer and songwriter. His voice has been described as an “elegant, seductive croon”. He also established a distinctive image and sartorial style; according to The Independent, Ferry and his contemporary David Bowie influenced a generation with both their music and their appearances.
Ferry came to prominence as the lead vocalist and principal songwriter with the glam art rock band Roxy Music, achieving three no. 1 albums and 10 singles which reached the top 10 in the UK between 1972 and 1982. Their singles included “Virginia Plain“, “Street Life“, “Love is the Drug“, “Dance Away“, “Angel Eyes“, “Over You“, “Oh Yeah“, “Jealous Guy“, “Avalon“, and “More Than This“. Ferry began his solo career in 1973. His solo hits included “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall“, “Let’s Stick Together” and “This Is Tomorrow“. Ferry disbanded Roxy Music following the release of their best-selling album Avalon (1982) to concentrate on his solo career, releasing further singles such as “Slave to Love” and “Don’t Stop the Dance” and the UK no. 1 album Boys and Girls in 1985. When his sales as a solo artist and as a member of Roxy Music are combined, Ferry has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Eugster II Belgrade art space presets CATASTROPHICALLY GORGEOUS by mentalKLINIK
September 12 from 7 pm, Viline vode BB
Eugster || Belgrade is thrilled to present the first solo presentation of artist duo :mentalKLINIK: CATASTROPHICALLY GORGEOUS. In this exhibition the artists probe a speculative approach of the future in a world triggered by hyper consumption and governed by hyperobjects.
“What has just happened? What is about to happen? What might have happened?
In CATASTROPHICALLY GORGEOUS :mentalKLINIK becomes the mastermind of a myriad of possible scenarios that affects the present state of the gallery space. The duo’s work fluctuates between the potentialities of provoking the event, postulating a plot for a disaster, and simply leave the viewer as sole witness to the aftermath of a crisis or leftovers of the invisible.”
THE 57th OCTOBER SALON: THE MARVELOUS CACOPHONY
SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 28 2018, BELGRADE
Curated by: Gunnar B. Kvaran and Danielle Kvaran
Venues: Cultural Centre of Belgrade (Art Gallery, Artget Gallery, Podroom Gallery), Belgrade City Museum, Serbian Academy of Arts and Science Gallery, U10 Art Space, Remont Gallery.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm-8pm
(72) Artists: Mathis Altmann, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Darja Bajagić, Ivana Bašić, Larry Bell, Hemali Bhuta, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Marija Ćalić, Ian Cheng, Jasmina Cibic, Vuk Ćuk, Lidija Delić, John Divola, Maja Đorđević, Aleksandra Domanović, Olafur Eliasson, Erró, Cao Fei, Vadim Fiškin, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, Fernanda Gomes, Ivan Grubanov, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Romuald Hazoumè, Elika Hedayat, Yu Honglei, Marguerite Humeau, Fabrice Hyber, Nina Ivanović, Cui Jie, Marta Jovanović, Anselm Kiefer, Tijana Kojić, Eva Koťátková and Dominik Lang, Olya Kroytor, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Ann Lislegaard, Tobias Madison, David Maljković, Bjarne Melgaard, Jelena Mijić, Radenko Milak, Branko Milisković, Takashi Murakami, Kazumi Nakamura, Nemanja Nikolić, Yoko Ono, Dušan Otašević, Đorđe Ozbolt, Athena Papadopoulos, Paulo Nimer Pjota, Agnieszka Polska, Pamela Rosenkranz, Magali Reus, Claude Rutault, Torbjørn Rødland, Tom Sachs, Cindy Sherman, Chiharu Shiota, Sumakshi Singh, Vladimir Veličković, Helen Marten, Hannah Weinberger, Anicka Yi, Katarina Zdjelar, Urban Zellweger, Xu Zhen; Selection by Balkan Project – Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Donna Wa Kukama, Ana Prvački .
The concept of the exhibition revolves around the notion of “cacophonies.” The title, THE MARVELOUS CACOPHONY, reflects the thought about art in the last several decades, as the art world has become increasingly, “cacophonous,” as has the world itself in general.
Despite the fact that the Western notion of contemporary art has become universal, since the beginning of the 21st century, cacophony has become the dominating condition under which no unique denominator has been able to emerge. We have entered an artistic period without a name, an art world with many centres. The result is an art world of complex activities and divergent ideas about what art is and what art can be. An art world overflowing with heteroclite works of art.
The 57th October Salon, “The Marvellous Cacophony,” should serve as an installation, as a mirror of the world, as a diversified situation, rich with dissonance and din. The goal is to explore artistic production worldwide by looking into diverse art scenes, uniting different generations, and compiling a constellation of works which express, through their form, structures, and content the diversity and the richness of cacophonic expression.
About The October Salon: The October Salon is the most representative event in the domain of visual arts in Serbia, founded in 1960 as an exhibition of the best achievements in the field of fine arts (latter in applied arts as well). Thanks to its five decades long tradition, the October Salon represents a significant segment in the research of the history of modern Serbian art of the second half of the twentieth century.
Since 2001, the position of Art Director has been introduced. Per the suggestion of the Salon Art Committee, with the aim of establishing a direct dialogue between domestic and international artistic and cultural scenes, in 2004 the October Salon was turned into an international event for the first time. The former curators of international Salon were: Anda Rottenberg, Darka Radosavljević and Nebojša Vilić, René Block, Lorand Hegyi, Bojana Pejić, Branislava Anđelković, Johan Poussete and Celia Prado, Galit Eilat and Alenka Gregorič, Branislav Dimitrijević and Mika Hannula, Red Min(e)d, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Vanessa Joan Müller and David Elliott.
Press preview – September 14 at 11am
The exhibition will be accompanied by a diverse public program, which will include: a guided exhibition tour, artist talks, workshops for children and young adults, Performance Weekend in cooperation with the Balkan Project, etc.
Banda Panda & Acid Arab on September 15
Belgrade-based collective Banda Panda is bringing Parisian duo Acid Arab to Culture Centre Grad on the 15th of September. Party will start from 11 pm. More info on FB event.
Mighty Parisian electronic music crew ACID ARAB have been putting European festivals and club audiences under a spell for the last couple of years, with their intoxicating blend of sharp Western electronic music with Eastern sounds and vocals.
Formed in 2012 by Parisian DJs Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho, Acid Arab patiently honed their style by meeting with scores of artists from all over North Africa and the Middle East. Born in the trans-cultural cauldron that is Paris, their concept was to create a space for Arab culture in the world of contemporary electronic music. They laid down groundwork by releasing several EPs (the Collections series) on electronic music label Versatile, featuring collabs, remixes and tracks by other artists.
Daphni All Night Long at Drugstore club on September 21
DAPHNI aka Caribou All Night Long
2002, 2003, 2005, 2010… It was high time Dan Snaith (aka Caribou aka Daphni) has returned to Belgrade, where he played one of his first shows, back in the days when he even had an aka Mantioba. But this time it’s a different affair. It’s DAPHNI. And it’s all night long, courtesy of +++.
Ever since his first release in 2011, Dan Snaith’s Daphni alias has become a fixture in the world of underground dance music. The man behind the albums of the global avant-pop-dance phenomenon Caribou, and the creator of a masterpiece that is 2010’s ‘Swim’, divides his time between the studio, intensive Caribou touring schedules and delivering deep and diverse DJ sets as Daphni to raving crowds around the globe.
Daphni tracks have, ever since they emerged, populated the DJ sets of many of dance music’s most forward thinking DJs like a virus, while Daphni’s own understanding of spiritual yet body-moving music makes his sets an unforgettable experience not to be missed. His background in advanced math has definitely helped Dan to develop a style that seamlessly blends genres, moods and meridians in his mind-bending and often marathon sets.
Drugstore Season Seven Opening- September 29 from midnight
Drugstore invites you to Season Seven Opening
The vipers are going in. We’re opening the Main Hall and Black Room for the seventh year in a row. It’s okay to guess who will be the guest in the comments till we come out with info on artists and tickets.
Thank you for dancing with us!
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.