Beosvet Podkast #1 Dorćol Menhetn

Novi podkast o Beogradu. Prva epizoda o Dorćolu, Dorćol Menhetnu, o tome kako se grad promenio od vremena kada su njim žarili i palili Gru i Isidora Bjelica… i zašto ne treba da budemo nostalgični Za slične sadržaje, lajkujte The Nutshell Times na Facebooku! Postanite mecena The Nutshell Times-a preko Patreona. Continue reading Beosvet Podkast #1 Dorćol Menhetn

All The Belgrade Olympics That Didn’t Happen

Ever since their modern re-incarnation, the Olympics are an opportunity for countries to show off their wealth, might and cultural sophistication, all under a pleasant guise of global unity, fair play and athletic achievement. They are certainly the most enduring and spectacular pinnacle of Belle Époque intellectual trends from increased importance of sports in individual and social development (e.g. the Sokol movement), globalism, international competition, … Continue reading All The Belgrade Olympics That Didn’t Happen

Belgrade’s Lost Monuments

As a city which went through significant turmoils in its modern, post-Ottoman history – from brutal occupations in WWI and WWII to major political changes in 1903, after WWII and in 2000 – Belgrade has had its fair share of monument destructions, however mostly at the hands of its occupiers. Unsurprisingly, removal of monuments to the recent past happened most immediately after the Partizans took … Continue reading Belgrade’s Lost Monuments

The Summer of Pod 2020: My Favourite Podcasts

As my podcast, Pokretači, is taking a summer break, I decided to give a little list of the best podcasts that I followed in the past few years. Although my tastes vary from more normie uplifting self-enhancement (or whatever is the current euphemism for self-help) to relatively dour discussions of current politics, one thing that ties these shows is that they did open my imagination … Continue reading The Summer of Pod 2020: My Favourite Podcasts

Hidden Belgrade (55): Easy Urban Hikes

Given that this summer it will be more difficult and stressful for Belgraders to leave the city for their preferred coastlines of Greece, Croatia and Montenegro, we will be forced to be creative during our staycations. Thankfully, thanks to its geography, in Belgrade you are never too far away from places to escape the heat, have a nice hike and even see some of its … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (55): Easy Urban Hikes

Pokretači #87 Sonja Radaković o “Kurvanju”, baletu i performansu / Beograd, Novi Sad

Sonja Radaković o umetnosti i životu, “Kurvanju” i prijemnom ispitu za srednju baletsku, i još mnogo toga Beleške Oktobarski Salon 2020 Ako vas interesuje umetnost poslušajte moj razgovore sa Anderom Dramićanin, Igorom Simićem, Nemanjom Kneževićem, Dejanom Vučetićem (o Olgi Jevrić) i Anom Russel Omaljev iz Balkan Contemporary Art . Pratite Pokretače i na iTunesu, TuneIn, Stitcheru i YouTubeu,a i slušajte nove epizode na Radioaparatu svakog ponedeljka od 16h.   Za Pokretače i slične sadržaje, lajkujte The Nutshell Times na Facebooku! Postanite … Continue reading Pokretači #87 Sonja Radaković o “Kurvanju”, baletu i performansu / Beograd, Novi Sad

Pokretači #86 Balša Garčević o brodovima, brendovima i dizajnu / Beograd

Balša Garčević je dizajner i vlasnik agencije DesignBuro. Pričali smo o njegovom vrlo širokom iskustvu u dizajnu (koje sada uključuje i dizajn brodova) kao i o odnosu prema brendovima i lepoti. Beleške Art of Kinetik Volite dizajn? Poslušajte i prethodne epizode za sjajnim dizajnerima iz Oblikusa, Braće Burazera, Autora i Metaklinike, kao i Slavimira Stojanovića Futra. Postanite mecena Pokretača i The Nutshell Times-a preko Patreona ili pomozite jednokratnom donacijom preko PayPala! Continue reading Pokretači #86 Balša Garčević o brodovima, brendovima i dizajnu / Beograd

Yugohotel: Omorika, Tara

Built in 1978. based on the design of Miroslav Krstonošić, a Ljubljana-educated architect from Novi Sad, Omorika is named after an autochthonous spruce which grows on the slopes of Tara. Its tent-shaped design was awarded Borba prize for architecture, and its interior still looks very much in vein of other Yugohotels. Thanks to the fact that it still owned by the Serbian Military (although accessible … Continue reading Yugohotel: Omorika, Tara

#85 Miloš Vojinović o istoriji ideja i idejama istorije / Beograd, Berlin

Miloš Vojinović je doktorand na Humbolt univerzitetu u Berlinu i autor knjige “Političke ideje Mlade Bosne”. Razgovarali smo o istoriji: kako je baviti se njome ali i o tome da li ima smisla pričati o njenom kraju, početku, cilju… Continue reading #85 Miloš Vojinović o istoriji ideja i idejama istorije / Beograd, Berlin

An African-American Star in 1920s Yugoslavia

In April 1929, Josephine Baker was the first African-American star to visit Belgrade, while she was on her tour around Central Europe on the Orient Express. The visit came during her peak popularity in Paris, just before she made her hit „J’ai deux Amours”, and while she was still shunned in her native US, despite entrancing everyone with her dance and skimpy exotic outfits. She … Continue reading An African-American Star in 1920s Yugoslavia

Hidden Belgrade (54): A death and a riot which changed Belgrade’s history

Back in 1862, Zerek, was a warren of streets and gardens in still very much Ottoman Belgrade. Hugging the fortress which still held an Ottoman garrison lorded over an Ottoman Pasha, it was the home of the remnants of the Muslim Ottoman population, nestled within the crumbling city walls above one of the main cross roads at Dorćol and the Jewish quarter of Jalija and … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (54): A death and a riot which changed Belgrade’s history

Hidden Belgrade (53): Belgrade’s Most Storied Church

Church of the Ascension (Vaznesenjska crkva) lacks the glitz of Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel (Saborna crkva), the grandeur of St. Mark’s and St. Sava’s, or romance of Ružica and Topčider church, but there are few churches, in the city who witnessed as many dramatic and glorious events in the city’s history. That was maybe its fate from the beginning given that it … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (53): Belgrade’s Most Storied Church

Pokretači #84 Andrej Josifovski Pijanista o uličnoj umetnosti / Beograd

Andrej Josifovski, aka Pijanista, je jedan od najkreativnijih domaćih uličnih umetnika, koji je pre par dana uzbudio javnost svojim novim radom, privremenom instalacijom raspetog Hrista na stubu sa kamerama za nadzor. Pričali smo o smislu ulične umetnosti u vremenu kada se ona sve više komodifikuje, o njegovim pokušajima da od Bežanijske kose napravi muzej na otvorenom kao, i „grass-roots“ inicijativama za unapređivanje krajeva po Beogradu. … Continue reading Pokretači #84 Andrej Josifovski Pijanista o uličnoj umetnosti / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (52): Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Belgrade Zoo

Belgrade Zoo was opened in July 1936, by its modernising mayor and wealthy industrialist Vladmiri Ilić, who donated the animals. Nestled in Belgrade fortress, it brought a whiff of exoticism to the city and attracted its elite, as well as the Royal Family, then officially headed by teenage King Peter II. It was part of the grand plans of beautification of Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (52): Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Belgrade Zoo

Pokretači #83 Tomislav Ivanović (Vinopedia.rs) o domaćem vinarstvu nekada i sada / Beograd

Gost je Tomislav Ivanović, jedan od najvećih poznavalaca domaćih vina i istorije domaćeg vinarstva. Tomislavov blog Vinopedia.rs je osvojio Millesima Blog Award 2016 za najbolji evropski blog o vinu i gastronomiji, dok je njegov projekat “Svetski Dan Prokupca”, koji se obeležava 14. oktobra svake godine privukao pažnju što domaćih poznavalaca i proizvođača, što svetskih vinskih ekeprata kao što je Jancis Robinson.  Pričali smo o tajni … Continue reading Pokretači #83 Tomislav Ivanović (Vinopedia.rs) o domaćem vinarstvu nekada i sada / Beograd

The Green and Pleasant Land

On May 12, 2016 I left the UK to return to Serbia. I spent amazing time in the UK studying, working and getting to know this lovely country and its great people, taking the time to do thinks like hiking around the dramatic coast of Cornwall, roadtripping around the Cotswalds and checking out its elegant gothic village churches (and a pub or two). Anyhow, here … Continue reading The Green and Pleasant Land

Pokretači #82 Dušan Sekulić Sejkul o vizionarskom dizajnu i arhitekturi / Ljubljana

Dušan Sekulić – Sejkul je prošle godine dobio Slovensku Nagradu za Oblikovanje (tj. dizajn) u kategoriji “Perspektivni” za projekat Ljubljanskog Transport Hub-a koji bi doveo laku avijaciju u srce Ljubljane. Njegovi vizionarski projekti uključuju vrlo i elegantan vizir (kao stvoren za trenutnu situaciju), kao i prilično kontroverzni projekat stana u bilbordu. Pored ovakvih konceptualnih ideja, Dušan se bavi i dizajnom svetlosti, scenografijom kao i standardnim … Continue reading Pokretači #82 Dušan Sekulić Sejkul o vizionarskom dizajnu i arhitekturi / Ljubljana

Hidden Belgrade (51): Forgotten Summer Stages

Given that Belgrade is blessed by nice weather from April to November, it is no wonder that entrepreneurs and city planners of yore wanted to capitalise on this by building open-air cinema and theatre stages as attractions. Unfortunately, due to the lack of creativity and funds, most of them are now derelict or otherwise out of bounds for the crowds, although every once in a … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (51): Forgotten Summer Stages

Warrior Posing

Ever since the debates about current or imminent “fascism” and “antifascism” (or Antifascism™)  became popular again, I came to think about my grandad, who as a committed communist before WWII and then a partisan during it would probably have more to say than those engaging in these debates now. He was a bit of an oddity as a bourgeois lawyer/communist in Nikšić, a town in … Continue reading Warrior Posing