Hidden Belgrade (49): Along Belgrade’s Central Rail Line

In the past few years, it was becoming increasingly difficult to find quiet places to walk and chill in central Belgrade, places where you could feel completely outside of the city and see nobody. One of my favourites was (and still is) the path along the abandoned railway which goes from Dunav Stanica all the way to Belgrade’s former central railway station. Ever since the … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (49): Along Belgrade’s Central Rail Line

Pokretači #78 Nemanja Knežević o fotografiji i planinarenju / Beograd

Sa Nemanjom Kneževićem, jednim od najboljih domaćih fotografa mlađe generacije, o njegovom profesionalnom razvoju, o kolektivu Belgrade Raw kao i o tome zašto treba iskoristiti karantin za čitanje tekstova o teoriji fotografije. Dotakli smo se i druge Nemanjine pasije, planinarenja, tako da smo i maštali o mestima koje ćemo posetiti kada se ovo završi. Beleške Nemanjin prelepi novi sajt Nemanjine fotke u Before Afteru Nemanjin … Continue reading Pokretači #78 Nemanja Knežević o fotografiji i planinarenju / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (48): Belgrade’s Co-Cathedral

From the medieval days and the Great Schism, Belgrade had a sizeable Catholic population, and was for a long periods of time, part of the Catholic kingdom of Hungary and for two decades in 18th century of the Habsburg Empire. Zemun, of course, due to its longer time spend under the Habsburgs has an even longer association with the Catholic faith, and still has a … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (48): Belgrade’s Co-Cathedral

Pokretači #77 Ana Novaković – Yoga na Donjem Gradu / Beograd

Posle Food and Culture Tour-a (o kome je pričala u prvoj epizodi Pokretača) i avanture biciklom do Manhajma, Ana je pokrenula sjajnu školu joge i pranajame (vežbe disanja): Yoga na Donjem Gradu. Pričali smo o njenom putu do ovih zanimljivih tehnika, o njenih deset dana meditacije u tišini, kao i korišćenju joge i pranajame da što bolje prebrodimo ove čudne dane. Beleške Marija Krsmanović (sređivanje … Continue reading Pokretači #77 Ana Novaković – Yoga na Donjem Gradu / Beograd

Semana Santa, Granada 2014

Ever since I first visited Granda in 1998, that city had a special place in my memory, alongside Rome (and later: Naples, Rio and Delhi), as a truly a magical place (to use the most rote description possible). In my memory, at least, even the worst moments I spent in those places (and also Rio and Delhi) are likely to be better than the best … Continue reading Semana Santa, Granada 2014

Hidden Belgrade (47): Belgrade’s First Modern Hospital

Opened on 1 May 1868 on the property of the famous benefactor Ilija Milosavljević Kolarac, Belgrade’s first modern hospital was situated right in the middle of a somewhat unsavoury Palilula district by the Vidin road. It was one of the many projects by the reformist Prince Mihailo Obrenović in his bid to remake Belgrade and Serbia as a (central) European country, rather than an Ottoman … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (47): Belgrade’s First Modern Hospital

Pokretači #76 Dekadenca / Beograd

Velika dama Beogradske drag-scene Dekadenca o lokalnoj sceni, Teriju Pračetu i kako možete da učinite samoizloaciju zabavnijom. Fotografije: Tamara Antonović Beleške Dekadencin Facebook, Twitter i Twitch Wyrd Sisters Efemerne Konfesije Teri Pračet 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 mecena Pokretača i The Nutshell Times-a preko Patreona. Continue reading Pokretači #76 Dekadenca / Beograd

Why so dense?

The current pandemic, as insane as it is, highlighted problems of dense, large cities, where sharing tight public spaces is the only way of survival. From public transport carriages to lifts in high rises, we cannot escape density and the risks it brings. On top of that, the race to density, in making housing and facilities ever tighter, and more cost-efficient for their owners has … Continue reading Why so dense?

Pokretači #75 Vladana Putnik Prica o Beogradskom nasleđu – Distrikt 6 / Beograd

Gošća je dr Vladana Putnik Prica, istoričarka umetnosti i pokretačica udurženja građana Distrikt 6 koje se trudi da popularizuje arhitektonsko nasleđe Beograda.Sa Vladanom sam pričao o izazovima u pokretanju takvog jednog projekta, ali i o zanimljivim crticama iz arhitektonskog razvoja Beograda, od Korunovićeve Pošte do nikada izgrađene monumentalne Katerdale, kao i o načinima da zaštitimo ono što imamo. Beleške Vladanino istraživanje o Sokolskim domovima DOCOMOMO … Continue reading Pokretači #75 Vladana Putnik Prica o Beogradskom nasleđu – Distrikt 6 / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (46): Within a Budding Grove

What is currently Belgrade’ Botanical garden was foundedin 1890 on what used to be outskirts of the city, on the estate of Jevrem Obrenović, (the grandfather of then King Milan Obrenović and the youngest brother of Prince Miloš Obrenović) after whom it is still called “Jevremovac”. This, however, wasn’t the first nor the intended place for the botanical garden in Belgrade. The first iteration of … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (46): Within a Budding Grove

Pokretači #74 Aleksandar Nikolić – Zdravac / Beograd

Sa Aleksandrom Nikolićem iz Zdravca, o tome kako biti dobar trgovac (u svakom smislu te reči), nestanku domaćeg pasulja, zero-waste pakovanju, kao i durgim načinima kako prodavnice mogu da čuvaju okolinu ali i zajednicu. Beleške Duža verzija razgovora za Aleksandrom u kojoj pričamo više o ishrani (dostupna samo za mecene sa Patreona) Pratite Pokretače i na iTunesu, TuneIn, Stitcheru i YouTubeu,a i slušajte nove epizode na Radioaparatu svakog ponedeljka od 16h.   Za … Continue reading Pokretači #74 Aleksandar Nikolić – Zdravac / Beograd

20:20 / 2020

Tonight, when I looked at my phone and it was twenty past eight in the evening. It was a crisp, March evening and the wind cleared the sky, so even in central Belgrade you could see the stars, glistening at night. It was eerily quiet, except for the occasional howling of the wind, which blew in the streets emptied of people quarantining in their homes. … Continue reading 20:20 / 2020

From Arepas to Za’atar Manakish: Global Street Food is Booming in Belgrade

In the gloomy days of late 1990s, after harsh international sanctions (which extended to sports and culture) and in the midst of general social and economic decline, Belgarders yearned for feeling that they are part of the wider world, from clothes to food, so much so that their cry for help was a banner, carried during the student protests of 1996/97 exclaiming “Beograd je svet!: … Continue reading From Arepas to Za’atar Manakish: Global Street Food is Booming in Belgrade

Pokretači #73 Marko Đorđević – Moj Jutarnji Smeh / Beograd, Kragujevac

Marko Đorđević, reditelj i scenarista filma Moj Jutarnji Smeh o priči iza ovog sjajnog filma, radu sa Nebojšom Glogovcem i tome zašto nema više realnih ljudskih priča u našoj kinematografiji. Beleške Moj Jutarnji Smeh FB page (gde javljaju vesti o novim projekcijama) i IMDb unos Markov intervju za Oblakoder Ako vas interesuju film i dramske umetnosti poslušajte epizodu sa Lazarom Bodrožom i sa Tijanom Grumić … Continue reading Pokretači #73 Marko Đorđević – Moj Jutarnji Smeh / Beograd, Kragujevac

Hidden Belgrade (45) Sava Centar: Yugoslavia’s Global Stage

When I asked Maja Necić from AUTORI, one of the leading contemporary architecture and design studios in Serbia, for any buildings that inspire her work, she took a pause and then immediately said: Sava Centar. Designed by Stojan Maksimović, one of Yugoslavia’s most promising architects who was in his 40s at the time, and built between 1976 and 1979, it was mean to be the … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (45) Sava Centar: Yugoslavia’s Global Stage

Where to go in Serbia in 2020?

Spring is almost here, and given the global Corona virus health scare it will probably make sense to keep travels local in the next few months. Following the tradition of my recommendations from 2019 here are a few suggestion on what to check out in Serbia in 2020. Niš appeal Serbia’s third largest city, with the second largest airport in the country, is unjustly overlooked … Continue reading Where to go in Serbia in 2020?

Pokretači #72 Uroš Nedeljković – Nedeljković Law / Daljine.rs – Beograd

Uroš Nedeljković o tome kako je biti advokat, ali i svojim ekstrakurikularnim projektima, od њњњ.србовање.цом do Daljine.rs. Beleške Uroš na Tviteru Epizoda sa Srđanom Šajinovićem iz East to the Sun Interesuje vas šta sve pravnici mogu da rade? Poslušajte epizodu sa Natašom Račić, mecosopranom Narodnog Pozorišta. 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 … Continue reading Pokretači #72 Uroš Nedeljković – Nedeljković Law / Daljine.rs – Beograd

Pokretači #71 Ljubica Milutinović – NITI / Beograd, Brus

Postanite mecena Pokretača i The Nutshell Times-a preko Patreona. Ljubica Milutinović iz NITI designed kilims&blankets o osvežavanju tradicionalnih šara savremenim dizajnom, traženju tkalja po Srbiji i lepotama i mukama u dovodjenju starih zanata na tržište u 21. veku ‬ Beleške i linkovi Niti.rs Intervju u Milica Magazinu Zanat Ako volite istoriju domaćih zanata i dizajna pročitajte ove priče (na engleskom) o Hirstiforu Crniloviću, velikom sakupljaču … Continue reading Pokretači #71 Ljubica Milutinović – NITI / Beograd, Brus

All is Fair in Love and “Hybrid War”: How “Russian Interference” and “Fake News” Narratives Are Used to Further Stalinist Causes in an EU Candidate Country

A dispute involving a church and government in a mountainous European country of 600,000 people, is hardly the stuff that is normally deemed relevant  in the context of global politics. However what has been going on in Montenegro in the past two months should be an indicator of how governments, in their attempt to cling on to power, can and will weaponize their legal systems … Continue reading All is Fair in Love and “Hybrid War”: How “Russian Interference” and “Fake News” Narratives Are Used to Further Stalinist Causes in an EU Candidate Country

Pokretači #70 Mladen Lišanin – Institut za Političke Studije / Beograd

Mladen Lišanin, iz Instituta za Političke Studije, o svom putu od muzike do akademskog rada, razlici između analitičara i onih koji se akademski bave političkim temama, kao i sjaju i bedi slavske političke analitike. Beleške Herni Kisindžer – Diplomatija Ako vas interesuju teme vezena za akademski život u Srbiji poslušajte i epizode sa dr Aleksandrom Alorić (fizika), dr Jelenom Žarković Rakić (ekonomija) i Dejanom Ritićem … Continue reading Pokretači #70 Mladen Lišanin – Institut za Političke Studije / Beograd