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

Pokretači #69 Kristina Cvjetičanin – Strength Training Pančevo / Pančevo, Beograd

Kristina Cvjetičanin iz Strength Training Pančevo, šampionka u powerliftingu, o tome kako je krenula da se bavi ovim, sve popularnijim, sportom, i kako joj je dizanje velikih težina ojačalo ne samo telo već i duh. Beleške Starting Strength – Mark Rippetoe Alan Thrall Barbell Medicine BuffDudes Interesuju vas sport i fitness? Poslušajte i moj intervju sa Nikolom Šimšićem i Milošem Erićem iz Sportifica. Pratite Pokretače … Continue reading Pokretači #69 Kristina Cvjetičanin – Strength Training Pančevo / Pančevo, Beograd

Dr Milutin Velimirović: A Serb in pre-WWII China

“With great interest and special pleasure I set off on a trip to that ancient and mysterious land: land of queued hair and opium, tea and silk, land of one of the oldest peoples in the world, whose existence we could have doubted due to its enormous distance and unknowability. In front of me was an entirely separate world, special, remote culture, which until recently … Continue reading Dr Milutin Velimirović: A Serb in pre-WWII China

Pokretači #68 Slavimir Stojanović Futro / Beograd

Postanite mecena Pokretača i The Nutshell Times-a preko Patreona ili pomozite jednokratnom donacijom preko PayPala! Slavimir Stojanović Futro je jedan od najuspešnijih i najpoznatijih grafičkih dizajnera u Srbiji. Pored dizajna bavi se i pisanjem i predaje na Fakultetu Primenjenih Umetnosti u Beogradu.Pričali smo o njegovom razvojom putu, koji je išao preko Geteborga, Beograda 90ih i Ljubljane, kao i o vrednostima koje dobar dizajn (kao i dobro pisanje) … Continue reading Pokretači #68 Slavimir Stojanović Futro / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (44): Derelict Showcase of Modernity’s Greatest Evil

Staro Sajmište was built as an art-deco fairground to promote modernisation of Yugoslavia by providing the newest wares and technologies, mostly from the West. It was opened by a consortium of local businessmen on September 11, 1937, with a few expansions (notably the Turkish and German pavilion) constructed in 1938, based on the designs by Rajko Tatić, Miroslav Lučković and Đorđe Lukić. It was the … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (44): Derelict Showcase of Modernity’s Greatest Evil

Belgrade 2020: Three Things to Look Forward To

I got burnt last year by making a list of things to look forward to in Belgrade in 2019. Two out of four did not come to pass (Chinese Cultural Centre and St Sava Mosaics), and the restored Palilula market only opened in the last few days of 2019. Still, I decided to press on this year, out of spite to the general chaos surrounding … Continue reading Belgrade 2020: Three Things to Look Forward To

Pokretači #67 Zoran Milenović – Vila Milenović / Rajac

Postanite mecena Pokretača i The Nutshell Times-a preko Patreona ili pomozite jednokratnom donacijom preko PayPala! Zoran Milenović iz Vile Milenović, etno smeštaja u selu Rajac kod Negotina, je podelio svoju priču o putu od rada na radiju u Zaječaru do povratka na porodično imanje, o lepim i napornim aspektima života u prelepom selu kao što je Rajac i naravno, o tom na šta treba da obratite pažnju … Continue reading Pokretači #67 Zoran Milenović – Vila Milenović / Rajac

Magic of Epiphany in Serbia

The Feast of Epiphany, which according to the Julian calendar falls on January 19, is the day with some of the most colourful rituals in Serbia as it marks the end of Christmastide. Given it is the day when, according to the New Testament, Jesus’s divine mission became apparent to the masses after his baptism in the river Jordan, most of the folk rituals surrounding … Continue reading Magic of Epiphany in Serbia

Bains des Pâquis: Public Bath for the People, by the People in Geneva

Forget the UN buildings, private banks and fancy boutiques, the best place in Geneva is the city’s beloved public lido: Bains des Pâquis. Originally founded in 1872, but reconstructed in modernist style in 1932, Bain des Pâquis are not only a great place to get a dip in Lake Geneva, but a spa centre, restaurant and a positive social experiment all rolled into one. The … Continue reading Bains des Pâquis: Public Bath for the People, by the People in Geneva

Pokretači #66 Mladen Stojsavljević – Bubamara Gelato / Beograd

Postanite mecena Pokretača i The Nutshell Times-a preko Patreona ili pomozite jednokratnom donacijom preko PayPala! Posle studija i rada za međunarodnu korporaciju u Milanu, Mladen Stojsavljević je odlušio da pokrene gelateriju u Beogradu. Pričamo o Bubamari, ali i o napornom radu i teškim odlukama iza njegovog slatkog poduhvata. Zanimaju vas priče o hrani i ugstiteljstvu? Onda probajte i intervjue sa pokretačima Ispeci pa Reci, New Balkan Cuisine, … Continue reading Pokretači #66 Mladen Stojsavljević – Bubamara Gelato / Beograd

Swisstacular walk between Schönried and Rougemont

Today I went on probably the most beautiful hike of my life, between two villages in Switzerland‘s famously glitzy area around Gstaad . The walk encapsulated almost all that is great about the country: fantastic scenery dominated by Le Rubli, multiculturalism (Schönried is German-speaking, while Rougemont is French-speaking), and strong sense of local pride and history. There was also a touch of Gstaad over the … Continue reading Swisstacular walk between Schönried and Rougemont

Post Tenebras Lux? Life In One of Europe’s Richest Cities.

How do millennials fare in one of the richest cities of Europe? We interview two Genevans to find out.  After studying international relations, M. (30) works in HR for a global financial institution in Geneva. She always thought she would pursue a career in development, and even spent a gap year teaching French in an orphanage in Senegal. She remember fondly her humanitarian time. It … Continue reading Post Tenebras Lux? Life In One of Europe’s Richest Cities.