Autumnal Road Trip Down the Drina

One of my favourite family trips was going rafting on the Tara river in the summer of 2011. Back then, I had little knowledge of how beautiful the nature is in the Balkans, and was sad that I will not get the chance to explore it at leisure as I was set to move half-way around the world (that, thankfully, did not happen, but I … Continue reading Autumnal Road Trip Down the Drina

Pokretači #57 Dr Ana Russell-Omaljev – Contemporary Balkan Art / London

Dr Ana Russell-Omaljev o radu na promociji kreativaca sa Balkana u Londonu kroz Contemporary Balkan Art (CoBA) i naporima da se percepcija našeg regiona ispravi kroz sjajnu umetnost koja se ovde stvara. CoBA takodje organizuje Southeast European Future Festival čije je najskorije izdanje bilo u septembru 2019-e u Rich Mix kulturnom centru u Shoreditch-u. Beleške Anina knjiga o identitetima u Srbiji Divided We Stand: Discourses … Continue reading Pokretači #57 Dr Ana Russell-Omaljev – Contemporary Balkan Art / London

Going “Down South”

Apart from expressions of admiration for the beauty we were almost constantly seeing, the most common conversation topic within my group touring Serbian heritage sites in Kosovo and Metohija was hushed and almost embarrassed question: „Why did you decide to come here?“.  It was closely followed by an admission, that seemed to unite all of us : “My friends and family thought  that I was … Continue reading Going “Down South”

Northern Macedonia: (Quint)essential Balkan Country

Stunning scenery, beautiful historic sites and friendly faces are what you can find almost anywhere in Northern Macedonia. During both of my recent trips to the country, I was in equal measures surprised by the how wonderful many of its sites are – from the ruins of Marko’s Fortress in the dramatic hills over Prilep to the bustling Bitpazar market in Skopje – and shocked … Continue reading Northern Macedonia: (Quint)essential Balkan Country

Brief Histories of Favourite Balkan Foods

While foreign rule and power struggles often brought havoc to the Balkan peoples, it also left behind a diverse cuisine in which various influences merge and make the best use of the region’s fertile lands. While some regional specialities do not cross borders, the limits between the national cuisines in the Balkans tend to be blurry, with many nations enjoying same foods, albeit claiming them … Continue reading Brief Histories of Favourite Balkan Foods

Four Places You Need to Visit in Serbia in 2019

In the past few years, tourism has been booming in Serbia thanks to the country’s better connectivity with the rest of the world. According to the Serbian Statistical Office, between January and September almost two million people visited the country, a growth of about 11 per cent compared to the same time period in 2017. While most of those visiting the country stay in its … Continue reading Four Places You Need to Visit in Serbia in 2019

Pokretači #41 Tamara Panić i Miroslav Milović – Oblikus / Beograd

Gosti su Tamara Panić i Miroslav Milović iz dizajn studija Oblikus. Oblikus je redak, ako ne i jedini, dizajn studio iz Srbije koji je dobitnik prestižne Red Dot nagrade za dizajn. Red Dot su osvojili 2014., za njihovu prelep Moonlights sistem osvetljenja koji je izložen u Red Dot muzeju dizajna u Singapuru. Tamara i Miroslav su više puta nagrađeni i za svoj kreativni nameštaj za … Continue reading Pokretači #41 Tamara Panić i Miroslav Milović – Oblikus / Beograd

SpomenikDatabase: How an American Helped Preserve Memories of Yugoslav WWII Memorials

About a decade ago, Yugoslav WWII monuments were almost forgotten at home but started capturing people’s imagination around the world when Jan Kempenaers, a Belgian photographer, created his ‘Spomeniks’ (‘Memorials’) series, which included images of striking monuments at Kosmaj in Serbia, Podgaric in Croatia and Tjentiste in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His eerie photos of oddly-shaped memorials in dramatic settings attracted the attention of design and … Continue reading SpomenikDatabase: How an American Helped Preserve Memories of Yugoslav WWII Memorials

Pokretači #40 Element_handmade / Beograd

Element_handmade su 2017. pokrenule pet drugarica sa Hemijskog fakulteta u Beogardu sa željom da ostanu u kontaktu sa svojom profesijom pored redovnih poslova. Nataša Đurković i Tamara Ristanović pričaju o tome kako je raditi sa prijateljima, kako se probijaju na tržištu i, naravno, zašto su sapuni napravljeni saponifikacijom najbolji za vas i vašu kožu. View this post on Instagram Dragi naši, na našem profilu objavili … Continue reading Pokretači #40 Element_handmade / Beograd

Pokretači #38 Ognjen Vučković – Samo Pivo / Beograd, Subotica

Ognjen Vučkovic, jedan od ljudi iza Samo Piva, prvog isključivo pivskog bara u Beogradu, koji je otvoren na samom pocetku zanatske pivske scene u Srbiji, 2013 godine. Sa Ognjenom sam pričao o tome kako su Samo Pivo, festival Vrteška i kompanija 300 Čuda, stimulisali rast craft pivarstva, ali naravno i o načoj zajedničkoj strasti prema pivu.   View this post on Instagram Popodne… #samopivo #tronbrewery … Continue reading Pokretači #38 Ognjen Vučković – Samo Pivo / Beograd, Subotica

Hidden Belgrade (35): The Home of Serbian Expansionist Project

On August 10 1889, cannons announced the arrival of the teenage King Aleksandar Obrenovic to an empty plot in Dusanova street. Although cleared for years, the spot at which the young king was standing, held the remains of two empires between which the young Kingdom of Serbia was slowly growing. It used to be “Pirinc-han”: the palace of Eugene of Savoy during the Habsburg rule … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (35): The Home of Serbian Expansionist Project