Hidden Belgrade (58): Boosting Belgrade’s Economy, Ottoman Style

Although the idea of building malls and hotels to boost Belgrade’s economy seems very contemporary, however it has a long pre-history. A bit more than fifty years after Belgrade was conquered by Suleiman the Magnificent, between 1572 and 1578, the Grand Vizier Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (known in Serbia as Mehmed-paša Sokolović), who was immortalised in Ivo Andrić’s “the Bridge over Drina” decided to boost Belgrade’s … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (58): Boosting Belgrade’s Economy, Ottoman Style

Pokretači #90 Mirjana Katić, direktorka Matematičke gimnazije, o jednoj od najboljih škola u Evropi

Mirjana Katić je direktor Matematičke gimnazije, jedne od najboljih državnih škola na svetu. Pričali smo o njenoj ljubavi prema matematici i kako gaji atmosferu koja Matematičku gimnaziju čini izuzetnom. Beleške Samir Salim i njegovo učešće u istraživaju koje je nagrađeno Nobelom ove godine Nikola Mrkšić Alumni Matematičke u Pokretačima: Igor Simić, Anđela Karabašević i Vladislav Sudžum, Iva Brkić, Aleksandra Alorić , Nikola Otašević i Srđan … Continue reading Pokretači #90 Mirjana Katić, direktorka Matematičke gimnazije, o jednoj od najboljih škola u Evropi

Treats and Tricks: A Brief History of Serbia’s Favourite Sweets

Sweets are not the first thing you would associate with Serbia and, traditionally, they did not have a prominent place in the country’s cuisine.  In Serbia, the need for sugary treats was traditionally sated by plentiful fruit and preserves. Indeed, in one part of Njegoš’s epic Mountain Wreath (Gorski Vijenac), in describing his trip to Venice, duke Draško complains that the Venetians only subsisted on … Continue reading Treats and Tricks: A Brief History of Serbia’s Favourite Sweets

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

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

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 (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

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

Hidden Belgrade (50): Chinese connection

Tucked away in New Belgrade’s Blok 70, “Chinese” shopping centre is not only a vibrant is probably the city’s most cosmopolitan spot, with Chinese and Roma merchants selling everything from orthodox icons to tofu in colourful shops. Within its slightly mucky walls, you can also buy all sorts of far eastern foodstuffs and also eat cheap, but surprisingly tasty Chinese food. Ever since first Chinese … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (50): Chinese connection

VIS Idoli and Subversion in the 1980s SFRY

Opinion on Yugoslav pop music among Serbia’s intellectual elite oscillates between breathless adoration (in 1990s, when it was a sign of being “educated” against the onslaught of the ovelry maligned folk and turbofolk) to disgust (currently liking EKV, let alone Bijelo Dugme,  is considered a sure sign of pseudointellectualism and/or smarm) and back to ironic appreciation (Zdravko Čolić and Bajaga). As Yugopop was the soundtrack … Continue reading VIS Idoli and Subversion in the 1980s SFRY

Celebrating Workers in Belgrade’s Public Art

As Serbia and Yugoslavia moved towards a more industrial economy in 1930s and 40s the industrial workers, who had a rough time during the capitalist monarchy in Yugoslavia, started being celebrated in its arts. Although celebration of the life workers was most famously depicted by artists with socialist sensibilities such as Đorđe Andrejević Kun, whose album of prints Bloody Gold, depicted rapacious capitalism, idealised workers … Continue reading Celebrating Workers in Belgrade’s Public Art

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

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

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

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