Hidden Belgrade (53): 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 (53): 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

Pokretači #80 Ivan Skadrić o sekvenciranju SARS-CoV-2 u Srbiji / Beograd, Kraljevo

Ivan Skadrić koji je sa Dr Dejanom Vidanovićem iz Veterinarskog specijalističkog instituta Kraljevo prvi sekvencirao SARS-CoV-2 u Srbiji. Ivan je inače molekularni biolog iz DNK laboratorije Instituta za sudsku medicinu, Medicinskog fakulteta u Beogradu. Pričali smo o tome šta njihovi rezultati znače za borbu protiv pandemije, kao i o ključnoj ulozi entuzijazma i osećaja odgovornosti prema zajednici u nauci. Još smo pričali o tome šta … Continue reading Pokretači #80 Ivan Skadrić o sekvenciranju SARS-CoV-2 u Srbiji / Beograd, Kraljevo

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

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?

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

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

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