Pokretači #63 Tijana Grumić / Beograd

Jedna od najboljih mladih dramskih spisateljica i dramaturškinja u Srbiji, Tijana Grumić, o pisanju drama, uticaju kulture u društvu ali i stanju u pozorištima van Beograda i Novog Sada. Beleške Stvaranje Čoveka u Ateljeu 212 Nečista Krv u Pozorištu Bora Stanković u Vranju IS Petnica Petnica International seminar Intervju Ivana Brkljača iz Morkin House-a sa Tijanom Radio drama Stvaranje Čoveka Moj tekst o ovogodišnjem Venecijanskom … Continue reading Pokretači #63 Tijana Grumić / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (43): Last days of Yugoslav socialist consumerism

While many emphasise worker-ownership or its non-aligned anti-imperialist foreign policy as distinctive features of Yugoslav socialism, for me one of the most striking ways it differed from the countries behind the “Iron Curtain” is its deep openness to Western consumerist culture. Indeed, if you ask average former Yugoslavs what the main difference was between them and their supposed ideological comrades in the Warsaw pact, they … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (43): Last days of Yugoslav socialist consumerism

Pokretači #62 Dr Ana Ranitović – Kampster / Beograd/Groningen

Gošća je Dr Ana Ranitović, suosnivač i direktor onlajn platforme za online učenje Kampster, koja olakšava učenje sve od programiranja do onlajn marketinga. Kao osoba sa najrazličitijim profesionalnim iskustvima, od rada sa ženama zanatlijama iz jugo-istočne Srbije do doktoriranja antropologije na Oksfordu, Ana je podelila i svoje poglede na balansiranje života na poslu i onoga van, brain drain iz Srbije, kao, i veliku korisnost sociologije … Continue reading Pokretači #62 Dr Ana Ranitović – Kampster / Beograd/Groningen

Pokretači #59 Vanja Puškar – New Balkan Cuisine / Beograd

Postanite mecena Pokretača i The Nutshell Times-a preko Patreona. Vanja Puškar je jedan od najuzbudljivijih chefova u regionu zbog svoje želje da (re)afirmiše lokalne proizvode i učini domaću, balkansku, kuhinju uzbudiljvijom. Pričali smo o njegovoj odluci da pokrene svoja dva restorana u Beogradu, Iris i Iva, insipiraciji iza koncepta New Balkan Cuisine, ali i o tome kako naš pristup prema hrani određuje i pristup prema … Continue reading Pokretači #59 Vanja Puškar – New Balkan Cuisine / Beograd

Pokretači #58 Dejan Vučetić o Olgi Jevrić – Kuća Legata / Beograd

Dejan Vučetić, kustos u Kući Legata, o Olgi Jevrić (1922-2014, velikoj legatorki i skulptorki čije je revolucionarno delo osvežilo jugoslovensku umetnost i privuklo pažnju Tate Modern-a. Pričali smo o brilijantnoj karijeri Olge Jevrić, promociji njenog dela i tome kako izgleda biti kustos i štiti nečije delo. Njena dela možete videti do sredine novembra 2019. u Narodnom Muzeju u Kraljevu, a planirano je i postavljanje njenih … Continue reading Pokretači #58 Dejan Vučetić o Olgi Jevrić – Kuća Legata / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (41): Occult Belgrade

Given Belgrade’s long and bloody history it is almost a wonder that there is not a larger number of stories of hauntings and other occult occurrences. This is even more remarkable considering that Serbia has a long association with and interest in the occult – from being connected with vampire crazes since 18th century (we invented the word after all), to its prominent role in … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (41): Occult Belgrade

Horrific Things to Do in Serbia

If you thought bad trains, crumbling roads, tacky hotels and dodgy kafans are the worst you can expect when visiting Serbia, prepare to be frightened. Serbia offers many super-natural ways to die, be abducted by paranormal forces or just suffer at the hand of the locals. It isn’t all that bad: these scary, orientalising stories inspired Marina Abamović’s interesting Balkan Erotic Epic and a group … Continue reading Horrific Things to Do in Serbia

Pokretači #56 Maja Necić i Dijana Novaković – Studio AUTORI / Beograd

Još od 2008-e, Studio AUTORI je jedan od najboljih reprezenata novog talasa u arhitekturi i dizajnu u Srbiji i regionu. Od njihovog prvog projekta, co-working huba Mokrin House (epizoda sa njima je na linku ovde), pa sve do dizajna splava Pristan, AUTORI su stvorili prepoznatljivu estetiku i vratili ambiciju i polet domaćoj sceni. U ovoj epizodi, Maja i Dijana dele svoja iskustva u stvaranju ovog … Continue reading Pokretači #56 Maja Necić i Dijana Novaković – Studio AUTORI / Beograd

Hidden Belgrade (40): National Assembly’s Grand Interior

Built in 1936, on the spot of the former Batal mosque, and just across the road from the royal place complex, the National Assembly building, was built to impress the power and ambitions of the ill-fated Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The outdated, Belle Epoque grandeur of its exterior was based on a design by Konstantin Jovanović in 1892, (later modified by Jovan and Petar Ilkić in … Continue reading Hidden Belgrade (40): National Assembly’s Grand Interior

Pokretači #53 Keel – Nenad i Srđan Tomić / Beograd

Gosti su Srđan i Nenad Tomić iz Studija Keel, koji su svoju ljubav prema vaterpolu pretočili u sportski brend koji se od garaže na Voždovcu proširio na sve kontinente. Linkovi Keel-ov Instagram profil Andrija Prlainović Vaterpolovesti.com Keel škola vaterpola za decu Keel Cup u Beach vaterpolu 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 #53 Keel – Nenad i Srđan Tomić / Beograd

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”

20 Yugosphere songs from 2010s that you have to hear before 2020

As the last summer of 2010s is slowly coming to an end, I thought that it was a high time for a listicle celebrating songs from countries of ex-Yugoslavia that marked the past decade for me. I don’t want to claim that they are the best songs made in the past decade in the region, nor a fair representation of what is going on on … Continue reading 20 Yugosphere songs from 2010s that you have to hear before 2020

The Many Charms of Yugohotels

Hotels and resorts of Socialist Yugoslavia got a lot of press in the past few years (two examples here), especially as every summer more and more foreign tourists are heading to its coasts and cities over the summer. This recent fascination with ‘Yugohotels’ is more than just due to the trendiness of the Eastern Adriatic coast in the past few years, or the hipsterish love … Continue reading The Many Charms of Yugohotels

Best of Belgrade June 2019: Ultimate Belgrade Eating and Drinking Guide

It’s been a while since I’ve done a list of Belgrade’s best spots for eating and drinking. Part of the reason is my laziness, and the other part is that in the past few years, there has been a boom in the offer. While before there were a few new places worth checking out every month, now there is enough to lose track (thankfully insta-fiends … Continue reading Best of Belgrade June 2019: Ultimate Belgrade Eating and Drinking Guide

Pokretači #52 Daniela Stanković i Jovana Antić – Koozmetik / Beograd

Pokrenut 2015., Koozmetik je sad već poznat po svojim prelepo dizajniranim prirodnim kozmetičkim proizvodima najvišeg kvaliteta, a od skora možete posetiti i njihovu prelepu radnju u Višnjićevoj 2 na Doćolu. Sa Danielom Staković i Jovanom Antić sam pričao o tome kako je izgledalo izgraditi brend u novom polju i o mukama s kojima se susreću perfekcionisti u Srbiji. Beleške View this post on Instagram Jedan … Continue reading Pokretači #52 Daniela Stanković i Jovana Antić – Koozmetik / Beograd

Smellscape of Belgrade

Faintness of wisteria in Krunska. Sweet roses on the Danube run. Endless evenings under the lindens in Palmotićeva. Chlorine and sunscreen at Taš. Damp asphalt and grass at Ušće. Muddiness of the last dip at Ada. Charred paprika skins, hinting ajvar. Crisp smog around Bajloni. Eau de Kafana and wool, tumbling through a December night. Smogless, snowy morning in an empty city. Dusty seats of … Continue reading Smellscape of Belgrade

Pokretači #51: Svetlana Ceca Đolović – RadioAparat / Beograd

Svetlana Ceca Đolović je jedan od pokretača RadioAparata, online radija koji se od 2016. emituje iz Savamale. Sa Cecom sam pričao o tome kako je njeno dugogodišnje uredničko iskustvo sa Studija B primenila u RadioAparatu, koji su izazovi rada na volonterskom radiju koji želi da se bavi društvenim pitanjiima i, konačno, kako postati bolji voditelj. Beleške: View this post on Instagram Pocinje godisnja SuperMeni lista……….. … Continue reading Pokretači #51: Svetlana Ceca Đolović – RadioAparat / Beograd

Beyond Brutalism: Belgrade’s Magical Pre-WWII Architecture

Although best known for socialist modernism and brutalism, Belgrade’s architecture is (in)famously eclectic due to the various political twists and turns that shaped the city’s identity (as I’ve written here). Although through much of the 19th century, Belgrade’s foreign and foreign-educated architects were trying to find their feet by copying architecture of Serbia’s powerful neighbours, in early 20th century and arrival of art-nouveau, which embraced … Continue reading Beyond Brutalism: Belgrade’s Magical Pre-WWII Architecture