Events and festivals
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Throughout the entire year, Belgrade invites its citizens and guests to pay a visit to at least on the major festivals and events that are taking place. We’ll randomly talk about some of them, but you should bear in mind that there are lot more going on.
FEST is annual film festival held in Belgrade since 1971. The selection of films ranges from the latest Hollywood hits to independent movies across the globe, as well as the old masterpieces from the Yugoslav Film Archives (Kinoteka).
BITEF – Belgrade International Theater Festival – a festival of modern theater, one of the few authentic expressions and a symbol of revolutionary spirit. It is held from mid-August until the end of September and it is located in a reconstructed Evangelical church near bohemian quarter – Skadarlija.
BELEF – Beogradski letnji festival (Belgrade Summer Festival) held every summer, with a broad specter of performances and activities across Belgrade, including drama, music and visual art.
Beogradski sajam knjiga (Belgrade Book Fair) – in October, held in Beogradski sajam (Belgrade Fair), offering chance to buy books at bargain prices and talk with your favourite contemporary writer.
Oktobarski salon (October Art Salon) is a representative event featuring actual tendencies in the domain of visual arts, usually taking place in October, as the name says it.
Mikser – a multidisciplinary, multicultural platform for organizing competitions, exhibitions, cultural events, conferences, educational courses and lectures. It is especially popular among young talented people and it represents the progressive force of Belgrade.
Beer Fest – Definitely one of the things you should try not to miss. An around-the-clock celebration of beer and good times, Belgrade Beer Fest combines a great location with friendly prices, a great crowd of all ages and backgrounds, a good music program and, of course, outstanding beer.
Beogradski Jazz Festival (Belgrade Jazz Festival), usually held in the last week of October, in Dom Omladine (the Youth Cultural Centre) and other places in Belgrade. Along with gigs of numerous international visiting musicians, the festival usually includes a midnight program, jam sessions, photo exhibitions, a film program, and jazz workshops.
Guitar Art Festival – A five-day international classical guitar festival held every year since 2001. GuitarArt includes practical classes and theoretical lectures held by worldwide masters of the instrument, exhibitions, a competition of young guitarists, concerts from 8PM every evening, and a midnight guitar art café every night from 11PM to 3AM.
BEMUS – Belgrade Music Festival covers various classical music concerts as well as operas, choirs, presentations of traditional music, and children's workshops. Music lovers should try not to miss at least some of the events taking place within it.
Insider tip: If you happen to be in Belgrade during manifestation Noć muzeja (Museum Night), don’t miss it!