There are plenty of special annual cultural events and festivals in Belgrade that embrace every aspect of the arts. All of the arts are well represented, with theatre, cinema, visual arts and music all being celebrated in annual events and festivals.
JOY OF EUROPE
International Meeting of Children of Europe
At the beginning of each October, Belgrade youngsters and their families host several hundreds of children from all over Europe, bringing sounds, moves, pictures, customs of their countries with them, as well as various skills that, during the six days of the Program, they show in the streets, squares and Belgrade arenas. Downtown Carnival, Friendship Gatherings, International Arts Competition followed by the closing exhibition, Info Bazaar , half-day program at Kalemegdan, Gala Concert at the Center “Sava”, Grand Party – these are all program segments of the Manifestation that every year enrich the range of culture activities in Belgrade, and offer various possibilities to children for having fun and making friends. The role of families and schools of the host children is invaluable to the organization of the Festival, as well as to the creating of fine threads of continuous bounding. There is no a single country in Europe whose children have not participated in the “Joy of Europe”.
BELGRADE JAZZ FESTIVAL
The 26th Belgrade Jazz Festival will be held from 28th to 31st October 2010. It will be held at several different locations in Belgrade: Dom sindikata, Ilija M. Kolarac foundation, Cultural center Dom omladine Belgrade.
BELGRADE BOOK FAIR
Presentation of domestic and foreign book production and buying and selling of copyrights. In addition to the publishers, the Fair is attended also by booksellers and wholesalers, librarians and many authors at their book promotions. The 55th International Belgrade Book Fair will be held from 25th to 31st October 2010.
F E S T
International Film Festival
The Festival hosts presentation of cinematic ultimate art achievements in the world film industry. The next 39th International Film Festival – FEST will be held in Belgrade, from 25th February to 6th March 2011.
To date, FEST boasts four million visitors and almost 3,800 relevant international films, which have had their Yugoslav/Serbian and often regional premiere on the Festival!
B E L E F
Belgrade Summer Festival
The spirit of Belgrade in the course of summer is marked by the Belgrade Summer Festival, BELEF. This festival gathers three large artistic disciplines: performing arts (theatre and contemporary dance), visual arts (video art, installations, prints and performances) and music. Through numerous tours, self productions and co-productions with cultural institutions and similar summer festivals, BELEF urges to go further in engaging, fostering and developing creative potentials of artists and individuals, as well as giving reply to the needs of the audience. In interaction with the surroundings, animating new urban spaces as venues of cultural events, Belgrade Summer Festival tends to tell a story about Belgrade, as big city and its tolerant, communicative and urban essence. Held in the period July – August.
B I T E F
Belgrade International Theatre Festival
Founded in 1967, BITEF (Belgrade International Theater Festival) has continually followed and supported the latest theater trends. Growing and developing, it has become one of five most important and biggest European festivals and has, as such, secured itself an unmistakable place at the theater map of the world. It has become one of the most significant culture institutions of our country, but also much more than that. The importance of BITEF surpasses all political and cultural borders. For this reason we can identify the history of BITEF with a history of contemporary theater. Held in September, lasts for about 15 days.