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Festivals and annual events

FEST – International Film Festival

The Festival was founded in 1971 – the leading films of world cinema are shown, as well as the winners and entries from other festivals. It takes place from the last Friday in February to the first Sunday in March.

International Jeunesses Musicales Competition

Founded in 1969, the Competition brings together young artists (up to age 30) to compete is several musical categories: solo singing, composition, instrumental soloists and chamber orchestras. It is held in the second half of March and lasts for 10 to 15 days.

Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival

Established in 1959, when it was known as the Yugoslav Documentary and Short Film Festival. It is a competitive festival, with the films grouped in several genres submitted in the form of films or video recordings. The special non-competitive program is made up of retrospectives from foreign festivals, lifetime achievement awards, selections of films from specific countries, etc. The Festival takes place in the last week of March over four or five days.

Sopot Film Festival

The event was conceived as a competitive festival for producers of domestic feature films. It takes place in the first half of July in the auditorium of the Sopot Cultural Centre and lasts about 5 days.

BELEF Belgrade Summer Festival

The International Summer Festival stages musical, theatrical, dance and multimedia performances. It is held in the surroundings of Kalemegdan, Ada Ciganlija, Belgrade streets and squares, theatres and other venues in the city. The Festival takes place during July and August.

Joy of Europe – European Children’s Gathering

Every year since 1969, children between the ages of seven and 14 perform their own artistic creations: musical, music, drama, and painting. Belgrade schools and the families of those taking part host this festival of children from European countries. The event takes place in the Children’s Cultural Centre, the Sava Centre, Ada Ciganlija and in various galleries. The event takes place during the month of October.

BEMUS – The Belgrade Music Festival

The Belgrade Music Festival is the country’s oldest and most significant festival of classical music. The Festival was founded in 1969 as an international musical event where ensembles and soloists perform works of classical and ethno music as well as works by modern composers. Concerts are held in the Sava Centre, the Ilija M. Kolarac Foundation and other city concert halls. In 2008, the Festival will take place from October 5 to the 18th.

October Salon

The October Salon was established in 1960 as an exhibition of the best works in the sphere of fine arts. In 1967, a review of the current trends in applied arts was added.

The October Salon is a display of the best new works of domestic authors in the field of fine arts and applied art and design. The exhibits are housed in the Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion and the galleries of ULUS, Zvono, Artget, Faculty of Fine Arts, Pedagogical Museum, Belgrade Youth Centre and the Graphic Collective. This year, the Salon will be held from September 26 to November 9, 2008.

Belgrade Book Fair

An international event where publishers and bookshops exhibit the work of domestic and foreign publishing houses and show off their full range of publications, and where antique books are also on offer. A special part of the program is the presentation of the country Guest of Honour. The whole event is oriented towards sales and is held in the Belgrade Fair halls. October 22 to 28, 2008.

Belgrade Jazz Festival

This international festival, comprising a series of concerts by domestic and foreign performers, is held in the Belgrade Youth Centre, The hall of the Belgrade Trade Union House, Kolarac Foundation and other venues. It takes place at the end of October and lasts about 5 days.