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Belgrade weighs up hopes of city’s new bosses
Although voters gave the ruling Democrats a convincing mandate to continue running the capital, few expect their everyday lives to get much better as a result.
Serbia’s new govt faces deficit challenge
Voters opt to place their trust in Mayor Đilas for a second term.
living standards. “My problem is that I pay much more in rent than I would pay for a mortgage,” says Mladen Ivić, 32, a trader and one of many hard-pressed locals. “But I can’t get one as I don’t work officially; my company’s operating
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costs are so high that the boss won’t even consider registering us,” he adds. In the local elections in Belgrade, the country’s ruling Democratic Party, led in the city by Mayor Dragan Đilas, won 35.18 per cent of the vote and 50 of the 110 seats in the city assembly. The opposition Serbian Progressive
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suspend the beginning of the evidence presentation process,” said Orie. The prosecution was supposed to turn over all the evidence to the defence two weeks before the start of the trial but they have realised few days ago that an error has been made and not all the evidence had been
nce the post-election mood subsides, the new Prime Minister’s cabinet – no matter who occupies the positions – will have to take measures that differ greatly from the promises heard during the election campaign. The first task for the new government will be reducing the fiscal deficit - the gap between state revenue and the expenditure - to the target of 4.25 per cent of GDP [€1.3 billion] agreed with the IMF before the arrangement was put on hold earlier this year. The outgoing government, led by PM Mirko Cvetković, agreed with the IMF in February to continue the first review under the StandBy Arrangement after the elections, following the IMF’s discovery that the 2012 budget was not consistent with the agreed fiscal programme. In its Aide Memoire published on February 9th, the IMF mission to Belgrade said the fiscal deficit is projected to reach at least 5.25 per cent of GDP, compared to the 4.25 per cent targeted under the 2012 Budget Law. It further warned that public debt would remain above the legal limit of 45 per cent from 2012 onwards.
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Party won 25.72 per cent and 37 seats, the Socialist Party of Serbia won 9.14 per cent and 13 mandates, while the Democratic Party of Serbia, another opposition party, won 7.46 per cent of the vote and 10 mandates. Continued on page 4
Trial of infamous Bosnian Serb commander is expected to shed fresh light on the slaughter of thousands of people in Srebrenica.
he long-awaited last trial before the Hague Tribunal began on May 16th when the prosecution presented its opening statement at the trial of Ratko Mladić.
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Promises of hundreds of new jobs made during the election campaign will soon be forgotten as reducing the deficit becomes a certain priority for the new team.
Gordana Andrić resh after the May 6th local elections, many people believe Belgrade will look much better after the next four years of the city’s new government’s term in office. But few have much confidence that any positive changes to their everyday lives will take place. Belgraders expect new bridges and better public transport and infrastructure, but they don’t expect the city government to tackle corruption and work more transparently, let alone boost people’s
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Socialists flex muscles in post-election Serbia
Once a marginal force in politics, Ivica Dačić’s Socialists have doubled their seats in parliament by profiting from the weaknesses of their rivals and playing the nationalist card.
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Street side posters lure voters on the streets of Serbia.
Transparency reveals cost of Serb parties’ campaigns
Serbian parties spent €34 million on TV adverts for the recent election, Transparency Serbia has said.
erbian parties have spent more than €34 million on advertising in the electronic media during the six week long election campaign that ended on May, Transparency Serbia said. These are the preliminary and partial
results of monitoring of costs of campaigns carried out by Transparency Serbia from March 14th - May 4th. The research was based on regular prices of media outlets with national broadcasting frequency though the NGO did not exclude a possibility that some parties might have obtained discounts. The United Regions of Serbia had the most expensive campaign for the
parliamentary elections with advertising costs exceeding € 5.5 million, “which is more than the sum of which all the parties together received from the [state’s] budget,” Transparency Serbia said. The United Regions was followed by the Democrat-led coalition, which spent about €3.7 million and the Serbian Progressive Party, with €1.8 million.
Press Round-up Serbian Prosecutor’s Office: no election fraud May 15th | Blic The State Prosecutor’s Office has announced that the stealing of ballots from polling station number 57 in Pančevo, which the Serbian Progressive Party brought to the attention of the public, did not alter the election result.
Taton’s family seeks €300,000 in compensation May 15th | Večernje Novosti The family of murdered French football fan Brice Taton have filed suit against the Serbian Interior Ministry seeking €300,000 in compensation following the expiry of a 60day deadline for the Serbian Prosecutor’s Office to seek an out-of-court settlement.
Serbian healthcare worst in Europe May 15th | Danas The quality of health care in Serbia is the worst among 34 European countries rated according to the European Health Consumer Index for 2012. The Netherlands tops the list.
Kosovo and Serbia trade accusations in front of UNsc May 15th | Politika The foreign ministers of Kosovo and Serbia exchanged harsh words during a UN Security Council debate on Kosovo, accusing each other’s countries of causing the tense ethnic relations. The UNSC called on Kosovo and Serbia to continue talks and refrain from actions that may further heighten tensions.
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The research shows that parties spent most money on television advertising in the parliamentary election campaign, almost half that amount for the presidential campaign and considerably less on adverts for local and provincial elections. Transparency Serbia said only two coalitions took part in negative campaigning, the Progressives and Democrats.
Coming up New parliament to start functioning by June
The list of new members of the Serbian parliament must be finalised by May 20th and the constitutive session of parliament is due to be held on June 5th. MPs will come from eleven electoral lists and represent the views of as many as 40 political parties. According to the lists of potential members submitted by parties prior elections, some new MPs could include Ružica Đinđić, widow of assassinated PM Zoran Đinđić, journalist Zaharije Trnavčević, singer and model Nevena Adžemović, model Ivan Bauer and NGO activist Miljenko Dereta.
Author Sherry Jones to visit Belgrade
U.S. writer Sherry Jones, whose 2008 debut novel ‘The Jewel of Medina’ caused much controversy, is to visit Belgrade to promote her new book ‘Four sisters, all queens’ on May 22nd. The publication of Jones’s first book was cancelled several times over fears it would prompt a harsh response from the Islamic community. ‘The Jewel of Medina’ tells the fictionalised story of Aisha, one of the wives of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The book was first published in Serbia and became a best seller.
Prom nights to be held in schools
Serbian primary school pupils will celebrate proms in school buildings instead of restaurants and kafanas for the first time this June. Adopting the new regulation, the Education Ministry stated that celebrations in schools were more appropriate, cheaper and safer for school children. While parents were pleased with the ministry’s decision, children and some school principals protested, arguing that arrangements with restaurants had already been made. While restaurant-based celebrations cost about €30 per head, proms in schools can be organised at a cost of about €15 per child.
erbia’s Socialists celebrated their surprise success in the May 6th general, local and presidential elections in front of party headquarters with fireworks, pistol shots and trumpets. It turned out that the party, once led by Slobodan Milošević, was the only major party to have any real reason to celebrate the results. In the biggest upset of the general election, the party emerged with 45 of the 250 seats in parliament. Its leader, Ivica Dačić, also did well by coming third in the presidential election, with 15.3 per cent of the vote. The ruling Democratic Party won 23.2 per cent, while the opposition Progressives won 24.7 per cent of the vote in general elections. Three reasons have emerged to explain why the party of the discredited former Yugoslav strongman has succeeded in rising from the ashes. The first is that it simply listened to the pulse of the people. The second lies in the weakness of its opponents, as both the biggest parties, the opposition Progressives and ruling Democrats, are widely believed to have disappointed their core voters. The third factor is Serbia’s overall political culture in which reformers tend to lose and the status-quo options do well.
A changed party Milošević’s death in a Hague detention unit in December 2006 marked the beginning of the revival of the Socialists. Dačić, a former Milošević spokesperson, took over and began modernising the party, putting its old war-mongering nationalist ideology behind it. The party distanced itself from the politics of the former leadership, backed Serbia’s passage towards the EU and - by advocating social justice, free education and social security for all went on to win 7.58 per cent of votes in the 2008 general election. This was enough to enter a postelection coalition government under Boris Tadić’s Democrats, with Dačić becoming the interior minister and deputy PM. With these two powerful portfo-
lios, Dačić has been a major player in the government and a key partner of President Tadić, especially in the fight against organised crime and corruption. Partly as a reward for this drive, the EU granted Serbia visa-free travel in December 2009. Not everyone is impressed with Dačić’s role. Jelena Milić, from the Centre for Euro-Atlantic Studies, believes Dačić has misused his ministerial position by taking credit for all the ministry’s work, including numerous arrests in the fight against organised crime and corruption and visa liberalisation process. “However, a number of sectors, both public and non-state and the EU, were involved in this,” Milić told BIRN. Dačić has also been pushing social issues that dovetail with EU policies, including gender equality and gay rights. Gay rights activist Boris Milićević joined the party and soon became a member of its main board. Slavica Đukić Dejanović of the Socialists, meanwhile, became the second woman in Serbian history to head the country’s parliament. Although Dačić has been working hard to distance the party from Milošević’s legacy, he has never apologised for it. Žarko Korać, psychologist and deputy prime minister in the government of the late Zoran Đinđić, says Dačić “has introduced a conditional tense into the Serbian political scene.” He was referring to Dačić’s statement in January, when he said that he “could apologise” for the problems of the 1990s because his party was partially responsible for the problems. Although he did not refer to Milošević in the election campaign, Dačić did use his former boss’s welltested populist methods to get votes. In March he made waves by ordering the arrest of two Kosovo Albanians in blatant retaliation for the earlier arrests of Serbs in Kosovo. Kosovo police had arrested the men for allegedly carrying material to be used for Serbian local elections on May 6th, elections that Pristina vowed to prevent being staged on its territory. The play on the nationalist card included rhetoric that did not differ much from the language once used by the Milošević regime. “Fighting fire with fire,” he said,
referring to the arrests of Kosovars in Serbia.
Lucky in his opponents Dačić’s other key card was the perceived weakness of his main opponents. While the Democrat-led coalition won 102 seats following the 2008 elections, on May 6th the Democrats – this time without the United Regions of Serbia which was part of the 2008 coalition – won only 68 seats. Voters punished the Democrat-led government for high unemployment, at 24 per cent, average salaries of only about €350 a month and the falling value of the dinar. The government has also faced corruption scandals. Experts believe many disappointed Democrats cast blank ballots on May 6th to show their anger. Some 150,000, or 4.3 per cent of votes cast, were blank. But the main opposition Progressives fared little better. In reality, both parties had similar pro-EU oriented programmes. The Progressives, who won 78 seats in 2008, won 73 seats this time around. Milić told BIRN that party leader Tomislav Nikolić’s April hunger strike – in support of his demands for early elections – backfired with voters, who were clearly unimpressed. The party also suffered for criticising the government’s economic record without having a clear plan of how to resolve the problems. The Progressives may have also lost nationalist votes as a result of their proEU turn and by appearing to welcome the arrest of former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladić, who was arrested on war crimes charges on May 26th 2011. This is believed to have created room for Dačić to play the nationalist card more successfully.
SPS leader Ivica Dačić has strengthened his position in 2012.
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Briefcase scandal near miss
vica Dačić narrowly avoided being caught up in the “briefcase scandal” case, in which former National Bank Deputy Governor Dejan Simić and Socialist Party official Vladan Zagrađanin were accused of accepting bribes in 2006. Dačić left Simić’s flat just moments before a police raid. A Belgrade court eventually ruled the defendants not guilty In 2010.
bian society has an “inherent conservatism” in it, which creates fear of any sudden changes. “Serbia has always rejected reforms,” he said, recalling Serbian opposition to the package of pro-Western and pro-market reforms proposed by Ante Marković, the Yugoslav prime minister at the time of the break-up of the country. Marković’s reform agenda clashed with the rising power of the Serb nationalist government of Milošević –
and was defeated. Late prime minister Đinđić also laid a path for Serbia’s modernisation, but was slain before achieving his vision. Today, he added, Serbia has no appetite for radical changes, on top of which “about one third of the electorate is nationalist” – all factors favouring Dačić. “In Serbia those who offer no change, or only slow and gentle change, always triumph,” he concluded.
A conservative society
Psychologist and politician Žarko Korać explains part of Dačić’s success in the elections was based on Serbia’s political culture. He believes that Ser-
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The Socialists and Democrats have already agreed to renew their coalition in Belgrade, as they have at the national level. For the past four years, Belgrade has been run by a coalition of the Democratic Party, the Socialist Party, G17 Plus (now renamed the United Regions of Serbia) and the Liberal Democratic Party. However, the last two parties did not cross the election threshold of five per cent in this year’s elections. The Liberals won 38,000 votes, or 4.64 per cent, while United Regions of Serbia won only 23,000 votes, or 2.79 per cent of the vote. Following reports of irregularities, the Electoral Commission has scheduled repeat elections for the city assembly at 16 polling places on May 20th. The Liberals need about 3,000 more votes to pass the threshold and secure some seats. Regardless of their results, however, there is still a chance that both the Liberals and United Regions of Serbia will hold posts in the new city administration. Mayor Đilas told local daily Vecernje Novosti on May 16th that although the two parties cannot enter the assembly if they do not pass the threshold, individuals from both parties who “did a good job” for the city will retain their positions. Meanwhile the Democrats have yet to explain to Belgraders the main focus of their programme for the next four years. Đilas based his campaign not on promises for the future, but on his achievements of the last four years, while his Democratic Party did not publish a programme for the city. Asked about their plans for Belgrade, Ivan Nikolić, Đilas’s spokesman, tells BIRN that these questions “are for the people who have been running the city and who will run it in the next four years. “Only after the election process is
completely finished will some of them be able to answer your questions,” Nikolić adds. Most Belgraders expect the new city government to improve the everyday lives of citizens by investing in infrastructure and public transport. “I think they will improve public transport as they already started working on it, so I believe they’ll continue,” Mladen Basar, a jobless 28-year-old, says. Marija Dragović, 29, a manager, says she believes the city will start building a metro system in the next four years. Some, however, believe the new government must pay attention to corruption and transparency as well as transport projects. “They did a good job in the last four years in general, but corruption must be stopped. Whoever tries to start a business here has to bribe someone, which isn’t good for business, and if it’s not good for business it’s not good for those who need jobs,” says Jelena Panić, a 64-year-old pensioner. Better conditions for business and lower taxes are other items on many Belgraders’ agendas. “I hope they scrap some of the taxes that we have to pay,” Dušica Savic, a 43-year-old accountant, says. “I understand that the city budget needs its income, but at a time when salaries are going down and prices are going up, it’s hard to pay hundreds of euros in different taxes to the state and the city.” Nikola Jerković, 36, an artist, hopes the city government will start working more transparently in its new mandate. “The new government needs to acknowledge that it is elected by citizens and is responsible to them,” he says. “A serious city government cannot work in the way Belgrade government did during the last four years,” he adds, alluding to Đilas’s election slogan, “Serious man for serious times”.
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Night of Museums starts to sound of trumpets
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have the chance to get some flour in their hair while they make bread in Konak knjeginje Ljubice, see some unusual toys in the Children’s Museum or learn more about superstitions in the Ethnographic Museum. The National Library, taking part in the Night of Museums for the first time, will take visitors back into the last century. Once entering the doors, visitors will be drawn back into the 1930s, where they’ll meet librarians in 1930s clothes, listen to old records and read newspapers from that era.
The Military Museum will present their collection of Asian warriors and show how they looked and fought. In the museum of Nikola Tesla, Belgraders will have the chance to take a peek into Nikola Tesla’s room in the New Yorker hotel, where the scientist lived and died, while the Museum of Yugoslav History will remind them of some the great changes that small appliances have made. “This year we offer visitors a chance to see exclusive pictures of Mića Popović whose exhibits have been
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forbidden for decades, take a walk through the gardens of White Palace or sing the motivational songs created for youngsters that participated in work actions in Communist Yugoslavia,” says Ana Jovanović from the Night of Museums. Tickets costs 400 dinars [€4] and can be bought at Bilet centre, Ušće shopping mall, Delta City, Belgrade Arena, Dom sindikata and at bookstores Delfi and Vulkan. On the night of the event, tickets can be bought at all 67 venues that participate.
Belgrade says farewell to much-loved Russian Tsar A famous haunt of intellectuals and artists since the 1890s has closed its doors.
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ne of the oldest cafés in the capital, Ruski car, closed its doors in early May to make room for a new Italian buffet, Vapiano. The new restaurant on the corner of Knez Mihailova Street and Obilićev Venac will open by the end of June. The Ruski car [Russian Tsar] opened in the 1890s and its owners named it after Russia’s penultimate Tsar, Alexander II, who was popular in Serbia.
The new building was erected in 1922 and the kafana continued working on the ground floor. The Ruski car has long been a haunt for Serbian writers, journalists, actors, musicians, military and political leaders and intellectuals. Those who wanted to meet one of the most famous Yugoslav basketball players, Radivoj Korać, could find him there whenever he was in Belgrade. The Ruski car changed its name only
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Shoppers rights Chris Farmer
Visitors of the ninth Night of Museums will have a rare chance to see Tesla’s hotel room, go back into the past in the National Library, sing Communist era songs and much more for one night only. ith the sound of a fanfare from the city’s Kalemegdan fortress, more than 67 museums and galleries across the city will present Belgraders with sights that can be seen only in the Night of Museums on May 19th. The first Night of the Museums was held in Berlin in 1997 and has since become a worldwide phenomenon, involving more than 120 cities. This year’s ninth annual Night of the Museums starts at 6pm and closes at 2am in more than 60 towns and cities. Over four hours, Belgraders will
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once, when it was turned also into a buffet called Zagreb in the early 1960s. Belgraders, however, do not have to be too disappointed because the new owners will only change the menu. As the building was declared a cultural monument, the new owners are not allowed to alter the interior or the exterior of the building. “We are completely aware of just how important the Ruski car was. We hope that people will recognise that
hile some Belgrade cafes invite their guests to read a book while drinking their coffee, some offer only half a book. Namely, the owners of several cafes wanted to create cosy atmospheres in their venues and operate to decorate with books, but as the shelves were too shallow they decided to cut the books in half to make them fit. While the owner of the Time Out café at 5 Čika Ljubina Street realised his mistake and replaced the mutilated works of literature with whole ones, in Blow Up bar at 36 Despota Stefana Street, meanwhile, guests can still read the first half of each sentence.
our wish is only to breathe a more modern spirit into the place. “We are sure that once Belgraders see that we are not changing the look of the building, they will feel differently,” Vapiano spokesperson told the daily 24 sata. The new owners are planning to employ 100 people and invest €1.2 million in the new restaurant. The first restaurant in the Vapiano chain was opened three years ago in Ušće shopping centre.
he customer, as we say back home, is always right. But we also say “caveat emptor”: let the buyer beware. Recently I have come to the conclusion that my unmitigated grumbling about consumers and their rights is somewhat misplaced. The consumer’s rights are invoked and come into play AFTER he buys something. Before that he is just a shopper. Once he buys something, he can make claims about its quality, about aftercare (if applicable), or about manufacturer errors or defects, but before he lays down the money he has no rights whatsoever. A shopper, by definition, is someone who goes into shops. We assume, for the most part, that when he goes into a shop he will buy something, but he does not really have to in order to be a shopper. The shopper may flit and gambol through the aisles of every shop on Knez Mihailova, Delta City, Ušče or Piramida without buying a single thing. He (or she) may try on all the clothes and shoes, sample all the free samples, read the labels on all the products and then simply waltz out empty handed. From a shopkeeper’s point of view this is highly annoying behaviour. After all, the shopkeeper is there to sell things (or alternatively read his newspaper or chat with his friends on the phone uninterrupted). Theoretically, these shoppers should all be consumers too. How dare they come into MY shop and touch MY goods without plunking down a few dinars for anything at all? The nerve! This is the point where all of my assumptions about shopping and consumerism get thrown out of whack. In my view, the shopkeeper, or the one who just works there, should be looking to sell you something. Their job is to convert you from a mere fancyfree shopper into a committed customer. This is my assumption when I walk into a shop: I expect that they will want to sell me something, even if I do not want it. But my assumption is completely wrong. Unfortunately, there are many shoppers (including myself in cases of extreme need) who must bow to the tyranny of the shopkeeper in order to get what they want. This only encourages bad behaviour and I would hope that the expectations of shoppers should slowly rise. If the shopkeeper, on the other hand, wants to keep the business thriving, he should also be concerned about pleasing the shopper, if only to make him into a paying customer. As shoppers, I believe we should command a little more respect as we browse. After all, usually we will want to buy something. I regularly walk out of shops that do not afford me this respect, but I am also aware that I will soon run out of places to shop. Christen Bradley Farmer is founder and president of MACH IV Consulting. Farmer also regularly shares his observations on life Serbia in Politika daily, LivingIn Belgrade.com, and in his B92.net VIP blog.
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amous Croatian actor Goran Višnjić attended the appeal hearing of Croatian Army generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač at The Hague on May 14th. Višnjić addressed media and expressed his support for general Gotovina and his hope that The Hague Tribunal, the ICTY, would acquit him and general Markač of all charges. Generals Gotovina and Makrac received prison sentences of 24 and 18 years respectively for war crimes committed against Krajina Serbs during the Croatian Army offensive known as Operation Storm [Oluja] in the summer of 1995.
Ratko Mladić’s historic
NATO doors remain closed to Macedonia
esolving the “name” dispute with Greece remains the only condition preventing Macedonia’s NATO accession, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Radio Free Europe ahead of the May 20th-21st summit. Greece blocked Macedonia’s accession at the Bucharest NATO Summit in 2008, saying that its neighbour’s use of the name “Macedonia” implies a territorial claim to its northern province of the same name. Since then NATO has repeatedly demanded a solution to the dispute before Macedonia can be invited to join.
he fourth street protest to take place in Podgorica this year brought together several thousand people on May 15th, though organisers did not carry out their May 5th threat to blockade the government if it refused to resign in ten days. Instead, the organisers mainly repeated their previous demand for Prime Minister Igor Lukšić and his cabinet colleagues to step down after failing to meet their demands to lower electricity prices, fight corruption and organised crime and introduce greater respect for students’ and workers’ rights and freedom of speech.
Romanian minister resigns over plagiarism row
oan Mang, 53, resigned as Romanian Education Minister on May 15th following a row over his alleged plagiarism of scientific papers. “The accusations against me are unfounded, but I decided to quit in order to save the government from the effects of the campaign against me,” Mang said. An Information Technology lecturer at Oradea University in northwest Romania, Mang was accused of copying academic works on IT authored by researchers from Japan, Israel and Taiwan including some of their mistakes - in several of his papers.
Albanian ministry’s management of power plants slated
lbania’s Supreme State Auditing Office, ASSA, published its assertion that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy, METE, had breached the law in 84 of 126 cases of concessionary contracts approved for the building of new hydropower stations, causing damages to the state worth €4.3 million. In its May 15th statement, the ASSA added that it had referred five METE officials, including two directors, to the prosecutor’s office for criminal investigation.
Mladić has called the charges monstrous. At previous appearances before the Trial Chamber, he complained of being sick and old and also expressed dissatisfaction with the way he was being handled by the Court Police. He also stressed that he would not be defending himself at this trial, but the Serbian people and country. “I am General Ratko Mladić and the whole world knows who I am,” he told at one status conference. “I do not know how long I’ll last; only the one above knows that. But I want to live and experience freedom. I am defending my country and its people, not Ratko Mladić,” he said.
The court will also hear the testimony of Fejzija Hadžić regarding the massacre in Jelašićko Polje near Kalinovnik, as well as from Rajif Begić regarding the murder in Vrpolje in the municipality of Sanski Most. Another protected witness will speak about the executions at Branjevo in the municipality of Zvornik. In the section of the trial in which the prosecution presents a general overview of the crimes from the indictment, representatives of international organizations and the media will also be invited to speak.
Charged with grave crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo he died during the course of his Hague trial in 2006. “The verdict should have been pronounced by now,” she said. “A trial concerning Srebrenica could have been completed already, because there are so many verdicts, evidence and witnesses,” she said. “Had that been already completed, work on [the crimes committed in] Zvornik, Foča, Vlasenica, Višegrad, Prijedor, Sarajevo could have started,” Subašić added.
‘Trial should have started long ago’
Over 400 prosecution
Geert Jan Knops, a Dutch professor of law, describes Mladić as “a typical general, as can be seen from his behaviour in the courtroom. “This is not a problem as long as his comments can be transformed into effective and proper legal arguments,” said Knops. Munira Subašić, president of the Association of Mothers from the enclaves Srebrenica and Žepa, which Mladić’s forces overran in 1995, said it was difficult to talk about the general who she met in Potočari in July 1995, when she was forced to leave her home. “In 1995, he was acting like a hero when he was facing innocent victims, he was general, and in the courtroom he is acting as he is if not feeling good, acting illness. I think that this is a big difference,” says Subašić. She believes that, unlike his victims in Srebrenica and elsewhere, Mladić has all the rights he needs at his trial. She also believes that the trial should have begun long ago, so as to avoid a situation like that of Slobodan Milošević, the former president of Serbia.
Montenegrin protesters call on PM to quit ICTY defendant Ratko Mladić denies all charges.
Mladić entered the plea of not guilty to all 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including the Srebrenica genocide. Prosecutor Dermot Groome said that the prosecution would prove Mladić’s hand in the crimes. While many associations of war victims feel the trial should have started long ago, the defence has expressed reluctance about the start
date because of the comprehensive nature of the charges and evidence. To start the trial as soon as possible, the prosecution originally suggested that Mladić should be tried in two separate proceedings, the first for the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Bosniaks [Muslims] in Srebrenica and then another for the other charges. The Trial Chamber rejected this proposal, stating that it could violate
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the rights of the defence. But to speed up the proceedings, the Chamber instructed the prosecution to shorten the indictment. As a result, the fourth changed indictment has cut the number of alleged crimes from 196 to 106. After 16 years in hiding, Serbian police arrested Mladić on May 26, 2011, in the village of Lazarevo near Zrenjanin, north of Belgrade.
genocide trial under way
The first part of the evidentiary proceedings will relate to the general review of the case. Then the evidence regarding crimes in Sarajevo, the taking of international soldiers as hostages, persecution of the non-Serb population in 15 municipalities and the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, will be presented. The prosecution intends to call 410 witnesses of whom 158 should appear in court. Close to 28,000 pieces of material evidence will be produced. The first witnesses will be survivors of Bosnian Serb mass executions. The testimony of Elvedin Pašić, who in November 1992 survived the execution of about 150 persons in the village of Grabovica in the municipality of Kotor Varoš has been announced. Two protected witnesses will also testify regarding the slaughter of 150 persons in Biljani and about 100 civilians in Velagići, in the municipality of Ključ.
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Region in brief
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Goran Višnjić attends Hague war crimes hearing
At the status conferences, Mladić claimed he was seriously ill and complained that he was not allowed
“I do not know how long I’ll last; only the one above knows that. But I want to live and experience freedom. I am defending my country and its people.” Ratko Mladić
to wear a cap in court although “the ventilator blows around my head”. He expressed doubts about whether he would have a fair trial and reacted violently when reminded of media reports that he had distributed sweets to children in Potočari, just before the Srebrenica massacre, and then taken them back when the television cameras went off. “Psychologically this [reaction] is interesting because it is nothing for him to kill,” Professor Ismet Dizdarević said. “According to him Bosniaks should be annihilated and that is justified, but according to him, it is not OK to snatch [candy] from children!” In his view, Mladić’s behaviour suggests that he is unable to admit what he did in Bosnia and instead attributes to himself the role of a hero and fearless leader. Hasan Nuhanović, who lost his
New secrets of ancient times emerge in Butrint Besar Likmeta
Archaeologists are unearthing an important new building in the UNESCOprotected ancient city in Albania, which could shed fresh light on the life of the Roman colony.
ime travel might normally be the theme of science fiction novels - but walks in the ancient city of Butrint, from the Hellenistic theatre, built in the 4th century BC, to the Roman basilica located only metres away, certainly come close. Dating back as far as the 10th century BC, Butrint was a Greek colony, a Roman city and a Byzantine bishopric before being deserted in the late Middle Ages, after which its magnificent buildings sank into the marshes. Located on a bluff overlooking the Vivari canal, which connects Lake Butrint with the Ionian Sea, near Albania’s southern border with Greece, the city is one the most significant Classical archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.
“The fact that the city was uninhabited during the modern period, from the 16th century at the time of the Venetians, means that what we have is an example of what happened in the Mediterranean on the course of 2,500 years,” says David Hernandez, an archaeologist from the University of Notre Dame, who has been digging in Butrint for ten years. “What we are looking at is not just the Roman forum although that’s the central complex, but rather the Mediterranean during this period of time,” he added, while standing on the edge of a new excavation where the ruins of a new building are emerging from the ground. Excavations in Butrint began in the late 1920s, under the auspices Italian Archaeologist Luigi Maria Ugolini. Still largely unknown to the outside world before the fall of the
Stalinist regime of Enver Hoxha, Butrint was designated as World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1992. According to Rajmond Kola, Director of the Butrint Archaeological Park, 82,000 tourists visited Butrint in 2011. The 24-metre-long building that is now being excavated occupies the western end of the Roman forum, which in the Antique period was the centre of the Roman colony. Because of its size and location, Hernandez believes that the building is most likely a basilica or temple dedicated to the Jupiter, June and Minerva. In all likelihood it was the most important structure of the city during the Roman period, comparable only to the theatre, which was built during the Hellenistic period. If the building turns out to be a Capitoline temple, it is likely to have been built by the colonists to mimic
Archaeologist David Hernandez of the University of Notre Dame.
or recreate the Capitoline temple in Rome, in a similar fashion to the city of Pompeii. The basilica would have had multiple functions, but the most
important was judicial, where the magistrates of the city would have dispensed judgments and held courts. “Given the dimensions of the
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building, as they are merging from the ground, it’s a very long building; it seems to occupy one end of the forum all the way to the other, and starts to look to me at this stage like
father and brother in Srebrenica, says little importance should be directed to what Mladić says and does now in court. What counts were his previous actions in the war. “Attention should be directed toward what he did as a commander of the VRS - what the VRS did and not only him personally,” he said. “More attention should be paid to the victims and to the evidence. That it is the most important thing, the evidence of the crimes,” Nuhanović added.
Meanwhile, Mladić’s defence remains unhappy with what they see as the court’s undue haste to start the trial. Branko Lukić is Mladić’s chief counsel while Miodrag Stojanović, lawyer from Bijeljina, is another member of the Defence team.
Previously, Stojanović told BIRN Justice Report that the speed with which the Court wished to begin the trial was incomprehensible. “If we compare this with the practice of The Hague Tribunal in the case of [the indicted former Croatian Serb leader] Goran Hadžić - because it is the most recent situation - it has been announced that his trial will not begin until November 2012,” he said. “And Hadžić’s indictment is not to be compared [in terms of complexity] with that of Mladić,” Stojanović added. Shortening the indictment will not substantially reduce the workload of the defence, he thinks. The Trial Chamber is presided over by Dutch judge Alphons Orie, while Balkone Justice Moloto from South Africa and Christoph Fligge from Germany are also members of the Chamber.
a basilica,” Hernandez says. “Basilicas became the framework for the construction of churches in late Antiquity, so this building might have been a central church as well and could also be one of the earlier churches at Butrint,” he explains. “This could give us insight into the conversion of the city from a pagan Roman centre to one centred on the Christian religion,” he adds. Dhimiter Condi, an Albanian archaeologist who has worked in Butrint for four decades, says that even the famous inscriptions found in Butrint, which are in the form of decrees, may have come from the building currently under excavation. “These inscriptions are a sort of library for Butrint because they tell us about the topology of the city, the name of the military commander its prefect,” Condi says. “Most importantly [their study] has delineated the distinction between the Hellenistic and the Epirus culture,” he adds. According to Hernandez the dig will provide important answers concerning the nature of Roman colonisation of Epirus. Colonists came from Rome to Butrint in 44BC, occupied it and came to dominate the city. But, over time, archaeologists have noticed that they merged with the indigenous
population into a single community. “It is interesting to witness this phenomenon, because it was one that involves cultural integration, where Roman ideals and ideals that existed here kind of fused,” Hernandez says. “In terms of the development of the forum over time and the kind of information we get, we want to know what happened to the Roman colony and what was the nature of the relationship between these two groups,” he adds. Butrint was an important port in Antiquity and the materials archaeologist have found during their excavation came from all across the Mediterranean, serving as a form of time capsule about the nature of trade interconnectivity. According to Hernandez, because Butrint is located in an area that was uninhabited for centuries, it is almost unique and very different from most other archaeological sites. “What we witness is the death and destruction of a city, which we are now trying to piece together, and [at the same time] we are surrounded by intense vegetation, birds and trees,” Hernandez notes. “There is that contrast between life and death that you really don’t see in many other archaeological sites, creating a magical environment for the visitor,” he concludes.
Defence unhappy with timing
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Out and About
Delta to build Serbia’s biggest shopping centre
ocal company Delta holding is set to start construction of its latest Belgrade shopping centre, Delta Planet, in spring 2013. At 200,000 square metres, the new centre will be the biggest in Serbia. Delta Holding is to invest around €200 million in the project and expects to provide some 5,000 new jobs. Delta Planet is scheduled to open in 2014.
Serbian movie director to build power plants
ublic company Elektroprivreda Srbije and film director Emir Kusturica’s company Lotika signed an agreement to build five power plants on Crni Rzav River in Mokra Gora on May 16th. The partner companies agreed to form a joint firm that will act as the investor for two hydro plants, two solar plants and one biomass power plant.
Serbs spent most on food
erbs spend about 40 per cent of their monthly income on food, while EU citizens spend about 13 per cent, according to recently published Eurostat data. The Serbian Statistical Office, however, calculated that Serbs spend less on their bills – with EU citizens forking out about 25 per cent of their household budget on bills and Serbs only paying 16 per cent.
Serbia to start funding clerics’ pensions
ome 1,700 Orthodox and 300 Roman Catholic priests, as well as Muslim imams and Protestant pastors, will begin receiving their pensions from the state budget after a new law came into force on May 21st, BIRN has learned from the state’s Pension and Disability Insurance Fund. Under the new legislation, the state will pay about €180 per priest per month to the PIO Fund for pensions. According to this, the average clerical monthly pension will be around €190.
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Serbia’s new govt faces deficit challenge As soon as the new government is in place Serbia will need to reaffirm its commitment to cooperation with the IMF in order to regain credibility in the eyes of investors and lenders. To address the problem of the deficit, the future government will have to consider not only additional savings, but also taking unpopular measures such as raising VAT and, if necessary, cutting the public sector bill, either by reducing salaries or cutting the number of employees. Businesses, on the other hand, expect the government to continue reforms in the field of tax, payment discipline, court efficiency and protection from unfair competition.
VAT increase only a short-term solution The medium-term fiscal programme proposed by the IMF, which aimed to reduce public debt below 45 per cent, consists of cutting subsidies and transfers, additionally reducing the wage bill, broadening the base for corporate and personal income and property taxes and increasing VAT. In the long run, Serbia also needs to address longstanding issues such as reform of public employment,
including health and education, rationalisation of state- and sociallyowned enterprises and pension reform. Economist Goran Nikolić expects the new government to increase VAT from 18 to 20 per cent. “This could bring in an additional €179 million in the second half of the year if implemented from July 1st and around €358 million in 2013,” Nikolić explains. He adds that the government could assign another €179 million to the state budget if so-called “own revenues” from public organisations are integrated into other budget revenue streams and if the amount spent on the procurement of goods and services is reduced. Miroslav Prokopijević, president of the Free Market Centre, agrees that it is only a matter of weeks before the new government has to act to reduce the deficit, as Serbia already has problems borrowing larger sums on international markets. “I don’t know where they will cut expenditure, but they will certainly
“It is too soon to tell how courageous the new government will be, but if some unpopular measures are not taken, the outcome will be more drastic measures later and more jobs lost.” Ljubomir Madžar, an economist
Canyoning is proving a hit activity in the Valjevo area.
GIZ’s Alexander Grunauer: recommendations are crucial for business
need generate additional revenue and part of the solution will probably be a VAT increase,” Prokopijević said. He believes that increasing VAT is only a short-term solution, but one more favourable for the government than deep, structural reforms – such as price liberalisation, deregulation of the labour market, reducing employment in state-owned companies and improving the business climate.
Delay of reforms
means more jobs lost
To overcome the imbalance in the state budget, the government soon may have to turn to more unpleasant and radical measures, such as reducing the wage bill in the public sector, but also the pension bill, says Ljubomir Madžar, an economist. If these cuts are conducted in an organised way and coordinated with the IMF, the process could feel like a “soft landing”, compared to the less desirable path of postponing reforms, which makes the situation even more difficult. “It is too soon to tell which parties will form the coalition and how courageous the new government will be, but if some unpopular measures are not taken the outcome will be more drastic measures later and more jobs lost,” Madžar said. Along with unavoidable austerity measures, the government will have to find some space for investment expenditure too, as that is the only
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way to mitigate the effects of austerity measures, says Ivan Nikolić of the Economic Institute. Businesses, on the other hand, expect the government, among other measures, to improve payment discipline on the market, increase the efficiency of courts, protect companies from unfair competition and reduce fiscal burdens on salaries as part of broader tax reform. Alexander Grunauer, project leader at the German Agency for International cooperation, GIZ, which has collected the opinions of more than 100 enterprises regarding their expectations from the new government, says that some of the recommendations are not costly for the state, but are very important for businesses. “One of the first actions for the new government, as proposed by business leaders from all over Serbia, is for court judgments to materialise quickly, not after years,” Grunauer said. “The issue of debt collection also needs to be urgently resolved, as many companies that do not pay for goods and services go bankrupt the next day and the same owner then opens a new enterprise a day later, under a new name.” If austerity measures are to have any effect they must be accompanied by improvements to the business environment. With few healthy businesses paying taxes, cuts in expenditure will not be enough.
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Valjevo canyons guarantee adrenaline rush Forget picnics and sampling local food – the Valjevo mountains are fast becoming a hot destination for those in search of bigger thrills.
esides mountain hiking, sightseeing and the local cuisine, the Valjevo area is starting to tap into its tourist potential as a destination for canyoning, free-climbing and kayaking. Not for the fainthearted, these activities may sound extreme to some, but all now form parts of day-trip offers that most people can afford. The Valjevo mountains are a 115km-long mountain range that stretches from Rajac and Suvobor in the east to Mt Povlen in the west. Almost all are rich in mountain streams, rivers that carve sharp cliffs in the rocks, canyons and caves. In this untouched natural landscape there are several exciting waterfalls and canyons that can’t be reached in a conventional way, like walking or driving, but only by climbing down a rope. Organisers of weekend tours and one-day events insist that visitors don’t need special skills or stamina to get down the cliffs between the rocks and that visitors are completely safe.
Equipment is provided for canyoning, including ropes, helmets, diving suits - all that is needed to help firsttimers feel the adrenaline rush. With the help of professional instructors, and with all the necessary equipment provided, visitors usually come back with memories that last for years.
Now a sport for the many Now a popular sporting activity for tourists who don’t wish only to swim, relax and dine in the open air on holiday, canyoning was originally a discipline used to explore caves, canyons and other hard-to-reach places. Canyons are ranked on the basis of the difficulty and technical skill needed to traverse them and the price of the trip varies depending on this rank. One of many people’s favourite canyons is on the River Tribuća on Debelo Brdo, about 40km south of Valjevo. Only one kilometre long, the canyon has five steep waterfalls, which makes it perfect for all sorts of campers and explorers. The biggest vertical
fall on the route is 20 metres high. Until recently the canyon at Tribuća represented the most extreme canyon in Serbia. But two years ago Nemanja Nešković from Belgrade and Ivan Nastić from Valjevo discovered a remarkable stream called the Selski potok, flowing from Mt Zvijezda near the border with Bosnia to Lake Perućac in the west and with more than 40 waterfalls along its route. It is not yet equipped for inexperienced tourists, however, and can be a challenge even for those who have already mastered climbing. Novices can always try the Tribuća Canyon after a short introduction to the technique of canyoning. The best time to do this is in summer, when the water level is much lower. There are waterfalls in this area suitable for canyoning. One is Dabrov kanjon, or Beaver’s canyon, on Mt Povlen, which was named because several large trees that intersect it in few places look as if beavers have chopped them down. In recent years, thanks to the new tourism trends in Serbia, adventure tours in the Valjevo mountains are on their way to leaving traditional picnic arrangements in the shade.
More than canyons The terrain surrounding the Valjevo mountains is immensely rich with spe-
leological phenomena ,such as caves and pits, and is also suitable for other sports, such as free-climbing, paragliding, kayaking on small lakes and rivers and hiking through mountain paths. Some of the short trips include exploring caves and lakes in rubber kayaks, or by foot. One of the most beautiful places for trekking is the river and canyon at Gradac. For 17 kilometres this small river flows through whirlpools, rapids, underneath wooden bridges and smashes against on massive rocks. The biggest cave in the Valjevo area, the 2.5km- long Degurićka pecina, also lies here and is part of all local adventure tours. The cave is not the area’s only landmark. The tours include visits to a
monastery at Ćelije, a Roman fortress, and an “ethno” household. Some tours offer first-hand experience of the Drina’s banks with rubber kayaks, mostly around Lake Perućac. This is a unique opportunity to explore the unreachable landscapes, canyons, rocks and caves of Serbia’s last wilderness frontier. Most arrangements start from Belgrade and Novi Sad and, after a day of adventures and a few hours’ drive, tourists are taken home in the evening. Extreme tours through canyons, caves and down streams may make conventional rafting seem like a walk in the park - but they certainly guarantee people a real dose of adrenaline even on the shortest trips. house of relaxation
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Venerable concert hall surmounts old age in style The Kolarac Endowment has hosted the best of the world’s classical music since 1933. Now the Studentski trg building needs renovation, though works are not in sight.
very Sunday at 11am a hundred or so welldressed older people, their grandchildren and some students come to the Kolarac Grand Hall to listen to domestic and foreign chamber music ensembles. “Kolarac is more than just a concert hall or an educational institution; it is a stage for those who want to present their music to their peers, professors and the audience,” Jasna Dimitrijević, director of Kolarac, says. Junior college and high school music pupils who believe that the Grand Hall is too much of a challenge present their work in the Gallery on Wednesdays at 6pm. The Grand Hall, Kolarac’s main attraction, has 880 seats and acoustics that are unrivaled between Budapest and Istanbul. It was built to host concerts of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. Giants of the Music Scene is a series of concerts that have significantly contributed to Kolarac’s international fame. The cycle consists of some 10 concerts a season, which feature top soloists and ensembles of Classical music. Aside from its excellent acoustics, Kolarac is also known for its warm and welcoming audience. But this au-
Miroslav Krleza Festival
Kolarac Director Jasna Dimitrijević believes the venue is much more than just a concert hall.
dience has specific characteristics. The moment a concert is finished they rush from their seats and head for the bus or a late-night snack. The short applause that comes as a consequence leaves many musicians puzzled, especially when they come to play extras and find that much of the audience has gone home. “People here are taught not to show emotion in public. We also have a fear of doing something that may contrast with the general norm,” says Dimitrijević when asked why the audience never gives standing ovations, even when they are clearly deserved. Kolarac is also an open university, where within 15 academic depart-
ments an average of two presentations of scientific works take place every day. According to Dimitrijević, Kolarac mainly promotes scientific works that go beyond the regular academic curriculum. They also premiere book presentations. “We also rent out our premises and that is one of the ways we finance ourselves,” she says. According to Law on Endowments, adopted some months ago, Kolarac has to find 75 per cent of its funds on its own. The other 25 per cent comes from donations from the state, city and sponsors. In the director’s opinion, the main problem is that the new law separates
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endowments, which are treated as privately set institutions, from the rest of cultural institutions that receive state funding. “This is an old building and instead of investing in better programmes, we must pay electricity and heating bills and cover maintenance works on an 80-year-old building,” she says. “We can most definitely say that our equipment does not match the quality of our programme”. Concerts in the Giants cycle are always sold out well in advance. However, the most recent hits are concerts of regional orchestras. Dimitrijević thinks that it is important to offer the audience the best
from the region. “That helps the artists know their real place in a picture which is bigger than their local area,” she says. “For example, the Pika-Tocka-Tacka cycle brings together Slovenian, Croatian and Serbian philharmonics. “Our Centre for Music, which makes programmes for the Giants, collaborates closely with the Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana and the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall in Zagreb,” she adds. “When we want to bring big stars to the region it is most cost-effective if they come to all three cities after performing tours in Vienna and Budapest.”
Celtic Spirit at the Belgrade Drama Theatre
Days of Sarajevo in Belgrade
Premiere of the documentary From Belgrade to Baghdad
New Poetry workshop at Dom kulture Studentski grad
he monthlong Miroslav Krzleza Festival will run from May 10th to June 10th and include 25 events (theatre shows, debates, presentations) by artists and intellectuals from all parts of the former Yugoslavia on the subject of how the works of writer Miroslav Krleza reverberate in the current state of mind present in Balkan countries. The festival will take place at more than 10 locations around Belgrade.
MD of the Protekal Specialist GP Clinic
Serbs ready to pay for perfect summer waistline
he popular Serbian dance troupe known as Celtic Spirit will perform its interpretations of traditional Irish dances at the Belgrade Drama Theatre (Beogradsko dramsko pozoriste) on Saturday May 19th and Sunday May 20th. Both performances are scehduled to start at 8pm.
ome 16 performances will take place between May 22nd and 26th as part of the “Days of Sarajevo in Belgrade” event. Venues include the Centre for cultural decontamination, Bitef Theatre, Kalemegdan Fortress Park, Kulturni centar grad, New Moment, Dom Omladine, the Yugoslav Drama Theatre and Atelje 212.
he moving and widely acclaimed documentary film From Belgrade to Baghdad, a work of local director Dragoslav Ognjenović, is due to have its commercial premiere at Belgrade’s Dom Omladine on Thursday May 24th. This one-off screening is scheduled for 8pm.
oung Serbian poets are set to present a selection of their latest works at Belgrade’s Dom kulture Studentski grad on Thursday May 31st. The presentations are part of the New Poetry workshop and are due to commence at 8pm.
Want to slip into your last summer’s skinny jeans? Belgrade’s health gurus offer several different programmes that can help people meet their goals – but some are far from cheap. Gordana Andrić
or some the arrival of summer is the best time to start working out and thinking about smart food. Depending on their weight, health, age and goals, there are several programmes and diets that Belgrade nutritionists offer. One popular option in Serbia, which is not that expensive, is a programme based on food intolerance. While those with food allergies may have noticed adverse reactions to particular foods, intolerance usually goes unnoticed. However, according to the health experts, for every person there are more or less preferable foods. “Most patients come because they want to lose weight, but this programme is also good for those who have problems with skin, migraines and stomach,” says Radmila Vrzić from Analiza laboratory.
“There is a right food for each person and although consumption of the ‘wrong’ groceries is not going to harm you in a drastic sense, your overall health is much better when you eat food that your organism prefers,” she adds. After a blood tests, each patient gets a list of food divided into four categories – ideal, neutral, food that shouldn’t be consumed often and food that shouldn’t be consumed at all. Clients also get a cookbook and the list of groceries where they can see how much calories each item has. The programme lasts three to four months and costs up to €200.
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shAkes And juices More intense nutrition programmes require clients to replace regular meals with juices and shakes. However, these kinds of diets must be fully controlled. Some of these products are Herbalife and Protekal. Both are based on protein shakes and soups that replace meals. Both are adapted to individual patients after the blood test. However, in the Herbalife programme clients may consume food for some meals. The Protekal programme, on the other hand, replaces all meals with Protekal juices and shakes along with fresh vegetables. During the diet patients also get vitamin and mineral pills. After the first phase, food is gradually introduced back into the daily diet, so excess weight does not come back. During the diet, appointments with the specialists are obligatory every 15 days. One benefit of this diet is that you do not have to exercise to lose weight, so people do not feel tired and exhausted and their skin tone will not change, regardless of weight loss. These programmes cost about €500 per month.
nutrition pLus trAining Those who are not only looking to lose weight, but also to get their body i n t o shape, m a y also try pro-
grammes that combine nutrition with training. These programmes can cost up to €2,000 a month. Some of the best-known places for these in Belgrade are Profex Academy and Studio Astaloš. Studio Astaloš prescribes their clients diet, protein shakes and training. “The idea is that our clients change their habit and their metabolism, not just for on a diet for three months,” says Maja Astaloš, owner of Studio Astaloš. Profex Academy has a unique formula that their inventors have protected as their intellectual property. In this programme, clients lose only fat, without losing liquid from the body. Before the programme begins, the client goes though detailed checks of heart, blood, muscles, and joints, structure of tissue, blood vessels and lungs. “The controls are necessary. Some of our clients lose more than 110 kilograms and we must know all about their body in order to make them lose all that weight healthy,” says Duško Ilić from Profex Academy. “What we do is get the body in to the exact shape and firmness that we have promised,” he adds. Regardless of the idea they are promoting, most nutritionists advise people not to start diets on their own and not to starve themselves. Nutritionist Maja Simić says that the diets people can find online or hear about from friends are rarely a good solution. “It’s best to find a good nutritionist or a programme that suits them. Those trying to lose more than two or three kilos on their own may starve themselves and torture their body till it gets sick, without having any lasting results. “Losing weight is never easy, it requires not only a change of nutrition but also of life habits.”
The Protekal GP clinic deals primarily with the treatment of obesity and obesity-related disorders. Founded in 2009, it has since become very successful. Protekal has an expert team of doctors and co-workers united around one idea: to help overweight and obese people lose excessive weight rapidly while attaining and maintaining good health. We believe obesity is a disease and should be treated as one. Whatever the motive for undergoing treatment, it should be performed under medical supervision. Weight-loss management requires a multifactorial approach. Nevertheless, the most eﬃcient method for losing excessive weight is a controlled diet. A diet has to have certain characteristics in order to fulﬁl its purpose and achieve lasting results. A weight-loss diet has to provide fast and visible results, while being safe and helping attain and preserve health. The Protekal diet meets all of these requirements. It is performed exclusively under medical supervision. Monthly weight loss ranges from 7-10kg (15 -22Lbs). Excessive fat is lost while preserving body lean mass. It consists of three phases: active, re-education and maintenance. During the Active phase the patient feels good and while losing weight has no hunger or urges to eat, feels full and has no fatigue or exhaustion while losing weight. The Re-education phase serves as a tool to retrain our body and our organs, especially pancreas, to use a balanced diet in a proper way. The Maintenance phase serves to ensure the patient can be educated by a doctor on how to permanently maintain the obtained ideal weight, properly include physical activity in their everyday life, acquire healthy habits and thus preserve their health and beauty throughout the whole life.
Dr. Ive Popovića Đanija 3ª Beograd tel: 011/266 42 52, 011/266 24 56 firstname.lastname@example.org www.protekal.rs
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Battleship – 8.10pm The Avengers (3D) – 3.15pm Lockout – 10.40pm American Reunion – 3.40pm, 5.50pm, 8pm Dark Shadows – 4pm, 6.10pm, 8.20pm, 10.30pm Project X – 3.10pm, 5.10pm, 6.50pm, 8.40pm Wrath of the Titans – 4.10pm, 6.10pm The Dictator – 5.45pm, 7.30pm, 9.15pm, 11pm Clip – 10.10pm __________________________ KOLOSEJ CINEMA / Usce Shopping Centre, Bulevar Mihaila Pupina 4, tel: + 381 11 2854495 Melancholia (VIP Hall) – 4pm, 9.40pm Titanic (3D) – 7.15pm Clip – 10pm Alvin and the Chipmunks. ChipWrecked – 2.30pm Safe – 4.10pm, 8.50pm The Avengers – 2.45pm, 5.30pm, 8.15pm, 11pm The Dictator – 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm Jane Eyre (VIP Hall) – 7.10pm Get the Gringo – 8pm Mirror Mirror –3.30pm, 5.50pm Dark Shadows – 3.40pm, 6pm, 8.20pm, 10.40pm Journey 2. The Mysterious Island – 2.20pm The Woman in Black – 2.40pm, 6.45pm, 8.45pm, 10.45pm The Avengers (3D) – 2pm, 4.45pm, 6.30pm, 10.15pm Lockout – 4.20pm, 6.20pm, 8.20pm, 10.20pm Man on a Ledge – 10.10pm The Hunger Games – 4.30pm, 7.20pm Sea Level – 4.30, 7.20pm Wrath of the Titans (3D) – 2.50pm Project X – 6.50pm, 8.40pm, 10.30pm John Carter – 6.10pm Iron Sky – 6.40pm, 8.30
FRIDAY MAY 18
_________________________ RODA CINEPLEX / Požeška 83A, tel: + 381 11 2545260 Journey 2. The Mysterious Island – 4.15pm The Dictator – 4.30pm, 6.15pm, 8.15pm, 10pm Seal Level – 3.45pm The Avengers (3D) – 5.30pm,10.05pm Dark Shadows – 5.45pm, 8pm, 10.15pm Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – 6pm Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (3D) – 3pm American Reunion – 8.10pm __________________________ DOM SINDIKATA Trg Nikole Pašića 5, tel: + 381 11 3234849 Seal Level (synchronised) – 3.45pm The Avengers (3D) – 5.30pm, 8pm The Artist – 4.15pm, 6.15pm The Dictator – 5pm, 6.45pm, 8.30pm, 10.15pm Project X – 6.30pm, 8.15pm, 10.30pm Dark Shadows – 10.30 __________________________ CINEPLEXX / Delta City, Jurija Gagarina 16, tel: + 381 11 2203400 Titanic (3D) – 21pm The Iron Lady – 5.10pm Battleship – 4.40pm, 7pm American Reunion – 5.40pm, 7.50pm, 10pm Iron Sky – 6pm, 8pm Get the Gringo – 7.10pm Lockout – 3.50pm Dark Shadows – 3.50pm, 6pm, 8.20pm, 10.30pm The Avengers (3D) – 2.40pm, 5.20pm, 8pm, 10.40pm The Dictator – 2.50pm, 4.30pm, 6.10pm, 7.50pm, 9.30pm, 11.10pm Sea Level – 3pm Legend of a Rabbit (3D) – 3.20pm __________________________ TUCKWOOD CINEPLEX / Kneza Miloša 7, tel: + 381 11 3236517 Drive – 10.20pm
Clubbing: Disco Hell Closing Season, Tube, Simina 21, 11pm Disco House, Mr. Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 10pm Highlights party, Mint, Gavrila Principa 57, 10pm TDI Party, Magacin, Karađorđeva 2-4, 10pm That’s All Folks, Plastic, corner of Takovska and Dalmatinska, 10pm Mash Up or Shut UP – Me – High – Low, Brodarac, Brodarska bb, 11pm Commercial Cutz DJ Ike & DJ Prema, Feestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am Live music: Ana Štajdohar + Bend, Brankow Bar, Crnogorska 10, 10pm Neša Bend 100%, Hua Hua, Ada Ciganlija bb, 10pm Balkan Express, Reka restoran, Kej oslobođenja 73bb Tamburasi, Kod Bake, Sinđeliceva 31, 9pm Marko Zujović, Akapulko splav, Kej Oslobođenja bb, 10pm Blah Blah Bend, Cantina De Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 10pm Vesko Vučković, Sindikat, Brodarska bb, 11pm
SATURDAY MAY 19 Clubbing: Nicholas Desmeroy, Klub 20/44, Savski kej bb, 11pm Disco House, Mr. Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 10pm Hightlight Party, Mint, Gavrila Principa 57, 10pm That’s All Folks, Plastic, Corner of Takovska and Dalmatinska, 10pm Igranka, Povetarac, Brodarska bb, 11pm Club House DJ Mirko & DJ Meex, Freestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am What’s that Sound, Oppening night, Sound, Brodarska bb, 11.30pm Live Music: Sloba Bajić i Hua Hua bend, Hua Hua, Ada Ciganlija bb, 10pm Exclusive Saturdays Teatro Show, Teatro Bar, Sarajevska 26, 11pm El Jazzyra + DJ Peđa, Brankow Bar, Crnogorska 10, 10.30pm Bojan Jevtić & Silver Bend, Akapulko splav, Kej Oslobođenja bb, 11pm Live Jazz Dueti, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 10pm Vesko Vučković Bend, Cantina De Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 10pm Tamburaši, Kod Bake Kafana, Sinđeliceva 31, 10pm Perpetuum Mobile, Bitef Art Café, Mire Traiković 1, 10pm
Clubbing: Suprise Party DJ Mirko & DJ Meex, Freestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am Funk’d, Disco Bar Mladost, Karađorđeva 44, 10pm Live music: Extra Orchestra, Mr Stefan Braun, Nemanjina, 11.30pm Nada Pavlović, Brankow Bar, Crnogorska 10, 10.30pm Live Jazz, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Live Serbian Folk, Acapulco, Kej Oslobođenja bb, 11pm
MONDAY MAY 21 Clubbing: Humanitarian evening, Disco House, Mr Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 11.30pm Sweet and Rough, BlowUp Barka, Savski Kej, BB, 9pm Live Music: Die Beste, Cantina de Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Karaoke, Danguba, Ćirila i Metodija 2, 10pm Zeljko Sasic, Serbian Folk, Acapulco, Kej Oslobođenja bb, 11pm That’s it band, Principal, Ušće bb, 9pm Serbian Folk, Oppening Night, River, Brodarska bb, 12am TUESDAY MAY 22 Clubbing: Dance 90’ party, Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 11.30pm 90’s Night DJ Playa, Freestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am Live music: Live Jazz, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Denis & Obule, pop rock, Cantina de Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Salsa Night, Abra café, Resavska 76, 9pm WEDNESDAY MAY 23
Clubbing: Buzzin’ R’n’B & Hip-Hop DJ Ike & DJ Prema, Freestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am Zwein Wednesday, Disco Bar Mladost, Karađorđeva 44, 11pm Live Music: Live Jazz, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Libertango Band, Cantina de Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Magic Beans, Villa Maska, Rankeova 7, 9pm
THURSDAY MAY 24
Clubbing: RnB & Hip Hop party, Mr Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 11.30pm 1-1 Party DJ Yabba & DJ Nikola, Freestyler, Brodarska BB, 12am 80’s night, Sound, Brodarska bb, 11.30pm Live Music: Serbian Folk, Blaywatch, Brodarska bb, 12am Gitarsi, Cantina de Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Live Jazz, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm
FRIDAY MAY 25 Clubbing: Disco House, Mr. Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 10pm TDI Party, Magacin, Karađorđeva 2-4, 10pm Mash Up or Shut UP – Me – High – Low, Brodarac, Brodarska bb, 11pm Commercial Cutz DJ Ike & DJ Prema, Feestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am Disco party, Sound, Brodarska bb Live music: Ana Stajdohar + Bend, Brankow Bar, Crnogorska 10, 10pm Neša Bend 100%, Hua Hua, Ada Ciganlija bb, 10pm Balkan Express, Reka restoran, Kej oslobođenja 73bb Tamburaši, Kod Bake, Sinđeliceva 31, 9pm Marko Zujović, Akapulko splav, Kej Oslobođenja bb, 10pm Blah Blah Bend, Cantina De Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 10pm Vesko Vučković, Sindikat, Brodarska bb, 11pm SATURDAY MAY 26 Clubbing: Disco House, Mr. Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 10pm Igranka, Povetarac, Brodarska bb, 11pm Club House DJ Mirko & DJ Meex, Freestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am What’s that Sound, Sound, Brodarska bb, 11.30pm Live Music: Sloba Bajić i Hua Hua bend, Hua Hua, Ada Ciganlija bb, 10pm Serbian Folk, River, Brodarska BB, 12am El Jazzyra + DJ Peđa, Brankow Bar, Crnogorska 10, 10.30pm Bojan Jevtić & Silver Bend, Akapulko splav, Kej Oslobođenja bb, 11pm Live Jazz Dueti, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 10pm Vesko Vučković Bend, Cantina De Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 10pm Tamburaši, Kod Bake Kafana, Sinđeliceva 31, 10pm Salsa Y Punto, Café Buena Vista, Turgenjeva 5 11pm SUNDAY MAY 27
Clubbing: Suprise Party DJ Mirko & DJ Meex, Freestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am Funk’d, Disco Bar Mladost, Karađorđeva 44, 10pm Live music: Extra Orchestra, Mr Stefan Braun, Nemanjina Nada Pavlovic, Brankow Bar, Crnogorska 10, 10.30pm Live Jazz, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Live Serbian Folk, Acapulco, Kej Oslobođenja bb, 11pm
MONDAY MAY 28 Clubbing: Humanitarian evening, Disco House, Mr Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 11.30pm Sweet and Rough, BlowUp
Barka, Savski Kej, BB, 9pm Live Music: Die Beste, Cantina de Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Karaoke, Danguba, Ćirila i Metodija 2, 10pm Željko Šašić, Serbian Folk, Acapulco, Kej Oslobođenja bb, 11pm That’s it band, Principal, Ušće bb, 9pm Serbian Folk, Opening Night, River, Brodarska bb, 12am
TUESDAY MAY 29
Clubbing: Dance 90’ party, Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 11.30pm 90’s Night DJ Playa, Freestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am Live music: Live Jazz, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Denis & Obule, pop rock, Cantina de Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Salsa Night, Abra café, Resavska 76, 9pm
WEDNESDAY MAY 30 Clubbing: Buzzin’ R’n’B & Hip-Hop DJ Ike & DJ Prema, Freestyler, Brodarska bb, 12am Zwein Wednesday, Disco Bar Mladost, Karađorđeva 44, 11pm Live Music: Live Jazz, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Libertango Band, Cantina de Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Magic Beans, Villa Maska, Rankeova 7, 9pm THURSDAY MAY 31 Clubbing: RnB & Hip Hop party, Mr Stefan Braun, Nemanjina 4, 11.30pm 1-1 Party DJ Yabba & DJ Nikola, Freestyler, Brodarska BB, 12am 80’s night, Sound, Brodarska bb, 11.30pm Live Music: Serbian Folk, Blaywatch, Brodarska bb, 12am Gitarsi, Cantina de Frida, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Live Jazz, Iguana, Karađorđeva 2-4, 9pm Programmes may be subject to change. Please check online for more information at http://www. hot-spot.rs/
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Live music FRIDAY MAY 18 Ring Ring: Tibor Szemzo, Tetras, Rex, Jevrejska 16, 8pm Zdenka Kovacicek – A tribiute to Janice Joplin, Dom Omladine, Makedonska 22, 9pm Vračar Rocks: Dža ili Bu, Mravi, Straight Mickey and the Boyz, Božidarac, Radoslava Grujića 3, 9pm Threesome and Big Zero, BIGZ, Vojvode Mišića 17, 10pm SATURDAY MAY 19 Ring Ring: Sonore, Quat, Rex, Jevrejska 16, 8pm Sevdahbaby Live, Dom Omladine, Makedonska 22, 9pm Hitman – the farewell concert, Gun Club, Miloša Pocerca 10, 10.30pm Rin Ring: Svetlana Maras, Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ušće 10, 11pm SUNDAY MAY 20 Seven That Spells, Stonebride, In From the Cold, GRAD Cultural Centre, Braće Krsmanović 4, 10pm MONDAY MAY 21 Fish’n’Oil, Atomic, Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, Studentski Trg 5, 8.30pm WEDNESDAY MAY 23 Resound, Straight Mickey and The Boyz, GRAD Cultural Centre, Brace Krsmanović 4, 10pm Richard Buckner, Gun Club, Miloša Pocerca 10, 10pm THURSDAY MAY 24 La Otracina, Kadavar, Temple of the Smoke, Fest, Gradski Park 2, 10pm The Schtrebers, 20/44 Boat on Sava, 10pm FRIDAY MAY 25 The Frajle, Dom Sindikata, Dečanska 14, 8.30pm Letu Stuke, Dom Omladine, Makedonska 22, 9pm Spermbirds, Tea Break Prolece, Gun Club, Miloša Pocerca 10, 10pm SATURDAY MAY 26 Mortal Combat, Orgasmatron, Seljacka Buna, SKC NBG, Bulevar Avnoja 152, 9pm SUNDAY MAY 27 Belgrade Heavy Metal Festival: Kuga, Bogamber, Deadly Mosh, Forever Storm, Toxic Death, Kuglaš, Đušina 6,9.30pm WEDNESDAY MAY 30 Đorđe Balašević, Madlenianum, Glavna 32, Zemun, 7.30pm THURSDAY MAY 31 Pink Martini, Belgrade Arena, Španskih Boraca 20, 8pm
opera, Ballet, classical FRIDAY MAY 18 Belgrade Philharmonic with Darko Butorac – conductor, Ljubinko Lazić ad Filip Savić – double bass, Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, Studentski Trg 5, 8pm SATURDAY MAY 19 Zagreb Philharmonic with Dmitri Kitayenko – conductor and Monika Leskovar - cello, Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, Studentski Trg 5, 8pm SUNDAY MAY 20 Weissburg Trio, Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, Studentski Trg 5, 11pm MONDAY MAY 21 Pavle Krstić – piano, SANU Gallery, Knez Mihajlova 35, 6pm TUESDAY MAY 22 Ballet: La Bayadere, The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 7.30pm WEDNESDAY MAY 23 Opera: In Love With Three Oranges, The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 7pm THURSDAY MAY 24 Milica Zidaric – piano, Gallery, Knez Mihajlova 35, 6pm FRIDAY MAY 25 Belgrade Philharmonic with Mihai Tang – conductor and Alexei Volodin – piano, Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, Studentski Trg 5, 8pm SATURDAY MAY 26 Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana, The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 7pm SUNDAY MAY 27
Opera: La Boheme, The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 7pm TUESDAY MAY 29 Ballet: Alexander, The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 7.30pm WEDNESDAY MAY 30 Opera: Carmen, The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 7pm THURSDAY MAY 31 Ivan Bašić – piano, SANU Gallery, Knez Mihajlova 35, 6pm
Theatre FRIDAY MAY 18 Premiere: Misanthrope (Moliere), The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 7.30pm SATURDAY MAY 19 Vanyek and Sladek (Havel), Atelje 212, Svetogorska 21, 8.30pm MONDAY MAY 21 Delirium Tremens (Marković), Belgrade Drama Theatre, Mileševska 64, 8pm TUESDAY MAY 22 One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Kesey), Belgrade Drama Theatre, Mileševska 64, 8pm THURSDAY MAY 24 Mysterious Variations (Schmit), The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 8.30pm FRIDAY MAY 25 La Strada (Pinelli, Zapponi, Fellini), Terazije Theatre, Terazije 29, 8pm FRIDAY MAY 25 The Story of Tea“ (in English/Serbian), DAH Theatre, Marulićeva 8, 20h „ FRIDAY MAY 26 „Crossing the Line” (in Serbian/English), DAH Theatre, Marulićeva 8, 20h SATURDAY MAY 26 The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde), The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 8.30pm SUNDAY MAY 27 Metamorphposes (Ovid), Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Kralja Milana 50, 8pm MONDAY MAY 28 The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare), The National Theatre, Francuska 1, 7.30pm TUESDAY MAY 29 Tartuffe (Moliere), Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Kralja Milana 50, 8pm WEDNESDAY MAY 30 The Merchant of Venice, Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Kralja Milana 50, 8pm
exhibitions and events FRIDAY MAY 18 5th Review of Contemporary Spanish Film: Don’t Be Afraid, Belgrade Cultural Cen-
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MONDAY MAY 21 Book promotion: Laser Summit, GRAD Cultural Centre, Braće Krsmanović 4, 8pm TUESDAY MAY 22 Exhibition: Small Formats, students of the Academy of Fine Arts, Dom Omladine, Makedonska 22, 7pm Exhibition: Milica IlićMrvić, ULUPUDS Gallery, Uzun Mirkova 12, 7pm WEDNESDAY MAY 23 Exhibition: David Voros, Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Knez Mihajlova 53, 7pm THURSDAY MAY 24 Exhibition: New Folklore, group of authors, GRAD Cultural Centre, Braće Krsmanović 4, 8pm FRIDAY MAY 25 Exhibition: Systema – posters selected for the Month of Mathematics, Mikser House, Karađorđeva 46, 12am FRIDAY MAY 26 „Crossing the Line” (in Serbian/English), DAH Theatre, Marulićeva 8, 20h
MONDAY MAY 28 Exhibition: Walking within…Belgrade, group of authors, Magacin, Kraljevića Marka 4, 7pm TUESDAY MAY 29 Lesbian Poetry Night with Elana Dykewomon, Rex, Jevrejska 16, 8pm WEDNESDAY MAY 30 Movie: I Even Met Happy Gypsies – special screening of the new copy, Kinoteka, Kosovska 11, 8pm THURSDAY MAY 31 Takeaway fashion, GRAD Cultural Centre, Braće Krsmanović 4, 5pm
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Storytelling performances in English, Serbian & French, Magic & illusion, Circus acts: juggling, unicycle, acrobatics, aerials, stilts, Visual arts & music workshops, Face paint Bulevar Kneza Aleksandra Karadjordjevica 6, Dedinje Tel: +381 11 2661 140 www.nassvet-eduarts.org WEEKEND with DAH Theatre
THE STORY OF TEA
“The Story of Tea” created as a variation on the theme of Checkov’s “Three Sisters”, adds by deep research of remembrance of harsh truth, that are ennobled by the beauty of true emotions and compassion.” Milica Zajcev, “DANAS”, 21.November 2006. Extremely complex and demanding artistic concept with sharp ethical implications. Ivan Medenica, “Vreme”, 23.Novembar 2006.
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No compromise on band brand
Summer rugby league rep season underway
This Belgrade band Etar seeks to be itself, but also entertain and raise awareness of the scourge of drug addiction.
The rugby league summer representative season kicked off this month with the first game in the Origin Cup (Kup po poreklu) and the first round of the European Shield tournament. Mark Pullen
tar is a Belgrade band with a rare positive message and one of the few young groups that is actually willing to back up words with actions in this day and age. Having been together for quite a few years, the band’s infectious brand of pop rock has been turning heads consistently, but the band still believes that they are far from peaking and that their career is just beginning. If you have heard their music recently, then it was probably their most recent single “Tako Disko!” (So Disco!), a very bubbly and catchy anthem full of positivity, highlighting the band’s efforts to focus attention on the negativity of drug abuse. “The band is promoting the video on the internet and on television right now,” said lead singer Katarina Popović, adding that the video was made with the help of the state’s Youth and Sport Ministry and the Yugoslav Association for the Fight Against AIDS (JAZAS). “The motivation behind making this video and writing this kind of song was the negative experiences we have had with people close to use who have been addicted to drugs. Their loss of identity, lack of social activity, lack of awareness of any parameters regarding the importance of their lives, which have been reduced to the quest to consume
Etar hopes to have an impact on listeners’ lifestyle choices, as well as entertaining in an original style.
their daily dose of whatever it is they are addicted to,” Popović said, adding that discovering that there are over 100,000 drug addicts in Serbia also had a strong effect on her. Despite playing together for many years, the band has yet to record and release a debut album, which they blame on the difficulty of finding a stable line-up, specifically behind the drum kit. The band has also chosen to focus more on making good singles and then promoting them to the best of their abilities. They claim that “the good thing about singles is that people
spend more time getting to know the songs and we put more attention into promoting them properly as well.” The band does, however, plan to wrap up the recording of their debut album soon, to present their musical, visual and socially responsible message in one complete package, Popović noted. “It’s hard to even find money for a single these days, much less a whole album - that’s the truth of the matter,” said guitarist Aleksandar Mastelica. Asked if it’s possible to break into the Serbian pop music mainstream
without sacrificing its identity and musical integrity, Mastelica said that “Etar just wants to be what it is and we want to focus our energy on changing the people that we reach with our music. Writing an honest song is the definition of mainstream for us.” One of their closest brushes with the mainstream occurred in 2009 when they participated in the Beovizija Festival with their song “Sanjaj Me” (Dream of Me). Beovizija is the festival where Serbia’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest is selected and Etar made it to the finals that year.
Photo courtesy of Etar
“It helped us a lot because the festival was being followed on television by over five million people,” said Popović, adding that it got them a lot of radio play and huge amounts of Youtube views and downloads of the song as well. However, never being a band to dwell on the past, Etar promises that 2012 will be filled with more concerts all around the region and continued efforts to finally complete their highly anticipated debut album which, according to the band members, is getting closer and closer to completion.
Star Wars fans gather in Belgrade
Mikser Festival kicks off
Nightlife makes switch to summer shift
American blues band tour Serbia
Kravitz to entertain Belgrade in September
Belgrade’s annual Star Wars Convention will be held at the Student Cultural Centre, SKC, on May 26th and 27th. The event will see Star Wars’ fans discuss technical innovations in the film industry and the Star Wars movies, learn how to build their own Stormtrooper armour, pose for photographs with stars of the films or swap and trade Star Wars accessories.
Mikser, the regional festival of creativity and innovation, will take place at Belgrade’s Savamala from May 25th to June 2nd. The festival will see artists from all over the region present their work, while guests will also be able to attend panel discussions on current social issues, see innovative and contemporary interior design products or listen to concerts.
By the end of May some of the city’s popular clubs, such as Plastic and Tube, will close their doors until the autumn. However, new venues are preparing to replace them for the summer season – on Ada Ciganlija there is a new bar, Koketi, the bar Republika opens on Kalemegdan, while nightclub Krug opens in Braće Krsmanović Street.
U.S. folk/blues group Sarsaparilla will be performing across Serbia during May. The Philadelphia-based band is planning concerts in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Subotica, among other cities. The full tour itinerary can be found on the band’s official website: www. sarsaparilla-music.info.
It has been confirmed that popular American rock star Lenny Kravitz will take to the stage at the Belgrade Arena on September 26th. Kravitz is on tour promoting his ninth album “Black and White America”. Tickets for the Belgrade concert have already gone on sale, with prices ranging from about €25 to €50.
Serbia take on Germany in the European Shield tournament.
Photo courtesy of Serbia RLF
erbia’s rugby league Origin Cup (Kup po poreklu) is contested between two teams representing Belgrade and the Rest of Serbia. With players selected based on their region of origin, this three-match representative series pits teammates from the same clubs against one another in a contest that serves to both showcase the game’s top local talent and help selectors pick the national team. Origin Game One was an open contest of free-flowing rugby, with some attractive tries and interesting battles between rivals vying for a place in Marko Janković’s Serbian Eagles line-up. Belgrade ultimately proved victorious, with a 40-26 victory. Origin Game Two, scheduled for the weekend of June 2nd/3rd, is also sure to entertain. The first game in the series was followed by the announcement of the national team squad to travel to Germany for the European Shield tie on May 12th. Coach Janković opted for a largely young and inexperienced team, as he looks to build for the future. They only just fell short of the task in Heidelberg, succumbing 24-25
Borovčanin: more than boxing
erbian champion boxer Nenad Borovčanin successfully defended his WBO European Cruiserweight title this month with victory in his hometown, but admitted afterwards that he had felt as though he were under enormous pressure in the days leading up to the fight. “For me this fight was more than boxing: my hometown, my audience, massive interest, the most serious opponent of my career,” said the Loznica-born fighter. The Serbian southpaw overcame his topranked rival, German Varol Verkiloglu, in the 7th round of their WBO title bout at Loznica’s Hala Lagator on May 4th, marking the unbeaten Borovčanin’s second successful defence of the title he won last June and his 30th professional victory without a blemish on his record. “In the ring itself it was too hot, because the hall was full, but also because of the hot weather and poor ventilation in the hall. I’m satisfied with the victory, but I know I can do much better,” admitted Borovčanin. The Serbian fighter is expected to defend his title again before the end of the year.
after Germany scored a one-point drop goal in the final minute. Serbia next entertains Italy in Belgrade on the weekend of June 9th/10th for round two of this year’s European Shield.
Serbia joins world elite In other rugby league news, the Serbian Rugby League Federation was admitted as a full member of the Rugby League International Federation, RLIF, in early May. Speaking on the occasion, Serbia RLF President Predrag Pantić said: “We are honoured that we have become a full member of the RLIF. This is great recognition for our work over the years and will be an encouragement to us. This will mean an even greater contribution to the development of the sport that we love. “We hope our membership in the RLIF will encourage other countries to follow our development path. With our experience and a stronger position in the RLIF, we are able to contribute to strengthening the sport in the region. We thank the RLIF for their trust and belief in our efforts and will justify that trust.”
Rain spoils Athletics event
T Borovčanin pins Verkiloglu to the ropes in their Loznica battle.
he Belgrade Championships in athletics for persons with disabilities has been postponed due to inclement weather and will now take place on Saturday May 19th in the stadium of the Serbian Military Academy. The championships will have around 90 participants in events including the 100-metre sprint and 400-metre race, long jump, shot put, javelin, discus and bowling. The event’s participants will include Serbia’s most successful athletes with disabilities: Draženko Mitrović and Tanja Dragić – current discus and javelin world record holders respectively, Miloš Grlica – current European record holder in javelin for the visually impaired, and others. Serbia is hoping to be represented by a record number of athletes with disabilities at this summer’s London Paralympics.
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Published on May 16, 2012