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Belgrade Manifest Returns to Kalemegdan

Organizers expect 100,000 to attend festival of Serbian events and destinations.

Natalia Zaba
BIRN
Belgrade
Polish choreographer Tomasz Pommersbach. Photo: Belgrade Manifest 

Three days,2,000 performers,and more than 100 presentations and events will come together at the Kalemegdan Fortress May 27 to 29 at Belgrade Manifest 2016.

The annual festival of destinations and events is the country’s biggest cultural and touristic platform. The festival promotes Serbian tourism, arts and outdoor activities.

12 zones

Organisers have divided the festival in 12 “zones” – separate spaces and themes, each devoted to a different aspect of Serbian events and culture.

Evergreen Balkan bands like Balkanika, Frajle and Neverne Bebe will perform alongside ballooning exhibitions, fireworks displays, culinary demonstrations, equestrian shows, film screenings and more. Also on tap are a celebration of Serbia’s Olympic hopefuls, horseback riding classes, explorations of Serbian folklore and presentations about spa destinations.

Children can explore possibilities in the creativity zone and in the IQ zone, which is devoted to Serbian educational opportunities.

Organisers say the festival has plenty to offer for people of all ages and backgrounds, families with children, couples and friends.

The fly–fly zone, for example, will present ballooning groups from around Europe. The groups will demonstrate different ballooning disciplines such as “bound flights” and “night glow”.

Visitors can preview Serbia’s many food festivals in a special gastronomic zone. Each day, traditional Serbian dishes will be prepared by award-winning chefs or by public figures supported by professional cooks. Visitors will have an opportunity to purchase the dishes, with the proceeds donated to charity.

Focus on dance

Dance and motion are highlighted in this year’s festival program. The dance zone, “All the Colours of Play”, was organized in cooperation with Belgrade’s Institute of Contemporary Dance.

Manifest’s Jovana Ikonic, an Institute of Contemporary Dance student, says organisers expect a lot of interest in the dance programmes. “So far more than 1,500 dancers and professionalshave signed in to present various dance schools and disciplines,” she says.

Festival-goers can watch demonstrations of professional flamenco, hip hop and Latino dance steps as well as the latest trends inclassical ballet and modern dance.

The festival will host performances created by the award-winning Polish choreographer, performer and educator Maciej Kuzminjski, whose “Room 40” creationwas described by Dance Tabs magazine as “perfectly bridging concept and beauty.” Kuzminjski’s “Repetition” will be performed at the festival.

“Two women will perform a series of repetitive motions while moving around the Kalemegdan Fotress,” explains Ikonic. The purpose of this spectacle is to show that each life consists of unconscious, repetitive motions: rituals that create human existence.

Modern dance classes led by Polish choreographer Tomasz Pommersbach will be available to festival-goers. Pommersbach has spent three weeks in Belgrade sharing his knowledge with students.

“Modern dance, which has its root in classical dance, has today a very complex and diverse understanding,” Pommersbach says. “It draws from various fields of art such as folklore, street dance, improvisation. There are no exact directions or styles anymore.”

How to attend

Belgrade Manifest tickets can be purchased at DD Tickets and Win Win Computer Shops. A one-day ticket costs 350 dinars (about €2.85), while a three-day ticket costs 999 dinars (about €8). Children under ten enter free of charge. Learn more at the Belgrade Manifest website: http://www.beogradskimanifest.rs/.

This article was published in BIRN's bi-weekly newspaper Belgrade Insight. Here is where to find a copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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