New beginnings, the changing of the seasons, a new European Capital of Culture programme arch, and thus a new dose of art in Novi Sad. September in Novi Sad offers us all of this, starting with the opening of the Kaleidoscope of Culture, the best European Trend Brand in culture, but it also brings us many other great events at different locations around the city which will accompany us throughout this month. The Kaleidoscope of Culture is held in Novi Sad from 1 September to 7 October, and this important event will take place for the fifth time in the year of the ECoC title. During five weeks, Novi Sad will be presented through five types of art (architecture, visual art, performing arts, literature, and applied art). We highlight only some of the suggestions and invite you to regularly follow our calendar on the website to keep up to date with all the events in the city. As always, we have suggestions for all ages and everyone, so mark some of these dates in your planner and create your own miniature kaleidoscope.
The Kaleidoscope of Culture Opening
When: from September 1 to 4
Where: District, Liman
September in Novi Sad will mark the beginning of the Kaleidoscope of Culture, which will paint the city’s renovated District, the former industrial quarter, with the most vivid colours of art through incredible 105 events. We have singled out 5 reasons for you to visit the opening, and we are sure you will find more. The rich opening programme brings us as many as 22 exhibitions and installations, of which we single out one of the largest interactive installations in Europe, Autokorekt, the work of the Karkatag art collective, winner of the prestigious award The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust, which will be installed on the facade of SCCNS Fabrika. Our proposal is definitely the Biennale of Stage Design, because you will meet the so-called invisible people of the theatre, the masters of the craft behind the stage, who do not receive ovations for their work, and without whose hands and work, the theatre, stage, and costumes would not exist. Among the multitude of visual art content, we highlight the Art of Gaming exhibition and gaming conference, where we will experience the synergy of art and video games in a different way, because gaming is an active art. On this occasion, we will meet the curator of this programme, Tijana Prodanović, PhD, an astrophysicist and famous Tiktok star.
The culture of togetherness, the slogan of the Kaleidoscope of Culture, will get its affirmation by holding a modern slet, and you can learn from this article on our website what SLET once meant for Yugoslavia and how massive this event was. Be sure not to miss the choreographic performance Against the Wind – a Response to Slet, which will be performed from 1 to 3 September from 7 p.m. in the District, as part of the opening.
The district will also be enriched by the international dance festival Tanz Platz, which will delight all dance lovers, but you will surely like some of the performances and films that we will watch in open air, as well as a great music programme and top performers who will rock the music stages at Liman.
Find the complete opening programme and map of the District HERE.
What Are the Architectural Legacies?
When: from 6 to 9 September
Where: District, Liman
As part of the Kaleidoscope of Culture’s Architecture Week, September in Novi Sad will also be marked by the Architectural Legacies conference organised by ECoC, and we invite you to stop by the District and attend lectures and discussions about the architecture of Novi Sad. On this occasion, we will focus on the ECoC legacy that will remain in Novi Sad even after the title year, and it is about the renovated industrial complex District, the renovated Suburbium, the protection of The Almaš Neighbourhood, the oldest neighbourhood in Novi Sad, but also about the reconstruction of the silk factory that was converted into CS Svilara and the like. Eminent architectural experts from the country and abroad who have worked or are working on similar projects in the cities they come from will also speak at the conference.
At the conference, Jordi Pardo, an independent expert of the European Commission for the selection of European Capitals of Culture, Idis Turato from Rijeka, which held the title of ECoC in 2020, and Eva Riccio, a representative from Marseille who worked in France on the adaptation of space similar to the District, Siniša Jokić, director of the Institute for the Protection of Monuments, Petar Đurđev, director of the Archives of Vojvodina, and many others will also address the audience.
When: 10 September at 8.22 p.m.
Where: Mihajla Pupina Boulevard
September in Novi Sad is not complete without a traditional concert on the former famous Novi Sad promenade, Korzo. This year, the world sensation of classical music, Julian Rachlin, will perform on the open-air stage, which will be set up on one of the most frequented roads in the city. He will play on 10 September at 8:22 p.m. accompanied by the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the famous maestro Aleksandar Marković.
We highly recommend you the unique experience of Korzo, the biggest event of the performing arts week at the Kaleidoscope of Culture, as we will listen to Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, and we will also enjoy Beethoven’s famous 5th symphony, better known as the Symphony of Destiny. We wrote about the world-famous violin virtuoso HERE, so with prior knowledge of this excellent artist, set out along the old Novi Sad promenade and indulge in the enchanting sound of the violin on that September summer night.
Suburbium is a City of Books
When: 17-23 Septembe
Everything starts in Suburbium, and we invite you to join us in the Kaleidoscope of Culture literature week of the at the foot of the Petrovaradin Fortress, which will be transformed into a unique city of books. Numerous guest appearances by writers, public readings by famous actors, concerts on the stage near the Belgrade Gate, a bazaar and book exchange, promotions and performances await us, and leave the middle of September free for a visit to (your) city of culture. We will talk about growing up literary, enjoy the unique Night of Literature under the clear sky above Novi Sad, talk with Végel László, Vedrana Rudan, Vladimir Pištalo, Slavimir Stojanović, and many others. We will watch director Kokan Mladenović’s play ‘Why Are You Sleeping on the Floor’, then the play ‘When I Was Sooty’ by Milivoje Mlađenović, and enjoy a monodrama performed by Petar Božović, while Montenegrin comedians will make you laugh with their satirical depiction of social situations in the region with The Books of Knjige. Zoran Predin and Lačni Franz will give us a farewell concert, and all lovers of good titles will be delighted by the Book Fair, where they will be able to buy editions at discounted prices. The youngest will be entertained by the famous actor Voja Brajović, as well as the actor and writer Zijah Sokolović reading them the most beautiful fairy tales for children, and the little ones will enjoy the theatre and opera of Little Red Riding Hood and The Ant and the Grasshopper, as well as the concert of Leontina and Čarolija Choir. Join us in Suburbium and enjoy the many cultural events that await you during the literature week.
Sava Šumanović in Novi Sad
When: from 24 September to 4 December
The week of visual art at the Kaleidoscope of Culture will first be marked by a large exhibition on Sava Šumanović, which will be opened in as many as three cultural institutions in Novi Sad in the year of the European Capital of Culture title. Don’t miss out on discovering the previously unseen works of the famous painter at the opening of the exhibition Sava Šumanović and European Realism Between the Two World Wars, which will be open from 24 September in the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, Gallery of Matica Srpska and ‘Sava Šumanović’ Painting Gallery in Šid , and will also include a programmatically connected display in the Gallery of Fine Arts – Gift Collection of Rajko Mamuzić. Let’s get to know one of the most important painters of Serbian art of the 20th century. The partner of the week of visual arts is DDOR Life Insurance.
Novi Sad as the Centre of Design Week
The last week of Kaleidoscope of Culture, the week of applied art, will place Novi Sad Spens in the centre of events, but also other locations: CS Svilara, CS Egység, SC Promenada and Novi Sad Railway Station. From 30 September to 7 October, a unique Design Week awaits us, which will bring together numerous creative ideas from Serbia and around the world in one place. Numerous lectures and exhibitions await us, and this week is also intended for the youngest, who will enjoy workshops and so-called silent cinema corner. Follow the programme HERE.
Current Exhibitions Around the City
Don’t miss a walk through one of the most beautiful and at the same time the oldest streets in Novi Sad, Danube Street, because the current exhibition in the Museum of Vojvodina – A Neolithic Night’s Dream awaits you there. Guided tours will continue during September, so follow our calendar regularly and find some time during September to discover the rich archaeological heritage of our country through a large exhibition about the Neolithic, which has not been realised in Serbia for more than half a century. Head through the Danube Park and soak up the magical colours of late summer and early autumn, and continue to Studio M, where the unusual multimedia exhibition about time, chaos and cosmos, Time and Space, is still waiting for you, opened at the beginning of the year of the title of European Capital of Culture.
Family Fest in Kamenički Park
When: 3 and 4 September
The first weekend of September, in addition to the opening of the Kaleidoscope of Culture, will also be marked by the Family Fest, an event for the whole family that will take place on 3 and 4 September in Kamenički Park. Spend some time in nature with your kids and take them to one of the workshops and competitive games, discover the secrets of this park through a guided tour or take part in the couples’ quiz for How Well Do We Know Each Other. The project was realised with the support of the City Office for the Economy of Novi Sad and the media support of Color Media Communications. Read the complete two-day programme HERE.
Tastes of Vojvodina in Limanski Park
When: 10 and 11 September
Where: Liman 3
Food has always been good in Vojvodina, and it is no wonder that the people of Novi Sad cherish the culture of gastronomy. Therefore, we suggest that lovers of a good bite visit the traditional gastronomy festival Tastes of Vojvodina on 10 and 11 September, which will once again bring a symphony of enchanting tastes and smells to Limanski Park. Try some of the gastronomic delicacies from these areas (beef stew, poppy seed noodles, dumplings, strudels…) and buy domestic products from exhibitors from all over Vojvodina.
What is going on in Novi Sad Theatres?
September in Novi Sad is also synonymous with the new theatre season, and the premieres that will take place on the stage of the oldest theatre in Serbia, the Serbian National Theatre, then the Youth Theatre, which last year celebrated its jubilee – 90 years of existence, but also the famous Novi Sad Theatre (Újvidéki Színház). Find out which top premieres await us in all three theatres in the season ahead in THIS article, and in September we suggest you go and see Miss Julie, performed by the Viennese Burgtheater, which will take place on the stage of SNP on 10 September at 6 p.m. And we have a suggestion even after the show – head to the already mentioned Korzo.
Metallica Symphony in the Promenade
When: 17 September
Where: SC Promenada
For the first time in Novi Sad, the Black Metallica Tribute Band, one of the most sought-after Metallica tribute bands in Europe will perform the greatest hits of METALLICA with the adapted accompaniment of the 34-member symphony orchestra of the Zrenjanin Philharmonic. All music lovers of this globally popular heavy metal group will have a unique opportunity to hear it in a more ‘classical’ manner and will enjoy the unique symbiosis of two different sounds from the world of music. Plan ahead for 17 September and head to the roof terrace of SC Promenada.
Novi Sad Oktoberfest
When: 23 and 24 September
Where: Plateau in front of SC Promenade
The spirit of Bavaria in Novi Sad brings us the traditional Oktoberfest, which will take place on 23 and 24 September in front of SC Promenade on Liman and will gather the most important breweries from Serbia and the region, as well as a large number of musicians. Along with good beer, there will inevitably be German sausages and pretzels. Tickets for this year’s Oktoberfest are being sold on the Gigstix website and ticket office, you will find more information HERE, and don’t miss the ceremonial opening of the beer keg on 23 September at 7 p.m
Author: Marina Marić
Photo: Filip Petronijević, Jelena Ivanović, Unsplash, ECoC/Promo