Saturday, April 17, 2010

Today, when I become a pioneer...

An Ex-Yugoslavia topic. When I was in first grade of a primary school, age 7, I have passed the Communist Pioneer oath. (Pioneer is a term denoting a kid from 7 to 14 year old in communist Yugoslavia). I still know the oath by heart ,and I remembered it when I got this ex-yu photo in some email-fun-stuff chain.SO this is how communist offspring was cultivated:

"Today when I become a pioneer,
I give my honest pioneer promise,
that I will diligently study and work
and be a good friend;
That I will love our people-run Socialist Federate Republic of Yugoslavia,
that I will cherish brotherhood and equality;
That I will admire all the people in the world
striving for freedom and peace "

I was wearing a red scarf, blue cap with red star...
How surreal those memories appear

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Free Internet in Belgrade City Centre

though you have to be standing.. I am now in the Telekom mobile operator shop, and just realized you have two laptops with internet for unlimited use (well as long as ur legs would persist) .. So the address is Terazije, mts shop, right across the First Serbian Bear Pub, McDonalds and Theater T ...

Day and Night in Theater - today in Belgrade

Nice "campaign" indeed, almost all Belgrade theaters are celebrating its Day (International Theater Day or something like that) by cool prices (each play 3 euros only) and a program full of theater plays from 11h in the morning till 00:00 tonight.

Ooo it was/is quite a jam... the best shows are of course sold out in the first five mins and the people are queuing as if they "are waiting for bread". I can't help but to participate this (snobbish ??) cultural event: got my self a ticket for a cult play A Flea in the Ear for afternoon, and based on a cult TV series The Boy That Promises at midnight.

:) pitty they are in Serbian, cause I honestly believe our theater and actors are excellent ..and also hillarious...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I know it is viral, but I like it :)

Taken from Darko's gmail signature, qt little commercial.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Holidays holidayyysss

             Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uotta vuotta!
        Joyeux Noel et une bonne et heureuse Nouvelle Annee!
          Prettige Kerstdagen en een gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
             Sretan Božić i Novogodišnji praznici!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Friday, 25th "(U)POZNAVANJE" - modern dance/physical theatre

Here in Belgrade students live in couple of student dormitories scattered around the city. The one I have spent my 5 years of studies is the biggest one - one and only "Studenjak" i.e. Student City. It is placed in the area of Belgrade built after the WWII , called New Belgrade, and it is a world of itself, with 5000 students residing, student restaurant, library, cinema, theater stage, festivals of AAE movie (author, alternative, engaged = AAE; copyrighted by Slavac), lectures, literary evenings... very rich cultural program, and amazingly enough FREE or almost free. I am still, years after, very attached to the Student city, and collect their monthly cultural guide every 1st in the month, and visit whenever I can, really. And these last three months I had the chance not just to consume, but to produce myself :) I am very happy to announce to you the public presentation of the modern dance/physical theater workshop, under the name of "(U)POZNAVANJE", best translated as: meeting each other.
It is a workshop led by Sanja Cvrkotic, a choreographer,a dancer, a dance teacher, with classical ballet education and the path of modern dance and theater choreography taken afterward (many awards, many plays, workshops participated). Being a part of that workshop is amazingly fun for me. It is about meeting with your own body, (im)balance, breathing, weight, anatomy, improvisation, contact-improvisation, relaxation. There is like 9-10 of us participants, different degrees of "body intelligence", different degrees of mind and/or body stiffness (mine would probably be the highest there heheh, just can't let myself loose no way). But then while playing and doing some funny exercises and "tasks" I believe we created quite some of a performance. So, don't miss this Friday, 20:30, Student City, Belgrade!
The pics are from the website of Student City, upper left: Jovana, Biljana,Jelica and Biljana in a midst of a "chair exercise". Picture below: Sanja.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Quite some of a Friday in Belgrade

Friday, the 18th December, Belgrade, Serbia, do not miss! :)
1) The book night special event organized by book publishers, at 4 locations in the city, "stay awake with the book", book night, today, from 18h to 24h, quite some time for wondering through bookshops, nerdyyyy, yummy :) :) :) some special treats like vine and chocolate tasting and some VIPs to be seen included.
Epilogue: since the prices were 50% or more lowered, there were queues of people outside waiting..

2) Hell of a concert! Meet Balkand alternative band scene! My favorite newer band from Croatia, Lollobrigida!!!
----Here their video used to be but not any more, they don't deserve it ----
(the best alternative band in region according to MTV Adria), cute little jumpy songs, crazy lyrics and crazy girls :) "Foreplay" at the concert, Serbian band Petrol ... promising, very promising. Place: Dom omladine (The House for Youth), price 800 RSD = 9 euro.
Okey,okey,I admit, I made a mistake. It was hell of a concert my ass. Petrol sounded all but unique, boring,like every other alternative band on the scene. And they were late. And not only them, Lollobrigidas themselves were ooh-sooo-late,so I was there at 21h as an idiot, they started 22:40. Bah, I am done with them for good. Of course, not because they behaved like they are bloody RollingStones and put us wait long, but because of the show itself. Oooo it is a pure show biz, commercial so much that it hurts. Jumping around in some stupid silver wanna-be-original costumes, the lead vocal blabbering around, intentionally arrogant, bitchy, playing cool playing smart, s.t.u.p.i.d. And ok, like,they are Croats, and they are playing in Belgrade, no big deal. But she couldn't stop picking on Serbs, like: "Hi, Serbs, haven't played in Belgrade for 1,5 years, ooo , you have grown up, you are huge, look at you..." I mean, what's the point in mentioning "Serbs Serbs" in every second sentence? And the crowd was wanna-be-urban teenage "alternative" crowd, who really came there cause they like they silly image and stupid jumpy songs. Like those kids give a fuck for Serbs/Croats stuff. So Lollobrigidas darlings, you have ruined my evening, I was there for u at -10 degrees, frozen like a penguin. You won't be seeing me anymore.

3) This Friday and also Saturday Lira Vega, a really authentic Serbian alternative band, unique energy.
I've listened them before, so this is error-proof: it is going to be a great gig.