Culture & arts event The European Heritage Days, with over 150 free happenings, will take place from 23rd September to 2nd October.
“The City of Belgrade has a great cultural heritage that we want to share with our fellow citizens and guests” – said Dragomir Petronijević, a member of the City Council and a representative of the event’s Organizing Committee.
He said that the programme would cater to people of all ages – from pupils to pensions, and added that all of the Belgrade municipalities and Belgrade University have joined forces in organizing this event.
Traditionally, September will be all about promoting the diversity of our cultural heritage. The European Heritage Days were held in 2002 for the first time. This time around, the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences and the St. Sava Temple have also helped with the organization, while the Belgrade Arena, the Serbian Army and football clubs Red Star and Partizan also have their support.
This year, a total of 18 culture institutions will participate in the event, including the BITEF Festival. The programme will be varied and will include exhibitions, film screenings, panel discussions and art workshops.
The Belgrade Fortress, the Belgrade Zoo and the public enterprise Gradske Pijace also prepared their own programmes for the event. The visitors will be able to see the Old Mill in Obrenovac and even the Kolubara strip mine.
The Belgrade Tourist Board has prepared an event called “The Foreign Heritage in Belgrade”, covering a vast legacy that foreigners left in Belgrade.
Tourist tours will take place on 24th and 25th September and on 1st October, while, on 27th September which is the World Tourism Day, an event called “Skadarlija Postcard” will take place in front of the Đura Jakšić House. More information can be obtained from the Tourist Board’s HQ at 5, Knez Mihailova Street or from websites www.tob.rs and www.beograd.rs .
The event organizers say that the European Heritage Days are taking place under the patronage of the Council of Europe and the European Commission which recommended for this year’s event to cover a Europe-related topic – “Cultural Heritage and Communities”.
During the European Heritage Days, many historic buildings in Belgrade will open their doors to the visitors including the Serbian National Parliament, the residence of the President of the Republic of Serbia, the Serbian government, the French Embassy, the National Bank of Serbia, the Jevrem Grujić House, the House of the Veljković Family, the House of the King Peter I, the Milorad Pavić Legacy, the Petar Lubarda Legacy etc.
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