Serbia’s EXIT Festival 2012: Line Up & Documentary

There’s just four week until Serbia’s EXIT festival! Running between Thursday 12th and Sunday 15th July in the Petrovaradin Fortress, overlooking the river Danube, EXIT is set to yet again be the most adventurous festival and best value for money in Europe! There’s going to be more than 600 artists, performing on 20 stages. A video documentary by DJ Broadcast and line up information below…

DJBroadcast presents: The States of Exit from DJBroadcast on Vimeo.

Line up:

Fusion Stage

Bosnian rapper Edo Maakja

Polish electro pop trio Kamp!

Serbian cult brand Block Out

Russian indie pop quartet Pompeya

Electro/indie mashup Twisted Piglet

Serbian band Hype!

Serbian punk act Goblini

Rap supergroup Sve Barabe

Regional phenomenon Lollobrigida

Rock band Jarboli

Crossover band dreDDup

Alt Rock band Grimus!

Seun Kuti

Egypt 80

Obojeni program

Električni orgazam

Death By Chocolate


Batucada Sound Machien

Dandelion Children


Zemlja gruva


Suda Stage

Dutch Magazine

DJ Broadcast


Bar B More

Mike Mago

Nat 89


Rip Tide

Pretty Young Trouble


Sound of the Russian Underground – various acts

Volkova Sisters

The Zombie Kids

Carlos Saez

Idemo na Mars

Banda Panda

It’s a Dubstep Thing

The Middle Beast

Playground Syndicate

More bands to be announced shortly.

Tickets from £89 + booking fee visit for more details.

Getting there: JAT and Wizz Air both fly from the UK to Belgrade. Visit for more information on packages.

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Cycle Through South Eastern Serbia

As the avid readers of Charlotte’s VVeb will know, I visited Serbia for the first time last year and was blown away by its beauty, culture, food and drink – everything this website is about!  If you aren’t so sure then perhaps consider taking an organised tour and  I don’t mean a bus tour…  There is a lot more to touring these days than coach trips!  For example, Travel the Unknown organise incredible hiking and cycling tours through Serbia’s valleys and gorges.  On such a tour you can discover the ghoulish skull tower of Niš, visit a 200 year old water mill, and stop off to rejuvenate your muscles in a Turkish bath.

Travel the Unknown Serbia Cycle Tour

Plus, you’ll have the chance to experience the cosmopolitan café culture of modern Belgrade and hike through remote regions of Serbia, sampling local wines, brandies, breads, meats and cheeses along the way.  While overnight you will stay in small lodges (pensions) and discover true hospitality in a traditional rural homestay.

There are currently two dates set for these tours (22 to 29 April; and, 16 to 23 September); however, if these don’t suit you, contact the company and they will organise a trip to suit your individual needs.  And if Serbia doesn’t take your fancy, Travel the Unknown offers lots of other touring experiences!

Find out more at Travel the Unknown

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Battle for Belgrade Souvenir Collection

Today the new collection of souvenirs in Belgrade Window, based on illustrations of Dusan Petričić will be revealed to the public. The new souvenir programme was named after a well-known Petricic poster Battle for Belgrade, which was made in 1983, as a result of his collaboration with Dusko Radovic, in one hand, and the City Bureau of Environmental Protection, on the other side.  The centre of the painting revolves around the blue enemies of the city and its red defenders.  Petričić even used the image of the then mayor of Belgrade, Nenad Bogdanovic, who was kidnapped by the blues and taken in a boat down the muddy Sava river. Petričić main idea was to actually draft one recognisable and most frequently used theme in Belgrade – the view from Zemun and New Belgrade side and to add it little events.  The collection will be on view until 31 August 2011.

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Days of Austrian Films at the Belgrade Cultural Centre

Between the 14th and 20th of October, in the Cinema Hall of the Belgrade Cultural Centre, 12 Austrian films will be shown.  The goal of the selection is to present the overview of the current situation in the Austrian cinematography, to indicate the thematic and genre diversity, as well as the multiculturalism, both in the Austrian film and in the everyday life of the country.

The motto of this event is, “The Others – That’s Who We Are” and was created as a result of the selected films, and not as a criterion for selection. The essence of what connects all the films is the willingness to take responsibility for the lives of those with whom we live with, and with whom we live next to, because this is the best way to defend our own integrity and thus we have a right to expect the others to help us, too.

Check out the programme below…

Thursday 14th October
21.00 The Counterfeiters / Die Fälscher, dir. Stefan Ruzowitzky, 99 min

Friday 15th October
19.00 UNIVERSALOVE, dir. Thomas Woschitz, 83 min
21.00 All the Invisible Things / Heile Welt, dir. Jakob M. Erwa, 89 min

Saturday 16th October
19.00 The First Day / Der erste Tag, dir. Andreas Prohaska, 88 min
21.00 The Bone Man / Der Knochenmann, dir. Wolfgang Murnberger, 117 min

Sunday 17th October
19.00 La Pivellina / The Little One, dir. Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, 100 min
21.00 Mr. Kuka`s Advice / Herrn Kukas Empfehlungen, dir. Darius Gajewski, 85 min

Monday 18th October
19.00 Small Fish / Kleine Fische, dir. Marco Antoniazzi, 85 min
21.00 For a Moment, Freedom / Ein Augenblick Freiheit, dir. Arash T. Riahi, 110 min

Tuesday 19th October
19.00 RIMINI, dir. Peter Jaitz, 83 min
21.00 Reclaim Yor Brain! / Free Reiner – Dein Fernseher lügt, dir. Hans Weingartner, 130 min

Wednesday 20th October
21.00 The Robber / Der Räuber, dir. Benjamin Heisenberg, 90 min

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Wine of the Week: Pick Up a Bottle of Carica Milica in Beograd

So my other fabulous purchase from Belgrade Airport was a bottle of Carica Milica Stono Polusuvo Vino, a Serbian red wine.  With equally ornate label as the bottle of Car Lazar and a matching cheap price tag (just 300 Dinar or about £3) I thought it only fair to give this bottle a go too.  It’s a lot less intense than the Car Lazar. For one thing, it is only 11% vol. alcohol in comparison to the Car Lazar which is slightly more at 12% vol.  But the flavour, aroma and colour also quite different.

Carica Milica Stono Polusuvo Vino

This is a paler red, more comparable to a Beaujolais.  The taste and aroma, while fruity, are less intense.  This is no bad thing.  It just depends on your preferance.  In fact, the fact that this particular vineyard makes two wines, quite contrasting but both of fabulous quality mean that there is something to please everyone.  This is epitomised by my very own family.  My Mother loved the Carica Milica, and not just because of its name!  Whereas, my Father particularly enjoyed the Car Lazar.  I, typically, liked both.

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Wine of the Week: Pick Up A Bottle of Car Lazar in Belgrade

I recently spent four fabulous days in Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade.  I had enjoyed the culture, history, architecture, but most of all the food and wine.  So on departing I popped into the airport duty free shop to check out what the shelves had to offer.  I personally prefer buying wine anywhere but an airport (it’s just never THAT cheap) but with the 100ml liquid rule I no longer have that luxury and I don’t want to run the risk of ruining a suitcase of clothes, books and miscellaneous stuff.  However, there I was pleasantly surprised to find a few reasonably priced bottles of local wine.  Not only was the Car Lazar Stono Polusuvo Vino (Tsar Lazar) label enticing it promised a rich, heart, deep red wine.

Car Lazar Stono Polusuvo Vino

A blend of prokupac, merlot, vranac and gamay this is a lovely wine to enjoy with traditional Serbian meat dishes.  The best bit?  It only cost 320 dinars which works out at about £3!  What a bargain!  If you are visiting Belgrade soon, look out for this wine!

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Restaurant Review: Zlatan Bokal in Skadarska, Belgrade

Skadarska is considered the bohemian quarter of Belgrade.  Beware the cobbled street, it is certainly not the easiest to walk along, but this small part of Belgrade is THE place to spend your evenings.  There is a variety of restaurants in Skadarska with everything from pizza and pasta, to more traditional dishes.  There was something about Zlatan Bokal, perhaps it was the ornate wrought iron, the draping canopies not out of place at an Ancient Roman feast, or indeed the large tree which protruded both through the floor and roof which the waiters effortlessly worked around, but it caught my eye and I knew that was where I had to enjoy my final meal in Belgrade.

Zlatan Bokal Skadarska Beograd Srbija

This is not the sort of restaurant which is particularly geared up for tourists, although it does have a menu in English for those who do not speak fluent Serbian.  My advice would be to share a few starters such as gibanica – filo pastry stuffed with salty cheese –  and fried kashkaval cheese – better than any mozzarella – both of which really tickle the taste buds.

Then it’s on to the main course… The traditional Vojvodina speciality is not to be missed. Love meat, love bacon, love cheese?  Choose this tender, juicy dish and eat with a side portion of the world’s best chips (French fries).  Alternatively, for utter showmanship then opt for the ražnjići.  When the waiter arrives holding the plate of pork skewers and proceeds to not place it in front of you, I’ll be honest, it does leave one utterly puzzled!  However, he then places a plate on top, and quite dramatically, removes the meat from the skewer in one swoop.  Impressive to say the least!  Enjoy with the grilled peppers (served with lashing of garlic) for a positively divine meal.  Wash down your meal with the red wine of the house in abundance!  I can promise on leaving Zlatan Bokal, you’ll leave feeling, full, content and satisfied.

Zlatan Bokal, Skadarska 26, Beograd, Srbija
Tel: 011 3234 834

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Sightseeing Highlights from Belgrade, Serbia

Here is a tourist’s guide to the top 20 sights in Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade

Trg Republik

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Main square in city centre

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Top 10 Things To Do In Belgrade

Belgrade - Serbian FlagSearching for a cheap city break this year proved somewhat elusive, even in Eastern Europe.  However, on in-depth investigation a three-night/four-day break in Belgrade still seemed to be offering a veritable bargain with direct flights and hotel accommodation costing just £500 for two people.  So a few weeks ago, I boarded a plane from Heathrow Terminal 5 and set off to explore yet another Balkan country.  Belgrade is a great city, with tons of cultural and gastronomic offerings.  Yet, it is actually quite small in comparison to cities such as St Petersburg, even London.  This means that you can easily walk around it without needing to pay for transport.  Not that transport costs much – the bus from the airport charges just 80 dinar for a ticket into the city centre (that’s less than £1!)

So what is there to do?  So many people were shocked when I said I was visiting Belgrade for a holiday.  They seemed to be under the illusion that it would still be war-torn, and that it would be a place filled with oppressive buildings and a depressing vibe.  This is not the case at all!  Of course there is poverty, but there is poverty in Britain and many other, so-called advanced, western countries.  There were a few domineering buildings built during the Communist era but many of the buildings were typically Austro-Hungarian in design.  I think too many people forget that Serbia has a rich cultural history; this country was not formed and built solely in the Yugoslav period, it has taken centuries to compile this, albeit complicated, land, people and culture.

Here is my top 10 list of everything I think you should do when you visit Belgrade:

1) On arrival, take the bus from the airport into the city centre – it costs less than £1 though be prepared with change for the bus driver!  There’s a shuttle bus every hour but I’d rather opt for the local No. 71 any day, of which they arrive on, and at, half-past the hour.  After passing through customs, simply turn left and go up the escalator.  Continue walking straight on (into domestic departures) until you reach the end of the building.  The bus stops just outside the final, automatic door, on your right and takes about 30 minutes into the city centre, near Trg Republik.

2) Spend half a day wandering around the Kalmegdan Tvrdjava or Fortress.  If you love history then this is the place to head.  It really does illustrate the regions military might over the last 2,000 years.  There are turrets, towers, bridges, museums in abundance for you to explore.  However, even if history, particularly military history, isn’t your thing, the fortress itself offers some spectacular views across the Danube and Sava rivers and out into the surrounding countryside.  There are also temporary exhibitions in the grounds – at the moment there is an art exhibition illustrating how Russia is viewed by non-Russians.

3) Stroll along Knez Mihailova – the city’s main shopping street.  You’d be mistaken for thinking that the latest fashion trends have not hit Serbia.  There are designer and fantastic high street offerings in abundance.  Time it right and visit during the sales because there really are some fabulous bargains to be had!  Plus, this street is just overflowing with beautiful buildings, so make sure you take in the gorgeous facades which date back to the zenith of the Austro-Hungarian influence in the region.

4) Travel back in time at Konak Kneginje Ljubice (Princess Ljubica’s House).  Situated a few minutes on foot from the city centre this surprisingly large house whisks you back to the Ottoman Empire.  The 19th century mansion was home to Princess Ljubica, wife of  Miloš Obrenović and her sons.  It was converted into a museum and houses ornaments, furniture, books, clothes, portraits, landscapes, glasses, medals, and so much more.  The design of the house is particularly impressive, with several large rooms built for the sole purpose of conversation.  The grand hallways are most spectacular.

5) Just a few metres down the road from Knoak Kneginje Ljubice stands the Saborna Crkva Sv Arhangela, Belgrades ornate Orthodox Cathedral or Holy Archangel Michael Church.  The facade, with its glistening golden icons is visually stunning.  Inside the walls are adorned with gold, chandeliers hang from the ceiling and locals pray to, touch and kiss the icons.  This is quite a different experience from a Catholic or Protestant church.  Believers are much more interactive with their icons and God.  It really is interesting to watch, even if not particularly taken with religion.

6) Take some time out at Ruski Car (Russian Tsar).  This traditional kafana was originally called Zagreb, however, after the civil war during the 1990s, it was re-named and re-decorated.  On the walls hang portraits of the Tsars and Tsarinas dating back to Ivan the Terrible.  A grand piano sits in one corner and chandeliers hang from the ceiling.  The menu is vast but it is the cake counter which is not to be missed.  Order some tea čaj (with rum if you desire) and my favourite borovnica torta which is a blueberry tart with hazelnut cream and chocolate.  The decor and the food are the ultimate in decadence!

7) If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, be it of local cuisine (čevapčiči, burek, sarma, gibanica etc.), or something a little more international (pizza, pasta etc.) then visit Skadarska ulica.  This is a very pretty area of the city, with one main cobbled street, lined with restaurants.  It’s not too pricey either so you can enjoy some great food and some house wine without breaking the bank.  It can get pretty busy here in the evenings and it always has a great atmosphere.

8) If you are like me and love food and culture then supermarkets and markets are not to be missed.  There is a great market, Kalenic Pijaca, where locals sell their home-grown produce – arguably the best fruit and vegetables you’ll see in Europe – as well as quirky souvenirs, old books, communist memorabilia etc.  Go on Friday or Saturday when it is at its most bustling.  As always with such places, do beware pickpockets.

9) A little further out of town is Sveti Sava (St Sava’s Church).  Much like Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, the cathedral remains unfinished.  Yet its sheer size is impressive, as are the icons on its facade.  The construction of the building began at the end of the 19th century.  The original marble work is incredible.  Unfortunately, most recently the builders have opted for concrete.  Nevertheless, the scale of the project is something to be marvelled at.

10) In the same direction (walkable but for those who would prefer to get the bus, take trolleybus 40 or 41 both of which stop by the rather imposing and grand post office, near the parliament building) is the Kuva Cveca – Tito Memorial Complex or House of Flowers.  The complex has three museums: a museum of artefacts (interesting for those who enjoy social and cultural history), the dictator’s mausoleum which also displays presidential rooms and a collection of batons used in the Presidential Day ceremonies, and a museum of diplomatic donations which houses gifts to Tito from the people of Yugoslavia and heads of state from other, generally sympathetic to a form of communism, nations.  The mausoleum is surprisingly airy and boasts spectacular views across the city.

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