The French Cultural Institute in Belgrade has been organizing a rich literary festival for four years in a row, entitled Days of Moliere. The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra played in Ljubljana, greeted by the ovations of the local audience. The Ex Theatre Fest will gather numerous young artists from the region in Pancevo, from June 7 to 10. Tihana Pavicevic has more in today’s Cultural Chronicle.
The literary festival Days of Moliere will be held on May 30 in Belgrade, organized by the French Cultural Institute, in cooperation with French language departments of the universities in Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kragujevac, as well as the “Zoran Stojanovic Publishing House”. For that reason, Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad will be under the sign of awards this year, since along with the already renowned award “Branko Jelic” for the translation from French to Serbian, the “Goncourt” award has been established as well, presented by students of the French language from Serbia. As part of the Days of Moliere, Serbian writer Sanja Domazet will have an interesting discussion on the topic of “What are literary awards for?”, with participation of French guest authors Patrick Besson and Eric Feraille. The rich program will also take place in the Nebojsa Tower, where Feraille will have talks with the participants and guest about his novel “Nagasaki”, which brought him the Prix Goncourt, while fragments of that novel will be read by renowned Serbian actor Miki Manojlovic.
Within the project of regional cooperation, entitled “Pika Tocka Tacka”, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra had an appearance in Ljubljana, after six years, and upon the concert in the hall of the Slovene Philharmonics, they were greeted by the ovations from the local public. Conducted by Muhai Tang, the Belgrade Philharmonics performed the miniature of Chinese composer Yuan, the 3rd Piano Concert of Rachmaninoff and the 5th Symphony of Tchaikovsky. Following the successful concert in Ljubljana, the Belgrade orchestra played, after three decades, in the Lisinski hall in Zagreb, thus closing the first season of the regional project “Pika Tocka Tacka’.
The Ex Theatre Fest can boost a long tradition, since it has been in existence for 41 years, with the goal of “seeking alternative theatrical expressions”. This event gathers a lot of young and unusual artists from the region, and this year it will be held under the motto “On the boundary”, which should offer numerous possibilities for the inspired theatre creators to cross the boundaries of the scene expression, thus allowing the audience to see imaginative and innovative theatre plays.