To get into a rhythm of the town I always try to explore a bit of the local club scene. There are a lot of hotspots in Belgrade, which I would like to introduce to you. Just party and have fun in one of the new hotspots of Europe!
Abandoned industrial spaces in Belgrade, like in many of the world´s cities, are particularly inspirational areas for creative people. Excellent locations in the city were once used as manufacturing facilities – brickyards, breweries, steel factories or slaughterhouses. Today they are the most attractive party zones. Belgrade´s quarter Savamala was among the first to become famous, but it recently received competition. Just check it out!
With this post I will start a small series on Belgrade, the Serbian capital.
Many would be quite shocked to discover that the space of this popular „techno cathedral“ was a slaughterhouse in the late 19th and 20th centuries. There are innovative DJs from around the world, concerts of alternative bands and hip-hop power. A cold grey space of about 1.000 square meters has positioned itself as a proper field for different artistic interventions, with which this city place also gained its visual authenticity – at the entrance to the main area of the club stands the „Crucifixion“ (a plaster cast of the body of the artist crucified on the cross).
In the world of Belgrade clubbing the latest news is Cetinjska 15 – the address of the abandoned buildings of former Dorde Vajfert and Ignjat Bajloni breweries where six clubs have emerged in recent months. Zaokret is a relaxed venue for lovers of indie rock sound and acoustic gigs. Polet is tailored for a public that likes something different – experimental music concerts, poetry evenings, retro parties, etc. Kenozoik easily won over regular guests with its dance halls where resident DJs play proven pop and rock hits. Showroom provides an opportunity for young artists to test their skills on the big stage, while opposite this club is Elektropionir, which provides exclusive concerts of local and foreign musicians.
A club for lovers of heavy industry, Ciglana (brickyard), is located in a former brick factory. A group of artists, led by sculptor Viktor Kis, entered the premises of the former Trudbenik building company and converted it into probably the weirdest club that you will find in Belgrade. Its trademark is Kis´ giant metal sculptures, although the space is open to all artists and creative people who want to showcase their work. Original bands find a stage for performances there, while visual artists have a gallery for their works and performers have a dance podium for acrobatics. Ciglana is also open during the day, ensuring it also represents a unique place to escape from the bustle of the city.
The building which now contains Mikser House was once a steel factory that was abandoned after closing and which is today a design centre, concert hall, gallery space and one of the most successful examples of the new concept of cultural institutions that combine entertainment, educational, artistic and commercial activities. The story is similar when it comes to other places in Savamala, an abandoned former industrial area on the right bank of the River Sava, in the very centre of the city, and today the cultural and creative core of Belgrade. KC Grad, Tranzit, Depo Magazine – these are just some of the clubs that operate here, bringing together an urban team that is hungry for good parties and concerts, but also exhibitions, plays and artistic performances.
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The first night club in Belgrade opened in 1967. „Laza Šećer’s“, named after its owner, Lazar Šećerović, a descendant of former politician Jevrem Grujić. The latest trends in music and fashion could be heard and seen in that club, frequented by prominent local and foreign figures of the music, film, and fashion worlds, like Omar Sharif, Marisa Berenson, Alain Delon, marking the 1960s as the time of major social changes and freedoms in the former Yugoslav capital.
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