is an acronym in Serbian.
It stands for: Literary Regional Gathering That Alleviates Boredom And Lethargy.
Association KROKODIL is dedicated to production of literary, cultural and sociopolitical programs and projects with the aim of developing literary audiences and those that are interested in culture as such, promotion of the culture of dialogue, reconciliation and reconstruction of the broken links particularly in the region of the Western Balkans but also in deepening of the mutual understanding and the acceptance of differences in the European context and elsewhere.
Association KROKODIL was established in 2009 when it also initiated the literary festival KROKODIL. During the three evenings in June of that year the festival premiered in Belgrade and ever since it is a regular, annual event that happens each June in the same place – the open-air arena in front of the Museum of Yugoslav History. Even though it was originally conceived as the regional literary platform, festival KROKODIL soon adopted more international character and swiftly grew to become on of the most prominent, popular and recognised literary events not only in the region of the Western Balkans but also in Europe. Besides regular performances by major and established authors from Serbia, the region and abroad, it is characterized by innovative use of multimedia with the aim of enriching the experience of public reading, dynamic rhythm, contemporary sensibility as well as large, very loyal and interested audience with extraordinary visits of well more than 1000 people per an evening.
Very soon after its establishment, Association KROKODIL was also recognised on a wider, European literary scene thanks to its’ uniqueness and originality but before all else hard and dedicated work of its’ team and participated in different international programs and projects both as organiser or copartner.
We shall here name only some of them:
By developing stable contacts with many different partners nationally, regionally and internationally, Association KROKODIL in 2012 establishes “KROKODIL’s Writer-in-Residence” as the very first continuous residential program for writers in Serbia inspired by similar and very popular Writer-in-Residence programs in other European cities. Since then, authors from many regional, European and more and more global countries take part in this program by spending a working month in KROKODIL’s residence for writers in Belgrade. This program directly affects both the scope and dynamic of literary cooperation. During the first four years of KROKODIL’s Writer-in-Residence program, eleven books written by the residential writers were published in Serbia as direct and undoubtedly positive consequence of this continuous activity of the KROKODIL team.
This unique festival was initiated in April 2014 with the very first festival event the with the main topic “How a Book is Made”. In cooperation with the partner organisation “OK – Obrazovanje i kultura” and the Belgrade based “Youth Theatre Dadov”, Association KROKODIL aims to use this fun, thematic, multimedia and interdisciplinary event for children, which occupies a borderline between theatre show and festival in order to help raise new literary audience by positioning upfront literary production for children as well as the culture of reading together with contemporary media that have strong appeal on the young.
Ever since the beginning of its activities in 2009, Association KROKODIL has won significant credibility not only in the European cultural and literary scenes but also in the sociopolitical circles as well. Besides production of literary programs, Association KROKODIL is particularly focused on developing various programs of exceptional social and political significance, mostly in cooperation with different local and international partners. The most prominent among them are:
By dedicating special attention to main social, political and cultural topics that surround us and through their articulation in the framework of project that Association KROKODIL develops in cooperation with various local and international partners, we aim to contribute to development of better society in Serbia in an alternative way and from innovative perspective.
Association KROKODIL is the winner of the “Zvezde Beograda” (Stars of Belgrade) award for 2012 as well as jubilee winner of the important “European Communications Award” in the “NGO/Associations” category for 2016.