U septembru 2018, nakon deset godina različitih i veoma intenzivnih aktivnosti, konačno je otvoren KROKODILov Centar za savremenu književnost. Centar je fizički prostor Udruženja KROKODIL, mesto okupljanja svih zaljubljenika u književnost i kulturu, u kome su smeštene naše mnogobrojne aktivnosti, a od otvaranja su u njemu organizovani i različiti programi na nedeljnom i mesečnom nivou. Početkom svakog meseca objavljujemo KROKODILove vesti u kojima pored programa centra možete pronaći i novosti iz naše kuhinje.
KROKODIL’s Center is also equipped with a bar with carefully selected drinks as well as a restaurant kitchen with an educated and experienced chef and staff. We also do home delivery through Wolt – you can find Krokodil Cafe & Deli in the app and order our specialties.
KROKODIL’s Center is also an exhibition space, the exhibitions are organized every month, and artworks can be purchased on spot. The artists we’ve hosted so far are: Ana Petrović (“Toni Zec”), Miroslav Vujović Graforidža (“Provokart”), Aleksandar Zograf and Gorana Basta (“Snovi i tkanine”), Aleksa Gajić (“Krokiriki”), Nikola Puzigaća (Kosmos, PUN K. & Love), Jelena Jelača (“Paralelna realnost”), Dobrosav Bob Živković (“(Naučno-fantastični Bob”) and Igor Čoko (“Svojom stranom ulice”).
Hate poetry is an original format of public performances that was first organized in 2012 in Berlin. The first event was informally organized by a German-Turkish journalist Ebru Taşdemir and moderated by German-Croatian journalist and editor Doris Akrap. Mostly leftist journalists of foreign origin gathered in the Taz cafe and read racist comments, threats and other offensive content they received through social media or email. Since then this type of performance has become very popular around Germany and even the format has even been awarded.
The first Hate poetry event in Serbia has been organized in KROKODIL’s Center. We organize this program monthly with different guests and program’s moderator is Dragan Ilić. So far, we’ve had seven Hate poetry Belgrade events and our participants were: Borka Pavićević, Nedim Sejdinović, Dragan Bursać, Anita Mitić, Brankica Stanković, Idro Seferi, Zoran Kesić, Branislav Trifunović, Gorica Nešović, Dragan Ilić, Antonela Riha, Jovana Gligorijević and Aleksandra Nikšić.
Gigantomachia or KROKODIL’s Duel in three rounds is a new format that we’re organizing in KROKODIL’s Center for Contemporary Literature. It consists of heated debates in three 15-minute rounds where experienced debaters and well known tribunes discuss hot socio-political topics. So far, we’ve held five Gigatomachia events with Svetislav Basara, Marko Vidojković, Zlatko Petrović, dr Đorđe Pavićević, Dubravka Stojanović, Biljana Srbljanović, Željko Hubač, Andrej Nosov, Teofil Pančić and Goran Marković as participants.
Through the program Lik i delo we present (or they present themselves) various regional authors, both young and established ones such as: Vladimir Tabašević, Mirjana Đurđević, Slobodan Šnajder, Ivan Ivanji, Vladislav Bajac, Dubravka Ugrešić, Dragan Velikić, Filip David, Goran Marković, Svetislav Basara, Branko Rosić, Jelena Lengold and Jasminka Petrović.
After the Languages and Nationalisms project, which dealt with the complex issue of the reality of the existence of four political languages in the region and its grand finale – the Common Language Declaration, the KROKODIL Association started a new project called Common Library. This project, too, deals with the topic of language, but rather from the literary and essayistic aspect. As part of the Common Library project, we regularly organize events at the KROKODIL Center, and some of the participants so far have included Boris Buden, Dubravka Ugrešić, Lana Bastašić and Semezdin Mehmedinović.
Les Crocodiles are here and they speak loud and clear. Through this format we present a series of public conversations and debates about women in public space (with special emphasis on culture and literature), their (in)visibility and ways to increase it, feminism, discrimination and equality and their position in the regional scene.
In the first edition, titled “Feminism and ferranteism”, Nađa Bobičić, Irena Jovanović and Marija Ratković talked about the Ferrante fever, female experiences, anger, male violence, female protagonists, very thoroughly dissected female-female relationships and the political background behind all this.
In the second conversation, Dragoslava Barzut, Ljubica Pupezin and Jelena Lalatović talked about visibility, invisibility and recognition of female authors in the region and the practice of rarely awarding women for their literary works. Both of the conversations were moderated by Iva Parađanin.
In cooperation with Goethe institute and Institut Français we’ve organized screenings of German and French films such as Menschen am Sonntag and Jules et Jim. We’ve also organized a screening of Final Adventure of Kaktus Kid, followed by a Q&A with the director Đorđe Marković and Aleksandar Zograf.
KROKODIL’s Center is a technically equipped multifunctional space (85m2) with a stage, three microphones, stage lighting, a screen and a projector. It can be used for different purposes:
- conference set-up (lectures, presentations etc): 50 seats
- restaurant set-up (lunches, working breakfasts etc): 35 seats
- standing capacity (parties, celebrations etc): 80 people
KROKODIL’s center is a pet and baby/kid-friendly non-smoking place with a smoking area on the balcony. It is equipped with a restaurant kitchen with an educated and experienced chef and staff, and we also have a carefully selected choice of wines, drinks and food.
The space is ideal for lectures, trainings, meetings, work breakfasts and lunches, organized dinners, presentations, plannings, seminars, workshops, press conferences, corporate celebrations, parties and anniversaries.
You can send us your inquiry for renting of the space: firstname.lastname@example.org, contact person: Milan Adnađ
Supporting and using the Center helps the work of KROKODIL Association.