In September 2018, after ten years of diverse and very intense activities, we finally opened KROKODIL’s Center for Contemporary Literature. KROKODIL’s center is the physical space of the Association KROKODIL, a gathering place for all lovers of literature and culture, where our numerous activities take place. Since the opening we’ve also organized different weekly and monthly programs. At the beginning of every month we publish KROKODIL’s news where you can find both the center’s program and news from our kitchen.
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.
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”).
Since the opening of KROKODIL’s Center, we’ve organized more than 150 different events. Beside regular weekly and monthly programs hosted by KROKODIL, different panel discussions, debates, lectures, book promotions, presentations of our Writers’ Residence guests and many other events have been held in KROKODIL’s Center, and we’ve also hosted different Scandinavian corner’s programs and Remarker’s podcast “Zadovoljstvo u tekstu”.
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.
Following the project Languages and nationalisms that dealt with the complex question of four political languages in the region as well as its grand finale – the Declaration on the common language, Association KROKODIL started a new project titled Common Library. This project also deals with the question of language, but from a literary and essayistic, rather than linguistic aspect.
So far five events have been organized as parts of this project. At the first event, Igor Štiks and Vladimir Arsenijević, editors of the project discussed Europe today, a seminal essay by Miroslav Krleža. The second event was held in March when Vladimir Arsenijević, Igor Štiks and Biljana Đorđević talked about the problem of the Yugoslav feelings, yesterday, today and tomorrow, as well as Yugoslavia and post-Yugoslav space, socialism and post-socialism. Adriana Zaharijević and Katarina Luketić were the participants of the third conversation which was based on Danilo Kiš’s essay Homo poeticus, regardless. They spoke about the necessity of defining and shaping a common library based on shared language, experience and sensibility. At the fourth event Bojan Krivokapić and Filip David talked about antifascism, fascism and its different forms, as well as ways to fight it by linguistic and literary means based on an excerpt from From the villa on Wannsee, a text by Daša Drndić.The fifth conversation was a part of the debate program of the eleventh edition of Festival KROKODIL and it was entitled Is Common Literature Possible? The participants were Igor Štiks, Lana Bastašić, Vladimir Arsenijević and Miljenko Jergović. They talked about the potential existence of common literature as well as classifying criteria – would common literature consist only of the works written in all four variants of the common language or would it also include works by authors from the region who write in foreign languages?
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:
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
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