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Save The Date We’ll Keep Your Seat/June 22 and 23/ Debate program of the Festival KROKODIL 2024

Save The Date We’ll Keep Your Seat/June 22 and 23/ Debate program of the Festival KROKODIL 2024

Dear friends,

It has already been sixteen years since the distant 2009 when we started our festival, and we still gather every June at the same place – the park and amphitheater in front of the Museum of Yugoslavia. By presenting the most exciting contemporary literary achievements from local, regional, and global authors, we strive to empower all those who share our values and persistently insist that, despite everything that systemically exhausts us, it always makes sense to fight for a better world. The feeling of community provides an additional boost and that is often the secret ingredient we all desperately need.

Therefore, save Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, for KROKODIL’s unique debate program, which, as every year, is free of charge. Make sure to choose your favorites in advance!

In the KROKODIL debate zone in front of the Museum of Yugoslavia, we present:


  • With Mathias Enard, hosted by Igor Štiks, Saturday, June 22 at 1:00 PM
  • With Andriy Lyubka, hosted by Vladimir Arsenijević, Saturday, June 22 at 2:30 PM
  • With Hassan Blasim, hosted by Mia David, Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 AM
  • With Arnon Grunberg, hosted by Ivan Bevc, Sunday, June 23 at 2:30 PM

Working language: English


Right(s) Therapy – In collaboration with the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 AM

Do you know when your civil rights are being threatened and how you can defend them? Do you know whom to contact for help, support, and/or advice, and what options are available to you in such situations? Share with us your experience, which you believe represented a violation of your civil rights.

Workshop leaders: Ana Janković Jovanović, Human Rights Advisor at the UN in Serbia, Dušan Pokuševski, and Dr. Vesna Petrović, editors of the Human Rights Report

Working language: the common language (BCMS)


Why Do You Say Love When You Mean War?, Saturday, June 22 at 3:30 PM

About the hidden influences on the rise of violence propagated by political actors, which systematically legitimize extreme right-wing ideologies with the aim of strengthening nationalist ideas among the wider population in Serbia, especially among the youth. What is the culture of violence and how do we as a society nurture it? Why do young people have little knowledge about the wars of the 1990s and recent history in general? What is the qualitative contribution of art and popular culture in creating memory politics?

Round #1: Dolores Milošev Erdeg, Yasserstain, Klara Hrvanović, and Pavle Cicvarić

Round #2: Smiljana Tucakov, Dubravka Stojanović, Jasminka Petrović, and Tamara Marković

Moderator: Milena Berić

After each round of discussions, there will be chat sessions with individual participants.

Working language: the common language (BCMS)

Fake News from the Past, Sunday, June 23 at 12:45 PM

On media literacy, misinformation, and attempts to manipulate our basic cognitive knowledge through various media today.

Participants: Arnon Grunberg, writer and columnist; Ana Martinoli, professor at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, producer and media theorist; Jasna Lambert, former head of operations for the Western Balkans from Brussels; Dubravka Stojanović, historian; and Milijana Rogač, executive editor of Istinomer

Moderator: Milena Berić

Working language: English

Courage – Made in Ukraine, Sunday, June 23 at 3:45 PM

Participants: Andriy Lyubka, writer and translator; Dr. Alla Tatarenko, Slavicist, translator, and literary critic; and Monika Herceg, poet

Moderator: Andrej Ivanji

Working language: the common language (BCMS)

A Conversation on the Format of Staged Reading of a Dramatic Text Today, Friday, June 21 at 5:00 PM

Participants: Svetozar Cvetković, Bojan Đorđev, Dimitrije Kokanov, and Tanja Šljivar

Moderator: Beka Vučo

After the conversation, there will be a 25-minute staged reading of a fragment of the dramatic text “Conspirators” by Igor Štiks and Vladimir Arsenijević

Performed by FMK students, directed by Ivana Milenović Popović from DAH Theatre

Working language: the common language (BCMS)

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