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Thematic City Walks// Belgrade water front tour, Hidden antifascist struggles in the heart of Belgrade & Pedalling through the history of new Belgrade

The programme of walks through Belgrade was conceived at the festival with the idea of offering visitors a chance to experience Belgrade through a series of varied themes, such as a historical overview, the contemporary context, artistic impressions and the city’s anti-fascist heritage. The programme also aims to encourage participants to think about the city’s development through current themes in a European context, the struggle for public goods, political activism and the relationship between art and the city. A dedicated portion of the programme is devoted to New Belgrade and covers the origins, development and current outlook of the part of Belgrade that rose out of the sand.   Belgrade water front tour    Built along the Sava River’s quayside, the planned Belgrade Waterfront development is presented as the biggest building projects the Balkan Peninsula has ever seen that will give rebirth to the country and its economy. But behind the flashy lights is a story of corruption, non-transparent shady deals, spending public funds for private interest, developing gated communities, social differences, traffic chaos and many more… Behind it is also a struggle of Belgrade citizens for its city. Learn all about it from one of the activist of Ne da(vi)mo Beograd initiative. On this tour we will meet Savamala, the hippest part of town nowadays, the so called Berlin of Belgrade which is being rediscovered after decades of decay. We will have a walk through the cultural industries, gentrifications, bottom up initiatives and private businesses, as we get acquainted with the ground of the project of national significance: Belgrade Waterfront. After giving a Sava waterfront and its history a glimpse, we will meet the shiny images of the BW project at its great promotional center, the prominent and reconstructed Geozavod building. We will walk the first steps of the BW project, Hercegovacka street and Savanova restaurant/promotional place, as we learn on what mechanisms does the project on the fast line rises up and what its relation to the public and its needs is. Next to shiny images of the blurred present, we will face the ruins of the past. On our way back, we will pass along those who are on their path in search of the better future and finish the tour in front of the Main Railway Station of Belgrade, in front of the immense image of the Belgrade Waterfront vision.   Meeting point: Brankova street, At Branko’s Bridge, above staircases, across the street from the Obelisk (Old Belgarde part of town); bus stop: 15, 16, 60, 65, 67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 77, 84, 95   Guide: Ljubica Savković; max: 25 people; duration: 2 hours   Hidden antifascist struggles in the heart of Belgrade   Three months after the Axis invasion of Yugoslavia, the uprising against German occupiers and their collaborators began. In many towns and villages, the Yugoslav Communist Party organized the first actions by facing enemy military units, by killing individuals and carrying out sabotages, but also by using a powerful underground propaganda. In Belgrade actions were more intensively than elsewhere, because of the higher level of organization of the Communist Party. This because Belgrade was already before the war one of the main spot for communist propaganda: after King Alexander outlawing of the Communist Party and affiliated organizations in 1921, communist activists developed a clandestine network in order to continue with their political work, especially in the main cities. Furthermore, a high number of former volunteers who had fought in Spain against Franco’s army supported the 1941 uprising in Belgrade. In the city, the communist work was particularly intensive in the Vračar area. Nowadays the places and the history connected to the uprising in summer 1941 are almost forgotten. Only some hidden plaques remember the antifascist struggle in the heart of Belgrade. In official and public memory there is no space anymore for those events, while in historiography anticommunist attitude and revisionism cancelled the significance of the Communist uprising in Belgrade, as well as in Serbia and Yugoslavia.   Guides: Ana Vilenica and Milovan Pisarri; max: 25 people; duration: 2 hours    Pedalling through the history of new Belgrade   Join curators of the Museum of Yugoslav History in an unique and interesting bicycle ride through New Belgrade. The slowly paced, three hours bicycle ride from Ušće to Students’ Town is a chance to get creatively introduced to the city, its culture and history. During the ride you will have the opportunity to hear interesting stories about preconceptions of the new city on the Sava’s left bank and who built it. Why was New Belgrade such an important symbolic center of the new state? In what way did turning the marsh into an urban habitat change the character and mind of the builder? In what ways were constructional challenges and problems met? What connects communities of former youth work action participants who organize themselves and still gather to this day? The tour starts under Branko’s bridge and it includes sightseeing of objects that were planned in the first phase of building of New Belgrade (Central Committee, Federal Executive Council, Hotel Yugoslavia, Pavilions, Students’ Town), as well as places containing memories of Youth Work Actions in New Belgrade.   max: 10 people; duration: 2,5 – 3 hours