November in the European Capital of Culture will give us art in the palm of our hands – this month remains in token of Other? Europe programme and we highlight the best that Novi Sad has to offer. Take a look at our suggestions and on the cold November days, warm your soul with quality cultural events. Enjoy (your) Novi Sad, get to know every corner of it for the first time or anew, and follow our website calendar to keep up to date with all the happenings. As always, we have suggestions for all ages and everyone, so mark some of these dates in your planner.
Time for a Dose of Art in Motion
Get started with November in Novi Sad by walking from exhibition to exhibition. Start from the very heart of the city, where two exhibitions of national importance await you in Gallery Square. One of the exhibitions in question is Sava Šumanović and European Realism Between the Two World Wars, which includes the largest number of works by one of the most significant Serbian painters. Get to know the artworks of Sava Šumanović at the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection and continue with the Gallery of Matica Srpska and The Gallery of Fine Arts – Gift Collection of Rajko Mamuzić, which has a programme dedicated to the exhibition. If you are in the mood for a trip to Šid, the third part of the exhibition awaits you at the ‘Sava Šumanović’ Art Gallery there. The exhibition is open to visitors until 4 December.
While you’re at the Gallery of Matica Srpska, make sure to also visit the exhibition of the works of the famous Uroš Predić, one of our most important painters, whose art will reach everyone, including people with different disabilities and of all ages. You will be able to see the exhibition until the end of January 2023. And once you are already in the city centre, head to Studio M, where the spectacular multimedia exhibition about time, chaos, and the cosmos, Time and Universe, still awaits you. This is an exhibition that all visitors to the European Capital of Culture have on their ‘must-visit’ lists. We are sure that it will delight you, and it is one of our most sincere recommendations. Take a walk to the Name of Mary Catholic Church, better known as the Cathedral among Novi Sad residents, where an outdoor exhibition – The Invisible Braga awaits you from 5 to 30 November.
If you missed the Comic Book City event in the District, as part of the current Other? Europe programme arch, worry not. You still have the opportunity to visit the fantastic exhibition on the history of the ninth art in this region. Make sure to catch the exhibition From Neven to Batman, which is perhaps the best way to get acquainted with what comic art is, through guided tours. In November, they will be held on Saturdays from 12 p.m. (5, 12 and 19 November). Your curator will be the author Zoran Stefanović.
In the District, you can expect an installation in the public space May the Children on the Street Play with Your Eyes!, as well as another unusual exhibition of comics on a tapestry – Everyday Heroes. November will certainly enliven the District, with these exhibitions. Likewise, Suba Room exhibition awaits you there, from 20 to 26 November. You will get to know the work of the former Yugoslavia’s pioneers of electro-music. Find out who Mitar Subotić Suba was, on our website. Make sure to visitthe Art Body Art exhibit as well, which will be open from 22 November to 6 December, also in the District.
From 10 November, we invite you to take a walk to Svilara CS and the Serbian National Theatre and find out what is hiding on The Other Side of Image through an excellent art display. Other? Europe programme arch, which will officially end the European Capital of Culture title year, brings us another major exhibition, which will be organised in as many as four locations from 25 November; an international exhibition of contemporary art Milky Way, which will be staged in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, the exhibition space of the SULUV Gallery, the Creative District and the Cultural Centre of Novi Sad.
The theatre scene in Novi Sad brings you great performances for all generations this month. When it comes to the oldest theatre in Serbia, the Serbian National Theatre, we recommend you go watch Carmen, an opera in four acts that started the new theatre season. The performance of it is scheduled for 8 November at 7 p.m. If you missed seeing the fantastic young Aljoša Đidić in the role of Mephisto, in director Haris Pašović’s play, get tickets for the performance on 29 or 30 November. The Great Migration of Archivists from the office to the warehouse on Fruška Gora deeply affected the heroes of Državni Posao – Čvarkov, Torbica and Boškić. How do they perceive the injustice that befell them? You can find out in an interview for Visit Novi Sad and by visiting the Serbian National Theatre on 7 November, because they will put out a performance full of satire and humour on the large stage for you.
In November, Serbian National Theatre introduces us to the holiday magic with the Nutcracker ballet, which is always a pleasure to watch near the end of the year. The month ahead at the Novi Sad Theatre brings the International Festival of Contemporary Theatres, so we advise you to reserve the beginning of November for it. This month, the Youth Theatre brings you numerous performances for the youngest, so we advise you to take the little ones to the performances of Beauty and the Beast, Learned Mice or The Tale of the Horseless Knight. And if you are in the mood for some stand-up comedy by Zoran Kesić, visit the Youth Theatre on 8 November and enjoy his stories and songs. Tickets for this memorable show can be purchased on the Gigs Tix website.
November Festival Fever
Three interesting festivals await you this November in the European Capital of Culture. Film lovers will enjoy the eighteenth edition of the Free Zone festival, which will be held from 3 to 8 November at the Arena Cineplex cinema. The incredible 11 documentaries and feature films with authentic expression await us, which encourage rethinking and questioning. The festival will open with the premiere of Ruben Östlund’s film Triangle of Sadness, which won the Palme d’Or at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Read more information about the programme and timetable on the festival website.
Do you like jazz? If the answer is yes, the fact that the Novi Sad Jazz Festival will take place at the Serbian National Theatre from 16 to 19 November will certainly please you, so get individual or package tickets in time.
This November, Other? Europe programme, which promotes the culture of the different, will present the current punk scene from the region and the world. If you are a fan of this music genre, do not miss the two-day To Be Punk festival at SCCNS Fabrika, on 25 and 26 November. Performances of 12 bands from the city, country, region and Europe await you. See you in the District!
World music festival Pocket Globe, dedicated to the world music genre, will be held from 10 to 12 November within the Other? Europe programme arch. On this occasion, we will enjoy the performances of artists from Iran, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Morocco, and Slovenia. In the unique setting of the Synagogue, Svilara CS and Serbian National Theatre, minority culture will be presented through the music of the world. Do not miss it!
The Rhythm of the Music
Speaking of musical performances, Other? Europe will also be marked by a concert by the award-winning and world-renowned Brazilian singer CéU on 20 November, at the City Concert Hall, starting at 8 p.m. CéU was nominated for eight Latin Grammys in the category of world music, and she was the winner three times. Her music became popular all over the world, and she performed at the most prestigious festivals. Tickets for the concert are available from the entire Gigs Tix sales network and on their website. The price of the ticket is RSD 500.
The concert that will close this programme arch is a performance by an artist from the Brazilian favela with strong engaging messages and a modern expression. Make sure to listen to Edgar in the District on 27 November and get to know the artist who has been active on the Brazilian urban scene for four years. He is recognisable by the fact that he deals with issues and problems of society and the environment in his rap songs.
This month, November brings us other great performances by well-known performers, so do not miss the concert of the famous Novi Sad band Atheist Rap, which will play at Dom Kulture on 5 November. Sing along to some of the great hits from their first three albums, which they will perform on this occasion. Get your tickets here. Go on a musical journey with Lena Kovačević, who will perform on 10 November at the Youth Theatre.
Boris Novković, one of the most popular Croatian singer-songwriters, is coming back to Novi Sad, after a several-year-long break, to cheer up the local audience. His performance at Dom Kulture awaits you on 17 November at 9 p.m., and you can get tickets here. Just a day later, on 18 November, the famous quintet band Kanda, Kodža i Nebojša, who have been present on the national scene for more than 30 years, will perform the District’s Fabrika. On the same day, in Hall 2 of the Novi Sad fair, Marko Louis, whom we listened to as part of the Flags of the Future of the European Capital of Culture, will perform as well. The next day, 19 November, is reserved for the performance of the band Električni Orgazam at Dom Kulture. The performance of the legendary band in Novi Sad is a part of the big tour celebrating 42 years of their existence. Come to Dom Kulture on 24 November again, because you will enjoy the excellent concert of Ida Prester and Lollobrigida starting at 9 p.m. See you!
Author: Marina Marić
Photo: Jelena Ivanović, Promo/ECoC