Novi Sad

Under the Petrovaradin Rock, a little Pannonia hill of Mt. Fruska Gora, a young town on the Danube was born – Novi Sad, in existence for a little bit over 300 years. Since it was founded in 1694, Novi Sad became the centre of Serbian culture and earned its nickname Serbian Athens.


The City of Novi Sad is the capital of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina situated in the eastern part of Europe, in Serbia. It is second largest city in Republic of Serbia with the population between 300,000 and 400,000 citizens. Novi Sad is located in the south of the Panonian Plain, on the border of the Bačka and Srem regions, on the banks of the Danube river and Danube-Tisa-Danube Canal, while facing the northern slopes of Fruška Gora mountain.


Across from Novi Sad, on the right bank of the river Danube, is the small town of Petrovaradin. Novi Sad and Petrovaradin are considered to be twin cities. They are separated by the Danube but connected by 3 bridges which are of essential importance for these two towns. However the most outstanding feature on the right bank of the Danube is the Petrovaradin Fortress. Often called “Gibraltar on the Danube”, Petrovaradin Fortress dates back some 600 years and is a maze of alleys, trenches, gates, underground tunnels and galleries. The famous Clock Tower dominates the Fortress, and today it is one of Novi Sad’s landmarks. Every July, the Fortress also hosts the EXIT music festival, which turns Novi Sad, into a music capital of Europe for the duration of the festival.


Moreover, there is the Danube as an unsymmetrical, potent axe of the City, embraced with long quay and Strand, the most beautiful city beach along the Danube. This river has always been both rewarding and punitive-natured to Novi Sad. It was generous in that it supplied Novi Sad with drinking water and brought ships full of passengers, goods, and ideas. Its punitive nature showed with floods. In earlier centuries, the Danube had been crossed by pontoon bridges. In the 20th century, ten bridges were built over the river. The bridges were destroyed during wars. Following the 1999 NATO air campaign, the citizens of Novi Sad would ’boast’ of their many bridges: two OVER the Danube, one (pontoon) ON the Danube, and seven IN the Danube.

From the very beginning, Novi Sad was a multiethnic town. Serbs have always made the majority of its population, but there were others, too: Germans, Hungarians, Croats, Slovaks, Ruthenias, Greeks, Tzintzars, Jews, Armenians, Romanians, Roma people and others. This multicultural image has not changed. A multiethnic foundation on which Novi Sad was built, makes it a very tolerant, peaceful environment with a specific charm to it.

Member in Novi Sad, Serbia


Assiciation for Alternative Creation Kulturanova Novi Sad, Serbia is focused on the development of urban youth culture and raising awareness of relevant social issues, with the vision of building creative platforms for youth in Novi Sad and in the region. AAC Kulturanova is very much concerned with how art can effect environment and benefit local communities.

It was founded in May 2001 in Novi Sad (the capital of Vojvodina, region in Serbia). Organisation was founded as an "umbrella" association of various non-formal independent art groups and individuals, young artists from Novi Sad. It’s focus is on a development of urban youth culture and raising awareness on relevant social issues, with the vision of building creative platforms for youth in Novi Sad and its region.
 In  April/May 2008 in collaboration with Austrian ministry of foreign affairs and "Art Council" from Vienna, was organised the first "Flow - festival of Conversation for Culture and Science" in Novi Sad which was announced and open by the Austrian Minister for foreign affairs Ursula Plasnik. "Mislim reku / I think river"- performance was produced for that occasion. The performance deals with a metaphoric river - the inner river of images, flow of consciousness, stream of memories and sensations. It deals with the movements' and breath's stream,  the waves and vibration of the performer' s body. It deals with seed of inter-personal communication. The dramaturgical approach is questioning the nature of “theatrical context” by creating ambiguous situation between public and intimate space. Documentaristic issues from real life of the performers are associated with the texts and the theme by devised authors. The texts of the authors are processed by a personal and autobiographical re-writing by each performer. Choreography and formal scenic languages are inter-posed to a non-theatrical approach to the performers “presence”.  Actions take place in a big space containing a virtual series of enclosed spaces of small dimensions. Inside each-one of small spaces a suspended ambiance - a “vacuum” where a performer is virtually left alone and his/her conscience is free to float from images to images.

Besides the above, Kulturanova is very much interested in reviving some of the industrial heritage sites near the river Danube in Novi Sad. For that purpose Kulturanova conducted a research about such spaces and even created few performances in one of the abandoned venues. Turkish bath was transformed into performing space. First it was in the framework of Festival of Alternative Creative Exchange in 2005 when the French performing group Circare performed there and later on for the project Urban Art Spaces in 2006 and several other exhibitions/actions during 2006 and 2007.