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The Belgrade International Film Festival, or FEST, is an annual highlight in the city’s, and Serbia’s, cultural calendar.

Explore the cultural highlights of Serbia over the winter months

It’s cold outside, so head indoors and immerse yourself in the best of Serbia’s art, culture and history.

Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art, Jagodina
Founded in 1960 as a gallery for self-taught artists, the MNMA is home to more than 3,000 works of naive and marginal art, by around 350 artists dating from the 1930s to present day. Although its primary function is to protect works of Serbian and Yugoslav art, the collection was widened to include international works in the 1990s, and now includes works from across Europe and beyond.

The building itself is worthy of a pause for admiration. It is protected as a national treasure but the Republic Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments.

The museum is open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Friday, and 11am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit the museum website.

The Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, Novi Sad
Moving from self-taught to academic art, the Pavle Beljanski museum is the legacy of the diplomat and art collector who gave both his name and his collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries to it. The collection today consists of 185 works of 20th century Serbian art by 37 artists, from the first generation of Modernists onwards.

The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday and open daily from 10am – 6pm on other days excluding Thursday, when it is open from 1pm – 9pm. For more information, visit the website.

International Film Festival, Belgrade

The Belgrade International Film Festival, or FEST, is an annual highlight in the city’s, and Serbia’s, cultural calendar.

Since its inception in 1971, it has attracted a Who’s Who of Hollywood’s finest, including Jack Nicholson, Kirk Douglas, Robert De Niro, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, Catherine Deneuve and Ralph Fiennes. It is the only film festival in Eastern Europe with such an impressive cast list.

FEST is usually held in late February/early March, but the exact dates for 2018 are yet to be confirmed. Full event details will be released on the website in due course.

Nikola Tesla Museum, Belgrade

Described time and again as one of (if not the) best museums in Belgrade, the Nikola Tesla Museum is a celebration of the life and work of Serbia’s most eminent inventor, and unsurprisingly is a science wonderland as a result.

The museum is open from 10am – 8pm Tuesday to Sunday, and is closed on Mondays. For more information, visit the website.

Ethnographic Museum, Belgrade

One of the oldest museums in the Balkans, the Ethnographic Museum is a remarkable celebration of Serbian culture, ranging from traditional dress and jewellery to furniture, industry, transport and art.

The museum in open from 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 9am – 2pm on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays. For more information, visit the website.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina

Vojvodina’s Museum of Contemporary Art is a vibrant celebration of local and international art from the latter half of the 20th century, as well as the 21st.

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am – 6pm, with late night opening on Friday, when it stays open until 8pm. The museum is closed on Monday. Entry is free. For more information, visit the website.

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