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Screenplay Festival

The Screenplay Festival is a festival dedicated to film scripts.

It is held every year in mid or late August in Vrnjačka Banja.

One of the essential segments of the Vrnjačka Banja events dedicated to culture is the Screenplay Festival, which, remaining consistent with its original idea, has been a worthy diagnostician of virtues and flaws and an unavoidable chronicler in a wide screenwriting area for 45 years ​​. In this context, and in support of the debate on whether we have many film festivals, we should add this: Whether many or not, they have each contributed in their own way to the affirmation of Yugoslav cinematography, supported its development, made it forget about many issues it faces. Therefore, the Screenplay Festival should also be considered in the corpus of such events.

Apart from the official competition program, the Screenplay Festival has always had some significant accompanying program, a new “boost injection” that brought it back to the “game” and made it specific even in difficult times caused by the general crisis in cinematography and society:

  • Symposium (held since the beginning of the festival)
  • Summer Film and Dramaturgy School (held since 1996)
  • Summer Film Criticism School (held since 2012)
  • Original Script Competition (1984-1988)
  • Forbidden without a Ban – Films from the Bunker (1987 – 1990)
  • Introduction of TV films into Competition (1993-1996)

Days of Danilo Bata Stojković

Danilo Bata Stojković (August 11, 1934 – March 16, 2002)

The doyen of the Yugoslav and Serbian theater, the man who dedicated his life to treading the boards and the big screen, the legend who still lives in the multitude of works he left, or simply Danilo Bata Stojković. He left an indelible mark by acting in a handful of plays and numerous films, some of which are synonymous with the Yugoslav film (The Marathon Family, Who’s Singin’ Over There?, The Balkan Spy, etc.).

How much Bata loved Vrnjačka Banja is demonstrated by the sentence he uttered in the iconic Vrnjačka Banja tavern “Pahuljica”:

As long as I am alive, I will not leave Vrnjačka Banja!

Since 1994, he had been celebrating his birthday in Banja with his friends, in “Cicino sokače,” which changes its name to “Batina kafana” during the Days of Danilo Bata Stojković event.

– He loved to drink rose with plenty of ice. He used to leave money in the bar just in case he forgot or his company could not pay. He loved to peek into the kitchen, and he loved Banja very much. Even after so many years since his leaving, we, the people of Vrnjačka Banja who knew him, still love him immensely – says Stana Cica Simić, owner of “Cicino sokače” restaurant, a place where you can try Bata’s dishes she used to prepare exclusively for him.

In memory of Bata Stojković, “Bata’s tree” was planted in Vrnjačka Park.

The people of Vrnjačka Banja perpetuated their memory of Danilo Bata Stojković on the Summer Stage, where they unveiled a memorial plaque to this actor in 2010, and the Summer Stage itself has been named after this celebrated actor since that year. Also, since 2010, “Days of Danilo Bata Stojković” have been organized, a cultural event accompanied by a series of theater performances, acting meetings, literary evenings, concerts, all with the aim of evoking and preserving the memory of Bata Stojković. Traditionally, one tavern is called the tavern of Bata Stojković, where the offer includes dishes and drinks which Bata, as a great bohemian and a regular guest of Vrnjačka Banja, gladly consumed. Days of Danilo Bata Stojković’s are organized every year in mid-August, more precisely in the period around August 11, when the actor’s birthday was.

“Vrnjci” Classical Music Festival

In addition to numerous concerts, the International Classical Music Festival includes an educational program with violin and chamber music courses.

The artistic director of the festival is Uroš Dojčinović, and the creator of the founding idea is Jelena Borović Dimić. The festival has traditionally been organized for 16 years in July under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Municipality of Vrnjačka Banja, and the Organization for the Collective Management of Rights of Performers.

All concerts are free, starting at 8 pm, and are held in the Belimarković Castle of Culture.

ZUM International Classical Music Festival

An event aiming to develop and nurture good musical taste and position Vrnjačka Banja on the map of Europe as a place that nurtures classical music.

The first ZUM festival, the international classical chamber music festival, was held in Vrnjačka Banja from September 30 to October 2. ZUM, the international classical chamber music festival, aims to nurture the good musical taste of citizens and enjoyment of top art music.

Affirmation of chamber music, professional performance of high artistic value music, bringing world-famous and recognized performers, and educating young people through quality involvement in the world of music. Festival branding in the sense of drawing Vrnjačka Banja on the map of Serbia as a city that nurtures classical music and has another event of importance for our region and the whole country.

The project owner is the association of citizens “Castle of Art Music” from Veluć, led by the founder and artistic director Darko Perčević. Under the auspices of the Municipality of Vrnjačka Banja, the Ministry of Culture and Information, the Cultural Center of Vrnjačka Banja, the Tourist Organization of Vrnjačka Banja and other significant sponsors and donors.

Through the concerts, suited to their needs and interests, the audience will enjoy different chamber ensembles and music of different epochs, in the ingenious compositions of both Western European composers and our local ones.

Vrnjačka Banja is a destination recognizable by numerous events and manifestations. Still, there was no cultural event of this type, and we hope it will contribute to the diversity of tourist content, creating good musical taste and promoting classical music.

It hosts the best musicians from the country and abroad (Switzerland, England and Germany).

International Theater Festival

The goal is to not only satisfy the cultural and artistic needs of the people of Serbia but also to raise them to a higher level in the context of improving the national cultural identity. This festival bridges the gap between the audience’s real needs and the (in)availability of cultural and artistic content outside the capital, through its contribution to decentralizing culture and art and bringing them closer to the inhabitants of central Serbia, Raška District, and beyond.

At the same time, the festival affirms young and especially talented local artists while highlighting the best the established Serbian theater and cultural scene has to offer.

Also, the festival promotes Serbian culture and art in the region and the world while offering the domestic public the best international examples of cultural and artistic creativity. In that way, ITF strives to be the best ambassador of culture and art in Serbia.

ITF is an apolitical and non-ideological form engaged exclusively in the affirmative critique of sociological, cultural and other phenomena of modern, often consumerist and materialistic life with the aim of improving personal quality and individual and collective integrity through the proper perception of culture and art. This makes the role of ITF much more critical, as it offers the public content that counterweights modern media forms with the sole purpose of mass viewership and with a lack of focus on the quality of created and broadcast content.

“Dživdžan Fest” Folklore Festival

“Dživdžan Fest” is designed to promote multiculturalism and bring young people together around a common idea – creatively spreading culture and arts and affirming the cooperation and togetherness of younger generations.

The organizers wish as many cultural and artistic societies as possible to be part of this event and to show all the beauty of the place they come from with their song, dance, and youth, and all citizens, guests, and lovers of Vrnjačka Banja to enjoy the richness of diversity to be presented at “Dživdžan Fest 2022” Folklore Festival.

The festival is competitive – folklore ensembles can take part.

Let folklore be a bridge of friendship that unites us and a water carrier at the spring that feeds us with dance and songs.

Wine festival

“Vrnjačka Banja Wine Festival,” a new wine-dedicated event, is held in August in the park near the Music Pavilion. Vrnjačka Banja will host the best winemakers in Serbia as part of the Wine Festival, which is traditionally held in the park shade near the Vrnjacka River.

About thirty winemakers will exhibit at the Festival, and producers of rakija, food, and barrels will also present their products as part of the accompanying program.