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SPEISEKINO // BELGRADE WATERFRONT

OUR BELGRADE WATERFRONT / ZUPA / DANCE THE MOBILE CART SERVICE OWNER / SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST ‚BELGRADE WATER- FRONT‘ PROF. MR. MICHAEL EDWARDS

What can we as citizens do when our city gets hijacked? 

Just like Berlin, Belgrade is undergoing a massive redevelopment which is to forever transform its urban landscape, cultural and historical heritage. 

In the last few years the city’s waterfront quarter of Savamala has witnessed a radical change. Once an area neglected and forgotten by authorities, a decade ago it was made alive by a variety of initiatives, local businesses, cultural centers until it was finally cleared for redevelopment in the style of a Gulf State metropolis. 

The decision to move on with the project ignored protests by members of the professional and general public. The situation escalated after an incident which took place on 24 April 2016, whereby several buildings were demolished in the night by masked men in excavators. This triggered mass demonstrations with thousands of people protesting in the streets of Belgrade. The case of illegal demolition remains open to day.

A series of videos will present the background of the historic district of Savamala and introduce the state-led Belgrade Waterfront (Beograd na vodi) redevelopment project. A discussion will follow in which we will analyse forced gentrification in Berlin and other cities.

We need our cities and our cities need us!

Entrance is as usual free; meal costs 10 EUR (please make a reservation until Thursday afternoon at speisekino(at)zku-berlin.org).

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Speisekino // Food and Footage is part of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum and co-funded by the European Union's Creative Europe Program and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.