Belgrade Youth Center
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Дом омладине Београда
Belgrade Youth Center in 2019
At the corner of the Dečanska and Makedonska streets, where the youth center is today, was the location of the kafana "Ginić". One of the most popular kafanas in Belgrade in its heyday, it was a gathering point of the journalists and reporters from the Politika daily, which was located nearby. The satirical magazine Ošišani Jež ("shaved hedgehog") was founded in the venue.
From 2006 until 2011, the Belgrade Youth Center building underwent reconstruction.
DOB organizes numerous programs in the area of contemporary art and culture, as well as educational-debate programs: around a thousand different programs per year, visited by over 180,000 youths. It aims to encompass all art forms: prose, poetry, music, theatre, film, visual arts, new media and others.
Belgrade Youth Center functions as a platform for promoting new artists, ideas and initiatives. Additionally, Belgrade Youth Center is a meeting point for domestic and foreign artists. DOB is a member of local, regional and international cultural networks.
DOB's activities are organized in five centers:
- Center of Music Development,
- Center of Visual Arts and Multimedia,
- Center of Education and Interactive Communication,
- Center of Publishing, and
- Laboratory of Initiatives – Art & creativity unlimited.
- Big hall (520 sitting places or 1200 standing places),
- Americana Hall (300 sitting places or 800 standing places),
- Club (100 sitting places or 300 standing places),
- Art Gallery,
- Debate room (60 sitting places), and
- American Corner.
The building was fully renovated in the early 2010s and re-opened on 12 March 2011. The edifice has several valuable works of arts. They include the monumental façade mosaic by Lazar Vozarević, a 7 by 9 m (23 by 30 ft) painting of Mića Popović and semi-precious brown stones, gift from Africa. On the façade, there is also a sculpture "Sun" by Dušan Džamonja. The elevated section in front of the "Sun" in time began known as the "Zidić" ("Small wall"), where musicians performe outdoors live.
Plateau of Milan Mladenović
In 2011 the area in front of the DOB was named a Plateau of Milan Mladenović, in honor of the late frontman of EKV who died in 1994 at the age of 36. Since 2013, the short wall in front of the building has been turned into an open stage during summers. A reconstruction of the plateau, which would include granite slabs sidewalks and avenue was announced in August 2017. First phase, which included the paving with the granite slabs and planting an avenue (consisting of birch and liquidambar trees) was finished by November 2017.
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- Dejan Aleksić (18 November 2017), "Nikao novi drvored na platou kod DOB-a" [New avenue planted on the plateau at the DOB], Politika (in Serbian), p. 14
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