Belgrade Youth Center

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Dom omladine Beograda in April 2007, before reconstruction.

Belgrade Youth Center, or Dom omladine Beograda (DOB), is a cultural center in Belgrade, Serbia, dedicated primarily to youth.[1]

Overview[edit]

DOB organizes numerous programs in the area of modern art and culture, as well as educational-debate programs: around a thousand different programs per year, visited by over 180,000 youths.[citation needed] It aims to encompass all art forms: prose, poetry, music, theatre, film, visual arts, new media and others.[citation needed]

The Center was founded in 1964[2] under the auspices of the Secretariate of Culture of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade.[citation needed] The Assembly provides the main funds for the center.

Belgrade Youth Center functions as a platform for promoting new artists, ideas and initiatives.[2] Additionally, Belgrade Youth Center is a meeting point for domestic and foreign artists. DOB is a member of local, regional and international cultural networks.

Organization[edit]

DOB's activities are organized in five centers:[citation needed]

  • 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.

Venue[edit]

Dom omladine is located in the center of Belgrade, near the Republic Square. For its programs, it maintains:[citation needed]

  • 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,[2]
  • Debate room (60 sitting places), and
  • American Corner.

Separate from this building, DOB also has the Magacin on Kraljevića Marka Street, a former warehouse near the city center with over 5,000 square meters of available space.[citation needed]

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.[3] On the façade, there is also a sculpture "Sun" by Dušan Džamonja. 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.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Belgrade Youth Center". City of Belgrade. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Belgrade Youth Center". beograd.rs. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Lj.Perović (13 March 2012), "Rođendan obnovljenog Doma omladine", Politika (in Serbian) 
  4. ^ Daliborka Mučibabić (8 August 2017), "Majostori na Platou Milana Mladenovića", Politika (in Serbian), p. 17 

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