Welcome to Novi Sad

Welcome to Novi Sad


Novi Sad City CentreNovi Sad is the largest business, economic and cultural center of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, which is the northern part of Serbia.
Todays Novi Sad was built three centuries ago on the left bank of the Danube, opposite of the strategically very important Petrovaradin fortress. At the time of its inception it was a little tentatively village of the artisans, merchants and soldiers, which, however, thanks to an extremely favorable position and diligence of its inhabitants and diligence quickly become a significant urban center in the southern part of the former Austrian Empire.
In the eighteenth century, this village is gaining more importance as the commercial and traffic center, which is confirmed by obtaining a Charter on the status of "free royal city" which Novi Sad gets 1748th year. At that time in Novi Sad and in neighboring Petrovaradin begins to develop more intensive cultural life - this creates significant writers and artists, showing the theater, theater troupes were formed, and concerts were organized.

Petrovaradin FortressCultural life of Novi Sad reaches full bloom in the second half of the nineteenth century, when this city gets nickname "Serbian Athens", and becoming  a leading center of Serbian culture and education. At that time in Novi Sad, big poets such as Jovan Jovanović Zmaj, Laza Kostić are working, comediographer Kosta Trifković, the Serbian National Theater has been founded. Finally, the oldest Serbian cultural institution, Matica Serbian has been moved from Budapest to Novi Sad. 
The twentieth century is a period of very rapid economic, demographic and cultural progress of Novi Sad, which was after the Second World War became one of the largest and most developed urban centers of the former Yugoslavia.

City parkWith the powerful development of local industry, agriculture and economy, Novi Sad gained recognition as a very important educational, university, scientific and cultural center, where with the already mentioned institutions: Matica Serbian Serbian National Theater and now operates the University of Novi Sad, with a significant part the Academy of Art, and there are numerous museums and galleries and other important cultural institutions.novi sad grb In Novi Sad, renowned international theater festivals are traditionally organized by the Sterijino pozorje and Infant, and in recent years, tens of thousands of young rock audiences around the world gather each summer at the Petrovaradin Fortress on the EXIT festival.

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Music in Vojvodina

Monastery KoviljDespite the turbulent and often very dramatic conflict, which for centuries have periodically ravaged the southern Pannonia, where today stands the province of Vojvodina, this area is still characterized by a rich and varied cultural and musical tradition.
The area of present day Vojvodina is the meeting place of different peoples, cultures and traditions, so that the diversity of shapes varied picture of different folk music traditions, which last for centuries while maintaining their specific characteristics and peculiarities, but those without and interwoven, influencing each other. For guests and strangers who are coming to   Vojvodina is very interesting to hear the picturesque richness of folk music traditions: Serbian songs, archaic pentatonic Hungarian shepherds songs and czardas, Slovak Polk, or national gig Romanian brass bands: flourish.
Sremski KarlovciParticularly interesting and distinctive form of folk music traditions of Vojvodina is music on national instrument, tamburica - The places of worship of different religions - Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant churches, as well as Jewish synagogues for centuries cherished and developed specific traditions of these different forms of spiritual music.
In the urban centers of Vojvodina from the eighteenth century, also develops and civic music, which follows the developments of the European music: the late classicism and romanticism later. Although on the outskirts of the Europe, and the area of present day Vojvodina was affected then music events – in the 1820th year, in a castle in Ečka, in front of the  local noble audience, the guests of Count Esterhazija, played the young Franz Liszt. Great composer Bela Bartok was once the territory of present day Vojvodina wrote down folk tunes, and local folklore was the inexhaustible source of inspiration of one of the first Serbian composer Isidor Bajic.
Fantast CastleThe area of Vojvodina has a significant tradition in the development of guitar art. Based on statements from the literary works can be concluded that the guitar back in the eighteenth century was present in this area as an instrument in urban environments. The famous musician in  the first half of the nineteenth century, the founder of modern musical life in the former Principality of Serbia, Joseph Slazenger played guitar. This instrument was also played by the famous romantic poet Serbian Milica Stojadinović Serbian. At the same time, 1842nd in Novi Sad has been written the first Serbian textbook for playing the guitar, whose author was George Milanovic.
Not far from Novi Sad, in the village called Vrdnik 1926th was born the biggest Serbian guitar virtuoso, composer and teacher of this instrument Dr. Jovan Jovičić, who was acting in the twentieth century laid the foundations of exceptional prosperity and development of guitar art in former Yugoslavia and in Serbia.