Ninth edition of KROKODIL Festival, under the title Taming the Darkness, will be held on 16th, 17th and 18th of June 2017.

Festival Krokodil - Taming the darkness

Festival KROKODIL (Literary Regional Gathering That Prevents Boredom And Letargy) is a literary festival that in a unique and original way presents literature of the region in its full extent – without generational, poetic, gender or any other type of exclusiveness. Since its inception in 2009, owing to its modern and dynamic approach in presenting public readings and its strong regional concept, the KROKODIL Festival has become one of the most successful literary events in the region. So far eight summer festivals and twelve visiting editions of the festival in seven European countries were organized, with the participation of over a hundred and fifty writers from the country, the region and Europe.


The evening program of the festival on 16th and 17th of June will traditionally be held in the amphitheater in front of the Museum of Yugoslavia (Botićeva 6).

On the first evening program will participate: Olja Savićević, Slobodan Šnajder, Svetlana Slapšak i Aleksandar Zograf.

Olja Savičević Ivančević will present her poetic collection Mamasafari and the novel “Pjevač u noći”- a sophisticated love story and at the same time a seruious critique of all our fascismsand fear of freedom.
Svetlana Slapšak, writer, peace activist and winner of this year’s Vital award for her novel “Ravnoteža”, will be presented at this year’s festival KROKODIL.
Recognized novelist and dramatist Slobodan Šnajder will be reading from his latest novel “Doba mjedi”, a great saga about the fate of Volksdeutsch community in the former Yugoslavia.
Aleksandar Zograf will take us through the world of small discoveries (Mala otkrića) which is the title of his latest collection of short, poetic and documentary comics he regularly draws in the form of comic art columns for the magazine Vreme.

For the first sofa – interview, we will host Lordan Zafranović, one of the most controversial and provoactive film directors of the famous Prague school.

On the second evening program will participate: Zoran Ferić, Ivan Ivanji, Lamija Begagić i Sven Popović.

Zoran Ferić will be reading from this novel “Na osami pored mora” that deal with maturatuion and eroticism of the adulthood of Yugoslav hedonistic socialism.
Ivan Ivanji will read from his latest novel “Moj lepi život u paklu”, in which he reflects on his life that began almost nine decades ago in then Bečkerek and the experience he had as a sixteen year old Jewish boy grom the death camp Buchenwald.
Lamija Begagić is one og the most renowned young authors from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She will present her first novel “U zoni”, a story about th life of a professional sportswoman who ends her career at the age of 35 and the new word she tries to create around her and in her.

As part of the sofa-interview, film director Srđan Karanović whose work is closely connected to the Prague film school, will talk about this work and television.

At this year’s festival, the audience will have the opportunity to see famous Norwegian writer Erlend Loe, a favorite of the local literary audience. Thanks to the recohnizable ironic literary style, Erlend Loe has in a very short period become a cult Norwegain writer, as well as one of the most recognizable European authors today, with his books being translated to more than twenty languages.


Daily-debate programs are scheduled for 17th and 18th of June at Center for Cultural Decontamination (Birčaninova 21).

Discussion entitled About Biljana Jovanović, starting on Saturday 17 June at noon, is dedicated to the life and work of this reknowned, but today somewhat forgotten writer and peace activist. About Biljana Jovanovic, and her literary, feminist and anti-war activism, two of her long term friends and associates Borka Pavićević and Svetlana Slapšak, with moderation by Vladimir Arsenic.
After the debate about Biljana Jovanovic, there will be another debate entitled Witches, and dedicatedto the position of women in public sphere on the territory of former Yugoslavia. Participants in the debat are: Svetlana Slapšak, Olja Savičević Ivančević, Lamija Begagić and Mima Simić.

Discussion under the title Shadows – about the Disappearance of the Volksdeutscher and Jewish communities in Yugoslavia, between Ivan Ivanjij and Slobodan Šnajder, will be moderated by Igor Štiks, on Sunday June 18 at 18.00.

The closing debate of this year’s festival will be About the Declaration on Common Language and other demons, with Snježana Kordić, Teofil Pančić, Dragan Markovina and Igor Štiks as participants.

Source: Festival KROKODIL 2017 – Taming the darkness, City magazine.

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