March 13 - 22, 2020

SERBIA: 2020 Belgrade Irish Festival

The Belgrade Irish Festival (BIF) is an annual multidisciplinary Irish arts programme showcasing contemporary and historic Irish arts.

The festival has become the premier Irish arts festival in south-eastern Europe, attracting well known Irish artists to the region as well as opening up a rare and significant space for a projection of Ireland’s culture within the Western Balkan region.

Some Highlights:


The legendary Irish band Hothouse Flowers will appear for the first time in Belgrade at the Bitef art cafe on March 13th. The famous crew began their career in 1985 playing on the streets of Dublin, but in 1988 they recorded their first album, People, which proved to be the most successful debut album in Irish music history.


Famed Irish director, screenwriter, writer, actor and producer, Jim Sheridan is the guest of honor at this year's Belgrade Irish Festival. Director of cult films such as "My Left Foot" and "In the Name of the Father" starring Daniel Day Lewis, Sheridan was personally nominated for an Oscar six times, while the two films received a total of thirteen Academy Award nominations.


The 180m square mural in the heart of the city will be painted by Irish street art artist James Earley. Erley is an artist who has been part of the Irish graffiti scene since 1997 where he has had the opportunity to learn how to construct large formats and how to play with expression and improvisation. During the same period he attended the National College of Art and Design and later completed his undergraduate studies in visual communication.


Photographer Nigel Swann brings us to Belgrade an extraordinary exhibition called 'the nono zone'. During the German occupation of France between 1940 and 1944, the territory controlled by the collaborative Vichy regime was called 'la zone non occupée' and was called 'the nono zone' by the French Resistance Movement.