After a night of partying, concerts and more fireworks than the Chinese could shake a stick at, Belgrade is ready to welcome in the New Year with the now traditional Street of the Open Heart.
The event, originally organised by the Atelje 212 theatre and Srpska kafana, has become a much larger deal with the whole of Svetogorska being closed to traffic and reserved for pedestrians (see map below).
This year, the event is being organised under the slogan “Let love warm us up” and aims to raise funds for a new shelter for the capital’s disadvantaged children.
The main programme for visitors will be performances by actors and performers in three streets: Svetogorska, Makedonska and Skadarska. The programme is always aimed at families with children and includes jugglers, clowns, children’s comedy and songs. Adults can grab a mulled wine or a hot rakija from one of the stalls along the way or, alternatively, pop into one of the central kafanas for a spot of lunch and some relief from the crowds. We warmly recommend Mornar, at the corner of Makedonska and Dečanska, or any of the restaurants and kafanas along Skadarska.
As part of the charity fundraising, the Tourist Organisation of Belgrade (TOB) has organised an open-top bus tour of Belgrade. Tickets are 400 dinars per person and can be purchased from the TOB info centre at number 5 Knez Mihailova.
Head down to Svetogorska while the sun is shining for a great day out.