Open Heart Street

Every January 1st, in two streets in center of Belgrade a manifestation of Open Heart Street is held. Officially established at late 80s, at the beginning it was an interesting event, when actors from "Atelje 212" theatre went to neighbouring "Srpska kafana" restaurant, becaming waiters, while at the same time, waiters became guests. It was very interesting for many people who wanted to be part of this and be served with food and drinks by some of the most important Serbian theatre actors and, in time, restaurant became too small to get all of the people, so they started to gather in the street – Svetogorska, then later in Makedonska, too. Today, it is first manifestation in a year organized by Tourist organisation of Belgrade.

This year, there was a humanitarian action organized and money collected for project "Clown Doctors" – project was started in 2003. when entertainers for kids went to hospitals and played with kids who were cured there. During one week they can visit about 1000 kids. It was simple, you could byu a plastic red clown nose and money will be used for financing a project.

I was there with some friends, walking through crowds, trying to defend ourselves from attacking baloons and flying clowns and medieval knights. It was fun πŸ˜€

More photos here.

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36 Responses to Open Heart Street

  1. gdare says:

    I couldn`t find a place where they were sold – we were there pretty late, so probably all of them was sold :up:

  2. rose-marie says:

    Sounds like fun :D. Well, except for the flying clowns… :insane: And a good cause too :up:But why isn't there a picture of you with a red nose? :whistle:

  3. gdare says:

    Yes πŸ˜›

  4. Furie says:

    Flying clowns? :faint:

  5. Furie says:

    :insane: They will judge us for our sins!

  6. ellinidata says:

    what a wonderful idea for helping kids! "when there is a will there is a way!" I am not fond of clowns very much but I would have bought many red noses for this reason! baloons too :p:clown: :clown: :clown: :clown: :clown: :clown: PS thanks for sharing, great pictures too! (Serbians are good looking like Greeks :p )

  7. thaodp says:

    A meaningful event! Your medieval knights are attractive 😎

  8. Zaphira says:

    What a great idea!That thing about the red noses, wasn't that idea used to increase AIDS-awareness also, years ago? :confused: Cool post! :up:

  9. gdare says:

    Mik – I thought you are an :angel:Angeliki – when I saw one man wearing it, he was with two kids and I thought he was trying to entertain them; suddenly a lot of people were heading my way, everyone with red noses :eyes: "How weird" I thought to myself but then I saw a poster on a wall :DMit – knights started to fight each other and only difference was they had wooden swords and Morning stars but they hit seriously at each other – or so it looked to audience πŸ˜€ Kids were enjoying, that is for sure πŸ™‚

  10. gdare says:

    Sometimes I don`t feel lucky at all, especially if I am in a hurry and then traffic is closed because of some event :faint:

  11. gdare says:

    Errr… I am not sure, it could be. I never follow announcements about such events, usually just "stumble" upon them on my way back from job or when I go through center for completely different reason πŸ˜€

  12. gdare says:


  13. Zaphira says:

    You're so lucky. I never stumble over events like that. I have to keep my eyes open, otherwise I would never take one single photo. :awww:

  14. Cois says:


  15. gdare says:

    Yes, it was funny to see a lot of red noses all around πŸ˜€

  16. SittingFox says:

    That's very cool! 😎

  17. thaodp says:

    Ohh, Wooden sword fight is great but those morning stars :insane:

  18. Dacotah says:

    You are welcome Darko. πŸ™‚

  19. gdare says:

    Mit – even with wooden sword fight there is possibilty of having head injured. Or arm.Carol – thanks πŸ™‚

  20. ellinidata says:

    in the second photothe man on the left has pointy nose and it seems the round shape of the clown nose it does not fit! to his credit he still has it around his neck!:p

  21. Words says:

    What a great way to start the year! :up:

  22. gdare says:

    Angeliki – later, I`ve seen one father with a kid wearing it on his forehead, in a bus; I guess he forgot about it at all :lol:Words – yes; some of the people I know had red noses without necessity to buy them :whistle: :drunk:

  23. kalynka says:

    Nice idea, apart from clowns whom I hate :rolleyes:How to say "open heart" in Serbian?

  24. gdare says:

    Otvoreno srce. I think in Russian it is ΠΎΡ‚ΠΊΡ€ΠΎΠ΅Π½Π½ΠΎ сСрдцС ?Why do you hate clowns? :left:

  25. Furie says:

    Which brings us back to your banner, Alla. :p

  26. kalynka says:

    I just don't like anything artificial and exeggarated :left:ΠΎΡ‚ΠΊΡ€Ρ‹Ρ‚ΠΎΠ΅ сСрдцС (otkritoe serdtse) stands for open heart in rus. πŸ™‚

  27. gdare says:

    ΠΎΡ‚ΠΊΡ€Ρ‹Ρ‚ΠΎΠ΅ :doh:*goes to take a look at Alla`s banner*

  28. kalynka says:

    Hahahaha, i'll change it soon πŸ˜₯

  29. edwardpiercy says:

    That is a very neat and cool idea. :up: :up: :up: We should do something like that here in Spokane, considering we are a medical center.

  30. gdare says:

    Ed, they have sold 40000 red noses for only one hour and collected about 20000 eur. It is nice, indeed πŸ™‚

  31. Dudley says:

    I came, I saw, I commented πŸ™‚

  32. gdare says:

    Thank you πŸ˜€

  33. PainterWoman says:

    What a wonderful event! I think I'd like to get one of those noses. πŸ˜€

  34. gdare says:

    I wanted but they were already sold out πŸ˜€

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