It’s one of the largest and most important cities in the Balkans, yet Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, has long been overlooked by many modern-day travelers. Once troubled by violent conflicts following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the city has since shrugged off the shadows of its tumultuous past to re-emerge as one of Europe’s hippest and most happening hubs of urban cool.
Remnants of Belgrade’s past rulers are scattered across the city, from ancient Roman ruins to grand art nouveau buildings designed during the reign of the Hapsburgs. Neighborhoods abound with trendy boutiques and outdoor eateries, and the laid-back café culture, burgeoning artistic and cultural scene, and freewheeling sociable atmosphere all add to the city’s irresistible charms.
Upon the initiative of the City Pioneers’ Council, the Pioneer Center was founded in 1952, which is the present-day Children’s Belgrade Cultural Center. Satisfaction of the needs of children and young persons to spend their leisure time in a range of activities and use their creativity has been one of the basic principles in the work of this institution since its origin. The Children’s Belgrade Cultural Center is the venue of encounter between the children and young people, of children, young people, and adults whose joint activities are particularly encouraged, and of encounters between the adults who, in one way or another, focus their regular activities on children and young persons. In the Children’s Belgrade Cultural Center major and important events: "Joy of Europe" Festival, "Golden Siren", "Children’s Film Parade" have been initiated, which still gather thousands of children and young persons.