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Kragujevac (Serbian Cyrillic: Крагујевац, pronounced [krǎɡujeʋats] (About this soundlisten)) is the fourth largest city in Serbia and the administrative centre of the Šumadija District. It is the historical centre of the once densely-forested region of Šumadija in central Serbia, and is situated on the banks of the Lepenica River. According to the 2011 census, the city proper has a population of 150,835, while its administrative area comprises a total of 179,417 inhabitants.

Kragujevac

Крагујевац
City of Kragujevac
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From top: City Assembly Building, The 21 October Museum, National Museum of Kragujevac, Temple of the Assumption of the Most Holy Theotokos, Architecture in Kragujevac, Theatre building, Monument to the executed pupils and teachers, Second Kragujevac Gymnasium
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Location of Kragujevac within Serbia.
Location of Kragujevac within Serbia.
Coordinates: 44°00′40″N 20°54′40″E / 44.01111°N 20.91111°E / 44.01111; 20.91111Coordinates: 44°00′40″N 20°54′40″E / 44.01111°N 20.91111°E / 44.01111; 20.91111
Country Serbia
RegionŠumadija and Western Serbia
DistrictŠumadija
Founded1476
Government
 • MayorRadomir Nikolić (SNS)
Area
Area rank22nd in Serbia
 • Urban82.83 km2 (31.98 sq mi)
 • Administrative835 km2 (322 sq mi)
Elevation
173 m (568 ft)
Population
 (2011 census)[2]
 • Rank5th in Serbia
 • Urban
150,835
 • Urban density1,800/km2 (4,700/sq mi)
 • Administrative
179,417
 • Administrative density210/km2 (560/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
СРБ-34 000
Area code(s)+381 34
ISO 3166 codeSRB
Licence platesKG
Websitewww.kragujevac.rs

Kragujevac was the first capital of modern Serbia and the first constitution in the Balkans, the Sretenje Constitution, was proclaimed in the city in 1838. During the Second World War, Kragujevac was the site of a massacre by the Nazis in which 2,778 Serb men and boys were killed.

Modern Kragujevac is known for its large munitions (Zastava Arms) and automobile (FCA Srbija) industries, as well as its status as an education centre housing the University of Kragujevac, one of the region's largest higher education institutions.

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EtymologyEdit

The name Kragujevac comes from the Serbian word 'kraguj', which describes a species of hawk. In the Middle Ages, this hawk was common in the woods of the area, and was used for hunting. Therefore, the city's name means 'hawks' roost', an origin well represented on the city's flag.[3][4]

HistoryEdit

Early and medievalEdit

Over 200 archaeological sites in Šumadija confirm that the region's first human settlement took place around 40,000 years ago during the Paleolithic era. The Jerina cave, located near the village of Gradac in the direction of Batočina, is dated to have been inhabited from around 37,000 BP to 27,000 BP. Dugouts dated to 5,000 BC have been found in the city's vicinity, in the localities of Grivac, Kusovac, Divostin, Donje Grbice and Dobrovodica.[5]

At the time of Roman conquest in 9 AD, the territory of the present-day city was largely inhabited by Illyrians (mainly the Dardani) and Celts (the Scordisci).[5] By the late 6th and early 7th centuries, large-scale Slavic raids and settlement began, along with invasions from Hunnic and Germanic tribes. Later, the area would become part of the First Bulgarian Empire. With the weakening of both the Bulgarian and Eastern Roman empires, Stefan Nemanja, Grand Prince of the consolidated medieval Serbian state, captured the territory between 1198 and 1199. Although it is hypothesized that the current area of the city was densely settled by the time of Stefan Nemanja's conquest, it does not appear in medieval Serbian documents.[5]

The first written mention of the city was in an Ottoman cadastral survey (defter) in 1476 after the city's incorporation into the Sanjak of Smederevo.[6] Referred to as 'Kraguyfoça', the settlement, after Ottoman conquest, consisted of a square formerly used as a market with 32 houses. The surrounding region was largely empty; even the forests that once dominated the region had been burned. By the end of the same century, however, the Ottoman administration began to slowly resettle the city's area; by the 1536 cadastral survey, the town had 7 Muslim neighborhoods (mahalas) with 56 houses in total, along with a Christian community of 29 houses. On the left bank of the Lepenica, a mosque was erected.[5][7]

Habsburg-Ottoman conflict and major revoltsEdit

In spite of its newfound consolidation under Turkish rule, the town's location in strategic borderland between the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire made it an area of frequent conflict in the modern era. During the Great Turkish War, the Austrians, under Louis of Baden, pushed the Turks far to the south of the city. Although this occupation was short-lived, it spelled an end to consolidated Ottoman rule in the region. Soon after, in 1718, Kragujevac became a part of the Habsburg Kingdom of Serbia following conquest by Prince Eugene of Savoy and the signing of Treaty of Passarowitz. Under Austrian occupation, the area around the city was fortified, and the Muslim population driven out. As the Ottomans retook the town in 1739, and lost it again in 1789 to the same enemy, the town was ripe for new rule—this time under Serbian rebels.[5][8]

As a settlement central to the Sanjak of Smederevo under Ottoman rule, Kragujevac was of utmost strategic importance to its agitating, largely rural Serb inhabitants. Therefore, it became a centre of the Serbian Revolution, a national awakening of Serbs led by their vojvoda, Karađorđe. First liberated on 5 April 1804 during the First Serbian Uprising, the city was finally freed from imperial rule during the Second Serbian Uprising in 1815.

In 1818, Kragujevac, though largely depopulated following the conflicts of the preceding centuries, was proclaimed capital of the Principality of Serbia on 6 May 1818 by Miloš Obrenović in the medieval Vraćevšnica monastery. To mark the occasion, he built the Amidža Konak, perhaps ironically a lone cultural souvenir of Ottoman rule.[9] The first Serbian constitution, the Sretenje Constitution, was proclaimed in the city on 15 September 1835. It was one of the most liberal constitutions in Europe had ever seen.[citation needed]

Industrial developmentEdit

Although Kragujevac lost its capital status to Belgrade in 1841, its importance only increased during the remainder of the 19th century as it grew into a city marked by its industry. Following centuries of economic underdevelopment, the underpinnings of the city's modernization—and Serbia's main munitions manufacturer, Zastava Arms—were laid in the commissioning of the city's foundry complex in 1835. Known under its Serbian acronym VTZ, the complex was completed in 1850, and the first cannon was cast in 1853. Colloquially styled the 'Knez's arsenal', its first director, Charles Loubry, was a French engineer authorized to take over this duty by a significantly larger figure than the Serbian knez—the Emperor of France, Napoleon III. [10]

 
The Kragujevac cannon foundry in its working days as part of the VTZ

Following the creation of the VTZ, industrial development continued at an unprecedented pace. The first telephone exchange was installed in 1858, and in 1868 the first industrial brewery was opened by Nikola Mesarović. The first printing press was founded in 1870. To connect the city's burgeoning military industry as well as its production of iron ploughs to the rest of Serbia's regions, the BelgradeNiš railroad was built in 1886. To serve its industrial population, Serbia's first grammar school (gimnazija), the city’s first pharmacy, and its first cinema, located in a local kafana, were all built during the remainder of the 19th century, along with Kragujevac's Great (or Upper) Park and, in 1891, its first regulatory urban plan.[5][11]The city's industrialism characterized it among its European peers, along with its workers' demonstrations, known as the Crveni barjak ('Red flag') demonstrations, first held on 27 February 1876.[10]

Today, the beginnings of the town's industry, the now-defunct VTZ, have been recognized by the Serbian government as vital to Serbia's cultural heritage and, as of 2017, consists of 151 individual objects, of which 31 are protected as unique heritage, including the old foundry, the machine workshop, the chimney, the fire lookout tower, the railroad bridge over the Lepenica River, and the cartridge factory. Once known by its non-industrial residents as the 'Forbidden City' (Zabranjeni Grad), the complex is now open to the public.[10]

World War IEdit

During World War I, Kragujevac again became the capital of Serbia (1914–1915), and the seat of many state institutions—the Supreme Army Command was housed within the court house building.[5][12]

During the war, Kragujevac lost around 15% of its population. On the night of 2 June 1918, a group of occupying Slovak soldiers from the Austro-Hungarian 71st infantry regiment mutinied in the city centre. The soldiers, led by Viktor Kolibík, had recently returned from captivity in Russia and were to be immediately deployed to the Italian Front. The mutiny failed, and 44 mutineers were executed.[13]

YugoslaviaEdit

Following World War I, Kragujevac became a part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, later renamed the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In the period before the Second World War, the city continued its cultural and economic development with the founding of the Gundulić Theatre and the Kragujevac Academic Theatre as well as a number of new factories.[14]

 
King Peter's Street

Following the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia, the city came under direct Nazi occupation. After a joint Partisan-Chetnik attack on German forces in nearby Gornji Milanovac, Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel calculated that 50 people were to be shot for every German soldier wounded and 100 people were to be shot for every German soldier killed. Franz Böhme therefore ordered the deaths of nearly 2,800 men and boys between 19 and 21 October 1941 in the Kragujevac massacre.[15][16] The dead included a class from the city's First Gymnasium; today, a monument to the executed pupils is the symbol of the city.[17] The massacre inspired a poem titled Krvava Bajka (A Bloody Fairy Tale) by Desanka Maksimović.[18]

The city was liberated from Nazi Germany on 21 October 1944.[5]

In the post-war period, Kragujevac continued to develop its industry. Its main products were passenger cars, trucks and industrial vehicles, hunting arms, industrial chains, leather, and textiles. The biggest industry was Zastava Automobiles, which at one point employed tens of thousands people.[19]

The first product of the Zastava Automobiles car company, the FIAT 750, was manufactured in 1955 under a licence to Fiat Automobiles (now FCA). In the following three decades, more than five million passenger cars (FIAT 750, Zastava 1300, Zastava 101, Zastava 128, Zastava Yugo, Yugo Florida, Fiat 500L) were manufactured and marketed in 74 countries worldwide.[20] Perhaps most infamous among the automobiles produced is the Yugo, also marketed as the Zastava Korral.

The city's industry greatly suffered under international economic sanctions during the Milošević era in the 1990s, and some parts were reduced to rubble by the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.[21]

Kragujevac todayEdit

The city today remains an industrial heart of Serbia, and has grown with the influx of students and refugees from the Yugoslav wars. In 2010, the city government signed a memorandum with the German development agency GIZ and in 2012 city hall adopted a strategy of urban development of the central city zone to be completed by 2030. As of December 2017, many objects within the complex deteriorated and the right bank of the Lepenica is urbanistically neglected. The authenticity and representative values of the complex must be preserved, but where it is allowed, the industrial and workers quarters will be transformed into the residential and commercial areas, traffic corridors and used for the numerous educational and cultural institutions Serbia's industrial city continues to cherish.[10]

Geography and infrastructureEdit

Kragujevac lies 180 metres (591 feet) above sea level. The coordinates of the city are 44°00'40 N and 20°54'40 E. It is located in the valley of the river Lepenica. The city covers an area of 835 square kilometres (322 sq mi), surrounded by the slopes of the Rudnik, Crni Vrh, and Gledić mountains. Kragujevac is the traditional centre of Šumadija, a region characterized by its rolling hills and fertile orchards.

CityscapeEdit

The architecture of Kragujevac displays a fusion of many different styles. Historically, Ottoman (nowadays almost completely gone) and 19th century Vienna Secession style architecture have played an important role in the city's landscape.[22]

Newer architecture dominates the city's panorama. Brutalism, as showcased in the monuments to the Kragujevac massacre as well as post-war concrete apartment blocks built during the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia period, is present throughout the city. Today, glass office buildings reflect the ambitious business aspirations of the city. Some important buildings in Kragujevac include:

  • The old church of Descent of the Holy Spirit, built in 1818 as a part of Prince Miloš's court
  • The Old Parliament, built in the court of the church where the first parliamentary meeting was held in 1859
  • The Amidža Konak, built by Prince Miloš in 1820 as a residential house (now exhibition) and an example of regional Serbian architecture
  • The Prince Mihailo Konak, built in 1860 to blend local tradition with European architectural concepts and now the National Museum
  • The grammar school (gimnazija), built between 1885–87 in European style to serve as the first educational institution of its kind in Serbia, educating prominent Serbian figures such as Svetozar Marković, Nikola Pašić, and Radomir Putnik

The Upper (Great) Park is the largest park in Kragujevac. It was established in 1898. It is covered with more than 10 hectares (25 acres) of greenery, and a dense canopy of century-old trees, renovated walkways and benches are the right place for rest, walk and relaxation. In the park and its immediate vicinity there are sports facilities for basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Lower (Small) Park is located in the city centre, within the Milos Wreath complex. At its centre there is a monument to the Fallen People of Šumadija. The Ilina Voda park, a legacy of Svetozar Andrejević, was established in 1900. It covers an area of 7 hectares (17 acres).

There is a fountain with a small waterfall, five mini lakes connected by a small stream, and a small zoo with about 100 animals and a garden with various types of trees characteristic of Šumadija. The curiosity in the park is the largest sculpture of Easter eggs (3 metres (10 ft) high) in Europe and the second in the world; made from recycled metal, set in 2004.[23] Scenic attractions nearby include the Aranđelovac, Gornji Milanovac, Vrnjačka Banja, and Mataruška Banja, Karađorđe's castle, the Church of Saint George in Topola 40 kilometres (25 miles) away, the Old Kalenić monastery 55 kilometres (34 miles) away, the resorts of Rogot (28 km (17 mi)) and Stragari (34 km (21 mi)) with the old Blagoveštenje and Voljavča monasteries.

TransportationEdit

Kragujevac has developed transportation infrastructure, with a variety of road connections to the Serbian capital, Belgrade. It can be reached using Serbian IB-class roads 24 (an expressway) and 25. In the coming years, the city will also be accessible via Pan-European Corridor X or, in Serbia, the A1 motorway. The town is also connected to nearby Jagodina and Gornji Milanovac via class IIA road numbers 170 and 176 (via Bar, Montenegro), respectively.[24]

Kragujevac is connected by bus lines with almost all cities in the country. The most frequent departures (every half-hour) are to Belgrade. The central bus station is about a kilometre away from the city centre. Kragujevac can also be reached by train. The central train station is located close to the central bus station.[25]

The company responsible for public transportation in Kragujevac is the City Traffic Agency (GSA). The integrated public transport is performed by three companies: Lasta, Arriva Litas and Vulović Transport. There are 25 bus lines operating according to established timetable.[26] There are also 7 taxi and 3 rent-a-car companies operating in Kragujevac.[27] Car parking system with 10 parking lots and zoned street parking (three zones with 4,244 parking spaces) is operated by public service company Parking Service Kragujevac.[28]

ClimateEdit

Kragujevac has an oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb), and with a July mean temperature of 21.9 °C (71.4 °F), falling only 0.1 °C short of a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfa). Winds most often blow from southwest and northwest, while they often blow from southeast in January, February and March.[29]

Climate data for Kragujevac (1981–2010, extremes 1961–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 20.6
(69.1)
24.2
(75.6)
29.4
(84.9)
31.4
(88.5)
35.4
(95.7)
39.4
(102.9)
43.9
(111.0)
40.4
(104.7)
37.4
(99.3)
32.6
(90.7)
27.6
(81.7)
21.0
(69.8)
43.9
(111.0)
Average high °C (°F) 5.2
(41.4)
7.3
(45.1)
12.5
(54.5)
17.8
(64.0)
23.0
(73.4)
26.1
(79.0)
28.7
(83.7)
28.8
(83.8)
24.0
(75.2)
18.5
(65.3)
11.6
(52.9)
6.2
(43.2)
17.5
(63.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 0.9
(33.6)
2.3
(36.1)
6.6
(43.9)
11.7
(53.1)
16.7
(62.1)
20.0
(68.0)
21.9
(71.4)
21.5
(70.7)
16.9
(62.4)
11.9
(53.4)
6.4
(43.5)
2.1
(35.8)
11.6
(52.9)
Average low °C (°F) −2.6
(27.3)
−1.9
(28.6)
1.8
(35.2)
5.9
(42.6)
10.6
(51.1)
13.8
(56.8)
15.3
(59.5)
15.1
(59.2)
11.3
(52.3)
7.1
(44.8)
2.5
(36.5)
−1.1
(30.0)
6.5
(43.7)
Record low °C (°F) −27.6
(−17.7)
−23.8
(−10.8)
−18.3
(−0.9)
−5.8
(21.6)
−0.6
(30.9)
2.7
(36.9)
7.2
(45.0)
4.6
(40.3)
−2.2
(28.0)
−6.6
(20.1)
−16.4
(2.5)
−20.7
(−5.3)
−27.6
(−17.7)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 37.9
(1.49)
37.0
(1.46)
42.3
(1.67)
53.9
(2.12)
58.7
(2.31)
76.4
(3.01)
57.7
(2.27)
58.6
(2.31)
51.6
(2.03)
48.9
(1.93)
49.5
(1.95)
45.8
(1.80)
618.5
(24.35)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 12 12 11 12 13 12 9 8 9 10 11 13 132
Average snowy days 8 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 29
Average relative humidity (%) 79 75 69 67 68 68 65 67 72 75 77 81 72
Mean monthly sunshine hours 71.9 94.8 144.5 180.4 234.5 257.4 293.5 275.5 200.8 152.1 93.9 63.7 2,078.1
Source: Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia[30]

Municipalities and settlementsEdit

 
Defunct city municipalities with settlements
Defunct city municipalities

From May 2002 until March 2008, the city of Kragujevac was divided into the following city municipalities:

 
Image from central Kragujevac
Settlements

List of settlements in the city of Kragujevac:

DemographicsEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
194885,468—    
195393,465+1.80%
1961105,711+1.55%
1971130,551+2.13%
1981164,823+2.36%
1991180,084+0.89%
2002175,802−0.22%
2011179,417+0.23%
Source: [31]

According to the 2011 census results, the city's administrative area has a population of 179,417 inhabitants.

Around 70% (126,312 inhabitants) are of working age (aged 15 to 64). The employed population in 2014 was 42,148 (47.0% of whom were women), most of whom work in metalworking (22%) and medical and social services (13%). 54.6% of persons older than 15 have only secondary education, while 17.7%% hold a college or university degree.[32]

Around 93% of total city area is covered with water supply system, 78% with sewage system, 72% with natural gas supply network, and 92% with cell phone networks.[33]

Ethnic groupsEdit

Ethnic group Population
2011[34]
Serbs 172,052
Romani 1,482
Montenegrins 645
Macedonians 297
Croats 192
Yugoslavs 175
Gorani 101
Muslims 97
Others 4,376
Total 179,417

PoliticsEdit

 
District court

Results of the 2012 local elections (there are 87 seats in local assembly) are the following:[35]

EconomyEdit

 
Kragujevac Cannon Foundry in 1856

Kragujevac has been an important industrial and trading centre of Serbia for more than two centuries, known for its automotive and firearms industries. The former state-owned Zastava Automobiles company was purchased by Fiat in 2008, and new company, FCA Srbija, was established. Fiat was joined by partners Magneti Marelli (exhaust systems and control panels), Johnson Controls (car seats and interiors), Sigit (thermoplastic and rubber components) and HTL (wheels).

Weapons manufacturing in Kragujevac began with foundation of the VTZ in 1853 and has since grown to become Serbia's primary supplier of firearms through the Zastava Arms corporation.[36] Today, Zastava Arms exports more than 95% of its products to over forty countries in the world. By the decisions of the Ministry of Defence of Serbia, Zastava Arms became a part of the Defense Industry of Serbia in 2003. The most important partners of Zastava Arms are Yugoimport SDPR, Army and Police of Serbia, Century Arms, and International Golden Group.[citation needed]

Rapp Marine Group (components for ships, oil platforms and machines), Meggle AG (dairy products), Unior Components (broaches, welded construction, thermal treatment), Metro Cash and Carry, Mercator and Plaza centres (retail) established their operations in Kragujevac. The most important local companies include Forma Ideale, Blažeks (furniture), KUČ Company (dairy products), Jagger and Valentino (fashion production), Prizma (medical equipment production and distribution), Agromarket (trade of raw materials for agriculture), Budućnost (meat industry), Agrojevtic (production of bread and pastry), Flores (brandy), and Trnava Promet (retail).

According to the National Bank of Serbia, there were 30 commercial banks operating in Serbia as of December 2016,[37] of which Direktna Banka has its headquarters in Kragujevac.[38]

The Kragujevac Fair was established in 2005. It comprises 1,600 square metres (17,222 sq ft) of area dedicated to trade and exhibitions and 1,000 square metres (10,764 sq ft) of area for other activities (administration, Media centre, restaurant etc.).[39]

As of September 2017, Kragujevac contains one of 14 free economic zones established in Serbia.[40]

The following table gives a preview of the total number of employed people per their core activity (as of 2017):[41]

Activity Total
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 126
Mining 11
Processing industry 14,027
Distribution of power, gas and water 1,001
Distribution of water and water waste management 770
Construction 1,850
Wholesale and retail, repair 7,748
Traffic, storage and communication 2,167
Hotels and restaurants 1,765
Media and telecommunications 1,224
Finance and insurance 1,079
Property stock and charter 128
Professional, scientific, innovative and technical activities 1,823
Administrative and other services 1,687
Administration and social assurance 2,679
Education 4,341
Healthcare and social work 5,060
Art, leisure and recreation 931
Other services 1,009
Total 49,424

Society and cultureEdit

EducationEdit

There are 22 primary and 8 secondary schools in Kragujevac.[42] There are also 3 special schools: a school for hearing impaired children,[43] the music school “Dr Miloje Milojević”,[44]and the school for children with disabilities “Vukašin Marković”.[45]

The University of Kragujevac was established on 21 May 1976. It is the fourth largest university in Serbia and is organized into 12 faculties and two institutes which are spread over six nearby cities (Kragujevac, Čačak, Kraljevo, Užice, Jagodina and Vrnjačka Banja). Around 16,000 students are currently enrolled at the university. It has around 1,350 employees, out of which 900 are teaching and research staff.[46]

The University Library in Kragujevac is of a generally scientific character, and its primary users are university teaching staff and students. Its area is 1,500 square metres (16,000 square feet) and includes several storage rooms, a reading area and the university gallery. The library keeps around 100,000 copies of books, 2,500 doctoral and master thesis, 450 titles of domestic journals and 105 titles of foreign journals.[47]

CultureEdit

 
Museum of Genocide in Kragujevac.

There are many cultural institutions in Kragujevac that have gained regional and national significance in the arts. These institutions include:

  • Knjaževsko-srpsko pozorište (founded in 1835)
  • the National Library "Vuk Karadžić" (founded in 1866)
  • the cultural and artistic group "Abrasević" (founded in 1904)
  • The "October in Kragujevac Memorial Park" , located in Šumarice, commemorating the tragic events of 21 October 1941
  • The National Museum, with various displays including those pertaining to archaeology, ethnic diversity, the history of Kragujevac and Šumadija, and many paintings (the archaeology department has a rich collection of 10,000 display items and over 100,000 study items, while the painting department has over 1,000 pieces of prominent Serbian art of extraordinary value)[48]
  • The "Old Foundry Museum", located within the old gun foundry, presents the industrial development of Kragujevac and Serbia using a collection of 5,800 pieces: weapons and equipment, machines and tools, archive material, photos, paintings, trophies and medals.[49]
  • The Historical Archives of Šumadija, collecting and filing the archives and issues of the seven municipalities of Šumadija and has at its disposal 700 metres (2,297 feet) of archive issues with 780 registries and hundreds of thousands of original historical documents

There are three fine and applied arts associations in Kragujevac: the Art KG, the branch of the Serbian Association of Painters ULUS and the Association of Painters of Kragujevac, the ULUK. The most important annual and biannual cultural events include:

  • the International Festival of Chamber Choir Music
  • the International Festival of Chamber Music
  • the International Small Forms Theatre Festival
  • Arsenal Fest
  • the International Saloon of Antiwar Cartoons
  • the International Art Workshop "Balkan Bridges"
  • the International Jazz Festival
  • the International Puppet Theatre Festival

SportsEdit

Kragujevac is home to Čika Dača Stadium, the third largest stadium in Serbia by seat capacity. The largest and most important sports association in Kragujevac is Radnički, which brings together 19 clubs: football, athletics, volleyball, handball, boxing, wrestling etc. FK Radnički 1923 is the city's most successful football club and competes in the Serbian SuperLiga. Kragujevac is also known for having the oldest Serbian football club founded in the Kingdom of Serbia, FK Šumadija 1903.[50]

KK Radnički is the city's premier basketball team. Besides the Basketball League of Serbia it also competes in the local Adriatic Basketball League. Radnički volleyball club is one of strongest volleyball teams in Serbia, and water polo club VK Radnički Kragujevac competes in the Serbian Water polo League A and has won the domestic league and the LEN Trophy in 2013. The city is home to the CROSS OVER Basketball Summer Camp, and the Bandy Federation of Serbia.[51] The team of Kragujevac plays against the one from Subotica.

The Faculty of Economics of the University in Kragujevac is the founder of the futsal club KMF Ekonomac. The club was founded by Professor Veroljub Dugalić, several teaching assistants and a group of Faculty of Economics students on 7 November 2000. The club is playing in Serbia's Prva Futsal Liga and has won the Serbian championship eight times and Serbian Futsal Cup twice.

Local mediaEdit

Radio stations

  • Radio Kragujevac (94.7)
  • Radio 9 (95.9)
  • TDI Radio (97.9)
  • Radio Centar (98.7)
  • Radio Bravo (103.7)
  • Radio Stari Grad (RSG) (104.3)
  • Radio Zlatousti (90.50)
  • Radio 34 (88.9)

TV stations

Newspapers

GalleryEdit

Notable peopleEdit

International relationsEdit

 
Kragujevac twinning agreement

Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit

Kragujevac is twinned with:[53]

Partnerships and cooperationEdit

The town has other forms of cooperation and city friendship similar to the twin/sister city programmes with:

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Notes
  • Spasić, Živomir. Prestonica Kragujevac: prilozi istoriji Kneževine Srbije: 1818-1841. Prizma, 1998.
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