On April 16th the European Centre for Culture and Debate The City will open in Belgrade...The City wishes to work within and contribute to the culture of the local community, as well as other communities through strategic networking between the cities in Serbia - Kragujevac and Zrenjanin in the first phase. While Serbia is geographically in Europe and politically not, The City will actually through its cultural and debate programmes work on bringing Serbia closer to Europe, as well as Europe closer to Serbia..Thanks to the hospitality of Savski Venac municipality, The City will be situated in a building that dates back to 1884. in Bra?e Krsmanovi? street, a part of Sava River Amphitheater. Having changed purpose through the decades - before WW2 it was a parquet storage place belonging to Josip Rendeli from Karlovci and lately was used by Centrotextil as a storage facility - the building will now host a 150 m2 gallery, a fully equipped conference hall for 100 people, a presentation and training hall, a small design gallery as well as a space for concerts and plays..The City will present debates with European politicians, young entrepreneurs, contemporary artists, journalists, as well as a regional Summer School for cultural managers, festivals of European film and art and various cultural programmes. The City will be the place of connecting cultures, exchanging different ideas and opinions: a place open for art and culture for the citizens of Belgrade and beyond..