Culture

CULTURE

CULTURAL CENTER "DRAINAC"

 

The holder of cultural and artistic events in the municipality of Blace is the Cultural Centre 

"Drainac", founded by the Municipal Assembly of Blace.

As a cultural institution, it was founded in 1961, by the decision of the Municipality of Blace 

and was named "Rade Drainac". Until then, as an independent institution, existed: library, 

cinema "Jasterbac" and amateur cultural and artistic society. The establishment of the 

Culture integrated the work of all these previously independent institutions.

1. The House of Culture transferred its activities to the new building and under a new 

name: the House of Culture Dr. Radivoj Uvalić - Bata. This monumental building was 

officially opened for work on December 5th 1981.

2. The institution was given a new name, which it has today: Cultural Center "Drainac".

Cultural Center is an institution that is registered to perform the following activities:

- other education

- publishing of magazines and periodical publishing

- other publishing activities

- retail trade of books in specialized stores

- media presentation

- sports and recreation education

- artistic education 

- book publishing

- supporting educational activities

- activity of presentation of cinematographic works

- creative, arts and entertainment activities

- performing activities

- other artistic activities within the performing arts

- artistic creation

- other entertainment activities

- activities of museums, galleries and collections

- other printing

- retail trade of music and video recordings in specialized stores

- rental of own or leased real estate and their management.

Cultural and artistic events that the center has organized recently are:

- books promotions

- literary evenings

- books salons

- art exhibitions

- theater performances

- cinema

- art colony

- International Easter Folklore Festival et al. 

It should be emphasized that, in addition to activities conducted within the framework of 

self-organization, CC "Drainac" as an institution participates in events organized of the 

regional and republican significance, such as:

- Drainac meetings of poets and writers

- "Days of Plum" Blace

- Republican festival of reciters of primary and secondary schools

- Marking important dates and jubilees

- Festival of children's creativity

- Festival of adult education etc.

Cultural Center has a very significant infrastructure facility and bigger cities in Serbia would 

want the similar one.

Within the Cultural Center there is a multifunctional (cinema, theater) hall with about 500 

seats, with the parterre, balcony and a spacious stage.

As a major cultural institution Cultural Center "Drainac" plays an important role in changing

the spirit of small town Blace.

Contact:

Kralja Petra I, 70

18420, Blace

+381 27371709

www.kcdrainac.com 

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MANIFESTATIONS

Traditional manifestation of sports-tourist character "Džipijada" – Jastrebac’s meetings of off-

road cars teams, organized by the Sports and Tourist Trade Center "Nirvana" and the 

Municipality of Blace. This manifestation is not a competition but was created for the purpose 

of recreation and entertainment, and it attracts a large number of enthusiasts, fans of off-

road cars from Toplica and Rasina District who want to try their skill and strength on the 

slopes of Jastrebac. Columns of cars pass through the mountain crags Jastrebac, not carrying 

for the poor terrain, snow, rain and mud, they help each other to overcome the incredible 

obstacles placed by nature on the predetermined route. Thirty crews pass that day up to a 

hundred kilometers along hill and mountain trails enjoying rest and socializing.

Art Colony "Blace" was first organized in 2005 and it has the status of permanent cultural 

events at the level of the Municipality of Blace. Every year, it brings together artists of 

different sensibilities and orientation so that it gains in quality and importance. Each 

convocation of the colonies gathers academic painters as well as amateur artists and guests. 

The importance of the colony is great for the cultural  development and progress of the 

Municipality of Blace,  through the creation of a fund of images, cooperation of artists and 

the exchange of experiences as well as regarding the education of citizens through the 

participation in the work of artists. The organizers of the Art Colony "Blace" are the 

Municipality of Blace and Cultural Center "Drainac". 

Wolf chase

Every year, on the last Saturday of January, Hunting Association "Blace" organizes " Wolf 

chase", in which nearly 800 hunters from all over Serbia take participation, but also from 

abroad. In the area of Javorac, in the foothills of Kopaonik, there is a hunting ground 

Dragomirovac, from where hunters start their Wolf chase, but they also hunt foxes, wild pigs, 

rabbits, pheasants, gray partridges... 

 

Days of plums

 

The most significant manifestations, not only of the municipality of Blace, but of this part of 

Serbia, is the "Days of plums." The establishment of this festival was initiated by the

tendencies of plum producers to place this noble fruit, produced in our area, ecologically 

healthy environment, on deserved place in the offer of agricultural products Serbia. Since 

over two million plum trees were planted in the municipality of Blace, on more than five 

thousand acres of land, with an average annual yield of 5,000 wagons, the whole municipality 

is classified as a leading manufacturer of plums in Serbia. In honor of this fruit, the last days 

of August are reserved for the promotion of the municipality, plums and plum products 

through numerous economic, scientific, cultural, entertainment, exhibitions and other 

events.

 

Handball TV Tournament

 

Special importance in the popularization and promotion of sports and tourism potentials of 

the municipality of Blace, has a traditional TV International Handball Tournament. Organized 

by STTC "Nirvana", RK "Jastrebac" and the Municipality of Blace, it is held every year in 

August. In modern sports hall with 600 seats, gather a large number of fans of handball, 

quality teams and distinguished guests. The participants in the tournament, in previous years, 

were all significant domestic teams, but often champions of Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, 

Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Romania, Macedonia, Montenegro ...

Except the hall, Blace has an open, landscaped and lighted courts for football and volleyball, 

mini pitch, a complex of tennis courts, gym ... so Blace is often choice of sports teams for 

training in all periods during the year.

International Easter Folklore Festival is a manifestation organized by the Cultural Center 

"Drainac" from Blace. Members of KUD "Drainac", as hosts, welcome a large number of guests 

every year, and together they arrange a real holiday for all lovers of traditional dances and 

songs. Festival, from year to year, justifies its existence by growing number of participants, as 

well as expanding cooperation with numerous folk ensembles, not only from Serbia, but from 

the entire region and beyond.

Drainac literary meetings held for decades in honor of the great poet and bohemian Radojko 

Jovanović,  known under the pseudonym Rade Drainac. With the participation of eminent 

writers from Serbia and neighboring countries, cultural events are organized in all four 

municipalities of Toplica, and the most exciting part of the program is the hosting of the 

event participants in Blace and Trbunje in his house.

The professional jury awards the prize "Rade Drainac" every year to the winner-poet for the 

published collection of poetry.

Drainac literary meetings held for decades in honor of the great poet and bohemian Radojko

Jovanović,  known under the pseudonym Rade Drainac. With the participation of eminent 

writers from Serbia and neighboring countries, cultural events are organized in all four 

municipalities of Toplica, and the most exciting part of the program is the hosting of the 

event participants in Blace and Trbunje in his house.

The professional jury awards the prize "Rade Drainac" every year to the winner-poet for the 

published collection of poetry.

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