Built in the 1930s by noted architect Dragisa Brasovan, it was used for decades by BIGZ, one of the biggest publishing houses in former Yugoslavia. Today, its insides sometimes seem the perfect set for a horror or thriller movie.
In the last 10-15 years, BIGZ building’s premises have been rented out (thus it’s not a squat, as some put it) to many artists of different kinds, turning its huge, ruined space into a kind of artistic mecca.
It’s the other home of many noted or not-that-noted local bands – in its semi-dark hallways you might bump into some of the Balkans’ rock-stars, best known DJs, heavy metal kids, underground hip hop artists or an anarcho punk group. There are shows and open band rehearsals or ‘art troupe’ performances occasionally, you just have to come and explore.
Until recently, it’s been a home to many clubs of all kinds. Their former frequent visitors are still hoping that jazz place “Cekaonica” (VII floor) and “BIGZ Scena” (I floor) will re-open.
The greatest thing about BIGZ is that you never really know what you’re gonna see inside – the shooting of a Luc Besson film or some music video, a circus troupe creating their DIY costumes in the hallway or members of a Roma hip hop boy band. The best thing is to drop by and explore or check what’s up in the BIGZ Kulturni Centar FB group. And don’t miss the view from the top of the building, once you’re there.