Despite the pandemic, the third Kaleidoscope of Culture, held from 4 September to 9 October 2020, managed to gather some of the most significant European names from the world of literature and design, as well as to raise the capacity of the local scene, with a new approach to content and implementation. This is confirmed by the ’Rigoletto’ opera, which was performed outdoors for the first time, with a video projection in front of the Czech Magazine, in cooperation with the oldest theatre in Serbia – the Serbian National Theatre.

Being one of the first European Capitals of Culture that started the creation and production of new online content during the pandemic, through the network of cultural stations and with local artists, Novi Sad was prepared and ready to start the Kaleidoscope of Culture, within which its diverse programmes reached 200,000 people on social media. In addition to this, programmes of Kaleidoscope of Culture were streamed on TV and radio channels of public services – Radio Television of Serbia and Radio Television of Vojvodina.

The week of visual arts opened the doors of the Gallery of Matica Srpska, one of the oldest national artistic museums in Serbia, where the audience had a rare opportunity to find about its private collections, while during the week of performing arts, Korzo, usually being held at one of the main Novi Sad boulevards, offered the audience across the world a concert of one of the best world pianist duos – LP Duo.

During the literature week, the Literature Night was held for the first time in Serbia, followed by the Literature Morning at the Najlon market. The Kaleidoscope of Culture connected great names of contemporary literature such as Dejan Tiago Stanković, Isabel Veri, Laurent Seksik, Barbi Marković, Veronika Murek, Slobodan Tišma, Aleksandar Gatalica, Laslo Blašković, Franjo Ptrinović, as well as young talents of local literature, Maša Seničić and Radmila Petrović.

Within the week of applied arts, Design Pavilion in front of SPENS, the Novi Sad giant of modern architecture, marked the end of the Kaleidoscope of Culture. During the exhibition which was designed and curated by the PDP conference, more than 70 authors and copyright collectives from 26 countries who work in the field of design and applied art, presented their works. Some of them were famous Bureau Borsche, famous Studio Mut from Italy, Erich Brechbühl, winner of numerous awards, and others.