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Novi Sad Plaza
Cultural Centre Novi Sad

The one building in Novi Sad I know better than any other having spent several decades there waiting for “the next thing”. Here was the nerve centre of the whole Festival enterprise, and here, sadly enough, where the commemoration for Suba was held on November 23rd, 1999. An undistinguished building with small, rather tatty offices and a pleasant studio bar overlooking the intimate little square Katolicka Porta that sits behind the Catholic Cathedral.

Two of my jazz drawings now hang in Vesna Kacanski’s office, Miles and Coltrane, now silent witnesses to the never-ending stream of Turkish coffees and ringing phones. Vesna was a constantly sympathetic host who seemed, during the hectic few days of the Festival, to be working eighteen-hour days.

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