Ever since 1982 Kikinda has hosted the unique International Sculpture Symposium Terra. A lot of artists from Serbia and abroad come here in July to make large sculptures in terracotta which are then exhibited in the town square or other cities.
For more than 20 years, Terra has also got an exhibition area in the gallery of the same name in the centre of the town.
The Humanitarian theatre "Gusani u magli" (= ganders in the mist) was founded in July 2012, thanks to the enthusiasm of Stefan Ostojic and his friends from secondary school.
All the work these bighearted young people do and the plays they put on stage for only 50RSD has one goal - help to those who need it most, little patients in children's ward of our local hospital, children with special needs or socially vulnerable children.
They have no sponsors and do everything alone, make and design their own posters, scenery, costumes, and things like that. They show that you can do everything if you want to.
The local government also recognised the generosity of these young people and gave them the Annual Town Award.
Suvacha is a Serbian word for a horse-powered mill. The one in Kikinda was built in 1899 and is one of two such mills in Europe.
According to some documents, the town had 17 horse-powered mills in 1781, 32 in 1800, and 51 in 1847.
And, it's also said that a mill could give 100kg flour per hour if powered by 5 horses.
Kikinda is also the home of the only children's theatre in this region of my country.
The Art theatre was founded in 1994, thanks to the enthusiasm of Dragomir Dragan Jovic. It was first located in the hall of the National library, but later moved to its present home, the old house built in 1933. After the death of Dragan Jovic, the actors stopped performing the plays.
In 2003, the actors Aleksandar Maletin and Milan Vujic re-opened the doors of the children's theatre and gave it a new name Lane (=fawn). "Three Little Pigs", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Forest Fairy Tale" and "Cinderella" are just some of the plays performed in this theatre. Sometimes the actors also put on stage the plays with the small ballerinas from the local ballet studio.
The plays are given from May to November, weekends only, or weekdays for schools (previously arranged).
The National Theatre (Narodno pozorište) was founded in 1950, 154 years after the 1st play was given in Kikinda. It was in German. But the 1st play in Serbian, 'Svetislav and Mileva' by Jovan Sterija Popovic, was given in 1834 in a nearby cafe called 'Zlatni plug' (=golden plough).
A lot of successful plays have been performed since then, and some even won prizes.
Since 2010, they have been organising The International Small Scenes Theatre Festival. It takes place at the end of June and lasts 7 days.
Kurija was built in 1839 for the purposes of the District of Big Kikinda. It still has the 4t-heavy stone emblem of the District on its facade.
Kurija used to be a court and a prison, but now it's the seat of the Archive, the National Museum and the Modern Gallery.
Here you can see valuable archaeological, ethnic and historical collections, or attend concerts and exhibitions. There are even interesting, educational camps for young children during summer and winter holidays.
Museum working hours:
80RSD - children and students
120RSD - adults
discounts for groups
annual tickets (200RSD for children and students, 400RSD for adults)
Gradska kuc'a ( Town Hall ) is a monumental building built in 1891-1893 in the neobaroque and neorenaissance styles. It has a tall observation tower with Latin inscription ' ATTENDITE! ', meaning attention, and the relief of the town emblem ( a cut off Turk's head on a sabre held by a hand in armour ). The facade is decorated with the reliefs of torches, emblems, a man, a woman and a child.
This Assembly Building is also a place where people can get married or attend concerts.
The National Library (Narodna biblioteka) is the oldest cultural institution here in Kikinda. It was founded on 1 May 1845 as the first Serbian Reading Room. In this way its founders, Pavle and Mihail Trifunac, Atanasije Udicki, Lazar Kiric, Georgije Stankovic and Sergije Birimac, wanted to emphasise the importance of reading and education.
After WWII, the library got the name of a writer from Kikinda, Jovan Popovic (18 XI 1905 – 13 II 1952).
Apart from books (around 150,000 titles), you can read the newspapers and magazines here, or attend book promotions, lectures and poets' evenings. Every summer they used to show films in the spacious yard, but since 2006 the yard has been the gathering place of all short story writers from around the world. You are more than welcome to visit the 'Kikinda short' festival at the end of June.
The Big park (Veliki park) truly is the lungs of our town and a perfect place to relax, go jogging, ride a bike, go for a walk (preferably with somebody)... There's also a playground and running tracks, so you can find a lot of athletes training here.
In 2006, the 2ha-sized 'Blandaš' park, the home to lots of old trees and shrubs, became protected as a Natural monument.
Not far from the town square, somewhat hidden from everyone's eyes, there's this lovely lake. We call it Old Lake (Staro jezero), and it's all that's remained of the Galacka River.
The locals enjoyed swimming here in the 1960s. But, soon afterwards, it became quite neglected, until a few years ago it got its charm back... It's a real oasis of peace now. When it's sunny, children play at the playground there, people ride bikes or go jogging around it. You can even meet a fisherman or two nearby. When it's cold and the lake frozen the courageous ones go ice skating here, although it's strictly forbidden.
The Roman Catholic Church (Rimokatolicka crkva) was built in the centre of Kikinda, just a few steps from the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The church was built in 1811 and dedicated to St. Francisco of Asisi. It's been recently restored.
Hram Svetog Nikole ( Saint Nicolas Serbian Orthodox Churh ) was built in 1769 on the grounds of an old church. Five years later, a bell-tower was erected. At 1st old bells were used, but in 1899 new ones ( 1 big weighing 1707.5kg and 3 smaller ) were made.
The iconostasis and 2 wall pictures ( The Resurrection of Christ and The Secret Dinner ) were done in 1773 by Teodor Ilic-Cesljar, our famous artist of the 18th century.