1st Part of Balkan Music Trilogy
Written, Produced & Directed By: Sali S. Sallini
World Premiere: Summer 2014
(incl. English / Turkish Subtitles)
Running Time: 72 min.
Vladimir Djurić – Djura
Zdravko Kljajić – Bebek (Beautiful Little Boy)
Boža Ilić – Toba (Big Boy)
The village of Gucha (Guča), located in western Serbia’s Dragačevo District, is situated in one of the most peaceful and colorful parts of the country. Over the years it has gained world fame owing to its annual assembly of trumpet players.
The Guča Trumpet Festival, also known as the Dragačevo Assembly (Serbian: Драгачевски сабор or Dragačevski sabor, is an annual brass band festival held in the town of Guča, near the city of Čačak, in the Dragačevo region of western Serbia. Guča is a three-hour bus journey from Belgrade.
600,000 visitors make their way to the town of 2,000 people every year, both from Serbia and abroad. Elimination heats earlier in the year mean only a few dozen bands get to compete. Guča’s official festival is split into three parts. Friday’s opening concert, Saturday night celebrations and Sunday’s competition. Friday’s concerts are held at the entrance to the official Guča Festival building. This event features previous winners, each band getting to play three tunes while folk dancers, all kitted out in bright knitting patterns, dance kolos and oros in front of a hyped-up audience.
An English party site, thisisthelife.com, has named Guča the best festival in the world: “Forget Glastonbury, Reading, Burning Man and Coachella: the wildest music festival on earth is a cacophonic and crazy brass band festival that takes place every summer in the tiny Serbian town of Guča in the western region of Dragačevo.”
The legendary musician Miles Davis when visiting Gucha Trumpet Festival said:: “I didn’t know you could play trumpet that way”
In 2010 the organizers issued an official call to the presidents of Russia and U.S., Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, to attend the 50th anniversary event.
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