Guča trumpet festival
Guča trumpet festival- also known as Guča festival, will be held between 11th and 14th of August 2016, in city Dragačevo in western Serbia.
Guča trumpet festival, also known as the Dragačevski sabor trubača (Serbian), is an annual brass band festival in the town of Guča, near Čačak city in Dragačevo, region of western Serbia. Guča is a three-hour car journey from Belgrade.
Half million visitors from Serbia and the world come to visit Guča trumpet festival each August.
The little city of Guca has gained world fame owing to its Assembly of Trumpet Players, the largest trumpet event in the world. The love of the people of Dragačevo for the music, especially for the trumpet music, began in the rule of Knjaz Miloš Obrenović, who formed the first military band in 1831. From that period, until now, the trumpet has reigned here uninterrupted while woodwind instruments, in keeping with the customs, warm the soul of its population.
Guča trumpet festival
The sound of the trumpet traditionally accompanies every major event in Serbia’s rural and small-town life: births, baptisms, weddings, Slava, farewell parties for those joining military service, state and church festivals, harvesting, reaping, and also departing the world. Appropriate music is played on these occasions, thus preserving the spirit of the existing tradition.
The first Guča trumpet festival was held on October 16, 1961 in the yard of the Church of St Gabriel in Guča. Initially, it was a very modest Assembly – almost subversive for the prevailing political circumstances of that time. However, the Assembly gradually grew and expanded its, one might say, magical influence, and over the past ten or so years has become the folk remained its key symbol, it is no longer held solely for the trumpet players.
Guča trumpet festival has earned its place on the map of world music festivals, inviting high interest from etno music lovers, and deservedly so. As an internationally recognized trumpet capital, and a singular corner of positive energy, a place with accumulated joy, gaiety and spontaneity, coupled with the piercing yet gentle sound of the trumpet, Guča is a place of catharsis of the heart and soul while the festival lasts. All this is more than enough to attract visitors to Guča from Australia, USA, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Brazil, Argentina and many other countries. Nowadays, Guča festival is well known all over the world, as a place where you can find good music, fun, very good food and where you can spend perfect vacation.
The 2016 edition of Guča trumpet festival will be held between 11th and 14th of August. For program, performers and time see program of the festival.
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