Two Faces of Serbia

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Language Arts
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English Language Learners ELL, ESL EFL
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Two Faces of Serbia

Two Faces of Serbia

Serbia is an incredible country, a country of contrast, a place where centuries old tradition and a modern way of life meet and permeate. Two major music festivals, Guca and Exit, best reflect it. Guca is a traditional Serbian Trumpet festival, an authentic Serbian brand. Exit, on the other hand, is a modern European music festival featuring both famous and promising musicians from Europe and the rest of the world.

Try to imagine a brass orchestra playing blues or dance music with elements of traditional Balkan sound. Every beat echoes inside you and makes you move. The atmosphere is unique and the excitement unrivalled. Guca Trumpet Festival is far more than just a competition of brass bands from the country and abroad. Unforgettable hospitality of the local population, delicious traditional food, home-made plum brandy and dazzling sound and rhythm make the whole experience memorable.

The festival dates back to 1961 when the first Guca Trumpet Festival was organised. Over the years its popularity has grown and gone beyond the borders of Serbia. Nowadays brass bands from all over the world come to Guca festival. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to a small village in Western Serbia each year. Its magical attraction still puzzles sociologists, ethnologists, and musicologists. What is the secret? What makes it so special? Come to Guca in August and figure it out for yourseves!

Exit is unique in the festival world. It was founded in 2000 as a student movement fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia and the Balkans. Social responsibility is still a very important aspect of the festival activities. It is held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad every July. It gathers musicians and DJs from all over the world. Renowned stars and artists from all music genres perform on the Main Stage. Attracting some 200,000 music lovers from over 60 countries each year, the festival boasts 22 stages of music.

The festival has received several awards over the past few years. In January 2014, Exit was proclaimed as the “Best Major European Festival” at the fifth annual European Festival Awards in Groningen. So, be there this July and become a part of a superb cultural and social gathering!

GUCA

EXIT

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