Saturday, 20. 7. 2019. u 21.00 - Gradec stage

53.IFF - 2019 Traditional instruments of Gorski Kotar, Istria and Kvarner

In line with the main theme of the Festival, and with Rijeka being declared the European Capital of Culture in 2020, this relatively short, 30-minute concert on the main festival stage, Gradec, will highlight the diversity and sound richness that the traditional instruments of Gorski Kotar, Istria and Kvarner artistically create. We will see performances of groups who also take part in the thematic programme Via the Karolina and Lujzijana historical roads to Rijeka (members of Folklore Groups from Barban, Galižana, Jelenje and Poljica), and individual artists, players of traditional instruments.

Sunday, 14. 7. 2019., 21 sat, Klovićevi Dvori Gallery Atrium, Jezuitski trg 4

53.IFF - 2019 “Fusion of jazz and Istrian tradition”

Interpreting Tamara’s unique music, exceptional musicians from her international Transhistria Ensemble skilfully and naturally fuse contemporary jazz with elements of Istrian and Mediterranean music, creating an incredible ease of expression, characteristic only of the greatest of artists. This outstanding group is famous for its amazing alchemy and almost telepathic understanding among musicians. Their performances are rich in spontaneity, innovative improvisations, freedom, humour and powerful communicativeness…

Tuesday, 16. 7. 2019., 21.00 sat, Klovićevi Dvori Gallery Atrium, Jezuitski trg 4

53.IFF - 2019 “Sevdalinka”

Damir Imamović is one of the most significant performers of sevdah today, introducing a new artistic spirit in the traditional folk music of Bosnia and Herzegovina. His appearance on the music scene in 2005 generated a new wave of interest in sevdah and introduced a new way of looking at the genre. He was named ‘a true sevdah revolutionary’ (sevdalinkas.com), ‘the new direction in Bosnian sevdah’ (fRoots), even ‘the king of Sevdah music’ (The Huffington Post)…

Ban Jelacic Square, Wednesday, 17. 7. 2019., 20.00

53.IFF - 2019 “Ethno on the road in Croatia”

Ethno Croatia is a project realized by Jeunesses Musicales Croatia, a member of Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), which stimulates the youth to learn about traditional music from one another and deepen their knowledge of their own traditional music culture. The project also encourages the participants to learn about the legacy of other cultures whose heirs participate in this international camp, with the help of mentors. By gathering knowledge about the musical traditions of others, young people learn about equality, tolerance and democracy.

Ethno Croatia will bring together young musicians from all around the world from 9th to 19th July 2019, at the International Cultural Center of Jeunesses Musicales Croatia in the beautiful Istrian town of Grožnjan, recognized as a JMI World Meeting Center. They will socialize and learn from each other about the music of the countries they come from. The camp will gather young musicians from Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, Estonia, Zimbabwe, Spain, Finland, Jordan, Chile, England and more.

Ethno Croatia is proud to present this year’s artistic leaders, the outstanding and experienced musicians who will teach the participants and assist them in learning, arranging and creating music.

Ban Jelacic Square, Wednesday, 20. 7. 2018. at 20.00

52.IFF - 2018 “Ethno on the road in Croatia”

Ethno Croatia” is a Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) project through which young people learn about traditional music from each other and with the help of mentors and deepen their knowledge about their own musical traditions, as well as the legacy of other cultures whose heirs participate in this international camp. Through learning about the musics of others, these young people also learn about equality, tolerance and democracy.

Ethno Croatia will, in the period from July 9 to July 20, 2018, gather young musicians from all around the world at International Cultural Centre Jeunesses Musicales Croatia in Grožnjan, where they socialize and learn from each other about the music from the countries they come from. This year, the camp feature musicians from 8 countries: Sweden, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Algeria, Croatia and Portugal.

Ban Jelacic Square, Wednesday, 19. 7. 2017. at 20.00

51.IFF - 2017 “Ethno on the road in Croatia”

Ethno Croatia,  is a project of the Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) which encourages young people to educate each other about traditional music and, with the help of mentors, broaden and deepen their knowledge of their own musical culture, as well as the legacy of other cultures whose heirs are taking part in this international camp. Through learning about the musical traditions of others, young participants are gaining knowledge about equality, tolerance and democracy. In the period from July 9th to July 19 th 2017, Ethno Croatia brings young musicians together at the International Cultural Center of JMC in Grožnjan. Young people from all over the world (Belgium, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, Estonia, Zimbabwe, Spain, Finland, Jordan, Chile, England etc.) spend time with each other and learn about the music of the countries they hail from. After partaking in workshops filled with music, dancing and socializing, the participants leave the picturesque Grožnjan and go on the Ethno on the Road tour. This year’s tour includes several Croatian towns (Grožnjan, Gornja Stubica, Slavonski Brod and Zagreb) and two festivals: Jazz is Back – BP 2017 in Grožnjan and the 51st International Folklore Festival in the Croatian capital – Zagreb.

Ban Jelacic Square, Wednesday, 20. 7. 2016. at 20.00

50.IFF - 2016 “Ethno on the road in Croatia”

Ethno on the road in Croatia” has been realised for some years already by the International Folklore Festival in co-operation with the summer ethno-music camp Ethno Croatia for young people in Grožnjan, as a segment of the Jeunesses Musicales International network of similar camps in Africa, Australia and Europe. The fundamental idea of the camps is the exchange of experiences and knowledge of music through mutual learning and teaching between young musicians from various countries. Each participant prepares two traditional songs or two dances from their own culture, which they then teach to the other participants during the camp’s duration. Deepening their knowledge of their own and other musics, young people also learn about the value of equality and tolerance between peoples and nations.

Ethno Croatia 2016. includes musicians from Croatia, Serbia, Estonia, Germany, Dennmark, Ireland, England and Australia. They are conducted by Maise Greenwood, violinist from UK, and Swedish musician, producer and music pedagogue Allan Skrobe.

Zagreb Cance Center, Ilica 10, Thursday, 21. 7. 2016. at 21.00

50.IFF - 2016 Indonesian and Shrilankan traditional music concert

Thanks to refinement of their music and dance traditions, along with cultural, language, ethnic and religious diversity of communities that inherit them, two island countries in South and South East Asia — Sri Lanka and Indonesia — have been for centuries the object of fascination of the Western world. Long-standing exchanges with Europe and other parts of the world, although under the colonial relationships, the differences in work and life from one island to another, and between rural and urban environments, have also contributed to cultural diversity. Today, however, due to growing social networking, compression of time and space, migration, travel and social alliances created out of shared affi nities, we witness the process of commuting the former distant, far-off cultural practices into our own immediate experiences. Musics that ring in the imagination the ocean and wave the tea plantations have been thus anchored elsewhere, including Slovenia and Croatia, Ljubljana and Zagreb.

Ban Jelacic Square, Wednesday, 15th July 2015 at 20.00

49TH IFF - 2015 “Ethno on the road in Croatia”

Ethno on the Road in Croatia” has been realised for some years already by the International Folklore Festival in co-operation with the summer ethno-music camp Ethno Croatia for young people in Grožnjan, as a segment of the Jeunesses Musicales International network of similar camps in Africa, Australia and Europe. The fundamental idea of the camps is the exchange of experiences and knowledge of music through mutual learning and teaching between young musicians from various countries. Each participant prepares two traditional songs or two dances from their own culture, which they then teach to the other participants during the camp’s duration. Deepening their knowledge of their own and other musics, young people also learn about the value of equality and tolerance between peoples and nations.

Ethno Croatia 2015. includes musicians from Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Croatia, Slovenia, Scotland, Sweden and Tunis.

Ban Jelacic Square, Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 20.00
Gradec, Saturday, 19th July 2014 at 21.00

48TH IFF - 2014 WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS

Although ethno / world music concerts – ethno being a synonym of a sort of the more known international term world music – have been a regular part of the International Folklore Festival Zagreb only since 1997, their real beginning was the concert „Nadahnute baštinom/Inspired by Heritage“ which, at the 28th International Folklore Festival Zagreb, presented the work of singers Lidija Bajuk and Dunja Knebl. The same year, 1994, independently from the Festival, the Ethnoambient Live concert took place in the Zagreb club Gjuro II, where the originators of a sort of the Croatian ethno scene presented themselves to the Zagreb audience – Lidija Bajuk, Dunja Knebl, Andrija Maronić and the band Legen. This concert marked the beginning of a systematic use of the term ethno for denoting the music of these musicians, and later all music which was, in its approach, sound and inspiration, similar to theirs. The specific quality of the term „ethno music“ lies in the fact that the musicians themselves consciously chose it to describe their work, i.e. to emphasize the difference from other (earlier, but also contemporary) approaches to the interpretation and presentation of Croatian traditional music.

Ban Jelačić Square, Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 20.00

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 47TH IFF - 2013

Ethno on the Road in Croatia has been realised for some years already by the International Folklore Festival in co-operation with the summer ethno-music camp Ethno Croatia for young people in Grožnjan, as a segment of the Jeunesses Musicales International network of similar camps in Sweden, Belgium, the FYR of Macedonia, France, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovenia and Uganda. For years now, the Grožnjan camp has been successfully headed up and organised by the Swedish musician and producer, Allan Skrobe, and the Croatian musician Lidija Dokuzović. The fundamental idea of the camps is the exchange of experiences and knowledge of music through mutual learning and teaching between young musicians from various countries. Each participant prepares two traditional songs or two dances from their own culture, which they then teach to the other participants during the camp’s duration.

Musicians and music groups from Armenia, Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, Croatia, will be taking part in Ethno Croatia 2013.

“Ethno on the road in Croatia”

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 46TH IFF - 2012

Ethno on the Road in Croatia has been realised for some years already by the International Folklore Festival in co-operation with the summer ethno-music camp Ethno Croatia for young people in Grožnjan, as a segment of the Jeunesses Musicales International network of similar camps in Sweden, Belgium, the FYR of Macedonia, France, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Slovenia and Uganda. For years now, the Grožnjan camp has been successfully headed up and organised by the Swedish musician and producer, Allan Skrobe, and the Croatian musician Lidija Dokuzović. The fundamental idea of the camps is the exchange of experiences and knowledge of music through mutual learning and teaching between young musicians from various countries.

Slovenian ethno music

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 45TH IFF - 2011

Ethno Croatia 2011 gathers musicians and music ensembles from Belgium, Croatia, France, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Tanzania. They are lead by experienced mentors – Allan Skrobe, Swedish musician and producer, and Lidija Dokuzović, Croatian singer in the “Afion” ensemble and leader of female vocal groups “Čipkice” and “Le Zbor”. All participants need to prepare two traditional songs or dances typical of their culture, which they then teach to other participants of the Grožnjan’s camp. Each participant prepares two traditional songs or two dances from their own culture, which they then teach to the other participants during the camp’s duration.

“Ethno on the road in Croatia”

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 44TH IFF - 2010

Ethno Croatia 2010 gathers musicians and music ensembles from Croatia, Tanzania, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, France, Armenia and Ecuador. They are lead by experienced mentors – Swedish musician and producer Allan Skrobe and Croatian singer in the “Afion” Ensemble and leader of several choirs Lidija Dokuzović. All participants need to prepare two traditional songs or dances typical of their culture, which they then teach to other participants of the Grožnjan’s camp. The camp is followed by a small tour around Croatia, called Ethno on the Road, ending with a final concert at the International Folklore Festival in Zagreb.

"Etno Istra"

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 43RD IFF - 2009

Istrian musicians were among pioneers of the development of ethno-music (world music) in Croatia. Led by a desire to revive the dying layers of tradition, but also by belief that tradition is a living and changeable organism, and by a critical attitude towards the established models of public practice of folklore, ensembles such as “Istranova”, which performed at the IFF as early as 1985, paved the way in the 1980s to diverse reinterpretations of heritage within modern musical expressions.

"Liverpool Youngsters", Zambia

ETNOKONCERTI NA 43.MSF - 2010

July 15th, 2009, Ban Josip Jelačić Square, “Liverpool Youngsters”, Zambia

DIALE(C)THNO, Cinkuši and Kavaliri / BODY, MIND & SOUL / Traditional music and dance of Rajasthan

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 42ND IFF - 2008

The title of this year’s world music concert, coined from the words dialect and ethno, discloses its other component – dialect. Relying on one of the topics of this year’s Festival – the one dedicated to Croatian dialects and local speeches – ethno music with kajkavian features has been made the centre of the concert. Precisely the kajkavian dialect music was the starting point of inspiration for musicians who in 1994 became the founders of the Croatian ethno / world music scene.

This year the opportunity to present their music to the European audience has been given to a group of young musicians called Body, Mind & Soul from the town of Mzuzu, northern Malawi. Their performance at the International Folklore Festival Zagreb will present the outcome of their musical explorations a unique musical style which they call voodjazz and describe as a subtle mix of traditional rhythms with a jazzy feel, a musical bridge between Malawian cultures past and present.

"Konga Wibes", Malawi / "Multipart singing of the Mediterranean"

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 41ST IFF - 2007

The Malawian seven-person band formed in 1999. After starting out as a reggae band, they turned to the rich traditional music this landlocked state is known for. Konga Vibes won the prestigious Music Crossroads Southern Africa Festival Award in 2006. A year later they embarked on a groundbreaking tour of Europe. Their vibrant live performances were first seen in Europe in June and July 2007, as they performed in cities like Amsterdam, Brussels and Zagreb.

Vocal styles of Sardinia, Georgia and Croatia

Su Cussertu Cùccuru ‘e Lunas, Sardinia – Italy / Klapa Nostalgija, Croatia / Sakhioba, Georgia

"Afrikali", Tanzania / "Inspired by Medjimurje heritage"

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 40TH IFF - 2006

19th July 2006.,Ban Josip Jelačić Square, “Afrikali”, Tanzania

19th July 2006., Gradec “Inspired by Medjimurje heritage”, Teta Liza, Croatia / Lidija Bajuk Trio, Croatia / Dunja Knebl and Afion, Croatia

20th July 2006., Gradec Aicha Kouyate & Mandinka Band, Guinea

"Sounds and Echoes of Ireland"

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 39TH - 2005

20th July 2005., Klovićevi dvori Gallery – Atrium, “Sounds and Echoes of Ireland”; The Skelligs, Croatia / The Flook, Great Britain

21st July 2005., Tvornica, “Sounds and Echoes of Ireland”; Eamonn de Barra, Ireland / The Slip, Croatia / Ciotog, Croatia / Belfast Food, Croatia

"What can bagpipes do" / Traditions of India

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 38TH - 2004

21st July 2004., Gradec, “What can bagpipes do”; Mojmir Novaković and Kries / Bagpipers: Pavo Gadányi (Hungary) / Ante Mucić Antas (BH) / Željko Keža (BH) / Marinko Dekanić(Croatia) / Gajdaški sastav Andora Végha (Hungary-Croatia) / Stuart Cassells (UK) / Schwäbische Dudelsackmusik(Germany) / Stefče Stojkovski (Macedonia) / József Kozák’s Bagpipe Group (Hungary) / Cuncordia a launeddas (Italy)

22nd July 2004., Gradec, Traditions of India; Ana Milošević Suryawanshi – Indian Classical Dance Kathak / Odissi Troupe, India

Istrian Soundscapes / Musics in Minority–Minorities in Music

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 37TH - 2003

16th July 2003., Gradec, “Istrian Soundscapes”; Tamara Obrovac Transhistria Ensemble, Croatia

17th July 2003., Gradec, Musics in Minority–Minorities in Music; Jewseri, Zagreb, Croatia / Helene Eriksen, Germany / Çiftetelli, Austria / Aicha Kouyate & Mandinka Band, Germany

"With the Sound of Percussion"

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 36TH - 2002

17th July 2002., Gradec, Lidija Bajuk and Paganini bend, Croatia

18th July 2002., Tvornica “With the Sound of Percussion”; Rhythm Tribe, Croatia / Leymer, Iran / Hinokiya, Japan / Sri Lankan Dance Ensemble, Sri Lanka / The BT Melodians Steel Orchestra, UK / The White Cockatoo, Australia

World music concerts

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 35TH - 2001

18th July 2001., Gradec, Doromb, Croatia / Bodan Arsovski & Ezgija Orchestra, Macedonia

1th July 2001., Gradec, Arche’ (Gruppo Internazionale di Musica Etnica), Italy / Gjallarhorn, Finland

Zoran Predin & Mar Django Quartet / Teta Liza and Cinkuši

WORLD MUSIC CONCERTS ON 34TH - 2000

19th July 2000., Tvornica Zoran Predin & Mar Django Quartet, Slovenia

20th July 2000., Gradec, Teta Liza and Cinkuši, Croatia