Guca Trumpet Festival: Serbia’s Incredible Brass Bands The Guca Trumpet Festival is a celebration of trumpet culture in Serbian folk music, an instrument which has deep historical and political ties to the country. The event has been around since 1961, and today it is considered by many to be among the world’s best music festivals. […]Guca Trumpet Festival 2020 Guca, Serbia Guca Serbia
The Guca Trumpet Festival is a celebration of trumpet culture in Serbian folk music, an instrument which has deep historical and political ties to the country. The event has been around since 1961, and today it is considered by many to be among the world’s best music festivals.
Upon first glance, the festival may not seem that much different from other music festivals. There are tented pop-up bars and stalls selling food, but it’s injected with a whole lot of authentic Serbian elements: whole roasted animals are on display, inviting carnivores to eat to their heart’s content. Get drunk on the music and rakija as you revel in the folk dances where performers are decked out in bright costumes entertaining an energetic audience. Everything trumpet is celebrated here; this is the only country in the world where trumpets accompany all major events in the rural communities including baptisms, reaping, harvesting, and weddings. For the Serbians, both joy and sadness is expressed with the trumpet; it’s much more than an instrument, it’s a symbol of their past, present, and future.
The highlight of the Guca Trumpet Festival is, of course, the competition where qualified hand-picked brass brass belt out tunes and the entire venue comes alive with dancing and contagious delight. The festival parade as well as the cultural and artistic programs are an experience in itself; precursors to the highly-anticipated announcement of concert champions toward the end of the festival.
‘This unique multi-day festival is equal parts brass music, barbecued red meats, and delicious plum brandy enjoyed in the stunning mountains of western Serbia.’
Best of all, the entire event is completely free to attend!
The festival is held in the charming small town of Guca, just three hours away from Belgrade. The programs and performances will be held in various locations in the city center of Guca including the Museum of Trumpets, Memorial to the Trumpeter, and stages in the city center.
Guca is accessible from Belgrade via the E-763, just three hours’ travel time on a car. You can also take a train from Belgrade to Pozega then take a taxi to get to Guca. Once you’re in town, getting around is so easy because everything is within walking distance.
The tiny town of Guca is peppered with several dozen bed and breakfasts, homestays, and hostels to choose from. There are many affordable and mid-range options that won’t break the bank. Of course, you can also check out Rad’s map below for some excellent hotel deals and Airbnb’s.
Sink your teeth into a traditional Serbian dish: juicy roast pig with a side of beans, sour cabbage, and corn bread. Party in town with people all over the world drinking beer and taking shots of rakija, the Balkans’ famous intoxicating plum brandy.
When you’ve had your fill of trumpets, head back to Belgrade, a charming European capital known for its high culture and fun people. Book a splavovi for more partying aboard a boat on the Sava and Danube. Explore the palaces that were once home of Serbian royalty, and take in the magnificent beauty of the Belgrade Fortress. Indulge in the arts, cozy cafes, eccentric personalities, and nightlife at Skadarlija, the city’s bohemian street. Get some sea and sun at Ada Ciganlija, an island in Sava whose pebble beaches draw tourists in the summer while bars and restaurants serve refreshments.
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