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Rich Artistic Program at This Year’s Gradić Fest: Svemirko, Film Projections, Exhibitions, Theatre Performances…

The band Svemirko, Sara Renar, Ana Ćurčin and Sana Garić are the biggest names of the regional selection of this year’s Street Musicians Festival – Gradić Fest – which will take place from 30th August to 1st September, in the Lower Town of Petrovaradin Fortress. The rest of the program will also include foreign performers, film projections, exhibitions, theatre performances and art performances, which will take place on the streets of Gradić.

The multitalented musician Svemirko comes from Croatia and to this year’s festival he is bringing synth-emo-macho pop which he composes, arranges and produces himself. This year’s regional program includes another fantastic musician from Zagreb – Sara Renar: her indie pop melodies are already known to the local audience.

Ana Ćurčin, a singer-songwriter from Belgrade who was born in Bagdad and grew up in Moscow, mixes traditional American folk with dream pop elements. Sana Garić’s music includes a wide range of music styles, enriched with electronic influences of tender neo-psychedelic and no wave dance songs.

This year’s Gradić Fest will also include performances by the ethno-surf band Moussaka, from Belgrade; the guitar duo Ljubičice, from Pančevo; and Oceanchild will recreate live The Beatles’ great White Album, which The Beatles never performed. Matko Abramić, a poet from Čakovac, is returning to Gradić Fest with two new performances, during which he will create entire compositions with his two-member accompanying band. Quartet Bilitis will do a musical-visual performance “Different Train”.

The independent youth theatre production Reflektor teatar from Belgrade successfully introduces engaged, new and different theatre expression into the mainstream. They put the equal sign between the activist and the artistic, the personal and the political, the esthetical and the educational. They perform their plays, in which they examine numerous social issues and the dark sides of community, at different locations. At this year’s Gradić Fest, they will perform two plays: “Muškarčine” – a theatre documentary about the perception of manhood; and “Smrt fašizmu! O ribarima i slobodi” – a story about a hero of SFRJ revolution, Ivo Lola Ribar, which offers a revision of the fight against fascism in the times of rising nationalism across Europe.

The Street Musician Festival – Gradić Fest – is organized by the Art Association Inbox from Novi Sad, with the sponsorship of the city of Novi Sad and the Provincial Secretariat for Culture and Public Information.


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