The organizers of the Tivat World Music Festival, the Tourist Organization of Tivat, Tamara Krstović along with the founder of the festival Dalibor Ševaljević spoke at a press conference in Podgorica, and they announced the detailed program for this event.
Krstović took the opportunity to thank Ševaljević for the idea which has had a positive reaction in Tivat’s Tourist Organizations.
“We are very pleased that the Tivat World Music Festival will be held in Tivat, because it allows us to demonstrate innovation since it’s an event that has not existed until now, not only in Tivat, but also in Montenegro. In this way, we wanted to promote tourism, expand the city’s offerings and extend the season,” Krstović said about the festival that will start tomorrow and will last until Sunday, the 24th of September.
“September in Tivat is something different this year because we’ll be promoting culture this way. It’s a music festival, while in the background there will also be a gastronomic offer from the countries from which the musicians originate,” she explained.
According to Krstović, the idea was to find performers from three continents, from three countries in the region and three from Montenegro.
“And that they’ll present unusual instruments and music from their region, as well as the gastronomic story of these countries, and on this occasion I would like to emphasize that parts of it will take place on the 22nd at the Hotel Rosh and also on the 24th in the Byblos Restaurant in Porto Montenegro,” explained Krstović, who hopes the Tivat World Music Festival will become a traditional one.
Ševaljević shared details about the performers and their instruments. The program of the festival with the slogan “Feel it. Taste it “, will begin at 20h00 in Pine, Tivat on all three nights.
“This music festival is educational, cultural and entertaining because we have a story that will, in a way, encourage domestic musical authors to deal a little bit more with our melody and communicate with it in terms of some contemporary expression because this is our authentic selves and something that would be of interest to the world. So, we do not run away from our ethnic background, as it is – it is not like Macedonian music, but it has its own qualities,” said Ševaljević.
“The majority of musicians from the world have this concept, so we have Veja from Croatia who is an Istrian band with a few interesting instruments, among them are bagpipes and an instrument, which, as far as I understand, does not have a name, but it resembles a guitar,” he explained.
“Vasil Hadzimanov is well known to everyone, Divanhana from Bosnia and Hercegovina is playing sevdalinka (traditional folk music), so there is a harmonica and other instruments. From Barcelona we will welcome the Barcelona Gipsy Balakan Orchestra which is an interesting band that has become very popular in Europe in the last two years because they connect the sound of Spain, the gipsy sound and a bit of the Balkans. The double bass is played by a man of Montenegrin origin.”
Besides those mentioned, there will be performers from Morocco and India, as well as from Montenegro, Sula Jovović and Sanja Raičković, Ethno group “Zora” and folk music with Žuti Serhatlic’s orchestra and seven vocal soloists.
Ms. Raičković was also present at the press conference, and revealed what kind of repertoire the audience can expect from her and Mr. Jovović.
“I will be singing with a couple of songs and I think that everyone will enjoy it, because there will be songs for dancing, and some more sentimental, all in our Montenegrin spirit. Our ethnic music has not been used enough, and these arrangements are really beautiful, and we will present Montenegro in a new light,” she promised.
When asked by “Vijesti” whether the gastronomic offer is free for visitors, and whether they will have the opportunity and learn how to make certain exotic dishes, Krstović replied:
“The offer is open, so visitors will be able to enjoy, let’s say, sounds from India, and then try out the food from that country. As far as the educational character is concerned, they will not be able to learn how to make things on the spot, but this is a good idea for a next year. ”
She also answered questions from the journalists about the number of visitors they expect, since the festival is held at the end of the tourist season.
“I would like to look at the call we had a couple of days ago, from a group of tourists from Hungary who expressed their desire to pay as much as they need to come to hear certain bands, so they were additionally happy when we told them it was free,” she said. Krstovic, who still did not want to specify the number of people they’re expecting.
According to Ševaljević, there will be no organized transportation, because “the program ends in one afternoon, when there are regular bus lines”, but certain caterers decided to lower the price of overnight stays to 10 euros during the Tivat World Music Festival.