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KotorArt 2018 | Emir Kusturica & No Smoking Orchestra – XVII Don Branko’s Music Days

10th August 2018 @ 10:00 pm

Friday, August 10
Square of the St. Tryphon Cathedral, 10 p.m.

EMIR KUSTURICA & The No Smoking Orchestra,nomads by nature, bearers of joy and symbols of freedom, belong to a significant phenomenon of the anti-globalist (musical) movement and stand out as unique paradox of the environment from which they have sprung. They are more famous and more recognized on the international scene than in their own country, whose repute they have been boosting across the globe, from Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Madrid, and Moscow to Buenos Aires, Tokyo, New York, Tel Aviv, Sao Paol,o and Sydney. Their first ten years performing the unza unza – a “disheveled” sound of rhythm guitar being played in the rapid two quarters rhythm of the Serbian kolo, as a Balkan version of rumba, bringing together the rock experience, the gypsy music sound, and the Šumadija two-quarters-rhythm with other “boundary” artistic concepts of the 20th century – are proof that even in times rife with a lack of understanding, there is still dance music with content that one cannot resist because “there are no two feet that can remain calm” while the Orchestra plays. Among their released compact discs are: Unza Unza Time (2013), Life Is a Miracle (2004), Live in Buenos Aires (2005), Time of the Gypsies (2007), The Best of (2009). and Corps diplomatique (2018).


02 Emir Kusturica_foto_Dragan Teodorovic Zeko.jpgEMIR KUSTURICA, director, graduated in Filmmaking from the Film and TV School in Prague (FAMU). Among his most important awards are: the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for the film Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981), two Palme d’Ors in Cannes for the films When Father Was Away on Business (1985) and Underground (1995), the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for the film Arizona Dream (1993), and others. He is a holder of the French recognition the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, The Order of the Star of Italy, the Order of St. Sava, and First Class, and, in 2007, Emir Kusturica was appointed as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia. He is a founder and director of the Küstendorf Film Festival, which takes place in the traditional village of Drvengrad (Mećavnik, Serbia), as well as the designer of Andrićgrad (Višegrad, Republika Srpska), dedicated to the Serbian Nobel prize-winner Ivo Andrić. Kusturica was actively engaged in music in the Zabranjeno Pušenje band, playing bass guitar, while today performs as a guitar player with the ensemble Emir Kusturica & the No Smoking Orchestra. He published an autobiography called Death Is An Unverified Rumour (2010), followed by the book Hundred Pains (2013).



During the festival, tickets for Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children are sold at the Tourist Info Booth 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., at the Cultural Center Pay Desk 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 6 – 9:30 p.m., as well as at the Summer Stage (preceding the performance) 8 – 9:30 p.m.

All International Klapa Festival Perast and Philosophers’ Square programs have free entrance.

Tickets for Don Branko’s Music Days programs are sold through the Gigs Tix network and selected Tobacco S Press objects. Gigs Tix network has over 50 ticket sales points in over 23 cities in Montenegro. Complete list can be found at

 Online ticket sale at


10th August 2018
10:00 pm
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