World music as a tool in removing borders
In the period from 14th to 20th of October Association Tutti Serbia has conducted six activities.
14.10. Sremska Mitrovica – 30 teachers and cultural workers from Vojvodina (Srem aria) visited Tutti Teaching Seminar. Through an example of Tutti Association Jovan Pavlovic tried to share his experience from the international seminars and other seminars in Norway, Palestine and South Eastern Europe. Jovan was able to awake interest and challenge a dialogue among the participants, which they warmly welcomed and responded to.
15.10. World music seminar that has brought together musicians from Norway, Palestine and South Eastern Europe started in Belgrade. More than 20 participants have had the opportunity to create music with the Norwegian band Bengalo: Anne Fossen (NOR ), Helge Norbakken (NOR ), Finn Gutormsen (NOR ), Jovan Pavlovic ( NOR / SER , together with the music instructors : Miroslav Petkov (BUL), Bajram Kafu Kinoli (KOS ), Vasil Hadzimanov ( SER ). The preparation process for the seminar took several months and the communication with participants was establish via email and Skype conversations, which had made them close friends even before the first meeting. Rehearsals were carried out in a very positive and creative environment. The foreign participants spent the little free time they had together with the participants from Serbia taking tours to get to know Belgrade visiting Kalemegdan, Tašmajdan, Terazije and a marketplace.
17.10. World Music Concert was organized in Stara Pazova as a result of cooperation between Tutti Serbia and the local community. The concert was opened by the First Secretary of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade, Mr. Trygve Guntvedt . The Municipality of Stara Pazova and Cultural Center were more than good hosts and the audience had once again shown with their grea turnout how ready they are for these events.
18.10. “Norwegian-Serbian contest in cuisine and music” an event held in Roma restaurant Pantersi, was organized with an idea to promote Norwegian culture in Serbia. The Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Norway, USA, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Finland, and Brazil attended the event, together with journalists and Tutti Serbia associates.
The event was supported by restaurants Toro and Fabrika malog ukusa, and Alexandrovic winery from Serbia. Norwegian sponsors of the event were Salmalaks http://www.salma.no/ and Tydalskjøtt http://www.tydalskjott.no/. Mats Paulsen (NOR) and Bojan Bočvarov (SRB) presented the cuisine and Norwegian band Bengalo and Pantersi promoted world music.
19.10. Belgrade. In addition to our participants and instructors, a choir from the music school “Stankovic” also performed at World Music Concert held in CI Palilula. The president of Municipality Palilula Stojan Nikolic opened the concert. Musicians’ energy was transferred to the audience, on which request they performed two additional songs. The audience had an unique opportunity to hear the performance of traditional compositions from participants’ home countries, which they played all together. A special attention was drawn to Sigrid Kjetilsdotter Jore, a Norwegian singer who performed in Serbian language.
Aside from the Serbian media RTS, TV Prva, this year’s seminar was covered by Norwegian journalist Audun Hagen and photographer Rune Petter Ness, who areboth working for prominent Norwegian newspaper “Adressavisen”.
A film and footage of the concert will soon be released in production of Tutti Serbia.
Realization of the project is financially supported by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.