Okarina Festival Bled
|Okarina festival Bled|
|Riklijeva cesta 9, SI-4260 Bled|
|Phone||386 (0) 4 574 1458|
|Fax||386 (0) 4 574 1830|
|Organised by||Bled Cultural Institute|
|Festival dates||30.7.2015 - 9.8.2015|
26.7.2016 - 7.8.2016
27.7.2017 - 6.8.2017
24.7.2018 - 5.8.2018
23.7.2019 - 3.8.2019
|Leo Ličof, Programme Manager|
- 25 October to 29 October 2017
A national stand presenting Slovene music, organised by SIGIC, Slovene Music Information Centre, presenting a new compilation CD Tuning into the World: Slovenia, participating also Cankarjev dom, Druga godba Festival, Okarina Festival Bled and Glitterbeat Records at the WOMEX, the World Music Expo in ,
The festival is currently held at two venues – the Bled Castle and the so called Bled Promenade, a grassy beach besides the lake. There, one can listen to those concerts that are free of charge. Additionally, the Bled Festival Hall is usually meant as a backup in case of rain.
The founder of the festival is, who even after half a century still acts as the main organizer and the artistic director of the festival. He set up its first few editions at the grounds of the restaurant he then ran on the shore of Lake Bled, but the following years saw the festival moving around quite a bit.
While there were only a few bands on the bill at the start, the festival progressively got a lot bigger and so did the names hosted. Some of the artists hosted during the early years of the festival were the legendary UK folk bands Fairport Convention and Pentangle and the singer Marta Sebastian (HU).
The festival invites all sorts of musicians, from flamenco bands, qawwali artists and Irish folk singers to US blues guitarist and jazz influenced Moroccan gnawa musicians. The festival line-up has in recent years featured Aziz Sahmaoui (MA), Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita (SN, UK), Ester Rada (IL), Orquesta Revé (CU), Osibisa (UK), Tenores di Bitti (IT), Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra (ES), Taksim Trio (TR), Earl King Boogie Band (UK), Frankie Lane (IE), Big Daddy Wilson (UK) and Esme Redžepova (MK).
Of the local artists performing here, one can name Brina, , and – numerous times – .
- Okarina Festival Bled website
- Ocarina instrument on Wikipedia
- A blog on artists featured in the 2015 edition
- An article about the festival and its foudner