Okarina Festival Bled

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Okarina festival Bled
http://www.festival-okarina.si/sl
leo@okarina.com
Riklijeva cesta 9, SI-4260 Bled
Phone386 (0) 4 574 1458
Fax386 (0) 4 574 1830
RegionSI-4
Organised byBled Cultural Institute
Frequencyannual
Festival dates30.7.2015 - 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
leo@okarina.com
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The Okarina Festival is a world music festival, held in the alpine town of Bled since 1991. Presenting a very wide range of musicians, its focus spans from the many traditional folk genres to the more contemporary, hybridized idioms. The festival's creed is in part summed up by its name, which alludes to a very ancient wind musical instrument that could be found all over the world and is called the ocarina.

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.

Okarina Festival Bled 2016 Sirventes at Bled Castle.jpg

Background

The founder of the festival is Leo Ličof, 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).

Programme

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, Neca Falk, Kontrabant and – numerous times – Vlado Kreslin.

Okarina Festival Bled 2015 Josipa Lisac at Bled.JPG

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