This year’s ArtLink festival edition opening – Stage at the Monument Viktor at the Belgrade Fortress on World Music Day, June 21 at 7 p.m.
After last year’s tenth anniversary edition with programs in ten cities in the region, including a guest appearance by Hollywood star John Malkovich and the Viennese Academy Orchestra at Felix Romuliani, this year the festival also focuses on the region and connecting cities and festivals through new artistic synergies and stories.
On the occasion of the concert on World Music Day, the artistic director of the festival, Jovanka Višekruna Janković, who also performed as a soloist, said:
One of the missions of art is certainly to always discover new layers of a work of art, where the performer, with his interpretation, revives the musical story that the composer wanted to tell, or interprets it in his own way. It’s nice to tell such a story with great artists on stage, when it becomes a wonderful exchange of emotions, thoughts, dreams, hopes. This concert tells a story that is understood and colored musically by fantastic musicians from the Zagreb Quartet with clarinetist Milan Milošević, bassoonist Žarko Perišić and young Belgrade flutist Milica Jovanović. The Zagreb Quartet, which celebrated its centenary, consists of musicians Martin Krpan, Davor Philips, Martin Jordan, Hrvoje Philips.
As always, ArtLink Festival consistently nurtures artistic excellence, bringing the best music professionals and artists who set the highest artistic standards with their professional and artistic excellence, while at the same time giving young artists the opportunity to share the stage with them.
This year, with the support of the City, ArtLink Festival, a member of the European Association of Festivals, represents Belgrade as a city of festivals through the status granted within the European platform Festival Cities, of which ArtLink is one of the initiators. As part of the program, the artistic residency of the regional chamber orchestra – Kamerata Balkanika, which this year is led by conductor Srboljub Dinić, and which is supported by the Western Balkan Fund, the European Union and the Embassy of Switzerland in Serbia, will be held.
ArtLink festival will cooperate again with the city of Zajecar and present the part of the program at UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site Felix Romuliana organized by the City of Zajecar.
The ArtLink festival will also present Jazz program and workshop How to listen to Jazz in cooperation with the Association of Jazz musicians of Serbia as well as the Play for Nature program, intended for the youngest, with the aim of teaching them to protect nature, various chamber ensembles made up of artists from the region, a jazz program, as well as programs in the region. The programs will take place in several locations.