On the occasion of Balkan Trafik! Festival, a creative breath of fresh air from South East Europe is once again invading Brussels. While our countries have been looking inwards, the festival remains an essential space for dialogue and new discoveries.
For 11th years now, Balkan Trafik! brings to light cultural richness and diversity of the Balkan region and, more broadly, the regions of South Eastern Europe. It tears down the walls between people to gather them around a universal value: art.
The fabulous musicians of the New York Gypsy All Star and the legendary Baba Zula from Turkey are amongst the 250 or so artists present this year.
Also on the programme, the exceptional collaboration of Goran Bregovic’s Wedding and Funeral Orchestra and the Brussels Philharmonic. Together they will perform the latest creation by the cult composer of the original soundtrack for Time of the Gypsies. More than a work, Three Letters from Sarajevo is an ode to the peaceful coexistence of cultures and religions.
Over these three days, the cinema of the Balkans will also be celebrated during the Carte blanche of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
In the company of the artists from the different cultural communities you won’t fail to get caught up in a whirlwind of music – from traditional melodies to ethno jazz, blues, jazz and electro –, not forgetting dance, films, workshops, flavours and aromas, all that in a unique setting. It’s time to head for the Balkans!
The Balkan Trafik! Festival will take place in Brussels, at BOZAR, from April 20th to April 23th 2017.
Information, the programme and reservations are available on the Balkantrafik website.