30 July, 2018 - For the 13th year Herceg Novi will be a host for the Guitar Art Summer Fest which will be organized from 15th to 20th August. This year’s festival goes under the name of “Different tastes” and it will include eight concerts in total, seven of which at Mićo Pavlović’s Square and one at Kanli Kula.
Guitar Art Summer Fest is an international classical guitar festival and this guitar tour is today one of the most important places for the creation of guitar culture and music in Montenegro. Concerts are held every night in the heart of the Old Town between the two churches, the Music School, between the stone houses and the summer stellar sky, and certain concerts are held on the ancient Kanli Kula. During the festival, a summer guitar school is held throughout the day whereby GASF supports and promotes young talents who have the opportunity to work and perform with the big guitar artists.
In the framework of the established program Guitar Visual Art in the Gallery Sju Rajder, Izabela Matoš will host the exhibition "Time of the Trees" and through the bond with the sounds of the guitar will present their vision of music.
The founder and artistic director of the festival, Boško Radojković, said that the festival will feature the Budapest Opera Chamber Orchestra Peter Giran and Anima Musicae, the Korean jazz trio Youn Woo Park, the duo Linda Chatterton and May Radovanli - flute and guitar, soloist Dušan Bogdanović, fingerstyle guitarist Bojan Ivanovski, quartet Georgios Georgopoulos, as well as the band Swingrowers, whose concert is planned alongside the big Gatsby Swing party.
“My vision is to bring some new stories to the Square of Music, to make the program very diverse, and the slogan "Different tastes" is associated with our new visual identity - ice cream, but streamed into music. We will listen to everything from jazz, popular classics, chamber ensemble to contemporary classics, from Dušan Bogdanović to rock'n'roll, from fingerstyle to bouzouki Greek rebetika and swing. I am sure that people of Herceg Novi and guests will find something from this program and come to at least one concert that is most interesting to them,” said Radojković.
He also recalled that workshops and theoretical lectures will be part of this programme too. This year, guitarist Dušan Bogdanović will individually teach young talents from music schools throughout Montenegro for all six days of the festival. Besides him, the lecturers will be Bojan Ivanovski and Maja Radovanlija.
Attention of the audience on the GASF programs will attract a large balloon of guitar this year, which will be exhibited at different locations from Kamenar to Igalo. The budget of the festival is estimated at 50.000 EUR, but half of these funds is realized through compensation. The organizers are the Guitar Art Festival from Belgrade and Herceg Fest, and the general sponsors are the Municipality and Tourism Organization of Herceg Novi, as well as Hungest Hotel Sun Resort. The United States and Korea Embassies also support the festival.