September 12, 2019 - The third Tivat World Music Festival begins tonight on the Pine Coast with a concert by Bilja Krstic with the Bistrik Orchestra. After this concert, which starts at 8 pm, the Prince of African funk sound, legendary Femi Kuti from Nigeria, will perform for the first time in Montenegro with his band The Positive Force.
The two-days Festival, lasting from 12-14 September, will take place on four stages with ten performers coming from three continents.
The main stage "Riva" is set on the Tivat promenade; the second stage is in the Lustica Bay complex, the third in the luxury resort of Porto Montenegro, and the fourth, "Acoustic" stage, in the atrium of the Public Institution Museum and Gallery Tivat.
There will be three bands from Montenegro: Gospoda Glembajevi, the Nuova Orchestra, and the band Janum. Beside Bilja Krstic & Bistrik Orchestra - Serbia, three more orchestras from the region arrive Irfan - Bulgaria, Ethno Jazz Orchestra - Serbia, and Atma Mundi Ensemble – Croatia, who will perform with the best Montenegrin jazz vocalist Sanja Raičković.
As in previous years, three bands from three continents are coming to Tivat for the third edition of the Festival. Along with world star Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, we also have Albaluna - Portugal and the Tannin Trio - Turkey.
The spirit of the old Balkans, a bridge from traditional music to modern, a voice as pure as a drop of dew and the sound of traditional instruments - in short, Bilja Krstic & Bistrik Orchestra, are opening the Festival tonight on Pine. It is a great honor for the famous Serbian musician, one of the most respected vocalists in the Balkans, to share the stage with the great African musician, Femi Kuti, and his band.
"It's a great honor to share a stage and music with such a big name as Femi Kuti. He does make the music that he writes and performs exceptionally. I think it will be an extraordinary evening. We, the Bistrik Orchestra, take the stage at 8 pm, and Femi Kuti performs from 10 pm. It will beautifully fit in our biography, which is no small matter. So far, we have had the opportunity to participate in various festivals in the company of big stars, and now we will add Femi Kuti to our biography."
In an interview with Radio Tivat, a famous vocal artist on the concept of the Tivat World Festival says:
"I like that it's a very colorful program, and yet it's all about tradition. We all be in one place, and that diversity is heard, and at the same times that thread that connects us. We all have our roots, it's nice when we hold on to tradition and preserve what's old, and present it in a whole new way. The concept is great because Montenegrin orchestras are also being promoted. We must preserve the tradition, live with it, and without it, we lose every trace, which is especially important for small cultures. Small nations have something to show, and it is good that this is preserved. Everyone should go first from their yard and show what is most beautiful, and then, of course, everyone on the side is always welcome."
As of this year, the Festival has an ecological character, and in this context, a round table on the topic - "Creative Industries - Ecology and Culture" will be held. Even the performance art within the theme festival has ecology. NGO Fluid Drum has started a collaboration with the team of Herceg Novi Strip Festival, which is arriving tonight with some of the artists who marked the 13th edition of HSF. So, Pine will be a visual scene before the music.
The participants of the roundtable will be citizens, renowned ecologists, cultural workers, and artists to create a platform for future projects on ecology and culture. "The fact that we are the only ecological country in the world has not been used enough. We want to combine ecology and art in a creative way to create products that can further enhance the cultural and tourist offer and improve the standard of living of the citizens of Montenegro," said the creator and director of the Festival, Dalibor Sevaljevic.
The Festival's organizer is the NGO Fluid Drum, and the sponsor of the Tivat World Music Festival, held for the third time, is the Tivat Tourism Organization.