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History of Guca Festival

The traditional Dragacevo trumpet - its cult kept alive for nearly two centuries regardless of political and social considerations - has with time become world-renowned. It is owing to the trumpet that the name of Serbia has resounded worldwide, in all the continents. Some orchestras, when they appear on stage, whether for official competition national dress, the authentic and indigenous dances and other folk inspired elements, coupled with music, have become an integral part of national gathering.


The virtuoso music performers, the trumpet players to the paradox and make the story more authentic - are for the most part fully self-taught. They play by ear and quite spontaneously, relying on their musical memory; they play from the heart and soul, and their music reaches out to listeners precisely for this quality. The Gucha Assembly of Trumpet Players continues to grow year after year: today, this musical feast of recognizable national skills is more popular, more diverse and bigger than ever before.


The first Dragacevo Assembly of Trumpet Players was held on October 16, 1961 in the yard of the Church of Sts. Michael and Gabriel in Gucha. Initially, it was a very modest Assembly - almost subversive for the prevailing political circumstances of that time. However, the Assembly gradually grew and expanded its, one might say, magical influence, and over the past ten or so years has become the folk remained its key symbol and raison detre, it is no longer held solely for the trumpet players. It grew into an Assembly of toastmasters, painters, song "Sa Ovcara I Kablara", marks the beginning of the festival each year. Some church music festivals notwithstanding, the Assembly of Trumpet Players is the best know event of this kind extending uninterruptedly for 43 years and attracting guests and musicians alike from every continent. Trumpet players and folk song and dance groups from around the world deem it a great honor to be invited to the Assembly, and the number of v visitors increases with each coming year. The record was set in 2002, when Guca hosted in excess of 300.000 visitors.


With considerable experience in organizing Assemblies, today the traditionally hospitable Gucha has earned its place on the map of world music festivals, inviting high interest from ethno music lovers, and deservedly so. As an internationally recognized trumpet capital, and a singular corner of positive energy, a place with accumulated joy, gaiety and spontaneity, coupled with the piercing yet gentle sound of the trumpet, Gucha is a place of catharsis of the heart and soul while the festival lasts. All this is more than enough to attract visitors to Gucha each Mexico , Spain , Greece , Denmark , China and many other close or distant countries. The names of Boban Markovic, Milan Mladenovic, Ekrem Sajdic, Elvis Ajdinovic, Fejat and Zoran Sejdic have carried the glory of the Serbian trumpet across the world. Some 600,000 visitors are expected at the next, and 50th Assembly. That would be very impressive indeed, would it not?


Istorija
Guča je gradsko naselje u opštini Lučani u Moravičkom okrugu. U Guči se svake godine tradicionalno održava "Dragačevski sabor trubača". Guča se prvi put pominje u turskom katastarskom popisu iz 1476. godine. Guča kao centar zajednice naselja - subopštinski centar opštine Lučani po postanku je starije urbano naselje od Lučana. Bila je opštinsko, pa sresko mesto do 1955. godine da bi se svelo na opštinsko do 1962. godine, kada je ukinuta opština Guča i formirana opština Lučani sa sedištem u Lučanima.



Following the trace of Serbian spirituality

Following the trace of Serbian spirituality
Day 1th: Arrival to Belgrade. Meeting of passengers and representatives of the agency at the airport Nikola Tesla - Belgrade. Transfer to the hotel. Spare time. Overnight.



Day 2nd: Breakfast. Route: Belgrade - Vrnjačka Banja [spa].


Sanctum places of Serbian capital [St. Petka Chapel and Church Ružica, Orthodox Church and Patriarch's residence, St. Sava's Temple, the biggest Orthodox Temple in the Balkans]. Departure to Vrnajčka banja. Visit to the Monasteries Pokajnica, Manasija, and Ravanica; lunch in the monastery. Arrival to Vrnajčka banja. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 3rd: Breakfast. Route: Vrnajčka banja - Monasteries Žiča, Ljubostinja, Kalenić - Vrnjačka Banja. Lunch is planned in Monastery Kalenić. Visit to the open - air Museum "Kalenić" and familiarizing with the old Serbian crafts: weaving, spinning, knitting, basket weaving. Presentation of the national architecture and traditional usable objects. Return to Vrnjačka Banja. Accommodation. Overnight.


Day 4th: Breakfast. Spare time. Route: Vrnjačka Banja - Monastery Studenica. Visit to Monasteries Djurdjevi Stupovi, Sopoćani. Arrival to Monastery Studenica. Lunch. Accommodation in the Monastery's residential building and presence to the evening prayer. Overnight.


Day 5th: Breakfast in the Monastery residential building. Route: Studenica - Ovčar banja [spa] - Ovčarsko - Kablarska Gorge - Valjevo

Visit to Monastery Gradac [long hiking tour] and St. Peter's Church on the way to Ovčar Banja. Arrival to Ovčar banja. Lunch in the national restaurant. Visit to the Monasteries of Ovčarsko - Kablarska Gorge: Vavedenje [Presentation of the Virgin], Vaznesenje [Resurrection], Sretenje [Meeting of Our Lord in the Temple], Svete Trojice Blagovestenje [Annunciation of Holy Trinity], Ilinje, Savinje, Nikolje, Jovanje i Uspenje [Dormition]. Departure to Valjevo. Accommodation. Overnight.

Day 6th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo - village Sitarice - Valjevo.
Petnica cave, Research Center in Petnica. Visit to the old city center Tešnjar, Muselin's konak [hist. castle, palace], the monument of the greatest Serbian army commander Živojin Mišić, and the monument of poetess Desanka Maksimović]. Visit of the Monasteries Ćelije and Lelić in which are the relics of the Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović, the Orthodox theologian and writer from 20th century. Visit to the Monastery Pustinja from 14th century, built during the rule of the Nemanjić royal family.

Visit to the village Sitarice on the hillsides of Medvednik Mountain. This is the place with traditional, old Serbian houses, outbuildings, folklore, customs and traditional dishes of Serbian cuisine are preserved and cherished. In the yard of an old authentic village house, Serbian dining table brimming with national dishes and drinks, traditional Serbian host, songs and dancing typical for this part of Serbia, welcomes guests. Return to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 7th: Breakfast. Route: Valjevo - Soko Grad - Monastery Tronoša - Tršić - Belgrade
Departure from Valjevo. Arrival to Soko Grad and visit to the Monastery Complex of "Soko Grad". Short break. Departure to Monastery Tronoša and Trsić. Visit to the Monastery Tronoša and monastery residential building. Visit to the Ethnographic Commemorative Park and Commemorative House dedicated to the father of Serbian literacy Vuk Stefanović Karadžić in Tršić. Lunch break and individual activities. Departure to Belgrade in the evening. Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight.


Day 8th: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport; departure.



Danube and Sava cruise - Belgrade by boat: Birthday, River Wedding

Danube and Sava cruise - Belgrade by boat: Birthday, River Wedding
"25th May" sports center, Belgrade fort, orthodox cathedral possibility, bridges on the Sava of renting the boat, Čukarica channel between official tours, Ada Ciganlija island, return to the Yugoslavia hotel pier for the following purposes:
- birthday parties,
- river wedding,
- organizing programs lasting Several HRS.

Belgrade churches and monasteries, organized groups duration 240 min by bus with 28, 50 and 70 seats. Ruzica church, [the oldest orthodox church in Belgrade - 16th century], St. Petka chapel, old Belgrade core, patriarch's residence, orthodox cathedral, St. Sava church, Vavedenje monastery, and Rakovica monastery, departure in front of the hotel.

Night adventure and cruising the Danube and Sava rivers, through its confluence at the very heart of Belgrade, the magic lights of Kalemegdan fortress, with the dinner and price of 20 € are reasons strong enough to engage in mini adventure and cruising Belgrade with us!

Danube and Sava Cruise

The capacity of the ship is 40 passengers and it is equipped with a mini-bar, toilet, heating system and the mobile furnishings, so that the interior can be used for different purposes. Large glass surfaces allow stunning panoramic views on the river and coastal.


DUNAVOM KROZ ISTORIJU
NACIONALNI PARK & ĐERDAPSKA KLISURA - BEOGRADSKA - SMEDEREVSKA, RAMSKA i GOLUBAČKA TVRĐAVA - TRAJANOVA TABLA - LEPENSKI VIR - VIMINACIJUM - KAPETAN MIŠIN BREG

Četiri dana / tri noćenja brodom i autobusom
Sa opcijom izleta do Hidroelektrane Đerdap i Arheološkog muzeja u Kladovu i Rajačkih pimnica i Vratnjanskih Kapija


POLAZAK 10. APRIL, 2015; POVRATAK 13. APRIL 2015

Polasci: 
11, 19, 26 april, 
09, 23 maj, 
13, 20, 27 jun, 
04, 11, 18, 25, jul, 
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 avgust, 
05, 12, 19, 26 septembar, 
03, 10, 17 oktobar

PROGRAM PUTOVANJA


1. dan (petak 10.04)
Beograd - Smederevo - Ram - Veliko Gradište - Golubac - Đerdapska Klisura - Donji Milanovac - Tekija - Kladovo (240km) - Sastanak putnika na pristaništu Beograd (Karađorđeva ulica, pored Brankovog mosta) u 07.30. Polazak broda Aquastar Maxim u 08 sati. Krstarenje započinjemo od Beogradske tvrđave prema Kladovu. Prolazi se pored smederevske tvrđave,građene u periodu 1428-1439 godine, za vreme despota Đurđa Brankovića. Osvajanjem ove tvrđave 1459. od strane Otomanskog carstva, označen je i kraj srpske srednjevekovne države. Danas je tvrđava najveća očuvana ravničarska tvrđava u Evropi.  zatim ušća reke Morave u Dunav, srednjovekovne Ramske tvrđave, u delu gde je Dunav najširi na prostoru Srbije. Ramska tvrđava sagrađena je krajem XV veka na mestu sa kojeg se kasnije bezbedno ulazilo i izlazilo iz okupirane Srbije. U blizini se nalazi i najstariji turistički objekat u zemlji. Nastavak plovidbe pored Srebrnog jezera I Velikog Gradišta. Prolaskom pored Golubačke tvrđave, ulazi se u područje Nacionalnog parka Đerdap, poznatiji i kao Gvozdena kapija. Plovi se kroz najdužu i najdublju evropsku klisuru gde je Dunav i najlepši. Područje jedinstvene flore i faune, svedoči o ostacima jednog od najstarijih naselja u Evropi. Prolazak pored Donjeg Milanovca, zatim obilazak mesta gde je rimski car Trajan utisnuo svoj neizbrisiv trag na steni, poznatoj kao Trajanova tabla. Dolazak u Tekiju nakon 9 sati plovidbe. Kraći transfer autobusom do Kladova. Smeštaj u hotelu “Aquastar Danube”. Večera. Noćenje.

2. dan (subota 11.04)
KLADOVO - Doručak u hotelu. Slobodno vreme za odmor i korišćenje usluga hotela (Spa, zatvoreni bazen) ili FAKULTATIVNI IZLET 1: ARHEOLOŠKI MUZEJ, TRAJANOV MOST, VINARIJA “DUŠA DUNAVA”, HE ĐERDAP, RIMSKA DIANA, TEKIJA: Dolazak u arheološki muzej Đerdapa u centru Kladova, obilazak muzeja koji predstavlja značajna svedočanstva o raznorodnim kulturama praistorijskog, rimskog i srednjovekovnog perioda na Dunavu. Nakon obilaska sledi poseta ostacima Trajanovog mosta uz koji je i tvrđava, kastrum Pontes. Nakon gradnje više od 1000 narednih godina most je važio za najveći na svetu. Gradio ga je rimski car Trajan početkom II veka, kako bi prešao Dunav i pokorio dačka plemena. Poseta Vinariji “Duša Dunava” sa uključenom degustacijom, u kojoj se proizvode čuvena vina "Duša Dunava" i "Duša Balkana". Sledi kraći obilazak rimskog utvrđenja Diana. Nastavak puta i poseta Hidroelektrani Đerdap. Sagrađena 1974 godine kao najveći projekat te godine u Evropi. Značajno izmenio položaj Dunava, lokalnih sela kao i kulturno-istorijskih spomenika koji se nalaze u blizini. Vožnja do Tekije gde će biti upriličen ručak u ribljem restoranu. Dolazak u hotel, slobodno vreme. Večera. Mogućnost individualnog odlaska u crkvu Sv Đorđa u Kladovu. Noćenje. 

3. dan (nedelja 12.04)
KLADOVO - Doručak u hotelu. Mogućnost individualnog odlaska u crkvu Svetog Đorđa u Kladovu. Slobodno vreme za odmor i korišćenje usluga hotela (Spa, zatvoreni bazen) ili FAKULTATIVNI IZLET 2: MANASTIR VRATNA, VRATNJANSKE KAPIJE, RAJAČKE PIMNICE.


Dolazak u selo Vratna i obilazak tri najviša prirodna kamena mosta u Evropi, koji se nalaze nad istoimenom rekom.U blizini ovog prirodnog fenomena nalazi se i Manastir Vratna koji po predanju potiče iz XIV veka. Nastavak puta preko Negotina i dolazak u selo Rajac i poseta rajačkim pimnicama.Prema zvaničnim podacima kompleks čini više od 160 grupisanih objekata ukopanih u zemlju i koji služe za proizvodnju i skladištenje vina (u selu Rogljevu 120, u Štubiku 30). Ovaj vinogradarski kraj je poznat po izuzetno kvalitetnom vinu. Nakon obilaska, sledi degustacije vina i ručak. Povratak u hotel. Slobodno vreme. Večera. Noćenje.

4. dan (ponedeljak 13.04).
Kladovo - Lepenski Vir - Kapetan Mišin Breg - Golubac – manastir Tuman - Beograd  (270km) - Doručak. Polazak u 09 sati. Vožnja pored Dunava, ka Donjem Milanovcu. Dolazak na arheološko nalazište Lepenski vir, jedno od najstarijih urbanih naselja Evrope i sveta i predstavlja najveći domet kulture srednjeg kamenog doba (6.500. p.n.e.). Nakon obilaska lokaliteta odlazak na ručak u etno restoran “Kapetan Mišin breg”, sa kojeg se pružanajlepši pogled na Dunav i okolinu. Nastavak puta i kratka pauza za razgledanje Golubačke tvrđave sagrađene sredinom XIV veka, više puta rušene, obnavljane i dograđivane kao granično utvrđenje između Srbije, Ugarske i Turske. Sledi obilazak Manastira Tuman u blizini Golubca. Nalazi se u lepom prirodnom ambijentu čiste i nezagađene prirode, gde tišinu i spokoj narušava samo Tumanska reka i pesma šumskih ptica. Ime manastira vezano je za srpskog proslavljenog junaka Miloša Obilića. Manastir je izgrađen u srpsko - vizantijskom stilu. Zidan je u XIV veku, uoči Kosovskog boja, i posvećen Svetom arhangelu Gavrilu. Od 1966 godine Tuman je ženski manastir.Planirani dolazak u Beograd u večernjim satima.

Cena je izražena u evrima, plaćanje je u dinarima po prodajnom kursu poslovne banke na dan uplate.

CENA PO OSOBI U 1/2 SOBI
DOPLATA ZA 1/1 SOBU
DECA 5-10 GODINA
DECA 10-12 GODINA
239 EUR
90 EUR
85 EUR
129 EUR

Deca ispod 5 godina gratis. Treća odrasla osoba plaća punu cenu u trokrevetnoj sobi  (na upit).

U cenu putovanja je uračunato:
- Krstarenje Dunavom prema programu na relaciji od Beograda do Tekije,
smeštaj u hotelu Aquastar Danube 4* na bazi trinoćenja sa polupansionom (doručak i večera, bife-švedski sto),
- transfer autobusom prvog dana od Tekije do Kladova,
- doručak i ručak na brodu tokom plovidbe (bife-švedski sto),
- ručak u etno selu Kapetan Mišin breg,
- ulaznica za lokalitet Lepenski Vir,
- usluge turističkog vodiča i lokalnih vodiča,
- putarine i takse,
- boravišna taksa i osiguranje u hotelu
- troškovi organizacije putovanja.

U cenu putovanja nije uračunato:
- piće tokom plovidbe,
- individualni troškovi putnika,
- fakultativni izleti tokom boravka (Izlet 1 - 3.00 dinara; Izlet 2 - 3.500 dinara, tokom izleta degustacija vina i ručak su uključeni u cenu, minimum za realizaciju izleta je 15 osoba. Plaćanje u hotelu).

Serbian History Trumpet Tradition

Serbian History Trumpet tradition
Dragacevo, which used to be a rural region, experienced strong economic and general educational and cultural development after 1950, and mostly in the first decade of the 21st century, first of all thanks to the Trumpeters Festival.

The capital of modern trumpeting - Guca, is relatively small, and the trumpet was first played as far ago as 1831. Before nearly two centuries Milos Obrenović ordered the establishment of a "Principle's Serbian band" in Kragujevac, and that the first brass band be led by Josip Slezinger (1794-1870), a man from Sombor, who in those times was the first musically literate expert in Serbia. "Oberlautar" Mustafa, a man who played the violin and "zurle" (zurna), was until then amusing the Serb ruler and his entourage "and was amusing also even foreigners who did not have much understanding for Turkish music". Immediately upon his arrival in Kragujevac he started to organize the band. Since he lacked in skilled musicians, he asked the Principle to arrange that young man from among the population be found, who have talent and will to do this job. Milos promptly ordered that each county delegates five young men. And, so it started. Although it did not always run smoothly, they learned to play the new "golden" instruments, by playing the round-dances and songs which they knew and were familiar with them, but learning also everything that maestro J. Slezinger was teaching them in the then Serbian capital Kragujevac.

History of the Serbian Trumpet Tradition
History of the Serbian Trumpet Tradition

Almost two centuries passed by, there were many outstanding military brass bands and band leaders from the regiments and divisions. However, only in the mid 19th century were the foreign musical and cultural influence getting stronger; they can be identified at the beginning of the new era in the folk music of Dragacevo and were particularly strong in regard to trumpet music and homophonic multi-part singing , i.e. in singing "na bas". How the brass bands were emerging we heard from spontaneous statements of modern Dragacevo musicians. It is known in Dljina that their oldest trumpeter "was a guy named Cebic who was playing before World War I… And he himself inherited it from the past times. "In Goracici the first orchestra was founded by the Davidovic brothers from Dragacica "probably sometimes about the times of World War I, and this band included only four musicians". Also, the story goes that "in Rti the band leader and first trumpet was Milisav Kostic–Tralja, and his today's heirs are trumpeters playing in the Srecko Obradovic orchestra". And so we come also to the trumpeter Desimir Perisic from Goracići and the winning orchestra at the First Festival in Guca in 1961.

The songs are usually based of two-bar motives and melodies, mainly of two part structure consisting of 4 to 5 tones.

All around the globe, at all meridians, on all continents, most probably also on the Antarctica, it is known that Guca and Dragacevo are famous for trumpet music. The trumpet can be heard, loudly and gently, also in the biggest cities of the world and recordings of the trumpeters' music have reached the outer space, where the cosmonauts were amusing themselves.

With all the other flags, the Dragacevo Trumpeters Festival's flag has been flying since 2000 also on the highest mountain peak of the world, Mount Everest, on the Himalayas (8,848 m). It was placed there by the first Serb – a man from Dragacevo, Dragan Jacimovic from Puhovo.

To say it in modern language, Dragacevo Trumpeters festival is one of the most famous Serbian brands. And… trumpet music took for the world from the villages of Dragacevo, via Guca. Via Dragacevo Trumpeters Festival at which, for full five decades, the blessed musicians – the golden Serbian trumpeters – gathered in flocks.

Dragacevo, which used to be a rural region, experienced strong economic and general educational and cultural development after 1950, and mostly in the first decade of the 21st century, first of all thanks to the Trumpeters Festival.

The capital of modern trumpeting, Guca, is relatively small, and the trumpet was first played as far ago as 1831. Before nearly two centuries Milos Obrenovic ordered the establishment of a "Principle's Serbian band" in Kragujevac, and that the first brass band be led by Josip Slezinger (1794-1870), a man from Sombor, who in those times was the first musically literate expert in Serbia. "Oberlautar" Mustafa, a man who played the violin and "zurle" (zurna), was until then amusing the Serb ruler and his entourage "and was amusing also even foreigners who did not have much understanding for Turkish music". Immediately upon his arrival in Kragujevac he started to organize the band. Since he lacked in skilled musicians, he asked the Principle to arrange that young man from among the population be found, who have talent and will to do this job. Milos promptly ordered that each county delegates five young men. And, so it started. Although it did not always run smoothly, they learned to play the new "golden" instruments, by playing the round-dances and songs which they knew and were familiar with them, but learning also everything that maestro J. Slezinger was teaching them in the then Serbian capital Kragujevac

Almost two centuries passed by, there were many outstanding military brass bands and band leaders from the regiments and divisions. However, only in the mid 19th century were the foreign musical and cultural influence getting stronger; they can be identified at the beginning of the new era in the folk music of Dragacevo and were particularly strong in regard to trumpet music and homophonic multi-part singing , i.e. in singing "na bas". How the brass bands were emerging we heard from spontaneous statements of modern Dragacevo musicians. It is known in Dljina that their oldest trumpeter "was a guy named Cebic who was playing before World War I… And he himself inherited it from the past times. "In Goracići the first orchestra was founded by the Davidovic brothers from Dragacica "probably sometimes about the times of World War I, and this band included only four musicians". Also, the story goes that "in Rti the band leader and first trumpet was Milisav Kostić–Tralja, and his today's heirs are trumpeters playing in the Srecko Obradovic orchestra". And so we come also to the trumpeter Desimir Perisic from Goracići and the winning orchestra at the First Festival in Guca in 1961.


The songs are usually based of two-bar motives and melodies, mainly of two part structure consisting of 4 to 5 tones. The vigorous folk round-dances from the western regions are characterized by occasional pauses of the leading trumpets, with the basses taking over the leading tune of the leading trumpets, highlighting the basic harmonies. Also, we will notice that southern folk dances are usually characterized by oriental music, in the so-called "aksak" rhythm. This is especially emphasized with the "performance" of the drummer, who expertly combines larger "cukan" (right hand) strokes with those of the thinner stick (left hand, on the edge of the drum, skillfully stressing the changes of double and triple meter in the specific rhythmical formulas and combinations (8/8; 7/8; 9/8 etc.), especially in the characteristic dances – songs called "chochek". Then, spontaneously and ravishingly, genuinely enjoying in the music, dance only those who truly know how to do it. In the eastern region a big number of folk dances of the "Batrna" (ancient dance) type and "Stara Vlajna", i.e. "Timocka Rumenka" or "Svrljiski laskavac", are preserving the genetic features of the Vallah or Serb Hora dancing, when the dancers are crossing their hands and holding each other by the belt. And all Serbian songs and dances have up to five tones, while Vallah melodies are more diversified and with an occasional alternation of the slow parts with the usually faster refrain. Singing with trumpet accompaniment is gaining in popularity nowadays here with us. Like the first folk trumpeters from the times of Milos, contemporary ones are also mainly autodidacts having keen hearing, and are playing a huge repertoire of songs and dances by heart, and by the ear, improvising their interpretation spontaneously and from their soles and hearts.

With the first orchestras, their members evolved as musicians and their number was invreasing. At the beginning the orchestras had five musicians, and the contemporary orchestras usually have up to ten musicians (three to four ''B'' trumpets, three bass flugelhorns, one bass trumpet – helicon or euphonium, and, finally, snare drum and large drum with cymbals. Three regions clearly identified themselves by the style of their music, and are today three famous centers with the best trumpeters in Serbia today. Although the trumpet is not as deeply rooted in our people like the vocal music tradition, the fact is that those active in the field of culture have four decades ago broke the ground for trumpet music in tiny Guca. Since then, like awakening from a dream, trumpet music grew very quickly in those areas of western, eastern and southern Serbia in which the trumpet seed probably had already been thrown and did exist, and it also woke up during so many decades in the center of Sumadija, where its seed was for the first time thrown in the far away year 1831.

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