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Ederlezi – the Gypsy Spring Festival

Posted by dan on January 26, 2011

Scene from the film ‘Time of the Gypsies’. Click on link if video doesn’t play. The film was made into an opera and performed at the Milan Cathedral and Opéra Bastille in Paris. See scenes from the opera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUQCNlHYDBo

The Gypsy exodus is very beautifully presented in ‘Latcho Drom’, a film by Tony Gatlif. It shows the journey from India to Europe through music and images only, recorded in Roma  (Gypsy) communities in India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain.

Different in style and focus, ‘Time of the Gypsies’ by Emir Kusturica is another classic on the life of the Roma people. Set in Yougoslavia and Italy, it gives a good insight into petty crime and how the Gypsy are victimized by their own people. Music, composed by Goran Bregović and based on traditional Serbian Roma melodies, plays an important part in this film as well. A famous scene is the Spring festival of Ederlezi, also known as Đurđevdan.

About the festival:

Ederlezi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ederlezi_%28song%29
Đurđevdan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%90ur%C4%91evdan

About the films:

Latcho Drom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latcho_Drom
Time of the Gypsies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_of_the_Gypsies

About the opera:

NY Times: Opera With Attitude, Guitars, and a Dose of Mayhemhttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/28/arts/music/28emir.html?_r=1

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Ozora festival, Hungary

Posted by dan on January 25, 2011

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The festival was born on the total eclipse in 1999 – some twenty thousand people descended on the little village of Ozora in southern Hungary to attend the Solipse Festival. Locals have never seen anything like this before, but were impressed how peaceful the event was. It also boosted the local economy, with farmers selling  their produce and locals working on the event. In 2005 the festival, under the official name O.Z.O.R.A. Festival, was reborn and became an annual event, still presenting the best international artists and attracting visitors from all over the world. Close to Austria and Slovenia, but many people arrive from much further afield, either by car or on budget flights – direct party buses are provided from the Budapest airport.

A full confirmed lineup has been announced for the 2011 event.

O.Z.O.R.A. Festival official website: http://www.ozorafestival.eu/

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