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Serbia's most popular brass band assembly has launched the country's 52nd Guca Trumpet Festival.
Guca Trumpet Festival opened this morning at ten o'clock by renowned Serbian opera singer Radmila Bakocevic who sang the festival hymn accompanied by Goran Rankovic's brass band.
Over the next 10 days visitors will hear 50 bands and organisers are expecting 500 thousands visitors from all over the world.
The festival is a competition of brass bands that play folk music. It is unique in the world and the most important event that focuses on folk art in Serbia.
During Guca’s trumpet festival the music never stops. Visitors will listen to Serbian ethno-music, eat traditional Serbian meals and drink the traditional Serbian drink, rakija.
The sound of the trumpet traditionally accompanies every major event in Serbia's life: births, baptisms, weddings, funerals, state and church festivals.
Besides the traditional brass band competition, there will also be a number of other events presenting Serbian folk art and tradition.
These include exhibitions displaying works by Dragacevo seamstresses, paintings and ethnographic history, as well as traditional dances and songs.
Since the festival is such a large event, the homes of the residents are open to old and new friends coming from all parts of Serbia, but also from Republika Srpska, Macedonia, Slovenia, Austria, Poland, Germany, France, Hungary and other countries of the globe.
Guests will be able to stay at private houses and camps, but also in hotels that are located in the nearby towns of Ivanjica and Pozega.
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