The prestigious “Budapest Ritmo Award 2023” goes to a family from Serbia
Respected cultural workers from Serbia, Bojan Đorđević and Marija Vitas, were awarded the prestigious “Budapest Ritmo Award 2023”. The award was given last week, in the capital of Hungary, at the famous world music festival “Budapest Ritmo”.
The “Budapest Ritmo” festival had its first edition in 2016. It is an event that is successfully and ambitiously led and developed by the association “Hangveto”, known for many high-quality European projects, including the multi-year project “MOST – The Bridge For Balkan Music”.
This widely famous project (2020 – 2023) made the Balkan world music scene significantly more visible and helped numerous artists, festivals, concert venues and music experts to raise their work to a higher level, giving them a serious “wind at the back”. Some of the names from Serbia that received support through “MOST” are: Naked, Rodjenice, Shira utfila, Lenhart Tapes, Alice in WonderBand, “Etnofest”, “Todo Mundo”, “Zeman Fest”, “Malomfesztivál”, “Kvaka 22″…
The festival itself, which had its eighth edition from April 12 – 15, 2023, every year offers a lavish program consisting of concerts, conferences, film screenings and other accompanying activities, including the “Budapest Ritmo Award”, given to prominent individuals, for their significant contribution to the world music scene.
Previous winners include: Ben Mandelson (2017), Simon Broughton (2018), Hilde Björkum (2019) and Helen Sildna (2022). Cultural workers from Serbia, Bojan Đorđević and Marija Vitas, life and professional partners, joined the list this year as the fifth award winners.
They received the award, symbolically, together with their daughter, minor M. Đ, who has been regularly present at festivals throughout Europe since the first year of her life, including almost all previous editions of the “Budapest Ritmo” festival.
Bojan Đorđević and Marija Vitas were awarded for their dedicated, long-term work on the world music scene, which includes continuous promotion of traditional music, cultural heritage and the world music scene of Serbia and the Balkans.
Their work is very diverse and includes various activities: the magazine “Etnoumlje”, the radio show “Disco 3000” (Radio Belgrade 3), the world music festivals “Todo Mundo” (Belgrade) and “Pocket Globe” (Novi Sad), the Music Information Centre of Serbia, World Music Association of Serbia, writing about music for various local and foreign media, field work, Balkan World Music Chart, projects like music albums and books, promotion of artists abroad, etc.
The “Budapest Ritmo Award” was given to them on April 13, during the second festival evening, in the popular Budapest club “Szimpla Kert”, in the presence of numerous delegates of the festival, musicians, journalists and representatives of the “Hangveto” association.
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