Ring Ring at BELEF

Ring Ring at BELEF

In addition to its regular May editions, the Ring Ring Festival had summer extensions in 2012 and 2013, becoming part of the selected Belgrade events included in the Belgrade Summer Festival – BELEF. During those two summers, BELEF had a different format for presenting cultural content, designed as “The Festival of Festivals”, within which the Ring Ring Festival was present with its program.

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In 2012, the Ring Ring Festival greatly enjoyed the reputation of being a unique Belgrade event, which with each of its programs offered breadth and openness, arousing or nurturing the audience’s curiosity. That same year, the Ring Ring Association, which organizes the eponymous festival, in April also launched the first world music festival Todo Mundo, thereby providing space for the older Ring Ring Festival (established in 1996) to focus its program exclusively on contemporary, avant-garde, experimental, improvised, and free jazz music.

However, the long-standing concept of the Ring Ring festival was retained in the offerings of the 21st and 22nd BELEF editions, so the parts of the Belgrade Summer Festival held during the summers of 2012 and 2013 titled “Ring Ring at BELEF” encompassed both musical branches – the avant-garde and the world music.

The first BELEF “Festival of Festivals” lasted from May 25th to August 15th, 2012. In the diverse cultural offer, the Ring Ring Festival presented concerts over three days in June and one performance in July. At the Palilula Cultural Center, on June 25th, the group Cadabra from Subotica (Serbia) performed, followed by the ensemble Mokoomba from Zimbabwe. In the same venue, on June 26th, concerts were held featuring the group Divanhana (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the David Jengibarjan Trio (Armenia/Hungary), with this June block being rounded off by the performance of the band Tamikrest from Mali on June 28th, also at the Palilula Cultural Institution. The continuation and conclusion of “Ring Ring at BELEF” took place on July 17th at the Museum of Yugoslav History, where American artists Phil Niblock, If Bwana, and Katherine Liberowskaya presented the performance “A Variations by Sets”.

Under the slogan “Breathe! Don’t breathe!”, from June 21st to July 15th, 2013, the 22nd BELEF was held, retaining the concept of the “Festival of Festivals” first realized the previous year. The Ring Ring Festival this time got its space from July 7th to 9th, in the courtyard of the Fifth Belgrade Gymnasium. On the first evening, the Iranian-German percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi performed. The following July evening, the local electronic duo Shazalakazoo took the stage, while the third evening, July 9th, was marked by three concerts: the group Unavantaluna (Italy), an ensemble led by Félix Lajkó (Serbia/Hungary), and Buda Folk Band (Hungary).


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