The traditional Dragacevo Trumpet Festival, held in Guca, was opened today by raising the festival’s flag and the song “Sa Ovcara i Kablara” traditionally performed by dozens of trumpets. The flag was raised by the Russian Ambassador to Serbia, Alexander Chepurin.
Serbian Minister, Nenad Popovic said at the opening ceremony that “out of all instruments, the trumpet reflects both the past and the future of the Serbian people and our emotions.”
“Many people from China, America, and Russia, have asked me about the Guca festival and I always tell them that the trumpet is all about the Serbian soul. It perfectly reflects the essence of the Serbian people. We rejoice, marry, baptize children, bury our loved ones and grieve with the sound of the trumpet”, Popovic said.
The ceremonial opening of the Dragacevo Trumpet Festival was attended by officials from the municipalities of Lučani, Čačak and Moravički district.
The Trumpet Museum in Guca will also feature an exhibition related to tourism and the Belgrade Book Fair. The competition of junior trumpet orchestras starts in the evening.
Tomorrow, Maria Zahara, the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry will be named the honorary citizen of Guca.
The Guca Trumpet Festival will officially close on 12th August. Until then, a few hundred participants will perform in several competitions and concerts.