Connecting places through new Western Balkans regional platform Festival Cities 2022 Camerata Balcanica has been connecting ensemble among selected regional festival cities and places by ArtLink and partners.
Guardian of Djerdap
Golubac Fortress was built at the entrance of the Iron Gate gorge, a place where the Danube’s widest stream flows into a pass of the Carpathian Mountains. The Fortress represented an important military border stronghold, built purposely in response to the military and strategic significance of the area. The position of the fortress allowed easy control over all roads and waterways connecting the east and the west, while the steep and inaccessible Ridan cliffs on which the fort was built, as well as the Danube River, provided natural protection. Such position led the border powers – Hungary and Serbia, and later the Ottoman Empire, to battle throughout the 14th and 15thcenturies in order to conquer the Golubac Fortress, thus gaining control and dominance over the state border.
The Danube is the second-longest river in Europe. It flows through much of Central and Southeastern Europe, from the Black Forest into the Black Sea. A large and historically important river, it was once a frontier of the Roman Empire and today connects ten European countries, running through their territories or being a border. Originating in Germany, the Danube flows southeast for 2,850 km (1,770 mi), passing through or bordering Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Ukraine. Among the many cities on the river are 4 capitals: Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade and Bratislava. Its drainage basin amounts to 817 000 km² and extends into nine more countries.
Luštica is a peninsula on the south Adriatic Sea, located at the entrance of the Bay of Kotor (Serbo-Croatian: Boka kotorska or Boka) in southwestern Montenegro. It effectively separates Tivat Bay from the Adriatic.
The peninsula has an area of 47 km² and is 13 km long. The highest point of the peninsula is Obosnik peak, at 582 m. It has 35 km of coast, which accounts for 12% of Montenegrin coastline. Lustica is divided between Herceg Novi and Tivat Montenegrin municipalities.
Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia and the capital of the autonomous province of Vojvodina. Novi Sad is home for 367,121 inhabitants. It is located in the southern portion of the Pannonian Plain on the border of the Bačka and Syrmia geographical regions. Lying on the banks of the Danube river, the city faces the northern slopes of Fruška Gora.
The ancient imperial palace Felix Romuliana was located in today’s Eastern Serbia, and the remains of it’s gigantic towers and fortifications show the might of the Roman emperor Galerius, buried on the hill above it.
The Belgrade Fortress, consists of the old citadel (Upper and Lower Town) and Kalemegdan Park (Large and Little Kalemegdan) on the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, in an urban area of modern Belgrade, Serbia. Located in Belgrade’s municipality of Stari Grad, the fortress constitutes the specific historical core of the city.
CIty of Tirana
Tirana is undoubtedly one of the liveliest and most transforming cities in Southeast Europe. A city that seemingly never sleeps, full of friendly faces and featuring surprises hidden around every corner in Tirana and its surroundings.
Skopje is the capital and largest city of North Macedonia. It is the country’s political, cultural, economic, and academic centre. The territory of Skopje has been inhabited since at least 4000 BC; remains of Neolithic settlements have been found within the old Kale Fortress that overlooks the modern city centre.
Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a compact city on the Miljacka River, surrounded by the Dinaric Alps.
The Ram Fortress is a 15th century fort situated on a steep slope on the right bank of the Danube, in the village of Ram, municipality of Veliko Gradište, eastern Serbia. The fortress is located on a rock, which is from the northeast side tilted towards the Danube.