Shira utfila (Serbia, Israel, India)

Shira u’tfila is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional ensemble that draws its inspiration from the diversity and richness of Judeo-Spanish, Ottoman-Turkish, Arabic and Balkan musical traditions. Shira u’tfila was founded in the year 2000 by its vocalist and oud player Stefan Sablić, with the aim of preserving and promoting the Sephardic musical heritage of the Balkans, Mediterranean and North Africa. The band has released seven CDs, toured in a dozen countries and collaborated on various research and production projects involving Sephardic music from the Balkans, the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. Shira u’tfila passionately blends its knowledge of classical traditions and dedication to their preservation with a flair for improvisation and fusion. Its distinct sound brings a modern twist to a historical legacy.

Stefan Sablić – vokal, ud; Ivana Munđa – vokal; Filip Krumes – violina; Sinan Aćifović – klarinet; Srđan Đorđević – kontrabas; Akash Bhatt – darabuka, bendir, cajon

Turumtay Zaric duo (Austria)

Four years after the release of “AD SPEM” Efe Turumtay (violin) and Nikola Zarić (accordion) are presenting their second album “VIA”. And by this they are breaking new ground in modern times Chamber music. The presentation of the new album took place at Vienna ́s Porgy & Bess. Rainer Krispel called it a phantastic concert – music that transcends time and time again what and how is written about it. Two cosmopolitans with Turkish and Serbian roots, Efe Turumtay and Nikola Zarić live in Vienna. From there they are touring Austria and all around the globe: Argentina, Japan, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Scotland, and others.

Antara (Israel)

Antara – Original music that integrates jazz and different musical traditions from the Middle East, Turkey, Persia, Balkans, India and more. Band members are musicians educated by some of the greatest masters and institutes of western and eastern music. The four musicians came together through their common passion for traditional modal music of the East. Together studying, exploring and falling deeper in love with these musical traditions we created this special blend of scales, Maqams, Ragas, rhythms, Usuls and Taalas.

Theatre play “Address Unknown”

The book “Address Unknown” belongs to one of those great and irreplaceable books about the Holocaust like Diary of Anne Frank (1947) and Spillmann’s Pianist (1996). It belongs to one of those unavoidable documents which speak about the Mechanism of creation and continuity of Fascism as new, little known pestilence, on European political stage. The meaning of this literary work is reflected in its revival and in the revival that other similar literary works, like Spillmann’s “Pianist”, have had in our days. All this because of fatal attraction of fascism as a theory suitable for all kinds of radicalism, systematic violence, intolerance towards minorities, their way of life and behavior, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, racism and every religious or other exclusiveness. The strong current interest of this drama shows that fascism and Holocaust didn’t disappear, they just changed the place and form of appearance.

Cast: Martin Schulse – Marko Janketić; Max Eisentein – Stefan Trifunovic; written by: Kathrine Kressmann Tayor; directed, translated and adapted by Stefan Sablic; costume designer: Zora Mojsilović