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PEAKS: Balkan Stories

Julian Plaka

This week's theme is BALKAN STORIES, curated by Nataša Cordeaux.

A B O U T

Balkan tongues, visions & sounds will takeover Joyeux Bordel for a night of creative storytelling through experimental poetry, fusion music & collaborative photography. 

P R O G R A M M E

6.30pm:   Doors Open
7pm:         Jovana Backović (Talk)
7.30pm:    Jovana Backović & Jasmina Stosić (Live Performance: ORPHEA)
8pm:         Ana Seferović, Nik Jovčić-Sas & Sanja Bergerbaum Maričić 
                  (Fusion Performance: Poetic Voices, Violin & Visuals)
8.45pm:  Nataša Cordeaux (Poetry & Talk)
9pm:        Op Sa! Balkan Band
10pm+:    Mingling and Dj set.

Please note: Julian Plaka, Olivera Indić & Milica Nikolić's photographic works will be on show throughout the evening.

W O R D S

Jovana Backovic (Talk)
www.jovanabackovic.com 
Belgrade born composer/singer/academic will explore how we interpret individual musical identity, meaning and the socio-cultural value of the Balkans. She will look at the ways Balkan oral tradition and its derivations are seen today, both from within and outside the region, touching on the problems of artistic identity and the meaning of her musical practice in relation to different contexts. 

Ana Seferovic (Poetry)
https://soundcloud.com/thunderloops/ana-seferovic-toby-brundin 
She has written three collections of poetry: Duboki kontinent (Deep Continent,2000), Beskrajna zabava (Endless Entertainment,2004) and Zvezda od prah-šećera (A Star Made of Icing Sugar, 2012). 

Nataša Cordeaux (Poetry)
http://portraitsrbija.wix.com/portraitsrbija
Producer of Portrait Srbija film & poet.

M U S I C

Nik Jovčić-Sas (aka. The Incredible Gipsy Nik)
https://nikjovcicsas.wordpress.com/
Violinist & LGBTQ+ activist.

Op Sa! Balkan Band
https://soundcloud.com/op-sa-balkan-band
Bringing their own passionate brand of Balkan music, influenced by the roots of the Serbian Kolo and the Turkish čoček, this fiery travelling party is an addictive blend of wild beats, gypsy flair and modern sound.


L I V E   P E R F O R M A N C E

ORPHEA
Singer Jovana Backović and singer/actress Jasmina Stosić focus on the contemporary creative approach to traditional singing and melodies from the Balkans. Next to being an interpreter of traditional melodies, Jasmina brings strong theatrical and storytelling element into the performance, making Orphea a crossover between theatre and music.

E X H I B I T I O N

Milica Nikolić - 'Daydreaming Serbia'
http://milicanikolicphotography.blogspot.rs/
She is active in the fields of culture heritage, documentary photography and graphic design exploring everywhere from Serbia and Macedonia to UK, Germany to Japan. 

"Always seeking for the inner energy of people, hidden messages of the cities, taking the breath and weightiness of the great outdoors on my captures."

Olivera Inđić - 'Stories from the City, Stories from…the Balkans'
http://oliveraindjic.com/
Belgrade-born painter and photographer, Olivia has taken part in numerous collective and solo exhibitions from Paris to Venice, Istanbul to Kyoto. 

“There are many people who use words better than I do. My field is visual. Actually, the one that doesn’t slip away from me... If the photo can tell the story by itself.. it's better!” 

Julian Plaka
http://juliansdiary.tumblr.com/
A series of photographs capturing the untold migration journey from Italy home to Albania where image captures 'kitsch objects that have a story buried behind.'

Sanja Bergerbaum Maričić

SanjaBergerbaum.com
An artist, photographer and a poet, born in Zagreb, Croatia. Now based in Switzerland, she spent her wild youth as a refugee in Belgrade where she studied Slavic languages and literature. 

 
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