Experience Guca Trumpet Festival in 3 days!
No matter you are old or young, Guca will fill you with rhythm, enjoyment, homemade food and great entertainment.
The quiet and picturesque small town of Guca, placed in the heart of Dragačevo won its world fame thanks to the Trumpet Gathering, the largest gathering of this type in the world. From its first edition, held back in 1961,it experienced afast growth in popularity, reaching it’s peak in the recent years, when it brings together over half a million trumpet and funfans from all over the world. Get ready for the 57th Trumpet Gathering in Guča!
The village of Gucha (Guča), located in western Serbia's Dragačevo District, is situated in one of the most peaceful and colorful parts of the country. Over the years it has gained world fame owing to its annual assembly of trumpet players—the largest trumpet event on the planet!
The people of Dragačevo's love of music, especially for the trumpet, began during the reign of Prince Milos Obrenovic, who ordered the formation of the first military band in 1831. From then until now, the trumpet has ruled supreme—save for woodwind instruments which are also very much in keeping with the custom of the area. The sound of a trumpet traditionally accompanies every major social event in Serbia's rural areas: births, baptisms, weddings, Slavs (family patron saint days), farewell parties, state and church festivals, harvests, as well as wakes.
The first festival, the Dragačevo Assembly of Trumpet Players, was held on October 16, 1961 in the yard of the Church of Sts. Michael and Gabriel in Gucha (Guča). Initially, it was a very modest affair, almost subversive for the prevailing political circumstances of the time. However, the event gradually grew to become today's renown assembly. No longer held solely for trumpet players, it has grown to include toastmasters and painters. The song "Sa Ovcara I Kablara" marks the yearly beginning of every festival. Some church music festivals not withstanding, the Assembly of Trumpet Players is the best known event of this kind: uninterrupted for 43 years and attracting guests and musicians alike from every continent. Trumpet players, folk singers, and dance groups from around the world deem it a great honor to perform here with the number of visitors increaseing every year. A record attendance was set in 2002, when the festival hosted in excess of 300,000 visitors.
In Gucha (Guča), trumpets are played on social occasions, thus preserving the region's musical tradition which ranges from indigenous melodies, via kolos (fast-rhythmic chain dancing), marches, southern Serbian cocek dances, to contemporary tunes. This music has won the hearts of all Serbians, but those of all non-Serbians as well. During the Dragačevo Assembly, better known as the Guča Trumpet Festival, hardly anyone can resist giving themselves to the adrenalin-rushing rhythms and melodies that simply force one to jump to their feet and dance.
Price per person:
299 € (1 pax), 179 € (2 pax), 149 € (3 pax), 139 € (4-7 pax), 129 € (8-20 pax)
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Departure: on request, flexible
Operating days: 10-13th of August 2017