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Starogradska: The “Old Town” Music of Serbia

Posted on 7/5/2016 2:27:00 PM in What We're Watching

A note from our curator, independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

Serbia is a country that has been conquered, inhabited, decimated, and rebuilt. It’s no wonder many tend to focus on the grim side of Serbian history. This film, which I directed for Grand Circle Travel, focuses on a more celebratory aspect of Serbia: its music. More specifically, Starogradska (“Old Town music”), which was born and popularized in Belgrade. It is a folk music that underscores the jovial, passionate, and resilient spirit of its people, its lyrics often centered around love. In the bohemian quarter of Belgrade, people still gather in taverns—just as poets and artists did in the 19th and early 20th centuries—to listen to Starogradska, sing, drink, and be happy. It’s a wonderful thing to behold.

Produced by David Conover and Compass Light Productions

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

Eat, drink, sing, and be happy in Belgrade when you join Grand Circle Cruise Line on Eastern Europe to the Black Sea.

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