Don Branko’s Music Days (DBMD)
Don Branko’s Music Days are the forerunner of today’s KotorArt Festival. In 2002, there started to operate KotorArt, and independent initiative in culture, whose immediate reason for the foundation was a realization of the music festival. As a festival of art music, it was open from the beginning to the idea of expanding its program.
Under the name KotorArt, the music festival existed until 2009, when, by signing a cooperation agreement, it merged several events into the overarching one – KotorArt. From that moment, the music segment has been named Don Branko’s Music Days after Don Branko Sbutega, one of the initiators of the festival.
Every year, in July and August, town squares, piazzas and streets of Kotor are flooded with classical music and quality music programs, prepared and performed by the most renowned artist of our time, such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Nikolai Lugansky, Mischa Maisky, Boris Berezovsky, Denis Matsuev, Ivo Pogorelić, and many others.
One of the constant aspirations and of Don Branko’s Music Days is to develop the best identity of Kotor, enrich its legacy by creating live art in public places, promote and support everything creative and of artistic quality in the town, thus making it worth living in and the object of desire to whose fulfillment we return.
Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children (KFTC)
Skoro četvrt vijeka dječiji festival Kotorom gradom šeta.
Svakog jula, kao vijesnik ljeta, u slavu pozorišta i sve djece svijeta,
priredi šarenu paradu glumaca, žonglera i pajaca,
izazivajući sreću, radost i osmjehe širom kotorskih pijaca.
The first festival, than called the Yugoslav Festival of Theatre for Children, was held in Kotor, on July 3, 1993, with a ceremony named the Kotor fairy-tale. And from that day on, there is no end to the Kotor fairy-tale. Year after year, the festival has grown as some mischievous freckled child from Kotor, every time more cheerful, colorful and imaginative.
In its eleventh year, the former Yugoslav Festival of Theatre for Children on March 12, 2004 received a new name – Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children, named after the town in which it was created.
The vision of the festival is positioning Kotor as the Centre of theatre arts for children and youth in the region of South Eastern Europe.
Since 2009, it has been a part of the International Festival KotorArt.
International Festival of Klapa – Perast
The International Festival of Klapa – Perast is the only one of this music genre in Montenegro. Since its establishment in 2002, it has hosted hundreds of klapas from Montenegro and nearby. Through klapa music, with the harmony in its nature, the Festival successfully maintains numerous friendships in the region.
Polyphonic singing in Boka Kotorska is an extension of a music tradition, whose roots go back to ancient history, from the oldest Perast’s bugarštice, homophonic ritual and prayer songs, to the tribute and folk songs. In the mid XIX century, a polyphonic singing of male and female groups was developed, while in the mid XX in Dalmatia, there was stabilized the name klapa.
It is at the foundation of the aforementioned cultural richness, all the activities of the Festival of Klapa Perast are aimed at nurturing and promoting klapa singing as a part of cultural heritage and musical tradition of Montenegro. The festival library now contains about 300 music scores and recordings from Boka and Montenegro. Songs from Boka are mandatory part of the repertoire for all the participating klapas, which is in the region already recognized and respected characteristic of the Festival, and is of great importance for the popularization of our klapa music.
Philosophers’ Square was launched in 2010, when Paolo Magelli invited writer and journalist Andrej Nikolaidis and philosopher Srećko Horvat to pioneer a special philosophical program within the International Festival KotorArt. Since Kotor is rich with squares, the initial idea was to recreate the ancient Greek meaning of the word agora, which indicated not only the marketplace and place of assembly, but also a birthplace of philosophy. . It was in the agora that Socrates engaged in discussions with the Athenians drawing philosophical lessons from these dialogues; in the agora, after having heard Socrates, a young poet, who later became known as Plato, burned all his works and decided to engage in philosophy. It was there that Diogenes practiced his philosophical provocations, living in a tub and holding a candle in search for a man. The intention to set up the Philosophers Square in the middle of summer, in a tourist town such as Kotor, and despite high temperatures and temptations of the sea to focus on philosophy could have been seen as a provocation of a kind. As much as it may have seemed impossible at first, in the last six years Kotor was visited by respectable philosophers such as Giorgio Agamben, Antonio Negri, Gianni Vattimo, Renata Salecl, Boris Gunjević, Žarko Paić, Tonči Valentić, Milica Jovanović,
Following that path, after we have dealt with overarching themes such as Fundamentalisms In the XXI Century, Capitalism Never Takes a Vacation?, What Does Europe Want?, we came back to the very source of philosophy – Love, while after that, the focus was on rethinking technology and surveillance at the symposium The Future is Here: Technology and Surveillance.