Okarina Ethno Festival Bled, Slovenia
The international Okarina Ethno Festival, held every summer in Bled for the last 25 years, is one of the oldest festivals in Europe. Folk music from across the globe, in all its versions and variants, mixed with modern rhythms, attracts and captivates audiences with its high-quality performances, renowned musicians, and a clear message of the importance of multi-culturality and coexistence.
In over a quarter of a century the Okarina Ethno Festival has brought to Bled more than 220 bands and other performers from all continents. Every year, the dynamic and attractive programme draws the audiences from Bled and Slovenia with the latest European folk music trends. This year, celebrating its 25th birthday, Okarina has made an important step forward towards ethno jazz, which was represented by many fantastic musicians, in particular strong female voices singing exclusively in the improvised rhythm models of their nations.
For the past eight years, the Okarina Ethno Festival has been held under the auspices of Bled Culture Institute, which has already published the date of the next, 26th, Okarina: it will take place from 29 July to 7 August 2016, in Bled.