Having been programmed by Leo Ličof since its very beginnings, Okarina Festival is awaiting its 27th edition this summer. World music from all parts of the globe in all its shades, furnished with contemporary beats, will again be enticing visitors to the idyllic setting of the Bled lake. In a bit more than a quarter of a century, Okarina Festival has brought to Bled more than 250 top music bands and solo musicians from around the globe.
This year’s line-up is particularly diverse: particularly worth highlighting among 11 concerts are performances by an institution of African music, the iconic Orchestra Baobab, as well as Grammy-winner and main guest of last year’s Ljubljana jazz festival, Hiromi, who, they say, is to the piano what a Hendrix is to the guitar. Not to be missed this year are the excellent Amira Medjunanin, the first lady of Bosnian sevdah, and (particularly) the great Omar Sosa, who will be joining forces with Seckou Keita at the festival.
For the latter three gigs, tickets will be sold for the first time at Okarina for a symbolic price of 10 euro, entrance fee to the castle stands for concerts at Bled castle whereas other concerts remain free of charge (as ever before). Just like the past ten editions, the 27th Okarina Festival has been organised by the Bled Culture Institute.