Riverside music and arts at Sajeta festival

Tolmin – The annual Sajeta Art&Music Festival is kicking off on Tuesday in the popular outdoor setting at the confluence of the Soča and the Tolminka in Tolmin. In six days it will feature more than 40 concerts and performances by artists from eight countries.

The 23rd iteration of the festival will be headlined by Obojeni Program, the alternative rock band from Novi Sad, Serbia, who will present their latest album 2021=41.

The festival lineup includes Gudio Möbius, a solo artist from Berlin, and Lanhart Tapes, a one-man-cassette-tape-manipulator, who will perform in a duet with Serbian musician Tijana Stanković, who combines folk tunes, groovy rhythms and screechy noises.

Also from Serbia, Svetlana Spajić, a researcher of vocal techniques of various nations, will hold a workshop dedicated to Serbian vocal polyphony, one of several workshops at the festival.

Slovenian double bass player Tomaž Grom will make an appearance with percussionist Zlatko Kaučič and in their debut appearance a duo featuring Ana Kravanja of the Širom trio and Vitja Balžalorsky, a guitarist best known for his collaboration with Laibach.

In cooperation with the Od:vod festival, which is usually held at various locations, Sajeta will also feature electronic music next weekend. Andrej Kobal will present his project GranuRise and give a workshop and talk on modes of expression in experimental electronic music.

The festival will also see workshops for children, the launch of a book by Blaž Kosovel entitled Why US Does Not Have Ministry of Culture, and a screening of a documentary on the trio Širom.

This year the festival failed to get funding from the Ministry of Culture so the organisers had to cancel several foreign acts and replace them with local ones.

Sajeta has been functioning as an outdoor cultural and artistic lab for more than two decades, brining contemporary creative practices from urban settings into the picturesque setting by the emerald Soča river.