The “Flower of Diversity” party will be held on Tuesday in Novi Sad

The cultural program will include the participation of traditional orchestras from 5 different national communities of Vojvodina, along with famous Vojvodina artists in the field of vocal and instrumental music – vocal soloist Bella Mavrac and world-famous accordionist Lilo Nika.

Bela Mavrak is a Vojvodina by birth and is intimately familiar with the languages, music and traditions of the national communities in these lands. He graduated from the Faculty of Music and Medical School in Zrenianin, then from the University of Arts in Belgrade, and only three years later he graduated from the prestigious Faculty of the University of Cologne. He perfected his vocals with Franz Corelli in Milan and with Gianni Raimondi in Bologna, as well as with Swedish tenor Nicolae Gheda. After a series of international participations, he received an invitation from the Serbian National Theater in Belgrade to play Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. This is when his brilliant international career begins and continues to this day.

Accordionist Lilo Nika is at the helm of the most sought-after accordion players in the world. He conveyed all limits in music with his enchanting accordion, his masterful technique, through an easily recognizable style, with strong emotional expression, an energy that emanates and energizes the audience and leaves them breathless. On stage he is in his comfort zone: he is completely dominated by a special example of the symbiosis of artists and machines. He was born in the village of Voivodeship Nikolini in the municipality of Alipunar, and as a young child showed a special love for music, which is natural considering that in the Nika family this talent is passed down from generation to generation. From the age of four he loved the accordion, at the age of four he played in the orchestra, while at the age of ten his father sent him to his friend, the well-known musician in the region and cultural director. Centered at Nicolinț Ionel Corneanu who then ordered him to learn the accordion with the well-known Branimir Đoki. He later studied at the Malmö Academy as well as at the Danish Accordion Academy. He had twice won first place in the world accordion competition.

The Vojvodina Romanian Folk Music Orchestra was officially established in 2017, although earlier it existed in various forms with the aim of promoting the traditional Romanian folk music of Vojvodina. The orchestra organizes music festivals, seminars and workshops and cooperates with many institutions in the country and abroad with the aim of improving and promoting culture and art. A very diverse group covering the folklore of Romanian ethnic and folklore regions places this folk music orchestra among the most prestigious musical formations that preserve traditional Romanian music, signifying the participation of the orchestra in the most important events promoting this type of music.

On the occasion of the Flower of Diversity ceremony, the Institute of Slovak Culture in Vojvodina has put together a string orchestra composed of the most prominent musicians from the ranks of the Slovak community in Vojvodina, who have a wealth of experience in their field of activity, both on stages in the country and from abroad. The artistic director of the orchestra is Irvin Malina.

The tambourine orchestra of the Croatian Music Federation is composed of famous instrumentalists, members of the great tambourine orchestra that has been active in Subotica for the past 20 years. The orchestra collects, organizes and performs traditional music, but also newly composed Croatian music. The orchestra preserves and cultivates the tradition of indigenous, authentic Voivodean tambourines.

The Uhus Orchestra was founded over 20 years ago in Subotica. They are one of the most famous Hungarian folk music bands in Vojvodina, but they are well known throughout the Carpathian Basin. He cultivates traditional music of Hungarians, but Romanian, Serbian, Slovak and Croatian songs are also known. At the annual level, more than 100 entries are presented in the country and abroad. They participated in most countries in Europe, but also performed in Australia and China.

The Petro Kuzmjak Cultural and Artistic Association was founded in Novo Orahovo near Backa Topola in 1947, barely a year and a half after about 120 Ruthenian families had moved by colonization from Ruski Krstur to Sencanski Gunaros, i.e. Novo Orahovo of today.

In these minutes, she introduces the participants of the Flower of Diversity concert taking place tonight at the Pera Dobrinovici Theater of the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad. The project holder is the Institute of Culture for Romanians in Vojvodina, while the partners are the Hungarian Institute of Culture in Vojvodina, the Slovak Institute of Culture in Vojvodina, and the Croatian Institute of Culture in Vojvodina.

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