Saturday, March 03, 2007

Folk Revija: A View From Tamo Daleko

Four days after the cancellation of the Zagreb Folk Revija has been more than enough time for the Serbian tabloid Kurir to gather half a dozen vox pops from Serbian showbusiness and make it look as if the event's collapse was all the Croats' fault, or in Kurir's words that 'it's been shown for the umpteenth time that our singers are undesirable in Croatia!' - including a particularly nasty rumour, first launched by organiser Braco Zatezalo in yesterday's edition of the paper, that one of the women involved had received a threat of rape.

The quoted singers themselves are a little more understanding, distinguishing between 'lots of people there [who] like our singers and Serbian music' (Sanja Đorđević) and an identifiable group to blame (be it the veterans' association, the Croatian media, or Croats who 'would rather their children listened to Chopin and Mozart').

The story on the Croatian side, meanwhile, is a much more mundane one of unverifiably disappointing ticket sales and an unclear destination for the ticket revenue. (The circus itself has been rescheduled for late April in Ljubljana, perhaps resuming the city's mid-90s function as a performance site for Serbian acts who weren't quite welcome in Croatia yet.)

The observation that whatever happened at Folk Revija would set the agenda for impressions of folk in Croatia applies, with this sort of escalation, as much to Serbia as it does to the host country. Is it really such a good idea for the prevailing Serbian tabloid memory of the case to be that Vukovar veterans threatened Serbian singers so severely that the show had to be called off for their own protection?

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5 Comments:

At 3:24 am, March 04, 2007, Anonymous Pete D said...

Aargh re your entry this year - was hoping your presence in the country would persuade them to pick Luka!! How's life in Croatia going? x

 
At 12:50 pm, March 04, 2007, Anonymous Chig said...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. What happened last night? Not a decent song in sight, and Croatia picks possibly her worst entry ever. I feel for you, I really do. Hope all is well. xx

 
At 6:03 pm, March 04, 2007, Blogger Catherine said...

I'm not responsible for them picking that!! Blame the choreographers for effectively knocking out Luka, Jelena etc, or blame whoever put Ivana Radovniković against Feminnem in the same semi-final with exactly the same routine....

Some minor consolation for anyone who doesn't like the winner, though - here, the big star is Dado Topić, but when it gets to Helsinski the only person foreign broadcasters will be interested in is Iva who sings with him!

 
At 10:47 am, March 05, 2007, Anonymous steven said...

Fill the rest of us in please! Are you talking about Dora selection?

 
At 6:15 pm, March 05, 2007, Blogger Catherine said...

Yes, I am, sorry! The discussion seems to have started on this post instead...

 

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