Maybe it’s on the short notice, but this Friday and Saturday bring one of the most interesting music events Central Dalmatia can offer, two-day EthnoAmbient Salona festival in Solin. This celebration of cultural diversity is 17 years old, and over that time some of the leading names of the World Music movement. Same will happen this year on the edge of the site of ancient Roman city of Salona, and no matter who performs, EthnoAmbient always bring a lot of fun, and some wild entertainment, like seen on our main picture of one of the previous performance by Kries.
Tonight, on Friday, two excellent bands will take their place on stage in Gradina, excellently preserved remains of the 14th century fortress. First comes a trio of bagpipe players Griff Trio from Belgium, with re-interpretation of old Flamish songs. As it is written on festival web site, “they found the roots they can still feed on while staying deeply present in their own current lives and expressing their own authenticity and creations”.
Second performer of the night is excellent seven-member band Kíla from Ireland, one of the pioneers in rediscovering roots of the Irish music roots. Among their dedicated fans are Sinead O’Connor and U2’s Bono Vox. They recorded nine albums so far, and became one of the most influental performer of the Irish folk.
Second day brings tunes more familiar to the Croatian and Mediterranean culture. Kries is the “house band” of this festival, since its leader Mojmir Novaković is the founder of EthnoAmbient Salona. This time they will present several new songs from band’s third album, strongly influenced by Croatian folklore.
Finally, Greekadelia is the artistic duo from Greece, consisted of Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis. They performer in Solin earlier, with big success. Described on the official web site: “Their work is still based on the traditional music of Greece and is influenced by Kristi and Stathis’ inspirations they gathered living an urban life and on their travels”.
Tickets are available at the gate, or in the Solin Tourist Board souvenir shop in the center of Solin.