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Orchestre International du Vetex

the_title() 03/01/2012 - Balkan Trafik! 2012 - Line Up

A crazy musical project bringing together musicians from Flanders, Wallonia and northern France with a Balkan touch!

The Orchestre International du Vetex was formed in 2004 in the small Flemish town of Kortrijk for a special occasion : to gather professional and amateur musicians from Flanders, Wallonia and the North of France in order to publicise the possibility of reno- vation of the old textile factory Vetex situated in an abandoned part of the city.

Some local associations took part in the project and a couple of weeks later, the Orchestre International du Vetex gave its first concert at the “Fiesta Mestiza”-festival in Kortrijk.

It’s the beginning of a great adventure. The band is quickly noticed in the musical world in Belgium thanks to this crazy mixture of brassmusic, always with a punky rock’n’roll attitude. It sows energy everywhere it goes, but not only because of the style or the numerous musicians, also because they don’t like to be too serious and certainly want to have fun with the spectators.

It’s a cross-border band, with people from three different regions in two different countries but that have some important goals in common and that fight for the same ideas. Fascinating? Of course. Easy? Not always…

Till now, the Vetex has played more than 400 concerts… From little clubs and parties to big and famous stages… From the streets of Sarajevo to the underground in Praha. From the Olympic Games in Turin to prestigious street and world music festivals in Graz, Jelenia Gora, Nis, Santander, Amsterdam, Bansko, Berlin…

In 2008 and 2009, the band headed more and more east-wards, spending a lot of time touring through the Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Bulgaria).

First of all because the Vetex is a cross-border band, but also because this region is a great source of inspiration for them. During these travels and tours, they started a friendship and a musical collaboration with musicians from these regions.

Including the great Serbian accordion-player Ivo Vucelja, the young talented Bosnian trumpet player Ivan Sucac and the phenomenal female singer from Mostar, Jelena Milusic. Soon, they start to work on a new project : create a show where both the music of the Vetex and traditional song of the Balkans are played.

Moreover, Adela Jusic, a young artist-filmmaker that survived the war in the surrounded city of Sarajevo, gives us a very personal view of the life near the borders and the way to live with our neighbours in spite of our differences through images and videos. And here is the result : an international production called ‘Balkan Banquets’. A fascinating show with a lot of joy but with sadness and nostalgia too. A show that makes us think about the borders, here and there. Physical and psychological borders. Musical and geographical borders…  
Saturday 14th April Concert at 9.45 pm in the Horta Hall + Balkan Trafik Brass Band Duel: Orchestre International du Vetex in duel with Guca’s 2011 winning orchestra of Dejan Lazarevic! 1.30 am in the Horta Hall


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