Guča Festival

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Known simply as 'Guča', after the western Serbian village that has hosted it each August since 1961, this four-day annual gathering of brass musicians is hedonism at its most rambunctious: tens of thousands of beer-and-brass-addled visitors dance wild kola (fast-paced circle dances) through the streets, gorging on spit-roasted meat and slapping dinar on the sweaty foreheads of the (mostly Roma) trubači performers.

The music itself is relentless and frenzy-fast; even Miles Davis once confessed, 'I didn't know you could play trumpet that way.'

Sleep is a dubious proposition, but bring a tent or book ahead anyway: www.guca.rs has information on accommodation and transport.

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