eff logo program boja


Ninth Belgrade


Location: Garden Courtyard of the Belgrade Synagogue

20 - 24. June 2018

As in previous years the festival is taking place in the beautiful garden courtyard of the Belgrade Synagogue right in the heart of the city center. Musicians of various nationalities, cultures and backgrounds who are all equally devoted, passionate and particularly true to the authenticity of their art will be participating. They recognize each other's particular talents and styles while at the same time making precious contacts and exchanging experiences. This all contributes towards creating an atmosphere of tolerance and love.

We, the creators of this festival, are sure that we are on the right path and are proud of the success of this event as well as of the audience that we gathered since we began the festival.

eff 2014 shira utfila

Wednesday, June 20th at 8PM

Shira u’tfila

Sephardic music of the Balkans

Shira u'tfila is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional ensemble that draws its inspiration from the diversity and richness of Judeo-Spanish, Ottoman-Turkish, Arabic and Balkan musical traditions.
Shira u'tfila was founded in the year 2000 by its vocalist and oud player Stefan Sablić, with the aim of preserving and promoting the Sephardic musical heritage of the Balkans, Mediterranean and North Africa. The band has released seven CDs, toured in a dozen countries and collaborated on various research and production projects involving Sephardic music from the Balkans, the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East.
Shira u'tfila passionately blends its knowledge of classical traditions and dedication to their preservation with a flair for improvisation and fusion. Its distinct sound brings a modern twist to a historical legacy.

Stefan Sablić - vokal, ud; Ivana Munđa – vokal; Filip Krumes – violina; Sinan Aćifović – klarinet; Srđan Đorđević – kontrabas; Akash Bhatt - darabuka, bendir, cajon

sevdah session 2018

Sevdah Session

Bosnian Sevdalinka song

Vladimir Savić, vocalist and saz player from Tuzla (today living in Mali Zvornik) is one of rare performers of Bosnian sevdalinka who can recreate an authentic atmosphere of "sevdah" and "merak". It will surely be a great enjoyment to anyone who even just a little cares about this marvelous tradition and the way how is use to be performed long time ago. The orchestral accompaniment will feature one of the best qanun players from Israel, Elad Gabbay.

Vladimir Savić – Vocal, saz, Elad Gabbay – qanun, Stefan Sablić – 'ud, vocal, Srdjan Djordjević – double bass, Akash Bhatt – percussion


german lopez y antonio toledo

Thursday June 21st at 8PM

Germán López y Antonio Toledo (Spain) Canela y Limón

Music from the Canary Islands

The duo formed by timp player Germán López and guitarist Antonio Toledo exemplifies perfect musical fusion. With only two instruments, this duo will present the authenticity of Canarian music in full splendor, with influences of other world music tradtitions. The always amazingly original improvisations and the unique interaction between these two musicians make each concert an authentic experience.

After their showcase at Womex in Santiago de Compostela in 2014 and in Budapest in 2015, the international tour of this original duo has begun, with concerts in Poland, Canada, USA, Portugal, Czech Republic and Germany.

Listening to them is a unique experience. Enjoyment is guaranteed.


havay viktoria fakutya

Havay Viktoria & Fakutya (Hungary)

Music of the Moldavian Csángó’s

Viktória Havay and Fakutya plays Hungarian folk music of the Moldavian Csángó’s (a Hungarian minority located in the region of Bacău, Romania). They primarly play dance music on instruments like the flute, kaval, tapan, koboz and violin. This music incorporates elements of many ethnicities of that region (Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, etc.). Viktória Havay is an ethnographer and has been an active singer in the Hungarian folk scene for more than 10 years. For more than 5 years Viktória Havay and Fakutya have been moving people of all generations to dance and sing in Hungary and all over Europe.

Viktória Havay – vocal, Dániel Bolya – flutes, kaval, Csaba Barsi – dance, Irén Fekete – violin, Sándor Kis – bass guitar, percussion, Zsuzsanna Kovács – dance, Ferenc Kudász – koboz, Zoltán Székely – flutes, kaval, saxophone, Márton Walch – tapan, drum, Jew’s harp



Saturday, June 23rd at 9 30 PM

Caravan Sarai ft. Lala Tamar

Flamenco/Arabic/Balkan music fusion

Tamar Bloch is a singer of Brazilian-Moroccan origin who lives in Israel. Her specialty is the music of Andalusia and North Africa. On this occasion, she will be accompanied by one of the most prominent flamenco guitarists from the Balkan region, Mirza Redžepagić, who lives in Sarajevo, as well as by virtuoso percussionist Akash Bhatt, who comes from Ahmedabad, and contrabassist from Israel Daniel Mor. This unusual mix of musicians who perform together for the first time finds inspiration for this performance in the fusion of Flamenco, Sephardic music of North Africa, Oriental music, Bosnian sevdalinka and more.

Tamar Bloch – vocal (ISR), Mirza Redžepagić - guitar (BIH), Akash Bhatt – percussions (IND), Daniel More – doublebass (ISR)



Sunday, June 24th at 8 00 PM


Music of theEastern Mediterranean

Rahat was founded by three musicians passionate for maqam music of the Eastern Mediterranean. The goal is to bring maqam music closer to the audience located outside of its historical reach, and they aim to achieve that by presenting authentic melodies from various parts of the world of maqam-based traditions in their own unique arrangements. Rahat performs various styles of maqam-based music, both classical and folk, including Turkish art music, rebetiko, alaturka and Turkish and Arabic classical music.

Antonije Tot – oud, Sinan Aćifović – clarinet, Stefan Sablić – qanun



mirza i kenan

Mirza & Kenan

Flamenco & Sevdah

Mirza and Kenan are unique Bosnian music duo that combines sevdah and flamenco. Kenan's archaic and melismatic voice tells stories of love, secret passions, joys and tragedies. With accompaniment of the virtuous flamenco guitar and oud played listeners are taken to journey to the world of flamenco and tango. All lovers of flamenco and sevdah fusion are invited to this magical evening of Bosnian, but also Andalusian music trends in the beautiful arrangements of this duo.