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VISIONS OF ZHIVA

PRESENTING MUSIC FROM CENTRAL EUROPE

BESEDA U BIGBÍTU FESTIVAL #czechia

Beseda u bigbítu is a small festival in the southeast corner of the Czech Republic, or the Moravian region to be more precise. Vineyards cover the hillocks of this picturesque region where time seems to pace slower than in the rest of the world. At the start of August, as the initial summertime euphoria spills into the melancholy of its second half, music fans from the region and beyond convene under the poplar trees just outside the town of Tasov. This year marked the 26th edition of the festival. Read on

LITHUANIA SPECIAL – VZ GOES TO VILNIUS

In the very first of our specials, we will have a look at the music scene of Lithuania – one of the three Baltic states you can’t ever tell apart. We met up with George East and Mark Adam Harold, two Britishmen who made Vilnius their home and supporting local musicians their objective. We discussed why is the craft of playing an instrument more respected in the post-Soviet republics than in the West, the legacy of the band Foje, the somewhat awkward dialogue between older and younger musicians and the assumption Western countries seem to have that Central and Eastern Europe only produces Eurovision crap. Keep reading

Europe is easy to travel but her cultures are hard to access if you don’t speak respective national languages. On similar grounds, it is not easy for musicians to reach listeners beyond their country of origin.  Visions of Zhiva is an English speaking zine presenting artists from Central Europe to broader audiences.

Zhiva is the anglicised spelling of the name Živa (also Živena, Siwa). The Slavic goddess of life and fertility was worshipped in the region of today’s Poland, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia before the arrival of Christianity.

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