ALTO WORLD - Republic of SERBIA



Medieval Castle, Golubac, river Danube. Serbia is a mountainous country in central Europe in an area known as the 'Balkans'. Belgrade is the capital and largest city. Serbia's Vinča culture is Europe's oldest known civilization. The country borders Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Traditional folk music and dance remain popular, and there are medieval castles, and traditional wooden buildings from the 17th century. Traditional Art, Music, Dance, and Architecture

Painting of the village of Kovačica in northern Serbia. Motifs for folk art paintings are found in nature, and the everyday activities of the rural people.

Kolo Instruments used in traditional folk music in Serbia include the Gajde - bagpipe, Zurna - woodwind, Tambura - lute, Gusle - bowed fiddle, and Tarambuke - drum. The Kolo is an energetic two-beat circle dance with almost no movement above the waist, accompanied by instrumental music. The Kolo has been included in UNESCO's list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.




A contemporary version of the Kola dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q90z5hDRUFQ Instrumental music and singers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SI3UltfEWhA The Gusle is a single-stringed musical instrument traditionally used in the Balkans to accompany singing. The player holds the instrument vertically between the knees, with the left hand fingering the strings which are not pressed against the neck; there is no fingerboard. Singing to the accompaniment of the gusle as a part of Serbia's intangible cultural heritage is included on the UNESCO's list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.



Traditional wooden buildings - Open-air museum, Sirogojno, Mt. Zlatibor.



21st century Belgrade

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