Thursday 25-04-19 

@ Bozar 


20:00-21:00 > JAZZ with Vasil Hadzimanov & band (SERBIA)





20:00        > MY YOUTH YOUGOSLAVIA 



Musician Vasil Hadžimanov is a big name from South East Europe. He composes works which combine traditional sounds, popular rhythms and modern Western music (jazz, funk, world music etc.). He and his group, founded in 1995, also perform authentic and innovative music as testified by their album Line in Sand, released last January, and which Hadžimanov will be presenting for the very first time in Belgium.

buy a balkan trafik ticket and get free access to the vasil concert:


Árpád Schilling director, text – Annamária Láng text – Attila Balázs actor – András Zsolt Bandi actor – Zsolt Csata actor – Ninoslav Đorđević actor – Enikő Éder actor – Andrei Elekactor – Branislav Jerković actor – Sándor Mátrai Lukácsactor – Dragana Šuša actress – Andrea Tokai actress – Richárd Vass actor – Carmen Vlaga-Bogdan actress – Bence Bíró dramaturgy – Emőke Kedves translation – Zoltán Molnártranslation – Júlia Dobre production – Réka Feketeproduction – Zoltán Gálovits production – Bojana Kovačevićproduction – Ildikó Ságodi production – Kertész Éva stage manager

Immigrants from different Eastern European countries are locked inside an abandoned building, somewhere in Great Britain. The wait feels interminable but it is particularly well-suited to introspection. “What does it feel like to have left something and got nothing in return?” is what the protagonists seem to be asking.

Divided into seven scenes, the performance cleverly analyses the reactions, customs, innate or acquired behaviour, lack of confidence, fears and dreams of migrants from the Balkans. In this novel experience, the director, Árpád Schilling, a major figure of contemporary theatre, didn’t give the actors a script but asked them to improvise during rehearsals, from scenarios they had been given. The result is incredibly authentic and this is what makes Exit so special. The Hungarian, Romanian and Serbian actors find in their roots and personal identities the raw material that they refine before the audience’s eyes.

Árpád Schilling is one of the most important Hungarian theatre directors. He founded the theatre company Krétakör – The Chalk Circle, with which he performed valuable plays around the world. The young director caused a furore wherever he went. He received several job offers from prominent Hungarian theatres, but preferred to continue paving his own way.

My youth yougoslavia 

All four were born in Yugoslavia and experienced the gruesome civil war which tore their fatherland apart a quarter of a century ago. Today, all four have a different nationality and Yugoslavia is a distant memory. But is that also true in their books? Or do they draw inspiration from the country that is sometimes described as the Utopia of post-war socialism?

On the eve of the Balkan Trafik festival author and Balkan-connoisseur Peter Vermeersch speaks with the Serbian Jelena Lengold, the Bosnian Faruk Šehić, the Slovenian Suzana Tratnik and the Croatian Lada Žigo about the “Yugoslavian” in their work. 

How does Croatia, since 5 years part of the European Union, see Brussels? And how does Serbia and Bosnia, European countries outside of the European Union look at it? Do they want to follow in the footsteps of their former compatriots from Slovenia and Croatia and also be a part of this Union, or have they got another Europe in mind?