The 10th edition of Demofest was opened at Kastel Fortress on 20 July 2017. During three days of the festival, bands from six countries of the region are meeting on the stages of Demofest.
During a visit to the daytime programme at Banski Dvor on the first day of the festival, Head of the EU Delegation and EU Special Representative in BiH, Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark expressed his satisfaction with the project. The Office of the EU Special Representative in BiH sponsored the organisation of this festival again this year.
On this occasion, Demofest Director Brankica Janković emphasised that expectations for this year’s edition of the festival are large, and that organisers made an effort to make advances compared to last year. “The novelty is that this year we are enjoying the performances on two stages. We arrived at the idea due to the 400 demo-bands who apply for our call each year and want to present themselves live. So far 30 demo-bands have participated, and this year there are as many as 50,” Janković said, reminding that this year’s Demofest has been chosen as one of Europe’s 21 most audience-intimate music festivals.
Entertaining visitors in the main part of the programme are Rudimental DJ set, Marky Ramone, Ky-Mani Marley, Freemasons, Funkerman, Dubioza kolektiv, as well as Edo Maajka, Bad Copy, Lačni Franz and Projekt Rakija. The festival also features last year’s winners Seine, Letarg and Degeneza, as well as Banja Luka-based bands Sopot, Shanghai Street Fight and Važno obavještenje.
This year’s daytime programme focuses on socially responsible issues, within which the roundtable “Women in Art” was held at Banski Dvor, featuring Vedrana Rudan, Staša Koprivica, Mladen Miljanović, Sandra Silađev Dinja and Ida Prester.
In order to enable all its visitors maximum enjoyment, Demofest created a special space for persons with disabilities, from where visitors in wheelchairs can follow all events on the central stage.
More details on the programme can be found at: www.demofest.org