Kvarner newsletter / no 20

Meeting of accordion virtuosos

For seven years in a row, the lanes of Kastav have echoed with the sounds of accordions. And this month was no different – as numerous accordionists from Croatia and abroad gathered in the wonderful ambience of this small town.

The first meeting of accordionists in Kastav, entitled "With Accordion in Kastav", was held in 2003, and it immediately became obvious that this will be an event that will outgrow local boundaries and become traditional. The time has confirmed these expectations: by now, seven meeting took place, including this year's on the 6th of September, with approximately seventy accordion artists from Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Vojvodina and Slovenia. The list of participants also included a Romanian national band and Ilinden Macedonian cultural society that performed national music. Croatia was represented by the Bela pl. Panthy accordion orchestra with as many as 25 members, then accordionists from Istria, and several artists from the Kvarner area: from Gorski kotar, Novi Vinodolski, Grobnik, Lovran, Opatija, Rijeka and Matulji.