May 2

10:00 NÁMĚSTÍ MÍRU - interactive open-air 3D graphics creation

20:00 SASAZU – gala concert: Bengas/CZ, The Gypsy Ensemble Giani Lincan/NL, Tekameli/FR, Zuralia Orchestra/RO, Russka Roma/RU, Kočani Orkestar/MK



The concept of “street art” covers all types of creative work that arise in a public space, which is why it is free to go beyond the framework of traditional art forms. In the case of the 3D graphics that are being specially prepared for the Khamoro Festival, these will be art that is created in the street and then installed there. 

The special technique of 3D drawings on asphalt, concrete, or other flat surfaces takes advantage of the phenomenon of optical illusion. It is only possible to see the third dimensaion of these images from a certain point – only from one side and from a certain perspective. What is sad (but also unusual) about these 3D graphics is that they will disappear with the first rain. Fortunately, however, they will last forever in photographs.

Three Bosnian artists -  Mersiha Džafić, Kemal Konaković  and Adis Zorlak – will present their creation of 3D graphics in Prague. They have dedicated themselves to this technique for five years. In Sarajevo they have been holding a Street Art Festival since 2012 that is annually visited by more than 100 000 people where artists from all over the world present their works. The aim of this prestigious event is to support young students from arts schools and to introduce their work to the broader public.     

In Prague those interested in the method of creating 3D graphics will be able not just to examine this method in progress, but also to attempt it themselves.


Náměstí Míru /4. 6. 2016/


BENGAS / Czech Republic

The Prague band BENGAS came together in the autumn of 2001 and succeeded in taking off like a rocket. By 2004 they enjoyed an enormous success when they became the opening band for the Gipsy Kings during their concert at Prague’s T-mobile Arena. They have also performed at all of the leading festivals not just in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but also in Europe and the USA. You can hear Balkan folk music, czardas, the rhythms of Arabia and Spain and the songs of Romani people from Hungary, Russia and Slovakia in their interpretations. “We sing about what we have experienced. Our music brings the people who come to our concerts, both non-Roma and Roma,” says Milan Horváth of BENGAS. The band has released two albums, “Dža/Jdi” (Go) and “Amen Phiras/My jdeme” (We Are Going), after which they took a break for a few years. Today, of course, they are performing to their full strength and you definitely do not want to miss their performance at the Khamoro Festival this year.


SaSaZu /4. 6. 2016/  



Giani Lincan is one of the most sought-after cimbalom (hammered dulcimer) performers in The Netherlands. Accompanied by accordion, doublebass and violin, he will please all lovers of traditional cimbalom music. The band will perform a colorful repertoire of traditional Hungarian, Roma and Romanian folk songs, but you can also look forward to their own compositions in the French Gypsy Jazz style. This “Gypsy Orchestra” has performed countless concerts in both Eastern and Western Europe and is considered by experts to be one of the best Romani cimbalom groups on the continent.


SaSaZu /4. 6. 2016/


TEKAMELI / Francie

“In Caló, the ancient language of Roma from Spain, the phrase tekameli means I like you, I love you, I want you,” says Jean Soler, the guitaris and sincer, “That is the message we want to send.” Jean Soler, Salomon Espinas and Julio Bermudez established the band in 1992 and over time added other musicians until it settled on a five-member configuration. Both their fast songs and their moving ballads about love for one’s family, God, and life itself resound with the rhythms of flamenco and Rumba Gitana. While the band is inspired by the world-famous Gipsy Kings, they differ from their role models in that they stick to authentic Romani music.


SaSaZu /4. 6. 2016/



The music of the Zuralia Orchestra mixes the sounds of the accordion, the clarinet, the darbuka and other drums, guitars, trumpet, violins and vocals. Under the direction of Aurel Mirea, a new musical genre combining Romani folk music with jazz, Latin music, Oriental music, and reggae, all in a modern arrangement. Even though the band is relatively new, it has already managed to perform at several leading European festivals, opening for Goran Bregović, the most famous Balkan composer and musician alive today, and representing Romania at the international Eurovision competition. Audiences were able to see the Zuralia Orchestra at the Khamoro Festival in 2013 and this year they are returning after that great success. “We consider Khamoro one of the most energetic, monumental festivals there is. We are glad to return again because the people here are brilliant and we feel at home here,” says Aurel Mirea. We can guarantee you the the Zuralia Orchestra’s music will force you to dance.  


SaSaZu /4. 6. 2016/  



Music, dance, fortune-telling, a fiery temperament and a travelling life – all of this belonged to the traditional lifestyle of Romani people in Russia. Much of this is still to be found in the songs of the Russka Roma band as well. This group has a very long tradition; in 1993 they released their first album of the classical songs of Russian Roma. After enjoying great success, the famous composer Vladimir Matetsky contributed to the creation of their second album in 1995. That was followed by a world tour lasting several years during which they performed 376 concerts in the USA alone. During their career they have performed with stars such as the Bee Gees or Joe Cocker. They have also recorded several duets with Viktor Chaika, Dmitry Malikov and Vladimir Markin.  


SaSaZu /4. 6. 2016/



This band was established by trumpet player Naat Valiov and is one of the most original Balkan brass bands, so it is not surprising that they perform worldwide.  Their musical style combines many influences:  elements of rumba and salsa; Indian film music; jazz; the rhythms of Bulgaria and Turkey (including their characteristically asymmetric 7/8 and 9/8 signatures); and traditional dance music from Bulgaria, Romani and Serbia. The band has changed members over the years but has always managed to maintain its freshness and spirit.


SaSaZu /4. 6. 2016/



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