News & Small Talk
this year to
take place in 10 host towns compared to 7 in 2006. This was probably one
of the results of 2006 success in providing more then the usual number
of great songs. In Pula and Rijeka the concerts were moved to larger
seating areas, to Forum and Korzo respectively.
MIK is where
old and traditional meets new and young
- in music, lyrics and audience. It's easy to notice that while MIK
audience is predominantly middle age, the age of the singers ranges from
teens to seventies. While at the MIK concerts the younger crowd is a
minority, at local celebrations, especially in Liburnia, that same crowd
flocks to the squares where that same music, or similar, is played by
local bands and the incomparable Lovran Wind Orchestra
First time host
is the town of Gračišće. "Mala općina za vele fešte" (small township for
big shows), as it's often called, Gračišće, doesn't even have an
"industrial zone"...with polluters coming to make quick profit, but it
has a lot of old, and new. Istrian spirit, which comes to life in form
of wine tasting festival, rough terrain racing, harmonica festival, and
good home made food restaurants.
as reported by Novi list, are:
- 40 years
since MIK became a "traveling" festival (1967),
30 years since most
towns hosted concerts (15 in 1977),
10 years since the start of "Kartuline
Here are two more:
- 30 years since the first MIK appearance by Vesna Nežić
Ružić. She takes that event as the beginning of
her singing career. She had been singing before
that, but MIK
is MIK! A few years later Vesna won first place with the
song "Kanat od vina".
"Zakantajte z MIK-on" or MIK MIX1, is now on sale. It seems strange that
it took this long to put together a collection of good MIK songs, but
"better late then never". The CD should "sell itself" - since audiences
themselves chose these songs with their vote at the festivals. MIK MIX2
will be recorded later this year (2007). Stay tuned!
Mama, papa and
Among the 22 songs, selected for MIK 2007, there is one
dedicated to the mother and one to the father. Karin Kuljanić
will sing "Materine ruke" (Mother's
Hands), and Vivien Galetta "Moj otac" (My Father). MIK 2006 had a
song, "Mojoj hćeri" (To My Daughter), by Mirjana
Bobuš, which brought tears to many
eyes in the audience.
and Trio Rio are back! They had to cancel their MIK 2006
appearance because of conflict in schedule: When MIK dates were
finalized the trio realized that at the time of the festival they would
be singing in Germany. The young and rising star, Ivana Marcelja was
then given their song "Boća i bulin" and took 3rd place by popular vote
at the concert in Rijeka, and 5th place overall... but, Welcome back,
Jozefina & Trio!
Labin, surprisingly enough, had a decent share of songs
(and singers) at MIK. Here are some: "Labinski kovari" (1069), "Labinjonka
i Labinjon" (1970), "Otakalnica" (1977), "Ko more i zemja"
(2000), "Črni libar" (2004),
koraka do sunce" (2006)... And, Robert Ferlin (MIK's master of
ceremony) is determined to learn the important grammatical rule:
Labinjon-Labinjani, Labinjonka-Labinjonke (or Labinjonki).
Turčinović came to MIK 2005 with the beautiful song "Dvo tri
koraka do sunca" (text by Danijel Načinović). She said the real
reason for her participation that year was the song in
Labinjonski and about Labin. A few months later, Eleonora,
along with Vesna Nežić Ružić, performed at, and
helped organize, the 30th Anniversary celebration of the
Rudar Club - New York. That night she adopted her (& group
Kristali's) repertoire to the occasion, singing almost entirely
Istrian songs. It can be done ...and it can be fun!