As the organizers and fans of Sziget Festival keep reminding us, the event is not just a music festival. Aside from its musicians and DJs performing and mixing on its various stages, each year it invites a series of circus and theater acts to keep the Sziget spirit alive. This year, the lineup of these acts is quite impressive, gathering performers and artists from all over the world. Sziget 2017 circus and theater acts August 10 Animal Religion: Indomador (Spain) In Indomador, the main character Quim discovers his animal instinct and transforms the stage into an "animalarium". The show mixes acrobatics and transgenic bodies with
The Sziget last.Fm page lists two more interesting acts for this year's Sziget Festival. Vieux Farka Toure, a Malian guitarist/singer/songwriter, as well as French act Zamballarana (that confirmsÂ Sziget Festival on their official MySpace for August 14), will be at Sziget festival 2009.
Israelian act Oy Division, a band playing the old-style folk music of East-European Jews (more widely known as Klezmer), have confirmed their presence at Sziget Festival 2009. Oy Division are a band that try to play the pre-war Jewish music the way it has been originally performed, not modernising it in any way. They also have a new album out. According to their MySpace page, "their repertoire is a mix of instrumental wedding dance music, folk songs and songs originating in the Yiddish theatre, Old music played again with the zeal and exuberance of punks." That sounds quite interesting, doesn't it? Oy
As it does every year, Sziget always brings interesting jazz surprises. This time we're talking about Yom , the new king of the Klezmer Clarinet, as he proclaims himself, accompanied by his band.In Yom's words, the project is "a tribute to Naftule Brandwein, who was the pioneer of klezmer clarinet in the United States, coming from Poland in the 10's. This crazy genius clarinet player claimed himselfÂ to be the King of klezmer clarinet. To stick to the the spirit of this megalomaniac character, I had to claim myself to be the New King of klezmer clarinet." Megalomaniac as it may
xpatloop.com features a very interesting article about the many other things you can do at Sziget, (except for going to the many concerts, of course). There's theatre, literary programmes and many other interesting things to do. Click here to read the article.