POZITIV FILM ZAGREB presents “SHE HAD A DREAM” LIDIJA BAJUK in concert STANISLAV KOVAČIĆ MARIJA MLINAR BRANKO TRAJKOV ANDRIJA MARONIĆ STJEPAN VEČKOVIĆ LADISLAV VARGA MARKO ŽERJAV lighting designer BORIS POPOVIĆ sound engineer LORIN ZOVIĆ film editor DAMIR CIMPERŠAK director of photography SANDI NOVAK music by LIDIJA BAJUK produced and directed by ANTE ROZIĆ

There is no doubt that those who attend Lidija Bajuk’s concert on October 15, 2015 will experience a truly exceptional musical and cultural event. Lidija Bajuk, one of the most remarkable Croatian artists, celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of her brilliant musical and cultural career. The essential characteristic of her work is the complete absence of any authorial compromises. Lidija does not flirt for a second with kitsch that tries to find its legitimacy in ethno music, so much overused now that it slides into ethno-mannerism, but follows, with an incredible perseverance, her artistic talent and mission, demonstrating from one album to the next the forgotten loveliness of the Croatian traditional heritage. This would not sound so clear if Lidija did not offer her unique artistic talent without any calculation. She is not just an interpreter, but a musician who is able to give the tradition at least as much as she owes it. Lidija is not a performer who tries to appeal to the audience no matter what. If you allow the magic of her music to come to you, you will receive quite a special gift – a ticket to a wondrous castle of art from which you will never want to descend into a world of lesser taste or banality.

Delimir Rešicki, journalist and writer

Traditional chants from repertoire are found all around the Croatian countryside, mostly lyric love, work and wedding songs which celebrate the female healing principle of life, empathy, friendship, love, motherhood, peace, tolerance, wisdom, the beauty of nature… about meaning in mundane human lives and a place in the universe – to sum up, universal themes found in traditional songs throughout the world. Some of their poetic structure and motives have connections with pre-Christian period. The concert is an invitation to a musical, metaphysical journey in which a cursed young man, Easter bonfire, St. George’s dew, golden key, the water of ritual passage, magic well, prophetic bird, white town, astral golden embroidery, specific wines, Midsummer wedding and a symbolic dream – testify to the cosmogonic conceptions of pre-Christian Croats and South Slavs, which are sung in the oldest known traditional chants. Later chants testify to the birth of Christ and His resurrection after the crucifixion, about their early Christianization, the sale of women at fairs, compulsory conscription, homeland and patriotic nostalgia and marriage of convenience, and about the social circumstances of the Croatian people in the context of historical foreign repression. The latest chants testify to the submission of women and their disobedience to patriarchal rural community, as well as to the old topic of love, sung in a modern way. In the last one hundred years, Croatian songs have been developed, intermingled, changed and reinterpreted at the thematic, vocal and instrumental levels.

The anniversary concert is intended as a festival of Croatian music, performed in collaboration with most of the musicians with whom I have played through the years, appealing because of the particular instruments and the ways in which they play them, as well as their non-stereotypical and creative approach to traditional music. I share with most of them fond musical memories and friendships of many years. Although we do not always share the same views, music teaches us mutual respect and the joy of hearing numerous voices. When we reach a harmony of all the voices, we demonstrate and affirm that harmonious pervasion is possible even when we do not think the same.

Lidija Bajuk