This has been a fertile soil for folk narratives since the pre-Christian times. Ballads, myths, legends and fairy tales have been narrated, circulated and recreated by tradesmen, soldiers, travellers… yes, also by refugees. It all depends on the capacities of the narrators and their audiences, on the place and time of the event. And on the path, of course…
The path between steep mountains, wide rivers, deep forests.
Which themes have survived until the present days? What kind of transformations have they undergone? What do they mean to us, travellers – and what to “them”, inhabitants of these places? Can we include them into “artificial, artistic” art created by the Author? And what about the stereotypes (laziness, stupidity, cunning) that they induce? Are they still entrenched here and now, or do they only come up in jokes and inasmuch as they are (mis)used by artists in their creative processes?
The joint venture begins in Zagreb and ends in Rijeka (Croatia). One way “across the hilly Balkans”, and back across the “Adriatic Sea.
The Balkan corner – a journey into the past and the unknown… amid people who carry wealth and creativity within themselves.
The best example of the path of a narrative is a documentary by Bulgarian director Adela Peeva, Whose Is This Song? (trailer) from 2003, which won several awards on festivals throughout Europe.
“Across the hilly Balkans” is a popular phrase known from the poem A Bloody Tale by Desanka Maksimović.
The “Adriatic Sea” is a popular phrase known from the poem Adriatic Sea by Simon Jenko (video).