At seven o'clock a thundering roar startles me in my sleep and I get up with heart beating. Then there are two more cannon shots. Totally confused I creep out of the tent to find a friend, smiling at my scareness. He's been to Guca several times but didn't mention about this glourios wakening. "The opening hour, it's every single morning", he says. "It's a sign for the people to get prepared. The music starts early."


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Guca trumpet festival is an annual festival held in town of Guca. In 2010 Guca celebrated it's 50th anniversary.

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The festival gathers people from all over the world.

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Many orchestras take part in the competition at the end of the festival. 

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Meanwhile, during the day, the bands walk around the town and play music in different pubs, relying on tips.

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The street concerts start in the morning and go on untill after midnight.

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The clients in the pubs order their favourite songs to the passing bands. If satisfied, they pay tips trying to keep the band for a while.

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It's a kind of a competition who'll have the band longer. The musicians themselves are motivated to play better, the listeners to pay more. In most of the cases it's a big fun for both sides.

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Most of the musicians play for more than ten hours.

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Guca festival is a way of living for many family orchestras.

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The kids start playing very young.

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Guca 2014.

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Guca 2014.


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"Kafana Dacho" is one of the most authentic and famous pubs in Guca.

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Every band wants to stop by for a while.

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Guca 2014, Kafana Dacho by day. 

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Guca 2014, Kafana Dacho by day.

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The music is intoxicating - very loud, dynamic, bringing good emotions. It's very exhausting for a listener as well. 

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Beer is sold everywhere on the street. It's the perfect stimulant to remain in good mood during the day.

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Guca 2014, Kafana Dacho by day.

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Guca 2014, Kafana Dacho by day.

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Many of the bands withdraw for a break in the heaty afternoon.

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During the night there is a second wave of street performance.

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Guca 2014, Kafana Dacho by night.

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Guca 2014, Kafana Dacho by night.

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The culmination is a huge pary in the center of the town, around the monument of the trumpet player.




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