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Musical guests: Ukrainian choir Chervoni Korali and guitarist Antonio Persak

Chervoni Korali

As every year, the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival brings special musical guests who will beautify our program and further present the rich cultures of their countries to the Dutch audience. This 14th edition will be enhanced by the performances of the Ukrainian choir Chervoni Korali and their conductor Nataliya Malahnova.

The Hague-based vocal ensemble Chervoni Korali (red corals – typical Ukrainian necklace) unites amateur singers from different regions of Ukraine. They sing Ukrainian spiritual and folk songs and promote their traditions and culture in The Netherlands and abroad. Chervoni Korali will perform during the closing ceremony of ENFF on Sunday 27.11.

More info about the ensemble: www.chervonikorali.nl

Antonio Persak

One of our special guests this year is Antonio Persak, Croatian classical guitarist based in The Hague and versatile musician experienced in a wide range of musical styles. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, while his recent Master’s degree of The Royal Conservatoire in the Hague has been awarded ‘’with distinction for creating and performing an innovative contemporary program’’. He also won prizes in international guitar competitions in Italy, UK, Croatia, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Although his work is very much focused on classical guitar, Antonio is also experienced as an electric guitarist and mandolin player. He is a member of the “Spaceship” ensemble, which is a contemporary group with a special affinity to science.

In recent years, Antonio has appeared on NPO 4 and Radio West as a soloist as well as a duo member with a Turkish flautist Elif Ozgur presenting their Balkan/Turkish program. He has played in masterclasses with international artists including Zoran Dukic, István Römer, Duo Melis, Stephen Goss, Pavel Steidl.

He plays a guitar by the Australian luthier Paul Sheridan made in 2018 and a mandolin made by Ernest Köröskenyi in 1951. Antonio will perform during the opening ceremony of ENFF, on Wednesday, 23.11.