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  Branko Krsmanovic

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The group was founded in 1945 as one of the wings of the Artistic Association of the University of Belgrade.

The Folk Ballet acquired its first recognition at the Yugoslav Youth Festival in 1948. In 1949, with the arrival of Mr.Branko Markovic (1917-1993), leading dancer and choreographer of the Belgrade Opera House, the ensemble started to work on the artistic elaboration of the rich national folk heritage.

Since then, members have performed at many festivals and their talents were rewarded with Gold medals at the Moscow World Festival, Vienna World Festival and the Gold medal for Arts of the City of Damascus.

The greatest successes of the group that brought it the name of the "Ambassadors of Culture and Goodwill" were its five tours in Latin America, four USA tours (all organized by Columbia Artists Man.Inc.), an eight months tour all over the world and the participation in the Gala UNICEF concert in the Paris Opera House that was broadcasted all over the world.

The artists perform ethnically inspired dances and authentic folk melodies of Serbia and Montenegro. Colorful costumes, intriguing melodies and complex rhythms clearly illustrate richness of folk art in various regions.


Artistic Director: Mr. Vladimir Tanasijevic.