Welcome to Novi Sad

Welcome to Novi Sad


Novi Sad City CentreNovi Sad is the largest business, economic and cultural center of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, which is the northern part of Serbia.
Todays Novi Sad was built three centuries ago on the left bank of the Danube, opposite of the strategically very important Petrovaradin fortress. At the time of its inception it was a little tentatively village of the artisans, merchants and soldiers, which, however, thanks to an extremely favorable position and diligence of its inhabitants and diligence quickly become a significant urban center in the southern part of the former Austrian Empire.
In the eighteenth century, this village is gaining more importance as the commercial and traffic center, which is confirmed by obtaining a Charter on the status of "free royal city" which Novi Sad gets 1748th year. At that time in Novi Sad and in neighboring Petrovaradin begins to develop more intensive cultural life - this creates significant writers and artists, showing the theater, theater troupes were formed, and concerts were organized.

Petrovaradin FortressCultural life of Novi Sad reaches full bloom in the second half of the nineteenth century, when this city gets nickname "Serbian Athens", and becoming  a leading center of Serbian culture and education. At that time in Novi Sad, big poets such as Jovan Jovanović Zmaj, Laza Kostić are working, comediographer Kosta Trifković, the Serbian National Theater has been founded. Finally, the oldest Serbian cultural institution, Matica Serbian has been moved from Budapest to Novi Sad. 
The twentieth century is a period of very rapid economic, demographic and cultural progress of Novi Sad, which was after the Second World War became one of the largest and most developed urban centers of the former Yugoslavia.

City parkWith the powerful development of local industry, agriculture and economy, Novi Sad gained recognition as a very important educational, university, scientific and cultural center, where with the already mentioned institutions: Matica Serbian Serbian National Theater and now operates the University of Novi Sad, with a significant part the Academy of Art, and there are numerous museums and galleries and other important cultural institutions.novi sad grb In Novi Sad, renowned international theater festivals are traditionally organized by the Sterijino pozorje and Infant, and in recent years, tens of thousands of young rock audiences around the world gather each summer at the Petrovaradin Fortress on the EXIT festival.

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Music in Vojvodina

Monastery KoviljDespite the turbulent and often very dramatic conflict, which for centuries have periodically ravaged the southern Pannonia, where today stands the province of Vojvodina, this area is still characterized by a rich and varied cultural and musical tradition.
The area of present day Vojvodina is the meeting place of different peoples, cultures and traditions, so that the diversity of shapes varied picture of different folk music traditions, which last for centuries while maintaining their specific characteristics and peculiarities, but those without and interwoven, influencing each other. For guests and strangers who are coming to   Vojvodina is very interesting to hear the picturesque richness of folk music traditions: Serbian songs, archaic pentatonic Hungarian shepherds songs and czardas, Slovak Polk, or national gig Romanian brass bands: flourish.
Sremski KarlovciParticularly interesting and distinctive form of folk music traditions of Vojvodina is music on national instrument, tamburica - The places of worship of different religions - Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant churches, as well as Jewish synagogues for centuries cherished and developed specific traditions of these different forms of spiritual music.
In the urban centers of Vojvodina from the eighteenth century, also develops and civic music, which follows the developments of the European music: the late classicism and romanticism later. Although on the outskirts of the Europe, and the area of present day Vojvodina was affected then music events – in the 1820th year, in a castle in Ečka, in front of the  local noble audience, the guests of Count Esterhazija, played the young Franz Liszt. Great composer Bela Bartok was once the territory of present day Vojvodina wrote down folk tunes, and local folklore was the inexhaustible source of inspiration of one of the first Serbian composer Isidor Bajic.
Fantast CastleThe area of Vojvodina has a significant tradition in the development of guitar art. Based on statements from the literary works can be concluded that the guitar back in the eighteenth century was present in this area as an instrument in urban environments. The famous musician in  the first half of the nineteenth century, the founder of modern musical life in the former Principality of Serbia, Joseph Slazenger played guitar. This instrument was also played by the famous romantic poet Serbian Milica Stojadinović Serbian. At the same time, 1842nd in Novi Sad has been written the first Serbian textbook for playing the guitar, whose author was George Milanovic.
Not far from Novi Sad, in the village called Vrdnik 1926th was born the biggest Serbian guitar virtuoso, composer and teacher of this instrument Dr. Jovan Jovičić, who was acting in the twentieth century laid the foundations of exceptional prosperity and development of guitar art in former Yugoslavia and in Serbia.



Within the frame of the: WORLD GUITAR COMPETITION the WGC board, wishing to extend the classical guitar repertory and to stimulate the creation of the new and original works, announces the:

Composition Competition for Classical Guitar 2017

1. Composition submitted should never have been published or performed in a public concert. Work will have to be written for 6 (six) strings classical guitar solo.

2. Duration of the composition should not be less than 3 min. and not longer than 6 min.  

3. Composition must not contain in any way а known theme оr a part of any known theme or a motive.  

4. The competition is open to composers of any nationality, without any age limit. Any composer can take part in the contest with several works. 

5. For the application, the contestants have to send an e-mail to the WGC e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the following requirements : 

a) The score in PDF form which must not contain any information or reference that might allow identification of the author. Instead of name, the score must display a pseudonym, and must indicate the approximate length of the piece. The score should be written in one of the following programs: Finale or Sibelius. Handwritten scores will not be accepted.   

b) – audio recording of the composition played either by guitarist or computer generated, converted in MP3 form. The jury decision, however, will relay only on PDF scores. MP3 recording will not affect in any way the judgment of  the jury but will help them for easier understanding of the piece. 

c) – curriculum vitae; together with: first name, last name, complete address (telephone, fax, e-mail); telephone number for any communication; – one recent photo of the composer, not less than 600 pixels on longer side and not larger than 1 mb – a scanned copy of any valid document of identification ( passport, ID card, etc.) to confirm the identity  – a scanned copy of a signed declaration that the composition is unpublished. Download declaration HERE – a scanned copy of the payment document of the entry fee. The e-mail must arrive by 31st of July 2017. Failure to observe any of the regulations mentioned above may result in exclusion from this competition. All e-mails should be written clearly in English or Serbian language. 

6. The entry fee for the competition is $ 20 (twenty USD) for the first score and $ 10 (ten USD) thereafter for each of the successive scores. Payment can be made as follows: With these instructions (download pdf HERE) printed, contestant should go to any bank and make the payment. 

You may also make a payment via PayPal, in that case please contact us for getting the invoice.


Competitors from Serbia only: Takmičari iz Srbije kotizaciju uplaćuju u dinarima (po višem kursu Narodne Banke Srbije na dan uplate) na račun broj: 160-929755-46 Svrha: Kotizacija za World Guitar Competition 2017. Korisnik: Asocijacija gitarista Vojvodine, Novi Sad 

The entry fee is not refundable. 

7. The names of the three finalists, chosen by the jury, will be announced on the WGC website. 

8. The author of the winning composition will receive a prize of $ 500 (five hundred USD), runner up $ 200 (two hundred USD), and third-placed $ 100 (one hundred USD).The prizes cannot be divided. 

Funds for prizes are provided by Vojvodina Institute for Culture. 

The jury reserves the right not to award the prizes. The jury may award all or part of the prizes previously indicated in paragraph 8. The decision of the jury is final. 

9. The application to participate in the competition confirms that the contestants unconditionally accept all the rules and regulations currently established. 

10. The rules and regulations of the competition are subject to change by the competition board without previous announcement.


Winning composition of  WGC 2011, "Lunar Down" composed by Janko Rašeta (Poland)
published by Chanterelle Verlag 


Winning composition of  WGC 2012, "Kabalka" composed by Orestis Kalampalikis (Greece)
published by Chanterelle Verlag


Winning composition of  WGC 2013, "Im Nebel" composed by Marco Ramelli (Italy)
published by Chanterelle Verlag



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Second prize goes to Petar Čulić (Croatia) and third prize is shared by
Marko Topchii (Ukraine) and Joseph Palmer (USA).




The 4th edition of WGC has started!

The World Classical Guitar Competition is open for the guitarists between 18 and 30 years all over the world, without limitations based on nationality, gender, or religion. Submit your performance recorded on video and be one of the guitarists who will compete in the Great Final in Novi Sad!

Keep in touch with the latest news about the Vojvodina Guitar Festival 2013 on www.agv.org.rs


Dear friends and classical guitar fans, welcome to the updated version of our website! Since the site is technically and visually completely changed, please re-register to be able to access all content and information. We hope that you will  like this new look and enjoy the World Guitar Competition. Sincerely, WGC Team



Listen compositions 2013

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