Rencontres de folklore internationales de Fribourg (RFI)
It is a great honor and pleasure to announce CAA Baščaršija's tour to the city of Friborg, Switzerland.
After 2001, this will be the second presentation of CAA Baščaršija's public in Friborg.
Rencontres de folklore internationales de Friborg (RFI) is one of the best and most prestigious festivals in Europe, where they hosted and hosted the best ensembles from all over the world.
There is a great recognition for our collective, thank you.
Short history of festival:
The Rencontres de folklore internationales de Fribourg (RFI) were born in 1973 in the head of three friends: Cyrill Renz, Pierre Stempfel and Albert Bugnon. The first one was part of a folk-dance troupe, the second played music in a small ensemble and the third had just been appointed head of the Tourism Office of Fribourg.
Cyrill Renz and Pierre Stempfel had already had the opportunity to meet artists coming from other countries. On the other hand, Albert Bugnon wanted to organise popular events in Fribourg and to promote cultural exchanges. The three friends immediately thought of organising a festival, even though this type of event was not very common at that time.
For their first edition, in 1975, the RFI welcomed seven groups during four days, from Thursday till Sunday. «This first edition was such a success that I remember inviting the spectators to the next year’s edition at the end of the closing ceremony», explains Albert Bugnon, who presided the organisation committee during the first seven years.
Since then, the RFI have always continued to introduce novelties. Due to the popular enthusiasm, the committee pushed the limits of the festival, both in terms of length and number of groups. Hence, the RFI lasted for up to ten days and brought together a record number of 14 groups.
Dear friends, see you in August.