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Barouf Orkestar – French musicians playing in the tradition of the Balkan countries

The Barouf Orkestar is an eclectic music band with a unique vision. Even though they come from Lower Normandy, France, this band is imprinted in the musical tradition of the Balkan countries.


Their goal is to participate in the preservation of a traditional musical heritage that comes from the Eastern and Central European countries, through practicing and sharing this music in France, but also through exchanges with musicians from the Balkans.

As a part of the Programme for Decentralized cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia, the Barouf Orkestar pursued their aim, and visited Macedonia from 28th April until 9th May. They started their music tour in the capital, the city of Skopje, with a small concert in the old city.  The public was danced and sang in the traditional brass music, wanting to hear and know more. Their tour continued in the city of Ohrid where they performed by the lake and held a concert in the cultural center of Ohrid, in the presence of a large number of young enthusiastic people and representatives of the municipality. Next on the list was the city of Bitola, where the band did an open air performance in front of the Yeni mosque. Their tour finished with a concert in the municipality Mogila, a small Macedonian town in the Pelagonia Region, where the traditional sounds of the Balkan enchanted the locals by the same familiar emotion. 

Throughout their visit the Barouf Orkestar enriched their musical repertoire with traditional Macedonian music due to exchanges with local musicians. The “orkestar” continues their musical adventure to convey this musical heritage from the Balkans countries in Lower Normandy. To this effect, during the month of May several concerts are scheduled in Lower Normandy, such as the 33rd edition of the Jazz sous les pommiers Festival, in Coutances, France. 

You can follow their activities on the Facebook page of Barouf Orkestar.

This project of exchanges and circulation of the musical heritage from the Eastern and Central European countries by the Barouf Orkestar is within the framework of Decentralized Cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia and includes several partners on both territories: the French Institute in Paris, the Conservatory of Caen la Mer, the association Balkans-Transit, the association Maison de l’Europe of Caen Low Normandy, the fanfare Blezeri under the tutelage of the association Alarm from Skopje, the association Lokomotiva from Skopje, the municipality Mogila and the Youth Cultural Center from Bitola.

The Programme for Decentralised cooperation between Lower Normandy and Macedonia is coordinated by ALDA. For more information please visit the website of the cooperation or contact via email


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