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Dragačevo

Geographical area of Dragačevo (735 km2) is located in western Serbia, between mountains Jelica, Troglav, Čemernik and Western Morava River. It was first mentioned in the Turkish cadastral records, from 1476 defter, as a “village Dragačevo”. The largest area of Dragačevo (454 km2) covers 34 villages, of which are four bigger centres and two small towns, makes the area of Lučani (24,614 inhabitants – 2002 census), so these two names are often associated in daily use. Administrative headquarters are in Lučani, while Guca is a geographical seat of the municipality.


Lučani Municipality is covered with a network of about 400 km of both, asphalt and gravel roads. It is connected with the neighboring municipalities of Čačak, Kraljevo, Ivanjica, Arilje and Požega.

It has a relatively well-developed network of health and educational institutions, as well as objects of trade and tourist facilities. The telephone network is developed almost 100%. There are modern sports facilities for sports with ball and swimming pool in Lučani and Guca. Kotraža, Veles and Goračići are mini sports centres.

Almost half of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods; the most common crops are raspberries, plums, apples and potatoes. Around 4,000 people are employed in the metal, defense or plastic industry, public enterprises and institutions and service industries. Industry and manufacturing are located in Lučani, Guca, Kotraža and some villages.


Natural beauty and rarities (mountains, gorges, caves, forest areas …), habitats, the historic heritage of Lučani are making it suitable for development of rural, health and recreational, hunting and event tourism. Rural tourism has been formally developing since 1980. In the villages Kaona, Milatović, Lower Dubac, Guberevci … There was about a hundred beds available throughout the year. Recently, the “ethno village” (adapted old houses, chalets) is raising in Dragačica Grab, Guca … At the time of Dragačevo trumpeters, the largest cultural and tourist event in Serbia, in private accommodation and hotels in Lučani and Guca, motels in Guca, Rtima and Upper Kravarica can accommodate about 3000 guests.

In the municipality area, there are literary, musical and visual creators (Association of self-taught painters and sculptors of Dragačevo in Guca, founded in 1974. It gathers about 50 members).


The municipality Lučani and Dragačevo became recognizable for the manifestations of folk art: “Raspevano Dragačevo” in Guca, Trumpet Competition in Lučani and Kotraža and the most famous on the tourist map of Serbia (and the world), the world’s most recognizable – Dragačevo trumpet.

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Dragačevski sabor trubača u Guci

Dragačevo trumpet festival, the biggest event of its kind, represents the original creative work in Serbia and the Balkans. It is a unique manifestation of national heritage in the world, established in 1961, with aim to preserve and further develop trumpeting and original folk art form. In the beginning, there were four brass bands, all from Dragačevo, and from the next year, brass bands are coming from Užice region, eastern and southern Serbia in 2010 and orchestras from Vojvodina to Assembly. Since 1997, youth orchestras are introduced to competition and in 2005 pioneers as well. The First International Brass Band Competition was in 2010.

Besides trumpet competitions, visitors can look for art exhibitions, presentations of books and publications related to the Assembly and Dragačevo. Popular all-round competition will also take place, competition in toasts, selection of the most beautiful folk costumes, numerous concerts and musical and stage performances.
Participants of the Assembly are brass bands, cultural dance ensembles, vocal groups, soloists, painters … from various parts of Serbia, former Yugoslavia, and since the mid eighties, from all over the world. Today their number is around 1200, visitors are counted in hundreds of thousands – including tens of thousands of foreigners.

Assembly is followed by a growing number of print and electronic media and the Institute for Music, Film, Ethnology, from home and abroad. The best trumpet players, winners of the assembly, perform at major festivals worldwide, in London, Moscow, Brussels, Berlin and Tokyo, Havana, New York.


Assembly is followed by a growing number of print and electronic media and the Institute for Music, Film, Ethnology, from home and abroad. The best trumpet players, winners of the assembly, perform at major festivals worldwide, in London, Moscow, Brussels, Berlin and Tokyo, Havana, New York.
Organizer of Dragačevo trumpeter Assembly is the municipality Lučani, which entrusted the immediate organization of cultural programs to the Centre for Culture, Sport and Tourism “Dragačevo” in Guca. Sponsor of the Assembly is the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
“Welcome – welcome to” assembly’s invitation, a traditional greeting: “Play the trumpet, play for a long time for joy and not much else!”

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