Now back in the 1962nd year, there is the idea to organize a competition in playing the accordion in Soko Banja, like competition then "Meetings of the village", aspiring to become a serious event, to which it came. He immediately went into implementation. The former set designer of the National Theatre in Belgrade Erich Decker proposed to do the forest stage of the project cylinders, the same material at most kiosks and a small river passing through the spring.
Workers Cultural Center headed by Serbia with the presence of organizing auditions known performers and composers of accordion Mica Stojanovic. From the beginning there was a lot of interested candidates and competitors. Year after year, the competition turns into a big festival is widely known.
The name of the festival several times changed. First it was the first accordion Sokobanja, Serbia, Yugoslavia, and today it is the international festival "The first hramonika Sokobanja".
Today, accordionists compete from auditions, through the quarterfinals, semifinals, the finals (which will be held in August). The competition in six categories: pioneers, juniors, juniors, duets, seniors and reward the best performers in the diaspora. Each year the report is usually about 100-15o competitors. The jury assesses the playing of the given theme, musical theme of your choice of competitors, playing technique, performance, stage performance ...
One can not say with certainty exactly how many participants there so far. On average it is between 5000 and 7000 performers. The fun part of the event "First Accordion Sokobanja" were the famous singers and entertainers. It is a direct TV and radio broadcasts.
Organizers were Tourism Organization, Center for Culture Sokobanja, "Lepterija" SO Sokobanja madijski sponsors RTS, Politika Express, Evening News and then Radio Television Sokobanja
. The jury members were the most famous experts in this field, masters of music, academics, professors ...
This festival was visited by competitors from all former rpublika, as well as competitors from Europe, Australia, America.
ABSOLUTE WINNERS OF FIRST ACCORDION SOKOBANJA 1962.god