Bascarsija Nights

Bascarsija Nights

July
One of Bosnia and Herzegovina's biggest events, Bascarsija Nights is a month-long celebration of culture. Artistic expressions ranging from street theater to classical symphony make up this festival held in the country's capital, Sarajevo. Over the course of July, about 150,000 people attend between 40 to 50 free events, held in open-air stages throughout Sarajevo and on the city's central stage opposite the Town Hall. Both local and guest artists from other European countries are invited.
Film director Sejfudin Tanovic and other arts enthusiasts began setting up the festival in 1988. Initially, the festival program was extensive but was limited to a single night. Over the years more dates were added until the entire month was booked. The festival gathered more momentum particularly after peace was reached following the Bosnian War (1992–1995).
One well-established tradition of the festival is the opening night performance by the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra. This prestigious event typically draws a large audience including local and foreign officials. The remaining days are marked by more events offering sophisticated entertainment—theatre, book readings, opera, ballet, art exhibits—as well as popular fare like rock concerts, movie screenings, and folklore presentations.
CONTACTS:
Sarajevo Arts Agency
Dalmatinska St. 2/1
Sarajevo 71000 Bosnia and Herzegovina
www.sarajevoarts.ba/index_eng.html