Bosnia’s most popular annual bullfighting festival will be held this weekend. The organizers of Čevljanovići bullfighting competition – which marks its 70th anniversary this year – said they expect crowds from the countries of former Yugoslavia, as well as Bosnians living abroad.
On Saturday, semifinal bullfights and an amateur football tournament are supposed to take place at Čevljanovići. The main event – the bullfighting competition – will take place on Sunday. A number of other competitions and events, such as stone put and performances of local singers, will also take place.
Traditionally, thousands attend the Čevljanovići festival, also colloquially known as the “meat festival” because of the grills that dot the valley on the event day, and possibly because of female performers in revealing outfits who sing on tables under the tents.
The annual bullfighting competitions are organized despite Bosnia’s law on animal protection, passed in 2009, which explicitly bans all forms of organized animal fights.