Young and Emerging Artists Exhibit at Collegium Artisticum

An exhibition of young and emerging authors opens Saturday, May 6 at the Collegium Artisticum gallery in Sarajevo. The exhibition includes works of 13 young Bosnian authors who shape the culture and art scene of the city.


The works emphasize “processuality, transformation action, space intervention, playful creativity and exploration, curiosity, soul searching and the need to respond to the current problem situations in the society”, the organizer said.

The exhibition will be open by May 20. The authors that took part in the exhibition are Aldin Mustafi, Anesa Kadić, Azra Subašić, Damir Šabić, Dženan Hadžihasanović, Lamija Halilagić, Maja Skenderović, Mak Hubjer, Marko Francešević, Mirza Rahmanović, Nardina Zubanović, Vanja Solaković and Zlatan Hadžifejzović. The curator is Sanela Osmanović.

Nationalist Rhetoric Worrying, Says Swedish FM

Bosnian Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak said the visit of the Swedish Foreign Minister was “a visit of an old friend of our country, because Sweden is a friend that supports our country in its most important foreign policy goals”.

He said focus of the meeting with Margot Wallström was the European integration of Bosnia and the efforts to finalize the Questionnaire of the European Commission so that the country can get candidate status by the end of this year or at the beginning of next year.


The two ministers also discussed the anti-terror efforts – one of the priorities of both countries. Minister Wallström said her visit to Bosnia was part of a three countries in two days” to the region.

“I came as a friend and partner to BiH,” said Wallstrom, adding that Sweden is one of the countries that advocate the EU enlargement.

She added she is aware of the fact that it is a very demanding process, but she welcomed the progress that was made in that direction and called for further implementation of reforms and steps towards membership in the EU.

“We believe that the economy market – the labor market is an important area, and an advantage of membership in the EU that the citizens of BiH should be informed about,” she said.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden expressed concerns about the frequent instances of nationalist rhetoric, not only in Bosnia but in the neighboring countries as well, and emphasized it is necessary to do everything and avoid such situations in the future.

She concluded that regardless of difficult past of Bosnia and the region, it is necessary to look to the future for young people, and that the regional cooperation is key for prosperity of the region.

Neo-Nazis Use Internet to Gain a Foothold

Far-right groups in the Balkans have increasingly turned to the Internet to get their extreme message across. More than 60 websites in the region can be found promoting the idea of ethnically pure nation states, neo-Nazism, violent homophobia and other radical right-wing policies, according to a piece posted on Balkan Insight.

In Bosnia, Serb far-right Chetnik groups rely mainly on the Ravna Gora movement, which last year opened an office in the northwestern town of Prijedor. They are also active online and their webpage has 4,000 daily visits while their overall number of visits is some 3 million. They have several groups on Facebook but they are mostly closed.

The webpage of Bosnia’s main Ustasha movement is registered in Kassel, Germany, and offers its own history of the WWII Nazi puppet state, the Independent State of Croatia, a section on “proven Serbian lies” and a list of patriotic songs. Neo-Ustasha groups in Bosnia are especially active in areas close to the border in Croatia, where ethnic incidents flare between the majority Croat population and Bosniak Muslims.

Bosniaks have their own far-right groups, however. Most are linked with radical Islam. But in recent years new movements have also emerged, such as the Bosnian Movement of National Pride, BPNP, which promotes the identity of Bosniaks but without religious prefix. They advocate a secular Bosniak state while declaring a broad list of groups, including Jews, Roma, communists, gays and people of color as enemies of Bosnia.

The moderator of this group’s webpage is a Sarajevan who now lives in Sweden and works under the pseudonym of a former SS officer. This page also has a forum, but one can become a part of it only after answering questions.

One of its leaders told BIRN under the condition of anonymity that their goal was to end the international community’s “dictatorship” over Bosnia, prevent Serbs and Croats from seceding and block the interference of Russia and Turkey in Bosnia’s affairs.

“I joined the movement when I was 21. I started reading about the history of Bosnia and Bosniaks and saw how much Bosniaks had suffered and how many powers tried to wipe out our people,” he said.

“I wanted to protect our people and the BPNP was the only option as they don’t fear to tell the truth,” he told BIRN.

Almost all of the organisations promoting far-right or nationalist ideas in the Balkans have links with similar organizations in Europe.

According to the BPNP member that BIRN spoke to, this organization has the strongest ties with organisations in Scandinavia and Ukraine, but he was mysterious about exactly what kind of relations and cooperation they have.

Despite the conflicting nationalist agendas of the far-right groups in Croatia and Serbia, they share a desire for parts of Bosnia and promote the self-determination or independence of the Croats and Serbs in Bosnia, to create a Greater Croatia or Greater Serbia. Serbian rightists call for the unification of today’s Serbia with Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity, Republika Srpska, and with parts of Croatia that were once dominated by Serbs.

EUFOR Op Commander Pays a Visit to Inspect the Mission

EUFOR Operation Commander General Sir James Everard visited Bosnia this week to see various elements of the mission. He was greeted on arrival by Commander EUFOR Major General Anton Waldner and an Honor Guard outside the HQ Building in Camp Butmir, Sarajevo. After meeting key HQ personnel, he had office calls with COMEUFOR and Commander NATO HQ Sarajevo, Brigadier General Giselle Wilz, to discuss the situation in Bosnia from their perspective.

In Banja Luka, General Everard and Major General Waldner visited two of EUFOR’s Liaison and Observation Teams in the city, one manned by Chilean soldiers and the other by Romanian. General Everard said he was very keen to see the LOT Houses, of which there are 17 across the country, and that he was very impressed by the small teams living in the community. He stated that he had seen enough during his visit to convince him that they have a very good understanding of the local situations where they live.

At the ammunition storage site in Krupa, the General was welcomed by Major General Husein Tursunović, the Commander of the Support Command of the Bosnian Armed Forces. General Everard then received comprehensive briefings from Colonel Rusmir Mrković, the Commander of the Logistics Command, and Colonel Martin Trachsler, EUFOR’s Special Ammunition and Weapons Adviser, about the successes in that storage site.

On the last day of his visit, the Operation Commander met with EUSR Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark and was introduced to the Heads of Mission meeting where he witnessed a presentation of the political report of the EU HoMs on the political situation in Bosnia.

Guardians Sequel at Cinema City

Action-packed plot, dazzling visuals, brazen humor – the sequel is almost as fun, if not quite as thrillingly fresh, as its predecessor, says Rotten Tomatoes and gives Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 an 83% rating. The movie started showing at the Cinema City this Thursday.

Guardians of the Galaxy are now famous after their first brush at saving the galaxy. This time, things turn ugly for them when they mess up a job entrusted to them and now the Sovereign are after their life.

Sandy Schaefer wrote on ScreenRant: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 provides all the non-stop comedy and zany cosmic action that audiences now expect from the Guardians film franchise, but winds up being more of a sturdy connective bridge to bigger adventures in the future than a great chapter in the larger MCU saga, on its own. The sequel leans more on its soundtrack and colorful imagery as part of its efforts to recapture the sincere heart and crackling energy of its predecessor, but comes up short all the same. Bearing that in mind: so long as moviegoers go in anticipating a Marvel Studios film that provides more time with their favorite characters, but serves more to fill the gap between Guardians #1 and the next major MCU event – namely, the Guardians’ appearance in Avengers: Infinity War – rather than stand alone, then Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 should meet their expectations. And of course, don’t leave until the end credits for the film are completely done rolling.”

Zetra Closed because of Inadequate Fire Alarms

The Sarajevo Canton police ministry’s fire protection inspectorate closed the Zetra Olympic Hall for public events because of the state of fire alarms installed at the venue. The closest event that is now postponed is the concert of a Serbian popular music star that was supposed to take place this Saturday.


The director of company that runs Zetra told the local media that the concert of Aca Lukas is postponed until further notice. No events will be allowed until the issue of fire alarms is addressed, he said.

Upgrading the fire alarms will reportedly cost 100,000 Euros. The money for that purpose was earmarked in the budget, the Zetra director said, but the expense was cancelled for reasons unknown.

Zetra was built in 1983 specifically for the 1984 Winter Olympics. It was described as an “ultramodern, angular edifice” with a copper roof. The indoor venue hosted ice hockey and figure skating events. From 1984 to 1991, Zetra remained in service as a venue for ice sports. It served as the venue for several international speed skating events, and several speed skating world records were broken here.

The arena suffered substantial damage and was completely destroyed by shelling, bombing and fire by the Serb forces on Monday, May 25, 1992 during the Bosnian war. After the war, it was discovered that though the building was badly damaged, the foundation was secure. Although the original blueprints were never recovered, reconstruction on the venue began in September 1997. The reconstruction was completed in 1999.

Sweden’s FM Arrives for a Visit

Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs will visit Bosnia on Friday, May 5. Margot Wallström will meet with a member of the Bosnian Presidency, Bakir Izetbegović, as well as advisers of the other two members, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Igor Crnadak and Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdić. Minister Wallström will also meet with civil society organisations to discuss gender and LGBTI rights in Bosnia.

“The visit will confirm the strong and friendly relations between Sweden and BiH and Sweden’s continued support to the EU integration of BiH. In the areas of economic development, democracy and human rights and environment, Sweden is one of the biggest donors to BiH. The visit will also be an opportunity to discuss regional cooperation, the socioeconomic development and free and equal rights for all, including for women. Minister Wallström will underline the importance of transparency and inclusiveness in the political dialogue in order to ensure the democratic stability,” said the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo.