BiH celebrates Europe Day

BiH celebrates Europe Day

Opening ceremony of the exhibition named “Tolerance”, in Sarajevo, marked the beginning of the a number of events scheduled to celebrate May 9, as the Europe Day.

The exhibition portrays 24 posters by renowned designers from all around the world on the topic of tolerance, and its initiator is Mirko Ilic, owner of a New York art studio Mirko Ilić Corp. One of the authors of the posters and the most influential contemporary graphic designers, Milton Glaser, earlier explained his view of tolerance.

“Tolerance is essential for humans to embrace. It is the only antidote for the competitive drive that characterizes our species. At this moment in history, there’s a slightly reluctant quality to the word. What we really want it to mean is acceptance and generosity”, Glaser said.

The authors of the posters are Milton Glaser (USA), Yuko Shimizu (Japan), Paula Scher (SAD), Novi kolektivizam (Slovenija), Istvan Orosz (Hungary), Peter Bankov (Russia) Jianping He (China), Fons Hickmann (Germany), Michel Bouvet (France), Chaz Maviyane-Davies (Zimbabwe), Alejandro Magallanes (Mexico), David Tartakover (Israel), Sue Coe (UK), Anette Lenz (France), Tarek Atrissi (Lebanon), Hamza Abdelal (Jordan), Mwalimu Saki Mafundikwa (Zimbabwe), Sarp Sozdinler (Turkey), Reza Abedini (Iran), Xiao Yong (China), Felipe Taborda (Brazil), Manuel Estrada (Spain), Anur Hadžiomerspahić (BiH), Srđa Dragović (Montenegro).

On occasion of Europe Day, EU Delegation to BiH will organize the reception and concert of the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra on May 9 which will be held at the National Theatre in Sarajevo.

“On the same day, at the EU Info Centre, Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, and Ambassador of the Republic of Greece, Georgios Iliopoulos, will open a photo exhibition entitled “Travelling through Europe” by the renowned Greek photographer, Dionysia Alexiadi”, announced the EU Delegation to BiH.

Celebrations will continue on May 11 with the rock concert of Zoster band in Sarajevo and the day after, in Banja Luka, the concert will held band Elemental. The band Pips, Chips & Video Clips will play at OKC Abrašević in Mostar on May 16. On  May 12, in Banja Luka’s Staklenac pavilion, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a Literary Afternoon with prominent BiH writers and winners of the European Prize for Literature, Tanja Stupar-Trifunović and Faruk Šehić.

“Ambassador Wigemark will attend the Literary Afternoon in Banja Luka while on 16 May, at the Pavarotti Music Centre in Mostar, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Khaldoun Sinno, will attend a Musical Afternoon with the Mostar Rock School and the “Superar Srebrenica” Children’s Choir, followed by a discussion on the role of music in building bridges between people”, said the EU Delegation in the press release.

EU Member State embassies, their cultural centres and the European Union Force (EUFOR) in BiH are participating in the celebration of Europe Day with a number of events, including roundtable on regional cooperation in the field of art, organised by the Luciano Benetton Foundation with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Italy, on 9 May in Sarajevo’s BKC, than lecture by the French diplomat Anis Nacrour titled “What is happening with the Arab Spring?” organised by the French Institute on  May 17 at the EU Info Centre and first Austrian Ball in Sarajevo which will be held on 20 May at the City Hall, organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Austria, the City of Sarajevo and the City of Vienna.

On May 9, EUFOR and BiH Armed Forces will hold the military parade in Sarajevo, but this event is reserved for persons with invitations./IBNA