First Austrian Ball to be held on May 20th at the City Hall

The Austrian Ball organized by the Embassy of Austria in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the cooperation and support of the cities of Sarajevo and Vienna, will be held in Sarajevo City Hall on Saturday May 20th 2017 at 20:30 hours. On that occasion, a Press Conference was held today at the City Hall’s Ceremonial Hall where Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka and Austrian Ambassador H.E. Martin Pammer, together with the representative of Dance Club Aster Vedran Marčeta, and Vildana Lončarić on behalf of the NGO Urban Management talked to the journalists.

Mayor Abdulah Skaka said that it was his great pleasure to announce the hosting of the First Austrian Ball precisely on this day on the 121st birthday of the City Hall.

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“The hosting of the Ball represents the continuation of good and friendly cooperation between Vienna and Sarajevo, but also between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. I am convinced that this event will enrich the cultural offer of the City of Sarajevo and that this event and similar events will be hosted in Sarajevo in the future” said Skaka.

Austrian Ambassador Pammer stressed that Sarajevo will become a part of the world family of cities which includes Paris, London, Tokyo or Sankt-Petersburg, where Viennese balls are held. In the words of Ambassador Pammer the goal of this event is to develop the culture of dancing and to involve all segments of society and try to make this event a tradition and attraction for the citizens of Sarajevo.

Vedran Marčeta from the Dance Club Aster said that the Main Hall of the City Hall will give off ball atmosphere which will be brought by the performance of the Orchestra of Vienna Opera Ball, while the halls on the first floor will host Latino dance and Argentine tango. The rich programme will be made complete by performances of the artists from the whole region, bands who will give live performances of Argentine tango. It is expected that renowned Austrian choreographer Heinz Heidenreich will also participate at this event.

Mayor Skaka welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand at the City Hall

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka together with Deputy Mayor Milan Trivić welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, who was visiting Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first time. During the meeting, Mayor Skaka shortly presented the history of the City of Sarajevo and the City Hall.

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Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn went on a tour of the main hall, the gallery, Ceremonial Hall and the Hall of the City Council accompanied by Deputy Mayor Trivić. The Princess showed great interest in the history and significance of the City Hall. At the City Hall Museum she saw two permanent exhibitions dedicated to the rebuilding and reconstruction of the City Hall which began in 1996, and the life in Sarajevo during the last one hundred years.

The Princess thanked on the cordial welcome shown to her in this landmark building and expressed her delight and appreciation of the beautiful enterior and artistry of the painted walls and ceiling of this pearl of Bosnian and Sarajevan cultural heritage.

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At the end of her visit, in the book of impressions Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn congratulated the birthday of the Sarajevo City Hall, which today marks the 121 years from its opening when it was handed over to Sarajevo Municipality to be used as seat of city administration.