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.

Deputy Mayor Trivić discussed the Ars Aevi project with the Italian Deputy Minister of Culture Cesaro

Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Milan Trivić welcomed the Italian Deputy Minister of Culture Antimo Cesaro. Deputy Mayor Trivić stressed that this city administration will continue the rich and successful cooperation with Italian cities and that the project Ars Aevi will be one of its priorities during the four-year term of office.

„The Ars Aevi Collection does not just have an exceptional artistic value, it is also a symbol of peace“, said Trivić adding that this is a great moment and a chance for starting the activities that would lead to the building of museum of contemporary art in the city of Sarajevo according to the design by world famous Renzo Piano. On this occasion the Deputy Mayor thanked the Italian government and the Embassy of Italy on the support they have shown to the project Ars Aevi to date, which consists of one of the most valuable collection in South East Europe.

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Italian Deputy Minister of Culture Antimo Cesaro expressed his pleasure with the fact that there is a will to launch concrete activities in further implementation of this project. It was agreed that Sarajevo City Administration will deliver a proposal which would animate Italy: “We shall embrace it wholeheartedly in order to apply jointly to the European Union and try to secure funds for building a museum of contemporary art in Sarajevo”, said Cesaro who went on a tour of the City Hall with Deputy Mayor Trivić after the meeting.


Press Conference on the occasion of preparations for EYOF 2019

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The representatives of European Youth Olympic Festival Organising Committee (EYOF 2019) in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, talked about the current state of the project, implemented activities in the past period and activities which are to be implemented at today’s press conference.

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Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Ivica Šarić stated that the organisation of EYOF is a top priority for the city.

„We are satisfied with the number and quality of undertaken activities in the past period and the growing cooperation between Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, which was enhanced greatly by the election of young and promising mayors. We are particularly pleased by the growing interest shown by the general public and sport organisations who joined the EYOF project“ said Šarić.

EYOF Manager 2019 Ltd. Senahid Godinjak presented the activities implemented this year, the most important of which include the setting up of the Executive Committee, organisation of trial competitions, the visit of the European Olympic Committee Coordination Commission to Sarajevo and East Sarajevo and the promotion of EYOF sports and final inventory of the sports facilities.

The Mayor of East Sarajevo Nenad Vuković said that the preparations for the European Youth Olympic Festival 2019 are going as planned.

“So far, the Organising Committee has undertaken many activities with the aim to carry out the preparation successfully. We in East Sarajevo and Sarajevo see EYOF as a great opportunity to return to the spotlight as organizers of first rate winter sports competitions and this is our first opportunity after the 1984 Winter Olympics to host a winter sport competition at a first rate level. On the other hand, this is an opportunity to promote tourism, particularly winter tourism. This is a great opportunity to develop infrastructure, which should remain as the legacy of the Olympic Festival” said Vuković.

He announced that the budget for EYOF infrastructure amounting to approximately 4.5 million BAM will be adopted at today’s meeting of the Organising Committee.