Summer school on the Island of Brac

During working hours of the 13th session of Igman Initiative which took place in June 2006 in Sarajevo, rejuvenation of personnel structure of Igman Initiative was discussed. In this respect, it was agreed that a number of young people from NGOs – members of Igman Initiative – should be trained to become more involved in its activities and in creating programs that are closer to the heart of this population. Following this idea, as a part of the overall summer school program organized each year by Bogdan Denic’s organization ToD, youth summer school was organized in Supetar on the island of Brac, in September 20-24th. After a public competition, twenty five students were selected from all organizations that participate in Igman Initiative’s activities to take part in this school.


EXIT Dance show DANCE KNOWS NO BORDERS  Among numerous Igman Initiative projects, DANCE KNOWS NO BORDERS aims at engaging young people from Southeast Europe in a fight against visa and other barriers, such as psychological barriers in people’s minds that came as a result of war crimes and devastation which took place during the wars in the Balkans.

This project is being realized in cooperation with the EXIT festival, the most attractive music festival for young people in this part of Europe. The project was launched in Mostar in September 2006.

Mostar was intentionally selected as a starting place because it remained tragically divided in two parts, Croatian and Bosnjak, with almost no communication between them.Having in mind thatthe campaign objective is to engage young people from the region, as many as possible, in activities that contribute to the idea of abolition or softening of visa regimes imposed towards the region and within the region, this event was designed as an attraction. On September 22nd, young activists of NGO CUPIDO from Mostar, together with the Igman Initiative activists, started the distribution of leaflets in the center of Mostar, with an invitation for the citizens to get involved in this campaign and attend the performance DANCE KNOWS NO BORDERS. This performance was held in the evening at the “Španski Trg”square that connects streets which divide Mostar in two parts, Bosnjak and Croatian. With this location, the intention was to focus the attention to the fact that in addition to external barriers imposed by others, there are inner barriers as well, which reside in people’s minds as a consequence of wars, destruction and crimes committed in recent past.

The central part of the EXIT Dance show DANCE KNOWS NO BORDERS program was the performance of the multiethnic dance troupe REBEL DEVELOPMENT, composed of dancers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and other countries of Southeast Europe. They danced mostly to the music played at EXIT festival, thus bringing it closer to those who did not have the opportunity to attend it.

In addition to the dance group, Josip Pejakovic,  a renowned actor, had his performance too, as well as the MOSTAR SIMFONIETTA, formed with the assistance of Nigel Osborne, British composer, winner of the Academy Award for Best Film Score.