Mostar – a city forever divided?

Mostar – a city forever divided?

Mostar, the most important city of the Herzegovina region of southern Bosnia-Herzegovina, has not had an election for 8 years. The gridlock makes it hard for the city to develop. Mostar takes pride in being the country’s most ethnically diverse city. Since the war, however, Mostar is a divided city. By David Helander Srđan Škoro takes a seat at his restaurant in Mostar and asks for a glass of juice. The place has a garden…

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A brief musical guide to Bosnia and Herzegovina

A brief musical guide to Bosnia and Herzegovina

The musical history of Bosnia and Herzegovina can’t be explained without going into the different cultures who have governed the country throughout history. In this video, however, we will take a look at how different types of music sound in the country today. Euroviews went to Mostar and sat down with Dragi Šestić, founder and producer of Mostar Sevdah Reunion, to have a chat about the distinction between sevdah and sevdalinka, what’s special about the Balkan Beat, and why…

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Mostar’s bridge divers keep traditions alive

Mostar’s bridge divers keep traditions alive

Diving from the the Stari Most, ‘old bridge’, is an ancient tradition in the city of Mostar, the most important city of the Herzegovina region in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge is a symbol of the city, visible on its coat of arms. Mostar is named after the ‘Mostari’, bridge keepers in medieval times. Built in the 16th century, the bridge is a landmark for the entire country. The earliest record of someone diving from the…

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A legacy of tensions

A legacy of tensions

21 years after the genocide, the town of Srebrenica remains. The population is smaller, and the ethnic divide stronger. Serbs and Bosniaks live together, but will there ever be true reconciliation? By David Helander One of the people killed during the genocide in Srebrenica in July 1995 was Fahrudin Smajlović. His name is carved into a stone at the memorial centre in Potočari. In July 1995 he was 12 years old. This was when Bosnian Serb…

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