Jul 20, 2021 • 49M

Keeping Traditions Alive in Bosnia and Herzegovina

I talk to Nemanja Knežević, to learn a little about the challenges he faces as the director of Banja Luka's biggest traditional dance ensemble.

 
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It seems that wherever I go in Bosnia and Herzegovina, traditional skills and cultural activities are slowly disappearing.

From making instruments, to dancing and much more, the latest generations of young people, don't seem interested, and that could mean a massive impact on the heritage of not only this misunderstood country but also the wider region.

Nemanja Knežević. image courtesy of Efie Dirksen.

I talk to Nemanja Knežević, to learn a little about the challenges he faces as the director of Banja Luka's biggest traditional dance ensemble.

Check out the website of Ensemble Veselin Mašlese.

Veselin Mašlese on YouTube.

Veselin Mašlese on Instagram.

In the interview we mention Efie Derksen, a lady from the Netherlands who is also passionate about protecting local folklore and helping to promote its survival.

Check out this Podcast to find out more. 

And this extremely informative film.

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