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From Folklore to the Future
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.
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.
Nemanja discusses the fusion of culture, tradition, and dance in Banja Luka, the importance of folklore in presenting Serbian culture to the world, and the intricacies of musical storytelling.
He also highlights the ensemble's ability to adapt to modern times by utilising social media and the need for professionalisation in the field.
Ultimately, Nemanja's goal is to leave a legacy of a professional or semi-professional ensemble, contributing to the preservation and promotion of traditional folklore in the region.
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.
00:00 Introduction and Setting the Scene
00:30 Meeting Nemanja Knizovic: The Keeper of Tradition
01:18 Nemanja's Journey into Folklore
01:48 The Importance of Tradition and Culture
04:38 The Evolution of Folklore and Tradition
07:29 The Complexity of Heritage
10:59 The Significance of Ensemble Names
13:04 The Role of Tradition in Modern Society
22:40 The Challenges of Choreography
27:22 The Storytelling Aspect of Folklore
30:49 The Influence of Foreign Culture on Local Tradition
35:03 The Challenges and Future of Folklore
38:00 Nemanja's Vision for the Future.
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