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From Folklore to the Future
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From Folklore to the Future

Keeping Cultural Roots Alive in Bosnia and Herzegovina
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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.

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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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Coffee and Rakija
🎙️ An Englishman in the Balkans Podcast 🎧
In this podcast, you'll get a unique look at life in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the eyes of an immigrant. Each episode, David shares his experiences living in this often misunderstood country, and introduces you to some of the interesting people he's met along the way. From exploring the rich culture and history, to discussing the challenges and joys of immigrating to a new country, this podcast offers a thoughtful and engaging look at life in the Balkans.