The International Festival Sarajevo “Sarajevo Winter” is a traditional meeting place for artists and citizens from all over the World.
The first “Sarajevo Winter” Festival was held from 21st December, 1984 to 6th April, 1985. In the course of twenty eight years of its existence, the Festival has become an inseparable part of the city life. More than 3.535 performances and exhibitions with over 32.810 participating artists from all parts of the world took place in the 1.254 festival days. They were attended by more than 3.120.000 people. The “Sarajevo Winter” Festival was not prevented from taking place even in the times of war, and has become a symbol of freedom of creativity and a place for familiarizing with diverse cultures and civilizations.
Together with the International Peace Centre, “Sarajevo Winter” initiated and organized the project “Sarajevo, Cultural Center of Europe” from 21st December, 1993 to 21st March, 1994 (i.e. the period between the two Cultural Centers of Europe – Antwerp ’93 and Lisbon ’94). The idea was supported by the Sarajevo City Assembly and by 11.000 renowned personalities and institutions from the whole world. The International Peace Center and the International Festival Sarajevo “Sarajevo Winter” plan to renew the same initiative. Twentieth anniversary of the Festival Sarajevo “Sarajevo Winter” was dedicated to project Sarajevo, Intercultural City of the Council of Europe. The International Peace Center and the “Sarajevo Winter” festival are preparing the project “Sarajevo – The World Cultural Center 2014”.
The organizer of the “Sarajevo Winter” Festival is the International Peace Center Sarajevo. International Peace Center is a member of the International Society for the performing Arts (ISPA), the European Festival Association (EFA) and Association of Biennials of Young Artists of Europe and Mediterranean (BJCEM).
The International Festival Sarajevo “Sarajevo Winter” is numerous international awards and acknowledgments winner, as well as the winner of the highest prize award of the City of Sarajevo “Šestoaprilska nagrada Sarajeva”.
The “Sarajevo Winter” Festival has traditionally been held under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the European Union, UNESCO, the Presidency of B&H, The Federation of B&H, the Council of Ministers of B&H, Sarajevo Canton, City of Sarajevo and Stari Grad Municipality.
Director of International Festival Sarajevo