“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a
European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it
is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of
mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by
tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand
violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any
political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total
understanding of mankind.” Jiddu Krishnamurti
From March 28th – 31st a whole host of organisations, young people, artists, musicians and others came to Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina to develop cultural activities together. A full report is available below and the short film by Robert Golden is on this web site. It was an extraordinary and vital 4 days in which over 400 people of all ages participated and proved without any doubt whatsoever that culture and the arts brings a community alive, fills people with hope and adds to the economy of a small town.
From a youth leader 23, Srebrenica, BiH,
It is hard to put in words, how I’ve felt after arriving to my home-town on Friday night. By the time I arrived you’ve already shaken the community to its core and I knew something special is happening. My Tina was reporting to me about magical things and how many people are enjoying their time and about the energy being spread around the town and amongst the people.. I simply wanted to thank you for everything. I thank you for taking the time of your busy schedules and coming to Bosnia and Herzegovina to share your ideas, creativity, open minds and energy. It is invaluable experience and unique sense of belonging to something bigger then we all are. I thank you for judgmental-free approach, for your warm hearts and good will you brought with yourself. I thank you for good chats and fantastic laughter….
Milena Nikolic President of the Youth Council, Mollie Foster and Aleksandra Jovanovic at the Youth Centre in Srebrenica
I also wanted you to know that regardless on commitments you might have or haven’t made during this period, this experience alone has shown how powerful human will is, and how people, despite of different backgrounds, cultures and histories share the same vision and the unique language of basic generosity and humanity which I, and I believe many others, desperately need to believe in again. On my way back to Sarajevo I was thinking how much good was done in only 2 days, let alone in 4 and imagine how much more in 10 days can be done….prioritizing life rather then death, children and laughter rather than looking back and education and culture rather than holding grudges has fulfilled my and senses of everybody involved in one way or another on unimaginable way.
The report of LAFIMM can be found here :-LAFIMM Short Review (2.1)
Forum Theatre process led by Ljubica Ristic and Daisy Dugmore
For me personally it was very important that every single person in this process was acknowledged for its uniqueness and difference and was taken into the group as a part of something joyful and massive. We in fact do not need to be the same, rather on contrary, its important to enrich and embrace each others in our differences while respecting other people’s liberties as someone smart already said. I was reminded one more time whats important and thank you for digging it up one more time and inspiring me to look up to the things you and so many other people are doing around the globe. I wish my English is better but I somehow hope that at least a simple Thank You From The Bottom Of My Heart – is understood. I hope to see some of you again, have cup of coffee or tea, or why not rakija
Millie Langdon, Molly Foster and Katy Bird from Sir John Colfox School presenting the Bridport Town Shield to the Biljana Rakic, Deputy Mayor of Srebrenica from the Mayor and Mayoress of Bridport on behalf of the Town and its people.
So far we know that over 3,025,000 people heard about the project through Radio Free Europe, the British Council BiH, Opera Circus and other partner web sites, twitter, Facebook and other media outlets. Please spread the word.
Children at the elementary school in Srebrenica learning how to be a good audience
With thanks to all the official partners, the Youth Council and Youth Centre Srebrenica BiH Teater Mimart, Serbia, Theatre Maska, Romania, Crea Thera, Belgium, Netherlands and Srebrenica, from Dorset, Departure Arts, Dorset County Council, British Red Cross, Education and Humanities, Sir John Colfox School, Bryanston School, and with Prodigal Theatre UK, Nigel Osborne, Tony Pesikan, Claude Kieffer, Robert Golden for all the beautiful photography and film. In Srebrenica, the Municipality, the Elementary and High Schools, Potocari Music School and Bauern Helfern Bauern, Leptir, Association for Handicapped Children, SARA, The Cultural Centre, Srebrenica, Orchidea and the school at Skelani, the High School at Bratunac, and the Elementary Schools at Zutica and Zvornik. To all the team at the Youth Centre in Srebrenica for their amazing hard work and energy and to Fetus for their constant inspiration through youth theatre.
Nigel Osborne making music as always
The workshop leaders, facilitators, teachers and artists Nigel Osborne, Toni Pesikan, Darren Abrahams, Daisy Dugmore, James Piriou, Katy Scott, Ruth Eastwood, David Powell, Nela Antonovic, Ljubica Beljanski-Ristic, Claude Kieffer, Calin Sabic, Florentine Dadal, Alister O’Laughlin, Miranda Henderson, George Nickson, Rosie Russell.
There are too many young people to mention everyone but in particular Jelena, Nemanja, Casper, Ben, Filip, Aleksandra, Maja, Verica, Tanja, Tina, Rory, Ruaraidh, Katy, Millie, Abraham, Amela, Molly, Charlotte, Nino, Hariz, Vesna, Denis…..I will add the rest and more news later. Thank you to all of you.
The Youth Centre Team in Srebrenica organising the project together
We would like to thank Poul Smidt the Political Advisor from the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and European Union Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina for coming to have lunch in Srebrenica on his day off and for giving an interesting and human perspective on the importance of young people believing in the future of the EU.
Lunch at Bato’s with Mr. Smidt and the young cultural leaders from BiH and the UK
Thank you also for the interest and time given by the H.E. Ambassador Nigel Casey from the British Embassy in Sarajevo and the Director of the British Council in Sarajevo Amila Lagumdzija.
We would also like to thank everyone in Srebrenica for their hospitality in particular Abdullah and Avdo at the Pansion Misriljie and to the restaurants Bato and Omer’s. Thank you to all the taxis and drivers for their kindness and efficiency and in particular to Dragan and his team at www.taxis.rs and to Vlada for his immense patience in helping us to organise all our travel from Via Connect, Vladimir Zivkovic
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All film and photography by Robert Golden http://theatreimages.org
Watch this space for the film about Like a Film in My Mind…coming soon
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