Personal angle archive

22.03.2016

An enchanting deconstruction of walls between us

“Romeo and Juliet” in Sarajevo National Theater on 21 March 2016. (Photo: RCC/Amer Kapetanovic)

This particular “Romeo and Juliet” is in many ways a paradigm of the challenges the theatre company faced as it mustered the courage to produce it. Major challenges right from the start. Conjuring up the concept was a challenge; ...


25.12.2015

“Balkan spy in Sarajevo” in Belgrade. And it felt like home!

REGIONAL COOPERATION IN CULTURE - Guest performance of Sarajevo National Theatre with play “Balkan spy in Sarajevo” at Zvezdara Theatre in Belgrade on Friday, 11 December 2015 supported by RCC (Photo: RCC/Natasa Mitrovic)

“Balkan spy in Sarajevo” surely proved one thing to me – waterproof eye mascaras are not remotely as waterproof as the advertisements say. In my case it failed the simple task of seeing a theatre play. But then, it ...


03.09.2015

Western Balkans Civil Society at the Vienna Summit

Western Balkans Civil Society Forum takes place in Vienna in 26 August 2015. (Photo: Selma Ahatovic-Lihic)

When our Spokesperson asked me to write on this topic, I tried to turn the task into a piece on Vienna, city I like so very much. I practically had a structure in my mind; I wanted to walk the reader through the city as it appears ...


26.08.2015

Civil Society in the Western Balkans

Dr. Franz-Lothar Altmann, Associate Professor at the UNESCO Department for International & Intercultural Relations at the Bucharest State University (Photo: http://www.erstestiftung.org/)

The term “civil society” has become widely used to describe the part of society that does not belong to the political administration and party system and uses other avenues to voice its concerns, interests and ideas.


26.08.2015

Western Balkans Civil Society - Progress in the Making

Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch,  President of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation (Photo: http://www.erstestiftung.org/)

As leaders from the Western Balkans and the EU gather in Vienna for the second leg of the "Berlin Process" on August 27th, they will not be alone. For the first time, in what represents a big step forward for the Western ...


17.08.2015

The role of civil society

Dr. Erhard Busek,  ERSTE Foundation Advisory Board (Photo : asuevents.asu.edu)

Civil society has become one of the buzzwords of our times. This is by no means intended as a criticism, but aims to stop us from feeling dissociated from it, as we all are part of civil society. The “citoyenne”, the citizens, ...


07.04.2015

SHARED PROBLEMS AND SHARED HOPES

Gazmend Turdiu is Deputy RCC Secretary General and Head of RCC Programme Department. (Photo RCC/Zoran Kanlic)

The RCC works primarily with government institutions, but is very much aware of who are the main beneficiaries of what we do – the people of South East Europe. And we are also aware that their lives are often something ...


26.12.2014

WELCOME TO THE CITY WITH AN OPEN HEART. WELCOME TO BELGRADE, MY HOMETOWN.

Dragana Djurica, Expert on Integrated Growth

In the series of direct meetings with the citizens of our region, the final RCC’s Street Installation took place in Belgrade, Serbia. On a lovely sunny winter day (23rd December ) in the very heart of Belgrade - Knez Mihailova ...


18.12.2014

Literary night with Vladimir Pistalo: Acrobatics with words that breaks hearts

Literary night with Vladimir Pistalo in Sarajevo, December 2014 (Photo: RCC/Amer Kapetanovic)

For literary hedonists, it was an amazing banquet - an evening with the Mostar-originated, Sarajevo-born, Belgrade-educated and USA-settled writer Vladimir Pistalo. It wasn’t just an excellent opportunity for Sarajevans to ...


16.12.2014

RCC in Sarajevo: The region thinks alike

Sarajevo hosted RCC street instalations on 12 December 2014. (Photo: RCC)

I was a part of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) team on the streets of Sarajevo last Friday (12 December) asking our fellow citizens about their problems, expectations, hopes but also for their opinions on the economy, ...


06.12.2014

HOTTEST SEATS IN TOWN – GOSPODJA MINISTARKA IN SARAJEVO

“Bosko Buha” Theatre from Belgrade with “Gospodja ministarka” play on stage of Sarajevo National Theatre (Photo: RCC/Amer Kapetanovic)

The Sarajevo National Theatre was THE place to be last Wednesday evening. Even the taxi driver said, as he dropped me, that he saw on TV that “there was something very special on, a guest performance from Belgrade”.


03.12.2014

RCC – JOBS BUT ALSO CULTURE

Branislav Nusic's „Gospodja ministarka“ (The Cabinet Minister's Wife) by Belgrade’s  “Bosko Buha” theatre company. (Photo: svet.rs)

Sarajevo - The National Theatre in Sarajevo will host today Belgrade’s  “Bosko Buha” theatre company with one of the most famous comedies in Southeast Europe -  Branislav Nusic's „Gospodja ministarka“ (The ...


28.11.2014

RCC in Pristina - back to my hometown

Mimika Loshi, RCC Expert on Smart Growth, at RCC's street installations “Imagine better tomorrow!” in Pristina, on 27 November 2014. (Photo RCC/Alma Arslanagic-Pozder)

It is always nice to be back to Pristina, the place I was born. But it is exceptional when the visit is combined with something even more meaningful, something that aims to boost the wellbeing of its citizens, as was the case ...


26.11.2014

Feeling the regional vibes - RCC in Skopje

Vlatko Stefanovski, one of the greatest guitar players in the world, joined RCC team in Skopje, on 25 December 2014, in a gesture of support and signed his CDs. (Photo RCC/Muamer Kolar)

It has been a great pleasure for the RCC team to meet and greet and hear the citizens of our region in the Street Installations project. We are only half way through it, but have already had most pleasant and illuminating experiences ...