21.05.2013 - UNESCO Venice Office

Celebration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development in Croatia. Old Castles of Bosnia and Herzegovina on display

©Matěj Baťha - Bijela Tabija old fort overlooking the historic core of Sarajevo

The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is worldwide celebrated on 21 May.To mark this Day, the UNESCO Venice Office is supporting the exhibition “Old Castles of Bosnia and Herzegovina” at the State Archives in the Old City of Dubrovnik, site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1979.

The exhibition “Old Castles of Bosnia and Herzegovina” is a further promotion of the homonymous publication that was prepared and released by ICOMOS National Committee in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a part of the MDG-F Joint Programme on “Improving Cultural Understanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina” financed by the Kingdom of Spain and implemented by 3 UN agencies UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Bosnia and Herzegovina and, the Ministry of Education of Culture of the Republic of Srpska.

The exhibition is housed in Dubrovnik at the Sponza Palace, a fine example of Renaissance building and home to one of the most important Croatian cultural institutions - the State Archives. The event organized in cooperation with the State Archives in Dubrovnik and the ICOMOS National Committee in Bosnia and Herzegovina  presents 40 of the most important - out of 278 - medieval castles/towns on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Along with the book, the exhibition crowns a group effort of experts from across the country, who believed that such a publication should instigate a more adequate relation towards medieval castles/towns, and hence new  archaeological and scientific researches, protection and preservation measures of original values, and their integration into contemporary social and economic trends.

“With today’s presentation, we are enhancing tight relations between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, particularly Dubrovnik;” said Siniša Šešum, Head of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe - Antenna Office in Sarajevo. “It is a special occasion to highlight centuries of long connection and cooperation, whose foundations are erected on stone blocks of the Dalmatians, and especially Dubrovnik masons - who undoubtedly were involved in the construction of some of the most important sites here on display”, he added.

In addition to the editor, Ferhad Mulabegovic, a number of authors have contributed to the publication and the exhibition: Azer Alicic, Mirko Babic, Lidija Fekeza-Martinovic, Tihomir Glavas, Azra Hadzic, Mirko Jandric, Dubravko Lovrenovic, Mirzet Mujadzic, Aleksandar Ninkovic, Milijana Okilj, Sanda Pudaric, Vjekoslava Sankovic-Simcic and Dzenana Saran.

The MDG-F Joint Programme “Improving Cultural Understanding in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)” is a three-year programme financed by the Spanish Fund for the Achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG-F). It is being implemented by the three UN Agencies UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of BiH, the Ministry of Education and Culture of BiH, as well as other institutions working in the area of education and culture.




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