Events


Olympic Hall Zetra is an indoor arena in Sarajevo. It was built in 1983 and a year after held the ice hockey games and speed skating events in the 1984 Winter Olympics. At the moment, the arena hosts sport events and concerts.

Last night, my roommates, their boyfriend and sister and I went to Zetra to see the ballet "Swan Lake" performed by the Imperial Russian Ballet ensemble from Russia.This event was part of the Zetra Festival.

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ZETRA FESTIVAL
Alipasina bb
Sarajevo, BiH
t. +387 33 276236
f. +387 33 276137
e. info@zetrafestival.ba

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Well, maybe you should let him watch Eurovision. The 2nd place winner of this year contest is Dima Bilan, who represents Russia with the song “Never let you go.” Not only he was popular with the young girls. You know how teenagers are “Ooh, you see him dance, you see him shake shake…” In the classroom, I told them to open the browser and enter a web address for an online tutorial. Yeah, and what did they do. They asked for his name from their classmates to google him. “No, no. No Dima in my classroom, you hear!” I shouted with a serious-faking, grinning face.

Incomprehensively and bafflingly, Dima affected young boys as well with his hair style. This boy was sitting next to me playing a computer game when I asked: “Is this the Russian guy’s hair style?” “Yes, I think it’s cool.” He answered.

I saw another boy on the street one day wearing the exact same hair style and the same white T-shirt worn by Dima.

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Eurovsion 2006, Russian entry Never let you go by Dima Bilan

Heavy clouds but no rain
And every move only causes pain
Ready kiss, but no love
I feel I’m torn in half
Ardent look, but no heat
It’s not what you really need
Baby, now it’s happening with us
We are dancing on broken glass
Can’t stand no more –

Never, ever let you go
You are the one I’m searching for
Flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone
Love’s carving it in the stone
Never, ever let you go
Return the days we had before
Soul of my soul, blood of my blood
Love’s carving it in my heart

Gentle words but no aim
It seems we’re playing a game
Easy smile, but no fun
Sweet music for no one
Close embrace, but no more
Cold Champagne we forgot to pour
Baby now it’s happening with us
We are dancing on broken glass
Can’t stand no more.

So far, I saw two places with big screen/projector outside to watch the games.

1. Central Cafe in the centar, in front of the Cathedral.
2. A coffee shop on a corner next to the Metropolis Milk Bar on Maršala Tita street

Bascarsija night (July)
Last for a month with events in Sarajevo's old Turkish quarter including folk dancing, opera, ballet, rock, love songs and poetry. There are art exhibitions and children programmes. There is no charge.
International Folklore Festival (July)
Take place during the second half of July for a week in which folk groups come from all over the reigion to perform in Sarajevo.

Sarajevo Film Festival (August)
Most celebrated festival in Sarajevo. Show many of the worlds best documentaries from southeast Europe’s best filmmakers.

Jazz Festival (November)
Having started in 1997, this is a relatively young festival. The festival has grown considerably in popularity and has maintained its very grassroots feel. The week long event not only covers some of the worlds best Jazz but also invites new and cutting edge artists for late night performances in several venues around the city. If you love Jazz – jazzfest is for you.

Sarajevo Fashion Week (November)
Fashion shows featuring handmade Bosnian fashion

Sarajevo winter (February/March)
>Lasting for two full months with many genres of art: music, dance and theatre and organised trips to the museum and city walks.

The people from Sarajevo are really proud of the fact that the band Hari Mata Hari with Lejla won 3rd place in the Eurovision song contest 2006. (In my opinion, they could have got 2nd. Blame the break up of the former Soviet Union. Read my analysis of the voting breakdown.)

The band is also from Sarajevo.

Watch their performance at the above-said contest.

Or you can watch the original music video. The background scenery is Mostar.

NIZ POLJE VJETAR MIRIS(E
I BOL ME PRATI KAO SJENA
DAL NEGDJE ZA MNOM UZDIS(ES(
GDJE SI OD MENE SAKRIVENA

U KOSU STAVI RUZMARIN
I JEDAN CVIJET KRAJ S(ADRVANA
LEJLA

ZAR BI MOGLA TI DRUGOG VOLJETI

AKO TE SUTRA ZAPROSE
ZNAJ TAMO NEC'U BITI JA
LAKO SE TUGE OPROSTE
AL SAMO LJUBAV NIKADA

ZAR BI MOGLA TI DRUGOG VOLJETI

GOLUBE, MOJ GOLUBE
NOSI JOJ SUZE MJESTO PJESME

JA ODLAZIM KO DA SAM KRIV
S(TO VOLJEH ONU KOJU NE SMIJEM

GOLUBE, MOJ GOLUBE
NOSI JOJ SUZE MJESTO PJESME

ODLAZIM KO DA SAM KRIV
S(TO VOLJEH TEBE KOJU NE SMIJEM

S(TO VOLJEH TEBE
LEJLA

English translation:
LAYLA

Wind rolls down the meadow,
Pain follows me like a shadow,
Do you still long for me,
Where have you gone, oh, sorrow.

Rosemary in your hair,
And a flower by the fountain,
Layla.

How could you ever love another.

My dove, lovely dove,
Not a song, bring her my tears.

When they ask for your hand,
My love, I won't be there,
Sorrow is easy to forgive.
But love is not forgiven, ever.

How could you ever love another.

My dove, lovely dove,
Not a song, bring her my tears.

Now I go, for I have loved,
The one who could never be mine.

My dove, lovely dove,
Not a song, bring her my tears.

Now I go, for I have loved,
The one who could never be mine.

Why did I love you,
Layla.