On the occasion of marking this year’s Europe Day and 60 years of the Treaties of Rome, the EU Info Centre organised a Musical Afternoon at the Music Centre Pavarotti in Mostar on 24 May. The event featured a discussion on the role of music in the intercultural communication as well as the role of the EU in promoting cultural diversity.
Addressing the audience, Jan Snaidauf, Head of Political and Economic Section at the Delegation of the EU to BiH said: “We have gathered today to talk about music. It is my great pleasure to have met with Orhan Maslo and Ismar Porić, leaders of the two very important initiatives – Mostar Rock School and “Superar Srebrenica“ choir. Both these initiatives have a very honourable goal; to unite and reconcile people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and promote the immense talent and human capacities that this country has in the field of music“, said Head of Political and Economic Section Snaidauf.
Orhan Oha Maslo, Manager of the Mostar Rock School noted how synergy actions may result in excellent achievements. “Team work that grows on a daily basis in Mostar Rock School is the secret to our success. Tomorrow that team may become the role model to someone. Such an example can also help them to grow without prejudice, therefore giving value to every human being without any historical, ethnical or religious connotation“, Maslo added.
Reflecting on the messages exchanged at the discussion in Mostar, Ismar Porić, Manager of the “Superar Srebrenica“ added that “Children are the future of this country. The message they send through music is sincere wherever it goes. Labelling children based on ethnic groups leads nowhere. We are trying to get the maximum out of them and they should be a great inspiration to all of us.“
Following the musical performance by the “Superar Srebrenica“ choir and the Mostar Rock School band and discussion, the participants had the opportunity to see the exhibition “60 Years of the Treaty of Rome“ contributed by the Embassy of the Republic of Italy in BiH. Opening the exhibition, Head of Political and Economic Section Snaidauf noted that it is “another special occasion the EU marks this year, the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, the first step towards a united Europe”.
In the evening hours, an excellent performance by a famous rock band “Pips, Chips & Videoclips” was staged at the OKC Abrašević, gathering around 500 young people.
The Delegation of the European Union and the EU Info Centre rounded off this year’s Europe Day celebrations (9 May) with the Musical Afternoon in Mostar, and the European Film Days at the Meeting Point Cinema in Sarajevo, running from 22-31 May.