The National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina will host the Festival of Lights, which will be held from November 25 this year – BiH Statehood Day to March 1 next year – BiH Independence Day. This event was conceived as an attraction for the citizens and visitors of Sarajevo in the next three months.
In today’s conversation with the media, in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it was pointed out that this exhibition will enrich the cultural, entertainment and tourist offer of Sarajevo in the winter period, but also affirm the rich BiH. natural and cultural-historical heritage. Light decorations will illuminate the facade of the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Botanical Garden of the Museum will be filled with light sculptures, video installations and thousands of lights.
The deputy director of the National Museum, Ana Marić, says that the main and basic goal, and what is important for the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is to attract a new audience with this project, especially children and young people. She says that each exhibited light sculpture is directly related to the museum’s collections. In this way, it will be educational, but also an invitation to everyone to come to the Museum and see the collections live.
According to her, most of the profit they make will be invested in the renovation project of the southern part of the Botanic Garden, the part that faces Wilson’s Promenade.
The author of the Festival concept, Nataša Musa, says that similar light festivals, especially in botanical gardens, exist all over the world. What is unique about the festival in Sarajevo is that it is absolutely adapted to what is inside the walls and in the garden of the National Museum.
Haris Fazlagić, president of the Sarajevo Canton Tourist Board, believes that the festival will contribute to and enrich Sarajevo’s tourist offer. He says that, in the same period, such a festival takes place in several other world tourist destinations, which is commendable.
The creator of the visual identity of the Festival, Admir Šljivnjak, pointed out that the symbol of the Festival is a diagram of light, in the form of a lily flower. As he said, ‘it is an autochthonous Bosnian lily – a metaphor for all of us, our homeland, persistent that it sprouts, grows, lives and beautifies and smells on this soil. And for us it has some almost mythological significance’.
During the next three months, Festival guests will be able to enjoy installations, some of which are audio-visual, some of which are exclusively visual. Currently, they have hosted an artistic group from France in the Botanical Garden of the National Museum, and their light sculptures decorate light festivals and botanical gardens around the world. As part of the Light Festival, among other things, there will be workshops for children related to light, and the point is to encourage creative people from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The National Museum will have double working hours during the Festival of Lights. So, apart from the standard activities, during the day as the National Museum, for the next three months, from 17:30, it opens the light doors of the Festival, Fena reports.