Ena Dujmović and Plusminus Fashion: Fusing Modern Art with Graphic Design

Work hard, believe in yourself, and don’t blame anyone else if you don’t succeed. Bosnian native Ena Dujmović is pioneering the fusion of modern art and graphic design as a method to create the fashions that make up her brand Plusminus. Dujmović views her brand as an opportunity to innovate: “the inspiration came from the …

Miss Besieged Sarajevo: Fashion and Beauty as Symbols of Resistance

This image of Meliha Varešanović, captured by British photographer Tom Stoddart, went all around the world. It has become iconic – a classic of reportage. Yet back in 1994, while people overseas were opening their morning newspapers and talking about the beautiful women in the picture, Meliha was just thinking about how to survive another …

Paul & Boba: A Love Story under the Siege

Do not shoot. Waste your bullets. I’m immortal. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), families across the world sat down every evening to watch scenes of besieged Sarajevo from their living rooms. What the viewers didn’t see amidst the footage of horror and destruction is how the Siege of Sarajevo could also result …

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Balkan Diskurs staff is composed of both local and international members who possess experience and expertise in a wide range of disciplines, ranging from journalism and human rights to peacebuilding and transitional justice. As a team, we are dedicated to supporting young talent, challenging stereotypes and providing viewpoints on society, culture, and politics that cannot be found in other media.


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Winner of the Intercultural Achievement Recognition Award by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.
Dino Aganović: With Hard Work, Anything Can Be Achieved
The messages and emotions that I broadcast through my music are connected with dreaming and loss, and are ultimately a critique of society. Dino Aganović, known professionally as “Hibrid”, is a dynamic and cutting-edge music producer from Sarajevo. Hugely popular, he has produced many songs, as well as videos and an album, since starting his …
Gasha Miladinović: Balkan Style Superstar
Sarajevo is a place where local talent is trying to distance itself from centralized ideas. At the forefront: stylist Gordana ‘Gasha’ Miladinović. All industries strive to monopolize. And the fashion and design industries are no different in this respect. But they have a strangely paradoxical relationship. Any designer worth their salt will tell you that …
Božo Vrećo: The Artistic Revolutionary of the Balkans
So who is Božo Vrećo? Who better to ask than the man himself? Bosnia and Herzegovina as a country and the Balkans in general have often been described as patriarchal, verging on male chauvinist. So for someone embracing both feminine and masculine traits to reach the height of success in Bosnia’s music industry of Bosnia …
Sofija Todorović: Srebrenica changed my life forever
In an interview with Balkan Diskurs, Sofija Todorović, a young activist from Belgrade, says: “The biggest problems of young people in Serbia, and the whole region, are ignorance and fear.” Sofija defended Mon Gjuraj, the owner of the “Roma” bakery in Borča, when a protest was organized against him near Belgrade. The protest started because …
A Lullaby for Mladenka: Remembering Grabovica
Both documentary and poetic, the new play, ‘‘The Lullaby for Mladenka,’’ takes crimes against Croatian civilians from the village of Grabovica in September 1993 as its subject. Members of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ARBiH) killed 33 Croatian civilians, the oldest of whom was 87 years old and the youngest four. …
Frenkie: The trend of young people leaving our country worries me
Adnan Hamidović, better known as Frenkie, is one of the rare artists on the Bosnian music scene who has continuously spoken out about pressing issues in BiH for almost two decades now. For nearly 20 years, Frenkie has served as a symbol of urban thinking. Through his artistic endeavors, he has influenced the development of …