As in many other cities, in Banja Luka members of the LGBTQ community encounters many challenges because its members are perceived as 'different.' The community struggles to secure basic rights and members often find themselves at odds with their family and friends because of their sexual orientation.
An important topic among cultural circles in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been the shutting down of the short film festival “Kratkofil Plus”. The Banja Luka festival, which has successfully brought together numerous filmmakers and movie lovers for nine consecutive years, will no longer be held.
Although it is known as “The Green City”, Banja Luka shows that human negligence is overriding the willingness and efforts of the citizens and institutions in charge of maintaining the city. In certain places, one can see examples that are contradictory to the city’s other nickname “The Beauty on the Vrbas River”.