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End of the 7th Kozara ethno 2011

In Piskavica and Banja Luka was held on 7th of July the festival Kozarski ethno, where about 350 performers from 6 European countries participated. Presentation of the cultural heritage of European regions, cultural diversity of dances, songs, musics, costumes, cuisines and handicrafts brightened up Banja Luka during 3 days.

The 7th Festival Kozarski ethno began on 1st of July in Piskavica with an ethno market gathering 15 booths and showing the festival's guests and local manufacturers from the Potkozarje area. In Piskavica's ethno house was opened at 20:15 a thematic exhibition on the local custom "čarojice", presented by the ethnologist Dr. Irena Medar. After a scenic presentation of the custom "čarojice," which was carried out the by the members of KUD "Piskavica", the Festival was officially opened by the Mayor of Banja Luka, Mr. Dragoljub Davidovic. The festival presented traditional dances of eight groups from Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the break was made the announcement of the winners of the “nicest garden contest” of Piskavica; a couple from the association  "Kolovit" from Gradiska was elected “most beautiful couple” in traditional costume. Due to poor weather conditions the parade gathering all participants could not take place. This first day of the festival was attended by nearly 2000 visitors.

The second festival day began with sporting contests in the traditional discipline of "stone's throw from the shoulder", attended by 25 participants, among whom were foreign guests of the festival. The first place with a length of 8.67 m was taken by the local Dragan Kremenovic. The second place goes to the local Novak Kukić with a score of 8.25 m, while the third place went to a member of the folklore group "Dragatuš" from Slovenia with a score of 7.78 m. Another performance of the traditional custom of "Čarojice" preceded the Festival of original songs and music, which presented 9 groups from 6 European countries. The competition part of the concert showed 4 female and 6 male native singing groups from Kozara and Potkozarje. The winner of the Festival of original songs in the men's category was “Borino jato” from Rakelići, and for the women's singing group KUD "Piskavica". The jury consisted of the ethnomusicologist Pr. Dimitrije Golemović, the ethnochoreologist Dr. Olivera Vasic and Mr. Milorad Kenjalović, ethnomusicologist. The second day of the Festival in Piskavica was attended by about 3000 visitors.

Kozarski ethno moved for the third day of the festival and conveyed the atmosphere of Piskavica in the center of Banja Luka. The program began with a parade of all participants of the Festival through the main pedestrian zone of the city, from the National Theatre of RS to the Krajina Square. On the final evening of the festival, a numerous audience gathered at the Krajina Square, where was presented a combined program of traditional dances, songs and playing. The ethnic market generated a great attention from Banja Luka's visitors, especially the promotional stand of KUD "Piskavica" with traditional local gastronomy. After the performances the Festival was closed by the director of the Tourist organization of Banja Luka, Mr. Ostoja Barasin.

The media coverage of the festival was made by the Radio Television of the Republic of Srpska, and directed by the program manager Ms. Adriana Popovic.

The project "Kozarski ethno" has been successfully implemented for seven years now and met the basic idea of showing the neglected and forgotten folk customs as tourism potentials for the Kozara Mountain and Potkozarje area. The purpose of the festival is to highlight the new directions of rural tourism through the protection and preservation of cultural and natural values of Kozara's villages. This objective includes the preservation, enhancement and promotion of cultural values from Potkozarje and Kozara, in respect of the principles of sustainable and responsible tourism. Although the festival "Kozarski Ethno" was designed as a "generator" for rural tourism in this region, it is necessary to influence the consciousness of both rural and urban population. It will have concrete effects on local people through education, information and direct participation to the protection and preservation of local traditional values, with the aim of enhancing rural tourism. The Festival encourages reflections on the crucial issues of rural infrastructure such as countryside's roads, water supply, wastewater treatment and others, identified as prerequisite for the successful development of rural tourism. A large number of the Festival's participants and visitors from the country and abroad as well as trainings performed during the project encourage local entrepreneurship in terms of hospitality services (accommodation, food), handicrafts, traditional crafts, which with the help of other development projects and rural development policies lead to a significant recognition of entrepreneurial behavior as a "pillar" of economic development. Also, the festival contributes to the promotion of rural culture and the natural values of Kozara to a wider European public, which will result in increased tourist demand for rural tourism. Various local customs and cultural elements, which are placed in the focus of the festival, will contribute to the preservation and protection of the cultural identity of the man from Kozara, and consumers will get culturally enriched, educated and informed.
KUD "Piskavica" and the Tourism organization of Banja Luka started in September 2010 the implementation of the project "Kozarski Ethno - culture tourism as a solution to rural desertion" which is supported by the MDG-F Culture and Development Program. The Culture and Development Program is a three-year program funded by the Spanish Fund for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which, within the partnership, is carried out by three United Nations organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina: UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of B&H, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Ministry of Education and Culture of Republic of Srpska, as well as other relevant institutions in the field of education and culture in the country.