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11,541 empty seats

· Twenty years ago began the seige of Sarajevo ·

There will be 11,541 empty seats, spanning a  kilometre along  Maresciallo Tito Avenue , Sarajevo's  main street, for a concert organized to mark the 6 April 1992, the beginning of  the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A Chair for each one of the victims who fell during that long siege of the city,

their sign was opened and closed  in the 20th century, that  “short century” of violence in Europe. Twenty years have passed since that city, with Yugoslavia already disintegrated, re-assumed  their dramatic role as a symbol of the end of peace in Europe, back in 1914. In fact, The war was already going on in Croatia, after having crossed Slovenia,  another Yugoslav Republic which first declared secession in 1991. For the first time since 1945, there were bombing raids on cities like Dubrovnik, Vukovar, Zagreb. But it was Sarajevo that made clear the return of phenomena that they hoped had been overcome, the ghosts of nationalism and racism. The city that had become a symbol of multi-ethnicity and multicultural Balkans, on 6 April 1992 was delivered to horror.




St. Peter’s Square

Oct. 14, 2019