In Tune: young musicians from the Western Balkans ready for a regional tour


Natasa Djakovic, 21, a Bosnian Serb from Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who studies in Novi Sad, Serbia, agrees.

This is the first time that Djakovic has joined the orchestra “by accident”, as she puts it, because her teacher had suggested that she join the orchestra at the last minute after another player had a conflict. hourly.

“It’s been great,” she says, adding that she’s improving her skills and meeting new people. “There were no negative reactions and the goal is to unite us all and that shouldn’t be a problem, on the contrary. If one of us goes anywhere abroad and plays in an orchestra, we will have to play with people from all over the world,” says Djakovic.

If the interaction within the members of the orchestra goes as well as the sounds of their strings, regional policy has not spared them.

Players from Kosovo will not be able to join the concert in Mostar because they have not obtained a visa from Bosnia, which does not recognize Kosovo’s independence.

“The visa for Bosnia has not been granted,” conductor Sulejmani told BIRN, blaming “bureaucratic problems”.

After receiving a negative response from Bosnia, the musicians from Kosovo also fear that they will not be able to travel to Germany, but Sulejmani is certain that the visa for the tour “in Germany is indisputable”.


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