Over 300 Bosnians from across the world gathered together at Bournville College in Longbridge earlier this month.
Organised by the Bosnia UK Network, a charity organisation based in Birmingham, it was the 19th event of its kind to take place since the Bosnian conflict. It’s an annual opportunity for the community to see each other, create and build friendships and keep traditions alive.
Amongst the crowd there were some important guests including Samra Koricic Mujkic from Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in London, Dr. Azmi Waqar, the chairman of Remembering Srebrenica charity, Councilor Lynette Kelly from Coventry City Council and representatives from World Diaspora Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, from countries such as Sweden, Turkey and Holland.
Bosnian and Herzegovinian supplementary schools from Birmingham, Coventry, London, Hertfordshire and Derby took part, with the children providing cultural entertainment in the College’s Conference Centre, including folk dancing, singing traditional songs, poetry recitals and more.
The crowd then moved to the College Street, where a traditional lunch was served, lovingly prepared by Bosnian ladies from Birmingham. In the true Bosnian style, there was enough to feed an army!
In the afternoon, the children took part in sports activities in the College sports hall, after which they received medals for their achievements. All supplementary schools received a certificate of appreciation for their efforts, along with a token gift.
The event also raised over £21,000 towards the first international Srebrenica Memorial Learning Centre, due to be built in Birmingham.
‘It was a truly memorable event and we’ve had a lot of positive comments from the guests who attended. It’s lovely to see young people performing and speaking Bosnian language – it makes all the work of our supplementary schools worthwhile. We would like to thank Bournville College for making the event possible.’ Lejla Solakovic from Bosnia UK Network said.
‘We were privileged to host this event, it’s always nice when the local community can benefit from using our facilities.’ Julian Tye, Events and Conferencing Manager at Bournville College added.