Bascarsija Nights is the biggest festival in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Occurring annually from July 1 to July 31, the festival exhibits various aspects of the nation’s culture. This includes performances of classical music, rock and roll, folk music, theatre, various exhibits, folklore, books, film, children programming, opera, ballet, and much more.
Labeled a Cultural Manifestation, it is the largest and most popular such event in the country. The performances take place outside, in Sarajevo’s Old Town district (Specifically the famous Bascarsija neighborhood), and entrance is completely free. It is estimated that some 150,000 people come to see the performances, of which there are usually between 40 and 50 in number.
The first day is always a performance by the Sarajevo philharmonic orchestra, which is attended by numerous city and Canton politicians.
The festival has resulted in a number of memorable moments and events in its 8 year history. The first Bosnian opera in history was part of the festival in 2003. A performance by local rockers Zabranjeno pusenje was also part of that year’s festivities.