The Cellist of Sarajevo. Photo credit: Mikhail Evstafiev/Wiki Commons
Date: Friday 13 July 2018
Time: 18.45 to 21.00
Venue: St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG
Tickets: FREE - Click here to book your place
This July marks the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, which took place during the Bosnian War. To commemorate this anniversary, The City Circle will hold a special musical concert to pay our respects to the survivors and victims.
Visiting musicians from the National Theatre of Sarajevo will perform a series of traditional Bosnian Sevdah pieces. In between the sets, we will hear from guest speakers who will retell stories of their experiences and everyday heroism during the war.
The theme for this year is Acts of Courage. Acts of courage in times of war help us to understand how communities resist regimes that seek to spread fear and division. They also sow the seeds of possibility for peace and reconciliation. During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, ordinary people undertook acts of extraordinary courage. We are grateful to be joined by such guests from Bosnia who repeatedly chose to protect others during the War.
Refreshments will be available at the end of the concert.
Amir Saracevic, tenor and Elvir Solak, guitar, both from the Sarajevo National Theatre
Dr Ilijaz Pilav, genocide survivor
Dr Ilijaz Pilav was a young doctor in Srebrenica when the genocide took place, and he survived the Death March from Srebrenica to Tuzla. He worked in the most appalling conditions, having to carry out amputations on patients with no anaesthetic, pain killers or medical equipment. When Ratko Mladic and his Serb forces entered the enclave of Srebrenica, Dr Ilijaz gave the orders for the hospital to be evacuated, and had to force reluctant UN personnel to take on the patients, as he felt that otherwise they would be killed.
Rešad Trbonja, war survivor and In-country Co-ordinator, Remembering Srebrenica @RTrbonja
Having lived all his life in Sarajevo, Rešad knows only too well the horrors of the conflict and the lasting physical and psychological damage it has wrought on society. He is responsible for running Remembering Srebrenica’s "Lessons from Srebrenica" visits, and promoting the charity’s messages in Bosnia. Before joining Remembering Srebrenica, Rešad worked for the UN and the EU in the field of security, law enforcement, and prosecution. The war abruptly ended his study, but in the years following the end of the conflict, he returned to academia, and has recently finished a Masters in Criminology.
This is a ticketed event, so please remember to book your place online. If you are able to, please make a donation to help us cover the venue hire costs. Any additional money raised will be donated to the charity Remembering Srebrenica.
The event will contain discussions around genocide. Although all are welcome, some of the discussion may be unsuitable for young people under the age of 16.
All welcome. Doors open at 18:45 and the programme begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.