Determination of manifestations and festivals of special importance for Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Government of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina passed in 2007 the Decision on the criteria for determination of manifestations and festivals of special importance/significance for the culture of the Federation of B&H and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Therefore, through the transfer for the culture of significance for Federation BiH and the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sport is supporting manifestations and festivals which are fulfilling determined specific criteria from the Decision.
Through obtaining the status of special importance, festivals and manifestations were provided with new organization and production plan, adequate management structure and secure sources of financing (state, federal, cantonal and municipal). During last 5 years, the status of the festivals and manifestations of special importance for the culture of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bosnia and Herzegovina was obtained by 4 festivals: the Sarajevo Film Festival, the International Festival Sarajevo – “Sarajevo Winter", the International Theatre Festival "MESS" Sarajevo, Jazz Fest Sarajevo, the cultural manifestation "Days of Matica Hrvatska - the Spring of Mostar" Mostar, International literary manifestation "Sarajevo Days of Poetry", Neum Animated Film Festival, the International Theatre Days in Tuzla, the International Theatre Festival of Comedy "Mostarska liska" Mostar, as festivals that have special programme profiles, long tradition and good production and organization conditions.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure: The challenges in implementation of this governmental measure with regard to festivals and manifestations of special importance and the quality of their programme contents include defining of stable and additional sources of financing and reaching self-sustainability.
The most significant effects of recognizing manifestations and festivals of special importance is their confirmation and positioning as international cultural brand of Federation of B&H and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The other impact is recognition of those manifestations and festivals as the points for meetings and exchange of conceptual, creative and educational reach of the cultural brand of national and international cultural actors.