ZAGREB, July 3 – An exhibition of the intangible cultural heritage of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, borrowed from the ethnographic collection of the Carmelite monastery of St Elijah near Tomislavgrad, southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, was opened in Zagreb’s Klovicevi Dovri gallery on Wednesday.
The exhibition features 12 cultural phenomena from a preliminary list of intangible cultural heritage of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina which the entity has already nominated or will nominate for UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.
Those phenomena include Konjic woodcarving (already on UNESCO’s list), Kresevo egg shoeing (being able to attach a tiny iron “horseshoe” to an egg was a requirement for becoming a master blacksmith in the region), Kupres haymaking, the ganga and sevdalinka traditional songs, and diving from Mostar’s Old Bridge.
The exhibition was opened on the occasion of the 53rd Zagreb International Folklore Festival, to start on July 17.
The Monastery of St Elijah on Busko Lake near Tomislavgrad collects and keeps traditional clothes, jewellery and objects of everyday use of all three constituent peoples – the Croats, Serbs and Bosniaks – from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Zagreb exhibition will be open until July 21.