Bosnia and Herzegovina had banner headlines throughout the 1990s when a considerable part of its heritage fell victim to the war.
Mostar Bridge, the symbolic reconstruction of which brought the communities of both sides of the river together in a common cause, is now inscribed on the World Heritage List, as is the surrounding district.
The Ars Aevi programme to set up a world museum of contemporary art in Sarajevo was an important focus of cooperation with UNESCO and the sponsors and has now reached completion.
In the field of intangible heritage, a survey of the country’s traditional arts and crafts is being carried out with a view to their protection and promotion.
Intercultural dialogue is of the highest importance in areas of high tension : a project linked to the creativity of youth is designed to make the public aware of the plural nature of the country’s identity.