Artists

 

Our group of allies is increasing! Artists raise their voices against the total destruction of Balkan rivers – they want to see them protected, not dammed. Together with popular musicians, we have already organized two concerts for free rivers in the past, but now musicians and artists from different disciplines want to engage even more.

Read our related news post on the occasion of World Music Day HERE

Watch their testimonies for free rivers and against dams!

 

 

Rambo Amadeus for Balkan Rivers

Rambo Amadeus is a Serbian recording artist from Montenegro, composer and performer, living and working in Serbia. A self-titled "musician, poet, and media manipulator", he is a noted artist across the countries of former Yugoslavia and internationally. Not only is he know for his exceptional music and lyrics, but also for his dedication to raise ecological awareness. In 2018, he performed at the Concert for Balkan Rivers in Sarajevo.

Jelena Milušić for Balkan Rivers

Expressive and bold, Jelena Milušić is a singer from Bosnia and Herzegovina who easily transforms her voice to the needs of various genres. Being fluent in Blues, Jazz, Rock to traditional Balkan and World music, she has performed in a wide variety of musical styles and settings. Now she is speaking out against the destruction of Balkan Rivers from hydropower development. “Let´s stand united and say no to hydro plants on our rivers!” she says.

 

Srđan Jevđević (Kultur Shock) for Balkan Rivers

Srdjan is the front man of famous Kultur Shock band, a Seattle-based gypsy punk band which specializes in mixing music like rock, metal and punk with traditional Balkan music. “Our politicians are criminals who are selling our country piece by piece. Let’s save our beautiful country and our beautiful rivers” he says in support of the Blue Heart of Europe

Darko Rundek for Balkan Rivers

Darko Rundek is a famous Croatian rock singer, songwriter, poet, and actor. His music career started as the front man of the rock band Haustor.  Rundek has written and produced film music, occasionally appeared as an actor, and directed around 50 radio-plays and documentaries for radio Zagreb. He is currently performing with his new band Darko Rundek i EKIPA. He speaks out against the destruction of Balkan Rivers by hydropower projects and says: “It would be better if we consumed less electricity rather than destroying this magnificent planet Earth”

 

Smirna Kulenović for Balkan Rivers

In her contribution to "Artists for Balkan Rivers", Smirna Kulenović raises awareness about the deadly fate so many rivers are facing in the wake of the dam tsunami. “This is the sound which slowly disappears. This is the image which dries out”. Smirna is a young BH anarchist-oriented interdisciplinary artist, activist and curator working in a wide range of media; from conceptual art, performance art, sound art, film and text - to guerilla activism and direct actions/interventions within the public space.

 

Marko Feher for Balkan Rivers

“Let’s save our rivers so that they can save us!” urges Marko Feher in support of "Artists For Balkan Rivers". Marko is young, ambitious fashion designer, based in London but originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was awarded Perwoll New Generation 1st Place/ Best see designer timeless – wearable art category. His unique style has been recognized locally and internationally.

Sead Šašivarević for Balkan Rivers

Fine-art landscape photographer Sead Šašivarević contributes with an album of stunning river images and a strong statement: "I, with my civil law, absolutely oppose (...) of recklessly and shortsightedly, without any positive impact on local communities, without civil discussion and consideration of alternatives (...), to allow construction of mini-hydropower plants on the rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and thus irreversibly destroys the greatest treasure that this country has." Find full album and statement in this post

 

Selma Alispahić for Balkan Rivers

Selma Alispahić is a famous BiH actress, winner of honorary award Actress of Europe 2018. She collaborated with internationally accomplished actors as well as with prominent directors. Apart of her status of the Principal Actress at the Sarajevo War Theatre, Selma was cast for internationally awarded short and feature films. „ Accumulation is the antithesis of a river. The essence of a river is to flow, while the essence of accumulation is stillness.” Selma quotes in support of #ArtistsForBalkanRivers

 

M.O.R.T for Balkan Rivers

From the Cetina river, the band M.O.R.T. calls on everyone to speak out against hydropower: “We are asking you to raise your voice. This concerns us all! Your voice counts”. M.O.R.T. is an uncompromising punk – blues band from Sinj, (Croatia) with intense sound and passionate live performances. Their uniqueness and authenticity are reflected in their growing popularity all over the Balkans. The band, never deviating from its own principles, has joined our campaign for the protection of Europe’s last free-flowing rivers.

 

Zdravko Cvjetkovic for Balkan Rivers

                       

“Our rivers need help” this illustration by Zdravko Cvjetkovic reads. Zdravko is animator, illustrator (books and magazines, especially for children), book designer, caricaturist and concept artist from Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina. We thank him for his beautiful contribution to #ArtistsForBalkanRivers

Enes Zlatar for Balkan Rivers

“Water created all life on this planet. Let’s not mess with water!” Enes Zlatar advises in support of the Blue Heart of Europe. Enes is an artist from Sarajevo mostly known as front man of the legendary band Sikter. Furthermore, Enes is a composer, author, musician and documentarist, film producer and founder of SCCA/pro.ba from Sarajevo with a rich artistic background. 

 

Milutin Sretenovic for Balkan Rivers

“If we let the destruction happen, we’ll leave nothing to future generations, and that is the only thing we can leave them – healthy rivers and nature” warns Milutin Sretenovic as he speaks out for #BalkanRivers. Milutin is the lead vocal of the band Mostar Sevdah Reunion (BiH). His interpretation of Sevdah and Gypsy songs reveal the tremendous beauty and tragedy of the Balkan region at once. One of the best ways to feel Balkan in its depths without traveling in times of this pandemic is to listen to Sreta singing.

 

TATA I KIRA for Balkan Rivers

This will melt your heart! 5-year old Kira sings with her father Haris Abdagić (Tata i Kira) from the band BalkanEros Banditos in support of the Blue Heart of Europe. They wrote this song based on the poem of famous BH poet Nasiha Kapidžić-Hadžić especially as a contribution to the project Artists for Balkan Rivers. With fairy-tale descriptions of the great outdoors, Nasiha, Tata and Kira are introducing us to another, better and more beautiful world of magnificent nature.

 

Elma Tataragić for Balkan Rivers

“The consequences are foreseeable and irreparable. That’s why I’m saying stop to hydropower plants!” urges Elma Tataragić to save Balkan Rivers. Elma Tataragić is a screenwriter, screenwriting professor from Bosnia and Herzegovina and selector of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Her films are internationally recognized and won numerous awards. 

Muhamed Kafedžić for Balkan Rivers

“By building those plants we will destroy the natural paths of rivers. Stop mini hydro plants!” Muhamed Kafedžić demands. Muhamed is a painter from Bosnia and Herzegovina whose work is influenced by and dedicated to Japanese art and history. His paintings are usually dominated by flatness and strong emphasis of drawing. He enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo twice, gaining BA in Art Education and Master Degree in Painting.

 

Marko Tomaš for Balkan Rivers

“Rivers can shape a person in many ways. It is important in a cultural way. When we speak of Mostar as a town of poets, I think Neretva is the main reason for the development of this poetic nerve” says Marko Tomaš as he sits in front of his beloved Neretva. Makro is a poet from Bosnia and Herzegovina who grew up by the river Neretva. He is not only read by passionate poetry lovers, but is often called a folk, pub punk poet. He has published ten books of poetry, ran the famed bookstore Utopia in Split, is one of the editors of the magazine Kolaps and one of the initiators of the music festival Beton in Mostar.

 

Selma Spahić for Balkan Rivers

“I don’t agree with the destruction of rivers and building of mini hydro plants in Balkan Rivers. Let’s raise our voice and protect our rivers” Selma Spahić, one of the most staged female theatre/movie directors from Bosnia & Herzegovina, urges. Selma s the artistic director of the International Theater Festival MESS Sarajevo. She has received numerous awards at festivals in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region, and has participated in some of the most important European festivals in countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Poland.

 

 

Concert for Balkan Rivers© Nick St. Oegger

In September 2018, popular musicians Rambo Amadeus (Montenegro), Eda Zari (Albania), Tamara Obrovac (Croatia), Damir Imamovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina) raised their voices at the open-air Concert for Balkan Rivers in Sarajevo, hailed by hundreds of people.

 

“Blessed be the free rivers" (“Lum Lumi i Lirë“!)

This song aims to give a voice to the threatened rivers Vjosa and Valbona in Albania and create a deep echo of awareness in the public. Eda Zari, Elina Duni, Linda Rukaj, Rhani Krija, Vlashent Sata, Emiljan Dhimo, Shpat Deda, Gert Kapo, Henning Jung, Kleidi Eski, Sokol Çunga, Mikaela Minga collaborated to produced this amazing song and video.

Vjosa Concert© Moris Rama

Under the slogan “Mos ma prek Vjosën! (Hands off Vjosa!)”, prominent Albanian musicians sang for the protection of the Vjosa river and against the planned dam projects in front of 4000 people in Tirana in October 2017. Photos Videos