Episode 13

From Folklore to the Future: Keeping Cultural Roots Alive in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Published on: 8th February, 2024

Nemanja Knizović, a dedicated member of the traditional dance ensemble from Banja Luka, delves into his vast experience and commitment to preserving local culture.

Nemanja discusses the fusion of culture, tradition, and dance in Banja Luka, the importance of folklore in presenting Serbian culture to the world, and the intricacies of musical storytelling.

He also highlights the ensemble's ability to adapt to modern times by utilising social media and the need for professionalisation in the field.

Ultimately, Nemanja's goal is to leave a legacy of a professional or semi-professional ensemble, contributing to the preservation and promotion of traditional folklore in the region.

00:00 Introduction and Setting the Scene

00:30 Meeting Nemanja Knizovic: The Keeper of Tradition

01:18 Nemanja's Journey into Folklore

01:48 The Importance of Tradition and Culture

04:38 The Evolution of Folklore and Tradition

07:29 The Complexity of Heritage

10:59 The Significance of Ensemble Names

13:04 The Role of Tradition in Modern Society

22:40 The Challenges of Choreography

27:22 The Storytelling Aspect of Folklore

30:49 The Influence of Foreign Culture on Local Tradition

35:03 The Challenges and Future of Folklore

38:00 Nemanja's Vision for the Future

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"Welcome to "An Englishman in the Balkans" podcast, hosted by David Pejčinović-Bailey.
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