We are a cultural organization form Sarajevo. We produce books, exhibitions, festivals. We have over 30 members and all our projects are self-sustainable.
Inaugural Balkan Photo Festival Held in SarajevoJanuary 2016
After five successful years under the working title 'Photograph of the Year BiH', the inaugural Balkan Photo Festival was held in Sarajevo. The Festival’s name itself confirmed the city’s longstanding reputation as a site of convergence for the region’s greatest photographers. Met by a full audience at Vijećnica, the Balkan Photo Festival brought a dynamic program, which included several exhibitions as well as photography workshops. Additionally, this year a jury of photographers from 13 countries awarded festival prizes to the top contenders.
Japanese Edition of War Childhood ReleasedNovember 2015
A series of book launch events in Japan introduced the Japanese-language edition of War Childhood. Shueisha Inc., one of Japan’s largest publishing houses, has released the book. In light of current security precautions in Japan, the book has garnered an unusual amount of attention. Over 1,000 libraries across Japan have already acquired the new edition of War Childhood. The book’s author, Jasminko Halilović, was in attendance at the launch events.
Press Conference Announces the Opening of the War Childhood MuseumSeptember 2015
A press conference was held in Sarajevo to announce a new undertaking by the URBAN Association: the opening of the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo. Speaking at the conference were Jasminko Halilović, the Museum Founder and Director, Selma Tanović, Head of Research, and Filip Andronik, one of the first participants to donate his artifacts and recollections to the Museum’s budding collection.
We have nominated Milomir Strašni for the April-6th-AwardFebruary 2015
The Urban Association from Sarajevo and the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina nominated the well-known B&H photographer Milomir Kovačević Strašni for the April-6th-Award of the City of Sarajevo. It is emphasized in the candidacy that Strašni dedicated most of his opus exactly to Sarajevo, and that he also contributed to the international promotion of the City. Milomir Kovačević is the winner of many awards, so we believe that the most prominent award of his City belongs to him.
'Photography of the year B&H' festival 2014January 2015
The fifth 'B&H Photography of the Year' festival was held in Sarajevo, bringing three exhibitions, five lectures and workshops in four days, as well as plenty of socializing and fun for participants who came from many Bosnian cities but also from the region. The central exhibition was opened in the reconstructed City Hall in front of hundreds of visitors. The best 50 pieces of work were traditionally exhibited, among which this year's winners, who received valuable awards, were chosen.
'War Childhood' published in German languageOctober 2014
The German publication of the book 'War Childhood', published under the name 'Kindheit im Krieg' in cooperation with the Austrian organization Mirno more, was presented in Vienna in front of several hundreds of visitors. Apart from the author of the project, Jasminko Halilović, a few words were spoken by Nedad Memić, one of the participants in this project, and several more participants of the book who live in Vienna and Austria were present at the presentation.
The third photo-marathon successfully held in SarajevoSeptember 2014
This year's Sarajevo photo-marathon lasted for two day and, apart from the contest, it included socializing of photographers. All participants of the photo-marathon had the task to answer six given topics within the time limit of eight hours. The topics of the photo-marathon were: focus, work, sky, water, love and Sarajevo. In a competition of 38 participants, the jury proclaimed Eldin Hasanagić the winner of the 'Sarajevo photo-marathon 2014'.
'B&H Photography of the Year' festival 2013January 2014
The central exhibition of the fourth edition of 'B&H Photography of the Year' festival was held in the overcrowded Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This year's festival lasted for seven days and several exhibitions, workshops and lectures were presented at it. The prize fund for the best candidates in the competition amounted to 10.000 KM, and the winners were chosen by an international jury consisting of eight renowned photographers.
'War Childhood' promoted at the European Parliament in BrusselsJune 2013
The presentation of the project 'War Childhood' was held in the European Parliament in Brussels under the special patronage of Doris Pack, Head of the European Culture Committee. Apart from Ms Pack, Jasminko Halilović, author of the project, and Dino Elezović, representative of the Sarajevo Canton in Brussels, also shared some of their thoughts at the promotion. The promotion was attended by many members of the European Parliament and other diplomatic representatives.
The exhibition 'War Childhood' held in BelgradeMay 2013
An exhibition and a promotion of the book 'War Childhood' was held within the frame of the festival 'Days of Sarajevo in Belgrade'. A ten-day exhibition was set up in the Cultural Centre of Belgrade. The exhibition offered short memories which were exhibited along with photographs of objects shown in the third part of the book. One part of the memories was placed in the window of the Cultural Centre of Belgrade with the goal of communicating the experience with the passers-by.
Promotion of the book 'War Childhood: Sarajevo 1992–1995'February 2013
The long awaited book 'War Childhood: Sarajevo 1992–1995' was promoted in the overfull hall of Dom Mladih (the Youth Home) in front of almost 1.000 visitors. Some of the participants of the project talked live at the promotion, while others who now live outside Bosnia and Herzegovina addressed the guests via video link. The media noted that by this book and its emotional promotion, childhood in wartime Sarajevo was saved from oblivion.
War ChildhoodProject author: Jasminko Halilović
Over 1.000 people participated in this interactive project which started in 2010. The aim of the project is to examine and present the collective experience of growing up in wartime. The first result is the book published under the same name in 2013. The book was presented in several European countries and translated into 5 languages after its success in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was published in Austria, and publications are soon expected in Japan, Poland and the USA.
B&H Photography of the YearProject manager: Haris Čalkić
B&H Photography of the Year is a festival of photography which is opened every year at the end of January in Sarajevo. The main exhibition is followed by several educational contents such as lectures, workshops and guest exhibitions. The festival also includes the greatest photo competition of B&H in which an international jury chooses photos for the central exhibition, as well as the winners. The central exhibition later travels to other cities of B&H and the region.
Portal Fotografija.baProject manager: Haris Čalkić
With more than 3.000 registered members, portal Fotografija.ba is the largest photography community in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one of the largest in the region. In 2008, it was founded by a few admirers of photography, with the sole aim of socializing. In the meantime, more than 60.000 photos have been published on the portal. Fotografija.ba publishes author-photo-reportages in cooperation with the most read media in the country.
Musical heritage of B&HProject author: Amira Medunjanin
One of the most famous singers of sevdah, Amira Medunjanin, participated within the frames of this project in a row of activities that promoted the musical heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the world. This included the performance of the concert with the ensemble REKA which was previously included in the official cultural program of the Olympic Games in London in 2012. Apart from that, Amira Medunjanin took part in WOMEX, the greatest musical fair in the world.
Sarajevo – My City, a Place to MeetProject author: Jasminko Halilović
The luxurious bilingual monograph of Sarajevo represents the city in an interesting and unique manner. Apart from the author of the monograph, Jasminko Halilović, the co-authors of the monograph are: Nihad Kreševljaković (text), Haris Čalkić, Zijah Gafić, Milomir Kovačević and Anida Krečo (photography). The design is signed by Imelda Ramović and Mirel Hadžijusufović. The monograph is now the official present of the Mayor of Sarajevo.
Sarajevo in the heart of EuropeProject author: Milomir Kovačević Strašni
After having published the book 'Sarajevo in the heart of Paris', the most significant photographer of Bosnia and Herzegovina realised a follow-up of the project under the name 'Sarajevo in the heart of Europe', through Urban. The idea of the project is the presentation of the Sarajevo and the B&H diaspora in Europe through photographs of the objects which they carried with them. In the next phase of the project, the author will portray objects that the B&H diaspora is keeping in Norway.
Sarajevo photo-marathonProject manager: Haris Čalkić
The Sarajevo photo-marathon, in cooperation with the association Feedback from Italy, is being held in Sarajevo since 2011. It is a one-day photographic competition within which the participants create photographs based on six given topics. The best ones according to the jury are awarded valuable prizes. The aim of the project is to gather as many photographers as possible in order for them to socialize and exchange experiences, and to promote the Sarajevo tourism potential.
Portal Kul.baProject manager: Harun Kujović
A cultural-artistic laboratory, the portal on culture and arts, recorded more than 700.000 visits during its three-year-long activity and published around 3.000 news in the domain of culture and arts. A few hundreds of author-texts written by members of the editorial staff or by co-workers of the portal were published on the portal Kul.ba. In October 2014, the portal temporarily stopped working due to the inability to ensure sustainability.
- Project manager: Jasminko Halilović
Urban has undertaken a variety of activities from 2008 to 2010 with the aim of protecting Sarajevo Roses, one of the most significant monuments to the siege of Sarajevo. After the publication of text 'Disappearing Sarajevo Roses', written by Jasminko Halilović, more than 2.500 citizens signed the petition for the preservation of this monument. Apart from that, Urban and Studio Lisica produced the installation '7 spots – 7 Sarajevo Roses', presented at several European festivals.