Only at Balkan Trafik

A series of animations and activities will immerse you in the heart of an invaluable cultural diversity and provide a global experience that is the soul of the festival.

Balkan Bazaar

In addition to our traditional Giant Horo on the Grand Place in Brussels on Sunday, other free activities will take place during the festival.

Community space

Created in 2011, the Balkan Bazaar gathered about ten associations in the same room with a very particular decoration imitating the stalls of the old bazaars. Since then, the Balkan Bazaar has been transformed and has become a free space accessible to all. The decor has changed but the Balkan Bazaar remains a friendly place of exchange!

Vino Zirkus

The wine bar will become one of the focal points of the festival, a place of animation and musical improvisation of our artists. Every year, it is a tradition: musicians from various scene groups gather, engage in improvised musical encounters, and play all night long.

Gastronomy

The gastronomic heritage of the Balkans is exceptionally rich: authentic products, culinary practices marked by all the cultural contributions that have crossed the region. The Balkans is a real “food highway”. Here, products and gastronomic traditions have travelled more than anywhere else, mixing along the way to reach the Maghreb or India.
Communities are omnipresent in the Balkan Trafik gastronomic offer. This year, Serbo-Croatian and Roma gastronomy will be in the spotlight!

Street Art

The Balkan Trafik Festival invites graffiti artists from the Balkans to express themselves on the walls of the capital. The new urban generation in the Balkans is in full intellectual, social, cultural and aesthetic bloom and gives rise to a large number of collective identities and representations.

Four murals by artists from Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia already exist in the centre of Brussels. This year, an Albanian artist will be honoured.

With the support of the city of Brussels (Echevinat de la Culture) as part of its PARCOURS STREET ART.

Exhibitions

“Sicanje” Traditional Bosnian Tattoos

Upon Balkan Trafik’s request, three passionate artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina unveil an old tradition of Bosnia and Herzegovina through a series of pictures.

“Sicanje”, “bocanje” or “križićanje” are local words used to describe traditional Bosnian tattooing.

Supposedly, this was old Slavic tradition which, later on, in the time of the Ottomans empire in Bosnia it acquired catholic symbolic features as a way of protecting the Catholic heritage. The pictures were taken in the municipality of Prozor-Rama, where a large number of traditionally tattooed old women still live. They were all photographed in traditional costumes and with traditional tools from their region.

Documentaries

This project of 10 episodes of 27 minutes was born from the passion of the creator and producer of the Balkan Trafik festival, Nicolas Wieërs, for the culture, the adventure and the people, and their mentality so close and yet so different, of the Balkan region.  Balkan What! will travel through the Western Balkan region, the Balkans that are not yet integrated into Europe but are on its borders, discovering lesser-known places and exploring their cultures and specificities.

More info: https://www.balkantrafik.com/documentary-kosovo

 

 

Digital debates

Through the use of the most advanced technologies, the festival Balkan Trafik becomes a virtual square connecting Brussels to the Balkans, allowing people to discuss and exchange views on key issues connecting Brussels to the Balkans. Thanks to Balkan Trafik, Brussels becomes the crossroads of these exchanges. The aim of this work is to promote the richness of European interculturalism.

Debates bringing together activists from Brussels and the Balkans around social and environment issues