This is where the Interpret Europe conference 2019 will take place from 31 May to 3 June. There is probably no better place to deal with the theme ‘engaging with diversity’ than this Balkan state.

In the capital, Sarajevo, which is also called the ‘Jerusalem of Europe’, our colleagues Jelena Pekic and Jelena Mocevic are waiting for you to discover their homeland and their city. Together with their colleagues and friends they have created a colourful programme which will give you deep insights into their culture and nature, history, habits and challenges they are facing.

Registration is in full flow and many interesting proposals for sessions and workshops – some about the conference theme and some about developments in or thoughts about heritage interpretation – have been submitted. They are currently being considered by our review team, so you need to control your curiosity a little longer but all the abstracts of presentations and workshops will be available on the conference website soon.

What to expect?
Every morning the scene will be set by inspiring talks from our keynote speakers. Three have agreed to come:

  • Boris Erg is the Director of IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (IUCN ECARO). He is an expert in nature conservation, protected area management, transboundary conservation and multi-stakeholder processes.
  • Matteo Rosati is assigned to the Culture Unit of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe. He collaborates on issues ranging from safeguarding cultural heritage to the diversity of cultural expression.
  • Taja Vovk van Gaal is the Leader of the Academic Project Team, House of European History, Directorate General Communication, European Parliament. She is a historian, sociologist and museum adviser, and has trained and worked as a curator in contemporary history.

Take part in two of ten study visits which will take you into the nature around Sarajevo, to caves and Olympic remains, to sacred places of different religions next to each other, and different museums like the War Childhood or the National Museum in the city.

And enjoy a good glass of something together with old and new friends in a relaxing atmosphere in the evenings – good food, music and dancing included.

If you want to taste more of the Bosnian spirit you can join one of the post-conference tours Half a day to the ‘Bosnian Pyramids’ which have been challenging interpreters for ages. If you have more time and you wish to see more of the beauty of Herzegovina, you could also join the tour to Split.

Hundreds of emails have been exchanged and even more will follow to make the conference a successful, inspiring and unforgettable event for you. For more information or to register straight away, please go to

Any questions left? Please contact
Jelena Pekic, Conference Manager
Tel. +387 66140444

Bettina Lehnes is the Conference Coordinator for IE. She can be contacted at:

To cite this article:
Lehnes, Bettina (2019) ‘Join us in Sarajevo!’. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 1-2019, 7.
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