Festival about the importance of freedom in the Western Balkans

Festival about the importance of freedom in the Western Balkans


Goal of OPEN Fest is long-term promotion of the importance of economic, political and all other individual freedoms in the Western Balkans. According to the organizers, this will be the “europe’s largest festival of freedom”. OPEN fest will be held in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina from 27 to 29 October and it will bring together 30 speakers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and around the world.

The main speakers at the OPEN Fest are: Dr. Tom Palmer, libertarian author and theorist, Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish author and journalist and Vit Jedlička,, founder and president of the Liberland. In addition, at the festival, audience will have opportunity to hear Sam Bowman, CEO of Adam Smith Institute in London, Gerald Frost, a university professor and former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, Dan Mitchell, a prominent economist at the Cato Institute in Washington, Josef Šima, president CEVRO Institute in Prague and numerous other speakers.

During the festival, there will be a third conference of “European Students for Liberty (ESFL)”, and events presenting “Istanbul Network For Liberty”, with the projection of film “It is no complete”. Festival will also host the promotion of International index of private property and a regional Barometer of freedom. Also there will be an debate on European migrant crisis.

The festival agenda includes a number of other events for the participants, including art exhibitions, film screenings, numerous DJ entertainments and a concert by Edo Maajka, Frankie and DJ Soul in the Dom Mladih, which will close this year’s OPEN Fest.

For further details about the festival, we invite all to a press conference in the Dom Mladih in Sarajevo on Wednesday,19 of October at 10.00. Press conference will be held by Director of OPEN Fest Admir Čavalić, a representative of the Faculty of Political Sciences professor Jasna Duraković and a representative of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Adnan Huskić.





Sarajevo is the leading political, social and cultural center of Bosnia and
Herzegovina, a prominent center of culture in the Balkans.

Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural variety, Sarajevo is sometimes called the "Jerusalem of Europe" or "Jerusalem of the Balkans". It was, until late in the 20th century, the only major European city to have a mosque, Catholic church, Orthodox church and synagogue within the same neighborhood.