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Skenderija

Skenderija

The cultural and sports center Skenderija was opened by the President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito in 1969 with a premiere of the historical spectacle film “Battle on the Neretva”. The complex was meant to show the grandeur of Yugoslavia hosting major events including ice skating and ice hockey during the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo in 1984. At the outbreak of the war in 1992 the Youth House of Skenderija was set under fire and after the war the center slowly went into disrepair. From the year 2000 and onwards Skenderija got reconstructed and is mostly back in service today, hosting an indoor sporting arena, the museum of modern art, an art gallery – where we recorded the live performance with Cincila -, a shopping center, cafés etc. However, the vast complex still radiates an air of decay. If it is not for a big event, Skenderija looks rather deserted. In some corners the floor and the walls are crumbling and the small businesses – ranging from sex shops over tatoo parlors to shops for wedding needs – are not exactly flourishing. That the roof of the ice hall collapsed in 2012 and has not been repaired since, might also be a sign that Skenderija’s best days are long gone.

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