In this centenary year of World War One, we remember the course of events that led Austria Hungary to declare war on Serbia. A declaration that later involved many allies as anger spread across the Austrian empire and encouraged a war that is forever etched in the history of Europe.
28 June 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the event that is widely acknowledged to have sparked the outbreak of The Great War. On this day in 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated during a visit to Sarajevo. With one act of violence by Serbian rebels, over nine million soldiers were killed throughout the four year war that will never be forgotten.
One hundred years down the line, the people of Bosnia will mark the anniversary of this historic day by hosting a street festival on 28 June 2014. The Sarajevo The Heart Of Europe festival, will involve educational, artistic, and cultural events in the hope of uniting Europe on this day and identify the city as the gathering point for all of Europe. This event should not be confused with a celebration, but a day of remembrance and consideration for the war, triggered in the streets of Sarajevo.
Part of our Bosnian Highlights tour, Sarajevo remains a city where east meets west and is a great destination to visit on a short city break or perhaps on a day break whilst on holiday in Croatia. Sarajevo is a city filled with history combined with street views which offer architectural beauty. This summer, thousands will flock to beautiful Sarajevo to be a part of this unique event.
Under the sign of remembrance, the cultural project will form a congregation of European nations and welcome those from far and wide, in remembrance of those who fought and raise hope for a future of peace throughout Europe in the very heart of this historic city.