The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South-Eastern Europe, within the project “Strengthening regional capacities for rural development through integrated forest and water resources management in Southeast Europe (LEIWW)”, will support the organization of the event 8th International children’s folklore dance festival “Licider heart”, which will be organized by the Association of citizens “Era”, Uzice, in the period 14-19 August, 2016 in Uzice, Pozega, Bajina Basta in Serbia, and in Visegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The International children’s folklore dance festival “Licider heart” will be organized for the eighth time in the famous touristic destination of Western Serbia, in Uzice, Bajina Basta, Pozega and in Visegrad, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The festival will last for 6 days and thanks to the entrance on the list of International CIOFF festivals, this year will gather around 1000 children aged 8-15 years, from 4 continents and 11 countries: Asia (Sri Lanka), Africa (Egypt, Tunis), North America (Mexico) and Europe (Israel, Lietuva, Italia, Russia, Czech Republic, Serbia (Becej, Nis, Trstenik, Beograd, Zlatibor, Uzice, Bajina Basta, Pozega, Nova Varos, Sjenica) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Visegrad, Banja Luka, Trebinje, Foca).
The festival activities will include joint concerts, street parades, animation of visitors, promotion and visit of cultural and historical monuments, exploring the old crafts and tradition, and cultural exchange among the participants of the festival. Accompanying activities will include organization of exhibition of costumes of the participating countries, humanitarian activities “Licider heart for children”, a pottery workshop and presentation of traditional costumes and gastronomy of Western Serbia in the rural households in the village of Zlakusa, as well as public debates and exchange of experience on the methodology of work with children in preserving tradition at the international level.
Since its establishment, this festival is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. This festival has the cross-border component where the activities are conducted in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The event is also facilitated by the European Union funded project “Fostering regional cooperation and balanced territorial development of Western Balkan countries in the process towards EU integration” implemented by the SWG.