1 – 25 February


Aida Sofić Salihbegović comes from Tuzla. She continued to live her life and build her career in Cologne, Germany. But the road to success was neither quick nor easy …


Nudžejma Softić went to London to acquire new knowledge and skills, with which she plans to return to her native Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her path is impressive, and the steps that preceded, have truly inspired many in the Balkans and beyond.


Further education was the reason for Dino Salihagić to change his Sarajevo address to the one in Germany. A master study abroad has opened a new perspective and brought him to the “heart of the European Union”. And now, although miles away from home, he is directly connected to Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Glevin Dervishi lives and works in Tirana. He is a successful young man who has been actively participating in social processes in his country for years. He has diverse experience in both NGO and public sector. How he perceives the role of young people in Albania, but also in the Balkans, see in the video.


Young people from the Balkans tell us their stories about connecting and ways to achieve goals. Vasilka Lalevska from Skopje, went to the north of Europe, as a volunteer. The original plan for a short period stay soon led her to new opportunities, so the Scandinavian peninsula became her permanent address.


Milica Žarković shared her thoughts on life in Serbia, on the perspective of the young generation and the great responsibility it faces. Connecting young experts who left the Balkans with their home country, Milica believes, could play a key role in the real progress of those countries.


So, the young generation, more than anyone, is the one to implement all the changes that are inevitably happening. Slaviša Marković, with an address in Vienna, belongs to the generation with ideas and the will move things forward.


Despite the growing trend of youth leaving the Balkans, there are still a significant number of those who believe that there are opportunities that they recognize and create for themselves on a daily basis in their home countries. Melita Vrsaljko from Zagreb is one of them. The time she invested in gaining work experience during her student days has already brought her many advantages and yielded results. Here is her story.


We stay in the Balkans a bit longer. After Zagreb, we travel to Podgorica virtually. Ahmed Hadzic lives there. A former Sarajevo student currenlty lives in the capital of Montenegro and works in PR sector. He tells us, among other things, about the positive aspects of life in this part of Europe.


Ivana Kešić from Sarajevo has been supporting the education system in Bosnia and Herzegovina for years. Through her work, she has heard numerous opinions of young people about their perspective in their hometown and country. Due to his vast experience in practice, she has a clear vision of how certain disadvantages can be turned into advantages, if there is an institutional will for it.


After we’ve traveled virtually to several cities in the Balkans, we’ll now go to Munich – the city that has become home to thousands of people from the Balkans over the past decades. Eldin Džanko is one of them. He tells us about his experiences from Sarajevo, where he was the initiator of numerous projects.


There are only four days left until the beginning of the Balkans Day! Until then, we will share with you two more interesting stories. The first one comes from the north of Europe, more precisely from Oslo. Nathanaël Savić joined us virtually from there.


We have entered the very finish of the countdown to the grand opening of the annual Balkan Days in Munich, which you can follow tomorrow on our online platforms. The last, but no less important story we will publish comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Selma Mameledžija from Travnik, with an address in Sarajevo, sends us important messages. Let’s hear her story.

During February, we spoke with 13 young people from the Balkans. They shared their stories, experiences and ideas with us. And, they all have one thing in common – and that is the desire to connect. The Balkantage team would like to thank all the participants for their participation, inspiration and joint thinking on how to make things better. The festival has started, enjoy the contents we have prepared for you. And don’t forget, we are talking to young people on March 20, on the online forum! See you then!