George Balasevic
Concert for freedom of movement and reconciliation

For over 20 years, George Balasevic's songs have touched millions of people across the region of former Yugoslavia. During the war, Bosniaks, Croats, Serbs, Jews and others wept when listening to the 'Man with the moon in his eyes'. Perhaps the most powerful of Balasevic  war-time songs. To those numbed by the brutality and senselessness of war, Balasevic offered a unique feeling of decency and compassion. His voice crossed front lines and cut through the barbed wire. It laid bare the entire absurdity of bloodshed.
By accepting UNHCR's invitation to perform in the 'Freedom of movement and reconciliation concert' Balasevic is helping all people in Bosnia and Herzegovina overcome bitter heritage of war and to move from a fragile peace towards reconciliation. UNHCR hopes that Balasevic's universal message of human decency and togetherness will help open the doors for the return of all those driven out of their homes.I saw the concert and in the beginning he said: Welcome all of you, from all parts of Bosnia Herzegovina, and then he said in English, Good evening Foreigners. Than again in local language: 'We will make it a long and fine night and for those who act like strangers will leave sooner or later. A big applause although there was also a negative shouting when he greeted Serbs and Croats.
A little later he said; 'The last time I played in Sarajevo was in 1991. If I knew know what would happen I would have played until this very moment."
The night started quite relaxed, it changed 4 times of sphere and he played 4 and a half hours. Indeed many foreigners, although with good meaning, already had left. Tears in my eyes.