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Veselin Maslesa

CKUMD "Veselin Maslesa" Banja Luka was founded in 1948 by, at that time, City Youth Organization, as a volunteer organization. Aim was to engage young people to care traditional folk culture and folk art (music, dance, songs, folk costume and old tradition) then to develop other forms of cultural and artistic activities (drama, painting, literature etc.), and to prevent them from falling into forgetfulness by presenting them to the publicity. From the beginning of existence, our groups and ensembles have performed around 6000 shows, both nationally and internationally (in almost all European countries and some Asian and African), in front of more than 6000000 spectators, TV-watchers not included. Greatest achievement of this ensemble is winning of award “Ajason d’Or” (Golden dancer) at the International Festival of Children’s Folklore in 1980 in French city of Math organized by C.I.O.F.F. This ensemble has been for the last three decades among 5-10 leading amateur folklore ensembles in former Yugoslavia, and most recently absolutely the leading one in Republic Of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Keeping folklore tradition from our region in life this ensemble is having as a goal. In the groups and sections of our society, since the founding, we have had around 10000 members. Today, society have had around 300 active members-children, teenagers and workers, who are divided in four sections and 8 groups in accordance with their age. All of them are putting a lot of effort to maintain high level of program performance, which makes society’s good reputation last for such a long period of time.

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