“Given the time that we live in and seeing what and from which sides is looming and threatening Srpska and Serbia, it is my belief that we must go on more often and louder about the never more important unity, because it truly is only harmony and a firm belief in the strength of the Serbian harmony and unity that can hold us up, not to say — save us.”

The head of the Representation of the Republic of Srpska in Serbia Mlađen Cicović said this to the Glas Srpske, announcing the tenth annual “Days of Srpska in Serbia” event.

“Serbia and Srpska are an informational, cultural and linguistic space, no matter how many borders and what kind they can still impose on us. As the poet, albeit more famous as an actor, Zoran Rankić beautifully put it: “Cross-Drina Serbs live on both sides of the Drine,” pointed out Cicović.

GLAS: What has been organized for the purposes of celebrating this year’s “Days of Srpska in Serbia” event? What kind of a program did you have prepared?

CICOVIĆ: The Representation’s traditional event by the name of “Days of Srpska in Serbia” will kick off this year on September 8 in Belgrade, and conclude on September 14 in Novi Sad. We will also visit Subotica, Zrenjanin, Kruševac, Čačak, Kraljevo, Kragujevac, Niš, Vranje.

In programs from almost all of our regions, we will present the Republic of Srpska through culture, science, education, economy, art and tradition. We always pay attention to the quality of each of the programs, and even more so now, seeing as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Republic of Srpska, as well as a small jubilee of this event, because it is in its tenth year.

GLAS: Are there any innovations compared to the program’s earlier years?

CICOVIĆ: There is always something new, both in the programs and on the artist lineup, as well as in the manner of presentation. Within the economy part, we will promote the tourist range of Srpska in Belgrade and Novi Sad, which will include an exhibition of forex photographs called “Experience Srpska”, presenting all the attractions of Srpska. We will also hold a presentation of the Free Zone of Subotica as an example of a good practice for cities and municipalities. Apart from that, there is the twinning of cities and municipalities of Srpska and Serbia, as well as visits of delegations from Srpska to host cities in Serbia, where they will discuss possibilities for cooperation and present the investment potentials of the Republic of Srpska.

GLAS: What have the previous events shown? Have they, as you’ve said last year, become the most beautiful bridge connecting the Serbian people on either side of the Drina?

CICOVIĆ: That question is more appropriate for the audience in Serbia than for myself, given that it is the one that unfailingly evaluates everything that is on offer, not only by how much it likes the offer at the moment, but also by how significant it is for the relations, on one level between the institutions which collaborate on certain programs, and then on the general level of cooperation between Srpska and Serbia.

The answers and echoes are flattering, and it inspires us to keep up the work. So, the previous events have shown that our desire to try and make something in order to present to the citizens of Serbia and to Serbia, over only a few days, what it is that we do every day in the Representation — to introduce them to Srpska and elevate and deepen the cooperation of our people from either side of the Drina. I still believe that the “Days of Srpska in Serbia” are a beautiful, good, necessary, useful and in many ways significant bridge of genuine cooperation between Srpska and Serbia. It is my belief that they will continue to be all of that in the future.

GLAS: How familiar is Srpska with Serbia, and vice versa? Can it and should it be more and better?

CICOVIĆ: I am certain that we in Srpska know more about Serbia than we in Serbia about Srpska, but this is not and cannot be a measure of anything, not even a possible quiz on the topic. What is important for both sides are the relationship between the people on the left and right banks of the river that connects us, and our cooperation in economy, culture, education and art. The cooperation has never been better or greater than right now.

Together we define strategic infrastructure projects of equal importance for Srpska and Serbia, together we prepare programs for the national group of subjects in the elementary and secondary education, together we establish a culture of remembrance and we celebrate the Day of Serbian Unity and the national flag. The crown of it all lies in the same place as the first condition for it — the excellent cooperation between our political representatives.