“Hajducko vece”, 09-10 August 2014, Bogatic, Serbia

The great potentials and the diversity of the cross-border region “Drina-Sava” were promoted during the 46th traditional manifestation “Hajducko vece” in Bogatic – Serbia on 09 – 10th August. SWG supported the direct participation of more than 36 exhibitors on the Fair of ethno food and handcrafts organized by one of Drina-Sava CB region stakeholders, Tourism Organization of Municipality Bogatic, is mapped as good opportunity for presenting achievements of Area Based Development Approach project within the four ABDA cross-border regions.

Thirty-six participants, representatives of associations and producers of traditional products from “Drina-Sava” cross-border region took part within this Fair on 54 meters of exhibition space and 18 tents presented local food and drinks, high quality products such as honey or cheese, traditional meals as well as innovative souvenirs from the region. The event offer an opportunity to present local products, culture and tradition to the inhabitants of the region. They also provide an opportunity for improving links among regional producers and service providers. It is estimated that in two days around 10.000 visitors attended the manifestation and visited the Fair.

“Hajducka vece” a traditional manifestation organized traditionally since 1966. The basic idea was to bring the spirit of traditional life in sense of traditions of the region, cloths, gastronomy and more, throughout this event. The stakeholder group of the “Drina-Sava” cross border participated at the Fair of ethno food and handcrafts, and the participants promoted cultural and historical heritage of the whole region through offer traditional quality products. Main activities in the program were:

  • Fair of ethno food and handcrafts
  • Fijakerijada (Festival of the carriage)
  • Traditional “Busija”
  • Competition for the best “Harambaša” (haiduks’ chief)
  • Wedding from Mačva
  • Competition in shooting at clay pigeons
  • Golden kettle of Mačva

This event was supported within the SWG EC project: “Preparation for implementation of the Area Based Development (ABD) Approach in the Western Balkans – 2nd phase”, activities related to promotion of People-to-People actions in the target cross-border areas.