Ivo Skoric on Sun, 3 Apr 2005 00:55:16 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Slovenian - Bosnian Cultural Exchange

The most controversial former Yugoslav alternative music project, and 
the only one that ever made success globally, Slovenian band Laibach 
moved to Bosnia.

Laibach (German name for Ljubljana) phenomenon is very important for 
understanding of the developments in SFRY in late eighties, that 
ultimately lead to the demise of former Yugoslavia. Their strength 
was in the weakness of that state.

Recently, Laibach sued Slovenia (!) for cultural hegemonism. 
Actually, Laibach got offended by their annual state budget being cut 
from $20,000 to $4,500. They lost the case, and decided to become a 
Bosnian band (ironically, Bosnia was the first republic in former 
Yugoslavia to ban their performances; they were banned to perform in 
SFRY from 1983-1987). Bosnian cultural ministry welcomed Laibach.

In exchange, in Slovenia there is rising popularity of Bosnian folk-

Ivo Skoric
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Rutland VT 05701

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