Banja Luka Things to Do

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    Sports hall "Obilicevo" - cultural part

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Sport hall Obilicevo is "home" and for many cultural institution and organization.
    The complex settled a branch of the National University Library of the Republika Srpska "Petar Kocic" with a rich fund of books and literature.

    There is also and American corner. American Corner is some sort of cultural club. There is small library created to make information available through the collaboration between the United States and contributed to the spread between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the United States. They organized many interesting programs and events, including: presentations, seminars and lectures of famous Americans, exhibitions, corner for English, hours of English language (conversation, discussion, debate), projections of current movies and documentary film. It is little known to the general public that there is a large stock of books in Czech. I do not know how it got there. At the time when I was a student I learn Czech language at Faculty of Philosophy and attended classes of Czech language at the association of Czech minority call "Češka besjeda" (mean: Czech speech) there were the biggest collection of books in the City.

    As I write about this as cultural part of hall - there is also and City theater "Jazavac" (I write about it in separate tip).

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    Dis -The Youth Theater

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    I continuing with my saga about my favorite building in Banja Luka - Dom radnicke solidarnosti.
    Next topic is another youth theater group call Dis -The Youth Theater!

    Some interesting information:
    Dis was officially establish in 1991. The main aim is preserving and developing theatrical culture.
    Dis - Theater offers various performances for all generations and so call alternative program which include forms of non-verbal theater, ambient and theatrical spectacles and video performance. Other activity was: education (acting schools, drama workshops, playgroups), the psycho-social workshops (with the use of drama therapy experience, doll therapy, educational theater, theater of the oppressed techniques, etc.) There are founders and organizers International Festival "Kastel-fest" in '98, '99 and 2000. As well as International Festival of Theatre provocation IF 2003. Besides that they are executive organizers of Festival of Republic of Srpska Youth Theatres. They were participants of international scientific and artistic projects: "Myth as destiny", "Balkan Network" as well as members of the association IAES, SEEYC.

    The ensemble consists of young theater actors, art academies students, and young talents from nine to thirty years of age.

    You can reserved tickets by e-mail. Tickets can be picked up at the Youth Center of Banja Luka later than 20 minutes before the show (the tickets are released for free sale after that).

    The ticket price is 3 KM and in that price you get beverages in Cafeteria of the Youth Center of Banja Luka (worth 1 KM).

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    Explore what center can offer you

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Banja Luka is know as city of youth, especially for women.
    There is a lot of cafes, shops and restaurants. One of this places is and old-fashioned center "Veselin Maslesa", build in 1978.
    Especially all that you can find in the city center, but somehow hidden at first sight.

    Shoping area in the center I Shoping area in the center III Shoping area in the center II
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    Go under square of Krayina

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Under square of Krayina in the center Banja Luka is build a underground space. Here is placed a famous modern multiplex call Palas, former cinema Kozara. This is a first multiplex in Republika Srpska and in whole Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is officially open on 1. September 2000.
    The owner is a company call "Oscar movie" Ltd. the company for the production, distribution and exhibition of films.
    He is modernized from 8. October 2008 and from 17th December 2009 this is became the first 3D multiplex in these areas. Film "three-dimensional revolution" in Banja Luka started with movie "Avatar" director James Cameron.
    Since April 2012th all cinema rooms are digitized. Audience movies can follow through the eye of a natural colorless glass, and the projects themselves are digital, high-definition.
    Today multiple Palas has 676 seats, arranged in four rooms equipped with comfortable chairs and the latest technical devices to project images and superior digital stereo surround sound (Dolby digital system) with air-conditioned.
    In the lobby of the multiplex there are various interesting activities for visitors such as: Cinema cafe, billiard halls with entertaining games.

    Prices:
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday to 16:30 am and from 22:30 is 3BAM; 16:30 to 18:30 and 21:30 to 22:30 4BAM and 18:30 to 21:30 5BAM.
    Monday, Tuesday to 18:30 and from 21:30 3BAM; 18:30 to 21:30 4BAM
    Wednesday all day is 3BAM.
    Allowance for 3D projection is 2BAM.

    DISCOUNTS
    - Children's Birthdays - 30% off
    - ISIC Student Card - 25% discount on Mondays
    - Group discounts - in a regular term discount on group visits.
    - Extraordinary screenings - all interested schools, businesses and organizations is organizing early screenings every working day in the morning.

    Besides that, under square of Krayina you can find a modern and big market call C MARKET, more info on www.cmarket.rs.ba.

    Also, various other little shops.

    Under square of Krayina
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    Twelve babies monument

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Twelve babies monument is located in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska. The monument was unveiled on 22. Deceber 2008 to commemorate the death of 12 babies Banja Luka, in honor of Banja Luka 12 babies who have died due to lack of oxygen in the spring 1992nd year. The sculpture, called "Life", author is conceptual design of Maya Milic-Aleksic, was revealed by the brothers and sisters of newborns which, as the poet Radovan Piljak said, "When they were born, the days were numbered."

    Banja Luka babies, mostly premature, were died in May and June 1992, because the Clinical Center of Banja Luka had no oxygen and drugs that keep them alive. Banja Luka and Krajina at that time were cut off from the world for the Croatian and Boshnaks units held Posavina and controlled all roads to Serbia. Decision of the UN Security Council were banned airline flights. International humanitarian organizations and the United Nations have don't positively response to all appeals to allow the aircraft that is with bottled oxygen at Belgrade airport waiting to fly to Banja Luka. Of the 14 babies whose oxygen was necessary, two survived. One of them, Sladjana Kobas from Prijedor, the 13th baby, died 9. February 2006, and the other, boy - permanently disabled - live today.
    Died six boys and seven girls till today.
    Only 10 days after the 12th baby died during military action call "corridor of life" army of Republika Srpska was enabled the connection of Banja Luka with Serbia via Posavina valley.

    This year (2012) it was organized on 20. May to commemorate this day. In the city's central park "Petar Kocic" was lighted as a 12,000 candle memorial for 12 Banja Luka's baby.

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    City park Petar Kocic

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Central City Park, also known as a park by the monument of Petar Kocic people's tribune who is in it. Lots of young people and families throng to the place take rest here, before either catching the bus home or carrying on with their shopping or nocturnal frolics.

    This is a city central park and it was prepared in the style of French parks with the pavilion for music performance and fountain. A glass building situated within the domains of Banja Luka's central park "Petar Kocic". The music pavilion it also frequently used for educational purposes such as special workshops and lectures. The facility also provides a space for business conferences and regular tournaments such as chess. A cafe is located on the bottom floor with a view of the whole park.

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    Monument clock

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Situated in the center of center of city is modern cloak, stands as reminder of devastating earthquake that change Banja Luka. It is only monument- with date. Original is somewhere on periphery of city, as I heard.
    The most difficult moment in the recent history of the city was recorded at this hour in the city center when it was a devastating earthquake. It is about 8 on the MCS or 6 on Richter scale.
    He began unusually strong "previous stroke," the night of 26 October at 2:55 pm; feeding the continued until 8:53 pm when it was time for Banja Luka stop. Earthquake in 1969 devastated whole city. In that catastrophe 15 citizens was killed, and a 1117 people were heavier and slightly injured. Material damage was tremendous. Completely destroyed 86 000 flats. Great damage inflicted by the school (266), culture (146), health (133), social and administrative structures of public administration (152). The economy has suffered significant losses. All companies are doing the next period with a significantly reduced capacity and some are closed. City of youth for the first time left without her. Youth completing the school year in various parts of the former Yugoslavia. Starts accelerating reconstruction and rehabilitation of devastated buildings, urban infrastructure is renewed and begins rapid urbanization from witch Banja Luka gets its distinctive look.

    Date of earthquake in Banja Luka (27.10.1969.) Monument clock
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    Banja Luka streets - Jewish street

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Jewish street (Serbian Cyrillic: Јеврејска улица, read: Jevrejska ulica) is famous street in city center. It representative by its unique contemporary architecture design. Today modern complex of places for entertainment, culture and relax and its numerous offices, shops and cafe bars has its secret past.
    Before devastated in WWI and especially during WWII and earthquake in 1969th Banja Luka have a active Jewish community and many cultural buildings. One of three Jewish synagogues was build here, 1937 with other older temple. Jewish cultural center with a synagogue consisted of heder (Jewish elementary school), library, town hall ceremonial hall, reception lounges, several municipal offices and apartment for the rabbi.
    During WWII 85% of Jewish population of Banja Luka was murder and its property devastated and confiscated.
    In memory for presence of Jewish cultural heritage this street was named Jevrejska ulica or Jewish street.

    Jevrejska ulica Shoping area in Jewish street
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    Landmarks of modern city

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Central Office of the Indirect Taxation Authority is located in Banja Luka, near city center.
    ITA is the only organ in Bosnia and Herzegovina is responsible for the implementation of legislation and policies of indirect taxation and the collection and distribution of revenue from indirect taxes.
    Under its authority is collected and all indirect taxes in BiH: value added tax, customs, excise, and tolls.
    In basement of this modern building are located various cafe bars.

    Central Office of the ITA
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    Outdoor exibition of Museum of Republika Srpska I

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Next to the famous landmark of Banja Luka - Dom radničke solidarnosti, where is placed and Museum of Republika Srpska, is interesting outdoor permanent exhibition of heavy armor and train engine.
    In addition to this tip you can find and related photographs of permanent outdoor exhibition of Museum:
    1. Steam machine and tank
    2. Two big canons
    3. Old locomotive

    Steam machine and tank Canons Locomotive
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    Sport hall "Borik"

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Sport hall "Borik" was one of famous landmarks and popular destination in Banja Luka.
    Hall was built in 1974 and since then it host many sports and cultural manifestation. Hall is modernly equipped for all kinds of indoor sports, particularly suited for handball and basketball, boxing-matches, competitions in other martial arts, and pop cultural events, fairs, maintenance, dance shows, as well as futsal. It has seating capacity of 2460 seats and it can host even more 1200 people in very own hall. In addition to the line-out is possible to set another 600 chairs for seating.
    In the basement of the hall, "Borik" is modern decorated restaurant "Borik" with a capacity of 80 seats. It provides an excellent catering service offers a wide variety of foods and beverages.

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    Explore city center

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    A favorite hangout for young people is so called "Little park" (Serbian Cyrillic: Паркић, read: Parkic). It refer to that street that is closed to traffic, with benches and cafes that extends from the building "Administrative service of Banja Luka" to the National Theater of Republika Srpska.

    By walking through a park you can be seen architectural pearls: Temple of Christ the Savior, Governor's Palace Banski dvori and the Palace of president of Republika Srpska. Also, you can visit the monument dedicated to Ban Svetislav Tisa Milosavljevic, during whose rule all these buildings and built. In surrounding of this monument you can relax in small park.

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    Squere of Krayina

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    Here you can find almost all famous landscapes of Banja Luka. Usually people come here from bus stop in front main post office, then cross the street and here you are - square of Krayina in the heart of Banja Luka.
    Look around you! What you see? I do for you!
    I stay near protected clock (reminder on earthquake 1969) and look in front you - here is Boska, famous former department store and today modern shopping mall. At the his corner, on ours left side, is usually a some tend for promoting actual cultural event and sell tickets. Then we see a Jewish street witch leads to Dom radnicke solidarnosti (see my others reviews). it is close for public transportation and commercialize with many shops, cafe bars and streets sellers. You will see and
    a place to relax in the open - it's a cafe. Enjoy! Then, a side of old building with modern store and you are at the Gospodska street. Then here is a highest building - Malbašić company building.
    Again look across street till you see a Petar Kočić monument and main park (with his name). In the middle is a long water basin and musical pavilion, then benches, paths, flowers and other usually decoration. Then you go again cross the street (watch the buses!) - long line of bus and protected bus stops where is usually very crowded.
    Then is famous hotel Palas and rest under cover, under construction several years.
    In front is stairs under the square - with market, cinema Palas and cafes.
    And is path to main city market (Gradska tržnica) and fountain and you are back to the Boska.
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    Sqare of Krayina
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    Youth center Kastel

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    I spend some time here in Youth center Kastel during my study here and I have the best memory.

    Youth Centre Kastel in Banja Luka is part of youth program Zdravo da ste (Hi neighbor) organization. Due to ''open'' youth club young people can each day to spend quality their leisure time. Center through their programs, gathered the children and young people aged 5-30 years.

    The aim is to support the development and social integration of children and young people, especially those with developmental problems, and young people from vulnerable groups and prepare young people for active participation in a democratic society.
    The Center has provided the exchange and free flow of information among young people, and structured and organized leisure of children and youth.
    Here you can find diverse programs: theater, dance, music, painting, etc. There is a sports equipments: table tennis, volleyball, as well as other social games.
    The Center also have the opportunity to participate in numerous educational activities (courses in foreign languages, computers ...), to socialize with peers.

    Also, young people can get involved in activities aimed at the prevention of deviant behavior and improve sexual and reproductive health, as well as all other activities that realize this center.

    Organization Zdravo da ste (Hi neighbor) is member of international networks "Youth together" since 2000. The network organizes international meetings, seminars and camps.

    In addition to members of the youth center is presenting our work around the world in seminars, camps ...The youth center Kastel is familiar place for students in youth exchange programs Youth in action.

    A typical venture organized creative activities for children, youth and adults was achieved through a specially designed program, "August - Month of creative development", which was first implemented in August 2005. year. I was leader of group of children from Doboj on first event.

    Youth Centre was established 1th June 1996. Since then, the Center entered into the registry over 2900 members. I was participate in (I think is still) only program of education of youth workers 2005.

    Youth center Kastel
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    Fontain on the Square of Krayina

    by Odiseya Updated Jan 10, 2013

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    The fun fountain where you even can walk trough it without being wet is nice decoration on city main square. The fountain is surrounding with benches and you can seat there and relax after fun walk tour trough Banja Luka.

    Fountain
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Banja Luka is political, administrative, universitiy and cultural centre of Republika Srpska. There is lots of places of special intrest which visitors can see and many thing that here can...

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