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Sarajevo Concert

At the centre of 2014's commemorations of the centenary of World War I, will be a concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the National Library of Sarajevo, metres from the site where Austro-Hungarian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated exactly 100 years previously.

The concert will feature a musical programme with strong connections to the historical events of 1914-1918, inviting reflection, analysis and remembrance of an era-defining conflict.

A TV co-production by EBU Members BHRT (Bosnia & Herzogovina), ZDF (Germany) and France Télévisions will be transmitted by Eurovision to TV and radio broadcasters, ensuring the event will be internationally recognised as a key moment in the wider World War I commemorations.

The EBU has negotiated concert rights for all Active Members and some Associate Members, in a special deal with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, who will furthermore waive their performance fee for the occasion.

Outside the venue, large screens will relay the concert to a large public audience.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria took place on the warm afternoon of Sunday, 28 June 1914, and set off a chain of events that would go on to embroil all the world's major powers in a war of unprecedented scale.

The venue of Bosnia-Herzegovina's National Library (previously Sarajevo's Town Hall, an iconic building to which the Archduke was travelling at the time of his assassination) serves as a poignant reminder that even Europe's recent years have not always been peaceful. Bombed during the Siege of Sarajevo in 1992, the building was left in ruins. A renovation project is underway, and the building will again open its doors for the first time for this concert.

Details

Genre

Music

Production status

Production

Format
Live classical concert

Duration
tbc

Language
English

Delivery
Saturday 28 June 2014 / HD via Eurovision Network Deferred available

Supported by
BHRT, ZDF, France Télévisions

EBU/EUROVISION Contact
Pierre Duret
duret@ebu.ch
T +41 22 717 24 11

More Information
Stand-up feed positions and other broadcast services via Eurovision Special Events.

Open to all EBU Active Members (TV and Radio).

Associate Members subject to request.