Banja Luka, the second largest town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in northern Bosnia (140 kilometers northwest from the country’s capital Sarajevo), hosted its Rock Open Air Festival on 17 and 18 July. Uriah Heep and BC Sweet, along with a number of regional rock bands, heated up the atmosphere on the green river bank of Vrbas, near the fortress Kastel, which dates back to the times when the Romans ruled in the Balkans.
During the summer, there are a number of festivals taking place in Banja Luka, with live bands playing at the outdoor venues. The main festivals include: Banja Luka Choir Gathering (April - May), Theater Festival "Teatar Fest" (May), the International Short Film Festival "Kratkofil" (June), The Month of the Rock Music (June), the Folklore Days of Banja Luka (July - August), Summer on the Vrbas (July), and the Banja Luka Summer Games (August).
“This year we have set ourselves a high benchmark, since our goal has been to provide a solid foundation for future festivals. That is why we decided to invite artists like Uriah Heep, BC Sweet, and bands like Divlje Jagode (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Atomsko sklonište (Croatia) to the festivals. But we also wanted to present the new rock generation from the region”, said Boško Beuk, manager of Rock Open Air Festival in an interview with Southeast Europe: People and Culture.