The Diplomatic Winter Bazaar, brings together the international and business communities, along with our host nation, to offer everyone in Bosnia and Herzegovina the chance to taste food from around the world, buy unusual gifts and items. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for people of all cultures to work together to support disabled and disadvantaged children in BiH,” said Sandra Horowitz, Organizing Committee member.
The Bazaar has lots of activities for children of all ages: They can meet Santa, enjoy a large play area, bouncy castle, face painting, and free crèche. Older kids can explore the interactive Lego area, a virtual entertainment stand, as well as shop for fun, unique clothing and gifts.
Adults can taste food and drink from around the world, buy lottery tickets (3km each) for prizes that include holidays, gift certificates for restaurants, spas, entertainment, and much, much more.
An auction, which starts at 1pm on the Main Stage, offers incredible items such as a helicopter ride, T-shirts of famous international footballers, airline tickets, paintings, and furniture by famous artisans.
“And most importantly, every single KM spent at the bazaar on Saturday 3rd December will go to charities that support children in BiH!” said Caroline Ferguson, Organizing Committee member. “We are grateful for the support of our generous corporate sponsors, including our two largest, EFT and Mineco, which have made the Bazaar possible.”
Proceeds from this year’s Bazaar support four charities focused on children in need throughout BiH. “All four organizations are doing vital work and making a huge difference to these children’s lives.” Said Mariette Kraak, Organizing Committee member.
The four charities are:
- Christine Witcutt Centre in Sarajevo offers day care for children with severe special needs.
- Downsy I Mi in Banja Luka supports children with Down Syndrome and their families.
- The International Franciscan Student Centre in Sarajevo provides continuing education stipends and accommodation for students from all over BiH.
- The Family Strengthening Project, in conjunction with SOS Children’s Villages International, improves living conditions of families and communities in Srebrenica and surrounding rural areas.
Over 35 embasies and international organisations participates in this event.
Wifes of the ambasador were selling tickets for Bazzar this Monday, in front of the BBI center, and tickets will be on sale at Saturday, from 10:00 to 16:00h, at the Skenderija plateau.
Tickets are 5km. Children under 10 are free!