Haris Pašović

Artistic Leader of the East West Centre, Sarajevo

During the siege of Sarajevo (1992-96) Haris Pašović managed the MES International Theatre Festival and produced Waiting for Godot, directed by Susan Sontag, among many other plays. In 1993, while the siege continued, he organised the first Sarajevo film festival, Beyond the End of the World. After the war, he directed documentaries and in 2002, he directed Romeo and Juliet, staged in front of the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina featuring video projections across the Parliament's facade. His Class Enemy by Nigel Williams was performed at the 2008 Edinburgh International Festival.  Recently, he was the main initiator, author and director of a massive-scale event called Sarajevo Red Line, which commemorated the Siege of Sarajevo's 20th anniversary on April 6, 2012. Currently, he is preparing The Conquest of Happiness, based on Bertrand Russell's famous essay, which will premiere at Derry/Londonderry – City of Culture of UK 2013.

Haris Pašović

Other speakers


Jasleen Dhamija

Philosopher of Living Cultural Traditions


Richard Harper

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research


Professor Moshe Kam

Past President, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

About the summit

The Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2014 will bring together Culture Ministers with prominent artists, thinkers and others responsible for formulating cultural policy. 

They will discuss how the arts enrich the lives of people around the world and contribute to the wellbeing of nations.

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