Recent data indicates that the cultural heritage of the Ottoman Era in the Balkans is threatened, and that ethnic and religious conflict continues to threaten the region.

‘A Balkan Tale’ addresses these issues: it aims to stimulate public discourse about the history of the Balkans, to promote a sense of common history based on religious and ethnic co-existence, and to contribute to the public access and preservation of its cultural heritage.

It is a cross media project based on an exhibition of 50 specially commissioned photographs of Muslim, Christian and Jewish monuments in the Balkans, shot by five award winning photographers from Athens, Belgrade, Prizren, Skopje and Tirana.

The photographs are accompanied by texts written by a team of historians across the region, a documentary, educational programs, historical walks and photography competitions for school children and adults.

The exhibition is also accompanied by a soundwalk, an installation of perfumes of the Ottoman era as well as a colour catalogue, available for sale in English in exhibition venues.

Visitors can use QR-codes to connect their smartphones to the website, to access further information and photographs.

For exhibition openings across the Balkans and Europe, please see the calendar.

'A Balkan Tale' is a Goethe Institut project, produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. Anemon has supervised its production, in partnership with over ten ngo’s and state funded organizations, and in collaboration with a team of historians led by Professor Christina Koulouri.

This project has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the Goethe-Institut and can under no circumstances be regarded as the position of the EU.