Dite e Keqe / loš dan / Bad Day

Reviewing the week of 24-30 June (#26) and previewing the week of 1-7 July (#27) of 2024.

Week 26/2024 in review

News Roundup

“Miredita, Dobar Dan!” Festival

“Police Ban Serbia-Kosovo Cultural Reconciliation Festival in Belgrade,” Balkan Insight, June 27, 2024

“Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic ordered the ‘Miredita, Dobar Dan!’ festival to be banned on security grounds, while journalists and some organisers trying to reach the festival from Kosovo were halted on the road by police.”

“Manufactured Outrage: Targeting Serbia-Kosovo Festival, Belgrade Eyes Political Gain,” Balkan Insight, June 27, 2024

For the past decade, the ‘Miredita, Dobar Dan!’ pro-reconciliation cultural festival had been largely tolerated by the authorities in Belgrade. Then the ruling party realised it could score some political points.

“Since its first edition a decade ago, ‘Miredita, Dobar Dan!’ cultural festival, which brings together artists, rights activists and opinion makers from Kosovo and Serbia, has attracted its fair share of attention from the Serbian right-wing, but authorities in Belgrade have largely let it pass without comment. Until this year.”

““Mirëdita, dobar dan!” festival, which has taken place since 2014, banned by the Serbian police,” European Western Balkans, 28.06.2024

A culture festival “Mirëdita, dobar dan!” (“Good day” in Albanian and Serbian) was banned on Thursday by Serbian police. The event has taken place since 2014, with participants from Kosovo and Serbia. The intimidation of the organisers continues.

“In the weeks leading up to the festival, part of the public, including the members of the ruling coalition, demanded the ban because, as they stated, it promoted the independence of Kosovo and provoked the people of Serbia due to the fact that it was organized from 27 to 29 June, which includes the national and religious holiday Vidovdan on 28 June.

“The festival has regularly faced protests from right-wing parties and organisations, but it was never banned before.”

Euro 2024

“Slovenia Celebrates Euro 2024 Progress, Other Balkan Teams Rue Strife-Marred Misfortunes,” Balkan Insight, June 26, 2024

“Albania, Croatia and Serbia are out of Euro 2024, but Slovenia reached the knockout stages of a major football tournament for the first time since independence – while their impeccably behaved fans set an example to their misbehaving Balkan neighbours.

“Serbia’s Vučić fumes as footballers travel to Euro 2024 on Croatian plane,” Politico, June 26, 2024

After their underperforming side was eliminated from Euro 2024, Serbians now have another reason to be upset.

“Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić was “extremely angry” that his country’s men’s football team traveled to the European Championship in Germany on a Croatian plane.”

In Other News

Anniversary of the Sarajevo Assassination
“A Violent Desire for Justice: Gavrilo Princip’s Motives for the Sarajevo Assassination,” Balkan Insight, June 28, 2024

“It’s well-known that Gavrilo Princip’s murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo 110 years ago started a chain of events that led to World War I. Less known is the revolutionary ideology of social justice that drove Princip and his Young Bosnia group to violence, writes historian Milos Vojinovic.

  • 24 June 2024 – Dragan Kapičić, Yugoslav/Serbian basketballer player (1965-1977), best scorer for Crvena Zvezda Beograd, world champion (1970), European champion (1975); director of Serbian Basketball Association (2007-2011); son of Yugoslav People’s Hero Jovo Kapičić.

Week 27/2024 in Preview

Today in History


  • 1 July
    • 1966 – The “Brioni Plenum” of the Central Committee of the Union of Communists of Yugoslavia purges Aleksandar Ranković and others in charge of the UDBA, the Yugoslav State Security Service, from the party and state positions.
    • 1991 – Stipe Mesić, future president of independent Croatia, is elected president of the Presidency of the SFRY. He will be the last person to hold that position.
  • 2 July 1971- Monument to the Kosmaj Partisan Detachment by Vojina Stojića and Gradimira Medakovića is unveiled near Sopot.


4 July – Fighter’s Day (Yugoslavia)

Former Yugoslav national holiday, also known as the Holiday of the Uprising of the People of Yugoslavia, marked the anniversary of the session in 1941 of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia which decided to launch an uprising against the German Occupation. Fighter’s Day was celebrated in socialist Yugoslavia from 1956 to 1991, then in third Yugoslavia until 2001. It continues to be observed by the various Unions of Associations of Fighters of the National Liberation War (SUBNOR).

7 July – Day of Uprising of the People of Serbia (Serbia, Yugoslavia)

The former national holiday marked the anniversary of the first of the Valjevo Partisan Detachment in 1941. It too was officially observed until its cancellation in 2001 and continues to be observed by SUBNOR as well as various local and leftist organizations.


  • 1 July
    • 1922 – Dejan Medaković, Serbian/Yugoslav art historian, writer, and academic
    • 1935 – Oliver Mlakar, Croatian/Yugoslav TV presenter
    • 1946 – Slobodan Santrač, Serbian/Yugoslav football player and coach
    • 1955 – Vladimir Petrović Pižon, Serbian/Yugoslav football player and coach
    • 1970 – Tatjana Matejaš Kameron Tajči, Croatian singer
  • 2 July
    • 1911 – Mihail Petruševski, Macedonian philologist and professor
    • 1918 – Slobodan Penezić Krcun, Serbian/Yugoslav Partisan and politician; People’s Hero of Yugoslavia
  • 3 July
    • 1914 – Olga Popović-Dedijer, Serbian physician and Partisan
    • 1920 – Marijan Badel, Croatian/Yugoslav Partisan; People’s Hero of Yugoslavia
    • 1937 – Milovan Danojlić, Serbian writer and translator
    • 1939 – Ljubivoje Ršumović, Serbian poet and writer
    • 1948 – Kostadinka Velkovska, Croatian-Macedonian actress
    • 1953 – Nada Topčagić, Serbian turbo-folk singer
    • 1961 – Čedomir Janevski, Macedonian football player and coach
    • 1968 – Uliks Fehmiju, Albanian-Serbian actor
  • 4 July
    • 1940 – Filip David, Jewish-Serbian writer, editor, and professor
    • 1946 – Uroš Marović, Serbian/Yugoslav waterpolist
    • 1950 – Miljenko Brlečić, Croatian actor
  • 5 July
    • 1886 – Zdenka Pexidr-Srića, Croatian artist
    • 1916 – Hrvoje Požar, Croatian electroengineer and professor
    • 1927 – Pero Pirker, Croatian/Yugoslav Partisan and politician
    • 1928 – Stevan Raičković, Serbian poet and translator
    • 1961 – Zlatko Saračević, Croatian/Yugoslav handball player
  • 6 July
    • 1943 – Gligorie Gogovski, Macedonian businessman and politician
    • 1965 – Teofil Pančić, Serbian writer, essayist, and critic
  • 7 July
    • 1893 – Miroslav Krleža, Croatian/Yugoslav writer
    • 1914 – Milutin Morača, Serbian/Yugoslav Partisan and politician; People’s Hero of Yugoslavia
    • 1921 – Dragomir Felba, Serbian/Yugoslav actor
    • 1921 – Vasko Karangelevski, Macedonian Partisan; People’s Hero of Yugoslavia.
    • 1940 – Đuro Utješanović, Bosnian-Croatian actor
    • 1941 – Stojan Vučićević, Croatian writer and dissident
    • 1944 – Slobodan Đurić, Serbian/Yugoslav actor


  • 2 July
    • 1992 – Borislav Pekić, Serbian writer
    • 2006 – Tihomir Ognjanov, Serbian/Yugoslav footballer
    • 2007 – Vojislav P. Nikčević, Montenegrin linguist
    • 2011 – Olivera Marković, Serbian/Yugoslav actress
  • 3 July
    • 1984 – Anton Dolenc, Croatian-Slovenian electroengineer
    • 2001 – Ivan Slamnig, Croatian/Yugoslav author and translator
    • 2020 – Zdenka Heršak, Croatian actress
  • 4 July
    • 1942 – Rudolf Rudi Čajavec, Serbian Partisan pilot
    • 1944 – Blagoj Jankov Mučeto, Macedonian Partisan; People’s Hero of Yugoslavia
    • 1974 – Mihal Babinka, Slovak-Yugoslav writer
    • 1987 – Albert Kinert, Croatian painter and illustrator
    • 2006 – Vasko Lipovac, Montenegrin sculptor
  • 5 July
    • 1988 – Draga Čalovska Sekulovska, Macedonian Partisan and radio journalist
    • 2007 – Josip Tabak, Croatian translator and author
  • 6 July 2000 – Lazar Kolishevski, Macedonian Partisan and politician
  • 7 July
    • 2008 – Dejan Medaković, Serbian/Yugoslav art historian, writer, and academic
    • 2014 – Bora Todorović, Serbian/Yugoslav actor

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