Croatian Ambassador to South Africa Dr. Sc. Nenad Prelog and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Pretoria attended on 6th October 2016 at Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square the new, locally written play “Cheers to Sarajevo”, written by Aimee Goldsmith and Lidija Marelic, and directed by Lidija Marelic - the Naledi Nominee 2016 for the Best New Emerging Voice. Beautifully written and brilliantly performed drama speaks about our differences, about war, violence and hate, but brings the important message of love and humanity.
“We feel an absolute urgency to tell this story so it is remembered and never forgotten. So much of what happened in Sarajevo was about violence against difference. Without expressing our traumatized past we merely manifest war into our daily mentality. A mentality of destruction perpetuated into our homes as rape, into our friendships as betrayal and ultimately into our society as apathy. This story is about the endurance of the human spirit to overcome insurmountable acts of violence and hate. It brings message of healing, history and love that is relevant not only on our own soil but to the world.” (Aimee & Lidija)