Janko Hlpka is the last remaining hat maker in Bosnia’s capital. Originally Slovak, he inherited the family business in Sarajevo. Janko has many loyal customers, including singers, actors and other artists from across the Balkans. His hats are worn by popular public figures, such as Rade Šerbedžija, Božo Vrećo and Dino Merlin.
Bosnia and Herzegovina cares and protects the least the children, of all countries in the region where Child Protection Index research was done. This research was made for the first time in BiH. The marks awarded to Bosnia and Herzegovina show that there is not good enough system that protects children from violence, poverty and exploitation.
Luthier Mirza Kovačević has made more than a thousand guitars since 2000, for customers around the world. Famous Balkan musicians, such as Vlatko Stefanovski, Bata Kostić and Damir Imamović play instruments made by Mirza. Work for Michelangelo Foundation – HOMO FABER guide for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Remzija Balagić went to his father’s workshop after school to learn the skills of handmaking brushes. When he grew up, he took over the craft of making brushes in Sarajevo’s Old Town, applying what his father had taught him and thus preserving the family tradition.