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Festival MESS poziva gradjane i umjetnike Bosne i Hercegovine i Evrope da potpisu ovu peticiju i tako pomognu zastitu Pocitelja, tog arhitektonskog dragulja i najstariju umjetnicku koloniju jugoistocne Evrope.
Pocitelj, an old walled-in Bosnian town that resisted army attacks from both east and west for nearly 600 years, has come under attack again. As the oldest art colony in southeastern Europe, Pocitelj is a well-known refuge that continues to offer shelter, peace and inspiration to artists from around the world. But that is about to end if we do not stand up and protect the rights of history and the arts. Pocitelj -- its beauty, integrity and purpose -- will be the victim of so-called Project Highway, which if built will forever and irreversibly destroy the view from the city's towers -- the towers that offer a view equally appreciated by generals of the Middle Ages on thru the Renaissance period and by talented painters of today.
Immune to the importance and irreplaceable nature of Počitelj, Project Highway views it as nothing more than a tract of land, a piece of unused, nonprofitable, property, and will diminish if not destroy this architectural diamond that combines the best of Mediterranean and Ottoman aesthetics.
Festival MESS in Sarajevo is calling upon citizens and artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe and all caring members of this artistic world to sign this petition and help save this historic and important sanctuary.