The first “Sarajevo Winter” Festival was held from 21st December, 1984 to 6th April, 1985 at the same year when Sarajevo Winter Olympics took place in Sarajevo.
In the course of twenty six years of its existence, the Festival has become an inseparable part of the city life. More than 3.250 performances and exhibitions with over 30.000 participating artists from all parts of the world took place in the 1161 festival days. They were attended by more than 3.025.000 people. The “Sarajevo Winter” Festival was not prevented from taking place even in the times of war, and has become a symbol of freedom of creativity and a place for familiarizing with diverse cultures and civilizations.