Sarajevo, 1996. The city is under siege. Sniper fire kills civilians every day. The citizens of Sarajevo run to avoid being shot. They run for one thing: shelter. Sklonište (shelter) was spray-painted throughout Sarajevo to guide its citizens to underground shelters. The siege lasted 1,425 days.
An alternative reflection on the longest siege in modern warfare – 13,952 were killed. Expect the surreal, the tragic and the humour of a people determined to survive.
“Sklonište pays respectful homage to the people of Sarajevo, a timely reminder of how the horrors of war impact on innocent civilians. An excellent musical recital, Dermot Dunne’s discordant accordion playing lent a disturbing sense of immediacy. It’s discordant soundtrack, ever truly evoked a strong response.” – The Irish Examiner
Combining the experiences and motivations of international aid-workers and the surrealism of war; Sklonište premiered at the Dublin Tiger Fringe Festival 2015 with accordionist, Dermot Dunne (Ireland), original music/concept Ailís Ní Ríain (England/Ireland), photography by Jim Marshall (Scotland/Sarajevo), stories from Sarajevan citizens plus contributions from Patrick Ketch (Ireland), Elma Serdarevic, Amar Custovic, Amira Medunjanin and Elma Jucovic (Bosnia).