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“Currently a waste of time and money”
Review of Sevdah Art House

Sevdah Art House
Ranked #35 of 129 things to do in Sarajevo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Speaking as someone who loves learning about musical genres which are unique to a particular place, to say I found the Sevdah Art House a disappointment is a huge understatement. It wasn't so much that I learnt nothing about this style of Bosnian love song or that I had an unprovoked argument with an incredibly aggressive and arrogant 'custodian' but rather that the museum had clearly been well thought through and was capable of delivering a great experience but perhaps through neglect or the laziness of those currently trusted to operate it, there was nothing of value for the tourist.

The museum is divided into perhaps a dozen rooms, each of which displays in Serbo-Croat and good English, an account of the lives of celebrated sevdah artists. So far so good. Each room also has its own dvd machine and boxes containing headphones. This is where things go wrong! Each of the dozen or so screens were simply showing the same modern video of a recent live concert of a popular band. With one exception, the boxes containing the headphones were all locked. Fairly quickly, I realized that the Art House was set up so that, having read each of the leading artists from the 1930's onwards, you could put on the headphones and hear for yourself what they sounded like and what made them unique from the rest. Why else would there be a screen and dvd machine and headphones in each room?

I put this to the man on the desk but he was initially evasive, then defensive and then downright rude. I ended up with the distinct impression that someone had decided it was just too much trouble to spin separate dvds in each room than just blast out a modern concert throughout the whole establishment. I tried to explain that as a foreigner, I wasn't likely to get much out of printed biographies alone but he was more interested in insulting my country. He goaded me to file a complaint in the complaint book but when I said I preferred to express my opinions on TripAdvisor, suddenly lost the smirk from his face and handed back the entrance fee.

I hope I was unlucky but this is not the famed Bosnian hospitality that I have read all about and certainly not somewhere to learn about Bosnian music!

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Sevdah house is one of that special places that is very hard to find around: it is authentic, it offers a very specialized exhibition on one music style, and it has beautifully arranged coffee bar. The coffee house offers not only various types of coffee (incl. Turkish coffee), but also a specialty drink from orchid roots which looks like white sweet pudding. I heard it is typical in Albania, but in Bosnia it is quite difficult to get this one.
Overall, very recommended to visit and explore.

Thank icetealemon
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

This is a small museum about sevdah/sevdalinka - the folk music of Bosnia - as well as a cafe in traditional style. If you like sevdah music this is a must-visit and if you don't know sevdah yet, visit this museum to find out more about this absolutely beautiful music genre.

The museum is centered around a number of popular sevdah singers and the exhibition includes album covers, personal belongings, old black-and-white music videos, stage costumes etc. The museum has a shop where you can buy cd:s, souvenirs etc, and a cafe in the courtyard. It's in traditional style and serves bosnian coffee and cakes.

The sevdah house is situated in Bascarsija a few steps away from the square.

Thank harrietv
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