Whole state supports Marija

by Richard West-Soley 71 views

The main institutions of the state in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Presidency and the Council of Ministers, have pledged their united support for the national entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

At their sitting this week, the council made their promise of support official by presenting artist Marija Sestic and the Bosnian team with 31,000 Euros to further the promotion of Rijeka bez imena which Marija,stillonly 19,will sing in position one of the final this May. The team have also been invited on an official visit to see the ministers on Wednesday, 11th April, after whichMarija will give a press conference.

National and local support
The huge support and faith Bosnians have in Marija and Rijeka bez imena has not only manifested on the national scale – officials in Marija's home town of Banjaluka has also promised an additional 18,000 Euros to help the team, and Mayor Dragoljub Davidovic and his council have added their voices of consent and hope to the government's wishes. At the end of April, the town will hold a huge farewell festival to send Marija off and wish her the best of luck in following in Hari Mata Hari's footsteps.

As for the performance, there are no hints from the team yet, apart from the promise that the staging will be "breathtaking" as Marija performs on stage with supporting artists Ivana Čabraja, Danijela Večerinović, Jelena Majić, Dunja Galineo-Kajević and Aleksandar Sedlar Bogoev. With a lot to live up to after a stunning third place in Athens, all of Bosnia is behind young Marija as she prepares to kick off the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest final in May.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.