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Creatures of the night in Sarajevo (17 images)

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Discovering Sarajevo for the first time is about being divided, looking for something, being stopped in your tracks surprised, before moving on again. By night, a certain wind of no return emphasises this feeling by day. You walk in its wake between the little buildings in the centre of the city, and in little corners everywhere, discover that the city's citizens still haven't gone to bed yet. It feels timely and untimely as the density of this party mood varies from bar to moment of the night. The experience is fragmented every night until the surprise of the summer's dawn breaks, for Italian photographer Alfredo Chiarappa at least

This photo-gallery is part of cafebabel.com’s 2011-2012 feature focus on the Balkans, Orient Express Reporter 2, a project co-funded by the European Commission and with the support of Allianz Kulturstiftung. Many thanks to cafebabel Sarajevo; you can join the facebook group here

Marija Pikic

The Bosnian actress at the premiere of the opening film of the 2012 Sarajevo film festival, Children of Sarajevo (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Breakdance

Artists on Ferhadija Saraci street, famous for its bars and coffee shops
 (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Kino Bosna

A night at Kino Bosna. Alipašina ulica 19, open from 10pm to 3am (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Cinematic

Kino Bosna has fashioned its design on the site of a former cinema. It's an obligatary passage of rites to understand what Sarajevo by night feels like. Recommended on Mondays for a good night out (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Derby

An Fk Sarajevo fan celebrates the defeat of FK Željezničar in a match (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Golden fish

Ladies toilet run at Zlatna Ribica (literally 'Golden Fish', a venue which is by the main street in the Bosnian capital, Titova Ulica ('Tito street'). Curious vintage objects are paraded on the walls for a diverse but foreign clientele. The restaurant is at Kaptol ulica 5, and is open from 9am (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Nightwalker

Pussy Galore in Kundurdžiluk bb is an ideal place to meet friends and have a beer, with the crowd as varied as the music is great (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Dick and Pussy Galore

Pussy Galore offers a great DJ set during the weekend. Pictured, a fan of DJ Dick Galore (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Day one

One of the organisers of the Sarajevo film festival heads over to the national theatre to get the red carpet rolled out (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Heels for kills

Four ladies at BBI, a big commercial centre in Sarajevo (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Spongebob

Another more international creature of Sarajevo's night (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Babylon

Two photographers at Babylon in Bascarsija, a popular bar in the old town. Good for the start of the night, open til 1am (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Balkan Express

In a less popular area on a hill near the centre of the city, go to the Balkan Express Bar, on Tina Ujevica bb. It's covered in Tito memorabilia (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Locals do it best

Order the local beer, a Sarajevsko, at Pussy Galore (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Traditional

Everyone knows how to party; opening night of Sarajevo film festival (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Underground

Rock night at the Underground on Gymnazijska, which hosts fifty. The basement is where some of the best rock groups from the region appear (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Panoramic next step

Take a taxi or climb one of the nearest hills in the city after your partying is done, to soak in the views of the capital (Image: © Alfredo Chiarappa for 'Orient Express Reporter II, Sarajevo 2012' by cafebabel.com)

Translated from Sarajevo, la vita notturna che non ti aspetti (17 foto)

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