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Sarajevo calls for (truly) young concert hall talent

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The Municipality of Rome and Sarajevo Canton have organised an international architecture competition - open only to architects and engineers under the age of 36 - to design a new concert hall for Sarajevo.

The two-stage competition - advertised in the Official Journal last week - is for a 7125m2 site in the strategically important sector B of the Marijin Dvor quarter of Sarajevo, nestling alongside parliament buildings and the State Museum. There are also plans for cultural, economic and tourist developments nearby. The Bosnians want a main hall of 1500 seats for symphony-choral concerts, and a secondary hall with 500 seats for chamber music, contemporary and popular music and service equipment. It is aimed to complete in time for the 9th edition of the Biennale for young European and Mediterranean artists in Sarajevo in 2001. Visitors to it will be asked to donate funds.

The jury includes Zaha Hadid and Francisco Dal Co, and the winner will receive 20,658 Euros in addition to honoraria amounting to 2582 Euros. Aside from the age policy on the competition, the organisers have also prevented professionals from the us, Russia and the Far East from entering.

An exhibition based on the results will be held in the city next year. Applications must be made by 25 February. Details can be found on the web (in English) at www.comune.roma.it/dipterritorio/competition.concerthall or by phoning Rome on 06 67 10 85 61/06 67 10 64 09.

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