On 30 June 2018, deputy Mayor of Banjaluka Srđan Amidžić opened the 14th International Festival of Tradition and Customs "Kozara etno 2018" in Piskavica near Banjaluka, gathering more than 400 participants from eight countries of the world.
Representative of Tourist Organisation Banjaluka Mladen Šukalo pointed out the importance of the festival and a reason that Banjaluka be visited by guests from three continents. "Participants come from Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Iran, Mexico, India, Chile and BiH, and the during the four days of the festival the audience will have the possibility to see a variety of cultural identities", Šukalo said. He emphasised that the festival was an opportunity to present the local cultural identity of the city of Banjaluka. "Festival has different contents and cultural identities of participating countries get promoted through dance, music, songs, national cuisine and hand-made items as well as competitions in traditional sports disciplines, such as over-shoulder-stone-throw and standing long jump, in which all guests at the festival will take part", Šukalo said.
As in previous years, the Association Triglav had a stand presenting itself together with partner organisation from Slovenia the Association for the Development of Voluntary Work Novo mesto, including their books and brochures, as well as objects characteristic for Slovenia.