The very first OPEN FEST which brought together 30 domestic and foreign lecturers and several thousand participants united around the idea of freedom. The goal of the festival is to promote the importance of economic, political and all other freedoms of individuals in the Western Balkans in the long term.
Open Fest was opened at the Youth Center in Sarajevo by the lecture of the Rector of Burch University, Prof. Dr. Damir Marjanović. Besides Marjanović, the audience was addressed by Tom Palmer, libertarian author, and theorist, Vit Jedlička, founder and president of Liberland, Sam Bowman, executive director of Adam Smith Institute, Gerald Frost, University professor and former counselor of Margaret Thatcher and many other speakers.
One of the hosts for the Open Fest was also the International Burch University, in whose premises numerous additional lectures were held, including the lecture by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adisa Omerbegović Arapović, vice-rector of the International Burch University, who talked about the free market and guarantees for individual freedoms.
Thus, Sarajevo and Burch University became the centers of liberal thought as well as hosts to many prominent figures who, by their engagement, participate in shaping the global social reality. The OPEN fest will be held every year with the aim of making Sarajevo a city of freedom and Bosnia and Herzegovina a country where the basic freedoms of the individual will be respected.