Sarajevo’s social scene has been transformed by the Mingling events – a unique approach to socializing designed to break barriers and foster connections. Mingling is a social experience that strengthens social ties within the community by offering events that feature a variety of activities. These activities are designed to allow participants to meet, interact and build friendships.
The Mingling events aimed to transcend the limitations of traditional dating and provide a platform for participants to form genuine connections and forge lasting friendships. The inaugural event, held in October, marked the beginning of this unique endeavor and generated curiosity and interest within the community.
The Journey of Mingling
The first Mingling event encountered skepticism, but a robust promotional campaign played an essential role in educating the public about the essence of Mingling. Media coverage from prominent web portals and radio stations helped spread the word, despite some criticism and misconceptions.
Despite the initial skepticism, the organizers, Azra, Ivana and Tijana, successfully navigated the challenges of balancing gender and age groups, creating an inclusive space. Participants embraced the Mingling concept and found an atmosphere conducive to forming connections. The first event, though not at full capacity, was a triumph.
The success of Mingling is not solely measured by the number of attendees but by the connections made and the ambiance created. Participants bravely ventured into uncharted territory, discovering an environment that facilitated not only romance but also friendship.
The second Mingling event witnessed a clear shift from skepticism to anticipation, as reservations quickly filled up. The pub where the event was held buzzed with excitement, reflecting the success of the concept. A small group of participants from the second event even formed their own social group, turning Mingling connections into lasting friendships.
The Future of Mingling Events in Sarajevo
The success and positive feedback from the Mingling events have fueled enthusiasm for future endeavors. Armed with lessons learned from the first two events, the organizers are preparing for more dynamic and inclusive experiences. Future plans include diversifying age groups, introducing themed events, and collaborating with local businesses to enhance the overall Mingling experience.
Mingling events have successfully redefined social interactions in Sarajevo, breaking barriers and fostering connections between individuals. By creating an atmosphere that encourages authenticity and meaningful connections, Mingling has proven to be more than just a gathering, but a space for creating lasting friendships. With plans for continued growth and improvement, the future of Mingling looks promising, promising more vibrant and inclusive experiences for the Sarajevo community.
Mingling is a social business idea supported by the local incubator Nešto više throughout the RISE Journey 3. The RISE project is co-funded by the Agence Française de Développement, the European Union, Regional Youth Cooperation Office and the Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ). RISE project is developed in partnership with the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO),Groupe SOS Pulse, South East European Youth Network (SEEYN), the Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ), ARNO, Balkan Green Foundation, Nešto Više, Smart Kolektiv, IEC Tehnopolis and Yunus Social Business Balkans.