Several institutions and cultural events promote the culture of the country. The most important ones are:
Reflecting the fragmentation of the country in two entities and ten cantons and the continuing animosity between the three main nationalities, no nation-wide, multi-national professional organizations in the realm of culture (as well as in other professions) exist (in contrast, for example, to sports where nation-wide leagues and associations do exist).
The nationalities have rather their own cultural associations. For the Bosniaks, the most significant one is the Bošnjačka zajednica kulture “Preporod” (The Bosniak Cultural Community “Rebirth”), which had been formed in 1903 but was discontinued in 1949. It was renewed in 1990. Despite respective demands, the Bosnian Muslims did not receive their own national cultural association during Communism even after their official recognition as a nation, whereas the other Yugoslav nations had their own cultural associations (Matica).
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croats and Serbs have their own national cultural societies as well: Napredak (Progress) and Prosvjeta (Enlightenment) repectively. The Jewish cultural association is La Benevolencija. There is even a Croatian Science Society, which functions similar to the Academy of Sciences.
Some national associations exist at the local level.