The First Ornithofestival was held on 20. and 21. April 2012, in Kraljeva Sutjeska and Kakanj. The guests attending the opening ceremony were greeted by Dražen Kotrošan, president of O.S. “Naše ptice”, Fadil Medić from the Municipality of Kakanj, and Mehmed Cero from Federal Ministry of Environment and Tourism, who officially opened the Ornithofestival.
The theme of the 1st Ornithofestival was “Birds and Tourism”. The film “I Feel Like I’m in Heaven” by Ilhan Dervović was shown during the first day of the festival. During the second day of the festival, the participants visited the Bistrik swamp and the archaeological site of the medieval court of the Bosnian kings, the Franciscan monastery, the oldest mosque in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Dusper’s House in Kraljeva Sutjeska. After the visit, the participants presented their work, publications and activities on the Ornithofair, which was followed by the exhibition “Birds of the Bistrik swamp” by Narcis and Sumeja Drocić.
The First Ornithofestival brought together representatives of institutions and organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Germany. It is estimated that about 100 visitors attended the various manifestations that took place during the Ornithofestival.