A festival that connects societies

The “Mirëdita – Dobar dan!” festival was first established in 2014 by the Belgrade-based organisations Civic Initiatives and Policy Centre, and Pristina-based Integra in partnership with the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society and forumZFD.

The renowned actor Bekim Fehmiu, who was born in Sarajevo to Albanian parents, grew up in Kosovo and later resided Belgrade provided the inspiration for establishment and realisation of the festival as a symbol of the joint past, together with all of its challenges, achievements and misunderstandings.

Every year, festival visitors have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with Kosovo’s cultural scene – theatre, film, music, and visual artwork. Besides insights into the best cultural productions in Kosovo, public debates critically examine relationships between Belgrade and Pristina from the standpoint of inheritance from the past, as well as perspectives for cooperation in the areas of economics, trade, education, sport, civil society and all segments of society.

In addition to lively debates, guests had the opportunity to enjoy a concert by jazz singer, Rona Nishliu, during the first festival in September 2014. She performed songs from Kosovo and Albania, and sang her own song “Suus” at the end with which she came fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku in 2012. Theatre lovers had the pleasure of watching the play “The Dealers” directed by established director, Bekim Lumi, as well as the play “Oh Good Days” directed by his younger colleague, Kaltërim Balaj. The Belgrade public was also introduced to the literature festival “Polip”, and Blerta Zeqiri’s winning movies from the Sundance and Sarajevo film festival were presented along with films from the student film festival “Skena Up”.

 

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