“Mirëdita, dobar dan!” festival this year from May 30 until June 2

The “Mirëdita, dobar dan” festival, a unique event that has been presenting the cultural and social scene of Kosovo to the Belgrade audience since 2014, will be held from May 30 until June 2, 2018. By presenting artists and performers, representatives of the modern Kosovo cultural scene, the goal of the festival is to initiate changes and create a tradition of cooperation through the meetings of the Serbian and Kosovo social and cultural communities, which will indirectly contribute to the permanent normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.

As in previous years, this year visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the cultural scene of Kosovo through shows, performances, films, concerts and exhibitions. In addition, a part of the festival will be dedicated to discussions and debates about the future of relations between Serbia and Kosovo and the importance of cooperation for the two societies.

The inspiration for this festival is Bekim Fehmi, a well-known Albanian, Kosovo, Belgrade, Yugoslavian and international actor who is a symbol of unity and division, but also the possibility of connecting two cultural spaces into a unique whole.

The festival “Mirëdita, good day!” will officially be opened on May 30 with the screening of the film “Martesa” (“Marriage”), directed by Blerta Zeqiri. At the Tallinn Black Nights film festival in Estonia, the film won the critics’ award and the special jury award. On the opening day, the exhibition of caricaturists from Pristina and Belgrade, which is part of the “Bridge, dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina” project, will be staged in CZKD. During the four days of the festival, the performance of the Ensemble “Zanat”, the exhibition “Between dream and reality”, the panel “Kosovo-Serbia: What are we to each other?”, and the performance “CopeCope” (“Bits and Pieces”) will be performed.

Lovers of visual and contemporary art will have the opportunity to take a look at the works (photographs) of Eliza Hodža, which are part of the installation called “Between sleep and reality”. On the other hand, the theatrical play “Cope-Cope” (Bits and Pieces) directed by Zana Hodža Krasnići shows us how deep-rooted the patriarchal paradigm is in Kosovo society, bringing us closer to the process of remembering and transforming pain. This year, the festival will also host a debate: “Kosovo-Serbia: What do we represent to each other?” where the speakers will discuss the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo and what makes these relations difficult and damaging.

The festival will be held at several locations in Belgrade, while entrance to all events will be free, as in previous years. Interested parties can find more information about the program and events on the festival’s official website www.mireditadobardan.com and on the “Mirëdita, dobar dan!” FB page. The festival is realized by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights and Integra, in partnership with Civic Initiatives, and with the support of the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS).

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