DokuFest

DokuFest, International Documentary and Short Film Festival, is the largest film festival in Kosovo.

Each year the festival fills the cinemas and improvised screening venues around historic city center of Prizren with a selection of more than 200 hand picked films from around the world.

The festival is known for its lively atmosphere, the amazing enthusiasm that grasps the city and its people and also for more than 150 volunteers working for the festival. Documentary photo exhibitions, debates, master classes and lively music events are also part of the 9 days festival.

40 Bunar Fest

40 BunarFest is an annual non traditional festival of alternative sport held in Prizren, a city in southern Kosovo, and it is organized by Shoqni e Sportistve t’kfillt (“Society of Sober Sportsmen”).

It features rafting through the Lumbardhi (Prizrenska Bistrica) river using tractor-tire inner tubes. The year 2008 saw the fourth edition of the festival with nearly 70 participants in the race, during the day of festival various DJ-s performed in the center of Prizren.

The festival also publishes a comic book every year when it’s held,[1] subject of the book changes every year and it includes various persona from the old urban legends of Prizren.

Peja International Guitar Fest

“Peja International Guitar Fest” this year will have its second edition under the artistic auspices of the guitarist and professor Xhevdet Sahatxhija, and this year in addition to the “Ehat Musat” award, will also include five other sub-categories for guitarists, regardless of gender and nationality.

In the verge of the first edition Mr. Sahatxhija had then stated that this festival should be held in Peja because of the city’s tradition on playing the guitar. “All the connoisseurs of Peja’s cultural and artistic heritage consider music, particularly playing the guitar, as a vital heritage of the city. The idea, discussions and the initial condition for the establishment of this festival was to make it a traditional festival in Peja, because the guitar festival belongs to the citizens of Peja”, stated Mr. Sahatxhija.

“The Goddess on the Throne” – Film fest

Film Festival “Hyjnesha në Fron”-“The Goddess on the Throne” was founded in 2002 by Besim Ajeti actor, TV Produceras the first film festival in Kosovo.

Seven previous editions where held in different cities of Kosova but starting the last 7th edition the festival will be held in Fushë Kosova Railway Station.

Short films will be shown on the train trips from one city to another, and feature films will be shown on the premises of the Railway Station.

“Hyjnesha në Fron” –“The goddess on the throne” is the world famous statue which dates back over 5000 years , it is a monument of native Kosovo , and considered as a masterpiece of ancient art.

Being represented with such a statue as a film festival makes us proud and determined to continue to encourage and support film projects by promoting and evaluating new filmmakers’s work and also by creating new contacts with artists from abroad to consider opportunities of co productions.

Prishtina Architecture Week

Prishtina Architecture Week is organized by the Kosovo Architecture Foundation in close partnership with the Municipality of Prishtina and the Future Architecture Platform.

PAW is an annual event and its main objective is to present to the local architecture community and the general public the contemporary theories and methodologies in the field of architecture and urban planning.

This year the PAW theme is “Inclusivity” and KAF has invited a number of renowned architects and planners from around the world to showcase their innovative concepts and work tackling the numerous problems of today’s contemporary city. With numerous activities such as lectures, workshops, exhibitions, screenings and competitions PAW will yet again turn Prishtina into the regional exchange hub for methodologies, experience, architectural and urban experimentation. For the first time this year the Architecture Week will also organize activities in Fushë Kosova and Prizren.

Drag Racing Prishtina

People in Pristina seem to have a special affection when it come to cars.

Two events of car racing are held during the year. The first one is highway car-racing and it is held in June, the other has a Tōge racing theme (The cars race in mountains and hills). Participants need to be well trained and the vehicles under great conditions. the whole even is organized by FASK (Federate of Auto Sports in Kosovo)

Pristina’s Half Marathon

Pristina’s Half Marathon is an event that is organized from Ministry for Culture and Sport.

The main reason of this marathon is to promote the values of peace, coexistence and excellence in sports, and this is the reason that the motto of this Marathon is “Run for Peace and Tolerance. In this half marathon participate people from different countries, like: Kosovo, Kenya, Morocco, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Moldova.

All participants will be awarded with certificates, ranking and finishing time, but the for the best finishers in senior, veteran and disables category for men and women will be awarded from a total of 12.000 euros.

Streetball Kosova

Streetball in Kosova is held since year 2000, and it is organised in Germia.

It is a traditional tournament where hundred teams and thousand of youth people unite to play, so in that way they make the streetball more attractive to others, special to the young population but in the same time they reduce violence and crim.

In this even, until now, competed people from different countries like: Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia.

DOKU:TECH

DOKU:TECH explores and challenges the social implications of technological innovations through connectivity, content, openness and security. Taking place in the beautiful city of Prizren, Kosovo the event will gather reputable speakers, observers, explorers and builders from around the world to talk about open knowledge, digital security, privacy, social entrepreneurship and business.

TALKS

We will gather to share knowledge and experiences, discuss issues related to our internet freedom, digital security and surveillance, open knowledge. DOKU:TECH 2015 features intensive and powerful talks from speakers coming from various backgrounds with a common interest in technology, such as: Peter Sunde, Deanna Zandt, Laurent Haug, Bruce Sterling, Dan McQuillan, Lane Becker, Jan Erik Nyrövaara.

WORKSHOPS

In our event it’s always exciting to learn new things. We do like inspiring talks, but we like even more that people at our event really learn some practical skills.

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KosICT

KosICT started 5 years ago as a regional conference with the aim to bring the global IT trending topic to the Balkans. But with over 50 speakers during the last 4 years and more than 1,000 participants the expansion was inevitable.

That’s why the 5th edition will be a reinvention of KosICT by going Global, expanding the topics lineup, introducing the SEE Outsourcing & Startups Fair, an eSports Championship and KosICT Nights, so this year we’re bringing you a Tech Festival.

HAPU – Open Up

HAPU Festival, which in Albanian means OPEN UP and at the same time represents abbreviation for “Hapësirë Publike”, in English: Public Space, is a unique festival of art work in public space presenting innovative work developed in Kosovo and wider, undiscovered for Kosovar audiences. HAPU using the power of art gives a different, transformable dimension to the Public Space.

Our philosophy of the creation for public spaces is more thorough approach by artistically researching the meaning of the city for its citizens, the meaning of the landscape or a cityscape for its inhabitants and its visitors with artistic creations providing another point of view by inviting the audience to experience a different experience, an artistic journey in the spaces they are present or pass by very often in their daily life.

Into The Park

Climb down from Rugova and head straight Into the Park, a music festival organized in a western Kosovo town nestled at the foot of Peja’s Accursed Mountains.

The festival is spicing it up this year with a change of venue – instead of the traditional Karagaq park, this year the music event will be held just outside the city, closer to the mountains. Locals know the location as “at the third” (referring to it being three kilometers from the city), but to escape confusion ask around for “Sharra.” In the summer heat, Sharra serves as an improvised beach with the cold river providing a fresh breeze or even a spot for a quick dip into the water for those who dare.

Into the Park’s music lineup usually starts with live bands early in the night followed by late-night local and international DJs.

Pristina Kids Fest

Pristina Kids Fest is a festival where kids from different places compete.

This is a singing competition that is being held in Pristina for the 5th year. This year’s festival takes place in the American School of Kosovo on October 24 and then in 21 square on October 2. Children from Sweden, Malta, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Romania etc. The international children’s song festival in Kosovo is organized by the International Multicultural Children’s and Young People’s Center “Xixëllonjat”.

The goal of this festival is to stimulate and promote children’s new music productions and the creation of young musicians. The festival also aims to bring children from different countries together in order to share experience and tradition.

Etno Fest

Etno Fest is a cultural event held in Kukaj village during summertime.

As the years passed the festival progressed into something bigger than the exposure of traditional food and folkloric music. Artist such as: actors, dancers, musicians, cooks, painters and photographers show their artistic creation under an open sky. One of the most visited areas in EtnoFest is the acting stage where local plays have come alive.

Within EtnoFest exists a smaller festival named AgroFest and is specifically made for the traditional Albanian food. The founder of EtnoFest is the Albanian director Fadil Hysaj. The festival usually lasts for 5 to 7 days.

Prishtina Film Festival

PriFilmFest – Prishtina International Film Festival, seeks to bring the best of world cinema to Prishtina & Kosovo, and to promote the best of Kosovar film to the international audience.

PriFilmFest’s mission is to open doors of the newest country in the world, Kosovo, to welcome different cultures of the world through cinema, using it as a medium to promote open dialogue between cultures and nations.

“With PriFilmFest, Prishtina and Kosovo will welcome the culture of the world for 7 days and this is very important for the brand of a new country, because we will be able to show that our life is not all about politics.” -says the festival’s official website.

Prishtina Jazz Festival

Prishtina Jazz Festival, acclaimed to be one of the most important cultural events in the country, has managed to bring famous and important artists of the world, has stimulated and encouraged the development and improvement of local jazz scene, has continuous collaboration and cooperation with international artists, associations and festivals, and, has found its place in the network of European and world jazz festivals.

In 2010, the Festival organized its 5th edition which proves that not only the festival is becoming a traditional and much anticipated event, but also a necessity for the local scene.

Jazz Festival has hosted world famous artists such as; Uri Caine, Tom Kennedy, Reggie Washington, Giulio Martino, Willard Dyson, Bob Albanese, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Robin Verheyen, Aki Rissanen, Peppe La Pussata, Tim Story, Francesco D’Errico, Yiotis Kiourtisoglou and many others.

The annual festival is usually held in November, at the Oda Theatre.

Skena UP International Students Film and Theatre Festival

Skena UP is an international students film and theatre festival, held annually since October 2003 in Prishtina. Founded by a group of students and young artists, Skena UP was created as a platform of competition for student films and plays, which as their website claims, makes this festival rare.

With its theatre plays, film screenings, workshops, discussions, debates and celebrity presence Skena UP intends to create a forum suitable for the presentation of students’ work where the artists meet the audience and get their feedback. At the same time, its international character makes Skena UP a networking platform, where participating students meet their fellows and at the same time have an opportunity to meet renowned directors, producers, writers and actors.

Skena UP is usually held in November, but on 2010 the festival will be held from the 3rd of December.

Dam Festival

The International Festival of Young Musicians, DAM, is one of the most important events in the classical music scene in Kosovo.

It aims to present new and young musicians from different countries of the world, while highlighting new forms of musical expression.

Dam celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2010, and its usually held in the end of March, beginning of April each year.

Kosova InFest the International Theatre Festival

Started in 2004, the International Theatre Festival KosovaInfest is hosted annually in Prishtina the capital of Kosova. The event is organized by the dedicated management and staff of the festival, with the support of government and corporate sponsors and brings theatrical performances from the world for an appreciative local audience.

KosovaInfest has in the first five editions drawn participation from 38 European countries with 50 performances. It is an “in competition” festival which annually hands out awards on Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actor, Best Actress. The festival also gives out two Special Awards: Special Award of the Jury and Special Award of the Festival Direction.

The festival is usually held in September with plays showing at the National Theatre of Kosova.

Flaka e Janarit

Flaka e Janarit is a multidimensional cultural event that starts on the 11th of January in Gjilan, Kosovo with symbolic opening of the flame, to keep up with various cultural activities to 31 January of each year.

In this city, it gathers thousands of artists and art lovers from all the Albanian territories, who for three consecutive weeks transform the city into a culture metropolis. The nation’s martyrs are honored through values of art by this event, which began before the 10th anniversary of the assassination of the writer, the activist and the patriot Jusuf Gërvalla, along with Kadri Zeka and Bardhosh Gërvalla.

It was exactly the 10th anniversary without these three martyrs of freedom and from coincidence of these murders in a same date on 11 January, this event got this name “Flaka e Janarit”. Moreover, this month has “taken” lots of devout patriots.

Freedom Festival

Freedom Festival is an annual music festival held in Prishtina to commemorate Kosovo’s liberation by NATO troops back in 1999. It is the only global music festival held in Kosovo.

Quite a few globally famous artists graced its stage, although Freedom Festival has had only two editions so far. In 2008, the first year of the festival, Method Man and RedMan, Gus Gus, Banco de Gaia and others headlined the festival which was held in the outskirts of the city. In 2009 headlining acts were Chamillionaire, Stereo MC’s, Roni Size etc.

This two-day event, usually held on 12th and 13th of June is organized by Radio Urban FM

ReMusica

Nearing its 10th anniversary, ReMusica, Prishtina’s International Contemporary Music Festival, is an annual event that aims to present and promote to the local audience contemporary music developments in the international and local scene.

Organized by the Kosovar Center for New Music, the Festival of New Music is a result of the collective work of a group of Kosovar composers led by Rafet Rudi.

The festival aims to showcase contemporary music through the presentation of different stylistic tendencies from the 20th century up to the present day.

So far, ReMusica has hosted guest artists from all around the globe with a variety of performances – from individual ones to collective ensembles. The festival is organized in May every year.

Bridge Film Fest

Bridge Film Fest is a new concept in the world of film festivals and truly one of the most significant cultural events in Mitrovica.

Its main goal is to bridge the communities, foster better understanding and communication amongst diverse cultures in Mitrovica. Some people might picture Mitrovica as city of the conflicts. City divided politically by people and geographically by its river, hence divided into the Northern and Southern part. However, one should never forget its rich culture and history but what is more important the warm-hearted people living in it.

The First Edition of the Bridge Film Fest marked the first meeting point between the divided communities, since the conflict in 1999. As an example to this our moto is “Welcome to the Other Side” reflects the welcoming nature of this event, a moto that we believe it will bring the divided communities together, but not only communities living in Mitrovica or Kosovo, but all the people around the globe. This year Bridge Film Fest continues its activities and has set up the clear objectives to successfully implement the third Edition of the Bridge Film Fest.

We are happy to invite all of you to join us on the other side on 21-25 September 2016.

Anibar Animation Festival

Anibar is an organization founded by a group of young promising art activists, who have demonstrated their vision and capabilities from the onset of the organization’s activities.

The organization aims at encouraging young people and especially young artists to experiment and work with computer arts (especially animation), in order to express their ideas and worldview through them, discussing important social subject pertinent to youth in Kosovo.

Anibar has already started to work towards its overall goal with capacity-building activities such as trainings and workshops, debates, and other activities that provide emerging artists with visibility. The organization takes pride in the successful completion of six editions of the Anibar International Animation Festival, the first of its kind in Kosovo.

During the six editions of the festival, more than 1800 films from all around the globe competed against each-other in the different categories and competitions of the Festival.

Shanti Yoga Fest Kosovo

Last year, at the first Shanti Yoga Festival Kosovo, more than 20 Yoga classes were realized. This year we will offer even more variety concerning different Yoga styles. We are also looking forward to include more workshops and information about a broad perception of living Yogic.

We will again host the Yoga Fest in Kukaj, a small village between Prishtina and Gjilan. The altitude of the village is around 1000 m, it is surounded by beautiful mountains and a variety of plants. We will offer Silent Walks with Pranyama exercises in the morning and looking forward to include some long hiking trips.

The name of the fest is Shanti. Shanti is Sanskrit and means Peace. Yoga is supposed to bring Inner-Peace to the people. Inviting people from all communities to contribute with their Yoga-Know-How and particpate in the activities. Exchange among the people will get accomplished with some panels and movies about Yoga and Peace.