The ninth edition of the Mirëdita, Dobar Dan festival will take place in Belgrade from 25th – 28th May.
The four-day festival will take place at several locations in Belgrade. The festival begins with the exhibition All our Tears, at Belgrade’s Endžio Hab art space and the festival programme officially opens on 26th May with an opening ceremony at the Center for Cultural Decontamination. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to watch the play Stiffler, a powerful drama about violence against women by Kosovan playwright Doruntina Basha and directed by Kushtrim Koliqi.
On 27th May, there will be book launch for Distorted Shadows, published by Integra, a collection of memories and stories of those imprisoned at the notorious Goli Otok followed by a public discussion about the topic. The evening concludes with a concert by Shpat Deda Trio at the Jewish Cultural Centre.
Endžio Hab will participate in a public debate about the parallels between the war in Ukraine and the Balkans on 28th May and there will be a screening of Blerta Basholli’s acclaimed film Hive at the Yugoslav Film Archive. Hive, Kosovo’s shortlisted entrant for the Oscars, is based on the true story of a war widow’s attempt to become economically independent despite local resistance.
Founded in 2014, the Mirëdita, dobar dan is an annual showcase of culture, advocacy, and public debate designed to bring together artists and activists from Kosovo and Serbia. Alongside an artistic programme, the festival features public debates and advocacy actions. Through discussion, dialogue and art, the festival fosters cultural connections between Serbia and Kosovo.
Entrance to all events from the programme is free of charge.
Main image: Stiffler
For further information, visit MireditaDobarDan.com
Further reading: review of Stiffler
Natasha Tripney is a writer, editor and critic based in London and Belgrade. She is the reviews editor for The Stage, the newspaper of the UK theatre industry. In 2011, she co-founded Exeunt, an online theatre magazine, which she edited until 2016. She is a contributor to the Guardian, Evening Standard, the BBC, Tortoise and Kosovo 2.0