In April 2012, as part of CORNERS Research and Development, Xpedition Balkan visited Kosovo. 30 artists and cultural worker, among many other places, came to Prizren to hear it’s story, to find more about its history, culture, life… Three years later, from 8th to 16th of August 2015 as a part of DokuFest, CORNERS returns with three CORNERS stories and 11 artists, eager to re-tell the stories heard in the place that acted as a great inspiration.
“Around the CORNERS” events are visiting corners of the corners, places that are on the edges, but still somehow acting as centres of cultures in their closer environment. Those are the places that we visited on our Xpeditions and places we connected with through the people we met there.
Picture a charming Balkan city. A city draped along the banks of a shallow river and backed by towering green mountains, a city linked to the coast and the interior by ancient trade routes, a city dotted with elegant old buildings constructed over many centuries, a city that has seen many different people and rulers come and go, a city that has seen destruction and restoration many times over, a city that is now looking firmly to the future. Prizren is this city.
DokuFest is the main cultural event in the country. Through film screenings at most unusual locations the historic center of the city turns into an open-air cinema for 9 days in a row. In addition to film screenings, the festival creates a unique ambience filled with love and enthusiasm while offering a rich cultural and educational program through documentary photo exhibitions, creative workshops dedicated for children and youth, masterclasses for filmmakers, talks on civic activism, technology and social media, followed by unforgettable music performances. 150 local and international volunteers are involved to make DokuFest a festival where magic happens.
Around the CORNERS Prizren is organized in cooperation with the Swedish Institute/Creative Force, supporting our ongoing project connecting artists and teachers in Serbia and Kosovo through 2016.
More about CORNERS: http://www.cornersofeurope.org