Cultural Networking Speed Date & Working Group Session


On 22 June, eleven of our Network Partners and 78 local artists and cultural practitioners will come together for our Cultural Speed Date and working group session in Kosovo.  This networking moment is part of our semi-annual Network Partnership Committee Meeting where our long-term partners exchange ideas, share experiences, and provide advice to each other and the Prince Claus Fund. 

The day will begin with a word of welcome and introduction by H.E. Ms Gerrie Willems, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kosovo and Mytaher Haskuka, Mayor of Prizren together with Eroll Bilibani, Executive Director of Dokufest and Bertan Selim, Programme Coordinator Grants & Collaborations of the Prince Claus Fund.

There will be three working group sessions throughout the day:

How can art and culture enable inclusivity and diversity?

Speakers will discuss how arts, culture, feminism and activism can work together. With Adelina Hasani (FemAktiv) and Zana Hoxha (Artpolis), moderated by Oktay Pomak.

The role of local government and education in enabling culture and the arts

Speakers will examine examples of collaborations between local institutions and cultural organizations aimed at the promotion and diversification of cities through investments in human and social capital. These collaborations enable cultural tourism, sustainable economic development and a higher quality of life through participatory citizenship. With Mytaher Haskuka (Mayor of Prizren), and Eroll Bilibani (Dokufest), moderated by Aurela Kadriu (Oral History Kosovo).

Grassroots cultural initiatives and youth involvement

How did an initiative for protection of old cinema turned into a movement to transform Lumbardhi to a central point of cultural expression, performance, learning, doing, co-working and civic exchange in Prizren and Kosovo. How did Lumbardhi initiative inspire young activists to revitalize an abandond space and turn it into a community-run center in Prishtina with the mission of urban and civil exchange, reflection and change making? LUMBARDHI Case: Talk between Ares Shporta, Director of Lumbardhi Foundation and Nikki Murseli, co-founder of Termokiss. 

Photo by: Elmedina Arapi