Austrian Embassy in Kosovo in cooperation with European Commission Liaison Office to Kosovo, Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (Pristina), Multimedia Center (Pristina), KulturKontakt (Vienna), and Volkstheater (Vienna), are organizing a media press conference on 10 February at 11:00 at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador, (Str. Ismail Qemaili 15, Arbëria (Dragodan))
This joint conference is organized to give more details about the festival “Die Besten aus dem Osten” – Folge 10: Kosovo (Best from the East – Edition 10: Kosovo) to be held on 24 and 25 February at Volkstheater in Vienna. The 10th edition of the festival is dedicated to Kosovo.
During the two days festival a series of cultural activities will be held, including the world premiere of the play “Yue Madeleine Yue” from Jeton Neziraj, a production of the Multimedia Centre in Pristina.
More details about “Die Besten aus dem Osten” – Folge 10 Kosovo
Fascinating and different Kosovo, as Europe’s youngest republic presents itself from the Western perspective. On 17th February 2008, Kosovo declared its independence and still suffers from the consequences of the war, which dates back more than ten years.
Volume 10 of the “best of the East” is devoted to this country and comes up with a small sensation: One of the leading theater makers of Kosovo, Jeton Neziraj is contributing, offering a world premiere at the festival. Furthermore in the two day program of the festival, one can follow the presentation of the staged reading of Mr. Neziraj’s play “Love in the Time of War “, The second, not yet published novel of the author and journalist Beqë Cufaj will give insights into the political and cultural scene of Kosovo and the poems of Ervina Halili will show the poetic side of Kosovo.
More details about “Yue Madeleine Yue”
“Yue Madeleine Yue” is produced as a part of the culture component of the “EU support for the Implementation of the RAE Strategy”, an EU funded project managed by the European Commission Liaison Office to Kosovo and implemented by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society. This project aims to improve socio-economic wellbeing, access to education, preservation and promotion of cultural heritage of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo.
After the presentation on 24 and 25 February 2012 in Vienna, premieres in Kosovo will be given in May, in the context the Festival of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Culture (21 May – 27 May 2012) which is also organized as part of the abovementioned project.
The focus of tragicomedy “Yue Madeleine Yue” is a Roma family, who after returning from Germany to Kosovo is trying to survive in the new social and political reality of the newborn state. Madeleine, one day falls in a hole opened by a construction company nd while the girl remains in coma struggling with the death, her father, in an effort to seek justice, faces bureaucrats and others businessmen.
This is a political drama of the post war Kosovo, but, above all, it is a play for Roma in Europe today.