The tenth edition of the “Mirëdita, dobar dan!” festival ended last night in Pristina, with the presentation of the award to Bekim Blakaj, the executive director of the Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo, and the theater performance “Would be a shame if the plants died”.

As every year, the award “Miredita, dobar dan!” is awarded to persons who, through their work and efforts, contribute to better relations between Kosovo and Serbian society. 

Blakaj’s work, which aims for true peace between the two societies, has resulted in his enormous contribution in the fields of human rights, transitional justice and dealing with the past.

“I do not consider this award as a personal achievement, but as a joint venture and I would like to highlight one person, and that is the founder of the Humanitarian Law Center, Nataša Kandić, as well as all previous and current employees of the Center in Kosovo, as well as in Serbia. 

“Also, I would like to use this opportunity to mention the association of the missing persons, with whom I have been actively working for more than twenty years, and who taught me that from pain can come great strength to do good,” Blakaj said at the award ceremony in Pristina last night.

During the three days of the program, the Prishtina audience had the opportunity to attend debates on current topics concerning the challenges between Serbia and Kosovo, as well as the artistic part of the program. The film “How I Learned to Fly” directed by Radivoj Andrić, was shown to packed Kino ABC, while the band Pretty Loud sent a clear message against violence, discrimination and stereotypes of all kinds with their energetic performance. Young poet Đorđe Simić presented his poetry to the audience in the form of a poetry evening, while Mila Mihajlović read poems from the collections of poetess Mirjana Narandžić.

Festival “Mirëdita, dobar dan!” organized by the organization Integra (Kosovo), the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (Serbia) and the Civic Initiatives (Serbia), with the support of the European Union, the Western Balkans Fund, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Kosovo and the Rockefeller Foundation.