The“Mirëdita, dobar dan!” festival, an event to be held in Belgrade for the sixth time presenting modern cultural and social scene of Kosovo, is to be closed today at 7PM with an award presentation to the authors of the film ’Albanian Women Are Our Sisters’ and to ’Samizdat B92’ for exceptional contribution to reconciliation and the culture of remembrance of the peace activists from Serbia and Kosovo.

On the final festival day, along with the awards presentation, at 5PM at Dorćol Platz, the publication ‘History of Kosovo in school textbooks of Kosovo, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia’ by Shkëlzen Gashi will be presented. It analyses the way of representing certain historical moments and the differences in those representations in the textbooks of the neighbouring countries.

At about 8PM, the audience will see the Gjakova band ’Don’t Listen to Your Neighbours’ with their traditional Albanian and folk songs in modern style, after which the musical programme will continue in the Sugar Club with the performance of the Prishtina producer DJ Matale

The “Mirëdita, dobar dan!”festival prizes will this year be awarded to Milena Popović, Sanja Kljajić, Taulant Osmani, Darko Špero, and Vanja Đurić, the authors of the film ’Albanian Women Are Our Sisters’, which had its premiere at the “Mirëdita, dobar dan!” festival of 2017 and which had been screened in several other towns in Serbia, despite hindrances. The authors of the film ’Albanian Women Are Our Sisters’, which promotes solidarity amongst the anti-war activists, are labelled as traitors in Serbia and are constantly being threatened, while the value of the film is in its stories about people who are warning us about the horrors of war and who resist war mobilization, thus removing us from the perpetual victims and scapegoats myth. It represents a bright spot for the co-operation of the two societies.

An award will also be presented to the publishing house ’Samizdat B92’ without which the cultural links between Serbia and Kosovo would be impossible for many generations. For creating a positive image through literature and publishing, the “Mirëdita, dobar dan!” festival will present ’Samizdat B02’ a special award of gratitude, to be accepted by Veran Matić.

The authors of the film ’Albanian Women Are Our Sisters’ and Veran Matić for ’Samizdat B92’ will accept their awards from Đuro Blanuša, Secretary General of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans (RYCO), as a symbolic gesture of support to all initiatives dedicated to establishing regional co-operation and reconciliation, as well as removing barriers between societies.