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Valmir Mehmetaj is a staff writer at Kosovo 2.0. Valmir studied communication sciences at the South East European University in Tetovo, Macedonia. He believes deeply in constant learning and forming original thoughts, and mainly writes about cultural and social issues.

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Lulzim Hoti: Culture is one of the main pillars of sustainable development

By Valmir Mehmetaj

7 Arte aims to reactive Mitrovica’s lapsed cultural scene Earlier this month, a new community design initiative launched in Mitrovica with the aim of including citizens in local decision making. One...

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Shaping Mitrovica’s future, from the bottom up

By Valmir Mehmetaj

For years, decisions about Mitrovica have been taken from afar, with little involvement of the local communities. A new initiative launched last week aims to turn that on its head. The...

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Citizen-led campaign brings progress toward justice for Xheneta

By Valmir Mehmetaj

Months after the tragic death of 3-year-old Xheneta Gashi in Prizren, a persistent citizen led campaign for justice has finally begun to yield results. The Prizren Basic Prosecution has said...

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Corruption — The growing cancer

By Valmir Mehmetaj

Time is not going to heal corruption, and unless we do something ourselves it is going to continue growing like a cancer, suffocating the whole society and endangering the futures...

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DokuFest National competition — Meet the directors

By Valmir Mehmetaj

This year’s National competition at DokuFest, saw 12 short fiction and documentary films screened over three days on topics ranging from the historic traditions of the Burrneshat (Sworn virgins) in...

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Daniel Mulloy - ‘Like the roses, our beauty and power will not be diminished by a culture of corruption’

By Valmir Mehmetaj

Each year DokuFest chooses a special theme to run through the festival by means of a special program of talks, discussions, films and other events. Usually it is a social...

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Drums of Resistance — Recalling a repressed past

By Valmir Mehmetaj

Although the decade of the ’90s is a crucial part of Kosovo’s contemporary history, little has been documented or written about those years. Through their documentary “Drums of Resistance,” which...

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Experienced Al Jazeera journalist shares tips on tackling corruption

By Valmir Mehmetaj

Diarmuid Jeffreys, head of investigative programs at Al Jazeera English, is one of the special guests at DokuFest this week. During a talk on this year’s festival theme of “Corruption,”...

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DokuFest’s National competition — all you need to know

By Valmir Mehmetaj

Tonight sees the first films being screened in the popular National category, always one of the most eagerly anticipated programs at DokuFest. This year is no exception with twelve films...

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DokuFest 2016 underway in Prizren

By Valmir Mehmetaj

The 15th edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival DokuFest was officially opened last night at Kino Lumbardhi in Prizren. DokuFest’s Director Nita Deda and Artistic Director Veton...

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The grace of a lively art: Contemporary dance

By Valmir Mehmetaj

Last weekend Soma Book Station hosted the collective “CADAM,” a German contemporary dance group. In two sessions, accompanied by music and guided by videos, members of the collective engaged the...

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Trending Summer Destinations: Parachuting in Portugal

By Valmir Mehmetaj

The hot days of summer are here and holiday season has begun. If and when you decide to take a break from your beloved home town, whether it’s for a...

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Trending Summer Destinations: Grama Bay

By Valmir Mehmetaj

The hot days of summer are here and holiday season has begun. If and when you decide to take a break from your beloved home town, whether it’s for a...

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Trending Summer Destinations: Komani Lake

By Valmir Mehmetaj

The hot days of summer are here and holiday season has begun. If and when you decide to take a break from your beloved home town, whether it’s for a...

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The conference that paved the highway to Kosovo's first biennale

By Valmir Mehmetaj

This weekend saw the ‘Contemporary Past. Historical Future.’ conference take place in Prizren. Organized by the team behind ‘Autostrade Biennale,’ the event was a precursor to Kosovo’s first ever contemporary...

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Trending Summer Destinations: Diving in Albania

By Valmir Mehmetaj

The hot days of summer are here and holiday season has begun. If and when you decide to take a break from your beloved home town, whether it’s for a...

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Prizren constructs a new artistic highway: the ‘Autostrada Biennale’

By Valmir Mehmetaj

A dedicated team of artists and academics are set to bring the first ever contemporary art biennale to Kosovo. If everything goes according to plan, the first ‘Autostrade Biennale’ will...

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Trending Summer Destinations: The Mountains Are Calling

By Valmir Mehmetaj

The hot days of summer are here and holiday season has begun. If and when you decide to take a break from your beloved home town, whether it’s for a...

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Trending Summer Destinations: Ulqin

By Valmir Mehmetaj

The hot days of summer are here and holiday season has begun. If and when you decide to take a break from your beloved home town, whether it’s for a...

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Anri Sala — exploring the potential of the off beat

By Valmir Mehmetaj

One of the most accomplished conceptual artist in Europe, the Berlin-based Albanian Anri Sala, held a guest lecture at Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art last week. In his talk...

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Prishtina’s ‘M’-erging space

By Valmir Mehmetaj

It's hard to define exactly what Club 'M' is; part bar, part cafe, part cultural hub — a space that offers music from the staple electronic and techno to more...

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Big ideas discussed in civil activism Small Talk

By Valmir Mehmetaj

Activists and other citizens discussed how to include a wider range of people in Kosovo’s civil activism during a Small Talk last night (Wednesday, June 29) in Kosovo 2.0’s garden....

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Making Mitrovica “rock” again

By Valmir Mehmetaj

Eight years ago in the town of Mitrovica a rock school was founded, unique to Kosovo, providing young musicians with opportunities to learn, grow musically, create bands, and form bonds...

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Fight for Prizren girl justice to continue

By Valmir Mehmetaj

NGOs from civil society demand resignations and criminal prosecutions of those responsible for the death of a three-year-old girl last week in Prizren. Having started with a protest on Wednesday,...

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Who’s representing Kosovo’s Serbs?

By Valmir Mehmetaj

A special series on minority representation in Kosovo’s democracy. We have all seen the stars on Kosovo’s national flag. Some know what they represent, but many would struggle to name the...

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Prishtina Book Fair opens its doors

By Valmir Mehmetaj

The 18th Book Fair of Prishtina opened this evening at 18:00 at the Palace of Youth and Sport’s Red Hall. Running until June 12, it is considered one of Kosovo’s...