10 years later: we’ve always been here!

By - 07.12.2022

On December 14, 2012, K2.0 was set to launch our SEX issue, a print magazine with which we wished to open a frank, meaningful and political conversation about the most taboo of topics: sex. We also wanted to talk about gender identity, pleasure, queerness and the many cultural and legal shackles that constrict Kosovars’ freedom to love and exist freely.

At the event, at the Red Hall in the Palace of Youth and Sports, the participants and K2.0 staff were verbally and physically attacked by a group of men. While we held our discussion, a mob chanting homophobic slurs appeared, forcing us to cancel the party that was set to conclude the launch event for our magazine.

Ten years later, we want to hold the event that the homophobic mob denied us. In 2012, the SEX issue put sex, feminism and queerness on the map in Kosovo. It was our way of saying that free expression, sexual expression and gender expression in Kosovo existed and was there to stay.

As we commemorate what took place 10 years ago and celebrate the increasingly proud and powerful feminist and queer cultural activism that has followed, our message has evolved. We want to emphasize that as free people, we are here. And, despite decades of erasure and oppression — feminist and queer existence and resistence are an integral part of Kosovo’s history. Join us as we say: “we have always been here!”

“SEX” event

: 17.30 – 20.00

Where: Red Hall, Palace of Youth and Sports

17.30 – 18.00: Screening of “SEX,” a documentary by Kaltrina Krasniqi

18.00 – 18.40: One-on-one discussion: “Documenting LGBTQ+ and women’s history”

  • Linda Gusia, sociologist and lecturer at the University of Prishtina
  • Kaltrina Krasniqi, film director

18.40 – 20:00: art exhibits and discussions

  • Screening of “Long break,” with Lola Syla, artist and member of collective HAVEIT
  • Showing of art pieces, with Ermira Murati a.k.a. Orange Girl, artist and activist
  • Poetry reading, with Arbër Selmani, poet and journalist
  • Screening of trailer of the movie “I love you more,” with Erblin Nushi, filmmaker and drag performer

We’ve always been here PARTY

: 20:00 – 01:00

Where: Oda Theater


20:00 – 21:00: GENT

21:00 – 21:30: Adelina Rose (Drag Performance)

21:30 – 11:30: Bizarr Duo (Montenegro) 

11:30 – 01:00: MATALE

Entrance is free of charge. During the “SEX” event, interpretation in English and Serbian will be provided.

Disclaimer: This event is organized in cooperation with CEL Kosovo. It is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy, Civil Rights Defenders, Community Development Fund, and the Municipality of Prishtina.