In recent years in Kosovo a momentum has developed for the right of citizens to use public spaces. The public initiatives to protect and revitalize the Lumbardhi Cinema in Prizren, the Jusuf Gervalla Cinema in Peja, and part of the unused Termokos complex in Prishtina — today’s Termokiss — are some of the best examples.
But how do we make sure these spaces are not simply temporary, or used only by a few? How do we make sure that Termokiss isn’t the last success for years? What are the mechanisms for revitalizing a public building through transparent and inclusive principles? Are we left only with the option of squatting? How many “Termokisses” can our cities spawn?
Join us on Friday, June 30 for an extensive event in which we will dig further into the possibilities of revitalizing abandoned public spaces, in cooperation with Termokiss and Temporiuso.
Open Discussion I*:
How do we keep our communities sustainable? What function, and for whom, do we want these spaces to serve? With participation and experiences brought by Termokiss (Prishtina), Jusuf Gervalla (Peja), Temporiuso (Milan). Moderated by Cristina Mari.
Open Discussion II*:
Squatting with approval — cooperating with the local municipality. What are the available mechanisms for accessing an unused public property long term? How do we make sure Termokiss is part of the beginning of a trend, rather than an exception? Moderated by Rozafa Basha.
-Besart Vllahinja, head of the department of Culture, from the Municipality of Prishtina;
-Dren Kukaj, head of the department of Property, from the Municipality of Prishtina;
-Visar Hoxha, from the Privatization Agency of Kosovo;
-Giulia Cantaluppi, Temporiuso.
-Krenare Juniku, architect and researcher.
Jamming session with the “Punëtori Muzikore” community.
*Translation (Albanian / English) will be provided.
This activity is part of the project Which Common Ground for the Balkans is funded by Balkan Arts and Culture Fund BAC.
BAC is supported by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the European Cultural Foundation (ECF).