In-depth | COVID-19

Until we dance together again

By - 31.12.2020

After months off the dance floor, what have we missed?

Since the arrival of Covid-19 to Kosovo in March, clubs have been shut down and parties are canceled; interactions with DJs have mostly been limited to live streamed sets, a bunch of small parties with limited reservations — and the speakers in your living room if you threw a party at home. 

It’s not the same, but it has kept us going since March, while the battle against Covid-19 is being fought, and clubs are considered a highly infectious arena. 

With clubbing, dancing, going out to socialize and having fun every weekend off the board, we still wonder what have we missed over these past months? When was the last time you’ve been to a club, elbowing with friends and strangers to the rhythm of a heartbeat that resonates all over the room? 

Many of us miss the dance floor, being face to face with the DJ, enjoying some upbeat tracks that will keep us from thinking about our problems and what tomorrow will bring to us. Dancing is more than just moving your feet, it keeps us going, it helps our mental health and it is also a doorway to meet people and release bad energy. 

It has also been a hard, hard year for night workers in the scene, who haven’t had any income through what they know how to do best. They had to figure out what to do with a year of events and investments that had to be canceled. 

We spoke to a few of the people who make the clubbing and dancing scene possible, including those enjoying the parties themselves. It’s been a hard year, and we are waiting for the vaccines to come, for hospitals to empty, for businesses to go back to business, and for this pandemic to be the hell over.

We know this is temporary. And while you make use of those living room speakers, we hope to see you soon on the dance floor — when we dance together again.

This publication is part of the Human Rightivism project, which is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), implemented by the Community Development Fund through its Human Rightivism Program. The author’s views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).