• “A theater [Qendra Multimedia] in Kosovo is not afraid of using art to confront entrenched prejudices and to build empathy” – George Soros

  • “Brave and honest theater performance. One of the most interesting theater company from the South Eastern Europe” – Kazaliste.Hr

  • “...a true story that sets an example for all the hope for freedom, happiness and prosperity in the Europe of our days. And the disappointment.” - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

  • “This is not the first attempt to use cultural events to bridge the gap between the countries. Polip, a literary festival in Pristina, first held in 2010, has Serbian writers among those regularly invited to participate.” - The Guardian

  • “…the play is an explosion of burlesque, music and possibly offensive humor; it is simply a riot.” - Prishtina Insight

  • “A Play with Four Actors and Some Pigs...,” […] is a playfully absurd, crude, and incredibly clever portrayal of Kosovo’s political scene.” - The Theater Times


To apply, send us your CV and some samples of your previews creative work. Deadline for applications: 27 April 2019. Workshop will be held from 9th to 12th , from 14:00 – 18:00, in the venue of Qendra Multimedia in Prishtina (www.qendra.org) . Selected work by participants will be  presented publically on Sunday, 12th, in the frame of the polip festival. The workshop is free and for the participants out of Prishtina, the organizer will cover travel costs.

Submissions will be reviewed by the 3-person Program Committee. The applicants will be informed about the results by 5th of May 15, 2019.

If you are interested to be part of this wonderful literature experience, please send your CV along with samples of your previews work to: info@qendra.org

The WORD LITERARY FORUM, a Spoken Word Co-op Project is cooperation between polip – International Literature Festival (Prishtina), KROKODIL Festival (Belgrade) and Bern ist überall (Bern).

The Word Literary Forum wants to conduct a special “human trafficking”. The Hub creates good conditions for Spoken Word authors. It wants to advance the craft and enable a deepened cultural exchange. The trade goods are the people and their texts, the craft is writing and performance. The three cities of Belgrade, Berne and Pristina are its first stops.

Workshop leaders:

Gerhard Meister is known as a playwright and as a performer of his spokenword-texts, he also writes radio-plays and poems. As a performer he is a member of the group Bern ist überall and works together with the musician Anna Trauffer as meistertrauffer. After Viiecher&Vegetarier (2011) now is released Mau öppis ohni Bombe, another collection of his spokenword-texts. With Eine Lichtsekunde über meinem Kopf he also has published a book of poems.

Dragan Protic Prota is a famous artist and activist from Belgrade, active on the scene from the early 90’s in the art collective Skart, with strong sense of political and especially social in his work. Together with a couple of friends, also active in the field of poetry, he started the open mic festival Pesnicenje http://www.skart.rs/

Shpëtim Selmani was born on 1986 in Pristina. Has obtained a degree from the University of Pristina – Faculty of Arts in Acting. Beside writing poetry and novels he also plays regularly in theatre performances. His last book is, “Poetry in the times of Blood and Desperation 2010 – 2017”. Shpetim writes continuously for the alternative blog S’bunker. He’s also a dreamer that doesn’t seem to be needed by anyone.

The WORD LITERARY FORUM, a Spoken Word Co-op Project

seeks young / aspiring poets and performers for the 4 day workshop regarding poetry on stage, performative poetry and literature, and its presentation in front of the live audience. The workshop will be held from 9 to 12th of May 2019 in Prishtina, in scope of the polip – International Literature Festival. The facilitators of the workshop will be Gerhard Meister (Bern), Dragan Protic Prota (Belgrade) and Shpëtim Selmani (Prishtina).

About the program: Words for the stage and not for the page: three international literary players work together to promote the spoken word. Meanwhile, “Spoken Word” has become a literary genre of its own and describes authors who present literature as performance on stage. They raise their voices in the public. They tell everyday stories. They cite crooked poems. They get tangled up in multilinguistic epics. But most important, they often take engaging positions on cultural topics, which are of concern to them and their public. Spoken word is a means of living a democratic culture and enjoying the freedom of expression.