• “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

The Stage picks on Qendra.Multimedia.Theatre.Showcase.2018

Five things you need to know about Qendra Multimedia

1. Qendra Multimedia was founded in 2002 by a group of young artists in Pristina.
2. It is an independent cultural organisation that aims to address political and social
issues through art.
3. Qendra Multimedia has organised more than 100 artistic projects in Kosovo, as well
as other places in Europe, Asia and Africa.
4. Director Jeton Neziraj is one of the country’s major playwrights and the former artistic
director of the National Theatre of Kosovo.
5. Qendra also hosts the international literature festival Polip and a writer-in-residence
programme called Pristina Has No River.

For the Stage:

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Photos by: Jetmir Idrizi

An extensive article about Qendra Multimedia, including “Five things you didn’t know
about Qendra” was published last week on the infamous British performing arts news
platform The Stage (www.thestage.co.uk).

The article written by Natasha Tripney focused on the first theatre showcase of Qendra
(19-21 October) including the play “The Hypocrites or The English patient” which
premiered during the showcase but also other plays produced by Qendra.
In addition, the article focuses on the profile of Qendra’s director, the playwright Jeton
Neziraj whose work is described as “irreverent and satirical in tone with a tendency
towards Kafkaesque absurdity.” Furthermore, they illustrate Qendra’s plays as frequently
vibrating with music and deploying post-dramatic tropes in a knowing manner.

“These plays map the contemporary Kosovar experience, looking at what it is to be
LGBT or Roma in the region, at systemic corruption and crumbling infrastructure, at the
political, economic and social legacy of the war, the semi-deification of Bill Clinton and
Madeleine Albright, and at the shifting role of theatre within all this”, says the article.
Please click here for the whole article.