• “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

Thirrje për aplikim “Prishtina nuk ka lum” 2020

Number of residencies

Name of the Host Country (Town) Number of residencies
Publishing House Goga Slovenia (Novo mesto) 3
Krokodil Serbia (Beograd) 3
Goten Publishing North Macedonia (Skopje) 3
Udruga Kurs Croatia (Split) 3
Poeteka Albania (Tirana) 3
Qendra Multimedia Kosovo (Prishtina) 3
PEN BIH Bosnia and Hercegovina (Sarajevo) 3

The fellowship for the writers will include:

  • A 4-week stay in an apartment
  • travel costs (up to 150 eur)
  • A grant in the amount of 1000 euro gross (approx. 750 net),
  • A literary event with the author in the country where the residency will be held
  • A translation of one text to be presented at the event (into the language of hosting residency) and a translation of one text into English to be included in the mobile app and to be used in promotional purposes.

The application consists of:

– a bio-bibliography – a short Curriculum vitae and art life, including the list of the works published,

– a recommendation of the publisher or of Writers or Translators Association

– a synopsis of the project to be undertaken during four week staying in residency (max. half page);

– a Photography of the Author (it will be used for promotional purposes of the project)

The application material should be sent in Croatian, Serbian (latin), Bosnian, Slovenian or English;

The deadline for the applications is December 30th, 2019.

The fellowships will be awarded by the Board of Reading Balkans Project.

In case you have additional questions regarding the call please contact us via email: goga@goga.si

The applicants will be informed about the decision of the jury via email, by Friday, January 17th 2020.

 Online application form

The Residency is pre arranged by Reading Balkans project in cooperation with the Publishing House Goga (Slo), Goten Publishing (MK), Krokodil (Srb), Udruga Kurs (Cro), Poeteka (Alb), Qendra Multimedia (Kos), PEN BIH and S. Fischer Stiftung (De) & partners.

The Literary Residence Programme ‘Reading Balkans 2020’ is open to welcome fiction writers, poets, essayists, playwrights, screenplay writers and comic book writers from Southeast Europe (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Albania, Romania, Montenegro, Bulgaria).

Reading Balkans project is supported by the EU Creative Europe program.

We are in particular paying attention to writers who are innovative, who in their works deal with contemporary themes and topics.

We will enable the participation of writers of all ages and sexes with a common criterion: that their works reflect topics of migrations, language exile, reconciliation, the role of culture and the importance of dialogue to fight nationalism and intolerance.

For the year 2020, the call for applications is launched for 21 authors. Each residency duration will be 4 weeks. All residencies will be arranged between March 1st 2020 and December 31th.