Negotiating Peace is a complex diplomatic challenge after military conflicts. In some cases, peace agreements are made; in others, complete peace is never reached or simply remains an arrangement on paper. Multiple wars and conflicts raise multi-layered questions and leave behind ambiguities, which makes peace difficult.

Looking at peace negotiations including Dayton peace agreement, those in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, the still-unresolved talks between Kosovo and Serbia, and anticipating the conclusion of the war between Russia and Ukraine, Kosovo’s Qendra Multimedia have brought together a pan European ensemble to create Negotiating Peace. This new production has been created with artists and theatre groups from Ukraine, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Italy, Czechia, Albania, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland and Estonia.

Inspired by Richard Holbrooke’s To End a War and Kadare’s The General of the Dead Army, NEGOTIATING PEACE tries to confront the audience with the backgrounds, challenges, fears and hope that accompany the reaching of a peace agreement and discusses important issues: Who has the power and legitimacy to negotiate peace? Do people truly reconcile after signing a peace accord? And finally: Can collective forgiveness ever occur, or is forgiveness an individual act?

Negotiating Peace is directed by Qendra’s Blerta Neziraj in her vibrant and striking style which tackles political and social issues head-on. Speaking about the production Blerta said: “The main thing we are looking at in this theatre production is: If war has its demons leading people towards destruction and misery, what does peace have? Who is the antipode of the war demons?! Are they the peace emissaries? The political leaders who have the courage to sign peace agreements? Or the ordinary people, the survivors, who have paid the highest price of the war.”


Opening: 16 October, 2023 – ODA Theatre, Prishtina

19 October, 2023  – ODA Theatre, Prishtina

20 October, 2023 – City Theatre of Gjilan

21 October, 2023  – Albanian Theatre Skopje (North Macedonia)

23 October, 2023 – Adriana City Theatre of Ferizaj

25 October, 2023 – ODA Theatre, Prishtina (Kosovo Theatre Showcase)


8 & 9 November, 2023 – euro-scene Leipzig (Germany)

11 November, 2023 – Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster (Germany)

13 & 14 November, 2023 – Prague City Theaters (Czech Republic)

9 December, 2023 – National Theatre of Tirana (Albania)

11 December, 2023 – ODA Theatre, Prishtina (Kosovo)

13 December, 2023 – Újvidéki Színház, Novi Sad (Serbia)

Financed by:

National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Allianz Foundation, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, European Union in Kosovo, Ministry of Culture of Kosovo, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Goethe Institute, City of Prague, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.