July 6, 2018 | Friday
Eroll Bilibani from DokuFest, architect and artist Eliza Hoxha, Donika Rudi – composer, Florent Mehmeti on behalf of Oda Theatre and Vullnet Sanaja from ANIBAR discussed about different changes that need to be done in order for young people to have a better understanding of things, a critical approach towards circumstances and a broader horizon of views.
“Creativity should be looked upon as the main platform of today’s life. You can already see that people who are creative can be also successful in entrepreneurship and other fields” said Eliza Hoxha during the panel discussion.
She stated that the best practice to unite people, to create a new mentality and to soften the conflicts, is art and culture.
Florent Mehmeti, on the other side, told the audience that ODA Theatre has its own programs where education and culture are interlinked.
“Which state cultural institution has offered educative programs? It was the National Gallery of Kosovo and the Museum of Kosovo, and only thanks to individuals. Local and central institutions need to do more to consider art as a form to educate the society” Mehmeti pointed.
Donika Rudi, a composer and also director of ReMusica Festival and professor at Faculty of Arts, mentioned the musical part of the education in Kosovo. According to her it is of crucial importance to help children to open up their perspective by engaging them in activities that include music.
“By doing this, by creating spaces and programs so that children can experience music in closer view, by telling them how the composing process works, then we may also raise and inspire them to be musicians in the future” Rudi said.
Vullnet Sanaja from ANIBAR Festival told the audience during the discussion that the animation movies festival has different workshops where youngsters are learned and instructed to create animations.
DokuFest is also an example of how art and culture have been used as an educative tool.
“We have had several platforms implemented in schools, where children had a chance to watch movies with different topics and discuss afterwards. In this way the critical thinking was put into more active mood and youngsters were open to topics that are not included within school curricula” said Eroll Bilibani from DokuFest.
The panel discussion was moderated by Vjosa Berisha – director of PriFilmFest and Team Leader at EUICC – European Union Information and Cultural Centre.