FEMART 8th Edition
FemArt Festival - the 8th edition will take place in Prishtina on October 15-20, 2020.
FemArt is an internationally recognized feminist festival, which has managed to empower women and girls in the recognition of their full rights through good and quality art created by women artists and activists to achieve political, economic, cultural, personal, and social equality.
The motto of the FemArt Festival 2020 is "Solidarity and Resilience". Solidarity as a principle of mutual support between women and girls, women artists and activists working together for gender equality and women's rights. Resilience as the ability to face adversity, trauma, and challenge by getting back on our feet whenever we fall and raising our voice whenever they try to silence us.
Femart 8th Edition
Participating Artists and Activists
Albana Piperku – Alto (Prishtina) has graduated in music from the Academy of Arts in Prishtina, and for the past two decades works as a piano teacher and pedagogue. She is also member of the Philharmonic of Kosovo Choir.
Arstina Kadiu – Mezzo-soprano (Prishtina) has graduated in music from the Academy of Arts in Prishtina. She has a long experience as a music teacher, and is also member of the Philharmonic of Kosovo Choir.
Diellza Sylejmani – Mezzo-soprano (Prishtina) has a master degree in solo singing (Canto) and graduated from the Academy of Arts in Skopje (Macedonia). Mrs.Sylejmani is a senior official at the Department of Culture and a soloist of the Philharmonic of Kosovo.
Elida Kryeziu – Soprano (Prishtina) has a master degree in solo singing (Canto) and graduated from the Academy of Arts in Tirana (Albania). Mrs. Kryeziu is member of the Philharmonic of Kosovo Choir.
She continues her studies for painting in the third year, at the Faculty of
Arts, at the University of Prishtina. In addition to painting, she has a passion for
photography, reading, films, writing, performing and fashion design.
During her studies so far she has participated in collective student exhibitions
at the Faculty of Arts. In the summer of 2019 she participated in the summer school
organized by Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art also in the mural festival
«MOS» 2019. At the end of 2019 she participated in the playwriting masterclass of
the German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig, organized in the offices of the
In 2006 she graduated from the Academy of Arts
- acting, while in 2014 she also graduated from the
Academy of Arts - film directing branch, in the class
of Isa Qosja.
So far her career includes 14 short films and 1 feature
film, which is still in post-production.
Liki has also directed for theater, where she
has worked on five theatrical plays and two
performances. She has done a lot of artistic work:
videos, commercials, photographs, etc. She is
very active in the art scene experimenting and
challenging her boundaries but also those of the
of Arts, University of Prishtina. Hajrullahu teaches Painting at the High School of
Visual Arts in Gjilan.
He has had exhibitions at the International Biennale of Drawing, Prishtina, 2010;
Artists of the Future, Prishtina, 2013; Mala Stanica, National Gallery of Macedonia,
2014; Collectif Denface Rouen, France, 2015; G12HUB Gallery of Arts, Belgrade,
2015; This is Not a Palm Tree, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin, 2015; Art Gallery, Celje,
Slovenia, 2016; Autostrada Biennale, Prizren, 2017; Won the Award of Muslim Mulliqi
International Exhibition, 2018; Selfie/sh/ME, Obalne Galerije, Piran, Slovenia, 2019.
His individual exhibitions include those at the National Museum of History,
Tirana, 2016; National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina, 2010; Bajraktari Exhibition at
Tetris, 2011; International Studio & Curatorial Program ISCP, New York, 2014, Tulla
Cultural Centre, Tirana, 2015.
Awards: Flaka e Janarit (January›s Torch), 2006;
Artists of the Future, and Artist of the Year, Gjilan, 2013;
Muslim Mulliqi Biennale, 2018.
at the National Theater of Kosovo ar; Destur - Sweet Blasphemy, Desire Tours, The Forgotten, Trojan women (New York and Pristina), etc. He often challenges himself with the task of director as was the artistic Project of the center “Artpolis” in Pristina with the play
Unhappy Happiness. He also engages as a professional acting coach with the younger generations, thus trying to convey the beautiful art of acting.
career with folk dance and later in urban styles. He is organizer of several cultural events
throughout Kosovo. He graduated in choreography, Bach 2016 and Master 2019 at the
University of Arts in Tirana. He is part of the AlbaniaDance Theater Company. He has
participated in a large number of artistic projects with Albanian and foreign artists, presenting his works at various festivals throughout Europe, including Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, etc.
In his artistic creativity, he tries to melt the Albanian folk dance in the contemporary style
with which he tries to find a unique and original form of choreography!
theatre, musical theatre and total theatre.
He is a Communication Design student in “Evolution Academy” and currently
works as a designer and photographer in Kosovo and abroad where he finds it as
very important to use his platform and work to highlight and tackle social issues
such as domestic violence, gender identity, discrimination and many more.
In collaboration with other Albanian artists, he also aims to show the
unstoppable work that artists from Kosovo do regardless of the challenges we face.
Additionally, since 2018 he has been alumni of Initiatives of Change, Switzerland
(iofC) participating in events, trainings, conferences on topics such as: Creative
Leadership, Children as Actors and Transforming Society, Europe’s Unfinished
Education: 2007/2008 Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam |
2001/2004 Academy of Fine Arts, Pristina
Prizes: 2020 International Drawing Biennale, Prishtina | 2008 Buning Brongers
Prijzen, Amsterdam | 2006 Kunstpreis Europas Zukunft (The Future of Europe),
Museum of Contemporary Art (GfZK) Leipzig | 2003 Muslim Mulliqi prize, Pristina |
2003 Artists of tomorrow, Pristina
Selected Solo Exhibitions: The National Gallery of Kosovo. The Horse Hospital,
London. Bradwolff | Projects, Amsterdam. Transparent Hula Hoop, Andriesse-Eyck
Gallery, | Amsterdam. Artists Space, New York
Selected Group Exhibitions: Hannah Ryggen Triennial. The Whale That Was a
Submarine, Ludwig | Museum, Budapest. Tembe fu Libi, Suriname. His master’s
voice, HMKV, | Dortmunder & Montpellier. Genius without Talent, de Appel,
Amsterdam | Niet Normaal, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam | U-TURN Quadrennial for
Contemporary Art, Copenhagen | Istanbul, International Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul
Faculty of Arts / Painting, University of Prishtina. During her career, she has been involved
in many artistic projects such as costume design, scenography, realization of puppets
and mascots for theater as well as creativity in the field of visual and conceptual art. In
recent years she has been working hard on exploring handicraft design and also putting
traditional handicrafts to work by adapting them into contemporary art. She is the founder
and director of Art Craft Gallery /studio with handicrafts which continues to be open. She
recently joined the field of education at the National Gallery of Kosovo. Vlora lives and
works in Prishtina.
of Professor Nysret Salihamixhiqi. In 1993 she started working as an Assistant
Professor in the subject Monumental Painting. In 1997 she completed her Master
studies in Painting, in the class of Professor Musli Mulliqi, and in 2000 started
working as Associated Professor for the subject Painting.
In 2010 she received the title Ordinary Professor for painting. Occasionally
she gave lectures at faculties and culture institutions in different countries. The
Lecture in Diksmuide is worth mentioning. It was held in Museum of Peace - the
biggest museum in Europe, where she gave a lecture in front of members of
European parliament and senate and many other guests, on the topic POLITICS
AND ART. She was also involved in art critics and some writings, which were
published in several local newspapers. She implemented projects in country and
abroad, such as: murals, mosaics, public art, exhibitions, debates, etc. through the
artistic establishment NEW BALKAN. For several years now, she is in the process of
establishing the house of artists.
Many of her works are owned by different well known personalities, by the
foundation NACIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS in Washington, the only one
of this kind in the world, as well as by Gallery NWG in Cambridge and NGK. She lives
and works in Prishtina.
focusing on intersectional discrimination, gender
justice and mental health.
She has directed around 20 Theater performances that were produced and presented
in the biggest Theater’s in Kosovo, Balkans region (Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia) and has presented her works as an artist/activist/ trainer elsewhere in USA, Europe, Middle East and North Africa.
She was Head of Theater Department of SKENA UP Festival during 2004-2011, Artistic Director of Gjakova Professional Theater during 2011-2014 and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the biggest women’s artists and activists festival FEMART. Zana is IVLP Alumni (The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s
premier professional exchange program) and award winning director recognized for her work in Kosovo and in the region.
As an artist and activist she uses Theater to advocate for social issues that focus on awarenessraising on Gender Based Violence, Human Rights and diversity. She is a proud Board member of Kosovo Women’s Network, Senior Trainer on Forum Theater
and Building resilience of women’s activists.
CT, USA. Writing is one of her specialties. Interrogating, shifting, and expanding social binaries is her passion.
She has livened the underground poetry scene and has supported the street fight at all times. As a writer, activist, and conceptual performance artist, she has always seen
art and activism as inextricable.
Center, the National Theater of Kosovo, Artpolis Center, Kosovo is everywhere, where in each of them he has worked in music for theatrical plays. Among other things, he has been part of various musical groups such as Hithat, Zhaba and recently his main project is
The bend SYTË, where he contributes as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. With these projects he has traveled the region and a large part of Europe performing music on various stages such as: Pop-culture festival, Sunny Hill festival, Localize
festival, Vidy theater Lausanne, Piccolo teatro di Milano, etc.
for even a day, to continue in university education, in the class of Professor Lule Elezi. He has attended various master classes with world-famous pianists where Hegedus Endre is worth mentioning.
Now he is just before the graduation on Music Academy of Prishtina University. During these four years of university education, he has participated in many concerts and music festivals, for example, for several years he has been part of & Chopin Fes;, has
been part of Summer Academy; in which he has been selected as an distinguished instrumentalist. He composed the music for the puppet theater, directed by Melihate Qena. He participated as a pianist in the theatrical; Nana and the child; directed by Bekim
Lumi, then composed and played the music of the theatrical play:
The Forgotten; by Shkurte Aliu, played as a pianist in Bordel Balkan directed by Andras Urban, in the musical performance Spring Awakening directed by Zana Hoxha.
leading figure in two important cultural activities in Prishtina, Baushtella: Balkan Temple (2015) and Termokiss (2017). Arbër is also engaged in music education for children, working as a music teacher in Prishtina and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam since
2017, and is now working to launch educational music for children aged 1-10 with the project The planet of children. In 2019 he started studying composition at UBT in Prishtina. Currently is in the process of recording his hip-hop-oriented debut solo album.
with the plays Invisible Walls, directed by Florent Mehmeti and John Beedel from the ODA Theater, Six characters looking for the author, File H”, “Bold Singer ”,“ Animal Farm ”,“ Cherry Orchard ”,“ Destur ”,“ Spring Awakening ”, etc. are some of the theatrical projects she was a part of. The performances where she performed were also part of world festivals such as: ExPonto Festival Slovenia 2011;
The Ibero American Festival, Bogota- Colombia, 2012; Oerol Festival Terchelling, The Netherlands, 2014; Fringe Festival Edinburgh Scotland 2015 -ITS festival Amsterdam Netherlands - Femart Festival Prishtina Kosovo 2016, Secondo Festival, Switzerland, 2016; Dezsco Kosztolany Theater Festival, Subotica- Serbia, 2017; -Faces Without Masks Skopje Macedonia 2018; Divadlo Evropskych Regionu Hradec, Kralova –Czech, 2018; National Theater Festival MESS, Sarajevo- Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018; La
Mama Theater, New York, 2019. She was also part of film projects such as: Forgive
me -Besim Ugzmajli, “Beehive” - Blerta Basholli, “Fan Noli street” -Jehona Berisha, “Mother” -Valbona Jashari, “Freedom of choice” -Birol Urcan. Since 2014 she is part of the Resident Ensemble at the National Theater of Kosovo.
The 15-year-old period was different for Blerta Zeqiri, unlike her peers. She had founded a music band, which made rap music. Blerta Zeqiri, today a successful director had started her career as a vocalist of a music band, so a large piece in her memory from childhood and adolescence occupies music and her activity in music. The band, called BAM, was named after the three girls of the group Blerta, Ardita and Mimoza, who sang in the town of Suhareka - a small town known for its grape cultivation in the southern region of Kosovo. This was also the first group in Kosovo composed only of women who sang RAP.
This short documentary was awarded Best National Film Award at the 2017 edition of the Dokufest Festival, and has been presented at festivals in Palermo, Paris, Vienna and Visions du Réel in Nyon.
Fine Arts , in Film Directing and Television. She is now a third year student in this field and has completed four short films as part of her studies.
she won The Jury Special Prize, Tampere Film Festival, Manhattan Short Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Edinburgh Film Festival, etc. In 2016 she was selected to be part of A Sunday in a Country organized by European Film Academy. More was part of Audi’s Installation in Hollywood
#driveprogress that celebrated the womens who “drive progress” and are changing the film industry. She was selected to be part of Berlinale Talents 2019 as a director and at Zurich Film Festival academy 2020
Media Productions. Her work focuses mainly on social issues, as she tries to fightsocial injustice through film. As of lately, her films have strongly on human rights.
in the Univeristy of Arts studying Film directing. During the studies until now, she’s made 4 short movies of her own and worked in many other film projects. She directed the movies called: “To Lidra”, “Do you see me?”, “A play”, “The shadow”
Filmography: Mona- short /2016/, Eternally Child - short /2017/, More Beautiful than the Spring - short /2017/, Ray - short/2018/,Schauerfilm - short /2019, etc.
is influenced by the environment we’ve created for ourselves. She won the June Johnson Award (Swiss national dance prize) and received the German Kultur & Kreativpiloten Deutschland award (2013). Anderegg’s work has been shown across Europe, in
Asia, Russia and the US. Since 2017, she is a visiting professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) Basel.
- D1 - Thu - 15.10.20
- D2 - Fri - 16.10.20
- D3 - Sat - 17.10.20
- D4 - Sun - 18.10.20
- D5 - Mon - 19.10.20
- D6 - Tue - 20.10.20
Exhibition "Evening Nude"
Curator: Arta Agani | Artists: Zake Prelvukaj, Jakup Ferri, Artan Hajrullahu, Lumjete Havolli ; Adea Pula, Ardiana Sedaj, Ardita Rafuna, Fjolla Ferati, Besfort Syla, Vlora Hajrullahu
19:00 - 20:00
Gallery at Faculty of Arts
Concert - Ensemble Zanat
Solists: Adelina Thaçi –Meta, Elida Kryeziu-Hoti, Diellza Sylejmani, Arstina Kelmendi, Albana Piperku | Pianist: Edon Ramadani
21:30 - 22:30
Report Publication & Conference "Towards solidarity and cooperation"
Author: Gresa Rrahmani | Panel 1: “Women’s representation in civil society, media and cultural institutions.” – International and national Perspective | Panel 2: “Women’s representation in civil society, media and cultural institutions.” In Kosovo
11:00 - 15:00
Podcast & Discussion “Feminism, Meninism, or Humanism?
Author: Uresa Ahmeti | Speakers: Vjollca Krasniqi & Mirishahe Syla
16:00 – 17:00
Social Media & Oda Theatre
Drag performance “Are You a Boy or are You a Girl!?... Artpolis Premiere Production
Directed by: Arlinda Morina - Liki |Author: Uresa Ahmeti | Costume designer: Plasticllori| Videography: Rron Ismajli | Actors: Hajat Toçilla; Diva; Agatha Bones ; Vjeshta | Technical Assistant: Qëndresa Loki
21:30 – 22:30
Workshop “Teachings of Zed”
By: Zoe Gudovic | Serbia
10:00 - 16:00
Gallery at Faculty of Arts
Podcast “Are you This or That? Homo, Hetero and everything else inside and out”
Author: Uresa Ahmeti | Speakers: Arlinda Morina & Lend Mustafa
12:00 – 13:00
Podcast “ The Penis, The Vagina, and Everything else: Biology lessons we were never taught”
Author: Uresa Ahmeti | Speakers: Blert Morina & Hajrullah Fejza
15:00 – 16:00
Exhibition “ In hug with ZZ”
By: Zoe Gudovic
18:00 – 19:00
Gallery at Faculty of Arts
THEATER PERFORMANCE “THREE SISTERS & NATASHA P." - North Macedonia
Directing & dramaturgy: Natasha Poplavska Choreography: Olga Pango Design and video: Emil Petrov Music: Ognen Anastasovski Light design: Milco Aleksandrov Performers: Ana Stojanovska; Andrew Cook; Miroslav Mitrashinovikj Voices: Zhaklina Petrovska; Jana Stojanovska; Natasha Poplavska; Art media in co-production with National Opera and ballet in North Macedonia
20:00 - 21:00
Workshop “covidia dell”arte”
By: Natasha Poplavska | North Macedonia
10:00 - 17:00
Podcast “Can I touch you?
Author: Uresa Ahmeti | Speakers: Luljeta Demolli & Adelina Tërshani
12:00 - 13:00
PERFORMANCE “SILVER BLOOM” & DISCUSSION (HAPU Festival in FEMART)
By: Anna Anderegg (Asphalt Piloten) - Switzerland Place: “Adem Jashari” Square
“Adem Jashari” Square
Theater performance “You, it’s me” | Artpolis Premiere Production
Director: Natyrë Kallaba | Playwright: Ulpianë Maloku | Choreographer: Bekim Korça | Actors: Tringa Hasani; Florieta Bajraktari; Fitore Jashari
20:00 – 21:00
National Theater of Kosovo – Small Hall
DANCE PERFORMANCE “WHAT DO MEN WANT!? - ARTPOLIS PREMIERE PRODUCTION
Performers: Robert Nuha and Edlir Gashi
21:30 – 22:30
Workshop “covidia dell”arte”
By: Natasha Poplavska | North Macedonia
10:00 - 17:00
Podcast “ Lesson no.1: How to love yourself so you can love somebody else”
Author: Uresa Ahmeti | Speakers: Elvira Haxhiaga
12:00 - 13:00
Movie Night & Panel Discussion
Directors & Panelists: More Raça; Blerta Zeqiri; Zana Hoxha; Rita Krasniqi; Hana Bucaliu; Albana Nila; Vesa Potera; Lorena Sopi; Dita Shaqiri | Moderator: Arbër Selmani
17:00 - 21:00
Dance performance “ Tie Me Up ”
By: Luljeta Braha
21:30 - 22:30
Podcast “ Spring doesn’t bloom with one flower; crawling forward and united”
Author: Uresa Ahmeti | Speakers: Luljeta Aliu & Liza Gashi
12:00 - 13:00
Publication of brochure & Panel Discussion "Artivism - Art and Solidarity in times of a pandemic"
Authors: Arta Lahu, Arta Muçaj, Aurita Agushi, Rajmonda Ahmetaj, Fitore Jashari, Linda Hyseni Molikë Maxhuni, Natyrë Kallaba, Qëndresa Kajtazi, Sheqerie Buqaj, Shqipe Gashi, Teuta Gashi, Uresa Ahmeti, Valdete Idrizi | Panelists: Eliza Hoxha, Valdete Idrizi, Shqipe Gashi, Zana Hoxha, Rajmonda Ahmetaj | Editor & Moderator: Shpetim Selmani
15:00 - 17:00
Performance “Interrogating “power” | Artpolis Premiere Production
By: Uresa Ahmeti
18:00 – 18:30
FemArt After Party – Semira Latifi, Arbër Salihu, Alzan Gashi & Drin Tashi
Vocal: Semira Latifi | Guitar: Arbër Salihu | Drums: Drin Tashi | Piano: Alzan Gashi
From a young age Art was part of the active society where he participated in various causes, and also loves to do volunteer work. His hobbies are sports, books, theater, movies, music, etc. Art is ready to do its best to achieve its ideals for a more vital society.
She has just finished high school of natural sciences and has been admitted to the faculty of philology, journalism branch. One thing that sets Valëza apart is that when volunteer work or help for anything is mentioned, she does not hesitate to help, because she does it with a lot of fun. She has been volunteering since the 8th grade and will continue to participate in festivals, lead workshops, plan various projects and wherever she can to give her best. She is: extroverted, voluntary, creative.
By engaging in many trainings, theatrical performances, performances and festivals and performing volunteer work, it aims to raise awareness of the social problems and issues that concern Kosovo society.
He is currently attending high school at the Eqrem Çabej Gymnasium and is a volunteer in artistic and cultural activities.
She was an excellent student during elementary school and high school. During high school, she was rewarded with “Certificate of accomplishment “and a one-year scholarship from AAB college.
Despite her studies in technology, since she was a kid her dream was and still is art and everything about cinematography