Overcoming the prejudices of the past through TV, theatre and music

Different media for conveying messages, such as television, theatre and music play an important role in raising pluralism and tolerance, while also overcoming stereotypes and ethnocentric narratives in popular culture. The artistic and cultural offer can create connections between people, expose prejudices from the past, founding values ​​that are then transferred from the local communities to the […]

Prejudices on the Balkans about sexual diversity in a wider context through examples (first and foremost) from Macedonian cinematography

Often times when you want to talk about something, and for some reason you are uncomfortable, it seems that the easiest thing to do is to distance yourself from the problem, to present it as someone else’s and to talk about it from a “safe” distance. In ordinary conversation with close people, it is most often represented[…]

Balkan.Perspectives Podcast

The Balkan Perspectives podcast is forumZFD’s audio format on Dealing with the Past and Peace Education in the Western Balkans. The podcast is produced in four languages (Albanian, BHCS, Macedonian and English) by the forumZFD offices in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Serbia. You can subscribe to the Balkan.Perspectives Podcast on the following streaming platforms[…]

Interview with Shkëlzen Maliqi

Dear viewers and listeners, welcome to the Balkan Perspectives podcast! Today, I have in my studio Mr. Shkëlzen Maliqi. He is a rare and long-time art critic. Within the framework of the 23rd edition of Balkan Perspectives we have chosen him to talk about a topic that is not so easy. We will talk about art, culture,[…]

Domestic Music and Algorithms

Recognition of the genre “domestic music” on Internet music services like YouTube and Spotify Balkan mix. Domestic music. Domestic rock. Domaćica. Ex-Yu hits. We find thousands of playlists with similar names on music services like YouTube or Spotify. These are collections of popular songs created by users from various areas of the former Yugoslavia or diaspora, united[…]

The Weight of the Past

While the contemporary regional cinematography has created a nearly separate thematic and genre area to confront the bloody wartime past as a constant segment of Balkan history, the theatre still enters this cathartic space timidly and unconsciously. Although in their works, both film and theatre, in their distinct characteristic and painful ways, confront the bloody wartime past[…]