Qendra Multimedia (Multimedia Centre) was established in 2002 in Prishtina, Kosovo, with the aim to stimulate and develop visual and performing arts, especially contemporary theatre and literature. The Qendra is a meeting point for young authors from Kosovo and the region that gather to write and perform plays. Most of the plays deal with the living conditions of today’s Kosovo and feature topics like the memory of the war, migration, poverty and the co-existence of different population groups.
The exchange with international partners is a key element of the work of Qendra Multimedia. Over the last years, various international co-productions have emerged. Since the year of 2007 there is a regular exchange with German artists taking place.
A special focus lies on theatre for and with children wherefore Qendra Multimedia established the Centre for Children’s Theatre Development and founded a youth drama group that is active in the Arrow network.
The Qendra Mulitmedia has used the method of the so-called “forum theatre“, developed by Augusto Boal, to partake in current social and political debates and to launch such. In this context, several scenes tackling the theme of the “missing persons“ have been performed at Albanian and Serbian dominated places in Kosovo. The interventions and following discussions of the audience were documented and published in a trilingual book.
In 2006 it was nominated for the “Paris-Europa” award, which is given by the French company “Maison d'Europe et d'Orient” for the most innovative and successful theatre companies in Europe.
The association is a free union of people, non-for-profit association under the definition of UNMIK regulation 1999/22, paragraph 2.2, and as such it is established with the free will of its members.
Multimedia Center’s main programs is:
CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S THEATRE DEVELOPMENT – CCTD
CCTD was created as a part of the Multimedia Centre in Prishtina with the aim to focus its activities in theatre for children and young people, emphasizing its educational and social role. CCTD intends to explore on stage the actual problems that preoccupy children and young people. The parallel missions of CCTD are to stimulate playwriting for children's theatre and young people's theatre, whilst using theatre as a forum to educate children on their rights, democracy and reconciliation. CCTD’s activities deal some of the most challenging problems of the Kosovan society of today. One of the most ambitious projects of this nature in 2005 and 2006 was the theatre performance “The longest winter”; an Albanian – Serbian project about the missing persons from the last war in Kosova – the issue of the missing persons is a problem that mobilized both communities to work together and to share the solidarity with the families of the missing persons.