Singer from Kosovo received with protests in Belgrade

Singer from Kosovo received with protests in Belgrade

Pristina, September 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Albanian song has been received with protests in the “Good day, Dobardan” festival in Belgrade.

The singer from Kosovo, Rona Nishliu performed under strict security measures, while a group of around 15 young people held a banner on their hand saying “Kosovo is Serbia”, in front of the building of the Belgrade Philharmonic.

State police has intervened to remove them. The concert was held according to plans, while strict security measures have been in place. No other incident was registered.

General director of the festival, Milenko Dereta declared that the reactions against the Kosovar singer were less than was expected.

“I believe that this is important. I must say that the government has guaranteed an efficient performance of the event. Although they don’t officially back the festival, they do this in practice”, declared he.

He considered this a highly dangerous event.

“We made the necessary preparations, because this was a highly dangerous event. Nevertheless, everything is in order”, said Dereta.

In the first evening of the festival, Rona Nishliu has performed nine jazz songs in the Albanian language. The photo has been shot by the Kosovar organizer, Kushtrim Koliqi. In the days to come, the festival will also show the play “Dealers” by Bekim Lumi. /ibna/