Newsletter no. 3 articles
Workshop "Pilot Preservation and Development Plan for Isniq"
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Some moments during the construction works (2004) in Hadum Mosque
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Heritage days, Dranoc, Decan 3 X 2004
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upon a time,
somewhere around late XIX century, there was a stone quart with
a narrow street.
Stonewalls surrounded the yards and defined the direction of the
street. Horse carts would pass by carrying harvest, while some
were bringing the cattle back from pasture. In the evening, the
fireplace would gather the villagers.
October 2004, same quart still exists. Surprisingly, it seems
it survived. One can still see cattle and harvest. But today,
it has seems forsaken by the world.
With each passing day, this place is losing its historical parts...
today everyone wants to see, touch, feel, protect and respect
this solely surviving neighbourhood that presents the Kosovar
way of life along history, to remember the past and serve the
This is why, on Sunday, October 3, from 10:00 – 16:00 we
will be in Dranoc,
to celebrate the Days of Kosovar Heritage.
We believe you will attend, too.
This quart represents Kosovar and European culture, both at the
Meeting point will be the historical setting or (stone houses
and kullas) that will be open for the interested public on this
Signs of the event will be visible in the area where the celebration
is to be held.
- Market with handicrafts – Ethnological exhibition -
- Visit to the historical zone of Dranoc -
- Photo exhibition – Traditional dances and games -
- Performance of construction/restoration works in the Cultural
Centre of CHwB (Mazrekaj Kulla) -
- Food from traditional cooking -
Various activities in way of celebrations will enable the visitors,
in a pleasant and joyous way, to learn directly about the rural
culture of the place.
Organisation of Heritage Days is supported by the European Commission
and Council of Europe.
This year, the celebration will be held in 49 regions of Europe
(including Kosovo) with the motto: ”Europe, joint heritage”.
First efforts to organise an event that would correspond to the
aims of EHD (European Heritage Days) was „Heritage Week“
held in Isniq from October 3-5, 2003 and was organised by the
Swedish NGO CHwB and was supported by Kosovo Ministry of Culture.
CHwB NGO (field office in Prishtina) continues the efforts to
make this celebration an annual event. This year, a different
Kosovar cultural and historical area was selected and this is
Dranoc, Municipality of Deçan.
In this exact municipality, the Kosovo heritage Monastery of Deçan
was put under the protection of UNESCO, that presents a great
world recognition for Kosovo heritage.
workshop and seminar “Think in global level and act in local
level – a gathering for the protection of the built heritage
in Deçan and Isniq”
Swedish NGO Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB) local office
in Prishtina is for the moment organizing a summer workshop and
seminar “Think in global level and act in local level –
a gathering for the protection of the built heritage in Deçan
and Isniq”, with the assistance of the CISCENE / Polytechnic
University of Torino and the contribution of all authorities responsible
for cultural heritage in Kosovo.
The workshop and seminar will take place from
7th of June till 1 of July 2004, and will be
composed by two parts:
a) an in-field workshop 7th - 27th of June with
professors, students, technical municipal officers and professionals,
b) a seminar 28 of June - 1 of July that will
include all authorities involved, but also important persons who
can help in Cultural Heritage matters and the participants of
Damages to churches and other cultural / religious
properties during the recent riots 17-18 March 2004 in Kosovo
10 May 2004
This document is a first step by CHwB to try to get control over
what actually happened with the orthodox and Serbian heritage
during the riots. With this as a base we hope we can contribute
to the protection of the monuments in danger. For
with CHwB's collaboration partners on the Balkans
16 March 2004
March 15th-19th in Stockholm CHwB arrange the workshop “Restoration
Art, Restoration Principles and Good Maintenance” with collaboration
partners on the Balkans. 15 persons from Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro are participating.
Participants from Kosovo are: two representatives from the Ministry
of Culture / Heritage division, one representative from the Faculty
of Architecture, and two members of our CHwB local office staff
visit of Professor Zeynep Ahunbay from Turkey regarding the restoration
of the Hadum Mosque in Gjakova
Hadum Mosque is a monument of great architectural and historical
As CHwB works according to international standards and regulations,
international experts in the fields of conservation and restoration
are engaged. Professor Zeynep Ahunbay at the University of Istanbul
was contacted as a restoration expert adviser. Professor Ahunbay
visited Kosovo from the 30th January until the 2nd February 2004.
During her stay, field visits and discussions were organized.
The many questions that were brought up on the table regarding
the Hadum Mosque will be sorted out in Istanbul, Kosovo and Sweden
until her next visit in late April.
At the same time CHwB is working to engage the Italian stone conservator
Mr. Simon Warreck, who
is expected to arrive in the end of March.
local office of CHwB in Prishtina has recently produced a newsletter
no. 2 (in Albanian and English). The first number was produced
in June 2003 in three languages (Albanian, Serbian and English).