Press release

Festival in Brezovica ski resort brings people together to celebrate Sharr Mountain nature and culture

07.08.2017, Brezovica, Kosovo

From 11th to 13th August local people, guests from around Kosovo and neighboring countries are gathering in ski center Brezovica for music and nature festival BREfest. The event is free of charge, organized by volunteers, based on guests’ participation in activities. It is supported by USAID Advancing Kosovo Together – Local Solution and Eramsus+ programme. It aims to bringing attention to the beauty of Sharr Mountain, to raise awareness on environmental topics and to provide space for people who love the mountain; to share their vision for its future. The message of the festival is “Sharr is more than snow” emphasizing the unique, natural and cultural values of the mountain besides the attractive skiing slopes.

The program during the day will offer diverse activities for children, youngsters, elderly and families. The evening will be a celebration of nature friendly music and cinema. Jimmy Mustafa band is opening the festival musical progamme on Friday. The band consists of 4 young and talented Roma musicians who create music based on Roma tradition and contemporary sounds and genres. On Saturday the mountain will be vibrating in a jazz wave thanks to the rich sound of Trio Biber. The last day will be all about exchanging music and culture between locals and volunteers from around the world.

Throughout the 3-day-event, multiple workshops such as capoeira, vegan cusine, RecycleArt, DIY (do it yourself) activities will take place. Guests will have the possibility to learn about medicinal herbs, wildlife and the mountain through guided educational tours. Everyday of the festival has its own topic which will be presented by an exhibition and discussion. The first day is dedicated to the environmental realities and the alternatives for a just world where the participants from the Tour of Freedom are going to share stories collected during their journey. Saturday is all about migration of people throughout centuries and continents creating a link between the historical cross-border region of Sharr mountain with current migration issues. Last day is dedicated to the nature and culture of Sharr – sharing positive stories, challenging threats, exchanging and creating a vision.

BREfest is promoting a different approach of appreciating nature by making us think about our own impact on the environment. The organizers from GAIA are inviting guests to bring their own cup (and camping food equipment if possible) in order to avoid the use of plastic and to reduce the amount of waste. Share and exchange is another festival principal which is valid for sharing transport to the ski resort but also for exchanging skills, home-made products and stuff between people.

The organization of the festival is supported by:

  • 25 International and local volunteers from 13 countries co-funded by Erasmus+ programme of the EU

  • 20 international participants of the Tour of Freedom, which are traveling by bikes from the north of Kosovo to Brezovica, supported by USAID Advancing Kosovo Together – Local Solution

  • Roma children from Imaginatorium – alternative educational center in Gracanica

  • And everybody else who is interested

CONTACTS

GAIA Kosovo, brefest2017@gmail.com, www.gaiakosovo.org

Phone number: +386 49 433 395 (Albanian); +386 49 386 709 (English,Serbian); +386 49 819 573 (English, Serbian)