Mitrovica Social Club

Mitrovica Social Club comprises of a series of debates which intend to provide a platform for inclusive discussion in order to contribute to a culture of open debate in North Mitrovica. The concept of Mitrovica Social Club was developed by AKTIV in 2014, and aims to create open-dialogue framework for citizens of northern Kosovo. The idea behind Mitrovica Social Club was to open Mitrovica to different ideas and perspectives and promote certain topics other than only political, which are of interest to Serbian community in Kosovo, particularly: economy, unemployment, environment, youth violence, religion, culture, but also, current issues from the international scene. The topics selected for this project reflect the needs of community which have been identified through AKTIV’s work in northern Kosovo over the last several years.

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MSC: Socio-political criticism through artistic expression (VIDEO)

How much is socio-political criticism present on the artistic public scene today? In which area is it the most prominent and who are its bearers? What is the state of freedom of speech in our society? How efficient is it in today's time to express and sublimate your social, moral and political attitude through artistic expression?

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Socio-political criticism through artistic expression

Art has always been carried out in the framework of the socio-political context. The cultural- artistic expression has historically been the first indicator of people's dissatisfaction with the way certain issues were, or were not dealt with. An artist inevitably deals with politics in its original form, the form that involves the constant engagement of a man in the process of creation of a better and more organized society, regardless of the potential high price. An artist must have a political stance, but it is very important for him to understand that having a political stance does not mean being politically defined at daily or party level. An artist must be aware that, even now at the time of neoliberal capitalism, and just like through all previous socio-economic formations, if he decides to have an idea, if he decides to criticize – he should forget the conformism of living.

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MSC: What has changed after January 16, 2018? (VIDEO)

On January 16, 2018, Oliver Ivanovic, a prominent Kosovo Serb leader and the president and founder of CI "Serbia, Democracy, Justice", was assassinated. In a new debate in Mitrovica Social Club held on January 15, 2019, we discussed the consequences this crime has had on the society and, above all, on Oliver's fellow citizens. Has it affected the freedom of speech, the feeling of security of citizens, and what is, therefore, the future of democracy in this region?

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What has changed after January 16, 2018?

Within the project of Center for Civil Energy financed by Kosovo Foundation for an Open Society, a debate was held in Mitrovica Social Club on topic "What has changed after January 16, 2018", in which the panelists were Ksenija Bozovic - vice president of CI "Serbia, Democracy, Justice", Budimir Nicic - president of the Association of Journalists of Serbia in Kosovo, and Miodrag Milicevic - Executive Director of the NGO "Aktiv ".

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MSC: On the Kosovo Army from a security aspect (VIDEO)

The transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces into the Kosovo Army was discussed at the MSC debate by the executive director of the "Kosovo Center for Security Studies" (KCSS) Florian Cehaj and the security researcher and former director of the NGO "Humane Center Mitrovica" Veroljub Petronic. You can watch the debate on the NGO "Aktiv" YouTube channel.

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MSC: Discussing the Kosovo Army from a security perspective

After a series of diplomatic failures, the official Pristina introduced Kosovo Army to citizens as a way of creating the impression that the current government's policy is successful, and that the Serbs, particularly in the North of Kosovo, should not be afraid because the existing legal framework reached between the NATO and Pristina prevents the Army from deploying in the North without KFOR`s approval. These are some of the conclusions presented last night in a debate on the transformation of the KSF into the army, organized by the NGO "Aktiv" in Kosovska Mitrovica.

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MSC: Civil Sector in Kosovo: Potentials, Cooperation and Chances (VIDEO)

The MSC Debate on the Civil Sector in Kosovo, held in Pristina on December 12th, can be watched on the Aktiv`s YouTube channel. Naim Rasiti, the Director of the Balkan Policy Research Group (BPRG), Dejan Radivojević, the Director of the NGO Forum for Development and Multiethnic Cooperation, and Boban Simić, Head of the Aktiv`s Office in Prishtina, spoke on this topic.

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Civil sector in Kosovo, cooperation and chances

Cooperation between Serbian and Albanian NGOs in Kosovo is fairly good, but there is a huge space for improvement. This was, among other things, said at the Mitrovica Social Club organized in Pristina by the NGO "Aktiv" from North Mitrovica.

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