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date: 13 November 2019

Prishtinalocked

  • Rreze Kryeziu

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The capital of the Republic of Kosovo, located in the north-western region.

Prishtina today is a chaotic place, although one can still notice its beauty. It has a population of more than 200,000 inhabitants, with many new houses and buildings under construction and narrow roads that make life harder, but the liveliness of its residents and the tempo of daily life both upset and attract. The majority of Prishtina’s population consists of Albanians, but there are also Serbs, Roma, Turks, and Ashkali. Albanian is the principal language, but since the war of 1999 English is the second spoken language, particularly by the younger population.

Prishtina is the major cultural center in Kosovo, with culture understood to include not only music but also the other arts. Musical life in Prishtina started developing after World War II, at the same time as the other arts in Kosovo. Small orchestras were founded (semi-professional due to the lack of proper music education institutions) and they played a key role in reviving musical life in the country....

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