Another Successful Edition of Anibar
If you’re in Peja/Peč during summer and you’re surrounded by exhilarating and creative young people, chances are that you’re at Anibar, the Kosovo’s International Animation Festival.
A crucial symbol to the city and an empowering sensation for youth, Anibar aims at encouraging young artists to express different ideas and worldviews.
Since its foundation in 2010, Anibar has attracted over the years young art activists from every part of Kosovo. For its 8th edition, over 1000 people including renowned animators and movie professionals gathered this year for an entire week of movie screening, workshops, talks and discussions.
This year edition was special under many aspects: the records of movie applications received, as well as that of highest number of volunteers, were indeed broken!
The Enthusiasm of Volunteering
“This well-managed organization helped them to support the festival’s staff and – most importantly – ensured a smooth experience for the visitors”.
Thanks to the financial and organizational support of the UN Volunteer Office in Kosovo, more than 80 youngsters, local and international, were enabled to volunteer helping orchestrating the entire festival.
“Knowing how important the volunteers are to this organization, we put a lot of emphasis on their management,” said Vullnet Sanaja, Anibar’s co-founder. “This year, each volunteer was tasked with a very specific set assignments. This well-managed organization helped them to support the festival’s staff and – most importantly – ensured a smooth experience for the visitors”.
Volunteers themselves appreciated the opportunity of working in an organized and respected fashion: “This year, the festival was really very well organized. As soon as I arrived to Anibar, I knew what my duties were and what I was expected to do to help the organizers and the staff reach the festival’s objectives”, said Donika Byqymeti, one of the enthusiast festival’s volunteers.
Caring for the future: teaching the Global Goals
“Kids understood that, by the end of the Global Agenda, in 2030, they’ll be around 20-years-old. So, they became extremely attentive and perceived this global issue in a more personal manner.”
As tradition, among many other interactive activities, specific animation workshops were the peak of Anibar. The number of them rose considerably from last year, with seven different workshops held during the festival’s week.
An activity that raised particular interest among children ranging from 6 to 12-year-old was a workshop dedicated to the creation of stop-motion animations: from creating clay figures to develop animated stories around them.
Supported by the United Nations Kosovo Team, Anibar picked as theme of this workshop the Global Goals: a set of goals, a to do list for the planet to be achieved by 2030 to ensure equal and global prosperity for everyone through eradication of poverty, promotion of gender equality and protection of the environment.
Representatives of the United Nations Kosovo Team helped the children to better understand the Global Goals and encouraged them to incorporate one or more goals into their animated stories, further promoting these important social and environmental issues.
The kids reacted very positively to the workshop. As Flaka Kokolli, tutor in the workshop, noted: “They understood that, by the end of the Global Agenda, in 2030, they’ll be around 20-years-old. So, they became extremely attentive and perceived this global issue in a more personal manner.”
In addition to the workshop, the topics being so diverse – ranging from poverty and hunger to education and gender equality – those who joined the festival were exposed to social and global issues related to the Global Goals through the different animation movies.
Similarly to Anibar, also other festivals have become for the Kosovar youth not only an opportunity for connecting and having fun, but also a major factor of engagement with social issues. Those who believe that children and adolescents are not really interested in what’s happening around them, shouldn’t miss events like Anibar, where it is evident how young people’s endeavors in increasing awareness and tackling social issues are becoming a day by day reality in Kosovo, breaking myths and stereotypes.