On February 5, 2024, The Embassy of Kosovo in The Hague hosted the opening of the photo exhibition entitled ‘The Netherlands through the eyes of Dutch Kosovars’ of the artists Arijan Zymeraj and Miranda Gashi, curated by Bardhi Haliti. The photos displayed the daily life of the Netherlands through urban views and human portraits and were arranged to create a narrative line through similarities in colours, shapes or landscapes.
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Mr. Arif Kaçandolli greeted guests and introduced the work of the artists.
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Mr. Arif Kaçandolli
H.E. Carin Lobbezzoo, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Kosovo, highlighted the potential of the photographs as a powerful cultural means to deliver a genuine perception of the Netherlands not only among Dutch citizens but especially abroad.
During the opening the pianist Mirsa Adami performed Albanian and Dutch repertoire. The opening was followed by a reception with traditional food and drinks from Kosovo.
H.E. Carin Lobbezzoo, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Republic of Kosovo
Artists Arijan Zymeraj and Miranda Gashi
Mirsa Adami performed Albanian and Dutch repertoire
The event was attended by representatives of the Dutch institutions and international organisations based in The Hague, as well as members of the Kosovar diaspora. This unique event was part of a series of activities organised by the Embassy in the framework of the celebrations of the Independence Day and contributes to further strengthening the cultural and artistic relations between the Netherlands and Kosovo. The Embassy of Kosovo in the Hague expressed special thanks to H.E. Carin Lobbezzoo for attending the event and for her insightful words, as well as to the artists Arijan Zymeraj and Miranda Gashi and the curator Bardhi Haliti for their enlightening work.
Our Central and Eastern Europe Center thanks the Embassy of Kosovo for their kind invitation.
Author: Beata Bruggeman-Sękowska is an award-winning international journalist, TV correspondent, author, chief editor of international journalism centre, Central and Eastern Europe Centre, president of the European Institute on Communist Oppression and a sworn translator. She was born in Warsaw, Poland and has also Armenian blood and roots in Lvov, which is part of Ukraine. She has been living in Heerlen, the Netherlands since 2005.