Prishtina is known for its café culture, accompanied by hours of idle people-watching, but less so for its creative spaces for young people. Youngsters are not always listened to nor included, both at family and institutional levels. The desire to have a space that they can shape to their needs, coupled with inspiration from Allee Du Kaai in Brussels, led to Termokiss.
The space, a concrete, disused building, part of the TermoKos, the heating plant, was restored by volunteers and a very smart fundraiser – installing a large screen for the Euro 2016 and selling beer in Brussels, covering the renovation costs.
Three years later, Termokiss has become an alternative meeting space for those who seek more and want to do more. Run by a group of passionate individuals who believe in the power of community, it offers a space for education & recreation. The exciting part is that you never know what will happen – it depends on what the volunteers decide to organize. My first foray at Termokiss was for a flea market. In the jumble of youth, skinny jeans, Doc Martins and parkas I found a quirky pair of peacock feather earrings. This summer, the open air cinema was a hit, but I unfortunately missed it.
For me, the highlight of the September events is the open-to-all drawing session with Rron Qena, an acclaimed Kosovan artist. For three hours you will have the opportunity to learn from one of the best. Perhaps I can also add drawing to my skills :-).