Years of civil engagement by the Anibar community of volunteers to promote and develop the Jusuf Gervalla Cinema in terms of improved public usage and revitalization with a wider range of activities have finally led to a very positive outcome.
Anibar has committed itself to revitalize and restore, one and only cinema in the whole Peja Region (with 174,235 inhabitants), through its initiative which has consisted of a number of actions, that involve community meetings, stakeholder panels, workshops on rethinking the utilization of public spaces, advocacy, and lots of administrative procedures.
In December 2016 the Municipality of Peja initiated a process for the allocation for short-term use of municipal immovable property, conducted through the procedures of public auction.
Anibar has been awarded the lease for the next 15 years, which will allow Anibar to revitalize, restore, and raise the value of the building through its development strategy, and the program foreseen for the cultural advancement of the movie theater.
The initiative marks the first Public-Civil partnership in the Municipality of Peja for the revitalization of a cultural public building, which has already begun to get attention from other civil society organizations to be used as a model. Throughout the next year, Anibar will commit itself to continue to support and share lessons learned with other civil society cultural institutions, and initiatives that deal with revitalization of public spaces throughout Kosovo.
The goals of Anibar are to build institutional knowledge by creating a vibrant multi-purpose cultural space, which serves all year round for consistent film screening, civic education, discussion and film production.
* Municipal Assembly based on the LAW No. 04/L-144 on allocation for use and exchange of immovable property of the municipality, has given the consent to follow the procedures for allocation for short-term use of municipal immovable property which will be conducted through an open public competition, procedures foreseen by this Law, on 4th of December 2015.