“Mirëdita, dobar dan” festival events won’t be held on June 28

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Serbian Internal Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic said he believes that the “Mirëdita, dobar dan” festival, announced to be held on June 28, St Vitus Day, in Belgrade, is a “high-risk event” and that the organizers should consider postponing it. Anja Zloporubovic of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) told N1 that the organizer’s final decision is not to hold the festival on St Vitus Day.

We decided it is best that all programs originally planned for June 28 be rescheduled for June 27 and 28, solely due to security reasons, said Zloporubovic, adding they understand that people might not feel comfortable attending what had been planned for the 28th after all the controversy.

We really don’t think that holding part of the program on St Vitus Day offends anyone or poses a barrier, but the festival guests are our primary concern and we don’t want the recent controversies affecting attendance, explained Zloporubovic.

She said her organization has not yet been contacted by the authorities.

“We are on standby, waiting to see if the situation will escalate. For now, we are proceeding with our planned schedule, but there have been no official contacts so far,” she said.

Zloporubovic explained that all festival events are held in private venues, with security measures as usual.

“We really don’t expect any major security risks. Miredita always attracts certain attention, which has been intensified this year because of the date, but I hope we will hold the festival in the calmest conditions possible,” she said.