Past Events at Hotel Gracanica

Inauguration of Driton Selmani's "Eye to Eye"

27 May 2022 at 20:02

One of the highlights of the Amsterdam Light Festival in 2017, now at our hotel: Driton Selmani's light installation Eye to Eye! The original was 11 m high and 3.50 m in diameter, we have the artist's model 3.20 m high and 1.60 m in diameter.
About the original installation, Roos Hollander, the curator of the Amsterdam Light Festival wrote: "Driton Selmani’s installation Eye to Eye represents a giant eye-shaped amulet that serves as a tool to protect mankind, animals, and the surrounding landscape from the evil eye. Selmani magnified this familiar pop icon to become an instrument that protects the city of Amsterdam, its inhabitants, and its visitors not just from the evil eye, but from all forces of darkness. At the same time, Eye to Eye stands as a landmark that watches over us and speaks eye to eye with our deepest selves."
We hope that now "Eye to Eye" will now protect the hotel and guests from all evil!
The Eye to Eye will light up automatically every day when it gets dark.

Concert of Ebru Jılta

On 30 April 2022, Ebru Jılta held a concert at the hotel for a group of Swiss visitors and other guests. Check her songs on Youtube, e.g.










New music video of the Jimmy Mustafa Band

The new music video of the Jimmy Mustafa Band is now on YouTube, the title song from their second album. You can hear the band every Sunday at our hotel during our Sunday brunch. See also:








The Jimmy Mustafa Band that regularly plays at our Sunday brunch has recorded their second album, "Romane Bajrakja", in June (album cover painting: Bajram Mehmeti) and immediately went on tour in Germany. In October, 2019 they will go on their second tour in Switzerland, with these concerts:

  • Chur, Postremise, 17 October at 19:00
  • Alvaneu-Dorf, Nido del Lupo, 18 October at 19:00
  • Mathon, Restaurant Muntsuley, 19 October at 19:00
  • Arogno, Bar de la Poste, 20 October at 19:00
  • Bellinzona, Biblioteca Interculturale, 24 October at 19:00
  • Winterthur, Coalmine, 25 October at 19:00
  • Winterthur, Ida-Beiz, 26 October at 20:30
  • Zürich, Maxim Theater, 27 October at 20:00

For a feature of the German public radio about the band s. Das Ende vom „Zigeunerlager Auschwitz“. Massenmord im August 1944


Not at the hotel - as usually every Sunday -, but on tour in Germany: The Jimmy Mustafa Band will have concerts in German from June 7th to 23rd 2019. For details s.


















Pleurat Doli playing with the Jimmy Mustafa Band, on Sundays 12:00 - 14:00

From now on during the summer, Pleurat Doli will play together with Jimmy Mustafa and Ersad Bunjaku during our Sunday brunch. 


Aleksandra Hiltmann: SecondSight. Prishtina rearranged

Exhibition 14 October  - mid December 2017

Opening on 14 October: 


Photography, reading session, aperitif


„Prishtina you beauty, you beast, you desert and garden of flowers, you reality and appearance, you chameleon against stagnation, you end of history and then again somehow clash of civilizations. You home of mine, you stranger to me.“ AH.


You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening of SecondSight - a photo exhibition and a documentary-literary declaration of love on second sight for Prishtina by Aleksandra Hiltmann.


Please join us on 14th of October 2017, 17:30, at Hotel Gracanica.

Ul. Dragana Ristića b.b., 10500 Gračanica (10 min. from Pristina)


Feel free to bring guests.



Kosovë/o is everywhere. Literature.Raki.Music

29 September 2017, 8 p.m.

Spoken word & music performance


Ariane von Graffenried (Switzerland)

Miloš Živanović (Serbia)

Shpëtim Selmani (Kosovo)

Maru Rieben (Switzerland)

Art Lokaj (Kosovo)


Kosovë/o is everywhere is a project of Bern ist überall (Berne is everywhere), a group of Swiss writers and musicians, together with Qendra Multimedia. Authors from Kosova and Switzerland are on stage together and present literature in different languages as a sort of performance. The tour starts at the Qendra Multimedia in Prishtina, and then takes the group to Gračanica, Ferizaj, Prizren, Gjakova, Peja and back to Prishtina.

Ariane von Graffenried: Born 1978, she lives and works as an author in Berne. Ph.D. in theatrical sciences, she writes for stage and the medias. With the musician Robert Aeberhard she created the duo Fitzgerald&Rimini. Her book « Fleur de Bern » [Flower of Berne} was published in 2010 (knapp Verlag), her CD « Aristokratie und Wahnsinn » in 2011 and in 2015 her second CD « Grand Tour » (Verlag der gesunde Menschenversand).

Milos Zivanovic (4.8.1976, Belgrade), co-founder and co-editor of KPZ Betonngo and Cultural-propaganda set Beton. Author: Ignore The Nightmare In The Bathroom, Maticasrpska, Novi Sad, 2006; Kubernetes – priče o pilotu (Kubernets – stories about a pilot), Plima, Ulcinj, 2008; Lirikapasa (Lyric of Dogs), Algoritam, Zagreb, 2009; co-author of theatrical-musical performance “Opera za dinar”, with “Ah, Ahilej” ensemble, based on the book Lirikapasa; Razbijanje(The Killing), Algoritam, Zagreb/Beograd, 2011.

Shpëtim Selmani, a 28-year-old, a poet and an actor from Kosovo, is a guest in Belgrade. He is part of a residential program organized by the same people who organize the regional festival of literature KROKODIL. Selmani studies sociology at the University of Prishtina and has completed his master degree in acting at the Academy of Arts in Prishtina. He has published two poetry collections: Inside the Shell/Brenda Guacës (2006) and Poetry/Poezija (2011). Some of his poetry has been translated into Serbian for an anthology “From Prishtina with love”, through which the readers from Serbia got introduced to contemporary Kosovar literature.

Maru Rieben: Born in Berne, 1963. She is formed as jazz percussionist and media artist. She collaborates with artists from a modern dance background, from the performance, theater, literature (spoken words) and video. She performed in Europe and in Japan,  recorded several CD. In parallel to this, she teaches at a music school.


Art Lokaj, born in Prishtina, 25 years old. He has a BA in Albanian Literature in University of Prishtina “HasanPrishtina”, Prishtina (Kosovo). Performing guitar and keyboards in different genres such as blues, funk, pop, rock and modern/alternative music. Working with different kinds of sound equipment to build sounds that fit the genre/song. Finding the songs that fit the idea of the producer/writer or writing/recording an original song/idea for the project. The ability to improvise and play along with other musicians. Highly passionate about working with garage bands, theater groups, small venues, production companies, etc. As a guitarist, he performed and recorded with a lot of artists such as EnedaTarifa, EdonaReshitaj, RinaBilurdagu, Nita Latifi, ElhaidaDani, Redon Makashi, AleksanderGjoka, Elton Deda, Xuxi – NaimBunjaku, Mentor Haziri, Alban Skenderaj, etc.


More info:  and


Concert of Proximity Mine

8 September 2017, 8 p.m.

Catch up with this phantastic band just preparing their first album and on their way to a concert in Vienna!
Proximity Minie is one of the seven multiethnic bands of the Mitrovica Rock School.

Click on the links for more information about the band and their concert in Vienna and a sound sample!
It is the second concert of the band at the hotel (scroll down).



Inauguration of Anke Gollub's art installation "Aussicht" (view)

10 August 2017, 6 p.m.

Anke Gollub's art installation "Aussicht" ("view") has been, for one year, part of the exhibition "Art in the Public Space" in Münster/Germany, at Haus Wilkinghege. Now, the artist has donated it to our hotel, where it will be installed in the coming days. You are kindly invited to the official inauguration on 10 August 2017 at 6pm. The artist will be present.
The hotel has already shown works by Anke Gollub in 2014 in the exhibition "Behind Barbed Wire" (scroll down for more info).
For more information about the artist and the installation "Aussicht" s.


Driton Selmani: They say you can't hold two watermelons in one hand

11 March 2017, 5 p.m.

Unveiling of Driton Selmani's photo, our first major acquisition of a work of art for our future permanent exhibition. The event includes two installations of the artist, "Utopia" and "Natural mystic" (s. slideshow below).


Fashion and Urban Dance Show

21 January 2017, 4 p.m.

Saturday, January 21st, at 4pm, students of the tailor and hairdresser courses of the Diakonie Training Center Mitrovica will hold a fashion and hair show at the hotel. You are cordially invited!

The fashion and hair show will be accompanied by performances of the Urban Dance Crew Mitrovica. 
The Urban Dance Crew Mitrovica has already had a fascinating performance at the hotel on 29 July 2014 (s. and a successful tour through Germany in 2016. As the space in the hotel is limited, we cannot promise you scenes like the one on the photo, but you'll certainly be impressed!



Ice Rink Winter 2016/2017

Our ice rink, 16 x 14 m, is finally quite ok, only a few bumps left. Next year, we'll do it perfect..

Exhibition of Wedding Photos

16 December 2016 - 14 February 2017

Maybe you've seen some of them? This year, we have had more than 70 photographers taking photos of over 150 wedding couples at the hotel. On Friday, 16th of December at 5pm, we'll open an exhibition of the best wedding photos, 41 photos of 29 couples by 16 photographers. Don’t miss it!


You’ll have the chance to choose the best photo. The couple on the winning photo will win a dinner and a night in our superior studio. The winners will be announced at the closing event on 14th of February 2017.


These are the photographers and couples selected for the exhibition: Astrit Hoti / Studio Lumi: Flakon & Albana; Berat Hoxha: Besim & Blerina, Valdrin & Albina; Dini Begolli: Ariana & Nesi; Donart Vitija: Sadik & Albana; Edi Recica: Kenan & Arjeta; Fatlum Hajredinaj: Agim & Lorida, Dardan & Qendresa, Ngadhenjim & Suzana; Fisnik Halili; Flamur Ilazi; Lavdim Begolli / Studio Flori: Alban & Elisa; Foto Vido Sigma: Fisnik & Floriana; Jeton Dajakaj / JD Weddings: Vedat & Emira, Labinot & Fidane, Blerim & Blerta; Norik Uka: Labinot & Filloreta, Yllza & Valdrin, Arena & Adem, Xheneta & Petrit, Fiona & Pellumb, Rahime & Shukri, Albulena & Endrit, Qendresa & Lavdim; On Media LLC: Ehad & Laura; Sefer Aliqkaj: Safet & Qendresa, Ardi & Sabina; Xhansen Pantina: Lirijeta & Egzon


Photos of the Opening on 16 December 2016, by Kiklop: 

Cinema by the Pool: "Welcome to Plemetina" and "Pretty Dyana"

26 August 2017, 8 p.m.

Come and watch two of our favorite documentaries about Roma: "Welcome to Plemetina", a touching film made in 2003 by Roma youth (credit: Balkan Sunflowers), showing the life in their community and the dreams of the children there. And "Pretty Dyana": "Romani immigrants struggle to survive in the outskirts of Belgrade using only Citroën's Dyane as a truck, transportation device and power supply - as a life support system."


Click on these links to learn more!

Trailer for "Pretty Dyana"

"Welcome to Plemetina", complete film available on YouTube.

Do you have a proposal for a film that we should show? Contact us!


Mitrovica Rock School Concert

Saturday, 17 December 2016, 4:30pm

After the wonderful concert of Sublime 6 and Akasha on October 2nd, now two other bands of the Mitrovica Rock School will perform at the hotel, Proximity Mine and High Frequency.

Samples of their music:

Proximity Mine:

High Frequency:


Photos from the concert (below): Kiklop


Mitrovica Rock School Concert

2 October 2016, 5pm

Exhibition Milica Kostić: Parallel Worlds. Paintings and Engravings

28 May to 27 July 2016

Photos of the opening by Layla Baraké


Article in "Prishtina Insight" about the exhibition:


Jimmy Mustafa Band: Album Release Concert

Friday, 18 December 2015, 8pm

Jimmy Mustafa Band was formed in 2009 by Djemalj Jimmy Mustafa in Plemetina, Kosovo. It has played in various compositions and at different music festivals in Kosovo, but mostly just Jimmy Mustafa (guitar) and Ersad Bunjaku (vocals) perform together. They play regularly at Hotel Gracanica during Sunday brunch.

Jimmy Mustafa (*1989) comes from a family of musicians and has learned his art from his father who used to play guitar at Roma weddings. He has composed the music for several documentary films about Roma. Ersad Bunjaku (*1994) also comes from a family of musicians, with his father and brother singing at Roma weddings and parties.

The production of the album was made possible by the Embassy of Switzerland in Kosovo.


Previous recording of one of the songs of the album


Interview with Jimmy Mustafa in the Romani program of RTK:


Article on Thomas Reuters Foundation News about the band:


Website of the band:


Report by Kron Sadiku on Klan Kosova about the album and the launch concert


Rolf Bauerdick: Wir sind gleich, wir sind anders. Begegnungen mit einem ungeliebten Volk. Dia-Vortrag

Samstag, 10. Oktober 2015, 17 Uhr

Rolf Bauerdick, Autor des Buches "Zigeuner. Begegnungen mit einem ungeliebten Volk", wird in seinem von Fotos begleiteten Vortrag über diese Begegnungen, verteilt auf über zwanzig Jahre und mehr als hundert Reisen in zwölf Länder, und die Ursachen und Herausforderungen einer wachsenden Zuwanderung der Roma nach Westeuropa berichten. 

Rolf Bauerdick, geboren 1957, lebt im Münsterland. Nach dem Studium der Literaturwissenschaft und Theologie wurde er Journalist. Er hat Reportagereisen in rund sechzig Länder unternommen; seine Text- und Bildreportagen erscheinen in europäischen Tageszeitungen und Magazinen und sind vielfach ausgezeichnet. Sein Roman "Wie die Madonna auf den Mond kam" erschien 2009, wurde bislang in zwölf Sprachen übersetzt und erhielt den Europäischen Buchpreis 2012. Sein neuer Roman, die deutsche Ost-West-Geschichte „Pakete an Frau Blech“, erschien Anfang März 2015.

Mehr Infos auf


Reading by Elizabeth Gowing from her new book "The Rubbish-Picker's Wife. An Unlikely Friendship in Kosovo"

Saturday 3 October 2015, 5pm

Making Ajvar

14 - 22 September 2015

From 14 to 22 and on 30 September, you again have the opportunity to watch our cooks and their helpers prepare ajvar the traditional way, learn how to do it yourself and/or buy a jar (7 €). The word "ajvar" is related to "caviar" - and it indeed is just as delicious! s.


Photo Studio by Layla Baraké

During August, Layla Baraké will again put up her photo studio at the hotel every Sunday from 11am to 3pm during our Sunday brunch. Come and get your portrait!
For the brunch, please reserve: 038 729 888 or 049 764 000.

Photo studio every Sunday at Hotel Gracanica, Pristina

Prishtina Architecture Week: Open House at Hotel Gracanica

1 July 2015 from 13:00

Easter Monday Brunch

On Monday, 6 April 2015, we will have a special Easter brunch with many Easter specialties incl.
roast lamb, roast pork, Easter bread, corn bread, colored eggs, slavsko žito (wheat pudding w. walnuts),
 paskha (Russian Easter dessert) etc.


11am to 3pm


Adults:           15 €

Children:       1 € per year of age

Incl. fresh orange juice, coffee/tea, mineral water


Reservations: 038 729 888 or 049 764 000


Photo Exhibition Layla Baraké: Change, Don't Hide. Dokustudio

14 November 2014 - 31 January 2015

Photo studio every Sunday from 11am to 3pm

A great opportunity to have your portrait taken - or a portrait of your spouse, kids or your team!

Prices (without frames): 20x20 cm 25 €, 40x40cm 50 €, 100x100cm 110 €, digital 50 €.

For reservations call 038 729 888 or 049 764 000! 

Portraits taken at the documentary and short film festival Dokufest in Prizren this summer (s.

For earlier great photos of Layla Baraké s. 


Photos of the opening by Jetmir Idrizi


Report on KTV Express about the Exhibition:

Report on KTV Express about the photo exhibition of Layla Barakè at Hotel Gracanica
Screenshot (click to open video link) about the exhibition: Barake sjell fytyrat e DokuFestit ne eksposite


Exhibition Anke Gollub: Behind Barbed Wire. Video-projection, prints and light-objects

29 July until 28 September 2014

The video "Once Upon a Time" is the result of a German-Israeli artists' exchange in 2011 under the title "Heimat - Homeland". It reflects experiences of the artist of her early life in the German Democratic Republic where she participated in the Monday demonstrations that led to the fall of the Wall.


At Hotel Gracanica, it will be shown behind the grilled windows of a kiosk that, until the Nineties, used to stand in front of the headquarters of the security forces in Pristina. In the video, the artists cuts, one by one, the barbed wire around her. An allegory for individual and collective prisons and the liberation from them. Kosovo counted and counts many of them.


Gollub's other works shown at Hotel Gracanica take up the thread of the video in prints - that show woolen threads that look like barbed wire - and light objects.


At the opening, you will also have the chance to see performances of the multiethnic Urban Dance Group of the Diakonie Youth Center in Mitrovica.


More about the artist:


Photos of the Opening (Layla Baraké):

Article in the Münstersche Zeitung about the exhibition of Anke Gollub at Hotel Gracanica, Pristina: Behind Barbed Wire


Article in the Münstersche Zeitung about the exhibition

Article in the "Westfälische Nachrichten" about the exhibition: 

"Anke Gollub stellt in Pristina aus. Kunst aus Muenster im Kosovo"


Hotel Gracanica featured at the Biennale di Venezia

Hotel Gracanica (Pristina / Prishtina, Kosovo) featured at Biennale di Venezia
Website of the Republic of Kosovo Pavillon 2014

Exhibition extended until 28 July!

Handicraft? Art! Exhibition of Glass Bead Broideries at Hotel Gracanica, Pristina / Prishtina

 Photos from the opening of the exhibition by Layla Baraké


Virtual Tour of the Exhibition

Hotel Gracanica, Pristina / Prishtina: virtual tour of the exhibition of glassbead embroideries

Click on the photo to start the tour. Click further to switch to other parts of the exhibition or to take a closer look at the art works


Hosting the President's lunch for the Diplomatic Corps

26 March 2014

Yoga Weekend

21 - 23 February 2014

Hotel Gracanica, Pristina / Pristina: Yoga Weekend announcement

As we move into 2014, give yourself a moment to pause, refocus, nourish & renew at the blissfully luxurious Hotel Gracanica. A mix of hatha and meditation practices to release the winter blues, contemplate positive intentions for 2014 and, most of all, to enjoy the present. Time to explore a new side of Gracanica, enjoy the glow of the fireside, views of the countryside and replenish yourself with delicious food. We (Narayani & Laura) are excited to share this special weekend with you - let us know if you'd like a personalised yoga therapy or health coaching consultation - it's in the price too :) Looking forward to hear from you :) Yoga Narayani - Yoga & Yoga Therapy Yoga and Wellness Coaching with Laura

Closing Event Exhibition

15 January 2014, 18:00

Strange Things Happeningin the Neighbourhood - exhibition of drawings of Driton Selmani at Hotel Gracanica, Pristina

Photos: Gazmend Bajri


Buchpräsentation: Elisabeth Kaestli. 7 Brüder, 7 Schwestern. Eine kosovarische Familie in der Welt

15. Dezember 2013

Photo of 3 brothers from the book of Elisabeth Kaestli: 7 Brüder, 7 Schwestern. Eine kosovarische Familie in der Welt

Diesen Sonntag, 15. Dezember, um 16 Uhr wird Elisabeth Kaestli ihr soeben erschienenes neuestes Buch "7 Brüder, 7 Schwestern. Eine kosovarische Familie in der Welt" bei uns am Kaminfeuer vorstellen und Passagen daraus lesen. Daran anschliessend offeriert die Schweizer Botschaft einen Aperitif, Vesko Buzolli, Akkordeon, sorgt für die musikalische Umrahmung.


Die vierzehn Geschwister Reka wurden in einem Bergdorf in Kosovo geboren. Armut und politische Unterdrückung zerstreuten sie nach und nach in alle Winde, über die Schweiz und Deutschland bis nach Kanada. Heute treffen sie sich wieder Sommer für Sommer am grossen Gartentisch in Kaçanik, dem Städtchen, in dem die Familie ab 1979 wohnte und wo noch zwei Brüder leben. Es ist der Ort der Träume der Emigrierten, der Mittelpunkt der weitgespannten Weltfamilie. Die Geschwister Reka erzählen vom kargen ländlichen Leben in den 1960er-Jahren und ihren ganz unterschiedlichen, teils abenteuerlichen Wegen hinaus in die Welt. Ihre Erzählungen ergeben im Kleinen ein detailgenaues Bild der Migration, wie sie gegenwärtig in Europa tausendfach überall präsent ist.


Elisabeth Kaestli, geboren 1945, aufgewachsen in Biel / Bienne. Dolmetscherstudium in Genf und Triest. Ab 1973 Journalistin für Zeitungen und Radio. 2006-2010 wohnhaft in Tansania, seither in Pristina (Kosovo). Im Limmat Verlag sind erschienen: «Frauen in Kosova. Lebensgeschichten aus Krieg und Wiederaufbau», «Gräben und Brücken. Freundschaften vor und nach den Kriegen im Balkan», «Vom Mont Soleil zur Blüemlisalp. Bernerinnen erzählen » und «Aisha, Mussa, Zawadi ... Lebensgeschichten aus Tansania».


Buchpräsentation Elisabeth Kaestli im Hotel Gracanica, Pristina / Prishtina

Concert "Catch-Pop String-Strong"

12 December 2013


Photos: Layla Baraké

Exhibition: Driton Selmani. Strange Things Happening in the Neighbourhood

Until 15 January 2014

Photos of the opening event on 1 November 2013: Layla Baraké


Grand Opening

28 September 2013

Photos: Layla Baraké