Kosovo Bridge Jumpers Catch World Media Attention

By: Valon Xoxa    August 22, 2014

Ura e Fshejt (the Sacred Bridge), a bridge near Gjakova, served as the host of the annual traditional jumping and diving event in Kosovo. Ura e Fshejt has now become an internationally renown attraction, where men from across Kosovo gather to compete for the best jump or dive.

The competition is extremely daring since it involves diving from 70-meters height, and landing in the cold fresh water of the Drini river. Each year, Kosovar men take to the bridge to show their daredevil diving and jumping skills from the bridge.

Images of the competition quickly spread through social media and the internet. Several international media outlets such as the Daily Mail and the Associated Press captured a series of breathtaking images. The jumping spectacle was followed by a great variety of social media, from Youtube to Twitter to Facebook,  people present there could not wait to share their experience.

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Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of Kosovodiaspora.org. He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at KosovoDiaspora.org. With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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