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Friday, June 10, 2005
  New Immigrants
"The most complex people in the world. History has not played a joke on anyone as she has on us. Until a day ago we were what we would rather forget today. But we have not become something else. We stopped midway, startled. We cannot go on. We have been dislodged, without being accepted, like a canal separated from its mother river by a torrent, without a course or an estuary, too unsubstantial to become a lake, too sizeable to be absorbed by soil. Vaguely ashamed of our ancestry, feeling guilty for being outcasts, we never look back, but have nothing to look forward to, we hold time, fearing resolutions. Detested by both our kinfolk and the immigrants, we defend ourselves using pride and hatred. We wanted to preserve ourselves, but became so lost we did not even know who we were anymore. Unfortunately, we came to love this blind alley and do not want to leave. And everything has to be paid for, including this love."
Mesa Selimovic - Death and the Dervish

New Immigrants, in a sense an 'art movement', but first and foremost, a type of an art-network, was founded in the course of 2004, when the Balkan Rock Legends' concerts (which were later, perhaps correctly, dubbed the "Amsterdam Novi Val Revival", (the ex-Yugoslav equivalent of the New Wave) gathered in Amsterdam the initial founders from various European cities. The idea has been developing and taking shape since then, to be officially announced, for the first time, in Amsterdam, at yet another Balkan Rock Legends' concert, at the famous Paradiso Club, on the 20. February 2005. That date is considered to be the start of New Immigrants movement's work.
 
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