Kosovo Searches New National Anthem
As of Wednesday, the contest for the best anthem will be open to any individual to submit a proposal.
The Presidency of the Kosovo Assembly met on Tuesday to decide what criteria will be crucial in determining the national anthem.
According to the Assembly Speaker, Jakup Krasniqi, “the duration of the anthem should not be shorter than 30 seconds and not longer than 60” adding that "the proposal may contain lyrics," so judges can understand what the meaning of the anthem is. However the final selected piece will not feature any lyrics.
The deadline for submitting proposals is March 31, and the composer of the winning entry will win €10,000.
"The anthem shall be unique, original and distinct,” according to the criteria.
The move comes just under a month since Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders declared independence from Serbia.
In absence of an anthem, Kosovo used the national anthem of Albania in most of ceremonies so far.
Kosovo has already revealed its Coat of Arms and a national flag, on the day it declared independence.