National Book Fair launches 21st edition

National Book Fair launches 21st edition

TIRANA, Nov. 14- The national Book Fair is launching its 21st edition at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana from Nov. 14-18. This is the largest fair in Albania, as well as the most renowned and anticipated one. More than

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Albania events to follow

Albania events to follow

Tirana Liberation Day is on Nov. 17. In this day the Tirana Municipality organizes some festive activities, but the most traditional one, is that moment when veterans gathers at ‘Unknown Soldier’ monument, putting there flowers and remembering this historical day.

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Underwater archaeology mission finds relics

Underwater archaeology mission finds relics

TIRANA, Nov. 13- A few days ago the underwater archeology team led by underwater archeologist Adrian Anastasi, found a piece of relic at the Cape of Rodon. The 20-meter-long relic is part of a very old sunken shipwreck found near

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Tirana running for ‘’European Capital City of Culture 2024’’

Tirana running for ‘’European Capital City of Culture 2024’’

TIRANA, Nov. 7- Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj has participated in the European Capital Cities of Culture conference, which was held in Florence from Nov. 7 until 9. The conference discusses the role of culture in society and economic development of

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Beloved Albanian films screened in Copenhagen

Beloved Albanian films screened in Copenhagen

TIRANA, Nov. 7- Xhanfise Keko is an Albanian director of 12 artistic films for children who operated during the communist regime from 1952-84, and holds the title of People’s Artist received in 1984. She is the first Albanian children’s film

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Marubi photographs to display in Milan

Marubi photographs to display in Milan

TIRANA, Nov. 8- A beloved figure for the Albanian culture is Pietro Marubi, claimed as the first photographer in our country, operating in Shkodra in the end of the 19th century. His legacy doesn’t consist in his own personally photographed

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Albanian astrophysicist publishes book about newest discoveries

Albanian astrophysicist publishes book about newest discoveries

TIRANA, Nov. 3- Renowned astrophysicist Mimoza Hafizi is publishing a novel titled ‘’Rose drop for us and Aliens’’ (Pike trendafili per ne dhe Alienet), which discusses the possibility of an alien civilization smiling at us. She uses the many discoveries

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France-based violin virtuoso performs in Tirana

France-based violin virtuoso performs in Tirana

TIRANA, Nov. 4- Artists Tedi Papavrami, a genius in violin, has returned in Albania to hold his first duet concert in our country. He played at the Cultural Center of Orthodox Cathedral of the capital with pianist Francois Frederic Guy.

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An Albanology department at Beijing University

An Albanology department at Beijing University

TIRANA, Nov. 5- Oct. 31 in China is known as the ‘’Albanology day in China’’. On behalf of this day, a conference was held at the Albanian Academy of Sciences in Tirana to celebrate the event, by promoting various literary

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States archive documents now available online

States archive documents now available online

TIRANA, Oct. 31- The official institutions are updating their websites and integrating their information and documents online. Such a step was recently undertaken by the General Directory of Archives, which has put all its documents online for scholars and researchers

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 14- The national Book Fair is launching its 21st edition at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana from Nov. 14-18. This is the largest fair in Albania, as well as the most renowned and anticipated one. More than 100 publishing houses will be sharing with the public their newest publications, and also the best-selling books throughout the year. This year there will be also publishing houses from Macedonia and Montenegro joining the fair. 

This is the most important cultural event in Albania for literature. The event is organized by the Albanian Publishers Association (APA), which except creating the logistics for the publishing houses to introduce their publications and be in a closer contact with the readers, it also organizes various activities and discussions, and also awards prizes in the categories of Best Book, Best Translator and Best Children’s Book.

A good focus of this year is on children’s book, what do they read, and how to influence and grow a conscientious reader. Publishers, writers, teachers and professors, librarians, translators, culture and education institutions’ representatives, etc., will be discussing on the issue of reading in Albania, the future reader and the future of reading in our country. The main topic of discussion which will be held by Petrit Ymeri, the president of APA, and writer Ledia Dushi on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. will be ‘’The challenges of reading today. Motives for reading and not reading. What does Albanian youth read?’’

This topic of discussion comes due to the shocking and frightening data issued by the Albanian institute of statistics, which claimed that 1 million Albanians hadn’t read at least one book in a year. The reasons vary from economic, social, education related, and psychological. The speakers will be discussing with the participants the reasons of this phenomenon which has been happening in the last two decades, with its lowest low in years, and try to encourage reading by pointing out the benefits and positive effects of reading. 

The readers will also get a chance to meet in person various writers who are publishing their books at the booths of their contracted publishing houses and get a signature, or have a discussion with them.

A surprise for all passionate readers will be the publishing of the newest book by internationally renowned and locally beloved writer Ismail Kadare, ‘’When rulers dispute’’ (Kur sunduesit grinden). He will be at the Fair himself and will be signing books, too. 

 
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                    [post_content] => Tirana Liberation Day is on Nov. 17. In this day the Tirana Municipality organizes some festive activities, but the most traditional one, is that moment when veterans gathers at 'Unknown Soldier' monument, putting there flowers and remembering this historical day. 

A talk with artist Hiwa K- Harabel Contemporary Art Platform has the pleasure to invite the public in an open Talk with Iraqi artist Hiwa K which will take place in hall Black Box (University of Arts.) on 16th of November 2018. Hiwa K will bring in Tirana pieces of his successful screenings that permeate through a connective inception; the experience of obligated escape from homeland. Included in his life experience are causes of migration, difficulties of endurance at every turn, by any means, and above all, prevails the longing for living and survival, regardless of obstacles.

Travel to Discover Tirana will be organizing a day tour to Pellumbas cave and Erzen river canions for the hiking lovers on Nov. 18. The traveling starts at 9 a.m. from the Palace of Congresses to a destination not far from Tirana, for a picnic, nature hiking and music. 

International Tirana Trade Fair launched its 25th edition at the Palace of Congresses from Nov. 21-24. This is the largest fair in Albania, taking place since 1994 and organized by Klik- Expo Group Albania. The most notable companies in Albania and from the world in various sectors, such as heavy industry, textile, garment and footwear, communication services, will have a chance to promote their brands and products at this fair in a national and international audience. 

The fair will also be organizing a talk by Paul Hodgkins on the theme of ‘’The power of project leadership.’’ He will talk on how to go beyond the barrier of just project manager and become a leader. The objective is to demonstrate that it is vital, if project managers are to ensure sustainable and positive project outcomes for their team, their sponsors, their stakeholders, their customers, for society and their country; that they must adapt from being a ‘project manager’ to be able to become a ‘project leader’.

 

Cinema

Bohemian Rhapsody- Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

Operation: Overlord- On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines to penetrate the walls of a fortified church and destroy a radio transmitter. As the soldiers approach their target, they soon begin to realize that there's more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. Making their way to an underground lab, the outnumbered men stumble upon a sinister experiment that forces them into a vicious battle against an army of the undead.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web- Fired from the National Security Agency, Frans Balder recruits hacker Lisbeth Salander to steal FireWall, a computer program that can access codes for nuclear weapons worldwide. The download soon draws attention from an NSA agent who traces the activity to Stockholm. Further problems arise when Russian thugs take Lisbeth's laptop and kidnap a math whiz who can make FireWall work. Now, Lisbeth and an unlikely ally must race against time to save the boy and recover the codes to avert disaster. A film based on the fourth novel of Millenium Series started by Stieg Larsson. 

First Man- Director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Burn the Stage- The first film by BTS showing their BTS Wings Tour behind the scenes. The full history of the K-Pop band will unfold, along with their rise to fame. This film brings a more intimate look at how this band broke barriers and conquered the music scene.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald- J.K. Rawling brings the sequel of beloved Fantastic Beasts. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms- In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world.

Cold November- In the beginning of the '90s, Yugoslavian Government cancelled the autonomy of Kosovo, dissolved its Parliament and closed down the National Television. Whole institutional life was reorganized by new authorities, while the majority of citizens responded with peaceful demonstrations. During this evil time, Fadili who is working as an archivist has to choose between two options, being aware that both of them are wrong. In this way, he involuntarily and unwillingly, 'swallows' the shame, endures the pressure coming from all sides and deals with the bad reputation for just one reason: to provide welfare for his family.

Night School- Teddy Walker is a successful salesman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, Teddy soon finds himself dealing with a group of misfit students, his former high school nemesis and a feisty teacher who doesn't think he's too bright.

Cats and Peachtopia- A cat named Blanket has long been living in a high-rise apartment in the city with his son, Cloak. One day, curious about the outside world, Cloak decides to leave home and embarks on an adventure to find the legendary cat's paradise. To find his son, Blanket must overcome his fear and reconcile with his past, with the help of a female Macaw.

 

Theatre

trav 2La Traviata- Giuseppe Verdi’s renowned opera in three acts returns at the Albanian stage in a selected cast for bringing viewers the thrills of this masterpiece. The National Theatre of Opera and Ballet will stage this beloved piece, the most well-played operistic work internationally, at the Palace of Congresses. 

The Diary of Anne Frank- Metropol Theatre will be staging The Diary of Anne Frank until Dec. 2018. The theatre has chosen the adapted part from Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, directed by Amela Demaj with a selected cast from the open auditions the theatre policies. Known for its smaller stage, this theatre focuses on integrated scenery and viewer-actor engagement.

Just Like You- Professor Lee Shackleford’s puppet-play for young children Just Like You, is still being staged at the Metropol Theatre. This puppet show seeks to teach kids about children with special abilities and disabilities, how their lives are, and context and information regarding these abilities they hold. Prior to the show, the actors underwent a five-month course to learn sign language, so they can relate more with the public. 

Father Sergius- The National Theatre will be introducing to the public Leo Tolstoy’s Father Sergius directed by Fatos Berisha, staged at ArTurbina from Nov. 15-18. The play follows the story of military man Stefan Kazatski, who retreats to the life of a monk after he faces the betrayal of his wife and best friend. The tormenting fight of a man against the freedom of life with its beauties, temptations and lusts, and the seclusion due to a promise made to God. 

Hypocrites or the English Patient- A play by Jeton Neziraj with a direction by Agon Myftari and Blerta Neziraj, a courtesy of the National Theatre brought at the stage of ArTurbina. This comedy follows six characters who tell of the ‘’happy end’’ in message centers, the illegal kidney transplants and heart stents operations that happen meanwhile the Balkan Highway of Peace is being built. A comic, pornographic portrayal of a healthcare trapped in the greedy mouth of capitalism. 

Masked- The University of Arts will stage a play from Israeli writer Ilan Hatsor, directed by Milto Kutali, and with a cast of renowned actors Alfred Trebicka, Arben Derhemi, Ismail Shtino. The play seeks to show that when violence asks, loss responds. The play will come at the scene of the National Experimental Theatre from Nov. 15-18.

The Man Outside- A dramatic play by Wolfgang Borchert brought by the National Experimental Theatre, which follows the story of post-war soldier Beckmann, who returns home from Russia and finds his wife with another man, and therefore losing him home, his beliefs, illusions. An exploration of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered from most veterans who return home, to an alienated man who seeks suicide. Due to its sensitive topic, Borchert himself put an undertitle to this play, calling it ‘’A play that no theatre wants to perform and no audience wants to see.’’

The Enchanted Library- A children’s theatre play adapted by Marsel Greva and Kleard Germenji, directed by Greva, and brought to the audience at the stage of the National Experimental Theatre. It follows the story of 10-year-old Daisy who assumes the clerk position at her grandfather’s bookstore, after he falls ill in his bed. Daisy loves books, and she is astonished to find that the fantasy worlds of the books at the store come to life. Soon, she finds herself obtained in adventure with her favorite characters to find a priceless necklace.

Brother and Sister- The children’s play adapted and directed by Xhuliano Brisku si still being staged at the National Experimental Theatre. Witch Morgana abducts two little kids, John and Joanna who are brother and sister, so she can become queen of Nolan. When the two kids manage to escape the evil witch, she poisons the water and fruits of the woods, so the kids can turn to animal and be killed by the hunters. John turns to a roe, and prince Noah captures Morgana. But how will John return to a kid again?

 

 

Exhibitions

flakaHere- or Rather There, is Over There- The ongoing art installation by Kosovo artist Flaka Haliti will be exhibited at the National Arts Gallery until early 2019. The installation suggests a general skepticism toward unambiguous definitions of space. The destabilization of territorial ascriptions, especially dichotomies between East and West, is characteristic of the artist's work. 

Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt: Collages and Editions- An ongoing exhibition at the National Arts Gallery of the German artist Wolf-Rehfeldt until early 2019. The artist is associated with visual poetry and mail art. A collection of her typewritten arts is currently being exhibited, along with a recent short mediated interview with the artist who tells of her life, fascinated to find that there is still interest in her work. Working primarily for a post world war 2 Germany, she stopped when the Berlin wall was torn down.

Marc Chagall: Magical Gravity- An ongoing exhibition of renowned French-Russian artist Marc Chagall at the Center for Openness and Dialogue inside the Prime Ministry building. The exhibition consists of 180 engravings made by the artist where he let his imagination run wild in depicting scenes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Gogol’s Dead Souls, and La Fontaine’s Fables. 

Manastir Congress: The Path to a National Union- The National History Museum in Tirana will be hosting an exhibition about the Manastir Congress from Nov. 14-22 in the framework of its 110th anniversary. The exhibition will present the path to the composition of the Albanian alphabet during the 19th century. Pictures of the members of the congress accompanied with their biographies will be displayed, as well as books written by them. 

Flowers to Alysse- Kalo Gallery will be displaying a personal exhibition by Leon Cika, a contemporary artist who works with painting and photography. This personal exhibition is a set of paintings dedicated to his granddaughter Alysse, by whom he was inspired to produce the work. The main theme of the work is centered around flowers, their depiction in various, strong colors, and love.

Appearances- Zeta Gallery introduces a solo show by Idlir Koka. The paintings brushed in an expressionist style filled with art history references, deal with aspects of entertainment and show consumption while putting in the spotlight the spectator who fills the auditorium. Koka aims to decipher the nature of the spectacle and its hegemony over the culture of our day, through images. All his works of the latest series describe the details of human activities within the theatrical scenery and stalls.

Tirana- Venice- New York- The National History Museum is exhibiting a set of 50 paintings by artist Gjergj Meta. The paintings in a contemporary expressionist style focus on scenery and depict the reflections of the artist from the three respective cities that he has visited, worked and exhibited on.

Moti i Madh- A collaborative exhibition from the Museum of Kosovo and the National History Museum in Tirana. This exhibition contains statues, replicas, engravings of various authors and portraits, through which visitors are acquainted with moments of life and battles of the Albanian National Hero, Gjergj Kastrioti-Skënderbeu, who was the most consistent and most prominent representative of the leading Albanian elite, who steadily led the front of the Albanian war against the Ottoman Empire.

Taso- A personal exhibition by renowned artist Gazmend Leka at the FAB gallery, which opens on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., until Nov. 29. 

 

Music, Dance and Nightlife

 

Teelco- Progressive techno musician Teelco, will be organizing a couple of music events in Tirana for two consecutive events, on Nov. 16 at the Piu 39 Food & Club Tirana, and then on Nov. 17 at Pepper Pizza Tirana. On Nov. 16, Pepper Pizza Tirana will also be hosting a music night from Antoin.

Dabo- Destil Hostel in Tirana will be hosting a music night on Nov. 16 by Dabo starting at 9 p.m.. The musical alter-ego of artist Donald Braho, Dabo is known for his hypnotic sounds mainly within the genre of electronic music, -techno, electro, breaks,- mixed with beats of funk, pop, and jazz. Adding vocals, his sets are discerned among the audience, in an appraisal to his added scenic performance along with the musical combinations. 

Ledri Vula- Nightclub Folie Terrace will host a party on Nov. 16 starting at 11 p.m., under the music of Kosovo rapper Ledri Vula, a favorite among the Albanian audience.

Tiri & Band- Garage Tirana is hosting a live music event Friday, Nov. 16 starting at 10 p.m., where musicians Tiri Gjoci followed by Sokol Turdiu will be playing live for the audiences. 

Butrint Imeri- Nightclub Cinco Cavalli in Tirana will be hosting a party on Nov. 16 starting at 11:30 p.m., under the music of artis Butrint Imeri. Imeri is an R&B and soul singer, newly emerging at the Albanian scene.

Sabri Fejzullahu- Night club Magic 4 at Italia boulevard will be hosting a musical event on Nov. 16, with musician Sabri Fejzullahu, starting at 11 p.m..

Lollipop- Nightclub Lollipop will be hosting a party on Nov. 16 starting at 11:30 p.m., on the theme of Unizkm’s Selfie Party. The music is brought by celebrated Albanian musician, Dj Sardi. 

Irkenc Hyka- Nightclub Folie Terrace will be hosting another party on Nov. 17 starting at 11 p.m., under the music of renowned musician Irkenc Hyka, an Albanian R&B soul singer, favorite among youth.

West Side Family & Buta- Nightclub L’arena Premium Club on Elbasan St. will be hosting a party on Nov. 17, starting at 11 p.m.. Invited will be beloved hip-hop and rap music group West Side Family, in a collaboration with rapper Buta.

Gerta Mahmutaj & Band- Bla Bla Public Bar in Tirana hosts a musical night with R&B soul singer Gerta Mahmutaj on Nov. 22, starting at 9 p.m.. Gerta is a newly emerging musician in the Albanian music scene.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 13- A few days ago the underwater archeology team led by underwater archeologist Adrian Anastasi, found a piece of relic at the Cape of Rodon. The 20-meter-long relic is part of a very old sunken shipwreck found near the beach by the team, which is alleged to be around 300-400 years old. This is the fourth relic found in this area, thus the piece was symbolically named ‘Rodon 4.’ After being photographed, the pieces went into the process of conservation and the respective institutions are taking care of it.
The underwater team led by Anastasi is working in finalizing an underwater archeology map regarding the artefacts in the coastline to be given to the respective authorities to prevent diving and possible looting. The members working are volunteering archeologists and professional divers who are depended from the Ministry of Culture. Tens of sunken shipwrecks are found buried in our coasts, with worthy relics, but with a history that needs to be explored and transmitted to the public.
‘’These sunken ships of different situations and times have the potential to turn into tourist attractions, not only for the passionate divers, but also to those passionate of exploring and archeology,’’ said Denis Nova, team member. Nova is a diving instructor to the international association ‘’Padi,’’ and a passionate explorer who has inspected the depths of Adriatic and Ionian seas.
This initiative became stronger after ‘’treasure pirates’’ were diving to the shipwrecks and ripping out various relics of their bodies. These relics were then sold to the national and international black markets. Sounds like a Hollywood movie plot, but this is happening in our coasts, and these treasure hunters of the seas are damaging historically significant objects and stealing national property.
Yet, Nova says that there is a lack of control and concern from the respective authorities towards the coastlines and what lies underneath. Under these conditions, the team calls out an alarming situation and requires the strengthening of a monitoring control group from the adequate responsible authorities. 
‘’Most of the ships are damaged from persons whose objective was antiques or worthy objects trading,’’ said Nova.
He goes on to point out that more ships will be harmed if necessary measures won’t be taken from state institutions to monitor and protect them. That’s a pity as these ships and the objects found in them have an historical significance, both from the two world wars, from during the communist regime, and most interestingly since the Illyrians. These ships could be used in the benefit of tourism, archeology and diving.

“The finds show ancient sources are in contradiction to what we are finding underwater. The coastline of ancient Illyria was not only populated by pirate population, but the fact that many commercial ships loaded with wine, cooking oil and other products were discovered near our coast shows of a trade exchange between Illyria and other Mediterranean regions,” has earlier said Auron Tare, director of the National Coastline Agency of Albania (NCAA).

Nova also said that if authorities intervene, there will also be a chance to preserve the biodiversity in our seas which has been harmed from the uncontrolled use of explosives.

This situation is especially estranging because the coasts were undergoing a conjoint mission between NCAA and Virazon II, an archeological team vessel of Texas-based Institute of Nautical Archeology (INA). The mission sought to inspect and build a museum of underwater cultural heritage. 

A meeting was conducted between the two teams and the Albanian authorities to protect the coastlines and the discoveries from looting, and accelerate the working from the show-case of the findings. Apparently the legislation is still pending since earlier July 2018 when the mission started, even though a significant work is being done, and also with a intervention from an American agency. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 7- Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj has participated in the European Capital Cities of Culture conference, which was held in Florence from Nov. 7 until 9. The conference discusses the role of culture in society and economic development of the cities, and was attended by local leaders, art experts and renowned representatives, etc. 

Until year 2022, the European Capital Cities of Culture are already pre-designed and awarded. The cities are as following: Leeuwarden-Friesland and Valletta for 2018, Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Matera (Italy) for 2019, Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) for 2020, Timișoara (Romania), Elefsina (Greece) and Novi Sad (Serbia, candidate country) for 2021; and Kaunas (Lithuania) and Esch (Luxembourg) for 2022.

The title for the 2023 Capital City is ongoing in Hungary, and for the 2024 was recently opened in a call by Austria and Estonia, for which the conference was about. Veliaj put Tirana as a candidate for Europe’s Capital City of Europe 2024, considering all the major changes having happened to this capital recently, with the on-going artistic events, exhibitions, the Tirana International Film Festival, the sculptures and architectural rehabilitation, etc.. 

‘’Albania has applied as a candidate for 2024, that is why we are using this excellent opportunity among the capital cities, to lobby our candidature. Thanks to the contribution to our friend, Dario Nardella, Florence Mayors, our twin town, I believe that Albania has good chances, taking into account it has the support of these towns in preparing its candidate for 2024,’’ said Veliaj.

He took a parallelism with the Olympic Games, World Cup and other activities which start preparations four to five years prior to the event taking place, so everything will be in order for its thrifting performance. This drawing means that Tirana will be taking the same measures so it will have the same opportunities as any other candidate capital in winning this award.

Veliaj said that with the support of the government an attention has been put to arts and culture by manifolding the budget to its disposal. He stressed that it doesn’t account only to art and theatre, but also to business, tourism, economic benefits. The European Commission will also be giving its support to this cause, and as we already have various theatres and museums in Tirana, more diverse events are yet to come alive. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 7- Xhanfise Keko is an Albanian director of 12 artistic films for children who operated during the communist regime from 1952-84, and holds the title of People’s Artist received in 1984. She is the first Albanian children’s film director and a pioneer in the genre for our country. She has also received international awards and recognition.

Her beloved films are still viewed with sentimentalism and laughter in Albanian television screens even nowadays. The elders to remind the simple times, and teach simple lessons to their successors. Right and wrong, compassion, friendship, originality, bravery, listening to your parents, etc., are some of the themes surrounding the plots. 

There are three films which are lately screened in Copenhagen. ‘Tomka and his friends’ and ‘Spoilt Mimoza’ were screened on Nov. 7, whereas ‘When a movie was directed’ will be screened on Nov. 9.

‘Tomka and his friends’ centers around Tomka, a small boy who likes to play football with his friends. The nazis however, enter the town and seize the field. Tomka and some elders start to organize actions against the military camp located in the field.

‘Spoilt Mimoza’ surrounds the life and attitude of a spoilt little girl who throws her friends out of her house, until she ends up alone and repentant playing with her inanimate dolls. 

‘When a film was directed’ tells the story of little Gent who is distressed because his parents are separated due to microburgoise standing his father holds against his mother. This is happening while he is acting in a children’s film that is being directed in his town.

Albanian films of this era are being restored to project in contemporary forms. More and more films are getting out of the national archives, and are getting more international attention to a country which had a strict censorship against art, and when artists had to prove themselves more than just creative in producing and exhibiting their work.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 8- A beloved figure for the Albanian culture is Pietro Marubi, claimed as the first photographer in our country, operating in Shkodra in the end of the 19th century. His legacy doesn’t consist in his own personally photographed pictures, but in the inheritance from his successors. 

Originally an Italian immigrant, Pietro Marubi arrived in Shkodra in 1850 due to political reasons, and founded the first photography business in Albania. The method he was using was with wet plates, collodions. He was assisted by two brothers, Rrok and Kel Kodheli, and after Marubi’s death in 1903, Kel took the business and adopted the last name too.

Kel Marubi started advancing the techniques in photography, by using special effects and learning to retouch the negatives. He also acquired more advanced cameras in order to take pictures outside his studio. 

This cultural inheritance is well-documented in the National Museum of Photography ‘Marubi’ in Shkodra. 170 pictures of its collection will be exhibited at Triennale in Milan from Nov. 16 until Dec. 9 2018, in a collaboration between ‘Marubi’ Museum, La Triennale and Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea (Museum of Contemporary Photography). 

Photography has made some pretty significant progress nowadays by integrating with technology and allowing everything to turn into a photographic objective. We are able to photograph everything, our meals, the sunsets, our outfits, the street, etc., at all times we find it fit and appropriate (or not) to our wills and desires. 

But a century ago when photography was being discovered and developed, the whole process of it was quite ceremonial. People would dress in their best clothing, would commit to various preparations, both psychological, for this new thing will reproduce their image into a small picture, but also appear in the proper emotional state. 

During the communist regime, photographs were made in special occasions, even though the technology was much more advanced than that of beginning 20th century. That is because it was expensive to produce pictures, and thus would only be taken on birthdays, weddings and other family celebrations of significance; during the national independence days, May 1st (laborers’ day), etc. 

There 500 thousand negatives that the ‘Marubi’ Museum holds, which depict standings, portraits, outfits, information regarding the time from when the pictures originate, the social status of the individuals, etc.. 170 pictures of Pietro and Gege Marubi, Kel Kodheli (Marubi), Pici, Jakova, Rraboshta and Nenshati were chosen from curator Zef Paci for the exhibition ‘’Marubi archive. The photographic ritual.’’ (L’archivio Marubi. Il rituale fotografico.).

‘’The exhibition is built around the confrontation of ritualistic structure and the practical one inside the the studio,’’ said Paci. 

Many photographs are a result of a long process. They depict unique gestures and objects. We find process, alchemy, special environment, attitude in them. They grasp an alienation of the individual in those pictures, in symbolization of the ritual of photoshooting. 

Paci said that there were the pictures themselves who led him to their selection and idea of the exhibition. The selection was made on some photographs that were labeled as useless, due to their topology, positions, or reflections that contradicted the values of the system. There is still unknown history, or biased history regarding our nation, and these pictures complement the image of what has happened. 

‘’We have a history with many ups and downs, and sometimes the written history is only a version of the real facts. It is a window to the past and if we combine them with additional facts, it might be useful to understand more,’’ said Paci.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 3- Renowned astrophysicist Mimoza Hafizi is publishing a novel titled ‘’Rose drop for us and Aliens’’ (Pike trendafili per ne dhe Alienet), which discusses the possibility of an alien civilization smiling at us. She uses the many discoveries made in the field of astrophysics to built her story around. 

There are about 400 thousand planets discovered up to this point and 30 of them are being closely inspected for possible alien inhabitation as they are thought to provide the necessary atmosphere for existence. Hafizi thus tries to portray in a creative way all the main discoveries of this millenium regarding new planets and galaxies.

The much sought celestial space from her and many others, brings itself through facts for the common people to freely experience the existence of other lives in this Universe. The very desire of the author was for readers who don’t know much about astrology to learn something. And Hafizi uses her knowledge to describe the galactic processes through a simple language so that everyone will understand, hoping the reader will see the sky with an embrace and enthusiasm. 

‘’My incentive was the desire to communicate humanity’s knowledge of the universe and planets outside our galactic system that might hold life, to people who aren’t professionals [in the field]. I communicate this emotion to my students, but this time I wanted to find a simple that anyone with a minimal education can understand what is happening, how humanity managed to permeate in billions light years away and search for life even in other galaxies,’’ said Hafizi in her book’s presentation at the Albanian Academy of Sciences in Tirana. 

‘’Rose drop’’ is a popular science fiction book according to critics. Hafizi explained that the title of the book is a stylized adjustment to the closest planet Earth has outside our solar system. Through real or imaginary events which happen in important research centers around the globe, this book seeks to connect the reader with the far-away small worlds explored during the this third millennium's eve. These are exoplanets, planets around other stars which behold the secret to extraterrestrial life. 

Using fictional characters that are familiar to the science environment, Hafizi explains the scientific theses and hypotheses through episodes, dialogues, meditations and fantasies at the edge of knowledge. Not only contemplative of extraterrestrial life, but also optimistic and celebratory of Earthlings’ intelligence, excellence, advanced technology, vigorous progress, strong characters and soft temperaments, which intertwine to space and Universe explorers. 

There is always the question of why are we exploring the vast spaces. Hafizi didn’t give a straight answer, but hopes the reader will be able to read through the lines and decide for themselves what is important to put a stress upon. Yet, in our unconsciousness there is always the fight for survival and expansion of our species. 

There is no known alien life so far. Only the curiosity to learn the unknown, to feed the odyssey within us all. Hafizi seeks to turn a light on the dark mysteries which govern the spaces, and a light to the perhaps dark spheres of the readers’ knowledge regarding the subject. 

‘’Did I make it? Only readers will tell. Anyhow, it is better to tire yourself lighting a candle rather than endlessly cursing the darkness,’’ said Hafizi. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 4- Artists Tedi Papavrami, a genius in violin, has returned in Albania to hold his first duet concert in our country. He played at the Cultural Center of Orthodox Cathedral of the capital with pianist Francois Frederic Guy. The two-hour long concert conducted by Vlorent Xhafaj brought four violin and piano sonatas from Beethoven.

‘’Beethoven is a composer that like many great musicians, is closely linked to nature. Quite often when we listen to his work we hear the impressions of nature and seasons,’’ said Papavrami prior to the concert, regarding the composer and the nature of the performance, the first of its own. 

The sonatas played were the first sonata, which Xhafaj holds it as a brilliant work and a classic virtuoso in a genre where Beethoven showed himself unachievable. The second played was the no.6 sonata, an original, complex piece regarding its thematics and structure. 

The third sonata played was no.4, which starts off abruptly and dramatically, a recognized feature of Beethoven’s style of composition. And the last piece performed was the ‘spring’ sonata, a prominent work from music fans and scholars, one of the global treasures of music history. 

‘’Sweet and softest melodies, until forgetfulness, like in a dream world,’’ said Xhafaj regarding the piece. 

These are all works excellent for a violin-piano collaboration, which both musicians managed to depict their talents into, and allow the audience to experience a 10-year long cooperation between the artists in worldwide scenes. They have published three CDs together on full violin and piano sonatas, and expressed their wishes to return to the Albanian scene with a second concert performing all ten Beethoven’s sonatas.  

Tedi Papavrami left Albania when he was 12 years old. He returned for the concert after being away for 35 years. He started playing the violin at the age of four and performed his first concert at the age of eight. He also performed in the first concert of Paganini’s works in Albania at the age of 11. Prof. Robert Papavrami, his father, who had a deep faith in his son’s talent, with the help of flutist Alain Marion managed to get him a scholarship at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique në Paris under the guidance of Pierre Amoyal. 

After the conservatory, Papavrami has performed in numerous concerts worldwide under the direction of renowned conductors, has won various awards and competitions, received a diploma at the Lausanne Conservatory, and late conducting further studying under the direction of Zino Francescatti and Viktoria Mullova. He has also appeared in a couple of films, and is a translator of Ismail Kadare’s books in French.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 5- Oct. 31 in China is known as the ‘’Albanology day in China’’. On behalf of this day, a conference was held at the Albanian Academy of Sciences in Tirana to celebrate the event, by promoting various literary and academic Albanian books translated in Chinese. The conference also sought to appraise in gratitude the contribution of the Chinese in spreading the Albanian culture and teaching our language at the University of Beijing. 

The conference was attended by Chinese Ambassador to Albania H.E.Jiang Yu, Prof. Ke Jing, chief of Albanian Language Dpt. at the International Studies University of Beijing Prof.Chen Fengua, renowned Albanian academics Emil Lafe, Shaban Sinani, Floresha Dado, etc. Except promoting the collaboration between two nations and Chinese translations of the books, it was promised further cooperative projects. 

Among the books translated and published are a ‘’Chinese-Albanian and Albanian-Chinese Vocabulary’’ with a collection of 40 thousand words, a ‘’Short encyclopedia of Albanian history and cultural heritage,’’ translated works of Ismail Kadare and Dritero Agolli in Chinese, ‘’Albanian practical grammar’’ in two volumes, and ‘’Spoken Albanian’’ in two volumes.

Other works are currently being translated by the staff of the Albanian Language at the Beijing University. Ismail Kadare’s ‘’Accident’’ is being translated by Mimoza, as she is called in her Albanianized name. Then there is Shqiponja (eagle), who is working on an archival documented collection on Albanian-Chinese relations during the 1960s, and prof. Ke Jing, who is called Xhina, is currently translating Dritero Agolli’s ‘’Devil’s Arc.’’ 

‘’The department has won the composition of a great Albanian vocabulary project. The associates, such as prof. Zheng Enbo, have prepared and published an Albanian poetry anthology of 70 authors in two volumes,’’ said dr. prof. Shaban Sinani. 

The Albanian Language Dpt. at the Beijing University was established in 1961, and also serves as a university scientific unit, research center, and publishing and translating board. For two decades it had a great interest from Chinese students, then from the 1980-7 suffered a halt. After 1987 it was slowly rebuilding its reputation and functions, and today it graduates a group of Chinese students each four years in the field, studying the Albanian language, literature and culture. The department graduates BA, MA and PhD students, and it is the only Albanological center in the entire Asian continent. 

‘’The Albanian Language Dpt. in Beijing exists since 1961 with an incredible contribution in teaching the Albanian language and preparing diplomats, journalists, and specialist of various fields within the Albanian language,’’ said Floresha Dado. 

This department has now turned into an Albanological center which seeks to conduct scientific research. The research wants to surround both linguistic and traditional cultures of the two countries, in terms of history, culture, literature, linguistics, politics, religion, etc. The doctoral college, for instance, focuses on primary Albanologic and Chinese-Albanian issues. Yet, as the interest nowadays is smaller, with about 10 Chinese students studying in the field, the contribution, however generous, is also modest. 

‘’We are making a very modest contribution to strengthen the Chinese-Albanian relations from the perspective of cultural exchange and to deepen the academic works, because the academic works can’t move forward on their own without serving the actual purposes, because with China in ‘60s-’70s the relations has been in such a way that the older generation knows China, however not the youth, and so the young Chinese know very little of Albania and we are going to get them acquainted with this nation, its culture and history,’’ said prof. Ke Jing. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 31- The official institutions are updating their websites and integrating their information and documents online. Such a step was recently undertaken by the General Directory of Archives, which has put all its documents online for scholars and researchers to use, when they can’t physically acquire them. They can order them online, pay the fee to the directory, and get access in one up to five days.

This project was under the care of the Directory, deputy Prime Minister, Senida Mesi, in collaboration with the National Agency of Information Society. This online module is the first in Balkans, and follows international practices. The innovation was presented by students of History and Philology Faculty of Tirana University in an activity with Faculty researchers, professors, the Archives general director, Ardit Bido, and other intellectuals of the field. 

‘’This is one of the meridians of the digitalization strategy that we’ve been working on for two years now. The fact that similar modules are only found in developed countries and in none from the region, it puts us as vanguard for Balkans to serve faster and better to the Albanian and foreign researchers, giving a burst to the development of scientific research in our country,’’ said Bido, while also trialing the platform with the first online sale made by himself in the activity. 

Mesi on the other hand stressed that the Albanian government has as a priority the fast service offered to citizens. This platform is beneficial as the interested reader can access the information at any time even, regardless of the open hours the institution has. Similar projects for online integration seem to be following as well.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 14- The national Book Fair is launching its 21st edition at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana from Nov. 14-18. This is the largest fair in Albania, as well as the most renowned and anticipated one. More than 100 publishing houses will be sharing with the public their newest publications, and also the best-selling books throughout the year. This year there will be also publishing houses from Macedonia and Montenegro joining the fair. 

This is the most important cultural event in Albania for literature. The event is organized by the Albanian Publishers Association (APA), which except creating the logistics for the publishing houses to introduce their publications and be in a closer contact with the readers, it also organizes various activities and discussions, and also awards prizes in the categories of Best Book, Best Translator and Best Children’s Book.

A good focus of this year is on children’s book, what do they read, and how to influence and grow a conscientious reader. Publishers, writers, teachers and professors, librarians, translators, culture and education institutions’ representatives, etc., will be discussing on the issue of reading in Albania, the future reader and the future of reading in our country. The main topic of discussion which will be held by Petrit Ymeri, the president of APA, and writer Ledia Dushi on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. will be ‘’The challenges of reading today. Motives for reading and not reading. What does Albanian youth read?’’

This topic of discussion comes due to the shocking and frightening data issued by the Albanian institute of statistics, which claimed that 1 million Albanians hadn’t read at least one book in a year. The reasons vary from economic, social, education related, and psychological. The speakers will be discussing with the participants the reasons of this phenomenon which has been happening in the last two decades, with its lowest low in years, and try to encourage reading by pointing out the benefits and positive effects of reading. 

The readers will also get a chance to meet in person various writers who are publishing their books at the booths of their contracted publishing houses and get a signature, or have a discussion with them.

A surprise for all passionate readers will be the publishing of the newest book by internationally renowned and locally beloved writer Ismail Kadare, ‘’When rulers dispute’’ (Kur sunduesit grinden). He will be at the Fair himself and will be signing books, too. 

 
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