“Swedish Dads”, a new perspective in the traditionalistic way of rising children

“Swedish Dads”, a new perspective in the traditionalistic way of rising children

At a time when women’s voices internationally, and even in Albania, are speaking out in unison for their rights, while it’s also obvious that more work needs to be done to achieve gender equality, “Swedish Dads”, a photo exhibition by

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‘With Verdi around the world’

‘With Verdi around the world’

The Italian Embassy and Italian Institute of Culture, inspired by the second edition of the Italian Cuisine Week around the world, are hosting an ‘unconventional marketing’ event in Tirana titled “With Verdi around the world”. Since 2014, “With Verdi around

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Betim Muço’s novel declared best literary work in Tirana’s Book Fair

Betim Muço’s novel declared best literary work in Tirana’s Book Fair

TIRANA, Nov. 19 – During its last day, Tirana’s Book Fair crowned its 5-day activities by awarding the best creators, scholars and translators who participated prizes by the Association of Albanian Publishers. 2017’s best literary work was awarded to Betim

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‘Me and the Flea’, a show with live music and animation for the entire family

‘Me and the Flea’, a show with live music and animation for the entire family

The show ‘Me and the Flea’, by Dutch theatre act Lichtbende, will come to Tirana sponsored by the Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for children and adults alike to enjoy. Appropriate for children that are older than 4

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‘Albanian Week’ Fair, a parade dedicated to tradition

‘Albanian Week’ Fair, a parade dedicated to tradition

The ‘Albanian Week’ Fair is an annual event dedicated to Albanian tradition that aims to voice pride over the country’s culture in a variety of artistic fields. This is another celebration organized in the context of Albania’s Independence – the

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British Emeli Sandé, the guest star of Tirana’s White Night

British Emeli Sandé, the guest star of Tirana’s White Night

After the successive visits of some of the most celebrated names in the music industry (Jessie J, Giusy Ferreri, Bebe Rexha and Dua Lipa) in what seems to have become a tradition for the capital, Tirana will now be hosting

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Movies that Matter: ‘Tickling Giants’ to be screened in Tirana

Movies that Matter: ‘Tickling Giants’ to be screened in Tirana

For the ninth year now, Amnesty’s human rights film festival Movies that Matter will be screening in Tirana 5 foreign films and documentaries, as well as two short films by Albanian filmmakers. In the context of this initiative, the Albanian Institute

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Critical Mass, Tirana 2017

Critical Mass, Tirana 2017

On Friday, November 24th, as per tradition, cyclists and biking enthusiasts and activists will gather at the Skandërbeg Square at 6pm to make the monthly round through the streets of Tirana. The goal is to rise awareness among the drivers,

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‘Memory Days, memory as a Mission’

‘Memory Days, memory as a Mission’

Tirana’s National History Museum will be the host of the Memory Days activities, which are the last of the German October events, organized by the Institute for Democracy, Media and Culture (IDMC) and the German foundation, Konrad Adenauer (KA). The

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48 hour Film Project in Tirana

48 hour Film Project in Tirana

Coming for the first time, as one-of-a-kind event, the 48hr Film Project will take place from Friday, Nov. 24th, to Sunday, Nov. 26th, and it will consist of two sleepless day during which registered teams will try to make a

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                    [post_content] => Swedish DadsAt a time when women’s voices internationally, and even in Albania, are speaking out in unison for their rights, while it’s also obvious that more work needs to be done to achieve gender equality, “Swedish Dads”, a photo exhibition by Johan Bävman, brings an unpopular, but also welcoming, perspective on one of the most traditionally ‘womanly’ activities: the paternal leave. It aims to show the effects of gender equality in parenting on both individuals and society.

“Swedish Dads” is in a way a photo essay, an exhibition based on portraits of a selected group of 25 fathers who choose to stay home with their babies for at least six months.

“With this project, I want to find out why these men have chosen to stay at home so much longer than the majority of Swedish dads. What has it done for them, how have their relationships with their partner and their child changed, and what expectations did they have before taking paternal leave?” Bävman states in his personal blog.

Bävman further explains that Sweden has one of the most generous paternal leave systems in the world, enabling parents to stay at home with their child for a total of 480 days and receive an allowance from the state.

This allocation aims at promoting gender equality in Sweden. The ‘equality bonus’ has been introduced, to encourage men and women to share their paternal leave more equally – the more days divided equally between the parents, the higher the bonus they receive. However, despite the allowance and bonus, only a fraction of Swedish father use all their paternal leave days, while 14% of parents choose to share their days equally.

“There are two aims at this project,” Bävman further writes. “The first is to describe the background to Sweden’s unique parental allowance. The second is to inspire other fathers – in Sweden, and further afield – to consider the positive benefits of such a system.”

Already hosted in a number of states – Romania, Uganda, Washington, Vietnam, Germany, China and Switzerland – the exhibition is brought to Albania by the Swedish Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Albania, the National Museum of Photography Marubi, Ministry of Culture, and the ‘Women to Women’ Organization.

The “Woman to Woman” organization was founded by a group of women activists, members of the “Counseling Line for Women and Girls”, who started dealing with women's issues since the early 1990s, by cooperating with women and girls from Shkoder to North of Albania. Their vision is based on the motto: “an empowered woman, a founding factor towards an integrated and developed society”, while their mission is to support, protect and promote the rights and interests of women and girls in the Shkoder district, regardless of political orientation, religion, educational level, ethnicity, age, economic situation, sexual orientation, physical disability, gender identity and other capacities.

About Johan Bävman

Johan Bävman (b. 1982) combines his own long-term projects with freelance assignments from different clients worldwide. He has previously published the photo-book Albino – In the shadow of the sun (2009). The project Swedish Dads has had a tremendous impact and has been published /shared widely all over the world.

Between the years 2008 and 2011, Johan Bävman worked as a staff photographer at Sydsvenskan, one of the largest newspapers in Sweden. He graduated from Nordens Fotoskola, Stockholm 2007. He was previously a member of Moment Agency (2007–2015). Johan Bävman has won several awards, including the World Press Photo, POY, Sony Award, NPPA and UNICEF Photo Award.

 
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                    [post_content] => The Italian Embassy and Italian Institute of Culture, inspired by the second edition of the Italian Cuisine Week around the world, are hosting an ‘unconventional marketing’ event in Tirana titled “With Verdi around the world”.

Since 2014, “With Verdi around the World” promotes the combination of traditional Italian classical music and other “made in Italy” excellences, aiming to reinforce constructive dialogue and create positive synergy with other international realities, favoring meeting opportunities between the world of culture and business so that they can bring concrete benefits to both sectors.

The stop in Tirana will focus on combining the universal language of Giuseppe Verdi's music and the infinite heritage of Italian traditions and experiences in the agro-food sector and the kitchen – another passion of the famous Italian composer. In this context, at the end of the concert, an eno-gastronomic taste of excellence will be organized, offered by many Italian companies.

This concert is an initiative conceived by Synapse Group in collaboration with Italian Opera Soloists, supported by Emilia Romagna Region, Parma Municipality, Parma Entrepreneurs Union, Parma Chamber of Commerce, Parma University and Parma Quality Restaurants.

In addition to this event, on the same Tuesday, at 9:30am, at the Tirana International hotel, a workshop will be organized by the Embassy of Italy titled "The Importance of Italian Experience to Promote a Sustainable Growth Model at the Sector Agro-Food ", a seminar focusing on food security issues and sustainability.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Nov. 19 – During its last day, Tirana’s Book Fair crowned its 5-day activities by awarding the best creators, scholars and translators who participated prizes by the Association of Albanian Publishers. 2017’s best literary work was awarded to Betim Muço’s novel, ‘Yjet janë fare pranë’ (“The Stars are Really Close”).

Betim Muço, who passed away almost 3 years ago in Maryland, was a renowned poet and novel-writer living in the USA since 2001. ‘Yjet janë fare pranë’ was Muço’s last novel, with some of its final pages still unwritten when the writer died, at the age of 68.

Betim Muço published numerous poetry and prose volumes, the sensitive and honest style of which won him several national awards in Albania. His poems have been translated into several languages ​​of the world, and he was also known as an Albanian translator of many authors Alice Munro, James Joyce and Vladimir Nabokov.

The Association of Albanian Publishers announced the work ‘Faik Konica’ by Agron Alibali, winner in the field of scholar studies. Author Persida Asllani was awarded the prize of original children's artistic literature for the book ‘Unë quhem Musine Kokalari’ (My Name is Musine Kokalari). Carmina V.'s “Waiting for Happiness” was rated as the best translation of 2017, brought by Diana Culi. Lastly, Adrion Ltd. was rated as Tirana’s best bookstore.

The 20th book fair brought together Albanian, Kosovar, Macedonian and other Albanian publishers in the region, who brought a variety of Albanian and foreign language publications.
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                    [post_content] => The show ‘Me and the Flea’, by Dutch theatre act Lichtbende, will come to Tirana sponsored by the Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for children and adults alike to enjoy. Appropriate for children that are older than 4 years old, the show is solely created by bringing light to life through projecting on a huge screen.

Through traditionally envisioned for children, ‘Me and the Flea’ is actually a show for adults as well – funny, musical and beautifully animated. The performance takes about 1hr and does not use verbal communication.
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                    [post_content] => The ‘Albanian Week’ Fair is an annual event dedicated to Albanian tradition that aims to voice pride over the country’s culture in a variety of artistic fields. This is another celebration organized in the context of Albania’s Independence – the 28th and 29th November holidays. The fair offers over 20 stands that create a colorful picture of Albania’s tradition, culture, ethnography and culinary art.

For this reason, Rogner hotel, hosting the fair, has continuously cooperated with renowned names which represent, create and collect all showcased traditional products.

This year’s fair will bring a ‘Mother Theresa’ exhibition to the public, as well as collections of works by Linda Spahiu, a collection of traditional Albanian music instruments by Ermal Sela, hand-made home decorations and gifts, and authentic Albanian paintings.

The artisanal products will include a collection of silk scarves, souvenirs from the city of Kruja, hand-made jewelry, wooden artisanal work and antique collections of artifacts.

Albania’s culinary scene will be represented by the Komiteti Café-Museum, the Luani and Skënderbeu canteens, Morava honey; dairy and meet products will be provided by Klegen and Hako, Albanian biological products by the Silver Spoon, as well as Musai oil and pastry from Rogner.
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                    [post_content] => After the successive visits of some of the most celebrated names in the music industry (Jessie J, Giusy Ferreri, Bebe Rexha and Dua Lipa) in what seems to have become a tradition for the capital, Tirana will now be hosting another great performer during the White Night – Emeli Sandé, the Scottish artist whose 2012 album became a hit in the UK, and stayed at the top of the billboards for about 10 weeks.

“The tradition continues; Tirana will be more illuminated than ever on the 29th of November, when the doors of art and culture will open for all citizens and the capital will give in to partying until dawn. This time, the amazing Emeli Sandé will climb on stage, whom the Municipality of Tirana has invited to become part of a party that will reach its peak with this impressive concert for all the capital’s sleepless,” an official statement by Tirana’s Municipality said.

Meanwhile, Sandé herself, who will be visiting Albania for the first time, referred to the concert in a personal Facebook post.

“I am excited to perform for the first time in Albania and participate at Tirana’s White Nights celebrations on November 29th, 2017,” Sandé’s post declared.
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For the ninth year now, Amnesty's human rights film festival Movies that Matter will be screening in Tirana 5 foreign films and documentaries, as well as two short films by Albanian filmmakers. In the context of this initiative, the Albanian Institute for International Studies invites you to the screening of: 
TICKLING GIANTS (2016)
Director: Sara TakslerStars: Bassem Youssef, Jon Stewart, Shadi Alfons Synopsis: A comical documentary about the 'Egyptian Jon Stewart', Bassem Youssef. During the Arab Spring, he trades in his career as a doctor for a life as a talk show host. Soon he has his own late night show on Egyptian television. Youssef's fortunes and misfortunes appear to be very dependent on the quirks of the leaders of the land. This makes Tickling Giants perhaps the funniest history lesson on turbulent modern Egypt. The screening will be taking place at Tirana Times Book House, on December 2nd, 18:30.
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The goal is to rise awareness among the drivers, convince citizens who wish but have not bought bicycles yet, and give a good example for an ideal ecological town. Critical Mass is a spontaneous organization of cyclists which has been developing throughout the years in many cities around the world. Cyclists meet on the last Friday of each month, without anyone specifically organizing them, or taking care of the progress of the gathering. The group makes a long lap of the streets of the city, celebrating, but at the same time protesting for cycling rights. Critical Mass is a social movement, informal in the traditional sense of associations, organizations or businesses. There is no defined hierarchy, which means that there is no leader or person responsible for the group. The only organization element of the activity is the preliminary decision of the meeting time of participants, as well as an approximate itinerary to be followed. There is no official leader to take these decisions, but simply the voice of all the participants, who decide to contact each other and spread the word around the city. Often times the cyclists who are leading the group take the decision to change the itinerary, and are followed by the whole group. The Critical Mass’ gatherings are often called "An Organized Coincidence".   [post_title] => Critical Mass, Tirana 2017 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => critical-mass-tirana-2017 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-17 10:28:33 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-17 09:28:33 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=134632 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 134629 [post_author] => 29 [post_date] => 2017-11-17 10:27:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-17 09:27:22 [post_content] => Tirana’s National History Museum will be the host of the Memory Days activities, which are the last of the German October events, organized by the Institute for Democracy, Media and Culture (IDMC) and the German foundation, Konrad Adenauer (KA). The activities are organized under the motto: memory as a mission, and will be bringing together, throughout the week, Albanian and foreign experts that focus on exploring the past in Albania. In addition to movie screenings, there will also be an exhibition, a contest for the Albanian youth, a study visit to remembrance locations, as well as expert discussions and presentations. [post_title] => 'Memory Days, memory as a Mission' [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => memory-days-memory-as-a-mission [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-17 10:27:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-17 09:27:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=134629 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 134626 [post_author] => 29 [post_date] => 2017-11-17 10:26:15 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-17 09:26:15 [post_content] => Coming for the first time, as one-of-a-kind event, the 48hr Film Project will take place from Friday, Nov. 24th, to Sunday, Nov. 26th, and it will consist of two sleepless day during which registered teams will try to make a film from scratch – write, shoot, stitch and hand it over on Monday morning, when the clock strikes 48hrs. The genre of each team’s movie will be decided on the spot during Friday, the day that will kick-start the activity. During Friday evening, organizers of the events will also give out directives on some of the features that each movie should have, such as the names and professions of the characters, a prop and a dialogue line. The prizes that will be awarded for the winners of the competition will be decided by a specifically established jury. Moreover, the first and second place winners will be able to submit their short movies to the FilmaPalooza, in the US, where other short movies from all over the world will be competing. [post_title] => 48 hour Film Project in Tirana [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 48-hour-film-project-in-tirana [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-17 10:26:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-17 09:26:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=134626 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 134734 [post_author] => 29 [post_date] => 2017-11-24 10:56:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-24 09:56:53 [post_content] => Swedish DadsAt a time when women’s voices internationally, and even in Albania, are speaking out in unison for their rights, while it’s also obvious that more work needs to be done to achieve gender equality, “Swedish Dads”, a photo exhibition by Johan Bävman, brings an unpopular, but also welcoming, perspective on one of the most traditionally ‘womanly’ activities: the paternal leave. It aims to show the effects of gender equality in parenting on both individuals and society. “Swedish Dads” is in a way a photo essay, an exhibition based on portraits of a selected group of 25 fathers who choose to stay home with their babies for at least six months. “With this project, I want to find out why these men have chosen to stay at home so much longer than the majority of Swedish dads. What has it done for them, how have their relationships with their partner and their child changed, and what expectations did they have before taking paternal leave?” Bävman states in his personal blog. Bävman further explains that Sweden has one of the most generous paternal leave systems in the world, enabling parents to stay at home with their child for a total of 480 days and receive an allowance from the state. This allocation aims at promoting gender equality in Sweden. The ‘equality bonus’ has been introduced, to encourage men and women to share their paternal leave more equally – the more days divided equally between the parents, the higher the bonus they receive. However, despite the allowance and bonus, only a fraction of Swedish father use all their paternal leave days, while 14% of parents choose to share their days equally. “There are two aims at this project,” Bävman further writes. “The first is to describe the background to Sweden’s unique parental allowance. The second is to inspire other fathers – in Sweden, and further afield – to consider the positive benefits of such a system.” Already hosted in a number of states – Romania, Uganda, Washington, Vietnam, Germany, China and Switzerland – the exhibition is brought to Albania by the Swedish Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Albania, the National Museum of Photography Marubi, Ministry of Culture, and the ‘Women to Women’ Organization. The “Woman to Woman” organization was founded by a group of women activists, members of the “Counseling Line for Women and Girls”, who started dealing with women's issues since the early 1990s, by cooperating with women and girls from Shkoder to North of Albania. Their vision is based on the motto: “an empowered woman, a founding factor towards an integrated and developed society”, while their mission is to support, protect and promote the rights and interests of women and girls in the Shkoder district, regardless of political orientation, religion, educational level, ethnicity, age, economic situation, sexual orientation, physical disability, gender identity and other capacities. About Johan Bävman Johan Bävman (b. 1982) combines his own long-term projects with freelance assignments from different clients worldwide. He has previously published the photo-book Albino – In the shadow of the sun (2009). The project Swedish Dads has had a tremendous impact and has been published /shared widely all over the world. Between the years 2008 and 2011, Johan Bävman worked as a staff photographer at Sydsvenskan, one of the largest newspapers in Sweden. He graduated from Nordens Fotoskola, Stockholm 2007. He was previously a member of Moment Agency (2007–2015). Johan Bävman has won several awards, including the World Press Photo, POY, Sony Award, NPPA and UNICEF Photo Award.   [post_title] => “Swedish Dads”, a new perspective in the traditionalistic way of rising children [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => swedish-dads-a-new-perspective-in-the-traditionalistic-way-of-rising-children [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-24 10:56:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-24 09:56:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=134734 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [queried_object] => stdClass Object ( [term_id] => 31 [name] => Culture [slug] => culture [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 31 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 2825 [filter] => raw [cat_ID] => 31 [category_count] => 2825 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Culture [category_nicename] => culture [category_parent] => 0 ) [queried_object_id] => 31 [post__not_in] => Array ( ) )

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