Julius Caesar takes the theatre outdoors

Julius Caesar takes the theatre outdoors

TIRANA, July 11- Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar will premiere on July 13 at the National Theatre’s square. The play is directed by Croatian director Ivica Buljan and produced by the National Experimental Theater “Kujtim Spahivogli.” “Julius Caesar” is one of the

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Kosovo Embassy exhibits “Albanian Wildlife”

Kosovo Embassy exhibits “Albanian Wildlife”

TIRANA, July 11- About 20 photos taken by Albanian artists for the “Albanian Wildlife” exhibition are displayed in the outer premises of the Embassy of Kosovo in Tirana, which will remain open until July 12. The natural world of wild

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Blackbird

Blackbird

By Sonja Methoxha TIRANA, July 11- Last night at the National Experimental Theatre “Kujtim Spahivogli” was premiered a two-characters drama titled Blackbird, written by Scottish playwright David Harrower. The attention grabbing piece treats the sensitive and taboo subject of pedophilia.

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Dh240m infrastructure projects in Albania launched: ADFD

Dh240m infrastructure projects in Albania launched: ADFD

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, has launched infrastructure projects in Albania valued at AED240 million (US$65 million). A delegation of the fund led by Adel Al Hosani, Director of Operations Department at ADFD, participated in the official inauguration of

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Visual Arts student exhibit their works

Visual Arts student exhibit their works

TIRANA July 2- Art students have exhibited at the Faculty of Visual Arts the works accomplished during this year. Various social issues and different political situations, such as environmental pollution, domestic violence, are tackled in handmade papers, graphics and modern

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Cultural Monuments Institute to restore the “Frengu Bridge”

Cultural Monuments Institute to restore the “Frengu Bridge”

TIRANA, June 30- The Institute of Cultural Monuments has drafted the project “Restoration Interventions at the ‘Frëngu Bridge’” in Gjorm of Vlora. The project approved by the National Restoration Council foresees the restoration and conservation interventions in the constructive elements

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Filmmaker Piro Milkani receives “Albanian Film Ambassador” award

Filmmaker Piro Milkani receives “Albanian Film Ambassador” award

TIRANA, July 3- “The vain motive!” is one of the first cinematic achievements that would take Piro Milkani once again back in the 1960s, during his university years in Prague. His emotions were strong as he watched this cinematic production

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National Theatre and Arts University sign cooperation agreement

National Theatre and Arts University sign cooperation agreement

TIRANA, June 30- “The testament of our teachers and the desire of those who are now in the art is being put in place. If at the Academy for learning you have to pay a few leks, it happens differently

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Ali Pashe Tepelena’s portrait in travel writings

Ali Pashe Tepelena’s portrait in travel writings

TIRANA, July 1- The last period of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which begins with the interest of the Great Powers for the Balkan region, corroborates with an increasing number of mostly English and French foreign travelers visiting the

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Amateur historians shed light on the forgotten past of Durres

Amateur historians shed light on the forgotten past of Durres

TIRANA, July 1- Dr. Bashkim Habibi’s was assigned a research duty by superiors on the 100th anniversary of Albania’s independence. Dr. Habibi is an orthopedic surgeon with a passion for history. After lengthy research with his wife Dezdemonda into the

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, July 11- Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar will premiere on July 13 at the National Theatre’s square. The play is directed by Croatian director Ivica Buljan and produced by the National Experimental Theater “Kujtim Spahivogli.” “Julius Caesar” is one of the few dramatic works of Shakespeare based on real events from Roman history and including Koriolanus, Antoni and Cleopatra. Though the work is titled “Julius Caesar,” Brutus speaks in more than four times as many lines as the main character and the central psychological drama of the piece focuses on Brutus's battle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship. According to the director, this section is contemporary not only for Albania but also in the world. 

This play is the first political thriller appropriate for any time, as it talks about corruption, smuggling, killing. The theatrical performance is in four parts, the first in the swimming pool, the second in the park between the National Theater and Experimental Theater, the third part which corresponds to Caesar’s murder will be performed at the Ministry of Interior, and final act at the premises where the theater protests have happened. 

Ivica Buljan with his theater activity is considered one of the greatest directors in the world, according to the New York Times. For this work in particular, he said that he intended to execute the play not on a stage but outside the theater. “A classical performance, but for the audience will be a contemporary work, it will be performed in four different places and communicate directly with the audience,” the director asserted. 

This performance will be interpreted from actors Romir Zalla, Alfred Trebicka, Vin Bejleri, Amos Muji Zaharia, Gentian Zenelaj, Ermira Hysaj, Ilirda Bejleri, Adriana Tolka, Klejdi Metaj, Mateo Dervishaj, Endri Çela, Engjëll Hoxha, Enea Nika, and Anxhelo Shkreli. 

Director Ivica Buljan studied political science in Zagreb, and initially worked as a regular writer and theatre critic for the daily newspaper “Slobodna Dalmacija” published in Split, Croatia. In his professional writings, Buljan also collaborated with the international theatrical magazines “Primer Acto” (Madrid), “Ubu” (Paris, London), “Mask” (Ljubljana), etc.. He initially started working with the theater scene as a theatre and several international theater festivals administrator. His shows have attended in more than 30 different countries. 

Drawing on Antonin Artaud's creative philosophy, his theater focuses on the actor's protagonism and preserves classical theater lines. Buljan has directed the Croatian National Theater in Split during 1998-2002. In 1999, during his lead the Croatian National Theater joined the European Theater Convention. Buljan is also co-founder and artistic director of Mini Theater in Ljubljana, and founder and director of the New Theater in Zagreb.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, July 11- About 20 photos taken by Albanian artists for the “Albanian Wildlife” exhibition are displayed in the outer premises of the Embassy of Kosovo in Tirana, which will remain open until July 12. The natural world of wild animals and birds comes documented from photographers such as Besnik Jakupi, Arian Mavriqi, Lulzim Demaj, Ridvan Sokoli, etc., who demand a greater attention to this treasure that our country carries. Kosovo's ambassador Sylë Ukshini, while talking about the importance of this exhibition, added that our society needs to be more sensitive towards this treasure so the animals won’t go extinct in the future.

“When I contacted the Wildlife executives, with Arian Mavriqi, who talked to me about the idea of ​​this exhibition, which seemed to me very interesting because we do not only have little information, but we are used to always talk about war and other situations,” said Ambassador Ukshini.

They decided to expose these photos at the embassy, ​​because the idea of ​​the organizers was that the exhibition should be in nature. These pictures are enough to make one realize how rich the Albanian fauna is. They proposed that the curricula of Kosovo and Albania have such illustrative material from our country. The exhibition aims to artistically transmit the message of awareness to all Albanians, inside and outside the Albanian territories, thus increasing the love for the planet we live on.

Ukshini also added that nature has built its own balances. He said that flora and fauna can not live without each other because of this kind of balance. Thus, he urged everyone to be very careful and  invest in this direction. The Ambassador said that life is not just politics day in day out, because there are also beautiful things to be enjoyed beyond it. He nevertheless commented on the political situation that Albania is currently in, as the event also coincided with the latest demonstration. 

“To tell you the truth, you in Albania do demonstrations very often. When we decided on the date we did not know about it. But in spite of this,it has also given a taste to the exhibition,” Ukshini said, adding that diplomatic representatives of other brotherly countries should not have to comment on the domestic political situation because it is the citizens who have their destiny in their hands. He expressed the desire for Albania to be calm, to have progress and to step up its negotiations for EU membership as soon as possible. “A powerful Albania is an advantage for Kosovo. A viable Kosovo is also an advantage for Albania,” the ambassador said, adding that protesting is a democratic right.

He congratulated the fact that the protests were calm and that there was no clash of violence between law enforcement. Yet, he stressed again that Albanian domestic issues do not belong to the representatives of other countries, thus they should hold back their thoughts about where Albania should head and do. 

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                    [post_content] => By Sonja Methoxha

TIRANA, July 11- Last night at the National Experimental Theatre “Kujtim Spahivogli” was premiered a two-characters drama titled Blackbird, written by Scottish playwright David Harrower. The attention grabbing piece treats the sensitive and taboo subject of pedophilia.

Peter, previously named Ray and masterfully performed by Alfred Trebicka, had a relationship with a 12 year old girl for over three months when he was 41 years old, with whom he also sexually abused. Fifteen years later the girl, Una, geniously acted by Laura Nezha, finds him to confront him in order to settle her psychological disputes. The drama focuses on their discussion, walks on the past, descriptions of scenes from their relationship, and detailed aftermath experiences after their first sexual intercourse. The girl’s parents find out and Ray gets convicted to prison. 

Una goes through a handful of public shaming and psychologists who were trying to help her lead a normal life after this trauma. She nevertheless admits on stage that she hated her life in the past fifteen years. Although psychologists told Una that Ray albeit Peter sexually abused with her, she still fondly remembered their days together and thus was still dubious whether hers was just another case of pedophilia. However, she is also aggravated with the fact that she is still hung back to that moment and unable to move on, while Ray is moving on normally with his life and seems to have forgotten all about it.

Thus she searches for Ray to find out. After long, awkward confrontation and debates, Ray assures her that she has been the only 12 year old he has ever dealt with and that he loved her, as she was “more grown that myself, you knew more about love than me or the woman I was dating [then].” 

Una explains her experience with the doctors and everyone she faced on detail. She explained her psychological traumas and inability to cope with this betrayal from her silly love of a 12 year-old, reasoning how pathetic and utterly wrong it was that Ray went along with it but didn’t call on her parents once Una started sending him love letters. But Ray also starts to describe his emotions for her, how he loved her, how he saw how Una’s parents left her alone with herself, he described their games, and his perspective about the night of their first intercourse, on which everything was found out and finished. 

Thus the play tries to explore a multitude of viewpoints to this difficult conversation. Director to this play Kico Londo said this play has a sexual and psychological tension which seeks to arise a debate beyond the black-and-white law that defines victim and abuser (although there is abuse). But “it is a profound autopsy of the entire society, family, the father and mother, the woman, the courts, psychologists, cops, neighbours,” as Londo said in an interview. What he wants to encourage is dialogue, as the play itself and its characters seek answers from dialogue, because Londo himself deems the Albanian society as a society which doesn’t dialogue. 

Nevertheless, even though for a moment people might be fooled into thinking that Ray might have really loved Una for a moment, he lied to her that he has been with an older woman for seven years, because in the end he is visited by a child of 12 or 13 with whom he is allegedly in a relationship. Una in that moment sees Ray’s lying face, and he also ragedly asks her to leave as he is done with her. Thus is Ray just an abusive sexual perpetrator, or a mentally ill person who cannot see through his wrong actions, which aren’t only lawfully flawed, but also morally deformed? 

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                    [post_content] => Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, has launched infrastructure projects in Albania valued at AED240 million (US$65 million).

A delegation of the fund led by Adel Al Hosani, Director of Operations Department at ADFD, participated in the official inauguration of the final phase of ADFD funded projects in capital Tirana, the Tirana Northern Boulevard and Tirana River Rehabilitation projects.

Also present on the occasion were Erion Veliaj, Mayor of Tirana, Mohamed Mir Abdullah Yousef Al Raisi, UAE Ambassador to Greece and Non-Resident Ambassador to Albania, and several senior Albanian officials.

Aiming to revitalise the tourism and commercial sectors, the Tirana projects will continue to contribute to attracting investment opportunities to the Albanian capital. Spanning a total area of about 885 hectares, works included constructing a 2.4 kilometre-long boulevard ranging in width from 40 to 70 metres.

Speaking on the occasion, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of ADFD, said, "The Fund’s participation in the opening of these important strategic projects demonstrates the excellent bilateral relations that exist between the UAE and Albania, and our shared determination to strengthen synergies in various areas for the benefit of the people of our two nations.

"ADFD has contributed to the Northern Boulevard and Tirana River Rehabilitation projects in Tirana through allocating US$65 million in concessionary loans to support the Albanian economy and develop the infrastructure of Tirana. We are encouraged to witness that our contribution has played a crucial role in boosting business and tourism in Tirana, while also improving the overall business environment and creating new job opportunities for its residents."

He added, "In financing key developmental projects that support diverse vital sectors, we aim to ultimately benefit Albanian citizens through driving sustainable economic development. These projects are well aligned with ADFD’s objectives of helping the international community achieve sustainable growth in developing countries."

For his part, Erion Veliaj noted ADFD’s global development endeavours and achievements in financing projects that support socio-economic development in developing countries. Furthermore, he praised the bilateral relations between the two countries and ADFD’s strategic partnership in supporting the realisation of key development projects in Albania.

In 2013, ADFD allocated an AED103 million concessionary loan for the Tirana River Rehabilitation project to revitalise the bed of the Tirana River, its banks and the surrounding areas. In the same year, the Fund extended an AED137 million concessionary loan to finance the Tirana Northern Boulevard project. Works included a two-storey underground car park with 400 parking spaces, equipped with an electric vehicle charging station. The project focused on developing the infrastructure surrounding Tirana’s Northern Boulevard with the aim of attracting investments, tourists and trade.

Since 2011, the ADFD has provided loans and grants amounting to AED424 million to the government to Albania, allocated to financing three vital projects in key economic sectors.

 

(Courtesy of Emirates 24/7)
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Dean Visual Arts Faculty, Ardian Isufi, recounted that these are the concepts of young artists, which are handled in a contemporary way. “It is a year-end conclusion that comes through concrete student work. We have exposed their work on handmade papers, how it turns from an artistic concept through press and collage, into a contemporary concept. We give some topics and students develop experiences, concepts and attitudes. There are many stories that come from life and events that they live every day. There are jobs that deal with the rights and freedoms of the individual or even the situation that our politicians pass, and they return from local to universal,” Isufi said. Two students graduating in Graphic Design were inspired by Migjeni's short story “Luli i Vocerr,” and thus made a short animated movie 3 minutes long based on it. “Originally, we wanted to be based on an Albanian story. Only in the end we decided to treat Migjeni's ‘Luli i Vocerr’ as a typical Albanian character. But we have made this animated film having the reading in mind,” one of the students said. 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The project approved by the National Restoration Council foresees the restoration and conservation interventions in the constructive elements of the facility. The Institute of Cultural Monuments welcomes any cooperation and support that contributes to the preservation of our cultural heritage. “Frëngu Bridge” or also called “Kauri Bridge,” is located near the village of Gjorm and served for the circulation and communication of villagers, located on the shore of the river Shushice. It is the bridge of the double-lobed type with bow-shaped arch and two discharge windows. The bridge architecture has adapted to the rocky terrain where it is built, harmonizing with the natural landscape. The earliest traces of bridge construction belong to the late Roman period. In 2015 it underwent a restoration intervention by the Regional Directorate of National Culture Vlora. The Albanian Telegraphic Agency reported on June 4 that specialists of the Institute of Cultural Monuments conducted an inspection at the Frëngu Bridge. During the inspection the technical control of the monument was carried out and problematics were evidenced. The inspection found that the structural condition of the bridge was generally good, with the exception of surface and joints cracks. 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His emotions were strong as he watched this cinematic production today at a ceremony that took place in the Ministry of Culture in his honor, after the assessment he received in the Czech Republic as “Dedicated Man.” The Minister of Culture Ilva Margariti, along with the Czech Ambassador to Albania Mr. Jaroslav Ludva, expressed their gratitude for the contribution that the Albanian filmmaker has provided, contributing to the Czech Republic, and especially to the Albanian cinematography. “I am very happy that today, in the presence of the Albanian personalities as well as the former students in Czech Republic, we appreciate one of the most talented people in Albanian cinematography, Mr. Piro Milkani. Lately, he was decorated in Prague with the highest honor ‘Dedicated Man,’ a rare appreciation in my country, only for those tireless people who have honored the Czech Republic around the world,” said Ambassador Ludva. About 60 years of artistic creativity with 20 long films and short documentaries, such as “The lady from the city,” “Conviction on death,” or “The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider,” preserved as a treasure in the Film Archive, made the Minister of Culture to appreciate the filmmaker with the medal “Ambassador of the Albanian Film.” Minister Margariti said that Milkani is one of those artists who have not lost their values ​​because of the system, and that he is a real intellectual. “Appraisals are not individual, there is no way to not feel proud that a small country like ours brings out such intellectuals,” Margariti added. Milkani didn’t just survive, but he also managed to do art in a time when censorship restricted such a thing.  Piro Milkani felt obviously appreciated from these assessments, especially in a time when he was feeling that his creative composition had come to an end. “I do not know what to say, but I remember the popular expression that ‘if wellness comes along then open the doors,’ and this assessment has its own importance, because my Minister of Culture is giving it to me,” filmmaker Milkani said. In his upcoming projects he will be back next to the artlover at the Book Fair in November with a book on cinematography. Meanwhile, life co-workers expressed their appreciation for Milkani both as a filmmaker and human. Painter Ksenofon Dilo said that Milkani's contribution to cinematography will be appreciated by future generations too, as he has worked with the soul. He got acquainted with the filmmaker while students in Prague. During that time he had seen some of his works, but it was when they came to former Kinostudio (today Albania National Center of Cinematography) that they got to know each other better. Dilo has made the decoration to some movies with Milkani since the time he worked as an operator, then at “Conviction on death,” later at “Happy Couple,” “Why does the drum chime,” “The Wedding,” etc.. “I know the work and the way he worked very well, he gave everything for the sake of our cinematography, despite the censorship we had. Even the time that is very selective will preserve a lot of values of the movies we have made, because the artists have worked hard to leave something for our people. He has left real values ​​in cinematic art,” Dilo said. Director Saimir Kumbaro calls Piro Milkani a gentleman, more than he needs for Albanian society. He knows the filmmaker for about 50 years. Kumbaro’s beginnings in the cinema starts with Milkani, whom he calls a friend, fellow and brother. Kumbaro said he has learned a lot from Milkani as he is kind and mannered for the Albanian society, and he is glad that the internationals are reminded to appreciate his contributions to the cinematography, with movies that someone loves and someone doesn’t.  The Albanian filmmaker was assessed a few days in the Czech Republic with the award “Thanksgiving to the Skilful Man,” as one of the 14 most important contributors to the Czech Republic. [post_title] => Filmmaker Piro Milkani receives “Albanian Film Ambassador” award [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => filmmaker-piro-milkani-receives-albanian-film-ambassador-award [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-05 13:41:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-05 11:41:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=142535 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 142532 [post_author] => 338 [post_date] => 2019-07-05 13:37:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-07-05 11:37:55 [post_content] => TIRANA, June 30- “The testament of our teachers and the desire of those who are now in the art is being put in place. If at the Academy for learning you have to pay a few leks, it happens differently at National Experimental Theatre. In September the movements that will take place for plus-one year old children, I believe that it will be a contribution of young artists.We do only the task of the school, we have no merit. In this great opening it would be good for the Academy to be a little open to the authorities of the institutions, especially to the National Theatre,” said Kico Londo who is director of the Experimental Theater “Kujtim Spahivogli,” in his speech during the agreement between the University of Arts and the stage art institutions in the country. The Ministry of Culture within the Pact for the University has signed on June 27 the agreement between the three theatrical institutions and the University of Arts in Tirana. New artists will also embed their performances on the ArTurbina scene. This cooperation aims to bring progressive development of art and culture, promoting new creative and artistic capacities. The University of Arts will respond to calls and announcements of the National Theater, passing all the information to the students (of the Stage Arts Faculty) and responding to the National Theatre in an official form. Director of the National Cultural Center for Children, Fatjon Sulstarova, said that the institution he leads creates very good opportunities for young artists. “We offer very good ways, where students can use all the facilities our institution has. They can make shows. I think that the students may be stuntmen in the years to come, I think this is a very good opportunity,” Sulstarova said. Hervin Culi who is director of the National Theatre, said on the other hand that cooperation has existed forever, but this time it is important because it has been formalized and brought it to a better degree. He said that the “Pact with the University” will make them more attentive to new elements, and they will re-establish a youth studio near the National Theatre in September, where the best products of students will be launched for the Albanian market. All this will be done with the fund of the Theatre and Ministry of Culture. The National Theater will offer internships for the University of Arts students, and will show without financial effect in the small ArTurbina hall, without impinging its artistic calendar, the two best diploma protection performances to be communicated by the Arts University. [post_title] => National Theatre and Arts University sign cooperation agreement [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => national-theatre-and-arts-university-sign-cooperation-agreement [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-05 13:37:55 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-05 11:37:55 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=142532 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 142529 [post_author] => 338 [post_date] => 2019-07-05 13:34:51 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-07-05 11:34:51 [post_content] => TIRANA, July 1- The last period of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which begins with the interest of the Great Powers for the Balkan region, corroborates with an increasing number of mostly English and French foreign travelers visiting the Pasha of Ioannina, in addition to the diplomatic and military presence of France, Russia and England in these territories. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the traditional travel of the Grand Tour underwent a fundamental change. A host of travelers and scholars, sometimes as ordinary citizens, and even as explorers and messengers of their governments would cross the territory of Epirus and Greece to get closely acquainted with the territories where the ancient culture that had enchanted them, encouraging a widespread cultural process that was materialized with the production of a rich travel literature that revived the Balkans from the dust of oblivion. At the same time, this period corroborated the emergence of a new era that had begun in Europe after the outbreak of the French Revolution, the era of nationalism, which materialized at the beginnings of the efforts of the Balkan peoples to form their national states. We mention both these processes, the European travel literature for the Balkans, and the beginning of history writing from the Balkan ethnic schools that returned to nations, because they are two important historical moments that have left a mark on the development of the Balkan political history. The first through oriental messages portrayed Ali Pashe Tepelena as an oriental, vampiric and treacherous despot, cynical and lusty, seeing him as an oppressor and a possessor of territories that they would like to see a projected “Hellas” of their school texts, while the latter labeled him as bloody and ruthless to give birth to their national myths. Among the texts of this not yet well-studied travel literature in Albania, we find passages that tell us how Ali Pashe Tepelena was present. Together with some of the European painters' engravings and portraits, they are important evidence of the physical appearance and character of Ali Pashe Tepelena. William Plomer writes in his book The Diamond of Jannina: Ali Pasha 1741-1822, that “in appearance, Ali was very charming. There was the smell of sincerity and honesty and a cheerful smile. He had a beautiful forehead, wide and clear eyes described as vivid and appealing. A beautifully shaped nose and clean skin. His mouth and jaw were [now] hidden behind his beard. Above all, the zest of his reactions, the rapid change of expressions, and his deep laughter which was a bit dracoid in his severity, were his characteristics. He was a sweet-mouthed, logical and impressive. Ali waited on his feet. He seemed short and sound with a pleasant expression. On his head was formed with many small coats of golden muslin, a high turban, and in his belt hung a long sword with diamonds in its grip. Ali's face was very enjoyable, his blue and quick eyes, and his long and white beard. There, on the couch, Ali sat on a lion's skin. He held red fez with gold stripes, and here-and-there precious diamonds glittered. A hookah stood on his arm. He would bow his head with nobility. His beard, now wholly white, gave him a gentleness like the kindness of Santa Claus. His expression was sincere, impressive, and his voice sweet. He looked very good... He laughed full of modesty, his ways were so quiet and fatherly and so evocative in the sight of his goodness and perfect sincerity…”   [post_title] => Ali Pashe Tepelena's portrait in travel writings [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ali-pashe-tepelenas-portrait-in-travel-writings [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-05 13:34:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-05 11:34:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=142529 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 142526 [post_author] => 338 [post_date] => 2019-07-05 13:32:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-07-05 11:32:06 [post_content] => TIRANA, July 1- Dr. Bashkim Habibi's was assigned a research duty by superiors on the 100th anniversary of Albania’s independence. Dr. Habibi is an orthopedic surgeon with a passion for history. After lengthy research with his wife Dezdemonda into the local and family archives of former hospital workers, Habibi published three years later a 500-page book titled “History of Durrës hospitals,” comprising of 1500 photographs and documents describing the path of the health system in the port city during the past century. Dr. Habibi is part of a small group of local intellectuals in Durres who, although are not historians by profession, they are passionate about it and are using local archives to write pieces of city history. These “historical” books published by them are not always written for the broader reader, but nevertheless are finding a growing audience among Albanian students studying at European universities that are interested in exploring the past of Durres. Teuta Dhima who is book specialist in the city library, said these students prefer to choose for their diplomas topics that address the history of Albania, the customary tradition, the history of Albanian language, ethnography and architecture, adding that "oreign teachers also support these initiatives. This coastal city which is also the country's largest port, has an ancient history and a rich archaeological heritage layered under the foundations of the multi-storey buildings and clay of the surrounding hills. But while the city's antique history has a rich bibliography by local and foreign authors, the social and professional developments during the last century on the other hand. have not received the same attention. To fill this void, intellectuals from different spheres are using the archives of the city to shed light on the recent past and its personalities. Dr. Lorenc Agalliu who is chief of department at the Durres archive, said that this institution has many documents that once belonged to the archives of large industrial enterprises and city factories. “The archive has plenty of data for enterprises that no longer exist as the Shipyard, Commercial Fleet, Tire Plastics, Radio-Tv Mill, Agricultural Mechanics, or the first STAMLES cigarette factory in Balkans, founded in 1924; all with national values ​​that deserve to have their own history,” Agalliu said. He pointed out that many of the researchers who are referring to local archives are not professionals in the field, thus he calls for support and understanding from experts to their passion’s development. Most local authors rely on personal savings, their family and social networks to cover the costs of publishing their books. Among them is also deserved Teacher Dr. Astrit Hoxha. He started researching in 1995 and has since published the monographs “History of high schools in Durres” and “History of the ‘Naim Frashëri’ school,” two important bibliographic references for interested researchers in the field of education in this district. Hoxha has brought these publications to life with the financial support of family members and former students.  His colleague Xhod Beja who has published several books dedicated to the city, the presence of Italian families prior and after the Second World War, and on the economic development of Durres in the same period, has followed the same path. On the shelves of the city library a photographic album of Durres in the years 1930-1950 can be found, which is published with author’s Aristidh Mima costs. This collection also contains Mima’s personal and family photos. However, there are scholars and historians who have prepared monographs and researchings but cannot publish them because they cannot find financial support. For example, researcher Halim Maloku who died four years ago, left behind some unpublished manuscripts after a long research work in local and national archives. The unpublished texts include “History of Education in Durres,” “Durres Prefecture, 1912-2012,” and “Short Notes on the Archbishopric.”  “Publishing of this kind can be found in the city library, but one feels sorry for the complete lack of attention from the institutions to which these publications are dedicated,” Teuta Dhima said. “However, they remain highly sought-after texts, especially from local and foreign university students.”  [post_title] => Amateur historians shed light on the forgotten past of Durres [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => amateur-historians-shed-light-on-the-forgotten-past-of-durres [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-05 13:32:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-05 11:32:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=142526 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 142655 [post_author] => 338 [post_date] => 2019-07-12 13:22:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-07-12 11:22:28 [post_content] => TIRANA, July 11- Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar will premiere on July 13 at the National Theatre’s square. The play is directed by Croatian director Ivica Buljan and produced by the National Experimental Theater “Kujtim Spahivogli.” “Julius Caesar” is one of the few dramatic works of Shakespeare based on real events from Roman history and including Koriolanus, Antoni and Cleopatra. Though the work is titled “Julius Caesar,” Brutus speaks in more than four times as many lines as the main character and the central psychological drama of the piece focuses on Brutus's battle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship. According to the director, this section is contemporary not only for Albania but also in the world. This play is the first political thriller appropriate for any time, as it talks about corruption, smuggling, killing. The theatrical performance is in four parts, the first in the swimming pool, the second in the park between the National Theater and Experimental Theater, the third part which corresponds to Caesar’s murder will be performed at the Ministry of Interior, and final act at the premises where the theater protests have happened. Ivica Buljan with his theater activity is considered one of the greatest directors in the world, according to the New York Times. For this work in particular, he said that he intended to execute the play not on a stage but outside the theater. “A classical performance, but for the audience will be a contemporary work, it will be performed in four different places and communicate directly with the audience,” the director asserted. This performance will be interpreted from actors Romir Zalla, Alfred Trebicka, Vin Bejleri, Amos Muji Zaharia, Gentian Zenelaj, Ermira Hysaj, Ilirda Bejleri, Adriana Tolka, Klejdi Metaj, Mateo Dervishaj, Endri Çela, Engjëll Hoxha, Enea Nika, and Anxhelo Shkreli.  Director Ivica Buljan studied political science in Zagreb, and initially worked as a regular writer and theatre critic for the daily newspaper “Slobodna Dalmacija” published in Split, Croatia. In his professional writings, Buljan also collaborated with the international theatrical magazines “Primer Acto” (Madrid), “Ubu” (Paris, London), “Mask” (Ljubljana), etc.. He initially started working with the theater scene as a theatre and several international theater festivals administrator. His shows have attended in more than 30 different countries. Drawing on Antonin Artaud's creative philosophy, his theater focuses on the actor's protagonism and preserves classical theater lines. Buljan has directed the Croatian National Theater in Split during 1998-2002. In 1999, during his lead the Croatian National Theater joined the European Theater Convention. Buljan is also co-founder and artistic director of Mini Theater in Ljubljana, and founder and director of the New Theater in Zagreb.   [post_title] => Julius Caesar takes the theatre outdoors [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => julius-caesar-takes-the-theatre-outdoors [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-12 13:22:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-12 11:22:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.tiranatimes.com/?p=142655 [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] => 3131 [filter] => raw [cat_ID] => 31 [category_count] => 3131 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Culture [category_nicename] => culture [category_parent] => 0 ) [queried_object_id] => 31 [post__not_in] => Array ( ) )

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