The German October

The German October

TIRANA, Oct. 5- The German Embassy in Albania will host the German October again this year in Tirana, in a multitude of events and workshops. This is the 12th year that the Albanian-German friendship is being celebrated. The German October

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Second edition of Balkan Film Market comes to Tirana

Second edition of Balkan Film Market comes to Tirana

TIRANA, Oct. 3 – The second edition of Balkan Film Market returns in Tirana in a week full interaction, marketing and contacting between cineastes. The event lasts from October 3 through 7 and is hosted in collaboration of Iceberg Communication

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Bazament brings Wild Beast from Haveit art collective

Bazament brings Wild Beast from Haveit art collective

TIRANA, Oct. 4 – An artistic performance from the Haveit collective will take place in Bazament art space in Tirana through October 4 to 25, called ‘’Wild Beast.’’ In their new performance and installation, Haveit collective takes as their subject

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Metrofest to host second edition of Albanian dramaturgy

Metrofest to host second edition of Albanian dramaturgy

TIRANA, Oct. 3 – Scoring great success last year, the Metropolitan Theatre in Tirana brings the second edition of Metrofest, a theatre festival dedicated to Albanian drama literature, uncovered from the archives in possession. The Metrofest will last for two

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Albania to gift UNESCO the ‘Revival of Lazarus’ icon

Albania to gift UNESCO the ‘Revival of Lazarus’ icon

TIRANA, Sept. 30 – The “Revival of Lazarus’’ icon, which was restored six months ago, will be gifted to UNESCO in accordance with a decision made by the Council of Ministers, which also holds the signature of Prime Minister Edi

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Former history professor puts together museum in Gizavesh village

Former history professor puts together museum in Gizavesh village

TIRANA, Sept. 30 – Ali Buzra is a retired history teacher that used to teach in the village Gizavesh of Librazhd. After retiring three years ago, he decided to use his acquired knowledge for Albania and his village to create

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‘Democracy doesn’t wait’ book launches in Tirana

‘Democracy doesn’t wait’ book launches in Tirana

Sept. 12 – On Tuesday, Sept. 11, coinciding with the 17th anniversary of the Twin Towers terrorist attacks, journalist Frank Shkreli, who is ex-director of Voice of America for Euro-Asia, released a book in three volumes titled ‘Democracy doesn’t wait.’

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COD inaugurates ‘Myrtis: face to face with the past’ exhibition

COD inaugurates ‘Myrtis: face to face with the past’ exhibition

TIRANA, Sept. 13 – The Centre for Openness and Dialogue will open on Friday, Sept. 14, the exhibition titled ‘Myrtis: face to face with the past’ – a special exhibition that comes for the first time in Albania straight from

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Music Film Tirana Festival makes debut under Albania-Austria Cultural Year

Music Film Tirana Festival makes debut under Albania-Austria Cultural Year

TIRANA, Sept. 13 – Occurring in the framework of the Albania-Austria Cultural Year, the Tirana Music-Film Festival will take place from Thursday, Sept. 13 until Sept. 20, at the Pazari i Ri (New Market) area. The Festival takes its inspiration

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‘Exploring the Invisible’ exhibition opens at Kalo Gallery

‘Exploring the Invisible’ exhibition opens at Kalo Gallery

TIRANA, Sept. 6 – Ilir Pojani’s contemporary art exhibition ‘Exploring the Invisible’ will kick off on Monday, Sept. 10, at the Kalo Gallery, in Tirana. To remain open everyday until Sept. 28, the exhibition aims to bring back figures depicted

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 5- The German Embassy in Albania will host the German October again this year in Tirana, in a multitude of events and workshops.

This is the 12th year that the Albanian-German friendship is being celebrated. The German October 2018 will be hosting events of film screenings, literature, theatre, music and ballet, various discussions regarding war, peace and friendship, but also cuisine from the two countries. 

‘’To inspire people. This is the motto of the German foreign policy regarding education and culture. We seek to mobilize people, but on the other, we want to be inspired by them. Through a myriad and multiple activities we hope to provide opportunities for creative skills and new ideas, to encourage dialogue and discourse, to enjoy and appreciate art, as such,’’ said Suzanne Schutz, German ambassador to Albania. 

The ambassador endeavors the German October to ravish people through unknown music symphonies on cello, in adventures on the cinematographic screen and introduce them to Berliner subculture of the 80s. But apart from art, the political, economic and societal dialogues are anticipated as well, especially regarding the violence of war and the necessity of peace.

A theatre play which will staged speaks out specifically to the horrors of war. The play is Australian author’s Caleb Lewis’ ‘Dogfall’. The setting is in the battle of Somme, which is known as the bloodiest front in the First World War with 1 million people dead. Through the plays it is sought to talk about how theatre can help us understand war and reconciliation, and ‘Dogfall’ specifically takes the example of Germany’s and France’s reconciliation and setting aside their enmities for the sake of progress and peace. 

Other discussions will be held regarding the role of women and men in society and the stereotypes they face. Another will be on how we can expose Fake News, how we can strengthen the external relations in the region, how we can engage youth in a more active position in society, etc. 

‘’Culture is much more than just music, art, literature, ballet, cinema etj. Cuisine is also included in it. In this edition of German October we have two kitchen chefs of the ‘slow food’ technique. One is from Bremen and the other from Tirana, and they will be introducing German and Albanian dishes, but they will also share their cooking secrets with the new generation of chefs from Kamza’s culinary school,’’ said Enrico Gunther, Director of Culture and Press Sector, for a more realistic approach of the cultural exchange sought in this month. 

The German October started as a tradition in October 2007 in the framework of the 20th anniversary of setting Albanian-German diplomatic relations. Over the years, this event has turned into an anticipated tradition, both cultural and entertaining, and has transformed into a symbol of the friendship the two nations share. 

The German October starts on Oct. 5 and ends on Nov. 9. This upcoming week the events covered are as following below:





Oct. 5, Info-Tag- the information day on studying, scholarships and internships

Palace of Congress 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info-Tag will provide an information session regarding studying in Germany, scholarships and internships. Institutions’ representatives will be at the European House of Palace of Congress to provide detailed information regarding studying, scientific research, internships and job opportunities in Germany and Austria. 

 

Oct. 7, at 6 p.m., Camillo Schumann- Cello and piano sonata 

The ‘A. Z. Cajupi’ Theatre in Korca will host a cello and piano sonata of composer Camillo Schumann. The piece will be performed by pianist Kristina Laco and cellist Dorina Laro. Camillo Schumann is the least famous musician of the Schumann family, however his musical language belongs to late romanticism, and it is similar to those of his contemporaries, like Richard Strauss, Alexander Glazunov and Nikolai Medtner. 

His works comprise of about 300 compositions, for room ambiance, piano scores, orchestral songs and a vast repertory for organ. The repertoire for cello and piano were published lately, and they add up to the German musical heritage in cello. 

This event will also be hosted on Oct. 12 at Vlore’s ‘Petro Marko’ Theatre at and on Oct. 17 at Tirana’s University of Arts.





Oct. 7 & 8, ‘Beyond Currywurst’: German-Albanian authentic cuisine

The city of Tirana will host a two day event on Albanian and German cuisine with the first part of the event taking place at Mullixhiu restaurant at 7 p.m.. Two slow-food chefs, Luba Lubke from Bremen and Bledar Kola from Albania will be presenting to the public a variety of contemporary and authentic cuisine from the two nations in joint cooking show, displaying the culinary outcomes of their collaboration.

In the second day, the chefs will be at the Culinary School of Kamez to forward their experience in the aspiring chefs in a workshop. The aim is to teach them creativity in the kitchen and to use local healthy food products for their dishes. The chefs want to inspire the joy of cooking in the youth, but also remind them on the responsibility for enriching the eating culture through nutrition and quality. 

 

I have a dream. A seminar with writer Sandra Hoffman

Oct. 9, 16 and 23 at Tirana Times Library, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Tirana Times Library, 6 p.m.

Daydreams and nightdreams contrast from one another in their behavior. The daydreams are restrained in a strict logic and follow an purpose, a desire or hope. In the night dreams on the other hand, we built a utopia, almost, a sort of fantasy of a better future. Nightdreams usually lack all logic: they come in images which remain in remembrance by intense scenes. Most oftenly we happen to ask ourselves ‘now what was this?’ in the morning after we wake up. Both types of dreams are interesting in a literary standpoint. In this seminar we seek to read, understand, write, discuss and improve texts on dreams. 

 

Oct. 9, “Young Karl Marx’’ from Raoul Peck film screening

At Kinema Millenium in Tirana, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10 at Kinema Millenium in Shkoder, 6 p.m.

Paris, 1844, the verge of the Industrial Revolution: 26 year-old Karl Marx (August Diehl) embarks with his wife, Jenny (Vicky Krieps), on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske), an industrialist's son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx's new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police's repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era.

 

Oct. 11, The girls’ world between tradition and modernity

A musical performance and discussion on the International Girls Day at Tulla Culture Center in Tirana at 7 p.m. 

Regardless of international conventions for children’s rights, the girls’ world often remains invisible. Could music contribute somehow that girls can gain a voice so their concerns can be heard? What role does language play here? Could music and language built new worlds for the girls?

In Albanian folk songs exist a long tradition where generations of women transmit patriarchal customs, according to which teenage girls were to be married against their wills, to skip education and be devoid of any decision making regarding the course of their lives.

Musician Andrra, the artistic alias of singer Fatime Kosumi, using modern instrumentals performs these songs in a contemporary approach, that many girls still face such a fate of forceful, arranged marriage and leaving school, as we yet live in a patriarchal society.

In this event will be introduced songs and discussions with Andrra and gender issues researcher Delina Binaj will be held. On the morning of Oct. 11 Fatime Kosumi will also hold a conversation with pupils of ‘Jordan Misja’ Artistic Lyceum in the framework of a seminar regarding the creative process of her songs and their message. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 3 - The second edition of Balkan Film Market returns in Tirana in a week full interaction, marketing and contacting between cineastes.

The event lasts from October 3 through 7 and is hosted in collaboration of Iceberg Communication and the National Center of Cinematography. Balkan Film Market seeks to service as a connecting platform between film professionals of Balkans and Europe. They will be sharing stories to inspire professional relations, develop marketing and promote local cinematography production.

This second edition of the event will also focus on how to create connections between European and Balkan cineastes, and it will also provide an orientation on how to find producers, a crucial point in acquiring European funds for potential film production projects.

The event will provide educational workshops and a discussion on the problems and issues the Balkan film industry is facing nowadays. Through the discussions it is hoped that some solutions could be offered and opportunities in collaborative projects.

‘’Again, this year the successful producers of European cinema of these recent years will be present in our unique event of Balkan film hosted in Tirana,’’ said the organizers.

 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 4 - An artistic performance from the Haveit collective will take place in Bazament art space in Tirana through October 4 to 25, called ‘’Wild Beast.’’

In their new performance and installation, Haveit collective takes as their subject the phenomenon of the ‘curses.’

It is very typical in Albanian families that mothers use curses upon their children to ‘teach’ them a proper behavior or punish them. The mostly violent language of the curses is justified as a tool of disciplinary measure of teaching the ethics of behavior.

By exposing this language and making public what is private, Haveit tries to expose how problematic this aggressive language frequently used as means of communication and education really is, and how it manifests itself later in constructing of a violent patriarchal society. Also, this sort of language somehow it is still present in the adult life and reproduces itself in all other social relations.

Haveit is an art collective founded in Prishtina, Kosovo in 2011 by Alketa Sylaj, Vesa Qena, and Arberore Sylaj. Using performative arts, protests and video installations as spinal to their work, they are often seen and considered dangerous in predominantly patriarchal societies. Their practice includes exhibitions and invasion of public spaces.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 3 - Scoring great success last year, the Metropolitan Theatre in Tirana brings the second edition of Metrofest, a theatre festival dedicated to Albanian drama literature, uncovered from the archives in possession.

The Metrofest will last for two weeks, starting Oct. 3 until Oct. 14, and will bring on stage five Albanian dramas and a puppet show for children from a foreign author. Even though the overall artistic season of October through December will also see on the stage various authors, the main goal is the revival of Albanian drama based on the discovering of new scenic expressions.

‘’Just as in the first edition, also this year Metropol Theatre is dedicated to the recognition and staging of the Albanian dramaturgy. This festival deliberately avoided a competitive nature, but instead stressed on the laboratory of work with Albanian literature. The five premieres of this edition are exclusive productions of Metropol, by approaching theatre professionals from all generations to explore and enliven the Albanian drama closer to the public,’’ said Jonida Beqo, director of Metropol.

The five Albanian plays which will be staged are ‘’Rrajet levizin’’ (The roots move) from Ernest Koliqi, ‘’E bija e krahinarit’’ (the provincial’s daughter) from Kristo Floqi, ‘’Kryet e hudhres’’ (garlic’s heading) from Kriste Berisha, ‘’Makaronat e shejtanit’’ (the pasta of the devil) from Lazer Lumezi, and ‘’Prangat’’ (the handcuffs) from Halil Laze. The puppet show for children is from author Lee Shacklefor and it’s called ‘’Just like you.’’

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 30 - The “Revival of Lazarus’’ icon, which was restored six months ago, will be gifted to UNESCO in accordance with a decision made by the Council of Ministers, which also holds the signature of Prime Minister Edi Rama.

The icon was created in the 19th century and belongs to the Evangelism church. Appraised by specialists as a work of high artistic value, the icon has been degraded over the years due to indifference. But since the restoration process started in the beginning of March, the rich colors of the icon are again noticeable.

The icon is linked to with the tradition of Easter, whereas the figure of Lazarus symbolizes the fine line between mortal life and afterlife. Lazarus is considered the protector of the forests in popular tales.

There are a lot of songs and dances to the figure of Lazarus, which represent the wishes for good health and prosperity. The masters of the house are blessed, the youth, the children and brides. The young women go home dancing and they are given uncolored eggs and money. This ritual ends with the girls’ returning from the road they came from.

The decision from the Council of Ministers published in the official gazette lists also the rest of the procedure for the donation finalization of this cultural heritage:

The “Revival of Lazarus’’ icon is a representative of the iconic art in Albania, which took a new development between centuries 18 and 19.

The 18th century in Albania is characterized by a crucial socio-economic development, the rise of trade between towns, the construction of many cult institutions and their embellishment with art pieces from various genres.

The icons and murals from this period count to thousands. They have adorned multiple monuments around the country and the autographs belong to Albanian artists. Some distinguished painters are David Selenica, Konstandin Shpataraku, Konstandin and Athanas Zografi, Gjergj and Joan Cetiri, etc.

The icons of 18th century Albania belong to the school of Korca, which apart from the local tradition it also inhabits characteristics from western methods. In the Zografi brothers, for instance, one can notice traces of the baroque style.

Comparing from the icons of the previous centuries, the ones belonging to the 18th century adopt a more complicated technique, which also includes some byzantine linings of graphics and symmetry. The drawings of the figures focus on realism, and the portraits are modeled using plastic. The scenery also appears modeled and the ethnographic elements are multiplied.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 30 - Ali Buzra is a retired history teacher that used to teach in the village Gizavesh of Librazhd. After retiring three years ago, he decided to use his acquired knowledge for Albania and his village to create a small museum inside the school where he used to teach.

The small museum is themed after the village and the town. For three months he wandered looking for artifacts, which were given as gifts by the villagers for Buzra’s project to commemorate his hometown.

Since Buzra is a former history professor, he also plays the role of the cicero, walking the visitors around and filling them in with history and facts.

‘’This idea was born from work. These are historical values which express the culture of the villagers,’’ said Buzra.

The objects of this museum date from 200 years ago and older. They used to be part of the everyday life of the village’s inhabitants that are non-usable nowadays. What is curious is that Librazhd lacks such a museum.

The teacher is ambitious in his project and seeks to enrich his museum with more artifacts and cultural objects. He wants to attract as many tourists in his village, especially foreign.

‘’The work has just started. The museum is now built and I will continue with my work because there is room for improvement and further enrichment,’’ said Buzra. 

 
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                    [post_content] => Sept. 12 - On Tuesday, Sept. 11, coinciding with the 17th anniversary of the Twin Towers terrorist attacks, journalist Frank Shkreli, who is ex-director of Voice of America for Euro-Asia, released a book in three volumes titled ‘Democracy doesn’t wait.’

The work is a compilation of 10 years of journalistic analytical pieces, discussing themes of issues regarding the Balkans, Russian and Turkish influence in Albania and the region, democracy and transition. The book includes some pieces published in local newspapers as well.

“I tried to raise an issue on the increased influence of Russia and Turkey on Albanian lands. In my own way I have noticed also the danger of high Albanian authorities flirting with these nations’ authoritative leaders, as something not of long-term interests for our nation,” said Shkreli during the inauguration.

Shkreli has had an attractive career, not only as director and reporter of Voice of America for Euro-Asia and later Europe, but as an editor, radio host, one of the first Albanian missionaries to reopen its embassy in the United States of America, former director of the National Albanian American Council, and lately an analysis of relevant issues regarding our country published in Telegraf newspaper.

In his book, he compiles history of Albanian politics since the communist era, international relations and its implications on our nation’s economic and political environment, democracy in the Balkans, freedom and corruption.

The book’s inauguration took place at the capital and was attended by various personalities and politicians, including former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, current president Ilir Meta, and persecuted victims of communism. 

He received recognition on his efforts to bring the truth through the American ideals of freedom and democracy since the communist era. He was also praised for his rich Albanian language and vocabulary in his writings, contrasting it with the anglicized wording of current Albanian journalists.

The constant effort to protect democracy, freedom of speech and thought, a liberated journalistic spirit, and the honest sought of truth, were other considerations made by the invitees, whereas a former politically persecuted, Simon Miraka, took his time to thank Shkreli and his former colleagues from the Voice of America for giving hope to a dictatorial Albania that democracy was reaching our nation, too.

Meta said that Shkreli’s work is a “jolt for all of us, regarding the importance of democracy.” 

He said that democracy is not something given to have, but that should be preserved and protected so it can be cherished and kept.

“All of us could and should cooperate, by having a more humane and civil dialogue, especially in the grounds of political parties,’’ said Shkreli. 

He remarked the necessity of a Kosovo and other Albanian regions’ collaboration, and how a lot can be reached without issues or expenses. 

“I am optimistic that a new generation will accomplish much more in this direction,” Shkreli concluded.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 13 - The Centre for Openness and Dialogue will open on Friday, Sept. 14, the exhibition titled ‘Myrtis: face to face with the past’ - a special exhibition that comes for the first time in Albania straight from Greece’s greatest museums.

The exhibition brings at the COD spaces, for the first time, a variety of archeological and technological objects, paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and installations.

In Athens, Greece, there is an area called Kerameikos, where a massive grave of ancient skeletons used to lay. In 1995, when diggings for the metro construction were underway, the skull of a little girl from the 5th century BC was discovered. The skull was well-preserved, considering the time, and had all its permanent teeth remaining and some of its primary teeth, too. Using these features, it was estimated that the little girl died out of the typhoid epidemic that hit Athens around 430-427 BC and was around 11 years old.

Since the girl’s skull still preserved her teeth, it allowed a facial reconstruction. Orthodontics professor Manolis Papagrigorakis from the Dentistry department of Athens University shaped the face, whereas the reconstruction was made with the collaboration of doctors, sculptors, archeologists, and other experts of the field.

The little girl was given the name of Myrtida, a popular Greek name for women at the time, but she’s best renowned as Myrtis.

For archaeologists and historians, the face of this little girl has brought to life a very important aspect of Greek history and has responded to the causes of the loss of many Athenians.

Myrtis also became a special girl for the United Nations. Eight years ago, she became a “UN friend” and has now been resurrected to become a powerful voice in preventing diseases affecting children.

In 2010 Myrtis became a friend of the UN Millennium Development Goals, joining its global campaign ‘’We can End Poverty.’’ Her face is a symbol in Greece and in other countries, asking governments to save children’s lives of dying from preventable diseases, such as typhoid. 

Back in 5th century BC, the epidemic in Greece killed 1 in 3 people including Pericles, Athens’ leader then, and nowadays, typhoid affects over 21 million people, causing 200,000 deaths annually. Child mortality of preventable causes is estimated at around 15,000 deaths daily.

This exhibition unfolds its reconstructed face, accompanied by scriptures and images that bring the world she lived in back to life, her efforts, her challenges and simultaneously bringing back to life the Pericles era and the Peloponnesian War. 

The exhibition will remain open for the public until Oct. 6 and there is no entry fee. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 13 - Occurring in the framework of the Albania-Austria Cultural Year, the Tirana Music-Film Festival will take place from Thursday, Sept. 13 until Sept. 20, at the Pazari i Ri (New Market) area. 

The Festival takes its inspiration from the Vienna Film Festival, which was first held in 1991 at Rathausplatz in Vienna. Since then, this Festival has been taking place annually and has attracted numerous visitors from Austria and abroad - 14 million, to be precise.

 It counts as one of the largest culture and culinary festivals in Europe and has been successfully exported to many global capitals, such as Budapest, Bucharest, New York, Tokyo and Moscow. 

The artistic Program of the Tirana Music-Film Festival will be based on the Viennese Format and will offer a very interesting mixture of musical productions from different genres.

A good combination of Austrian and Albanian recordings for all tastes will be offered, ranging from classic to hip, from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to Parov Stelar, the pioneer of electro swing, from musical movies like ‘Pranvere ne Gjirokaster’, ‘Kenge e valle nga gurra popullore’ and old recordings of RTSH Festivals (Festivalet e Këngës,) to contemporary/modern music documentaries.

On the opening and closing days the film screenings will be accompanied by a live music program by two Austrian bands. 

The mission of the Tirana Music-Film Festival is to provide broad access to visual arts and interpretation, engaging new audiences through audio-visual media and being accessible for all kinds of people.

The festival will take place throughout one week and will be open to the public without fees. The festival will also embrace the concept of street food. A gourmet corner will be organized in in order to enhance the participants experience.

The daily starting time of the festival will be 7.30 pm, while a more detailed festival program can be found online, at movingculture.org. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Sept. 6 - Ilir Pojani’s contemporary art exhibition ‘Exploring the Invisible’ will kick off on Monday, Sept. 10, at the Kalo Gallery, in Tirana. 

To remain open everyday until Sept. 28, the exhibition aims to bring back figures depicted by the artists following their inspiration by the Grand Masters, but by approaching their characters in quite an interesting individual style. 

Ardian Isufi, the Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, is the curator of the exhibition, which marks a new event in the gallery’s institutional and personal cooperation. 

Known for the figurative style ranging from representational to a semi representation form, combined with elements of abstraction and ambiguous narrative, Pojani is an Albanian-American contemporary artist who depicts mainly humans or objects of nature in  manner that tries to explore and discover the invisible - the feeling - thus opening up endless possibilities for interpretation of inner world of the subjects.

Pojani was born in 1954, in Tirana, Albania. He studied painting and graphic art at the National Academy of Arts in Tirana. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and international art contests in United States and Europe. Pojani has won several international art awards. His distinct artwork has been recognized and owned by many art collectors and galleries throughout the world.

Painting has always been an essential part of his life, as he began to draw and paint as a little child, and never had any doubts about becoming an artist.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 5- The German Embassy in Albania will host the German October again this year in Tirana, in a multitude of events and workshops.

This is the 12th year that the Albanian-German friendship is being celebrated. The German October 2018 will be hosting events of film screenings, literature, theatre, music and ballet, various discussions regarding war, peace and friendship, but also cuisine from the two countries. 

‘’To inspire people. This is the motto of the German foreign policy regarding education and culture. We seek to mobilize people, but on the other, we want to be inspired by them. Through a myriad and multiple activities we hope to provide opportunities for creative skills and new ideas, to encourage dialogue and discourse, to enjoy and appreciate art, as such,’’ said Suzanne Schutz, German ambassador to Albania. 

The ambassador endeavors the German October to ravish people through unknown music symphonies on cello, in adventures on the cinematographic screen and introduce them to Berliner subculture of the 80s. But apart from art, the political, economic and societal dialogues are anticipated as well, especially regarding the violence of war and the necessity of peace.

A theatre play which will staged speaks out specifically to the horrors of war. The play is Australian author’s Caleb Lewis’ ‘Dogfall’. The setting is in the battle of Somme, which is known as the bloodiest front in the First World War with 1 million people dead. Through the plays it is sought to talk about how theatre can help us understand war and reconciliation, and ‘Dogfall’ specifically takes the example of Germany’s and France’s reconciliation and setting aside their enmities for the sake of progress and peace. 

Other discussions will be held regarding the role of women and men in society and the stereotypes they face. Another will be on how we can expose Fake News, how we can strengthen the external relations in the region, how we can engage youth in a more active position in society, etc. 

‘’Culture is much more than just music, art, literature, ballet, cinema etj. Cuisine is also included in it. In this edition of German October we have two kitchen chefs of the ‘slow food’ technique. One is from Bremen and the other from Tirana, and they will be introducing German and Albanian dishes, but they will also share their cooking secrets with the new generation of chefs from Kamza’s culinary school,’’ said Enrico Gunther, Director of Culture and Press Sector, for a more realistic approach of the cultural exchange sought in this month. 

The German October started as a tradition in October 2007 in the framework of the 20th anniversary of setting Albanian-German diplomatic relations. Over the years, this event has turned into an anticipated tradition, both cultural and entertaining, and has transformed into a symbol of the friendship the two nations share. 

The German October starts on Oct. 5 and ends on Nov. 9. This upcoming week the events covered are as following below:





Oct. 5, Info-Tag- the information day on studying, scholarships and internships

Palace of Congress 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info-Tag will provide an information session regarding studying in Germany, scholarships and internships. Institutions’ representatives will be at the European House of Palace of Congress to provide detailed information regarding studying, scientific research, internships and job opportunities in Germany and Austria. 

 

Oct. 7, at 6 p.m., Camillo Schumann- Cello and piano sonata 

The ‘A. Z. Cajupi’ Theatre in Korca will host a cello and piano sonata of composer Camillo Schumann. The piece will be performed by pianist Kristina Laco and cellist Dorina Laro. Camillo Schumann is the least famous musician of the Schumann family, however his musical language belongs to late romanticism, and it is similar to those of his contemporaries, like Richard Strauss, Alexander Glazunov and Nikolai Medtner. 

His works comprise of about 300 compositions, for room ambiance, piano scores, orchestral songs and a vast repertory for organ. The repertoire for cello and piano were published lately, and they add up to the German musical heritage in cello. 

This event will also be hosted on Oct. 12 at Vlore’s ‘Petro Marko’ Theatre at and on Oct. 17 at Tirana’s University of Arts.





Oct. 7 & 8, ‘Beyond Currywurst’: German-Albanian authentic cuisine

The city of Tirana will host a two day event on Albanian and German cuisine with the first part of the event taking place at Mullixhiu restaurant at 7 p.m.. Two slow-food chefs, Luba Lubke from Bremen and Bledar Kola from Albania will be presenting to the public a variety of contemporary and authentic cuisine from the two nations in joint cooking show, displaying the culinary outcomes of their collaboration.

In the second day, the chefs will be at the Culinary School of Kamez to forward their experience in the aspiring chefs in a workshop. The aim is to teach them creativity in the kitchen and to use local healthy food products for their dishes. The chefs want to inspire the joy of cooking in the youth, but also remind them on the responsibility for enriching the eating culture through nutrition and quality. 

 

I have a dream. A seminar with writer Sandra Hoffman

Oct. 9, 16 and 23 at Tirana Times Library, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Tirana Times Library, 6 p.m.

Daydreams and nightdreams contrast from one another in their behavior. The daydreams are restrained in a strict logic and follow an purpose, a desire or hope. In the night dreams on the other hand, we built a utopia, almost, a sort of fantasy of a better future. Nightdreams usually lack all logic: they come in images which remain in remembrance by intense scenes. Most oftenly we happen to ask ourselves ‘now what was this?’ in the morning after we wake up. Both types of dreams are interesting in a literary standpoint. In this seminar we seek to read, understand, write, discuss and improve texts on dreams. 

 

Oct. 9, “Young Karl Marx’’ from Raoul Peck film screening

At Kinema Millenium in Tirana, 7 p.m.

Oct. 10 at Kinema Millenium in Shkoder, 6 p.m.

Paris, 1844, the verge of the Industrial Revolution: 26 year-old Karl Marx (August Diehl) embarks with his wife, Jenny (Vicky Krieps), on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske), an industrialist's son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx's new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police's repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era.

 

Oct. 11, The girls’ world between tradition and modernity

A musical performance and discussion on the International Girls Day at Tulla Culture Center in Tirana at 7 p.m. 

Regardless of international conventions for children’s rights, the girls’ world often remains invisible. Could music contribute somehow that girls can gain a voice so their concerns can be heard? What role does language play here? Could music and language built new worlds for the girls?

In Albanian folk songs exist a long tradition where generations of women transmit patriarchal customs, according to which teenage girls were to be married against their wills, to skip education and be devoid of any decision making regarding the course of their lives.

Musician Andrra, the artistic alias of singer Fatime Kosumi, using modern instrumentals performs these songs in a contemporary approach, that many girls still face such a fate of forceful, arranged marriage and leaving school, as we yet live in a patriarchal society.

In this event will be introduced songs and discussions with Andrra and gender issues researcher Delina Binaj will be held. On the morning of Oct. 11 Fatime Kosumi will also hold a conversation with pupils of ‘Jordan Misja’ Artistic Lyceum in the framework of a seminar regarding the creative process of her songs and their message. 
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