New library to open in Shkodra university

SHKODRA, Aug. 29 – A new library is expected to open in Shkodra at the Luigj Gurakuqi university, considered as the biggest and the most contemporary one in the country. It will cover some 4,000 square meters for which there

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National Theater to move to the pyramid

TIRANA, Aug. 31 – The government decided Thursday to give to the National Theater some space at the pyramid that is now named after Pjeter Arbnori, the late ex-communist dissident. It will also have the elements of the National Gallery

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Nights of European Film in Albania

TIRANA, Aug. 26 – Albania will hold the Nights of European Film in the Apolonia International Festival which was held Aug. 26- Sept. 1. the event is part of the Multiart international festival. During the five evenings there will be

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Government to name Zogu i Zi crossroad as Rilindja (Renaissance)

TIRANA, Aug. 31 – Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that the government would soon name the Zogu i Zi crossroad, which became a contentious political issue for its section that would be built from the Socialist-run Tirana city hall, with

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“Albania – seen differently”, an exposition at the “European Forum Alpbach”

TIRANA, Aug. 30 – The “European Forum Alpbach”, whose president is dr. Erhard Busek, head of the Stability Pact, held Aug. 27-30 in Vienna a photo exhibition on Albania titled “Albania – seen differently”. It was prepared and organized from

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Rrajca folk ensemble at the 7th international festival in Afyon and Bursa, Turkey

TIRANA, Aug. 30 – The folk ensemble Rrajca from Librazhd will take part at the 7th festival in Afyon and Bursa, Turkey Sept. 25-29 and Sept. 30-31. The group will go with 16 dancers presenting different Albanian folk music and

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Exhibition on Albania’s and Kosova’s national and cultural values

TIRANA, Aug. 31 – An exhibition titled “Values of common history” would open Friday at the launch of the month of national cultural values for Albania and Kosova, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports said. The exhibition is

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Icons in Albania with a great historic value

TIRANA, Aug. 15 – Wooden icons in Albania date back to the 6th century when they were worked with such a quality that they have resisted long times and weather phenomenon, experts say. The oldest icons in Albania are those

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Culture in Brief

Tirana ensemble takes part at dance international festival in Bilbao TIRANA,Aug. 15 -Albania’s Tirana Ensemble took part at the International Festivalof Dance held recently in Bilbao, Spain, along with some 28 ensembles from all over the world. There were held

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Albanian-American Association celebrates 60th anniversary

TIRANA, Aug. 5 – The Albanian-American National Organization celebrated its 60th anniversary over the weekend with a series of activities throughout Albania. There were many members, some 500 of them, who had come to the country for the first time.They

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                    [post_content] => SHKODRA, Aug. 29 - A new library is expected to open in Shkodra at the Luigj Gurakuqi university, considered as the biggest and the most contemporary one in the country. It will cover some 4,000 square meters for which there were spent 385,000 euros to build from a collaboration of the Shkodra university with that of Graz, Austria and Florence, Italy. The library will have some 130,000 books, many of them unique in our country inherited from different personalities in different spheres of life. The library will be open for everyone wanting to use it. Graz University has trained its staff and will bring some more infrastructure worth 85,000 euros.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 31 - The government decided Thursday to give to the National Theater some space at the pyramid that is now named after Pjeter Arbnori, the late ex-communist dissident. It will also have the elements of the National Gallery of Arts to present there the works of many artists from the country and beyond borders. "The national theater receives a more dignitary space than what it has and it fully deserves that," said Prime Minister Sali Berisha.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 26 - Albania will hold the Nights of European Film in the Apolonia International Festival which was held Aug. 26- Sept. 1. the event is part of the Multiart international festival. During the five evenings there will be broadcast films from well-known European producers like Wim Wenders (Germany), Lars von Trier (Denmark), Federico Fellini (Italy) and the Greek Pantelis Voulgaris. There will also be a night dedicated to Switzerland with a documentary on its environmental and cultural inheritance.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 31 - Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that the government would soon name the Zogu i Zi crossroad, which became a contentious political issue for its section that would be built from the Socialist-run Tirana city hall, with the name of Rilindja. Berisha said that would be made to honor the country's renaissance personalities. Another motive, according to Berisha, was the political motivation in the fight between 'two culture diametrically opposing, the culture of bunker, tunnel with the culture of openness, the market, with the European civic culture in Tirana and Albania." Though a good gesture toward the renaissance personalities, the act again did not escape the political dispute that covers every aspect of life in this tiny post-communist country.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 30 - The "European Forum Alpbach", whose president is dr. Erhard Busek, head of the Stability Pact, held Aug. 27-30 in Vienna a photo exhibition on Albania titled "Albania - seen differently". It was prepared and organized from Fatmir Velaj, who is also the head of the "Forum Weltoffen Internacional", one of the most improtant artistic centers in Vienna. Velaj had selected 26 works from his works and those of Ardian Fezollari. They were introduced at the Alpbach Congress Centre trying to show to an eelite European public something different from his country, different from what the media in the world has presented the tiny Balkan country he comes from. Velaj showed Albania's beuatires of nature and portraits of common people in folk costumes and traditions. Visitors were surprised to know that was Albania.
participants in the opening ceremony were, besides Busek, Albanian Parliament Speaker Jozefina Topalli and Culture Ministrer Bujar Leskaj. "There are many positive signals on taking Albania neaerer the European Union and that also express a political and economic stability," said Busek. "Let us turns our eyes toward Albania without any prejudgement and look at the potential of this country as a hope for the future." Topalli mentioned not only her country's beauties but also the recent development, especially in the spheres of art, culture and toursim.
Other visitors at the exhibition were EU Commissioner Benita Ferrero Waldner, Kosova Prime Minister Agim Ceku, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik, and other ministers from Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia or other institutions.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 30 - The folk ensemble Rrajca from Librazhd will take part at the 7th festival in Afyon and Bursa, Turkey Sept. 25-29 and Sept. 30-31. The group will go with 16 dancers presenting different Albanian folk music and one singer, Artan Brahja.  It will present 12 dancing parts with the music from Librazhd and other Albanian areas. Some 16 participant groups will take part at the festival, in which the Albanian group is the biggest. In 2003 this ensemble got the Dante Aligeri prize in Italy.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 31 - An exhibition titled "Values of common history" would open Friday at the launch of the month of national cultural values for Albania and Kosova, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports said. The exhibition is held under the supervision of the premiers from both countries. It will show 55 paintings and sculpture from 47 Albanian artists. There will be authors from all the generations starting from Kol Idromeno, Abdurrahim Buza, Spiro Xega, Nexhmedin Zajmi, Zef Shoshi, Guri Madhi, Danish Jukniu, Thoma Thomai, Edi Hila, Edison Gjergo, Maks Velo , Gazmend Leka, Hasan Nallbani, Ali Oseku, Lumturi Blloshmi, Ardian Isufi, Najada Hamza, Genc Mulliqi, etj. Authors from Kosova and Macedonia are Tahir Emra, Fatmir Krypa, Niman Lokaj, Muslim Mulliqi, Rexhep Ferri, Violeta Xhaferri, Reshat Ahmeti, Halil Muhazheri, Agim Salihu. During the month there will be other activities.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 15 - Wooden icons in Albania date back to the 6th century when they were worked with such a quality that they have resisted long times and weather phenomenon, experts say. The oldest icons in Albania are those of Sh쮠M쳩 Digitria and Beautiful Doors found at a church near the Prespa lake belonging to the 12th century. In the 12-15th century period icons had such figures as the Saint Mehill at the Mborje church in Korca. They have artistic, historic, religious and national values testifying the country's history and post-Bysantine continuity as a nation. There are well known icons of Onufri and his son Nikolla and those of the second post-Bysantine period represented from Zografet, Shpataraku, Anagnosti, etc. decorative icons like Saint Mary on the chair of the source in Korca and that of Saint Naum at the church of Sh쮠e Premtes in Lushnja are distinguishable from the time. Other names from the middle age are those of Qiprioti and David Selenica.
Since 1977 the icons are under the management of the Institute of the Monuments of Culture as they make up a colossal amount of the Albanian iconographic art. Starting from 1988 the Institute undertook a campaign to collect icons, rehabilitate and then show them to the public. Their greatest part also escaped the anarchy the country was engulfed in 1997 following the collapse of the pyramid investment schemes where Europe's poorest population lost its life savings. In February 2000 a considerable number of the most distinguishable icons was transferred at a secret location to protect them. 
Now they may be found at the Onufri museum in Berat, considered as their center in the country. It was built in 1985 at the Berat castle and shelters some 120 icons of great artistic, historical and documentary values. Some of the icons there are that of "Sh쮠Antoni" and "Gjon Pag컯ri" of Nikolla Onufri, "Sh쮠M쳩a with Christ" anonymous from the 16th century, "Sh쮠Mihali" of 17th century, "Seven Saints" of 1733, etc.
The National Museum of Middle Aged time in Korca has some 6,000 icons and 1,000 metal and wooden objects of some 150 Albanian authors. Some 30 icons are rehabilitated annually and more than 300 are chemically treated to preserve them. Many of them are made from Onufri, Zografi, Shpataraku, etc. another pavilion with icons is at the National Historic Museum in central Tirana since November 2000. it has some 80 icons of Onufri, Onufer Qiprioti, David Selenica, Zografi, Kostandin Shpataraku, Mihal Anagnosti, Vellezerit ȥtiri, etc. that is conceived as a big church starting with a great icon 13 meter long. Another group of icons stays at the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana and the National Museum Gjergj Kastrioti Scanderbeg in Kruja.
During the post-communist period after 1990 hundreds of icons have been stolen in the towns of Korca, Voskopoja, Delvina, Kruja, Saranda, Gjirokastra, Tirana etc and either sent abroad or sold secretly. One of the greatest thefts was that in 1998 of the 500-hundred years old icon of Saint Mary church in the south, a gift from Ali Pashe Tepelena to the villagers of Sopik for their loyalty. it was a view of Saint Mary and her son Jesus Christ engraved in nut wood and silver. It was discovered two and a half years later. According to the sayings it has been stolen many times, starting with the Turks more than a century ago.
There have also been some positive cases like that of the return to the Kruja museum of three icons stolen in 1995, but hundreds others are still 'at large' experts say.
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                    [post_content] => Tirana ensemble takes part at dance international festival in Bilbao
TIRANA,Aug. 15 -Albania's Tirana Ensemble took part at the International Festivalof Dance held recently in Bilbao, Spain, along with some 28 ensembles from all over the world. There were held concerts in San Sebastian, Santader,Valle de Mena etc, where the Albanian actors played their parts.

Book fair in Saranda Aug. 17-21
TIRANA, Aug. 14 - The book fair that has traveled in other cities in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro the end of the week Aug. 17-21 will be held in the southernmost port town of Saranda, said its organizers, the Publishers' League and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports. That is the last leg of the fair's tour of some 50 publishers.

Albania to take part at Tunis international film festival
TIRANA, Aug. 15 - Albania will participate at an international film festival of animated films held in Tunisia Aug. 22-27, the animated film association said. There will be seven Albanian films at the festival made by Artan Maku, Gjin Varfi, Stefan Taci, Artur Dauti, Bertant Shijaku and Ergys Faja. This will be the first time of participation at this African festival. Albania produces some four-five short animated films per year and has an archive of some 200 of them.

Saranda with a rich biodiversity
SARANDA, Aug. 14 - The southernmost district of Saranda is one of the richest biodiversity areas in the country, according to experts. Butrinti and Bufi lakes are at this area, together with the lagoons of the Bay of Aramiras that links the Butrinti lake to the Corfu Canal of the Ionian Sea. Experts say that some 70 percent of the country's biodiversity is located at this area with some 3,300 biological groups of animals, fishes and mollusks. Experts say 109 birds of special importance in the countrywide context live in this area and 33 out of them are of international importance.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 5 - The Albanian-American National Organization celebrated its 60th anniversary over the weekend with a series of activities throughout Albania. There were many members, some 500 of them, who had come to the country for the first time.They visited Kruja, Korca, Durres, Saranda, Butrinti, Lezha and other places. They culminated with a party with all top Albanian leaders, politicians and senior officials. "Albanians are among the oldest people in Europe, an indisputable part of its culture, tradition and political history and that is why your return here would be back into a family," said President Alfred Moisiu.
Head of the Albanian-American Fund Jeffrey Griffin spoke about the launch of the American Bank of Albania, and the participation in the rehabilitation of the Mother Teresa international airport as the two best cases of investment. "You have great possibilities and advantage to invest in this country," Griffin told the members. "But you should stay here longer. Investment in Albania cannot be done coming here for a week and looking for a partner. Every week changes occur and laws change and you should be here to speak with the people."
Prime Minister Sali Berisha said that "your voice and stand have been very important in the U.S. stand toward Albania." Berisha also spoke about the government priorities, which he defined as creating Albania as a secure place, fighting against organized crime and corruption, and making Albania the most attractive country for foreign direct investment. He said that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was his example, comparing him a prosecutor who managed to destroy the Mafia in the U.S. Berisha said that the main goals are Albania's integration into NATO and the European Union.
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