Marubi screens movie of icon director Jim Jarmusch

TIRANA, April.5 – In its weekly Thursday evening screening, the cinema school Marubi had chosen one of the earliest movies of icon American movie director Jim Jarmusch. The movie was done in 1968 and is a black-and-white masterpiece of dark

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Spring evening with “Carmen”

TIRANA, April. 2- The well known opera “Carmen” of the famous writer George Bize, will open the premier artistic season of the National Theatre of Opera. The show will start on the 7th of April at the NTHOB ambiances and

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The Rhapsody of the blue of the South

VLORA, April.2 – Just a few steps away of the blue sea of the Vlora city, where the private gallery “Xhemart” is located, the painter Fatmir Veliaj chose to promote his exhibition tilted “The Rhapsody of the blue of the

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High hopes for Voskopoja’s revival

The Institute of Monuments of Culture, in cooperation with the Foundation, “Patrimoine sans frontiers” (Inheritance without Boundaries) (PSF), organized a Conference last Wednesday at the National Gallery of Arts. The paper called, “An unprecedented post-Byzantine Church: Saint Thanas in Voskopoja,”

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Quarta performs in Tirana

The well known violinist Massimo Quarta performed in a concert on the stage of the National Ballet and Opera Theatre last week end. He was accompanied at this concert by the well known pianist Stefania Redaelli. A rich program of

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Diary of an Albanian in Belgrade

BELGRADE, March.26 – on the day commemorating the start of NAT bombardments in Serbia, which would put a gradual end to Milosevic’s grip on power and a start to the solving of the Kosovo issue, an Albanian journalist from Kosovo

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Albanian art loses giant Sulejman Pitarka

TIRANA, March.26- The last honors to the figure of Sulejman Pitarka the well-know Albanian theatre and film actor who pared on Sunday were held in his own temple, the National Theatre. Authorities form Albanian politics, culture and art fields came

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Unorossodue in Milan promotes Zguro’s unconventional art

Milan, March. 29 – The art center Unorossodue in Milan opened the exhibition of Albanian artist Fani Zguro on Thursday. The event will last till April 2. Exterminators is a series of charcoal drawings over the handwritten proof roll of

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Stone quarries ruin Neolithic habitat

A site that has resisted and survived for no less than five thousand years is ruined by dynamite explosions at a nearby stone quarry. This is what has happened to a Neolithic habitat in the village of Tren in the

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A German artist seeks Tirana’s identity

“The houses that shape Tirana” by German artist Geongrich were projected on Tuesday opposite the Pyramid in Tirana. With Curator Stefano Romano, Tirana conceived by the German artist was presented in all its urban development. “Tirana, with an Italian urban

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, April.5 - In its weekly Thursday evening screening, the cinema school Marubi had chosen one of the earliest movies of icon American movie director Jim Jarmusch. The movie was done in 1968 and is a black-and-white masterpiece of dark comedy, a criminal fairy tale about broken-down New Orleans losers who like black coffee, loose women, and speak with poetic street patter. Gravel-voiced troubadour Tom Waits plays Zack, a slacker deejay who's framed for murder. Tossed into prison, he shares a cell with Jack (John Lurie), a pimp who was also framed - he went down for child molestation, set up by a dissatisfied john נand Roberto (Roberto Benigni, back before he got precious), an Italian tourist who prefers to be called "Bob." The movie lazily documents the three as they do their time together, and then escape from prison. Jarmusch is one of the icon movie directors with unconventional and highly artistic productions among which masterpieces like: Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, April. 2- The well known opera "Carmen" of the famous writer George Bize, will open the premier artistic season of the National Theatre of Opera. The show will start on the 7th of April at the NTHOB ambiances and what makes it special is the foreign female artistic staff. The leader of the opera is Gloria Isabel Ramos Triano from Spain known for her passion and sensibility as the leader of the orchestra. Patricia Panron, the artistic director of "Carmen" comes to Albania after her experience with "Faust" in 2006. The assistance of directing belongs to the French artist Vanessa d'Ayral de Serignac. The Albanian staff includes the well known dancer of the NTHOB, Manjola Hasani and the ballet team. The most special part of the show, as Maestro Zhani Ciko declared - "an ornament" of the "Carmen" portrait, is the ballet duo of the artists of the Compania de Danza flamengo DanzaLarriba, Marta LArriba Adell and Daniel Vegas Perez. The special guest of the show, as a protagonist, will be the tenor Franck Asparate, who has been awarded with several prizes in the Sanremo Edition of 2007. He has also participated in some of the very well known Master Class as the "L'Academie se music Chigiana de Siena" in collaboration with Carlo Bergonzi and the "Saint Cere" with Gabriel Bacquier and Michelle Command. Last year he has deputed in the role of "Don Joze"at "Carmen" (Bize) in Calais; in "Goro" at "Madame Butterfly" in Toulon. He has also been invited in several concerts and performed in oratories of Moxart, Verdi, Brahms, and Shubert.  During the performance he will be accompanied by the Albanian baritone Gezim Myshketa. For the first time, "Carmen" was shown in the National Theatre of Opera on the 5th of April 1962, 45 years ago. 

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                    [post_content] => VLORA, April.2 - Just a few steps away of the blue sea of the Vlora city, where the private gallery "Xhemart" is located, the painter Fatmir Veliaj chose to promote his exhibition tilted "The Rhapsody of the blue of the South."
It all started with an invitation of his colleague, the owner of the gallery to visit the gallery and to discuss about the idea of exhibiting Veliaj's works realized in Vlora. In the opening of the exhibition, friends, colleagues as well as people interested in arts were present.  I. Bani, the Chairman of the Vlora Artists League, said during the opening of the exhibition that Veliaj is a citizen of honor in Vlora. 
At the Veliaj's exhibition 4 positions of his work since 1998 were represented. There were 32 works; some of them unknown for the public of Vlora and Albania as well. This personal exhibition in the artist's city of birth has brought different paintings such as: "The Green", "Between me and you", "The cemetery of the small village", "The boulevard of dreams", "Red and Black", "The red hope inside of me", "The streets of the small village", The rhapsody of the blue of the south", "Black, blue and reflections" and "Reflections and words". These are all part of the cycles, "Paint into the light", "Emotions", "Memories from the future" and "Imitation of life".
During the opening speech, the author mentioned the generosity of the gallery's owner who gave the city another opportunity to develop art. The author has also informed the visitors about his future plans in Albania and especially in Vlora. The exhibition is supported by the Austrian Embassy in Tirana.
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                    [post_content] => The Institute of Monuments of Culture, in cooperation with the Foundation, "Patrimoine sans frontiers" (Inheritance without Boundaries) (PSF), organized a Conference last Wednesday at the National Gallery of Arts. The paper called, "An unprecedented post-Byzantine Church: Saint Thanas in Voskopoja," was delivered by Professor Maximillian Durand, Professor at the School of the Louvre. Through the Conference and the photo exhibition, the values of this city were exhibited and the contribution made by the PSF for its preservation, something which has allowed it to survive. 
In 1999 Patrick Chrismant, Ambassador of France to Albania asked the PSF if this association together with the Albanian Institute of Monuments of Culture (IMC) could intervene to bring out the values of Voskopoja. In the 17 and 18th Centuries, Voskopoja was the most flourishing city in the Balkans. It was located right on the trade route which linked Venice with Constantinople and it had an Academy and a Printing Establishment, and many beautiful churches decorated by the greatest of painters, the Post Byzantine Masters David Selenica, Kostandin and Thanas Zografi. An encircled Christian territory in the very bosom of the mighty Ottoman Empire, this city attracted the intellectuals, artists, traders. The rapid decline of the city during the last decade of the 18th Century, earthquakes, two World Wars, devastated the most important part of the monuments. Today, there are only five churches left, Saint Michael and Gabriel the Archangels, Saint Maria, Saint Nikolla, Saint Thanas, the Prophet Ilia Church and a Monastery, the majority of which are adorned in a series of magnificent murals, but in an alarming state, crying out to be saved. Since 2006 and thanks to the support of the "Getty Foundation", through other projects as well, the PSF and the IMC undertook to restore the Church of the Prophet Ilia, the most original and problematic Church of the zone. In January 2007, thanks to the Regional Directory of the Institute for the Monuments of Culture in Korca, phase one of the preservation plan was completed which was to consolidate the walls of the building and repair the roof. 
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                    [post_content] => The well known violinist Massimo Quarta performed in a concert on the stage of the National Ballet and Opera Theatre last week end. He was accompanied at this concert by the well known pianist Stefania Redaelli. A rich program of sounds from every corner of Europe, beginning with Mozart to Franck, Tchaikovsky, Paganini and Ravel. Regarded as one of the finest violinists of his generation, Quarta has won a series of international awards and has performed on hundreds of stages world wide. He has recorded many concerts for violin, mostly by Paganini. He is a professor of the violin at the Italian Swiss Conservatory of Lugano. Massimo Quarta interprets on an Antonio Stradivari "Conte de Fontana-former D.Oistrach" violin of the year 1702, which is entrusted to him by the "Pro Canale" Foundation in Milan. "We tried to select as varied a program as possible, covering the classical period, with Mozart's KV 379 Sonata, Franck's Sonata, Tchaikovsky Melancholic Serenade and up to Franco-Hungarian folklore with Raveli's  "The Gypsy". "Certainly we had to include the works of such a beloved composer as Paganini, because as an Italian I feel I have a duty to interpret from his work," Quarta said in an interview to the daily "Shekulli."
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                    [post_content] => BELGRADE, March.26 - on the day commemorating the start of NAT bombardments in Serbia, which would put a gradual end to Milosevic's grip on power and a start to the solving of the Kosovo issue, an Albanian journalist from Kosovo which has chosen Belgrade as his living city promoted his book, "Diary of an Albanian in Belgrade." Conceived as an accurate account of the developments during those terrible days, Fahri Musliu has no spared the psychological impressions and the sufferings eh had to go through. Some of this pain eh shared with all the other inhabitants of the city. The rest was specific to his status, in the "enemy city" of the time. A particularly worthy book with the perspective of the insider, Musliu's diary, recounts experiences with other Serbian people, friends, colleagues and threaten-ers during the bombardment days.
The book promotion was attended by several publishers, journalists, law experts and members of the cultural elite in Belgrade. Some of them, friends of the author have commented positively on the book's sincere approach. Mihailo Mihailovic expressed his regret that the biter rhetoric so wonderfully exposed in the book has not changed much since then. The politics has been criticized also by Radmillo Klaic who said that the book carries a strong peaceful message for the cessation of hostility between two people. 
The play writer Philip David said that the diary seems like a photographic shot of the times and thus is particularly important. The book brings a new perspective of events unknown before, common to both Albanians and Serbians at the time. By inserting direct dialogues with common people in the book the author has created a dichotomy between everyday concerns of people and politicians.
The book is composed of two parts. In the first one the author has included the reports send to Voice of America when a more comprehensive political analysis is coupled with a view of the tragic satiation of civilians. The second part is the minute diary of an Albanian journalist living in the city. The book is interesting because the author has lived a two sided experience with a double concern of being an Albanian and a bombarded citizen. The saga of his family in Kosovo and his own in Belgrade combine to give a powerful human story, the first one for Albanians to recount the bombardment days in Serbia.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, March.26- The last honors to the figure of Sulejman Pitarka the well-know Albanian theatre and film actor who pared on Sunday were held in his own temple, the National Theatre. Authorities form Albanian politics, culture and art fields came to greet for the last time the man who realized powerful characters in numerous plays and movies. Colleagues recounted his warm voice and his powerful acting, his smooth metamorphosis into different character and his great contribution to Albanian art in general. Pitarka was born in 1924 in Diber. His career numbers more than 50 appearances on theater stage and more than 20 in movies. He wrote the play "The fisherman's family." 

Theater roles
Familja e peshkatarit,  Shtat롳haljan촠, Vajza nga fshati, Trimi i mir롭e shok롳hum렠Doktor Aleksi , Besa e madhe, Epoka para gjyqit, Prefekti,  Toka jon묠Revizori,  Otello, Grat롧azmore t롕insdorit,  Hamleti, Borgjezit fisnik  Arturo Ui,  Pjata e drurit 

Film roles
Loin des barbares - (1994)  Vdekja e burrit - (1991)  Historiani dhe kameleoni - (1989) Rrethimi i vog쬠- (1986) Nata e par롥 liris렭 (1984) N롰rag t롬iris렭 (1981) Sht챩a jon롥 p쳢ashk촠- (1981) Goditja (1980) Ball롰철ball렭 (1979) Gjeneral gramafoni - (1978) Pas gjurm췥 - (1978) Gunat mbi tela - (1977) Tinguj lufte - (1976) Horizonte t롨apura - (1968)  Debatik - (1961)
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                    [post_content] => Milan, March. 29 - The art center Unorossodue in Milan opened the exhibition of Albanian artist Fani Zguro on Thursday. The event will last till April 2.  Exterminators is a series of charcoal drawings over the handwritten proof roll of Albanian artist Fani Zguro's story collection "Mr. Dosti". Straight out of heavy metal's imagery, straight out of skulls, teeth and sunglasses sole witnesses of the presence of a body, Fani Zguro's Exterminators are also featured in some of William Burroughs' hallucinated stories. The author himself describes hiw work in an original and literary way. "Like dried-up bugs buried within the roll's papers, the exterminators' reflect humorous features come scarring Mr Dosti and his brothers. They prevent onlookers from reading, as they prevent the writer from pursuing the story of The Man WhoŠThere's no more ending, there's no more end, there's no more hope nor blood in the vessels; all vision is exterminatedŠI didn't want anyone to care about the rolls I kept arranging at night as library cards for suckling miceŠyet the vaudeville brother withdrew entwining dark presences, invisible to meŠIn many occasions did I witness such mouth-agape ritesŠA few minutes later they chit-chatted calmly, checking the cards while exterminators poured inŠI used my car, a black Ford V8, working on my own, carrying my pirethrum spray cans and my fluoride bulbs up and down the stairwaysŠ"Exterminator! Any need for my job?"
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                    [post_content] => A site that has resisted and survived for no less than five thousand years is ruined by dynamite explosions at a nearby stone quarry. This is what has happened to a Neolithic habitat in the village of Tren in the district of Devoll, says the daily "Albania." According to the newspaper, the stone quarry, opened only a few meters away from the prehistoric cave entrance, a habitat dating back to the Neolithic Ages, has practically destroyed the entrance to the cave altogether, seriously damaging  drawings of incontestable archaeological value, all recorded in catalogues. However a license has been issued for the company to open this quarry and use dynamite, says the newspaper. Only a few meters after you turn off the Korca-Kapshtica motorway, near the village of Tren (SE Albania), you come across a rock face , in the southern part of which there are drawings of a deer hunt, where deer are being chased by two hunters and their dogs. Specialists relate that apart from the rock drawings there are also several museum articles in the cave. The most well known amongst these caves is the Gryka e Ujkut Cave (Wolf's Throat), the Three Petrified Brides Cave and the Cave of the Village of Tren. There is also a castle very close to these caves. The ruins of this castle have still not been studied, but all these values are being ruined today  by the explosions of the dynamite sticks and the lime kilns, says the local archaeologist Skender Aliu. The specialist says that the disintegration of these objects ahs already begun.
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                    [post_content] => "The houses that shape Tirana" by German artist Geongrich were projected on Tuesday opposite the Pyramid in Tirana. With Curator Stefano Romano, Tirana conceived by the German artist was presented in all its urban development. "Tirana, with an Italian urban plan, was built during the invasion of World War Two, after fifty years of communist dictatorship and it is seeking its identity amidst the high rise buildings and the tile roofed houses," the Curator of this performance said prior to the show. 

Erik: Urban planning in my opinion
Erik Goengrich is a German artist who introduces his perceptions on the city of Tirana. These perceptions are accompanied by several questions related to the urban planning, and with drawings which propose new buildings in Tirana. The drawings proposed and the questions of the author on the new buildings planned were projected from a vehicle onto the walls of the city and with the last stop, on the walls of the Pyramid. Goengrich lives in Berlin and creates special works in different states. He was invited to Tirana by the IATB, Institute of Contemporary Art in Tirana to realize a project that deals with the current situation of town planning in the city.
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, April.5 - In its weekly Thursday evening screening, the cinema school Marubi had chosen one of the earliest movies of icon American movie director Jim Jarmusch. The movie was done in 1968 and is a black-and-white masterpiece of dark comedy, a criminal fairy tale about broken-down New Orleans losers who like black coffee, loose women, and speak with poetic street patter. Gravel-voiced troubadour Tom Waits plays Zack, a slacker deejay who's framed for murder. Tossed into prison, he shares a cell with Jack (John Lurie), a pimp who was also framed - he went down for child molestation, set up by a dissatisfied john נand Roberto (Roberto Benigni, back before he got precious), an Italian tourist who prefers to be called "Bob." The movie lazily documents the three as they do their time together, and then escape from prison. Jarmusch is one of the icon movie directors with unconventional and highly artistic productions among which masterpieces like: Coffee and Cigarettes and Broken Flowers.
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