Francophone spring arrives in Albania

Francophone spring arrives in Albania

TIRANA, March 1 – Albania’s Francophone spring will last throughout March this year, an annual traditional event celebrating French culture in several Albanian cities. This year’s events, scheduled from March 1-30, will focus on cinema, where 12 movies seperated in

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UN to support Albanian project on communist past

UN to support Albanian project on communist past

TIRANA, Feb. 27 – The United Nations organization is supporting an Albanian project aiming to gather the testimonies of hundreds people who suffered under the oppressive communist system in prisons and internment camps. Though survivors and the victims’ families gather

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Draft law on culture foresees change of visual arts institutions’ names

Draft law on culture foresees change of visual arts institutions’ names

TIRANA, Feb. 20 – Based on the new draft law on art and culture proposed by the ministry of culture, a number of visual arts institutions will undergo changes in their names and conceptualization, with landmarks such as the National

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Communism in Its Time exhibition commemorates 27 years since fall of communism in Albania

Communism in Its Time exhibition commemorates 27 years since fall of communism in Albania

TIRANA, Feb. 20 – For the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the toppling of Enver Hoxha’s statue that took place in Tirana on Fe. 20, 1991, the National History Museum presented the Communism in Its Time exhibition – a

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National History Museum invites polyphonic groups to celebrate 90 years of first recording

National History Museum invites polyphonic groups to celebrate 90 years of first recording

TIRANA, Feb. 19 – The National History Museum hosted a unique polyphonic concert this week with Southern Albania groups from the Pilur village, located in the Himara district. In cooperation with the Municipality of Himara and the White Sheep assemble,

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Kosovo celebrates ten year independence anniversary amid international congratulations

Kosovo celebrates ten year independence anniversary amid international congratulations

TIRANA, Feb. 17 – This Saturday marked Kosovo’s ten year independence anniversary, finding Prishtina in celebration among public wishes by some of the newborn country’s international stars and Albanian political leaders, as well as congratulations by its long-standing strategic partner,

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‘Hundred Villages’ program to be implemented at a time of need for the country’s south

‘Hundred Villages’ program to be implemented at a time of need for the country’s south

TIRANA, Feb. 18 – The 100 Villages program recently launched by the Ministry of Culture will start off its “integrated development of rural areas” in four villages containing natural and cultural monuments in Gjirokastra, South Albania, and where villagers say

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National History Museum invites polyphonic groups to celebrate 90 years of first recording

National History Museum invites polyphonic groups to celebrate 90 years of first recording

TIRANA, Feb. 19 – The National History Museum hosted a unique polyphonic concert this week with Southern Albania groups from the Pilur village, located in the Himara district. In cooperation with the Municipality of Himara and the White Sheep assemble,

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Kosovo celebrates ten year independence anniversary amid international congratulations

Kosovo celebrates ten year independence anniversary amid international congratulations

TIRANA, Feb. 19 – This Saturday marked Kosovo’s ten year independence anniversary, finding Prishtina in celebration among public wishes by some of the newborn country’s international stars and Albanian political leaders, as well as congratulations by its long-standing strategic partner,

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Mosques to be reconstructed under Ministry of Culture initiative

Mosques to be reconstructed under Ministry of Culture initiative

TIRANA, Feb. 15 – Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro announced this week that five Islamic faith monuments throughout Albania will be restored. The decision comes under a cooperation agreement signed between the ministry of culture and the Muslim Community of

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, March 1 - Albania’s Francophone spring will last throughout March this year, an annual traditional event celebrating French culture in several Albanian cities.

This year’s events, scheduled from March 1-30, will focus on cinema, where 12 movies seperated in 3 circles will be shown: the cinematic spring, the 100-year anniversary of cineast Jean-Pierre Melville, and the cinema of francophone countries (France, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Switzerland). 

Theatre will not be left behind, with the French Theatre Festival, as well as music, to which four different events will be dedicated. 

Concerning literature, a department devoted to French literature will open at the National Library, as well as numerous exhibitions.

Francophone Spring also sees to include valued, idea debates, scientific research and cultural exchanges. In this contexts, a conference on archaeology, a women forum, an economic forum, university round-tables, as well as french gastronomy dinner will be held. 

 

Week’s events  

Tulla Vinyl Session - “La touche française”

A French music night coming straight from the ‘60s-’70s in honor of one of the greatest French musicians who have built on the french musical foundations and have inspired generations of artists and music lovers.

Event time and location: Friday, March 2, 21.00 hrs, Tulla Cultural Center

 

Voyage a Tirana/ Graffiti Expo/ Kaldea & Dingo B 

An exhibition of the two graffiti artists who enriched Tirana’s surfaces last December

Event time and location:  Saturday, March 3, 18.00 hours, DITART Cultural Center 

(open until March 10, from 17.00-20.00 daily) 





Inauguration of the French Reading Hall at the National Library

A new reading hall dedicated to French literature, where book-lovers will be able to find classic masterpieces and the latest French fiction alike.

Event time and location: Monday, March 5, 11.00 hours, National Library at Goerg. W Bush str.





Roundtable on the promotion of male-female equality through professional and innovation training 

This second women-related forum will centre on promoting dialogue and exchange on male-female equality in the country and this year in particular on the professional break-through of young Albanian women.

Event time and location: Tuesday, March 6, 09.00 hours, Europe House 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 27 - The United Nations organization is supporting an Albanian project aiming to gather the testimonies of hundreds people who suffered under the oppressive communist system in prisons and internment camps. 

Though survivors and the victims’ families gather to commemorate communism’s hardships in the few memorials found in the country, most stories, events, as well as some of the victims’ remains, are still enveloped in mystery. 

Remembering to Heal and Prevent is a UN project that has already began adaptation in Albania. 

Gjon Radovani, the project’s expert in the country, told local media the project aims at facilitating a wide dialogue concerning Albania’s communist past.

“The program aims to foster a social conversation on Albania’s communist and dictatorial past on many levels, beginning with historians and university level meetings, which will try to shed light and offer new facts on our communist history, continuing with the judicial level, where the law university will offer the legal framework, as well as the artistic and cultural aspects, which will include de-archiving facts and making them public through museum exhibitions, etc,” Radovani said. 

Further on, Radovani stressed how important this project is for Albanian society.

“As Cicero said, ‘to be ignorant of what occured before you were born is to remain always a child’. It is important for both the present and future, because the new generation should know what happens when logic ends and violence occupies its place,” he said. 

In this context, the authority dealing with the files of the former notorious Sigurimi Intelligence Service is cooperating with the project. 

Selami Zalli, informative director of the communist files’ authority, told local media the project heavily relies on past testimonies. 

“It’s most build on declarations, testimonies, and so the authority’s role is to verify these testimonies, and the events they claim happened. The authority as an institution doesn’t just aim to inform on past communist files, but also educate civil society on the past. It also aims to registered and officialize all the stories that circulate from mouth to mouth, but which were never documented,” Zalli said. 

He added the internment camp in the Tepelena district makes up a main focus of the project, as that is where hundreds of interned families died and were buried, while in the Gjirokastra district experts aim to gather recollections and memories of the hundreds of communist survivors living there.

Artists have also joined the project, creating cultural platforms which will generate awareness and a deeper understanding of the country’s past.

“I perceive art has a very important role in all social issues. I think that is art’s mission and the artist’s duty and responsibility,” Ema Andrea, renowned Albanian actress told local media.

It has been 27 years from the fall of communism in Albania, yet experts think the country’s society has only minimally reflected on its consequences, which kept it isolated for 45 years. 

While those nostalgic of the past are allowed to make and attend events related to communism, the government still hasn’t properly examined the files of the Sigurimi Intelligence Service or punished regime crimes.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 20 - Based on the new draft law on art and culture proposed by the ministry of culture, a number of visual arts institutions will undergo changes in their names and conceptualization, with landmarks such as the National Arts Gallery turning into the National Museum of Fine Arts; the proposal has received both positive and negative reactions.

The draft law will focus on all museums holding national museum status, as functioning institutions which host, preserve, protect, evaluate and administer cultural heritage.

It has been more than 60 years that the National Arts Gallery goes by this name, which is why the possibility of its change has been commented by visual artists.

Artist and Dean of the Visual Arts Faculty Ardian Isufi told local media the draft law should not focus on the form, but on the content of museums, adding that the status of a museum isn’t a valid reason to change its name.

“The national gallery has its own history. With albanian institutions having such recent history, removing their names devalues them even more. This “year zero” mentality worries me. Everytime someone comes to power, they want to change things. I have nothing against the status of the museum, but its name shouldn’t change,” Isufi said.

He also said that, according to him, it would be better for the ministry to start thinking of establishing a contemporary art centre, as the only museums in Albania are from the 1800-1900s. 

Others, like painter Gazmend Leka, have supported the draft law, saying he was the one to propose the museum’s new name, adding that by receiving a museum status the gallery will be given priority in the conservation of cultural values.

“The museum will be more central, like the National Museum. If the Gallery turns into a museum, they cannot move things around like they’ve done so far. Museums promote values that have been conserved through the centuries, while galleries are changing more frequently. We still need national museums, museums which will preserve values,” Leka said.

Another artist that spoke in defence of the draft law was art scholar and sculptor Suzana Kuka.

Kuka also said the change name was a suggestion coming from some of the most prominent visual artists, and added the change would mean a more sophisticated class of experts could be employed there, making more sophisticated art curations also possible.

According to Kuka, the fact that the exhibitions displayed at the gallery after it receives its national museum status will be more refined is a good thing, as according to her, not all artists’ work deserves to be hanging in museums, especially if it’s not renowned.

“It’s good to not exhibit everything. When it becomes a museum, exhibitions will also be more serious and artists more finely selected,” Kuka said. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 20 - For the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the toppling of Enver Hoxha’s statue that took place in Tirana on Fe. 20, 1991, the National History Museum presented the Communism in Its Time exhibition - a description of the rise and fall of communist movements in the 20th century.

The ideology of communism brought millions of people together, but also made over 100 million others suffer as its victims worldwide. 

The exhibition’s curator and representative of the Federal Foundation for the study of the Communist Crimes in Germany was there to present its complexity during the inauguration. 

February is a month of remembrance for more than one reason.

In addition to communism’s toppling in Albania, it was also 67 years ago a bomb was placed at the Soviet Embassy, leading to the murder of 22 Albanian intellectuals without proof or trial shortly thereafter.

In addition, it was on Feb. 27, 1967 the “war” against religions and religious institutions was first waged, veiled as the “youth’s revolutionary initiative”.

As explained by the exhibition’s brochures, Albania embraced the USSR’s communist ideology after WWII, witnessing the empowerment of the Communist Party and the final establishment of communism, which lasted for almost half a century. 

Dictator Enver Hoxha’s rise and stay in power was no different than other dictators’ - fear, propaganda, stripping citizens’ of their freedoms, and elimination of internal and external enemies. 

His gradual slip to paranoia and unconventional extremism however, led him to break off ties with Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union and China and attempt to build a self-sustaining state which failed and ended up in complete poverty.

The posters and photos of the exhibition, which will remain at the National History Museum’s Dictatorship Pavilion until Feb. 28, were resized to be made suitable for publication in schools, municipality halls, libraries, etc, “with the intention of making people reflect on the dark attributes of communism and dictatorships that shaped the 20th century.”

The exhibition’s author is German historian Gerd Koenen, while the publishers also include the German Historical Museum and the Institute for Democracy, Media and Culture.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 19 - The National History Museum hosted a unique polyphonic concert this week with Southern Albania groups from the Pilur village, located in the Himara district. 

In cooperation with the Municipality of Himara and the White Sheep assemble, the concert gathered some of the most prominent names in polyphonic singing to perform in what was titled “White Sheep” and “Waves’ Girl”. 

Famous polyphonic singers Ermioni Mёrkuri, of the Pilur group, and Katina Beleri, of the Himara group, performed under the supervision of poet Kristo Çipa to celebrate the 90-year-anniversary of Himara’s polyphonous singing record registration in Paris, as well as the 45-year-anniversary of one of the most famous polyphonic songs from Albania’s south.

Head of the National History Museum Dr. Dorian Koçi inaugurated the activity, noting the relevance of these polyphonic groups throughout history, as testified by Faik Konica’s rendition of Lord Byron’s 1809 visit to Albania in his newspaper, Albania.

“In one of his many visits to Albania, Lord Byron collected some Albanian songs. Not only he collected them, but he also knew how to sing them. We’ve learned, from his life, that he once sang to his friends while on a boat ride along Germany’s Rhine River an Albanian polyphonic song,” Koçi said.

According to Koçi, this might have been the first contact of a southern Albanian song with the Western world, and added that stories from Lord Byron’s traveling testify to an earlier representation of Albanian culture worldwide, before the first song was recorded by Neço Muko in Paris. 

South Albania’s polyphonic songs are even protected as UNESCO’s cultural heritage, serving as cultural and national elements of Albanian identity.

Himara’s Mayor Jorgo Goro, who was also present at the concert, thanked the National History Museum for making it possible.

In a Facebook statement, Goro wrote the reason “Himara’s polyphonic singing is protected by UNESCO is its cultural value, passed down generation after generation in beautiful and unique Himara”, one of the country’s most visited and acclaimed districts. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 17 - This Saturday marked Kosovo’s ten year independence anniversary, finding Prishtina in celebration among public wishes by some of the newborn country’s international stars and Albanian political leaders, as well as congratulations by its long-standing strategic partner, the US. 

The Newborn landmark placed in front of Prishtina’s Youth and Sports Hall was updated for the occasion, as the number ten was incorporated between the massive letters.

The celebrations of the special anniversary were crowned with a free concert starring world-famous Kosovo-born performer Rita Ora, who landed in Prishtina on Saturday noon to perform for a crowd that overtook the entire space starting from the city’s Skanderbeg Square to Mother Teresa square and beyond.

Statements also arrived from former US Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. 

Bush, in an open letter to the country, said he was proud to recognize Kosovo’s independence back in 2008, wishing its citizens a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future.

Clinton too, in a Facebook statement, congratulated and expressed his continuous support for the people of Kosovo.

“The enduring peace in Kosovo remains a beacon of hope for all conflict-ridden societies around the globe,” Clinton wrote.

He added that in order for the country’s hard-won gains to increase, its modern-day leaders should work commonly and put personal interests behind, especially when it comes to its quest for justice.

“We should also support the leaders in Kosovo and Serbia in their efforts to negotiate a “live and let live” future that allows both their people to put their history behind them,” was one of Clinton’s concluding statements. 

The country’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj started the day off by serving coffee to Kosovo police officers, as depicted in a Facebook picture he posted along with his independence day wishes for his followers. 

During a governmental meeting kept for the occasion, Haradinaj said that Kosovo can count achievements, but that it also faces many challenges to overcome. 

“We have still to fulfill all obligations of a democratic state, but we are on an irreversible road,” he added. 

Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama also wished Kosovo’s independence in the early hours of Saturday with a picture from Haradinaj’s house in Kosovo depicting the two MPs were seen cheering. 

Meanwhile, local media also reported crowded Kosovo-Albania border points, with a number of Kosovo citizens choosing to spend their country’s independence day in Tirana or Durres, leading border police to ease border checks towards Kosovars during the weekend. 

Kosovo’s assembly declared the country’s independence in Feb. 2008; that same year, the country was recognized by a number of powerful actors, such as the US, Japan and majority of EU states. 

Even after its declaration as a free and sovereign state, Kosovo hasn’t had an easy state-formation road. 

Though it’s seen moments of victory, such as the recognition from regional actors like Macedonia and Montenegro, Kosovo is still the poorest country in the region, while official data reports it buys around € 450 million merchandise, selling only € 48 million back. 

Similarly, Kosovo still imports three times more merchandise from Serbia than Albania, despite the countries’ shared governmental meetings and agreements on political and economic cooperation. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 18 - The 100 Villages program recently launched by the Ministry of Culture will start off its “integrated development of rural areas” in four villages containing natural and cultural monuments in Gjirokastra, South Albania, and where villagers say infrastructural and economic help is necessary.

One of the villages is Europe’s once cannabis capital, the Lazarat village that has lost its shine and lavish lifestyle after a police crackdown in mid-2014 and which, along with villages Zhulat, Dhoksati and those surrounding the archeological Antigonea site, will undergo an infrastructural upgrade in a bid to make them agribusiness - oriented by supporting local production. 

The Voice of America spoke to the area’s population, people hanging through agribusiness and dependant on the Kordhocё Bridge - a cultural monument built in the beginning of the 18th century - which risks falling apart due to lack of maintenance.

“The bridge was built on wooden legs, which seem to be breaking. Many mayors and politicians have said they’ll fix it, but nothing has been done so far,” farmer Devoll Gjolleshi told the VoA. “The river has gone out of its bed as well, and has come close to the land that feeds us. We pay taxes for the land, but the land is being taken away day by day. If the bridge also gets destroyed, everything’s done,” he added. 

Gjirokastra’s Deputy Mayor Vangjel Muco also said the maintenance projects for these villages will go beyond an agricultural upgrade, to an infrastructural development that will serve the development of integrated tourism, mentioning here the potential of the Antigonea ancient cultural site and the natural sites surrounding Dhoksat village.

He said that, if upgraded, these villages can be an asset to the already hundreds of tourists that visit Albania’s south to see Gjirokaster, a UNESCO-protected city museum, by providing a network of sites offering not just culture, but also nature, tradition, biological culinary experiences, etc.

“The city of Gjirokastra needs support not just through the development of historic tourism, but also other touristic activities the region offers,” Muco said.

While local units have already begun document preparation for the project’s financing, concerns over the big number of youth leaving Southern villages, especially in the last couple of years, have also began to mount, as this trend creates gaps in the quality of touristic services offered by the locals. 

As previously reported by INSTAT data, Gjirokastra, along with Dibra and Berat, are leaders among the country’s cities where population numbers are steadily dropping.

In the ministry’s official webpage, the 100 Villages project, which will be implemented over a three year time frame, lists the development of social and human capital as a priority in addition to economic development and infrastructure upgrade.

This includes professional training for youth and women that will serve the touristic and cultural needs of the region and possibly address the migration problem by offering more initiatives for Gjirokastra’s youth to stay in their hometown. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 19 - The National History Museum hosted a unique polyphonic concert this week with Southern Albania groups from the Pilur village, located in the Himara district. 

In cooperation with the Municipality of Himara and the White Sheep assemble, the concert gathered some of the most prominent names in polyphonic singing to perform in what was titled “White Sheep” and “Waves’ Girl”. 

Famous polyphonic singers Ermioni Mёrkuri, of the Pilur group, and Katina Beleri, of the Himara group, performed under the supervision of poet Kristo Çipa to celebrate the 90-year-anniversary of Himara’s polyphonic singing record registration in Paris, as well as the 45-year-anniversary of one of the most famous polyphonic songs from Albania’s south.

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 Head of the National History Museum Dr. Dorian Koçi inaugurated the activity, noting the   relevance of these polyphonic groups throughout history, as testified by Faik Konica’s   rendition of Lord Byron’s 1809 visit to Albania in his newspaper, Albania.

 “In one of his many visits to Albania, Lord Byron collected some Albanian songs. Not only       he collected them, but he also knew how to sing them. We’ve learned, from his life, that he   once sang to his friends while on a boat ride along Germany’s Rhine River an Albanian   polyphonic song,” Koçi said.

 According to Koçi, this might have been the first contact of a southern Albanian song with   the Western world, and added that stories from Lord Byron’s traveling testify to an earlier   representation of Albanian culture worldwide, before the first song was recorded by Neço   Muko in Paris. 

 South Albania’s polyphonic songs are even protected as UNESCO’s cultural heritage, serving as cultural and national elements of Albanian identity.

 Himara’s Mayor Jorgo Goro, who was also present at the concert, thanked the National History Museum for making it possible.

In a Facebook statement, Goro wrote the reason “Himara’s polyphonic singing is protected by UNESCO is its cultural value, passed down generation after generation in beautiful and unique Himara”, one of the country’s most visited and acclaimed districts. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 19 - This Saturday marked Kosovo’s ten year independence anniversary, finding Prishtina in celebration among public wishes by some of the newborn country’s international stars and Albanian political leaders, as well as congratulations by its long-standing strategic partner, the US. 

The Newborn landmark placed in front of Prishtina’s Youth and Sports Hall was updated for the occasion, as the number ten was incorporated between the massive letters.

[caption id="attachment_135882" align="alignleft" width="277"]Prishtina's NEWBORN transformed for the occasion  Prishtina's NEWBORN transformed for the occasion[/caption]

The celebrations of the special anniversary were crowned with a free concert starring world-famous Kosovo-born performer Rita Ora, who landed in Prishtina on Saturday noon to perform for a crowd that overtook the entire space starting from the city’s Skanderbeg Square to Mother Teresa square and beyond.

Statements also arrived from former US Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. 

Bush, in an open letter to the country, said he was proud to recognize Kosovo’s independence back in 2008, wishing its citizens a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future.

Clinton too, in a Facebook statement, congratulated and expressed his continuous support for the people of Kosovo.

“The enduring peace in Kosovo remains a beacon of hope for all conflict-ridden societies around the globe,” Clinton wrote.

He added that in order for the country’s hard-won gains to increase, its modern-day leaders should work commonly and put personal interests behind, especially when it comes to its quest for justice.

“We should also support the leaders in Kosovo and Serbia in their efforts to negotiate a “live and let live” future that allows both their people to put their history behind them,” was one of Clinton’s concluding statements.

[caption id="attachment_135883" align="alignright" width="300"]Dua Lipa, another Kosovo-born international artist, congratulated Kosovo through this Instagram picture. Dua Lipa, another Kosovo-born international artist, congratulated Kosovo through this Instagram picture.[/caption]

 

The country’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj started the day off by serving coffee to Kosovo police officers, as depicted in a Facebook picture he posted along with his independence day wishes for his followers. 

During a governmental meeting kept for the occasion, Haradinaj said that Kosovo can count achievements, but that it also faces many challenges to overcome. 

“We have still to fulfill all obligations of a democratic state, but we are on an irreversible road,” he added. 

Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama also wished Kosovo’s independence in the early hours of Saturday with a picture from Haradinaj’s house in Kosovo depicting the two MPs were seen cheering. 

Meanwhile, local media also reported crowded Kosovo-Albania border points, with a number of Kosovo citizens choosing to spend their country’s independence day in Tirana or Durres, leading border police to ease border checks towards Kosovars during the weekend. 

Kosovo’s assembly declared the country’s independence in Feb. 2008; that same year, the country was recognized by a number of powerful actors, such as the US, Japan and majority of EU states. 

Even after its declaration as a free and sovereign state, Kosovo hasn’t had an easy state-formation road. 

Though it’s seen moments of victory, such as the recognition from regional actors like Macedonia and Montenegro, Kosovo is still the poorest country in the region, while official data reports it buys around € 450 million merchandise, selling only € 48 million back. 

Similarly, Kosovo still imports three times more merchandise from Serbia than Albania, despite the countries’ shared governmental meetings and agreements on political and economic cooperation.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Feb. 15 - Minister of Culture Mirela Kumbaro announced this week that five Islamic faith monuments throughout Albania will be restored. 

The decision comes under a cooperation agreement signed between the ministry of culture and the Muslim Community of Albania, head of which is Skёnder Bruçaj.

Kumbaro said that most of the monuments selected have not had a proper restoration in the last years, and are in need of a thorough one. 

“The preparation and approval phase of the project is already finished, and we will soon start construction in these sites,” Kumbaro said.

She added that in addition to the five selected monuments, attention will also be given to the Plumbi Mosque of Shkodra, which is also in need of thorough restoration. 

The Plumbi Mosque has been flooded several times through the years. Kumbaro said that in order to save the monument once and for all, a dam will be built at its proximity.

Three of the mosques that will be restored are in Berat, while the other two are located in Tirana and Berat respectively. The restoration process will be funded by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TCCA). 

 
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, March 1 - Albania’s Francophone spring will last throughout March this year, an annual traditional event celebrating French culture in several Albanian cities.

This year’s events, scheduled from March 1-30, will focus on cinema, where 12 movies seperated in 3 circles will be shown: the cinematic spring, the 100-year anniversary of cineast Jean-Pierre Melville, and the cinema of francophone countries (France, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Switzerland). 

Theatre will not be left behind, with the French Theatre Festival, as well as music, to which four different events will be dedicated. 

Concerning literature, a department devoted to French literature will open at the National Library, as well as numerous exhibitions.

Francophone Spring also sees to include valued, idea debates, scientific research and cultural exchanges. In this contexts, a conference on archaeology, a women forum, an economic forum, university round-tables, as well as french gastronomy dinner will be held. 

 

Week’s events  

Tulla Vinyl Session - “La touche française”

A French music night coming straight from the ‘60s-’70s in honor of one of the greatest French musicians who have built on the french musical foundations and have inspired generations of artists and music lovers.

Event time and location: Friday, March 2, 21.00 hrs, Tulla Cultural Center

 

Voyage a Tirana/ Graffiti Expo/ Kaldea & Dingo B 

An exhibition of the two graffiti artists who enriched Tirana’s surfaces last December

Event time and location:  Saturday, March 3, 18.00 hours, DITART Cultural Center 

(open until March 10, from 17.00-20.00 daily) 





Inauguration of the French Reading Hall at the National Library

A new reading hall dedicated to French literature, where book-lovers will be able to find classic masterpieces and the latest French fiction alike.

Event time and location: Monday, March 5, 11.00 hours, National Library at Goerg. W Bush str.





Roundtable on the promotion of male-female equality through professional and innovation training 

This second women-related forum will centre on promoting dialogue and exchange on male-female equality in the country and this year in particular on the professional break-through of young Albanian women.

Event time and location: Tuesday, March 6, 09.00 hours, Europe House 

 
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