An unusual cloud in Tirana’s sky

An unusual cloud in Tirana’s sky

TIRANA, June 15- “Play with me” (Luaj me mua) was a special concert that featured the female choir of the National Theater of Opera, Ballet and National Ensemble (TOB) at the Skanderbeg Square. A piano placed in the square under

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First Albanian school closes its doors

First Albanian school closes its doors

TIRANA, June 17- The National Museum of Education, otherwise known as the First Albanian School Museum, and the Archaeological Museum in Korca will temporarily close their activities. The reason that these two museum centers are closed for an indefinite period

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National Arts Gallery sings internship deal with students

National Arts Gallery sings internship deal with students

TIRANA, June 20- The Ministry of Culture signed for the first time an agreement with the National Art Gallery (NAG) and the Arts University within the framework of the University Pact. Visual arts students will have the opportunity to practice

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‘Milky Way’ at “FemArt” in Pristina

‘Milky Way’ at “FemArt” in Pristina

TIRANA, June 17- The “FemArt” festival launched its seventh edition in Pristina on June 10. Even during this year the festival brought together artists and activists from different countries. The festival organized various activities during the week, in addition to

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History and Philology Faculty receives 150 new books

History and Philology Faculty receives 150 new books

TIRANA, June 17- The library of the Faculty of History and Philology has been enriched with about 150 new titles. The Academy of Sciences donated it some of the most important publications of this institution in Albanian and social sciences,

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Hashim Thaçi: From a Rebellion Leader to President

Hashim Thaçi: From a Rebellion Leader to President

Caroline Fetscher*  The three-meter-high statute of the former US President, Bill Clinton, sculpted with a smile on its face and with his right hand raised, greets the passers-by at the square named after him. It has to be one of

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Children exhibit paintings at the National History Museum

Children exhibit paintings at the National History Museum

TIRANA, June 16- Children from 114 countries around the world aged 5-16 years old, have displayed about 300 paintings in the “Colors for Peace” exhibition. The Sun, colorful flowers, pigeons, and full lighted homes are some of the most common

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Fatos Kongoli writer of the year in Pristina

Fatos Kongoli writer of the year in Pristina

TIRANA, June 13- Leaving is the theme that characterizes the book of Fatos Kongoli where everyone wants to escape without even knowing where. They just want to leave, and they leave. They all carry a lie within themselves. Rovena carries

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National Theatre closes artistic season

National Theatre closes artistic season

TIRANA, June 13- Theaters have introduced their last premieres to the public. Theatrical performances have been brought on stage by different directors, where roles include well-known actors, but also new names. As this artistic season is closed for artists, they

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Restoration project to Cape of Rodon launches

Restoration project to Cape of Rodon launches

TIRANA, June 13- Far close to Tirana is the Cape of Rodon, the place where every visitor combines the best with nature and the sea. In the northeastern part of Cape is one of the most important cultural heritage sites,

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 15- “Play with me” (Luaj me mua) was a special concert that featured the female choir of the National Theater of Opera, Ballet and National Ensemble (TOB) at the Skanderbeg Square. A piano placed in the square under a white cloud, awaited listeners who are passionate about Albanian and foreign songs. “Play with me” took its scene down to the square, an event organized by the Ministry of Culture within the framework of the Month of Music, a special concert where anyone could be the protagonist. The female choir of the TOB, under the conduction of Dritan Lumshi and accompanied by pianist Thanas Paskali, sang Albanian and foreign songs.

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 17- The National Museum of Education, otherwise known as the First Albanian School Museum, and the Archaeological Museum in Korca will temporarily close their activities. The reason that these two museum centers are closed for an indefinite period is related to the effects of the June 1 earthquake that hit the southeastern region. Gjergji Koki who director of the Regional Directorate of National Culture, affirmed the fact that these two museums were closed for security reasons after the earthquake hit. He explained that the specialists of the Ministry of Culture will assess the situation and what measures must be taken for these facilities. There are indications that the earthquake waves caused minor damage to facilities where the Museum of Education and Archaeology operate. The amortized buildings themselves, especially the one of the first Albanian Primary School, did not withstand the earthquake without any damages. The closure of the two museum centers in Korca is also set as a safeguard for the visitor's life safety despite appearing that the seismic shifts have been past in the southeastern region. It is not yet known when these museum centers will resume activity, while the National Museum of Education is also in the restoration project for the amortized state of the building. The First Albanian School Museum is located in one of the most popular areas of Korca known as Pedonalja (the piedonale), opposite the “Unknown Soldier.” The museum was erected in the building where on Mar. 7, 1887, the first Albanian school known as the “Mësonjtorja” was opened, with a secular and national character. Within the museum is a photocopy of the first Albanian alphabet written by patriot Naum Veqilharxhi, and the second one from another patriot, Konstandin Kristoforidhi. On the second floor, the classroom is as unaltered as it was in the original, with the characteristic wooden banks, wall frames, and books on the benches. In its yard there is the ABC Obelisk, which has turned to the museum’s symbol. The school opened at a time when the Albanian people felt the need to have an Albanian school that would be secular and elevate the values ​​of the Albanian nation. Among the main names related to the history of the school is that of Pandeli Sotir, its first teacher and headmaster, who abandoned Istanbul with 150 primers to go to Korca. He made an essential contribution to the opening of the school, thus marking one of the most important moments of Albanian history and language. Other school leaders who left their marks are Petro Nini Luarasi, Thoma Avrami, Nuci Naci, and others. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 20- The Ministry of Culture signed for the first time an agreement with the National Art Gallery (NAG) and the Arts University within the framework of the University Pact. Visual arts students will have the opportunity to practice various internships in this institution including in various artistic projects, in order to precede the labor market.

“Students can be included in the guide, part of the culture education program. In every exhibition that will be held in the NAG I see it valuable to include the students, or they can also learn through various workshops, as many contacts, open lectures and workshops,” said Culture Minister Elva Margariti.

Even for Kastriot Caushi who is provost to the University of Arts, this signed initiative is very positive, because to date there wasn’t any cooperation. He said it is important that an agreement in writing was signed, because generally the lack of cooperation came as a result of word-to-mouth empty promises. “I hope in the goodwill of our faculty, as I believe that the close policy is between NAG and the faculty,” added Caushi.

NAG Director Erzen Shkololli, appraised this step also to filter students in different directions. He added it is in their interest to implicate students in their educational program or in various programs that they develop with art at the gallery. There are various points that can teach students how to develop these points. And in this case, they are interested in looking at each student at what point they may develop or specialize in the future. Shkololli said he thinks this is the first step of starting a cooperation. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 17- The “FemArt” festival launched its seventh edition in Pristina on June 10. Even during this year the festival brought together artists and activists from different countries. The festival organized various activities during the week, in addition to the performances it presented. A show titled Milky Way was performed on Saturday (June 15). Written and directed by Armand Bora, the work was performed at the stage by the renowned actress Egla Ceno. Before the show at the “Oda” theater, the actress said it was the second time that she participated in this festival, which has been going on for years. Last year she participated with the show Marsha Norman’s “Night, Mother.” 

The work Milky Way has previously premiered at the Skampa theater in Elbasan. Director Armand Bora said it was part of the Survivors' Trilogy with “They Enter Without Knocking” and “Domino.” The topic of the work is set before the 90s. This play is a mono-performance which lasts about an hour and 20 minutes, were the actress Egla Ceno tells the story of a woman who was processed just because she broke the milk bottle in the dairy line. But this she does this by passing to 33 different situations dressed with the characters of 33 personages. Unlike the other two works of this trilogy that have a traditional theater setting, the “Milky Way” displays a special experience for which Bora said there has never been done in Albania at least. The short script is based on a real story that happened before the 90s, specifically during the period of dictatorship. However, this theater show does not pretend to be documentary or museum or attempt to bring time. “More than dealing with ideological or political issues, the work deals with the relationship between people themselves, or the person with society. It tries to show what a person can do to another person. How a person's life is taken and destroyed, and goes into comic and dramatic situations,” said Bora.

The seventh edition of “FemArt - Regional Festival for (Female) Artists” was organized by the Center for Art and Community - Artpolis, and started on June 10 in Pristina until June 16. The festival's motto this year was “Freedom vs. Shame,” encouraging women to take ownership of their lives and decision-making, promoting a life without prejudice and judgment. Being judged and disgraced by patriarchal society in continuity, this motto aims to raise awareness and empower women regardless of ethnicity, social, racial or sexual preference. “FemArt” brought some performances and theater shows in various locations of Pristina. At the Oda theater “Queendom” from Hungary was introduced. The National Theater of Kosovo staged a performance Italy’s “Etymos” artistic troupe, with a special choreography produced by Motus. Another performance was “Kanuni i gruas” (Woman’s canon) by director Arlinda Morina, produced by Artpolis and performed by Kosovo artists in the National Library. Apart from theater, the festival also organized various discussions, concerts and other activities. 

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 17- The library of the Faculty of History and Philology has been enriched with about 150 new titles. The Academy of Sciences donated it some of the most important publications of this institution in Albanian and social sciences, so that the knowledge they contain are also reached by the students of this faculty. Academician Floresha Dado who has been a professor in this institution for nearly four decades said this initiative is quite important because it has a very open vision for cooperation with the faculties of our entire country of Albania and beyond.

There are two problems for me today. First, it is true that they are approaching a bit, since the enrichment of libraries is not done in a programmed way, because they are drawn to other problems. The second one is of great importance, as the content of libraries does not have information about people, especially students” academic Dado said.

Renowned composer and professor Vasil Tole who is also vice president of the Academy of Sciences, said it is reasonable that these publications that are donated to university libraries go through a certain filter. He said gifting books is not an issue in itself, but that the publications and donations should also have some filters, and if editions do not pass these necessary filters, then they should not be part of certain institutions.

Lili Sula who is head of the Literature Department at the Faculty of Philology, considers this a positive innovation. However, she said that libraries generally go through bureaucratic administrative procedures. The institution she works at has not yet completed a set of procedures for a fund of 100 thousand lek (820 euros) for three years. Yet, she evaluated the gifting of the new books as a multiple financial and qualitative fund for students.

Director of the Library of the Faculty Teuta Sula said that the fund has about 160 thousand new titles, however, this library needs more publications of recent years. Nevertheless, the Academy of Sciences will extend this cooperation to other national library libraries as well. 
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 The three-meter-high statute of the former US President, Bill Clinton, sculpted with a smile on its face and with his right hand raised, greets the passers-by at the square named after him. It has to be one of a kind - on one of the main streets of a predominantly Muslim country, named after an American president. It is a political-cultural signal sent by the capital of Kosovo, Prishtina, sent nine years ago.

Thus, the country expressed its gratitude towards the commitment of the US and Europe during 1999, when, in the last war aimed for Yugoslavia dissolution, with the support of NATO and at the initiative of the UN Resolution towards peace, they proved that peace can be achieved. In 2008, the former southern Serbian province, Kosovo, declared its independence. Serbia, Russia and other countries still do not recognize Kosovo's new status, where there is still smoulder from the fire that is burning slowly.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Kosovo's independence, the editor of The Times, a British newspaper based in London, and former columnist of Des Tagesspiegel, Roger Boyes, together with a British colleague, have published a biography of a modern European hero, being a model of a western democrat. The hero is Hashim Thaçi. During the period 2008-2014, he was assigned as the Prime Minister of the new-established country, and since 2016, he holds the position of the President. The quote of the American politician Bob Dole - "Thaçi's journey represents Kosovo's journey" - implies that he is an optimistic and powerful figure, a synonym of his country.

Thaçi was born in April 1968 in the rural and poor region of Drenica valley, which is located in central Kosovo. He majored in History and Philosophy, in Prishtina. Milosevic's Serbia oppressed Kosovo, the then poor country of Yugoslavia, transforming it into an apartheid system. This was a key experience in Thaçi's life. Due to the regime of Milosevic, the civic rights of Kosovo's Albanian were non-existent, their language was forbidden to be spoken and 900.000 Albanian books were unregistered from libraries. Hence, Thaçi joined the insurgent students and was also persecuted and exiled. The then „Gandhi of Kosovo“, Ibrahim Rugova, claimed for peace without violence, but his attempts were unsuccessful. The youth lost their patience, including Thaçi. In 1993, he was one of the founders of KLA guerrillas’ troops - The Kosovo Liberation Army. Despite Thaçi was holding guns in the pictures of that time, Boyes and Jagger do not portray him as “a man of guns”.

Does the Clinton monument in Prishtina resemble Hashim Thaçi?

Allegations that Hashim Thaçi is involved in weapons transport and corruption have never been proven. This biography about the hero remains blurred regarding the allegations in question. On the other hand, the well-proven merits of the insurgent transformed into the head of the state, into an advocate of the democratic constitution with rights to minorities and clear secular cuts are given. In addition, does the perception deceives or does the memorial of Bill Clinton in Pristina resembles Hashim Thaçi?

In the meantime, Kosovo has 46 diplomatic missions around the world, the largest being in Berlin, given there are about 400,000 Albanians living in Germany, while in Kosovo about two million. The Government of Kosovo proved to be tactful when appointing the German-Kosovar writer Beqë Cufaj as the Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to Berlin. Cufaj, born in 1970, known with his essays “FAZ” and “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” or novels such as “Shkëlqimi i huaj” or “project@party”, sees himself as an Ambassador of Culture. The motto of a cosmopolitan reader and of a smart democrat is: “Let the people unite so that Kosovo can become part of EU”. While the enthusiasm of Hungary or Poland, being EU members, is fading, there are new friends knocking on EU's door such as Albania or Kosovo. In the country where Hashim Thaçi is from, the word Europe means only one thing: promise. So until this promise is fulfilled, we need to be patient.

The text was published in the newspaper with the largest circulation in Berlin, Tagesspiegel

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 16- Children from 114 countries around the world aged 5-16 years old, have displayed about 300 paintings in the “Colors for Peace” exhibition. The Sun, colorful flowers, pigeons, and full lighted homes are some of the most common symbols we see in this exhibition, which has been inaugurated at the National History Museum, where it will remain open until today. Some of the little Albanian painters tell us what their concept for peace is.

“Peace for us is very important. We must always have peace with each other.”

Renowned artist Skander Kamberi who has selected the works of these young painters across the country, said that “there is the feeling of the children of Albania even in the world, all the children bring their hearts, the land and the continents, the dove of peace, the sun and the will of tomorrow is there.”

President of “Colors for Peace” Antonio Giannelli, who is also the organizer of this initiative in Albania, said that this project has started in 2015 and to date there are 114 countries in it. The exhibition in Albania also served as the inauguration of its branch in Tirana. The project was born in Sant'Anna Park in Italy, Peace Park, where 560 children and women were killed during World War II. Every year there are different exhibitions organized worldwide, and this year is being held in Albania. The organizer of the exhibition Thanas Gega on the other hand, said that all children share the opinion as to how peace should be. “It is surprising that all children, such as those from Syria, Albanians or Argentines, all agree on this. This sensitizes everyone, because year to year it [the exhibition] is organized in different countries,” said Gega.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 13- Leaving is the theme that characterizes the book of Fatos Kongoli where everyone wants to escape without even knowing where. They just want to leave, and they leave. They all carry a lie within themselves. Rovena carries small lies. She calls the small and prefers not to confess. Or to confess a lot of lies without being identified with anyone. 

This is how journalist Arta Marku describes the newest book “Little Liars” by writer Fatos Kongoli. For this novel, he was declared the author of the year by the Association of Kosovo Publishers during the Book Fair in Pristina. This is the second award after that in Fier in just a few months after the publication of the book. Kongoli has earlier confessed the tremendous return to the process of writing the new book “Little Liars,” which he began to write a long time before falling ill and to whom he would find the second salvation, that of the creator.

Kongoli has also spoken of the anxiety that no longer exists once after a book is finished, because whatever he may already enjoy he already has. Writing a book for the first from beginning to end no longer on paper or typewriter, but directly on the laptop (so the technology, as it admitted, had changed the whole process but greatly facilitated). 

“Little Liars” has Alpi as its anti-hero, who confesses on his first love, disappointments, and an entire day-to-day universe where people lie about each other. “It may seem to be a tiny topic, but treated amazingly by Kongoli, with the psyche of a simple man and not with great heroes,” said Irena Toçi who is director of the publishing house “Toena”, in her promoting speech for the novel on Friday in Prishtina. The reader's interest in Kongoli’s book made all the copies of the book be spent on the second day of the fair.

At the age of 75, translated into nearly 20 world languages, he thinks the nation's conscience are writers and artists, not politicians. According to him, everything will be transient and forgotten, except some names from the field of letters that will be remembered at all times.

Writer Fatos Kongoli told Koha Ditore that “I'm a bit pessimistic about the role that literature can play. This is a reflection of national conscience. Let politicians shout as much as they want, but they do not comprise national conscience. They are not the national conscience, even though they have the reins of everything in their hands. The nation's conscience are writers and artists. This is something nobody can change my mind on,” said renowned writer Kongoli. 

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 13- Theaters have introduced their last premieres to the public. Theatrical performances have been brought on stage by different directors, where roles include well-known actors, but also new names. As this artistic season is closed for artists, they named a few issues they faced while working. According to directors and actors, the biggest disadvantage was the infrastructure of the theater halls. Under these conditions they demand that the Ministry of Culture pay closer attention to these problems and what happens to the artistic life of theaters. Actor and director Genci Fuga said that only the amphitheater is innovating with a moderate repertoire. In his reaction he says that “ArTurbina” is difficult to orient the spectator. “Which are greater deficiencies than the lack of infrastructure (theater halls)? The National Theater was closed this season,” said Fuga while adding that the Experimental Theater has been “fenced.” 

Regarding expectations to the new artistic season that will start in the fall, Fuga said the task of the institutions is to make a better selection of works. He said that the Experimental National Theater “Kujtim Spahivogli” should keep the same trend, the National Theater should choose the repertoire better so the spectrum is more straightforward, and the Metropol Theater should change its actors and collaborators. 

For problems with the artistic life, director Milto Kutali said that more attention is needed from the Ministry of Culture and that it should be a companion, and at the same time a pervasive caretaker to execute its work in art. Kutali also added that the ministry must definitely exercise its influence on the institutions it has as subordinate, as well as on those that are indirectly related to local theaters. There must be a link between all the theater halls in Albania, but the artistic community should also be heard about the problems they have. Director and actress Eliona Thomaraj said that the key point was that this season there was no main hall at the National Theater and that all the activity of the National Theater went to “ArTurbina.” 

“So is it enough to have a theatrical show and follow it everywhere, or will the spectator take his place? It's important to watch the theater, but it matters and where you go to watch it,” said Thomaraj. Another issue she also pressed was the absence of Albanian drama, and she urges directors to stage more Albanian literature on the theatre scenes. 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 13- Far close to Tirana is the Cape of Rodon, the place where every visitor combines the best with nature and the sea. In the northeastern part of Cape is one of the most important cultural heritage sites, Skenderbeg Castle. The Institute of Cultural Monuments has drafted the project “Restoration interventions at Skanderbeg Castle” in Cape of Rodon. The project approved by the National Restoration Council foresees conservation and restoration interventions in the constructive elements of the monument. Skanderbeg Castle is located in the northeastern part of Cape of Rodon, or as the locals call it, Cape of Muzh, and overlooks the depths of the Adriatic Sea, the Patok and Shëngjin Bay. In the northeastern part of Cape lies the Rodon Castle which dates back to the 14th century, a fortification consisting of a 100 meter-long defensive wall stretching from a Cape of Cape on the other shore.

 
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, June 15- “Play with me” (Luaj me mua) was a special concert that featured the female choir of the National Theater of Opera, Ballet and National Ensemble (TOB) at the Skanderbeg Square. A piano placed in the square under a white cloud, awaited listeners who are passionate about Albanian and foreign songs. “Play with me” took its scene down to the square, an event organized by the Ministry of Culture within the framework of the Month of Music, a special concert where anyone could be the protagonist. The female choir of the TOB, under the conduction of Dritan Lumshi and accompanied by pianist Thanas Paskali, sang Albanian and foreign songs.

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