Prizren international documentary and short film festival held

PRIZREN, Aug. 8 – The fifth edition of the international Festival of the documentary and short films Docufest started Tuesday in the Kosovo town of Prizren. Some 57 films from many countries would compete in seven categories. Twenty-eight other films

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Culture minister cancels construction near Rotonda monument in Durres

TIRANA, Aug. 7 – Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports Bujar Leskaj decided to block the construction of a high building near the Rotonda monument downtown Durres. The decision was based on the law of protection of the cultural

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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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Italian-Albanian new radio station starts in Durres, first karaoke night held

DURRES, Aug. 7 – A new Italian-Albanian radio station started broadcast last weekend in Durres during three days of festivities of a tourist package titled ‘Three days and three nights enjoyment without borders’ held Aug. 10-12. The new radio station

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Mediterranean Vlora 2006 festival held in the port city

VLORA, Aug. 5 – The four-day Mediterranean Folk Festival Vlora 2006 ended last Friday after many groups from Israel, Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Montenegro and Albania presented their songs. The concerts were held in three different places in the port

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                    [post_content] => PRIZREN, Aug. 8 - The fifth edition of the international Festival of the documentary and short films Docufest started Tuesday in the Kosovo town of Prizren. Some 57 films from many countries would compete in seven categories. Twenty-eight other films would also be broadcast there. The festival would last until Aug. 13 when an international jury will declare the best documentary, the best short film, the best Balkan documentary, the best cartoon film, an award for human rights and a public award. Prizren is the second biggest city in Kosovo with some 200,000 residents. It has a rich cultural inheritance and architecture like the old castles, stone-made mosques, public baths. Docuphoto festival with many photos will also be held alongside the film festival.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Aug. 7 - Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports Bujar Leskaj decided to block the construction of a high building near the Rotonda monument downtown Durres. The decision was based on the law of protection of the cultural inherited monuments, which stops building near the cultural monuments. It also asks for the rehabilitation of the place like it was before the construction had started. The minister also asked Durres authorities to bring a detailed study of all the other cultural monuments in Durres, which may be endangered from other construction.
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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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                    [post_content] => DURRES, Aug. 7 - A new Italian-Albanian radio station started broadcast last weekend in Durres during three days of festivities of a tourist package titled 'Three days and three nights enjoyment without borders' held Aug. 10-12. The new radio station has offices in Salento in Italy and also in Durres. It will also have its Internet website.
Festivities will also be broadcast live in the Sant Orazio square in the Italian town of Lecce and the Otranto castle in big screens. Some Italian folk groups from Salento region in southern Italy will come to take part and also taste the Albanian cooking and welcome. An Italian group of tourists came to visit Durres cultural heritage places. Organizers aim to turn it into an annual festivity, according to Durres prefect Klodian Pajuni. There will be many concerts, competitions and other activities organized from Albanian authorities and the Italian ones. There will participate Italian groups of ethnic music like Opa cupa, of youth music Nini d'arac or alternative music Apre la classe with Italian tenors Corrado Amici, Gulielmo de Filippo and Sergio Pannagia, who come under the assistance of the pianist Aksinja Xhoja. There will also be Albanian music groups and singers like Nora Istrefi, Tingulli 3 and West Side Family.
The annual summer festivities 'Crazy in Salento' is dedicated to Durres this year, according to Klodiana Cuka, head of the Italian association "Arte e comunicazione." Activities also aim at urging Albanian immigrants to Italy to return to their homeland.
The port city of Durres also has followed the karaoke concerts at the Taulantia square with the participation of young and amateur singers. Denis Hasa and Enxhi Vala were winners of the first three-hour evening, according to Driada Dervishi, head of Aleksander Moisiu theatre. Participating were also well known singers like Bujar Qamili, Eranda Libohova and Poni and also humor actors Muharrem Hoxha and Roland Ko衮 The karaoke concerts will be held in two other weekends.
Many cultural activities have been held in Durres this summer. 
Durres residents and tourists also tasted and applauded the concert of the violin players from Greece of a group named Bridge from Athens. They played parts from Mozart, Shostakovich and the Albanian composer Hajk Zaharian. The Greek quartet was made up of Vaso Papa (Albania), Svetlana Sheveleva (Uzbekistan), Mikhail Smirnov (Russia) and Yannis Pavlidis (Greece) and other players from the "Camerata" and "Friends of Music" orchestras and from the Athens state orchestra. Austrian and Italian players had participated in similar events before. Albanian players in immigration will end the festivities.
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                    [post_content] => VLORA, Aug. 5 - The four-day Mediterranean Folk Festival Vlora 2006 ended last Friday after many groups from Israel, Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Montenegro and Albania presented their songs. The concerts were held in three different places in the port city and concluded into a joint one at the Sports Palace. The ceremony of awards was held at the Naval Academy. No prizes were planned at the festival that served more as a presentation of the folk values from different countries. "The goal of this festival was the promotion of the tourist resources in Vlora, of its cultural and folk values, and also of the participating groups," said festival head Istref Dobi. Holding it in different open areas attracted many spectators. There were also held expositions of photos, parades of folk costumes. President Alfred Moisiu hailed the festivities at the end. The festival was funded from Vlora municipality, the Tourism Ministry, People's Bank, American Bank of Albania and Hotel Palasa. During the previous five years there have been limited numbers of groups from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Spain.
The fifth edition of the Summer University Democracy and Participation will be held this year Aug. 23-Sept. 2 in Vlora. That is part of the project named Toward strengthening new leadership as a form of direct quality of governing tomorrow funded from the Central Europe Initiative and the Council of Europe. There will be lectures on politics, democracy, society, and public life from lecturers from Albania, Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia.
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