‘Angjelin Nenshati: A witness between two epochs’

‘Angjelin Nenshati: A witness between two epochs’

One of the legends of Albanian photography, Angjelin Nenshati, will be showcased at the Marubi National Museum of Photography in a retrospective exhibition that traces the late artist’s decades-long career, most of which under communist oppression and socialist realism. A

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Tirana celebrates Eid al-Fitr amid calls for charity and support for the vulnerable

Tirana celebrates Eid al-Fitr amid calls for charity and support for the vulnerable

TIRANA, June 15 – Thousands of Muslim adherents celebrated Eid al-Fitr – one of the most important days of the religion which breaks the one-month-long fasting of Ramadan- on Friday in Tirana. Eid al-Fitr comes after a month of abstinence

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Palace of Congresses to host Swan Lake ballet for two nights

Palace of Congresses to host Swan Lake ballet for two nights

TIRANA, June 14 – The Opera, Ballet and Popular Assembly National Theatre announced that Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Swan Lake will return at the Palace of Congresses as the most popular and successful show of the ballet troupe from last season. Swan

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Tirana to celebrate World Music Day at Dajti Mountain

Tirana to celebrate World Music Day at Dajti Mountain

TIRANA, June 13 – World Music Day, celebrated on June 21 globally, will find the capital with a special musical event at the Bunkart 1 Museum, at Mount Dajt. The event, titled Bunk’Music, will start at 7pm in what is

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Polish archaeologists unearth ancient Illyrian city nearby Shkodra

Polish archaeologists unearth ancient Illyrian city nearby Shkodra

TIRANA, June 14 – Polish archaeologists in Albania said they discovered the over 2000-year-old Illyrian city of Bassania in Albania. The fortress discovered by the scientists was thought to be destroyed by the Romans at the beginning of our era

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Art takes on environmental crime in students’ exhibition

Art takes on environmental crime in students’ exhibition

TIRANA, June 11 – In Tirana, the OSCE and art students organized and participated in an activity devoted to environmental crimes – they created a visual arts’ exhibition expressing their concern about environmental damage in the country. Diplomats and artists

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Albania’s Kala festival selected among top eight destination hotspots

Albania’s Kala festival selected among top eight destination hotspots

TIRANA, June 7 – The Kala Festival – a first timer to take place in Albania’s idyllic Southern gem Dhermi Beach – was selected by Redbull as one of the eight most stunning festival destinations to visit in 2018. Taking

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Rita Ora, Ermal Meta to perform in Tirana

Rita Ora, Ermal Meta to perform in Tirana

TIRANA, May 31 – Kosovo-born, UK-based R&B singer Rita Ora and emerging Albanian star, Italy-based Ermal Meta will be rocking Tirana’s central Skanderbeg square this weekend in two separate concerts that mark the opening of summer events in Albania’s capital

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Albanian artists come together at Italy’s ‘Join the dots’ exhibition

Albanian artists come together at Italy’s ‘Join the dots’ exhibition

TIRANA, May 31 – More than a hundred Albanian artists have come together at a collective “Join the Dots” exhibition in Italy’s Trieste showcasing Mediterranean art collections. “Albania / Knots – 163 Contemporary Artists from Albania” is a collection of

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“Hyperconnected museums” mark Albania’s International Museum Day celebration

“Hyperconnected museums” mark Albania’s International Museum Day celebration

TIRANA, May 22 – This year’s ICOM-International activity theme for museums around the world was “Hyperconnected museums: new approaches, new publics,” and was marked by a number of events around Albania’s cultural spots. International Museum Day has been celebrated since

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                    [post_content] => One of the legends of Albanian photography, Angjelin Nenshati, will be showcased at the Marubi National Museum of Photography in a retrospective exhibition that traces the late artist's decades-long career, most of which under communist oppression and socialist realism.

A self-taught photographer, Nenshati was the type of author who followed the most important events of the city of Shkodra, northern Albania, the various democratic movements of the '90s, moments of important turn of events, the resumption of religious celebrations and the reopening of churches and mosques.

In 1993, Nenshati photographed the visits of Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta to Albania.

In an interview with U.S photographer Stan Sherer who pictured Albania's transformation in the early 1990s as communism was collapsing, Nenshati described working as a photographer under communism as the most difficult part of his life because of lack of freedom.

"I have always made photos. But I have never been free. We were always told what to do. We had to work with the pickaxe in order to build socialism, and to fight with the rifle to protect our country from the capitalists and revisionists surrounding us. We couldn’t create anything. We were exploited, as if we were merely tools," Nenshati is quoted as saying in Sherer's book.

The exhibition opens on Friday, June 22 at the Marubi museum in Shkodra, northern Albania.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 15 - Thousands of Muslim adherents celebrated Eid al-Fitr - one of the most important days of the religion which breaks the one-month-long fasting of Ramadan- on Friday in Tirana.

Eid al-Fitr comes after a month of abstinence and sacrifices from believers. Religious leaders of the Albanian Muslim Community called for charity and support towards those in need, the poor and the vulnerable.

The Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard, at the centre of Tirana, became the gathering point for a big number of believers to listen to their religious leaders.

“The believer with the utmost confidence is the one with the highest moral,” Skender Brucaj, head of the AMC, said in a public speech.

Brucaj, in calling for the protection of the elderly, poor and unprotected, also told Muslims in the boulevard that “no one is a true believer until he’s taken care of others like they do themselves.”

Believers prayed again this year at the main boulevard, while the new Namazgah Mosque, or Great Mosque of Tirana, which is also going to be the biggest mosque in the Balkans once completed, is being built a few blocks away.

Muslims in Albania have access to their objects of cult in every neighborhood and nearby every community, while their numbers have increased in the past few years.

Nonetheless, Albania is famous in Albania and the world for its religious tolerance and cohabitation, while its history has yet to see any religious-based conflicts.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 14 - The Opera, Ballet and Popular Assembly National Theatre announced that Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Swan Lake will return at the Palace of Congresses as the most popular and successful show of the ballet troupe from last season.

Swan Lake was first staged in Albania on May 29, 2004, when it came from Russia to Albania to convey the immense emotions from the best known piece of Tchaikovsky’s trilogy.

At the time, it was a co-production with Bulgarian ballerina Dilyana Nikiforova, Yasen Valchanov, the decor was made from the Opera Theater in Rome, with Albanian artists on stage, staged by the choreographer Agron Aliaj and conductors Boris Spassov and Edmond Doko.Tchaikovsky was a great Russian composer of the romantic era, as well as a conductor and a professor.

His music is known for its Russian character, rich harmony and energetic melodies. His work has a more Western inspiration than his contemporaries, as they embody international elements intertwined with popular national melodies.

Tchaikovsky based his creative work on the legacy and traditions of Western Europe’s classic and romantic artists, particularly in that of German and French composers.

His most renowned ballet works include Swan Lake (1876), Sleeping Beauty (1889) and the Nutcracker (1892).
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 13 - World Music Day, celebrated on June 21 globally, will find the capital with a special musical event at the Bunkart 1 Museum, at Mount Dajt.

The event, titled Bunk’Music, will start at 7pm in what is known as the Bunkart Room Hall, where artists such as Marsela Cibukaj & Band and All In Band will perform.

Further on, at 8pm at the Bunkart Park, fans will have the opportunity to watch live the Argentina-Croatia match lon a giant screen, accompanied by cold beers and barbeque for those staying.

After the match ends, the event will be transferred to the Bunkart1 forest, where live entertainment will be performed by live rock band Jericho and Vitmar Basha & Band.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 14 - Polish archaeologists in Albania said they discovered the over 2000-year-old Illyrian city of Bassania in Albania.

The fortress discovered by the scientists was thought to be destroyed by the Romans at the beginning of our era and its ruins were considered to be natural rocks until now.

The city was unexpectedly found in Shkoder, Northwestern Albania.

Although not completely sure yet, scientists have reason to believe the ruins belong to the city of Bassania, which was described by Roman historian Livy (59 BC - 17 AD) during Roman battles with the last King of Illyria, Gentius.

During May archaeologists uncovered part of the city’s walls and gate.

“The defensive structures were erected from well-fitted, huge stone blocks,” said Prof. Piotr Dyczek, head of the extradition and director of the Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre of the University of Warsaw.

Three meter wide defensive walls also led to two bastions, which were also uncovered - their external parts were made of profiled stone blocks while the space between them was filled with small stones and earth.

Dyczek said this kind of defensive construction discovered is typically Hellenistic, while the dating is also supported by other objects discovered near the walls, such as coins and ceramic vessels from IV-I century BC.

From these findings, archaeologists have deducted the city functioned at the time of the Illyrian kingdom, which ceased to exist after Roman invasion.

“In recent years, we have begun to look around Shkoder for settlements and fortresses that were its economic and military base. Thanks to the use of various methods, including non-invasive ones, we have located relics of a huge ancient city,” described Prof. Dyczek.

To researchers’ surprise, the city appears to have been quite bigger than the ancient Shkodra, as massive stones surrounded an area of about 20 hectares.

However, researchers said they wonder about the lack of information from travellers from few hundred years ago for the city.

“This silence of the travellers, who described the other, even small sites and individual ruins with extraordinary meticulousness, is quite puzzling. The reason could be that the city had ceased to exist so long ago that its name was forgotten,” one of the archaeologists said.

According to the archaeologists, the city had so far escaped attention due to its specific geological structure made of conglomerates and sandstones.

“After centuries of erosion, the remnants of stone structures looming on the surface resemble a natural geological structure coming out onto the surface, rather than structures intentionally built by man,” described on of the scientists.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 11 - In Tirana, the OSCE and art students organized and participated in an activity devoted to environmental crimes - they created a visual arts’ exhibition expressing their concern about environmental damage in the country.

Diplomats and artists demanded the cooperation of all parties to protect Albanian nature from irresponsible construction works.
A concrete mixer that blends flowers and trees - this was Monday’s main message in the exhibition titled "Environmental Crime," hosted at the University of Arts.
By choosing this theme, the capital’s emerging artists aimed to express their concern over the shocks the Albanian environment and nature is receiving from unplanned and redundant construction works.
The Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, Ambassador Bernd Borchardt, assessed the state Albania’s environment finds itself today as problematic and called for the commitment of all parties to fix it.

“United Nations reports show that environmental crime is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world. The young people reflected on it and turned it into artwork with a strong message that something is going wrong. By supporting this competition, we are supporting the government in this show, and we hope we can support all ways that society can deal with this crime,” said Borchardt.

He said that as far as Tirana is concerned, the environmental situation has both positive and negative sides.
“On one hand, the city has been cleaned a lot since I first came here. On the other hand, heavy traffic of vehicles causes more pollution. It's not as bad as in the winter of 2007-2008, when generators took over the city with noise pollution and many cars polluted the air we breathe,” said Borchardt.

“Concrete is penetrating the capital. Most people in Albania want to live in Tirana and need accommodation. But their plan has not been respected over the years. In the last 25 years, at least 160,000 illegal buildings were built, stepping over construction laws and affecting the city, and this can be felt to this day. I feel the heat that concrete mixers release,” said Borchardt.
Borchardt spoke about Tirana’s environmental situation at the exhibition’s inauguration, at the FAB Gallery of the University of Arts.
“The messages in student works are strong and clear. These are events that affect and revolt us. Damage to the environment is a local challenge that requires global response, but students have brought their own experiences and this makes their works very tangible,” said Ardian Isufi, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts.

This is the second year in a row that the University of Arts becomes a host of competitive exhibitions with prominent themes - last year’s themes were “Coping with the Past” and “Violent Extremism.”

As the students present in the exhibition said, artists believe that visual arts can better attract the attention of citizens.
Last year, the exhibition was about the necessity of facing extremism as it works against art by destroying sculptures, libraries, and paintings.
Art, they claim, can send their messages against crime and violence, just as it has done through the centuries.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 7 - The Kala Festival - a first timer to take place in Albania’s idyllic Southern gem Dhermi Beach - was selected by Redbull as one of the eight most stunning festival destinations to visit in 2018. 

Taking place at the meeting point of the Adriatic and Ionian seas, for seven days between June 20 and June 27, Kala’s debut season “brings a heavyweight line-up to an Albanian coastal location that’s never been used before.” 

As already declared in the official website, where the last remaining tickets can be purchased, Detroit heads lead the line-up with house hero Moodyman and techno OGs Underground Resistance rapping with sets by Depth Charge, also known as Mark Flash and Mike Banks. 

The country’s first ever international music festival, Kala is expected to deliver promises of “open air dancing, music and escapism” during the seven days at the south.

Particularly interesting, the festival location is set on an undiscovered coastline only accessible by boat, claiming to showcase the real beauty of the Albanian riviera. 

With the parties running around the clock, the festival boasts to have the perfect balance of

creativity and adventure to keep festival-goers transfixed.

The ticket price gets you festival access, accommodation and transfers from Corfu, Greece via boat.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 31 - Kosovo-born, UK-based R&B singer Rita Ora and emerging Albanian star, Italy-based Ermal Meta will be rocking Tirana's central Skanderbeg square this weekend in two separate concerts that mark the opening of summer events in Albania’s capital city.

The first to perform in Tirana’s reconstructed central square will be Ermal Meta, an Albania-born, Italy raised singer-songwriter who in 2018 won Italy’s Sanremo music festival and successfully represented Italy at the Eurovision song contest to finish fifth. The 37-year old will perform on Friday, June 1 in a concert that also features local Albanian singers.

The atmosphere will become hotter on Sunday, June 3 when internationally renowned Rita Ora takes to the stage. The Kosovo-Albanian singer also previously performed in Tirana in 2012 when Albanian celebrated its 100th independence anniversary and was also one of the Albanian performers at a concert at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City in Sept. 2016 when the world famous nun of Albanian origin was declared a Saint.

“So excited to be going to Tirana, the ever changing capital of Albania, for a great show on June 3rd in the amazing Skanderbeg Sq. Can’t wait to party with you all - Tirana Rocks,” Ora has written.

The concerts come at a time when Tirana has made it to the top ten European hotspots for 2018 in Lonely Planet’s travel guide on a list topped by Italy and Spain but also featuring Kosovo, the continent’s youngest country, as a surprise destination to discover.

“Tirana will showcase a series of events this summer, at least two to three each week. Of course, being landlocked, Tirana is not the country’s main destination, but yet is the starting point to many international tourists,” Tirana’s deputy Mayor Arbjan Mazniku has said.

 

 

 

 
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TIRANA, May 31 - More than a hundred Albanian artists have come together at a collective "Join the Dots" exhibition in Italy's Trieste showcasing Mediterranean art collections.

“Albania / Knots – 163 Contemporary Artists from Albania” is a collection of renowned Albanian artists living and working in Albania as well as abroad.

‘Join the Dots’ is an invitation to join the dots by following the red thread that unites the 40 collections on show.

"Trieste, which has always been a center for the exchange of ideas and trade, is the starting point for an itinerary of land and sea, which takes us from the shores of the North Sea to legendary Baghdad, from sunny Morocco to the Danubian steppes, from Baltic beaches to the Negev desert," says Imago Mundi,  the globe-spanning art project hatched in 2013 by Italian clothing magnate and philanthropist Luciano Benetton to represent every country on earth with an art exhibition, one by one.

Launched this week, the exhibition featuring artworks by some 6,300 artists will be open until Sept. 2.

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International Museum Day has been celebrated since May 18, 1977 and, since 1992, the counseling board of ICOM (International Council of Museums) has been deciding on a theme that celebrates this day by encouraging debate within societies on museum roles and issues. This year’s topic focused on the role of museums and their function toward society as they transform into key spots that promote peaceful human relations. Some of the cultural spots that hosted activities over the last week were the Butrint Museum and National Park, the Apolonia Archeological Museum and National Park, the Bylis Archeological Park, Shkodra’s Marubi National Photography Museum, the National History Museum in Tirana and traditionally cultural cities like Berat, Vlora, Durres and Kruja. Hyper-connectivity is a term that was coined in 2001 to describe the multiple communication forms we use today, such as face to face communication, emails, instant messaging, phone and the internet. This global communication network is becoming more complex, diverse and integrated by the day. In a modern world connected through myriad of forms, museums are also joining the universal tendency in relation to various forms of communication. In this context, museum workers and representatives were given an opportunity to contact museum visitors and witness the challenges of modern museums in order to better their function and continue serving society’s development. In Albania, activities included 3D representations of museum monuments, student training on appropriate museum behavior, literary activities and recitals, round tables concerning museum accessibility for people with special needs, as well as education though culture study hours which aimed to familiarize students with the country’s cultural inheritance. The week’s last event, which took place in Korca’s National Education Museum, commemorated the 172 year birthday anniversary of Albania’s national poet Naim Frasheri through his documents, photos and publications. As stated by the country’s ministry of culture, it’s “impossible to understand the role of museums without regard to all the connections they create. They are an integral part of their local communities, cultural landscapes and natural environment. 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A self-taught photographer, Nenshati was the type of author who followed the most important events of the city of Shkodra, northern Albania, the various democratic movements of the '90s, moments of important turn of events, the resumption of religious celebrations and the reopening of churches and mosques. In 1993, Nenshati photographed the visits of Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta to Albania. In an interview with U.S photographer Stan Sherer who pictured Albania's transformation in the early 1990s as communism was collapsing, Nenshati described working as a photographer under communism as the most difficult part of his life because of lack of freedom. "I have always made photos. But I have never been free. We were always told what to do. We had to work with the pickaxe in order to build socialism, and to fight with the rifle to protect our country from the capitalists and revisionists surrounding us. We couldn’t create anything. 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