Best Turkish chef comes in Tirana

Best Turkish chef comes in Tirana

TIRANA, Oct. 24 – On the framework of the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey on Oct 29, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Albania will be hosting renowned masterchef Ebru Baybara Demir. The

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Vlora’s symposium: Albanian language descents from Pelasgian

Vlora’s symposium: Albanian language descents from Pelasgian

TIRANA, Oct. 22- At the ‘Shefqet Musaraj’ library in Vlore the fifth international symposium ‘’Ancient history of Albanian people and language’’ was held on Oct. 20, where the Albanian language descendancy was discussed. Various historians, Albanian language researchers and archeologists

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A collection of communism survivors’ memories comes in a publication

A collection of communism survivors’ memories comes in a publication

TIRANA, Oct. 22- A collected memoir on multiple volumes on the remembrances of communism survivors from internment camps is being published. This book comes in regard of memory and freedom ratio. Freedom can exist when everyone is free, that is

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Ridvan Dibra publishes psychological book in France

Ridvan Dibra publishes psychological book in France

TIRANA, Oct. 22- A psychological novel by writer Ridvan Dibra titled ‘The Legend of Solitude’ has been recently translated in French and introduced in Paris at the ‘’Editions intervalles 2’’ library, on the event ‘’Albanian literature nights.’’ The novel scrutinizes the

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Albanian movie claims Grand Prix at the Warsaw Festival

Albanian movie claims Grand Prix at the Warsaw Festival

TIRANA, Oct. 20 – The Albanian film ‘’Delegacioni’’ (The delegation) won the Warsaw Grand Prix and the ecumenical prize – a special award given from the jury – at the 34th Warsaw International Film Festival, from Oct. 12 until Oct.

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Albania and Kosovo exhibit art in Austria

Albania and Kosovo exhibit art in Austria

TIRANA, Oct. 23- A group of artists from Albania and Kosovo have organized an exhibition in Graz, Austria, titled ‘Let’s discover the similarities.’ The concept of the exhibition is that art breaks all barriers and unites nations and people, regardless

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‘Stories on Wood’- an exhibition by Gazmend Leka

‘Stories on Wood’- an exhibition by Gazmend Leka

TIRANA, Oct. 23- Prof. Gazmend Leka is a great story teller. He has sealed his mastership by using a unique approach when telling stories about life and death. His preferred themes about Eva and Adam, Centaur and Minotaur, Crusaders, Kings

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Italian Language Week 2018 events schedule for Oct. 26- Nov. 1

Italian Language Week 2018 events schedule for Oct. 26- Nov. 1

Oct. 29-31, Italian in the network. Communication uses and forms technically mediated At Roman Right Dpt. of the Foreign Languages Faculty in Shkoder and at the Roman Right Dpt. of Tirana University Prof. Massimo Prada of Milano University organizes this

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German October 2018 schedule: Oct. 26- Nov. 1

German October 2018 schedule: Oct. 26- Nov. 1

Oct. 26, National Youth Congress at 9:30 a.m. The National Youth Congress supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation is organizing in all 12 districts of Albania a series of meetings for the youth organizations, the youth forums of political parties,

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National Library to publish two volumes of ‘Diturija’ cultural heritage

National Library to publish two volumes of ‘Diturija’ cultural heritage

TIRANA, Oct. 18- On Nov. 14 until 22 of 1908 was held in the city of Manastir The conference for the standardization of the Albanian alphabet known as the Congress of Manastir was held on Nov. 14 until 22 of

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 24 - On the framework of the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey on Oct 29, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Albania will be hosting renowned masterchef Ebru Baybara Demir.

The two-day event will take place in Tirana, on Oct. 30 and 31. The event is supported by Turk Hava Yollari and it will be themed the ‘’Days of Turkish Culinary.’’

Demir will be cooking at Tirana’s Mak Albania Hotel.Demir has been nominated for the Basque Culinary World Prize and is described as one of the top chefs in the world in the past two years.

The event will take place at the Metropolitan Restaurant of Mak Albania Hotel Tirana on dates Oct. 30 and 31, from 7 until 11:30 p.m., and will be introducing a variety of the best old traditional Turkish recipes cooked by Demir. All Albanian citizens are invited and can participate in the event through a reservation. 




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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 22- At the ‘Shefqet Musaraj’ library in Vlore the fifth international symposium ‘’Ancient history of Albanian people and language’’ was held on Oct. 20, where the Albanian language descendancy was discussed.

Various historians, Albanian language researchers and archeologists from Albania, Kosovo, Turkey and Europe have discussed about the ancientness of our language. The discussion in general were focused in evidenting the link Pelazgi and Illyrians with today Albanians. 

Dr. professor Luftulla Peza talked extensively about the contribution of Nermin Vlora to this study. Peza said that Vlora was the first to scientifically prove that through her studies which she conducted in Italy. 

‘’This great scholar was the first in history that scientifically proved that Albanian language descends from Illyrian and she prepared the basis through her paperwork,’’ said Peza.

Nermin Vlora was born in Vlora ni 1921 and completed her high school studies in Tirana at the Female Institute ‘Nana Mbretneshe’ (Mother Queen). While in high school she was also translating various poetry from French and Italian for the Tirana Radio. When she was 17 she met Italian officer Enzo Falaschi whom she married and moved with in Italy. She studied for law there and then started her 20 year long studied on the Etruscan case and its linkage with Albanian language and people. She prepared the necessary base research for other researchers and scholars, who agreed with her and gave the case a fuller projection.

‘’What a great weight and value we all here think, but not only, for the value and weight that the Albanian language has, as the most essential tool in our national identity,’’ said Albanian language professor Vilma Bello.

She said that the continuous discussion that has been going on for years, which will never finish, is rather important in the ongoing research about the discovery our Albanian people’s value as a nation and descendancy. That doesn’t only amount worth to the history, but also to the language we share. 

The event was also attended from Vlora Mayor Dritan Leli, who said that this activity is quite positive about the town, and that the municipality will be raising the Nermin Vlora Institute in Vlora in her honor. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 22- A collected memoir on multiple volumes on the remembrances of communism survivors from internment camps is being published. This book comes in regard of memory and freedom ratio. Freedom can exist when everyone is free, that is why we have to search for the truth everywhere in order to build new trusting relationships with one-another. 

What we can remember and what we choose as our ideals define what we will become. However, we cannot always rely on memories, but they help in our understanding of what we shall do today. ‘’Albania is small to view, but also to mourn,’’ is a typed phrase from Tepelena camp survivor Gjele Gjikola, which would explain the current political and metaphysical situation in Albania.

The memoir is filled with painful personal stories of concentration camp survivors from the communist regime. However, they incite a societal dialogue about the past, which even though uneasy, it could only happen through this sort of documentation. 

‘’My story, is a moral obligation to my parents, myself, for you children, for my fellow sufferers and for society,’’ says another survivor. 

Facing the truth is what brings society healing and reestablishes balance. This facing also implies peeping on the fates of the innocent and honoring the sacrifices of those who made it with human dignity, by knowing their experiences, through their voices. 

This memoir comes as a work initiated from the Authority for Information on Documents about State Security (AIDSS), under observation of its director Gentiana Sula. The stories come from ‘’Even walls have ears’’, which is a platform about the confessions gathered from AIDSS. The authority gives its support for scientific research by looking on State Security archives and educating people thought the stories gathered from unheard voices. The platform is part of the bigger project ‘’We recall to heal and prevent’’ created by AIDSS, in collaboration with UNDP Albania and the Italian government. The first volume is about recollections from the Tepelena internment camp from 1949-1953, and more volumes will follow with recollections from other camps, but also from the regional citizens and their coexistence with the camp and internees. 

Dr. professor Gjergj Sinani in the introduction of the book stresses that the power division, press freedom, acknowledging the private property and its lawful protection, and the development of a civic society, are some of the tools that can be effectively used to achieve the aforementioned goals. In function of these goals is also the discovery and acquisition of confessions from people who survived the violence and terror of the communist totalitarianism, those who sacrificed their lives and youth, as for their own ideas and acts, or as due to kinship. Acknowledging the life’s cavalry, their resistance in the camps, and their publication is important as it brings more light to the reality as it was lived by so many, but which remained hidden and misrepresented by those in power during communism. 

This would have a transformative impact in the human consciousness, and it would also add more discussion in the history. Sinani wishes for the dialogue to be conducted around the influence of the 45-year-long regime on the mentality and current governmental instruments, and to draw lines on the reciprocal distinctions and impacts. 

What’s the difference between history and memory, and is the latter reliable? What can the historian do, and how has politics abused on specific phrases to justify communist crimes and cover their faults? 

‘’There are so many other questions that can’t be empirically answered to, but that require deep knowledge of historical processes, knowing the human values and the proper method to build the most accurate and best dialogue, analysis and evaluation,’’ writes Sinani in the foreword. 

History and memory are two different domains for him. Everyone has their memory, bad or happy. Memory preserves traces of the past, internalized and merged with our identity. In an individual level there are never two identical memories. But it can also be collective, created by many people, however, memory is always under the influence of the present on which it is being created. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 22- A psychological novel by writer Ridvan Dibra titled ‘The Legend of Solitude’ has been recently translated in French and introduced in Paris at the ‘’Editions intervalles 2’’ library, on the event ‘’Albanian literature nights.’’ The novel scrutinizes the themes of an old Albanian folk song, which talks about solitude, exclusion, revenge, in a quite clear and oral style. 

‘’Now Bala is sightless. But it’s ok: his friends accept him blind. And now he doesn’t feel as lonely as once.’’

It takes the story of young boy Bala, whose father died in a tragic, bizarre manner. He is separated from the rest of society, excluded, and lives in the forest nearby. There, he spends his time in revenge fantasies against the man Bala is convinced has killed his father. However, the more Bala separates from society and approaches the woods, he starts getting more attached to his soul and rediscovering a sense of life.

There is a lack of characters to Dibra’s books. The reason as he has said, is that he tries to focus in answering the questions that bug his head, and give solutions to his inner quarrels. In this book particularly that is noticed even more, and the writing style is quite vertical, going to the depths of being’s mysteries, trying to explore them. 

‘’With a limpid and outright style he [Dibra] immerses the reader in young Bala’s tormenting thoughts and psychology, who, after the inexplicable and cruel death of his father, seems as he is completely isolated in a hostile environment,’’ writes the book’s publishing house in Paris ‘’Le Ver a Soie’’ in the foreword.

We are taken into a journey of life, its loss of meaning and rediscovery, through the eyes of the child. We can see the cruelty that people sometimes allow to emerge in themselves. We are reminded that fate is ours to make through the grief of Bala, and perhaps reconnect with the child within us. 

‘’It is the writing of Ridvan Dibra, beautiful and interactive (challenging for the reader), that poetically marries these arguments: short chapters and simple phrases, the synchronized thoughts that come as songs choruses, the titles and chapter endings that summarize all what’s happening, like the old tales,’’ said French poet Radu Bata on his critical literary analysis on the French translation of the book. He appraised the translation as refined, depicting the naturalness of the occurances. 

Ridvan Dibra was born in Shkodra in 1959, and has been described as one of the five greatest living Albanian writers. (The rest, Ismail Kadare, Fatos Kongoli, Rexhep Qosja, Bashkim Shehu). He studied for Albanian language and literature at the University of Shkodra, and worked as teacher of the field in Kukes from 1982-1987. He then worked as a journalist in the city of Shkodra from 1988-1994, and from 1994 onwards, he has been a professor at the University of Shkodra for Albanian literature.

Legend of Solitude is translated by Evelyne Noygues, a renowned translator of Albanian novels and works. She has finished her study in Albania in early ‘90s and decided to live and work here until 1994. Returning occasionally for associative, literary and artistic projects. 

The book grabbed an interest from the event participants for its themes, content, writing style and translation. In Albania the novel was announced the best published book for 2012 in all Albanian regions and won ‘’Rexhai Surroi’’ award,a prestigious award given for the best novel and journalistic piece. For 2018 however, this book is nominated in France for Le Grand Prix SGDL award for translation.

Along with it was also introduced another book by Sebastien Colson titled Albania: Castle in Front of Oneself. The book wants to serve as a sort of guide to the French reader in understanding the contemporary Albania. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 20 - The Albanian film ‘’Delegacioni’’ (The delegation) won the Warsaw Grand Prix and the ecumenical prize - a special award given from the jury - at the 34th Warsaw International Film Festival, from Oct. 12 until Oct. 21. 

The film uses a script written from Artan Minarolli and was directed from Bujar Alimani. Part of the cast are Viktor Zhusti, Ndricim Xhepa, Xhevdet Ferri, Kasem Hoxha, etc.. The production comes in a collaboration between Albania, Kosovo, Greece and France, and discusses the events in Albania after the communist regime fell in the 1990s.

A European delegation has arrived in Tirana to closely study how are the democratic reforms undertaken by the government working out. These reforms are main conditions set to Albania to join CSBE, which today is known as OSCE. 

Their leader is mister Loherin, whose duty is to report on the human rights the Albanian people live. When student in Prague, Loherin has been classmates with Leo, a political persecutee for about 15 years. Leo is still in prison, but he gets bailed out so Albania will be presented in the eyes of the foreign delegation as a place where democratic reforms happen, and to also meet Loherin as an intellectual, since they have studied together. Leo understands the situation and yet tries to persuade Loherin that things go smoothly in Albania, however, nothing goes as planned.

The film speaks not only to the politically persecuted citizens during the communism, but adopted to current terms, to the intellectuals who with pride and courage do not become tools of the government’s power. 

‘’For as long as the people continue living, the intelligence won’t die,’’ said director Bujar Alimani. 

He said that the staff dedicated this award to screenwriter Artan Minarolli who no longer lives. He left behind a script for which the hard work pays back with a great reward, which appraises the artistic approach to a painful history and its adoption to nowadays issues the country is facing, through simple symbolism. 

The film will be screened in November at the Tirana Film Festival.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 23- A group of artists from Albania and Kosovo have organized an exhibition in Graz, Austria, titled ‘Let’s discover the similarities.’ The concept of the exhibition is that art breaks all barriers and unites nations and people, regardless of geographical distances.  

The exhibition is curated by Eva Lassing and brings various oil paintings, works on paper, collages, and sculptures. Some of the artists are Albana Ejupi, Haxhi Fejzullahu, Destan Gashi, Resul Jusufi, Admir Pervathi, Edi Rama, Adriana Sedaj, Naim Spahiu. 

In this exhibition Albania is represented by Admir Pervathi with his abstract paintings, and our current prime minister Edi Rama, with some of his works on paper. Rama’s work are from the periods when he was Tirana Mayor and Minister of Culture, and thus has been presented with his official title along with his artist’s status. 

There are eight pieces from Rama displayed in this exhibition. For Pervathi, on the other hand, this is not the first time that his work is being exhibited in Austria.

‘’Aside from the warm welcoming from the hosts and participating public at this exhibition, it was valuable meeting the artists from Kosovo, a sort of friendly confrontation. ‘Let’s discover the similarities’ isn’t this exhibition’s title for nothing. We were all presented with unique works, on various media, but what unites us is art,’’ said Pervathi. 

The exhibition will remain open until Nov. 7 and it is opened on the framework of the Austria-Albania cultural year and the 10th anniversary of Kosovo’s independence. It grabbed the local media’s attention as some of the displayed work is from the prime minister of Albania, respectively Rama. 

The organizer Karl Bauer said that the event is essential to get attention shifted to the Western Balkans area, as Braz and Steiermark have had a close relationships with the countries in the area. This exhibition is initiated by him is also in respect to Austria getting the EU presidency for the second half of 2018.

‘’Initiatives like this one promote cultural dialogue,’’ said Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, who attended the event. 

As the cultural year is about rediscovering the similarities between nations, by inciting a friendly dialogue through art and culture. 

‘’Culture approaches nations, but only when art is the translator. Art teaches us that being human, is the only true identity that unifies us,’’ said Fatmir Osmani, the director of the Coordinating Council of Albanian Associations in Steiermark. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 23- Prof. Gazmend Leka is a great story teller. He has sealed his mastership by using a unique approach when telling stories about life and death. His preferred themes about Eva and Adam, Centaur and Minotaur, Crusaders, Kings and Queens, Pyramids, Pharaohs and Sarcophagus, Icarus, are told through symbols and metaphoric compositions.

Most of the stories are affixed on canvas, but a great number are painted on wood and therefore have a different appearance from normal paintings on canvas. Leka’s style is distinct by the coordination of colors, where semi-darkness is predominant, but significant light shines from inside. 

“Color is, both for the artist who uses it and for the spectator who perceives and assesses it, the vehicle of the impression. Every color provokes different sensations. Though with identical functions, each color makes itself known by a specific vibration,’’ said Frank Kupka discussing the impact of colors on the emotions, drawing a parallel between the wavelength vibration and emotional vibration in his ‘Creation in the Plastic Arts’ from 1923.

Gazmend Leka is an Albanian painter who has been active since the 1980s. He studied painting and graphics at the Academy of Arts in 1978, and a year later he started collaborating in the interior design of the ‘’Gjergj Kastrioti-Skenderbeu’’ museum in Kruja until 1982. For ten years he was the artistic director of the animated films in ‘’Shqiperia e Re’’ (New Albania) film studio. Then, in 1991 he started teaching at the Academy of Arts (today University of Arts).

He has recently displayed another exhibition of 24 works called ‘’Prayer’’ at FAB Gallery. The concept speaks to the call the society needs to make in front of big verdicts, as prayer is the only thing that would put together the shapeless state of our country. This work comes as a prayer to each individual, that instead of cursing, shouting, hating or complaining, to pray and to work in compassion rather than heinous violence, as we’re all passengers of the same boat. 

The ‘’Stories on Wood’’ exhibition of 40 artwork pieces will be displayed from 23 October to 4 November 2018 at the Kalo Gallery. 

 
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                    [post_content] => prof._pradaOct. 29-31, Italian in the network. Communication uses and forms technically mediated 

At Roman Right Dpt. of the Foreign Languages Faculty in Shkoder and at the Roman Right Dpt. of Tirana University 

Prof. Massimo Prada of Milano University organizes this conference and workshop on the main characteristics of the language used through technical mediation: SMS, instant messages, email, wiki, blogs, and social media. The conversation will be built around the following question: ‘’Up to which point could an email be compared to a traditional letter? What needs could instant messages respond to? What about social media? How do Twitter and Facebook differ? Is Web 2.0 as innovative as claimed?’’ 

Prada is an Italian Linguistics and Philology professor at the University of Milano, and director of the University Center C. & G. Feltrinelli for the Italian language and culture promotion. 

 
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                    [post_content] => Oct. 26, National Youth Congress at 9:30 a.m. 

The National Youth Congress supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation is organizing in all 12 districts of Albania a series of meetings for the youth organizations, the youth forums of political parties, school students, teachers and young representatives of local institutions. The meetings theme will be communication and image, lobbying and advocating, as well as internal structure. 

The trained youth will be participating in a national competition on the best youth engagement campaign. Representatives from Tirana Municipality, Education Ministry, National Service for Youth and other youth engagement specialists will participate in the forum. 

 

Oct. 26, ‘’I have nothing against Gypsies, except that-’’. Sinti and Roma in German-speaking and other southeast European literature

Scientific lecture at the German Hall next to the National Library, 5 p.m.

Christian Frankenfeld studied literature, modern history and cultural anthropology in Paderborn and Bielefeld. He has a PhD in modern German literature and has taught German for more than 10 years at the University of Paderborn. He has also gained professional experience abroad at the ELTE University in Budapest and Ion Creanga University in Chisinau. As an independent professor and lecturer he know coaches workshops, seminars and traineeships in schools and universities.

 

Oct. 26, Conversation- Die tödliche Doris- un-musical, non-musical and extra-musical

At Zeta Gallery, Tirana, 8 p.m., in English

 

Artist Wolfgang Muller tells the story of musical subculture in his 2013 bestselling book ‘’Subculture of West Berlin 1979-1989’’. His postpunk band ‘Die tödliche Doris’ was also part of it, and in 2017 video performances and concerts of the band were published. 

He will be screening the videos at Zeta, and then together with An Paenhuysen, 1980s subculture expert and curator of the exhibition, will be discussing with Albanian stage art connoisseurs about the ‘80s ‘’genial amateurishness’’, its rooting on 1920s dadaism and its significance on today’s German, Albanian and elsewhere’s artistic scene. 

 

Oct. 27, Workshop: how can I write about contemporary art?

At Zeta Gallery, Tirana, in English

 

Art critic is an uncertain genre. It can be defined as journalism, reporting, but it can be also written in the style of personal diary, as an essay, in an academic manner, or even fiction. Best case scenario it goes beyond the artwork to philosophy. An Paenhuysen will present art critic as a mixed media in this workshop, from blogs to instagram. Participants will practically deal with writing and reflection, and will create exercises that will help with the development of imagination and skills. 

Contact Zeta Gallery at zetagaleri@gmail.com to registrate your participation. 

 

Oct. 27, ‘’The legend of Timm Thaler or the boy who sold his laughter’’, a children’s film by Andreas Dresen

At Kinema Millenium, Tirana, 3 p.m.

 

Timm Thaler lives in poverty, yet he likes to laugh a lot. His laughter is so magical and contagious that the wicked baron Lefuet desires to adopt it with all means. So, the wealthiest man in the world gives the boy an immoral offer: if Timm sells his smile to Lefuet, he will win any bet in the future. 

Timm signs the contract after some hesitation. He can fulfill any desire now but without his laughter he is a different person. Only his friends Ida and Kreschimir will remain loyal to Timm. They try to relieve Timm from the baron’s claws together, and with a trick they manage to get him back his amazing smile. 

 

Oct. 30, We inweave: a German- Albanian thoughts play

At the Great Hall of the German Embassy, 6 p.m.

Soccer, cars, cuckoo clocks, brecel bread, German pastors, gnomes, old towns, leather pants, currywurst, poets’ land, thinkers’ land… There are countless things which we link with Germany. In a 10-day workshop that took place at Faik Konica high-school from Oct. 21-29, 15 German language students from high schools and university, will develop together literary texts in which they will present the similarities and differences between Albania and Germany. These works will then be exhibited on Oct. 30 at the German Embassy, in a night directed by Kathleen Bistrosch and Dr. phil. Christian Frankenfeld.

 

Oct. 23-28, ‘’Liked, shared, deceived- how can I recognize and detect Fake News?’’ workshop

At ‘Aleksander Xhuvani’ University in Elbasan

Fake News has turned into a daily topic for social media users, as social media is being used more frequently. However, Fake News aren’t just fabricated articles that fool everyone, but the more dangerous are the carefully composed manipulative pieces that consist of texts, pictures or videos, that easily spread on social media and that are difficult to detect or debunk.

The workshop participants will learn what Fake News is and how to detect them. They will compile their own unharmful fake news in an experiment, to closely understand how they function and spreak in social media, Facebook especially.

 

Nov. 1, Conference for German language teachers

At the Foreign Languages Faculty, University of Tirana, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Albanian Association of the German Language in collaboration with the Dept. of German Language will organize a conference of the theme ‘’teaching quality assurance for transmitting the German language as a foreign language. Opportunities- Limitations- Experiences.’’ German language teachers that will participate in the conference will get impetus and new ideas, as will also exchange ideas with referees from the Hambold University in Berlin and representatives of Austrian Education Ministry. 

 

Nov. 1, Albanian-German trio with clarinettist Fabian Dirr

At the University of Arts in Tirana, 7 p.m.

Albanian cellist Vlorent Xhafaj, Albanian pianist Zamir Kabo and German clarinettist Fabian Dirr will perform a trio of pieces from Weber, Alban Berg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Max Bruch and Beethoven at the Grand Hall of the Arts University. 

Fabian Dirr is clarinettist from Dresden’s philharmonic since 1995. He has been invited in other orchestras such as Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphony Orchestra of Bamberg, Symphony Orchestra of SWR Baden- Baden and Freiburg, Symphony Orchestra of Berlin Radio and Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Dirr is also clarinet professor at the Carl Maria von Weber University in Dresden. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 18- On Nov. 14 until 22 of 1908 was held in the city of Manastir The conference for the standardization of the Albanian alphabet known as the Congress of Manastir was held on Nov. 14 until 22 of 1908.  

Thus, Nov. 22 is the National Alphabet day for Albania and the diaspora. 

On Jan. 1, 1909, ‘Diturija’ (knowledge) was published, a temporary magazine for Albanian literature and language. The establisher and publisher was Mid’hat Frasheri alias Lumo Skendo, the chairman of the Congress.

In the framework of the 110th anniversary of the Congress and the publishing of ‘Diturija’, the National Library decided to publish two compressed volumes of Frasheri’s magazine, which remains a heritage of high linguistic, cultural and literary values. 

‘’Lumo Skendos’ ‘Diturija’ depicts the rare symbiosis of the notion of knowledge, learning, and the homeland universal one. It connects the individual with the entirety of national entity, through which one turns into ‘a person of the world’, the universal being,’’ said Persida Asllani, the director of the National Library. 

The Congress of the Manastir affected the social-cultural situation in Albania in a quite positive way. Since Frasheri was the chairman of the Congress, the first article of the magazine’s first issue was written by him, and it was precisely accurate to be called ‘’History of Albanian writing.’’ the historiography is closely linked to this topic, as Frasheri won the right to keep using the Istanbul alphabet until the current Albanian one came to use. This is pointed out from an article Frasheri wrote for his newspaper ‘Liria’ (freedom), titled ‘’What we won from the Congress of Manastir’’, which was a compromise to use the Istanbul alphabet.

‘’Its information is compact, but the Congress isn’t mentioned, perhaps the article was written prior to the Congress, and with this baggage the author would go to the Congress, on the other hand the magazine was published that year using the Istanbul alphabet,’’ said researcher Xhevat Lloshi on the article ‘’History of Albanian writing.’’

It is noteworthy the background of Mid’hat Frasheri. He comes from the family of the famous Frasheris. His father was academic and statesman Abdyl Frasheri, his uncles were writers and poets Sami and Naim Frasheri. Coming from a family of intellectuals, and his uncles being a close influence towards the literary world, Mid’hat Frasheri was firstly engaged on the magazine ‘Kalendari Kombiar’ (National Calendar). When Sultan Abdul Hamid II declared a constitution in 1908, Skendo published the newspaper ‘Liria’ on July of that year in Ioannina, with various nationalistic articles, and later on started working on ‘Diturija’, which was published first on the same city. 

‘’Like everywhere the publishing of the newspaper marks an important event for the economic, political and cultural life. Lumo exploited that entirely for establishing Albanian schools and clubs. This constituted a grand obligation at the time,’’ said historian Luan Malltezi. He also added that the works in ‘Diturija’ has a large composition of research and political articles with a high importance even nowadays. 

On the context of the history of Albanian press, Skendo’s ‘Diturija’ is one of the most significant works at the time, which together with other magazines established the Albanian press and left a cultural and historic legacy. Other magazines were ‘Albanesi d’Italia’ from Jeronim De Rada, ‘Albania’ of Faik Konica, ‘Hylli i Drites’ of At Gjergj Fishta, etc. An importance was noted to the literature-press symbiosis, their allegiance and hindrances. Publicistic articles directly communicate with readers, whereas literature uses metaphorical figures. As journalism and literature in many instances have obstructed one-another from full development, they did coexist and influenced one-another, however, and this phenomenon is an attribute of Albanian culture. Researcher Mark Marku says that the literature reader was formed from the journalistic tastes, which also shaped his/her tastes and competence in analysis.

‘’The history of Albania is a sort of ideologized sociology, our studies for Albanian literature and culture have skipped the role of the press in literature’s institutionalization, as the tomb of what is called national spirit. This bypass is harmful, because the press has played an important role in literature’s affirmation and the case of ‘Diturija’ is rather significant,’’ said Mark Marku.

He also added on the diversity of ‘Diturija’ not simply confined on the range of a magazine, but also as a cultural club, academy, Albanologic and geopolitical institution, Museum etc. Researcher Uran Butka added that the publishing of the two volumes will have a significance in learning more on the figure of Lumo Skendo. 

 
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, Oct. 24 - On the framework of the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey on Oct 29, the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Albania will be hosting renowned masterchef Ebru Baybara Demir.

The two-day event will take place in Tirana, on Oct. 30 and 31. The event is supported by Turk Hava Yollari and it will be themed the ‘’Days of Turkish Culinary.’’

Demir will be cooking at Tirana’s Mak Albania Hotel.Demir has been nominated for the Basque Culinary World Prize and is described as one of the top chefs in the world in the past two years.

The event will take place at the Metropolitan Restaurant of Mak Albania Hotel Tirana on dates Oct. 30 and 31, from 7 until 11:30 p.m., and will be introducing a variety of the best old traditional Turkish recipes cooked by Demir. All Albanian citizens are invited and can participate in the event through a reservation. 




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