Museum exhibits saved Hebrew saved in Berat

Museum exhibits saved Hebrew saved in Berat

TIRANA, June 13- Every foreign or domestic visitor is surprised by the presence of the “Solomon” museum, opened in May 2018 and resembling a modest souvenir shop. It is located on the main street of the Berat castle and is

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Archaeologists discover the mystery of Artemis’ temple

Archaeologists discover the mystery of Artemis’ temple

TIRANA, June 12- The Darda Hill in Durrës, near the Brick Factory which uses the quality clay of the area, became densely populated after the 1990s. Archaeological findings, however, show that it has been populated even earlier and probably was

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Pristina’s ‘Hapësira’ rebirths society from underground

Pristina’s ‘Hapësira’ rebirths society from underground

By Sidonja Manushi Pristina is a force to be reckoned with. In addition to many of its native musicians making international headlines, its steadily growing underground techno scene strongly testifies to that. “It’s not an aesthetically beautiful city,” a Spanish

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“Street Art” to transform Patos

“Street Art” to transform Patos

TIRANA, May 30- The traditional elements of the town Patos will be displayed in the wall paintings of ten artists from all over the world. The oil wells, olive groves and greenery of the area will be shown in the

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An exhibition from little artists

An exhibition from little artists

TIRANA, May 29- An exhibition titled “Akuarium” was opened yesterday at the Tirana Youth Center within the framework of June 1, known as the International Children’s Day. This exhibition of about 100 paintings comes as one of the first activities

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Lushnja launches 10th edition of Folk Festival

Lushnja launches 10th edition of Folk Festival

TIRANA, May 30- The National Typologic Folk Festival of Traditional Original Dance launched its tenth edition at the city of Lushnja. Eight competing groups participated in this edition, while three other groups greeted the public. This year’s festival brought over

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Armaldo Kllogjeri to hold recital at Tirana’s Amphitheatre

Armaldo Kllogjeri to hold recital at Tirana’s Amphitheatre

TIRANA, May 30- Renowned tenor Armaldo Kllogjeri, who is held as one of the most beautiful and powerful voices of Albanian opera art, will hold the concert “E lucevan le stelle” today at the stage of Tirana’s amphitheater. The recital

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Xhubleta, a forgotten treasure of cultural identity

Xhubleta, a forgotten treasure of cultural identity

TIRANA, May 27- Historian Jaho Brahaj has written how the traditional clothing xhubleta is itself an exhibition with cult and mythological symbols of our culture and our national cultural identity. He wonders whether any of our statesmen will ever design

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Albanian integrates çifteli at the Hamburg Philharmonic

Albanian integrates çifteli at the Hamburg Philharmonic

TIRANA, May 29- Hava Bekteshi who works as an economist at Neustadt near Hamburg, Germany, has migrated from Macedonia to Germany with her parents when she was 14 years old. Albanian autochthonous music and our most famous instrument the çifteli,

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“Onufri” Museum to implement audio guides

“Onufri” Museum to implement audio guides

TIRANA, May 29- The National Iconic Museum “Onufri” in Berat introduced the digital audio guide system on April 23. The Ministry of Culture announced that the audio guide system introduces a new digital model in Albania in order to encourage

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 13- Every foreign or domestic visitor is surprised by the presence of the “Solomon” museum, opened in May 2018 and resembling a modest souvenir shop. It is located on the main street of the Berat castle and is devoted to the memory of the Holocaust and especially to the history of the Jewish in the city of Berat.

A small bodied woman dressed in black invites tourists to get in. Angjelina Vrusho who is the widow of the museum’s founder Simon Vrusho, does not know how to speak foreign languages, but suffices a few greeting words in English learned recently to attract curious visitors.

“Twenty years of working and spending three years of retirement, that’s what it took my husband to open the museum,” said Vrusho. When her husband departed from life in February this year, Angielina swore she would keep open the museum he had built entirely alone with so much love, passion and dedication.

The Solomon Museum is mainly focused on the salvation and shelter of over 600 Jews during World War II in the city of Berat. It also aims to bring evidence for a nearly 500-year period, from 1520 when it is thought that the first 25 Jewish families were located in Berat after their arrival from Italy and Spain. The small museum has become a new attraction for both domestic and foreign tourists in the tourist city of Berat. Angjelina Vrusho said that 4 thousand visitors from 41 countries of the world have been enrolled in her husband's book of impressions, while in the last two months she had about 300 other visitors.

The museum is mainly filled with photos, facsimile, documentary material, and data on Hebrew toponyms, a product of many years of work by Simon Vrusho. Through them, as well as the evidence gathered by the researcher Vrusho, this museum explores the Jewish Quarter in Berat, the list of Jews sheltered in the city during World War II, photos of Beratas families who have sheltered in their homes Jewish people, their photos during their time in this city, as well as the Jewish students who attended the school in Berat.

“Work, studies, research in every place to find out where the truths were hiding, because there are other families who have said we have kept Jews, but were not taken to this museum because they did not have any documents. Because everything has been documented,” said Vrusho proudly about the contents of this museum and her husband's work.

For his contribution, the scholar Simon Vrusho was appraised shortly before death by the Municipality of Berat with the title “Man of 2018” with the motive “for his contribution to the opening of the museum Solomon,” the first museum in our country devoted to the Jewish. But after losing her husband, the widow faces the challenge to keep the doors open alone. Angjelina says the rent is paid until September, and then hopes to find support. She said she has received small help, but she is uncertain how the fate of the museum will turn out in the future and hopes she can get some help.

In the museum, visitors are with guides to a good part of the cases and thus everything is easier for Angjelina, as she makes the guide in Albanian. And in cases where visitors are unaccompanied, the explanations placed in English on the stands come in handy.  At the entrance of the museum there is a small box where every visitor can modestly throw something at will, but that for Angelina means a lot, because the fate of the museum depends on it.

Laura Cantoni and her husband, an Italian couple who visited the museum, have been astounded by this unseen part of Albanian history while they encouraged Angjelina for keeping the museum open.

“It's a historic, interesting search that fits this country and the lady has courageously taken on her husband’s commitment to make this part of the history of this small town known to all tourists from all over Europe,” said the Italian tourist. 

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, June 12- The Darda Hill in Durrës, near the Brick Factory which uses the quality clay of the area, became densely populated after the 1990s. Archaeological findings, however, show that it has been populated even earlier and probably was one of the sacred places of ancient Durres. Thousands of small mature stone statues about 2600 years old were found on this hill in a massive discovery in 1970 by archaeologist Vangjel Toçi.

The statues were gifts with the face of the temple goddess left there by the women of Dyrrachium (ancient Durres) who prayed to her to protect them during birth and give them well-being. For years it was believed the shrine belonged with the goddess of passion and love to Aphrodite, but after 18 years a team of archaeologists and Albanian-French scholars came to the conclusion that the temple belongs to her rival Artemis, known as the goddess of chastity.

The events did not come just as in the Euripides Hippolytus tragedy that talks about the rivalry between the two goddesses of Olympus, but were mainly developed at a close table at one of the offices of the Institute of Archeology in Durres, 30 years after the shrine was found by Toçi, who is also known as the “father” of Durrsake archeology. Ten archaeologists and scholars from Albania and France, led by French archaeologist Arthur Muller and Albanian artist Fatos Tartari, bowed for years over six tons of archaeological finds, including small figurines, ceramic pieces and coins.

“It's a great discovery and there have never been so many terracotta figures with Greek figurines found,” said Muller.

Archaeologists believe they have reached the end of their work, and the model project that studied Artemis's shrine has left in shelves hundreds of discovered and dated objects. Many of the pottery vessels were restored and coins were cleaned and rebuilt. Archaeologist Fatos Tartari said they are conducting a survey and looking for financial support to start publishing and hopefully have their first volume at the end of the year. 

The first thing that has left a mark is the volume of findings which amounts to about 6 tons of archeological objects, with 4.5 tons of pottery as the main category and 1.8 tons on figurine fragments. Tartari explained that “such a great production belongs to a highly developed, large population, in conditions when we lack accurate reports on population.”

This is just one of the answers archaeologists have received during the several year study. The team is also comprised by coin scholar Shpresa Gjongecaj, Belisa Muka who is a clay figurine researcher, Frederik Stamati who is a coin restorer, Avni Alcani who is a restorer of terracotta and figurines, archaeologist Eduard Shehi, antique art historian Marion Dufeu-Muller, Anne Tichit who is an antique ceramic researcher, and Stephanie Huyscom-Haxhi, a clay figurines researcher.

“Painted containers are rebuilt. 650 coins have been mechanically and chemically cleansed. We can not say how many pieces of ceramic or figurines have been restored because they have been in different volumes,” said Tartari.

The team also found that different from what was assumed, it was not Aphrodite who was worshiped, but Artemis. Tartari explained that they have antique texts which refer to Artemis in Durres. The ancient Appian author who wrote about the wars of Caesar and Pompeii in Durres, gives a passage that sent them to the Sanctuary of Artemis. Archaeologists have identified traces of the name of the goddess Artemis, who was very popular in the territory of Illyria, after restoring the inscriptions painted on the dishes dedicated to this goddess. They explain that through the restoration were found the inscriptions of Artemis that were worked in pottery and metal fragments. Objects discovered are diversified in bronze and stone. Artemis once appeared as a hunter and as a defender of the road that bound Durres with the Marsh.

Archaeologists believe that the women of the city were mainly on the shrine who, according to their social status, donated figurines made of muddy clay, in honor of the goddess Artemis, who emerged as a guarantor of well-being and marriage. Men are also believed to have donated figurines. According to archeologists, their gifts differ as they are mostly miniature containers for keeping liquor. They made the gifts after they got citizenship and tried to become part of the city's society. 

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Pristina is a force to be reckoned with. 

In addition to many of its native musicians making international headlines, its steadily growing underground techno scene strongly testifies to that.

“It’s not an aesthetically beautiful city,” a Spanish friend who’d visited long before I did said, “but there’s such a powerful vibe to it. You feel as if things are happening.”

Words along those lines have become a common description for the second youngest capital in the world, while their truth comes alive when one enters the Rilindja Warehouse (Rebirth, in Albanian), to attend a Hapësira (Space) event. 

Now, it’s common knowledge that music can make statements surpassing political and ideological divisions. For the 2015-founded NGO, techno does exactly that, while managing to represent, symbolically, an entire generation of post-war youth. 

“What brought Hapësira into life was lack of space for youth, in terms of showing their abilities and their creative mind,” Arbnor Dragaj, one of its co-founders, told Tirana Times. 

Conceived by a handful of strong-willed individuals whose core-value is freedom of expression and creation of a space that will not judge anyone but instead will serve as a platform or a getaway out of daily stress and life’s hardship, Hapësira does more than destroy the physical barriers limiting the youth - it pushes them to think outside their own mental boxes. 

Even symbolically, this is a fitting theme. The Rilindja Warehouse, where I first came to know the Hapësira community, has almost accompanied the NGO step-by-step, becoming host to some of their most noteworthy events.

This relationship was crowned on Hapësira’s 15th party, when the international broadcaster Boiler Room arrived at the venue and enabled millions around the world to enjoy the performances of DJs such as Anthony Linell and Umwelt, and local rising DJs the Balkans are no stranger to, such as Toton and Hapësira’s very own, one of its co-founders, Uran B.  

In the past, the warehouse used to house the printing process of a number of classic texts in Albanian, as well as the first Albanian newspaper in then-Yugoslavia, ever. This cultural past adds a poignant meaning to the post-industrial landscape which times and time again fills with techno sounds, and separates Hapësira from your average party-organizer. 

Techno, like literature, like painting, reinvents the generation by offering it a space where “youth can dance away its troubles.” 

In a four-year span, the Hapësira community evolved from serving 200-300 to almost 1500 people and its events inspired a number of other organizations to act with social benefit in mind. 

“In our perspective the greatest collaboration is when everyone is giving the best out of themselves to the community/audience they serve, as a result each of us (as a puzzle) complete the bigger picture,” Arbnor said.

On top of the ever-growing number of dancers attending Hapësira’s event from all around the region, the enormous support can also be viewed from the help going towards the capital’s vulnerable communities in goods, which Hapësira collects from attendees in exchange for discounted event tickets.

“SRF initiative along with bigger crowds have bloomed, from 50kg goods collected in first event, now up to 500kg. This also brings a totally different spirit to the party itself, as people are not coming only to have fun for themselves, but they also lift the mood and enrich the tables of the families in need, all this making the events more cheerful,” describes Arbnor. 

Currently only available during their events, the SRF is expected to live on a weekly basis as the NGO establishes itself permanently.

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Ironically enough, what Hapësira does for Pristina’s estranged, isolated youth is a lesson for the entire region which, although relatively peaceful for the last two decades, lacks in what it offers its youth and consequently, in what it takes back from them in energy and creativity. 

“In the Albanian language, Rilindja means Renaissance or Rebirth, which is exactly what we need as a society.That shall definitely come from the underground. When we first created Hapësira, which came out of need for a free space to empower our passion, Rilindja was also there at its heart, because we needed to be reborn, and where best than Rilindja, which used to enlighten our society through books and inform them through newspapers in the crucial times for our people. Our hope is to awaken the youth, to inspire them to think independently and freely outside the box. Music - techno - and industrial spaces such as Rilindja, have the power to intrigue those thoughts and hopefully will also inspire action,” Arbnor concludes. 

In a region where culture, art and education is anything but a priority, it remains to the people on the ground to make a difference and awaken a passionate response in those who have the power within them to make a change. Dancing to techno beats among strangers who share a like-minded vision of change and evolution is one of the purest, most genuine feelings one can experience and one which Hapësira is pioneering. 

The future foresees turning Hapësira into a Cultural Alternative Centre which can serve the community in many additional ways. Once settled into a permanent home, Hapësira plans to extend its activities in various events, not only in entertainment but infotainment as well, while also looking to bring these events outside of Kosovo too. 

The immediate future, on the other hand, is expecting one of the most legendary techno names inside Rilindja on June 8 - Zak Khutoretsky, also known as DVS1, will be visiting Pristina to once again make history in the way one country’s underground scene is establishing itself from the rubble. 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 30- The traditional elements of the town Patos will be displayed in the wall paintings of ten artists from all over the world. The oil wells, olive groves and greenery of the area will be shown in the work of the painters who aim to turn Patos into an ecological town. Six wall paintings are being drawn on the facades of the main buildings in this industrial town. 

All generations can find themselves in these images, which will accompany for a long time both residents and tourists who will travel to this town. Some of the ideas where the artists are focusing will be a grandmother accompanying her niece, the filter between two lovers, the city landscape, the spring flowers and a girl between them, and the dreams of children which have traveled and will travel between these buildings. Festival curator Helidon Haliti and city Mayor Rajmonda Balili said that this initiative aims to be a good omen for increasing the number of tourists in the area. Haliti said that the artists who have made the paintings are recognized worldwide. This medium is special for tourists who have their maps and follow them. 

“Tomorrow will show more, that this is a project that does not end here, as it has just begun. Albania is extremely beautiful in terms of landscaping, but we are adapting its architecture. I am extremely pleased with the landscape,” said Haliti.

Participants in the “Street art” international festival include artists from Argentina, Spain, Greece, Mexico and Germany. Mayor Balili said interventions in the infrastructure of the apartments to refresh the facades of the building in the main part of the city were made, “but with this kind of project we aim to bring vibrancy to the city, giving all the colors that will symbolize the colors of the city, at the same time there will be some special symbols, which the city has in its history.” The wall paintings will end on June 4th.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 29- An exhibition titled “Akuarium” was opened yesterday at the Tirana Youth Center within the framework of June 1, known as the International Children’s Day. This exhibition of about 100 paintings comes as one of the first activities dedicated to this day. Painter Ila Selo who is curator and organizer of the exhibition said that  “Akuarium” introduces works made by children, which is of great importance on the eve of June 1st. She said she has done many exhibitions before, but not like this one because she had to do with small artists.

“Little ones only in age, because they are bigger than anyone. Because their mind is open, since their sincerity is free and the world they create is greater. It is a pleasure to work with them and to give them directions to move forward. They have a soul full of colors and full emotions. They love art, they love painting,” said Selo.

What prompted her to open this exhibition, despite the work and dedication made for the children’s festival, was the fact that this exhibition is worthy of attention. Selo said the title “Akuarium” was given because all the kids painted mostly fish. Thus Selo made the exhibition to spread, according to her a great message, that adults and parents should not let their children be confined in thoughts, tablets, computers, and cell phones. Apart from the books, a special wont and sensation is art. Her message as an organizer is that children are sent where they feel as themselves. 

“Do not seal them [the children] like fish in the aquarium. The world is more beautiful when their voices are heard, where they paint everything in glowing colors,” said Selo. She added that colors are psychologically soothing to the mind and human soul, accompanied by humor and love. She urged that parents should not be reminded only on this day to provide their children the proper attention. Parents should make their children depended on tech and claim they are disobedient, because they can obedient and happy if appreciated with honesty. This exhibition will remain open for three days only.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 30- The National Typologic Folk Festival of Traditional Original Dance launched its tenth edition at the city of Lushnja. Eight competing groups participated in this edition, while three other groups greeted the public. This year's festival brought over 200 popular artists to the stage. The event was organized by the Municipality of Lushnja in cooperation with the National Center for Folklore Activities. The first prize in this festival was won by the Kolonja group of Erseka, as second was awarded Diber’s cultural center, while the third prize was won by the “Dropulli” ensemble of Gjirokastra. The jury also praised different individuals with the career award, best female and male dancers, and so on. Jury president prof. dr. Agron Xhangolli announced the prizes. The positive feature of this festival was the intertwining of folk artists of different ages and the variety of folk costumes. 

The participating groups were presented on stage according to the artistic criteria drafted by the National Center for Folk Activities (NCFA), and after being advised on the terrain by the selection committee. The NCFA works on the identification, protection, popularization and promotion of intangible heritage. It organizes workshops, roundtables and meetings with other cultural-artistic institutions, cultural associations and private groups dealing with art and cultivating intangible heritage. At the same time, NCFA organizes various ethnomusical, choreographic and illustrative publications of intangible culture, and organizes activities devoted to prominent figures of Albanian folk culture, folklore scholars and collectors, performers of melodies, songs and folk dances, masters of artisanship, etc.. The National Center of Folklore Activities is the only state institution specializing in conducting the National Typical Folk Festival and the National Folklore Festival of Gjirokastra. It is a central, specialized state institution, under the Ministry of Culture, and treats intangible spiritual folklore inheritance as a national asset that is preserved and developed in Albanian territories, but also outside state borders such as Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Greece and Diaspora.

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 30- Renowned tenor Armaldo Kllogjeri, who is held as one of the most beautiful and powerful voices of Albanian opera art, will hold the concert “E lucevan le stelle” today at the stage of Tirana’s amphitheater. The recital concert will be accompanied by the 45-instrumentalist orchestra of the Theater of Opera and Ballet (TOB), will be directed by Gridi Kraja, the choir conductor is Dritan Lumshi, and renowned soprano Ramona Tullumani will also be present. The concert will bring  the public brilliant arias from global opera repertoire, Neapolitan songs, beloved Albanian songs hits due years, Spanish, Greek, Russian sounds, etc. 

“For me this is a first recital concert that I do in these dimensions. The repertoire is selected from classical opera music. But not only opera arias, but [...] They pieces composed by Puccini, Verdi, Bellini, Avni Mula, and other authors,” said Kllogjeri. 

Kllogjeri said that the program is conceived so that people can hear familiar opera music pieces to sing along themselves. The concert is built in such a way that people won’t get exhausted, so the focus won’t on powerful arias and duets. According to Kllogjeri every artist has a dream to hold recital concerts, but this time everything is organized within a month. Support in organizing this concert was given by the Tirana Municipality in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture.

Today's concert is a compilation of Kllogjeri’s career in 15 years at TOB, who has been participating in various shows and concerts. Kllogjeri said that artists should have more financial support for their projects and activities. The financial conditions force artists to traipse in order to take control of the funds they need for organizing a concert of such magnanimity.  

“Because having nearly 80 people you need to reward for the job. The only problem is financial support, because outside Albania it works differently, but with us if the support will be greater by powerful businesses, it would allow us to make these activities feasible,” said Kllogjeri. 

Armaldo Kllogjeri graduated from the University of Arts in 2006, majoring in Canto at the class taught by Professor Buran Spahiu. He was distinguished for his special talents. His last performance with TOB was a few months ago with Rudolf's role in the opera “La Boheme.” This year he received the prize as the best tenor of the year by the academy “Kult.” His rich career ranges both inside and outside the country, performing the roles of Duke of Mantua at the opera “Rigoletto,” Cavaradossi at the opera “Tosca,” Alfredo in “La Traviata,” Luigi in “Il Tabarro,” Lekë Dukagjini in the opera “Skënderbeu,” etc..
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 27- Historian Jaho Brahaj has written how the traditional clothing xhubleta is itself an exhibition with cult and mythological symbols of our culture and our national cultural identity. He wonders whether any of our statesmen will ever design and fill the dossier to suggest UNESCO that xhubleta be included in the Assets of Humanity classification. 

In the picture shown here is the prapanik (backward) of the narrow xhubleta, inherited and worked though generations by the women of the Drini shores, the area of ​​Puka and Lekbibaj. It is called prapanik due to the position where the clothing was held, that is on the back of the body, in contrast to the paranik (forward). The prapanik hanging on a colorful line of cloth that hangs beneath Kërdhokllë, also part of the narrow Xhubleta. It is called the narrow xhubleta because it differs from the xhubleta of Malësi e Madhe in some constituent elements, but also additional elements that the latter does not have.

The constituent elements of this typology are indicative of the form distinctions, the richness of symbolism, indications of its longevity. It is thought that Xhubleta is a garment of an about 4000-year-old origin, inherited by Albanians during its development. Xhubleta in all its constituent elements preserves and reveals ornamental cult elements and mythical contents from our spiritual heritage, graphically presented with hues and perfect artistic components. However, the narrow xhubleta is unfortunately disappearing, with very rare preserved specimens.

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 29- Hava Bekteshi who works as an economist at Neustadt near Hamburg, Germany, has migrated from Macedonia to Germany with her parents when she was 14 years old. Albanian autochthonous music and our most famous instrument the çifteli, has always been an integral part of the free time at the home where Bekteshi grew up. In this way this instrument became for her a means of expressing her feelings, longing and sorrow since her early childhood.

Over time, her çifteli crossed the walls of her home and her family, and she started playing the instrument and introducing it in the schools she attended, in various orchestras, amongst other artists, and wherever else the Albanian economist could find the opportunity to make this part of the Albanian tradition known.

“I have participated in various festivals, in collaboration with musicians of different genres, where I've always included the çifteli. Then I have developed projects with German students, projects in theatres, like the German Theatre ‘Deutsches Schauspielhaus,’ but also outside Germany in cities such as Venice, Lyon, etc.,” said Bekteshi.

But Bekteshi considers her appearance at the concert performed with the famous Hamburg Philharmonic (Elbphilarmonie) as the coronation of her efforts in this regard. This was carried on May 25, under the project “Stadtlied” (City Song) that took place in Hamburg. At Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, she played with her çifteli the renowned “Tingellon teli i Çiftelise” (The çifteli string dings). This is the first time that our most famous instrument is seen and heard at a concert of such sizes. 

“It was something so incredible and I am very grateful that I was able to stay in this giant stage together with so many other professional artists,” said Bekteshi.

She has been chosen as one of the protagonists of this grand concert, for which major German media have reported and written on. They also conducted a portrait on the young Albanian. This concert was preceded by a long and intense preparation through various rehearsals and workshops. There were over 100 participants of different genders, ages, professions and origins. The purpose of this project was to introduce Hamburg as a cosmopolitan and diversified city, where a large number of communities of different descents live and interact.

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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 29- The National Iconic Museum “Onufri” in Berat introduced the digital audio guide system on April 23. The Ministry of Culture announced that the audio guide system introduces a new digital model in Albania in order to encourage similar innovative initiatives in other museums, touristic and cultural sites, enriching the tourist experience in Albania. 

The tourists have the opportunity to discover the museum and its masterpieces in four different languages, Albanian, Italian, English and German. The guide covers the stories of 40 rare works, narrated within an hour and a half. The tourists will have the opportunity to explore, learn, and establish a personal relationship with the works and the museum. “Onufri” will thus be the first museum in Albania that offers such a service to its visitors, according to European standards. It is expected that the performance of the museum will increase, which will be reflected in the number of visitors, but also their evaluation for the service provided. The implementation of the Digital Audio-guide System at the National Iconic Museum “Onufri” is made with the intervention of IntoAlbania (Innovative Tourism in Albania), a project funded by USAID and Sweden in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the museum “Onufri.” A cooperation agreement was signed for the project in September 2017 with the aim of promoting the Albanian cultural heritage. French company “Orpheo” which is specialized in digitalization and services offered in museums all over the world, is the technological partner. 

 
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            [post_content] => TIRANA, June 13- Every foreign or domestic visitor is surprised by the presence of the “Solomon” museum, opened in May 2018 and resembling a modest souvenir shop. It is located on the main street of the Berat castle and is devoted to the memory of the Holocaust and especially to the history of the Jewish in the city of Berat.

A small bodied woman dressed in black invites tourists to get in. Angjelina Vrusho who is the widow of the museum’s founder Simon Vrusho, does not know how to speak foreign languages, but suffices a few greeting words in English learned recently to attract curious visitors.

“Twenty years of working and spending three years of retirement, that’s what it took my husband to open the museum,” said Vrusho. When her husband departed from life in February this year, Angielina swore she would keep open the museum he had built entirely alone with so much love, passion and dedication.

The Solomon Museum is mainly focused on the salvation and shelter of over 600 Jews during World War II in the city of Berat. It also aims to bring evidence for a nearly 500-year period, from 1520 when it is thought that the first 25 Jewish families were located in Berat after their arrival from Italy and Spain. The small museum has become a new attraction for both domestic and foreign tourists in the tourist city of Berat. Angjelina Vrusho said that 4 thousand visitors from 41 countries of the world have been enrolled in her husband's book of impressions, while in the last two months she had about 300 other visitors.

The museum is mainly filled with photos, facsimile, documentary material, and data on Hebrew toponyms, a product of many years of work by Simon Vrusho. Through them, as well as the evidence gathered by the researcher Vrusho, this museum explores the Jewish Quarter in Berat, the list of Jews sheltered in the city during World War II, photos of Beratas families who have sheltered in their homes Jewish people, their photos during their time in this city, as well as the Jewish students who attended the school in Berat.

“Work, studies, research in every place to find out where the truths were hiding, because there are other families who have said we have kept Jews, but were not taken to this museum because they did not have any documents. Because everything has been documented,” said Vrusho proudly about the contents of this museum and her husband's work.

For his contribution, the scholar Simon Vrusho was appraised shortly before death by the Municipality of Berat with the title “Man of 2018” with the motive “for his contribution to the opening of the museum Solomon,” the first museum in our country devoted to the Jewish. But after losing her husband, the widow faces the challenge to keep the doors open alone. Angjelina says the rent is paid until September, and then hopes to find support. She said she has received small help, but she is uncertain how the fate of the museum will turn out in the future and hopes she can get some help.

In the museum, visitors are with guides to a good part of the cases and thus everything is easier for Angjelina, as she makes the guide in Albanian. And in cases where visitors are unaccompanied, the explanations placed in English on the stands come in handy.  At the entrance of the museum there is a small box where every visitor can modestly throw something at will, but that for Angelina means a lot, because the fate of the museum depends on it.

Laura Cantoni and her husband, an Italian couple who visited the museum, have been astounded by this unseen part of Albanian history while they encouraged Angjelina for keeping the museum open.

“It's a historic, interesting search that fits this country and the lady has courageously taken on her husband’s commitment to make this part of the history of this small town known to all tourists from all over Europe,” said the Italian tourist. 

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