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British DJ picks Albanian Riviera, supermodel for new summer hit

TIRANA, May 25 – British hitmaker Jonas Blue has chosen the Albanian Riviera and a stunning Albanian model to promote his latest summer music video sensation. Featuring vocals from YouTube sensation William Singe, the brand new “Mama” single showcases stunning

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Notorious communist surveillance ‘House of Leaves’ opens up as remembrance museum

Notorious communist surveillance ‘House of Leaves’ opens up as remembrance museum

TIRANA, May 24 – A downtown Tirana facility that housed for a short time the notorious Gestapo Nazi secret police during the country’s occupation under WWII and was the interception headquarters of the Sigurimi secret service under communist for more

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Overwhelming majority of Albanian bathing waters meet EU standards, watchdog says

Overwhelming majority of Albanian bathing waters meet EU standards, watchdog says

TIRANA, May 23 – As Albania gears up for the 2017 bathing season, the overwhelming majority of its Adriatic and Ionian waters have been rated as meeting EU standards, giving a boost to the emerging tourism industry which continues to

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World Cup campaign: Albania seeks to avenge Israel in fight for third place finish

World Cup campaign: Albania seeks to avenge Israel in fight for third place finish

TIRANA, May 23 – Albania will play a friendly against modest Luxembourg on June 4 ahead of a key World Cup qualifier against Israel a week later in a bid to overcome one of its worst losing streaks in more

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Minnows Kukes claim first Superliga title

Minnows Kukes claim first Superliga title

TIRANA, May 22 – Having played in the top flight of Albanian football for only the past five years, north-east Albania-based Kukes made history in the Albanian Superliga last weekend when they beat rivals Skenderbeu amid controversy to claim their

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Details of SP-DP agreement released

Details of SP-DP agreement released

TIRANA, May 18 – The Socialist and Democratic parties unveiled Thursday afternoon the details of the deal reached by Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha. They include the postponement by a week of election day to June

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The importance of willingness to save the country even at the cost of resignation from own privileges

The importance of willingness to save the country even at the cost of resignation from own privileges

By Karol Bachura* Ambassador of Poland to Tirana I am honored to welcome you on the occasion of the national holiday, commemorating a special event in Polish history: the adoption the Constitution on May 3 of 1791. The 226 anniversary

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AIIS event: CoE pledges continued support to Albania’s democracy, rule of law

AIIS event: CoE pledges continued support to Albania’s democracy, rule of law

TIRANA, May 18 – Assistance from the Council of Europe is essential for Albania’s path towards EU integration. Through several projects implemented in diverse areas, the CoE gives a great contribution and expertise to Albania’s efforts for creating a functioning

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Fustanella, a music festival where the kilt is the dress code

Fustanella, a music festival where the kilt is the dress code

TIRANA, May 18 – A festival where the dress code for everybody performing and attending is the fustanella, a traditional kilt worn by Albanian men since the Middle Ages, is underway this weekend in Gjirokastra in the first Fustanella festival

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Albania opens ‘Occurrence in present tense’ pavilion at Venice Biennale

Albania opens ‘Occurrence in present tense’ pavilion at Venice Biennale

TIRANA, May 17 – “Occurrence in present tense,” a project by Albanian contemporary artist Leonard Qylafi curated by Austria’s Vanessa Joan Muller is representing Albania at this year’s international art exhibition of the Venice Biennale where painter turned politician, Albania’s

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TIRANA, May 25 - British hitmaker Jonas Blue has chosen the Albanian Riviera and a stunning Albanian model to promote his latest summer music video sensation.

Featuring vocals from YouTube sensation William Singe, the brand new "Mama" single showcases stunning views of the Jale and Dhermi beaches along the Albanian Riviera and Albanian supermodel Oriola Marashi.

Only one week after its release, the single by the emerging 27-year-old DJ has already hit about 8 million views on YouTube.

“Mama was a title I had in November and I just wanted to use it, no other dance songs are called that. I just couldn’t figure out the concept then but then I realised I wanted a song that takes you back in your life. It’s about being care free. Going out and having a good time,” the DJ has told British media.

Oriola Marashi, a 21-year-old Albanian supermodel and opera singer, says the new single is on track to become a summer hit.

"I'm pretty sure this will be one of the top songs we will listen all summer, the music video was shot in my beautiful Albania and that’s why it has a special place in my heart," wrote the supermodel.

The music video comes at a time when Albania is gearing up for its peak tourist season, making a perfect promotion of Albania’s emerging tourism industry.

Offering a mix of sandy and rocky beaches, some of which quite virgin, the Albanian Riviera stretching along some curvy panoramic roads, has also been featured on famous British Top Gear TV series.

Back in late 2015, German giant Mercedes also picked the Shushica valley in southern Albania to promote a newly launched off-road model.
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                    [post_content] => gjethi 2TIRANA, May 24 - A downtown Tirana facility that housed for a short time the notorious Gestapo Nazi secret police during the country's occupation under WWII and was the interception headquarters of the Sigurimi secret service under communist for more than four decades until the early 1990s, has been transformed into a museum of secret surveillance, showcasing one of the country’s darkest periods to the younger generations and foreign tourists.

“The ‘House of Leaves,’ initially built as a small maternity hospital in the early 1930s, is a building that was set up as an obstetrics clinic to bring to life, but was in fact used to take people's lives," said Culture Minister Mirela Kumbaro at the museum’s opening ceremony this week.

Late Albanian translator and author Amik Kasoruho who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the early 1950s over agitation and propaganda activity against the communist government, said the "museum is dedicated to the innocent who were intercepted, spied on by the communist regime, and as a result arrested, interned, imprisoned executed and suffered lots of other severe punishment.”

“Maybe at that time I didn't understand why, but I later thought these people who have not asked forgiveness yet, must have had shameless courage," reads a saying by Kasoruhu, who died in 2014 at the age 82, at the museum entrance.

A report by the Institute for the Study of Communist Crimes has unveiled the 45-year communist regime that collapsed in the early 1990s imprisoned or interned for politically motivated reasons more than 90,000 people, of whom about 7,000 were killed or died of tortures.

The museum features the totalitarian control and its presence everywhere through interceptions in the form of pars pro toto, a part or aspect of something taken as representative of the whole, through authentic and replica interception items and materials.

The remembrance museum, which until 2015 was still under the administration of the intelligence service, is divided into nine sections displaying the building's functions from the early 1930s until 1991 when the communist regime collapsed.

The writing of part of the history, the scientific sources and the equipment displayed in narrative style are the product of scientific research based on materials of the state archive, the ministry of interior, the Sigurimi secret service archive and the National Library, says the Culture Ministry.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony Prime Minister Edi Rama described the newly opened museum as a treasure of collective memory, similar to Bunk'art, a Cold War secret bunker outside Tirana that the former communist regime had built underground decades ago to survive a possible nuclear attack. The bunker opened up as a tourist attraction in 2015.

"This is house hiding a very important treasure of our collective memory, a treasure giving us the opportunity to uncover other items of this mosaic that still has to be fully uncovered," said Prime Minister Rama.

"What I learned from the experience of Bunk'art 1 and 2, is the physical relation with remembrance as an opportunity to tell the younger generation or foreign visitors who didn't experience this period of history, and that a story when confessed, the more time passes, the less we who witnessed that time, fully believe in it,” said the Prime Minister.

“It is very important that neither Albanians nor Europe forgets the drama we went through. Remembrance is an unavoidable step to build the future,” added the Prime Minister, citing Pope John Paul II who visited Albania in 1993 soon after the collapse of the country's communist regime that banned religion for more than two decades.

A couple of years ago, a former building of the Sigurimi secret police which also served as a prison for the former politically persecuted was also turned into a museum in the northern Albanian city of Shkodra.

For about 45-years, Albania experienced Europe’s harshest communist regime under late Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha.

Albania approved a law on opening communist era secret police files in May 2015, after more than two decades of transition to democracy and market economy, enabling the former persecuted people and their relatives to get to know the names of the people who spied on them.

In addition to its coastal and mountain natural heritage, the country is also using its communist past to promote tourism as ‘Europe’s last secret.’
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 23 – As Albania gears up for the 2017 bathing season, the overwhelming majority of its Adriatic and Ionian waters have been rated as meeting EU standards, giving a boost to the emerging tourism industry which continues to remain largely seasonal.

A newly released report by Denmark-based European Environment Agency, an EU watchdog, has rated 86 percent of Albania's bathing water as excellent or at least of sufficient quality, a sharp improvement compared to 2015.

Albanian authorities reported on a record 92 bathing waters in 2016 and early 2017, compared to 78 in 2015 when more than a third of waters proved of insufficient quality.

The EU environment watchdog attributes the considerable improvement in quality to five wastewater treatment plants made operational in the past few years, serving about half a million residents.

The wastewater treatment plants in the Adriatic beaches of Durres, Kavaja, Shengjin and Velipoja as well as the southern Ionian waters of Saranda were made available through World Bank and EU support, considerably improving water quality along the country’s 476 km coastline.

The report shows most of Albania's excellent water quality beaches are found along the southern Riviera in Himara and Saranda, but also Vlora where the Adriatic meets the Ionian. Excellent and good water quality beaches also dominate the more overcrowded Durres, Shengjin and Velipoja beaches. Authorities suggest avoiding sunbathing close to downtown port areas and where rivers flow into the sea.

Albania’s 2016 maximum bathing season period was from May 17 to September 30, with a maximum season span of 127 days, says the European Environment Agency.

The tourism industry has been one of the country’s fastest growing in the past few years, attracting more than 4 million tourists and generating about €1.5 billion, about 8.4 percent of the country’s GDP in 2016 alone.

The travel and tourism industry directly supported 85,000 jobs in 2016 but the sector’s total contribution to employment including wider effects from investment, the supply chain and induced income impacts in 2016 was 267,000 jobs or about 24 percent of the country’s total employment, according to a report by London-based World Travel & Tourism Council, WTTC.

While more and more international tourists are discovering what is known as “Europe’s hidden gem,”  ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro account for three-fifths of foreign tourists visiting Albania, with local experts often referring to this market as ‘patriotic tourism.’

The country boasts dozens of sandy and rocky beaches along its 476 km coastline stretching through the Adriatic and Ionian, the most famous of which are found on the Albanian Riviera, south of the country.

Three UNESCO World Heritages, the Butrint archaeological park and the historic towns of Gjirokastra and Berat, in southern Albania, also unveil the rich cultural heritage in Albania, a gateway to the Mediterranean boasting a mix of Illyrian, Roman, Greek and Ottoman civilizations.

Closed to tourists for about five decades until the early 1990s, Albania offers a miscellaneous picture of coastal and mountain tourism and has been attracting more and more foreign tourists in the past decade being nicknamed as “A new Mediterranean love” and “Europe’s last secret.”

The country is also luring tourists by opening up some of its communist era secret sites such as the tiny Sazan island, a military base in southern Albania currently managed by the defense ministry, but first used by the Italians until World War II before becoming the country’s most secretive base under communism when it was fortified with bunkers and tunnels designed to withstand a possible nuclear attack that the Albanian communist authorities feared.

Back in 2015, Albania also opened up as a tourist attraction a Cold War secret bunker outside Tirana that the former communist regime had built underground decades ago to survive a possible nuclear attack.

Albania will hold general elections on June 25 but the recent overcome of a three-month political deadlock is expected to give a boost to the tourism industry in the country, where some new tourist resorts and villages are under construction.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 23 - Albania will play a friendly against modest Luxembourg on June 4 ahead of a key World Cup qualifier against Israel a week later in a bid to overcome one of its worst losing streaks in more than a decade.

The friendly against Luxembourg, a team Albania has lost only once in their six encounters, is seen as a test for the Red & Blacks qualifier against Israel and an opportunity to avenge last November's 3-0 home defeat.

Down to nine men, Albania lost 3-0 in its home qualifier against Israel last November in an inaugural match played under extremely tight security measures over fears of a possible terrorist attack, irritating the Red & Black fans who have since boycotted the national side’s matches, claiming unfair treatment by police forces.

"We are not in a good position in the rankings and we have to do our best, starting with Israel which is a tough match both logistically and because of the opponent we face. They are tough, but we will go to avenge the three points Israel got in Albania," coach Gianni De Biasi has said.

Albania's chances of making it to the World Cup are almost zero now following three consecutive losses in the qualifying campaign including against group leaders Spain and Italy, but the Israel qualifier will be key in the fight for a third place which earns no play-off opportunity, but serves the teams to improve their seeding ahead of the Euro 2020 qualification draw.

Having played all five first round matches, Albania now see themselves rank fourth with only six points, trailing leaders Spain and Italy by seven points and lagging behind three points third-placed Israel, who now remain Albania’s sole rival in their fight for a third place in group G of the World Cup qualifiers.

With both upcoming matches on foreign soil, Albania will initially train for four days in Luxembourg before the final preparations for the Israel qualifier in Istanbul.

However, with most European championships in their final stage, coach De Biasi fears the players will not be in their top shape.

Captain Ansi Agolli will miss the Israeli friendly due to suspension, the same to Atalanta goalkeeper Etrit Berisha who was sent off in the home qualifier with Israel.

Albania’s coach Gianni De Biasi has come under fire to prematurely end his Albania contract due to expire in late 2017 following the national sides fourth consecutive loss, including three World Cup qualifiers and a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina, a losing streak Albania had not been suffering since more than a decade ago.

Having led Albania for the past five years and managing to take it to a first ever major competition such as the Euro 2016, the national side led by De Biasi has left much to be desired following the impressive Euro 2016 debut when Albania was unlucky to make it to the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed sides, punished by its goal difference.

The Albanian national side will travel to Israel on June 11 and play home to modest Liechtenstein on Sept. 2 before facing Macedonia three days later. The Red & Blacks will conclude their qualification campaign in October 2017 with two tough fixtures against former world champions Spain and Italy.

Israel, who take on Albania following a 4-1 loss to group leaders Spain, also targets a third place to improve its seeding ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign.

"We beat Macedonia and Albania on the road and third place is our real target," Israeli coach Elisha Levy has said.
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                    [post_content] => kukesTIRANA, May 22 - Having played in the top flight of Albanian football for only the past five years, north-east Albania-based Kukes made history in the Albanian Superliga last weekend when they beat rivals Skenderbeu amid controversy to claim their first championship in their penultimate game.

Kukes beat 9-men Skenderbeu 2-0 with a brace by Croatian striker Pero Pejic, the Superliga top scorer with 28 goals, amid refereeing controversy as Enea Jorgji, an Albanian FIFA international referee, came under fire, with sixth straight champions Skenderbeu accusing him of ruling in favour of Kukes after denying them a penalty kick when Skenderbeu was down to 10 men and Kukes were leading 1-0 thanks to a generous penalty.

With Skenderbeu in 9-men for about 30 minutes, it was Pero Pejic again who sealed the result with an injury time goal to give Kukes a four-point lead over second-placed Partizani and Skenderbeu and make history for Kukes, with not much history in Albanian football, but having finished second three times in their past five years of playing in the Superliga.

The victory also put an end to Skenderbeu’s domination of Albania football after the south-east Albania-based club won the Albanian Superliga for six consecutive years, also making history as the first Albanian club to have made it to the group stage of a major European competition such as the UEFA Europa League in 2015 although their success was somehow overshadowed by a UEFA decision imposing a one-year ban from European competition against the Albanian champions on match-fixing allegations.

Kukes had been dominating much of this season remaining the only unbeaten team, but faced tough competition by reigning champions Skenderbeu and 15-times champions Partizani seeking a comeback after more than two decades of trophyless seasons.

With a final game yet to go, two big names in Albanian football, 24-times record Superliga champions Tirana and 9-times winners Vllaznia face the relegation threat. Tirana, who have played one of their worst seasons, desperately need to win against Vllania in their final Superliga encounter to save themselves the shame of a first ever relegation in about a century of history, but could also make it with a draw if Teuta holds Laçi to a draw.

The Albanian Cup final with six-time consecutive Superliga champions Skenderbeu at the end of May is the only consolation to Tirana fans this season.

Last year's champions Skenderbeu will play home to Partizani on Saturday, May 27 in a decisive encounter for the second best team as the two clubs are currently level on points with Partizani holding an advantage on direct games and goal difference.

 

  
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 18 - The Socialist and Democratic parties unveiled Thursday afternoon the details of the deal reached by Prime Minister Edi Rama and opposition leader Lulzim Basha. They include the postponement by a week of election day to June 25 and the official election registration of opposition parties by May 26.

Major changes are envisaged in the cabinet, with seven key posts being given to caretaker experts that would be approved by the opposition. These include the Deputy Prime Minister and the ministers of the Interior, Finance, Education, Health, Justice and Social Welfare.

Technical experts to be proposed by the opposition will also head some major state institutions such as the Energy Distribution Operator and the agencies managing prisons and agriculture.

Also, the opposition will get to propose the chairman of the Central Election Commission and the People's Advocate (Ombudsman).

The changes are being made to guarantee the ruling parties cannot use the state administration to get more votes.

The opposition has accepted to vote for all the bylaws and institutions related to the justice reform and the vetting process, a demand of the Socialists.

The parties have decided that with the onset of the new legislature to undertake a Constitutional Reform and an Electoral Reform, including the introduction of electronic technology to identify voters and count votes.

 
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By Karol Bachura*

Ambassador of Poland to Tirana

I am honored to welcome you on the occasion of the national holiday, commemorating a special event in Polish history: the adoption the Constitution on May 3 of 1791. The 226 anniversary of the 3rd of May Constitution, is most exceptional in many ways – we do not celebrate the memory of military victories, of which there were quite a few in the Polish history, but the anniversary of the establishment of rights. A battle that was not an armed struggle involving bloodshed but a parliamentary strife, political fight, a discussion of the parties and above all it was a debate that ended with understanding and agreement of the vast majority in comprehension of the really difficult situation of the state, and the above partisan willingness to save the country even at the cost of resignation from own privileges. It gave proof that patriotism and well-being of the state can rise above party and private interests.

As the first European constitution and the second in the world – after the American one and a few months before the French constitution, it enforced the thought of Montesquieu on division and equilibrium of power, stating that all authority in human society takes its origin from the will of the people. It established legislative, executive and judicial power, a bicameral parliament, and – although it recognized Catholicism as a dominant religion, it also provided the freedom of belief and peace of faith along with government protection and freedom of religious rites throughout the country.

The May 3rd Constitution was a symbol of the struggle against the oligarchy defending its privileges. It acted in the name of building a strong, modern state, elevation of bourgeois to civic status, embracing peasants with state protection, two-state judiciary and the principle of a three-tiered power. It guaranteed protection to the weak, treated equally all citizens, promoted the victory of honesty above cynicism and injustice. This act combined the Christian traditions of Europe and the values of Enlightenment. This act enabled the rise and survival of the Polish nation through the period of partition, captivity and occupation. It introduced the intercultural dialogue into the canons of state legislation and outlined the ideas underlying the foundations of today’s European Union. European thinkers recognized the May the 3rd Constitution as "the most noble good ever received by any nation". The May constitution of 1791 is an example of the parliamentary and democratic traditions of the Republic of Poland. Values contained in it – freedom of religion, equality before the law, tolerance, division of power, governments based on the will of the people – have become the cornerstone of the development of civil society and a role model.

In the year marking the 80th Anniversary of Polish-Albanian diplomatic relations I would like to wish you a very happy evening and thank you so much for your presence.

*Comments made at an event organized by the Albanian Institute for International Studies earlier this month.


 
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TIRANA, May 18 - Assistance from the Council of Europe is essential for Albania’s path towards EU integration. Through several projects implemented in diverse areas, the CoE gives a great contribution and expertise to Albania’s efforts for creating a functioning democracy. That's what Claus Neukirch, the head of Council of Europe Office in Tirana, stressed during a presentation organized by the Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) and the CoE Office in Tirana, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of the University of Tirana, about the CoE's contribution to democracy and human rights. 

Mr Neukirch said that the key project that the Council of Europe is implementing in Albania is about the strengthening of the local democracy in the country. He said that this is especially necessary because the political scene in Albania is so polarized that there are two different organizations representing the local power, one with the mayors of the Socialist Party and one with those elected from the Democratic Party.

He said that the work and support of the Council of Europe in Tirana is broad and in diverse areas. He mentioned the expertise that the Council of Europe is providing concerning media freedom, the strengthening of human rights in the prison system, technical expertise concerning the justice reform and a project that aims at fighting extremism in the schools. ‘’A lot of things begin at school,’’ he said, mentioning the fact that learning about tolerance and respect at school is essential to fight extremism in a society. He said that the areas where the Council of Europe works in Albania are crucial for the advancement of the country.

Mr Neukirch said that the work of the Council of Europe is focused on creating an integrated society, where every group and every person feels part of the society and for this it is important that the focus should not be only on the national minorities inside a state but also on other minorities.

“We need comprehensive anti-discriminatory laws,’’ he said, describing CoE as Europe's leading organization for human rights. ‘’The Council of Europe helps educate people to look critically,” he said, especially concerning populism and terrorist violence in Europe.

Established in 1949, the CoE's main mandatory bodies include the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly. Albania became part of the Council of Europe in July 1995.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 18 - A festival where the dress code for everybody performing and attending is the fustanella, a traditional kilt worn by Albanian men since the Middle Ages, is underway this weekend in Gjirokastra in the first Fustanella festival bringing folklore music from around the world at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Gjirokastra, southern Albania.

"The idea was to use a national identity symbol. We hired an aesthetic symbol such as the fustanella. We can say that it was the trendiest product of Albanian fashion for several centuries. We want to put this senior symbol back to where it deserves to be. Even musical bands have a strong link to the fustanella," says Olsi Sulejmani, the festival's organizer.

Culture minister Mirela Kumbaro says the festival serves as a linking bridge to understand similar folklore and polyphonic elements around the world.

"The beautiful thing about this 3-day festival is that it will reinvigorate not only Gjirokastra, but the whole of southern Albania because of bringing together different bands from Indonesia, Italy, the UK and Morocco.  It is very interesting to note that what we think of as unique in Albania is in fact a cultural linking bridge even with other countries considering that polyphonic elements are also found in other cultures," says Kumbaro.

The festival scheduled for May 19 to 21 will be held at the local castle and the historic center of Gjirokastra, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005.

"I would like to invite all music students to attend the festival so that they understand the rhythm and music mix, to a music festival with its roots in identity, but experienced in the modern sense of globalism," says Robert Bisha, the festival's artistic director.

Gjirokastra is also the host of traditional folklore festival held every five years since the late 1960s bringing together regional and Albania Diaspora to celebrate the country's intangible cultural heritage.

The festival last held in 2015 is known for promoting Albanian folklore dances and music, including iso-polyphony, inscribed recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage.

Inscribed on UNESCO as a rare example of an architectural character typical of the Ottoman period, Gjirokastra, situated in the Drinos river valley in southern Albania, features a series of outstanding two-story houses which were developed in the 17th century. The town also retains a bazaar, an 18th-century mosque and two churches of the same period. The 13th-century citadel provides the focal point of the town with its typical tower houses.
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                    [post_content] => TIRANA, May 17 - "Occurrence in present tense," a project by Albanian contemporary artist Leonard Qylafi curated by Austria’s Vanessa Joan Muller is representing Albania at this year's international art exhibition of the Venice Biennale where painter turned politician, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama and his long-time collaborator, Albanian-French artist Anri Sala are among those selected for the main “Viva, Arte Viva” exhibition.

Speaking at a launch ceremony this week in Venice, Albania's Culture Minister Mirela Kumbaro said the Albanian pavilion represents the tough past the country has been through, serving as a basis for the future.

"Occurrence in Present Tense provides the opportunity to remind us that Albania is not only another mention in crime news, but an arts stop hosting critics, art lovers and culture media," said Kumbaro.

"Our pavilion showcases a country with a tough and complicated history which everyone of us holds on its shoulders even when it's a heavy burden, but which many of us turn into added value because they know that they can only build their future through it," she added.

A Tirana-based Albanian contemporary artist, Leonard Qylafi, 36, works in different mediums including video, photography, music and painting. He graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana.

"Qylafi brings into the exhibition paintings and personal documents by making a contrast between, individual stories and collective memory in a political and yet a poetic approach,” said the jury headed by Italy’s Marco Scotini and Hungarian Julia Fabenyi last December when the artist was selected to represent the country.

“By creating its own temporality, Qylafi produces a strong and new iconicity that raises a lot of questions, making the potential dynamics of narratives displayed even more exciting,” the jury added.

The exhibition unveils that the communist past Albania faced for about five decades in one of Europe’s harshest dictatorships is still present in many aspects of everyday life and holds back its integration future.

“Drawing from his own experience, and archival relics of the past, Leonard Qylafi’s practice is inflected by remembrance. Intimate, individual references meet reflect upon, and point to broader notions of identity, ritual and tradition," says a statement on the Albanian pavilion curated by Vienna-based Vanessa Joan Muller, the head of dramaturgy at the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna’s exhibition venue for international contemporary art and discourse.

Prime Minister Edi Rama is being showcased with his collection of office works in the exhibition while internationally renowned Albania-born artist Anri Sali is featuring one of his latest artistic research project mixing music, space and remembrance.

Anri Sala is a contemporary artist in his 40s who belongs to the last generation of Albanian artists who grew up under communism and the first generation to set contact with the international art stage in the early 1990s following the collapse of the country’s communist regime. He represented France in the 2013 Venice Biennale of international art.

Kosovo is also being represented with its own pavilion for the third time at the Venice Biennale. Sislej Xhafa's “Lost and Found” exhibition is “an open-ended riddle in an austere architectural form, providing a platform to find answers as well as further questions about universal issues of human rights and freedom, social injustice and threats to individual safety.”

The 57th Venice international art exhibition, titled “Viva Arte Viva” scheduled to take place from May to November 2017 is a Biennale event designed with the artists, by the artists and for the artists. It deals with the forms they propose, the questions they pose, the practices they develop and the forms of life they choose, organizers say.

“In a world full of conflicts and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being. It is the ideal place for reflection, individual expression, freedom and fundamental questions. It is a ‘yes’ to life, although sometimes a ‘but’ lies behind. More than ever, the role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are crucial in the framework of contemporary debates,” says curator Christine Macel.

In the 2015 edition of the international art exhibition, Albania was represented by “Albanian trilogy: A series of devious strategems” a project by Albanian contemporary artist Armando Lulaj and curated by Italy’s Marco Scotini, showcasing the conclusion of many years of research into the period of the Cold War in Albania.
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TIRANA, May 25 - British hitmaker Jonas Blue has chosen the Albanian Riviera and a stunning Albanian model to promote his latest summer music video sensation.

Featuring vocals from YouTube sensation William Singe, the brand new "Mama" single showcases stunning views of the Jale and Dhermi beaches along the Albanian Riviera and Albanian supermodel Oriola Marashi.

Only one week after its release, the single by the emerging 27-year-old DJ has already hit about 8 million views on YouTube.

“Mama was a title I had in November and I just wanted to use it, no other dance songs are called that. I just couldn’t figure out the concept then but then I realised I wanted a song that takes you back in your life. It’s about being care free. Going out and having a good time,” the DJ has told British media.

Oriola Marashi, a 21-year-old Albanian supermodel and opera singer, says the new single is on track to become a summer hit.

"I'm pretty sure this will be one of the top songs we will listen all summer, the music video was shot in my beautiful Albania and that’s why it has a special place in my heart," wrote the supermodel.

The music video comes at a time when Albania is gearing up for its peak tourist season, making a perfect promotion of Albania’s emerging tourism industry.

Offering a mix of sandy and rocky beaches, some of which quite virgin, the Albanian Riviera stretching along some curvy panoramic roads, has also been featured on famous British Top Gear TV series.

Back in late 2015, German giant Mercedes also picked the Shushica valley in southern Albania to promote a newly launched off-road model.
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