Ismail Kadare’s house reopens as a museum

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 15, 2016 10:49

Ismail Kadare’s house reopens as a museum


By  JUXHINA MALAJ

TIRANA, Jan. 13 – The Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Gjirokastra signed an agreement on the revitalization of the Ismail Kadare House on January 7, 2016.

“Kadare’s House is not only a revitalization project of the museum and cultural center, but it also aims to create a successful model that can be followed by other municipalities in Albania. In cooperation with the Municipality of Gjirokastra, we will share common policies and the same approaches, creating new administration and management cells in our culture and heritage, and shift the poles of culture from the center to the outskirts,” said Mirela Kumbaro, the Minister of Culture.

The Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Gjirokastra will jointly submit an artistic, cultural, and residential calendar in the beginning of each year. “On the 80th anniversary of Ismail Kadare, this building will start to bloom, promoting art, culture, publications, and talented young artists. I strongly believe it will have a direct impact on the city’s life, shifting the metropolitan activities, raising the number of visitors, and thus improving the economy and tourism,” Kumbaro added.

The calendar of activities for the New Year 2016, which was declared the year of Kadare, will open with ‘Gjirokastra reads with Kadare’ event, which will be followed by other cultural and artistic activities in Tirana and Gjirokastra on January 28-30, 2016. The cultural weekend will be dedicated to Kadare, who was lately honored with the highest medal in France, Commander of the Legion of Honor, given by the president of France.

Mayor of Gjirokastra Zamira Rami stressed how important the revitalization of Kadare’s house is, not only for the building itself, but also for the whole city. According to the Ministry of Culture, Rami assured that as the head of Gjirokastra Municipality, the project will have her full support. Besides turning the building into a museum, the agreement aims to use Kadare’s House for artistic and cultural purposes, revive the cultural life of Gjirokastra, as well as attract more international translators, writers, and talented young people who will help promote the heritage and cultural values of the city.

Managed by the Ministry of Culture, Kadare’s House is a well known destination for anyone who visits Gjirokastra. Located within the city’s historic center, the building was declared as a first category monument on July 5, 1991, and was recently restored by UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 15, 2016 10:49