Cultural heritage federation appeals to heads of state for National Theatre protection

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 20, 2020 17:41

Cultural heritage federation appeals to heads of state for National Theatre protection

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  • According to 'Europe Nostra', the NT is a place of great cultural and architectural importance, not only in the Albanian capital, but also in Europe.

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TIRANA, Jan. 20 – The pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage ‘Europa Nostra’ made another appeal for the protection of Albania’s National Theater on Monday, addressing in a letter the country’s President Ilir Meta, Prime Minister Edi Rama and Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj, in which it once again emphasized its position against the building’s demolition. 

According to ‘Europe Nostra’, the NT is a place of great cultural and architectural importance, not only in the Albanian capital, but also in Europe.

Further, it is recalled in the letter that the theater has been nominated by the Gjirokastra Foundation as part of a major civil society campaign to save the building for the program “7 Most Endangered Places by 2020.” 

In this context, ‘Europa Nostra’ writes that it would be a pity if the building is demolished.

 

Letters to heads of state 

 

Subjected ‘National Theater of Albania selected for the 7 most endangered locations,’ the letter addressed Meta by saying the federation is “deeply troubled by alarming plans” to demolish the building and calling for Meta to use his position and influence to protect it. 

“Based on the unanimous assessment, presented by the National Theater Advisory Panel of Albania, the National Theater will most likely be selected as one of the “7 most endangered venues”. I would also like to add that Albanian sites have been selected twice in the past: Durres Amphitheater and Post-Byzantine Churches in Voskopoja and Vithkuq. In both cases, Europa Nostra found the cooperation with Albanian actors positive and effective, emphasizing the consideration and respect your country has for preserving cultural heritage,” the letter to Meta further stated. 

On a similar note, the letter addressed to Rama starts off by saying the PM “is probably aware” that Europa Nostra is deeply troubled by the government’s plans to demolish the building. 

“For this reason, we also sent you a letter on July 18, 2018, stressing the importance of the facility and urging you to use your honored position and positive influence to protect the precious National Theater of Albania,” the letter to Rama states. 

None of the 29 venues previously selected in the “7 Most Endangered Locations” program has been demolished and it would be a novelty if such a miserable fate had been reserved for the National Theater of Albania, with all the support shown nationally and on a European scale,” the letter also says.  

The letter to Veliaj was similar to the other two, with the federation reminding Veliaj that “the National Theater of Albania was nominated by the Gjirokastra Foundation, as part of a major civil society campaign to save the building, for the ‘7 Most Endangered Places for 2020’ program. It is a widespread civil society campaign across Europe that identifies endangered monuments and sites in Europe and engages public and private partners at local, national and European levels to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for sites.”

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times January 20, 2020 17:41