Rai Radio 3, in its program 'Radio 3 Mondo' today, spoke of Albania. Specifically, the radio station dealt with two issues: the imminent demolition of the historic building of the Tirana Theater - one of the first Italian architectural interventions in Albania - and the problem of marijuana, which has been affecting the country for years now.
The presenter, Anna Maria Giordano, discussed it with Giovanni Vale, correspondent of the Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, with Adele Budina, an Italian-Albanian producer of the Abfilm production company in Tirana, and with Andi Tepelena, an artist and cultural operator and one of the founders of the movement for the protection of the theater.
The Theater of Tirana
Built in the 1938 by the Italian architect Giulio Bertè, it is characterized by a rationalist style that aimed to give a new face to the capital and the city center. However, now, the theater is destined for demolition, with the Bjarke Ingels Group that has already committed itself to design the new ribbon-shaped building.
"The national theater is a symbol for us: it is the only important theater for Albania. We are turning especially for the fact that a special law has passed, for which this demolition must take place in a short time.
Furthermore, there was no public tender. Over the years, no rehabilitation interventions have ever been carried out, because the goal is to privatize public land in order to build six skyscrapers and a small separate theater. A round of business worth around one billion euros.
The theater represents our history. From there it has passed not only the Albanian culture of recent years, but also the history of Albania. ”- Adele Budina intervened.
"It is a city battle to protect a cultural heritage of all Albania. Our movement is made up of politicians, citizens and artists, and we want to protect the theater as a historical memory of our country.
In my opinion, the best thing to do would be to make a local referendum in which the people can express themselves. But the referendum law is quite complicated, and therefore is not a viable option.
This is why we decided to create the movement, hoping that something could be done to stop the demolition of the theater, an act of interest only for public-private partnerships. ”- says, instead, Andi Tepelena.
The marijuana problem
The focus of the broadcast then shifted to another topic concerning the Land of Eagles, or the problem of marijuana and the emblematic case of the village of Lazarat.
"Since the 1990s, the village of Lazarat has become the center of marijuana production. When Edi Rama was elected to the 2013, it is estimated that there were about 300 hectares of marijuana in the village, worth 4,5 billion, 1 / 3 of the country's GDP.
Edi Rama comes to power with the promise of suppressing marijuana cultivation and fighting organized crime. In the 2014 it puts the village to fire and, in fact, when I went there this summer there was no activity and you could enter it freely, something that was not possible before.
However, the Italian finance guard continued to fly over Albania and noted a proliferation of marijuana plantations elsewhere in the country. We have moved from the 300 plantations photographed in the 2013, to the 2000 of the 2016. "- says Giovanni Vale.
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