Friday 2 May, at the Galleria Civica of Termoli, as part of the Festival "Two shores a sea" two other events of great artistic and cultural importance have captured the attention of the public. At the 18: 30 a conference focused on the relationship between the Arbereshe culture and the Albanian culture was held: "Nearby Albania / distant Albania".
As speakers they participated: Fernanda Pugliese, director of Kamastra magazine; Vincenzo Lombardi, professor at the University of Molise; Silvana Licursi, artist of Arbereshe origins; Albana Temali, founding journalist of the website www.albacenter.it The relationship between the mother country and the emigrants in Italy was extensively illustrated by the director Fernanda Pugliese. Over the centuries, Albania was considered by emigrants as a mythical place. At the time of the opening of the borders, this myth was broken by contact with reality. Today the relationship has changed. Both from a cultural and historical point of view, a profound search for the origins began. The Albanians of today can find in the Arberese culture pure elements that in the motherland have suffered the contamination of the Turkish domination. Conversely, the Arbereshe look to the motherland to discover the elements of commonality that can still bring them back to their origins. For the remaining Arbereshe (of many Arbereshe countries today only four remain in Molise: Portocannone, Ururi, Montecilfone, Campomarino) the real difficulty is to involve young people so that traditions remain alive in the future. Young people are ashamed of speaking the Arbereshe language. Instead, it is a possibility of great cultural and historical enrichment. Even the Italian Constitution, through the article 6, establishes the importance of linguistic minorities and the government has passed a law, the 482 / 1999, which provides for the establishment of linguistic branches for their preservation. As for the POR Molise 2007-2013, the regional government has provided for numerous integration activities with the Balkan shore (Euro Adriatic Region). One wonders why the regional institutions were not as sensitive towards the "Two sides of the sea" demonstration that had only the full support of the local authorities. Subsequently Vincenzo Lombardi, an ethnomusicologist, guided the public on a journey in search of the origins of the songs and of the Arbereshe music. The professor, through listening to successive editions of the QIFTI song (the hawk), showed how such an ancient text could have evolved over the years, suffering numerous contaminations with modern musical culture, from jazz to Caribbean rhythms. According to the scholar, the identity of a people is inherent in musical heritage. Music has a symbolic meaning capable of enclosing centuries of history. Another path to the discovery of tradition was that aimed at the analysis of ancient "lamentations", ritual funeral songs that have been lost over time. The strength of the Albanian tradition, the warrior people par excellence, was also mentioned by the arbereshe artist Silvana Licursi, scholar and original interpreter of the musical repertoire of the Albanian communities in Molise. The artist claimed that to save the musical heritage of a people, texts should not be relegated to a museum. The song can be reworked according to a high modern sensibility that exalts and transmits it, albeit in a non-pure version. In conclusion, the speech by Albana Temali who illustrated the initiative of the site she founded, aimed at bringing together the works, projects and minds of the many Albanians emigrated in the world.
The evening then continued, thanks to a provident buffet, until the 21: 30, now in which the formidable musicians of the ADMIR SHKURTAJ TRIO have overwhelmed the audience with their etnojazz music. The final ovation sealed a moment of great artistic depth. Admir Shkurtaj (accordion), Giorgio Distante (trumpeter) and Redi Hasa (cello) led the audience through a suggestive sound journey on the banks of the Balkan countries. Music and dance (of the public in delirium) concluded the evening of exceptional cultural value. Once again Luca Ciarla surprised the spectators with a musical performance in which the virtuosity of his violin definitively conquered the onlookers. A concert of such beauty has not been remembered for countless years.
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