Thursday 27 September 2018 in Rome, at 17: 30, the conference will be held entitled "The Arvanites and the Arbëreshë united in the Byzantine language, traditions and rite", promoted by the Constantinian angelic academy of Letters, Arts and Sciences - Associazione Angelo-Comneno Onlus.
After the institutional greetings of Alessio Angelo (Comneno of Tessaglia) and of the Hon. Carla Mazzuca, attending the conference, the deputy governor of the Aryan-born Attica, Petros Filippou and Dr. Virgilio Avato. This will be followed by a musical intervention on songs of the Tradition arvanita with Maestro Spiros Brembos.
Who are the Arvanites
The Arvanites are an Albanian population of Orthodox religion who settled in Greece between the 12th and 13th centuries, especially in some regions such as the Morea (Peloponnese) and Attica, creating numerous communities, around 900 still existing today, influencing and constituting the dominant element of the population of these regions until the 19th century.
Their culture - like that of the Arbëreshë - is determined by characteristic elements, which are found in the language, religion, customs, traditions, uses, art, gastronomy, still jealously preserved, with the awareness of belonging to a specific and ancient ethnic group.
Petros Filippou - graduated in archeology, he is the deputy governor of Attica. Before becoming a deputy governor, he was mayor of Kalyvia. Of arvanite origin he has written several books on arvaniti, a Greek population of Albanian origin. In the past he was awarded the "Stella d'Italia" Order of Order Knight by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.
Carla Mazzuca - is the descendant of a Calabrian arbëreshë family that came from an ancient arvanite family of Corone, whose ancestor was one of the seven noble generals alongside Giorgio Castriota Skanderbeg in the fifteenth century. Professional journalist was editor in chief of the RCS. Member of Parliament for three terms, two in the Chamber of Deputies and one in the Senate of the Republic where, as President of the Commission for Children, he carried out the Law against the sexual exploitation of minors and the Reform of the law on adoptions.
Virgilio Avato - of arbëreshe family, graduated in German Language and Literature at the University of Heidelberg. For decades active in ecumenical dialogue, he has organized conferences, lectures and meetings between Catholic and Orthodox personalities. He is currently delegate of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxie (IAO) for relations with Catholic institutions. The IAO counts hundreds of Orthodox parliamentarians from all over the world.
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