The Albanian Culture Week in Parma starts the 22 next November and concludes Sunday 28, day of the 98th anniversary of Albanian independence. In short, the planned initiatives and an interview with Gentian Alimadhi, President of the Scanderbeg Association, organizer of the event.
From next Monday for seven consecutive days, the Scanderbeg Association of Parma organizes the Albanian Culture Week in this city. 11 initiatives including exhibitions, concerts and public meetings to bring citizenship closer to Albanian culture and society.
The event that accompanies the entire week is the photo exhibition on Ismail Qemali , one of the founding fathers of the Albanian state and President of the Constituent Assembly that proclaimed independence on November 28 1912. From 22 to November 28 you can visit it at the Galleria delle Colonne in Parma. On Thursday 25 there is the show "Nëntori i dytë - The Second November".
Mirush Kabashi , renowned Albanian theater artist and director, Scores for Scutari Orkestra and the Scanderbeg Folk Dance School group, will offer a suggestive immersion in Albanian music, dance and dramaturgy.
Three meetings on literature: Monday 22, Darling Vlora, great-grandson of Ismail Qemali, presents his book "Albania and Albanians", on Tuesday 23 will be an evening of poetry: young and potential poets from all over the world will read their poems collected in a publication by Scanderbeg and Adunanze Poetiche, instead Sunday 28 November, Darien Levani and Paolo Muner will talk with Darina Zeqiri about their books: a collection of stories about immigration entitled "One way, thanks!" that of Levani, A Scutarian story, historical essay on Albania that of Muner.
There will also be three meetings on society and associations: on Wednesday 24 will be the Parmesans telling how they met Albania also through videos and photos, on Friday 26 will present the FARE network, Albanian Associations Forum in Emilia Romagna, and the historical documentary will be projected "Albania the country of fronte", Instead Saturday 27 will talk about Albanian media and associations, this last initiative organized in collaboration with Albania News.
As many moments dedicated to the Association and its members: Monday 22 presents the Scanderbeg 2011 Calendar, on Wednesday 24, the ASD Scanderbeg, first in the ranking of Group B of the Third Category of Parma, will perform a friendly match, Instead Sunday 28 November, on the occasion of Independence Day, in the usual dinner of the association, palate and hearing will prevail: Parmesan and Albanian specialties to be enjoyed under the rhythms of Albanian music.
AlbaniaNews has contacted Gentian Alimadhi, President of the Association, to ask her some questions about the Albanian Culture Week which surely requires a lot of energy, human resources and a strict organization.
Culture and society seem to be the key words of the 2010 Albanian Culture Week. Which one waits with more enthusiasm, and which ones, in your opinion, are the most frequented by the Albanian community of Parma and its surroundings, and the one that will attract the most curiosity of the Parma people?
This year we have tried - in collaboration with the other associations of the city and the region - to saturate in a certain sense what may be the needs of the Albanian and Italian citizens who follow us. Certain activities reflect the themes treated even in past years such as video projection of documentaries, photographic exhibitions and concerts. Our bet this time will be the response of the public regarding the evenings that deal with particular issues such as the poetic meeting where young aspiring poets gather to read their poems, or the evening entitled "Trid c'me Albania" "Which in the Parmesan dialect means" as poor as Albania ". This last evening, in my opinion it will be the most interesting as we will see the Parmesans' point of view on the country of the eagles recently discovered by them. To respond more directly to the question, all evenings will be followed even if not by the same people. In short, there is something for all tastes.
Would "Trid 'c'me Albania" mean "poor like Albania"?
Yes. It is a story linked to the First World War where Austrian soldiers gave the Albanian soldiers grappa and they reciprocated by offering fine-cut tobacco. Therefore, considering that Albania was poor and at the same time famous for its tobacco, then to symbolize poverty it was said precisely: Trid (minced fine) c'me (like) Albania.
On Monday 22 November, at the 20.10, at the Galleria delle Colonne in Parma, you will present the "Scanderbeg 2011" calendar. What is it?
This year, for the first time, we came up with the idea of going out with a calendar of our own, with photos chosen mostly from the Scanderbeg activity archive. The photos are beautiful and were taken by young photographers, members of the association.
Compared to last year, the Albanian Culture Week offers Albanian and Italian citizens more events. What are the right ingredients to be able to organize 11 initiatives on seven consecutive days?
The group. It may seem banal and repetitive but our strength is the group and the desire to carry out our objectives, the first of which is the enhancement of Albanian culture, history and art for the purpose of a natural integration of our compatriots into the fabric social environment in which we live.
Have I noticed that you have organized some initiatives in collaboration with other Albanian and Italian associations? Could it be the path to follow in the future in a context like that of associations in which there are less and less funds available?
By now this road is indispensable for the purposes of achieving the aforementioned objectives in a broader context from a territorial point of view. The FARE network, the Albanian Associations Forum in Emilia Romagna, recently founded and of which Scanderbeg is a part, is an example of a broader association.
You have chosen for your posters photos that recall Albania and the Albanian culture. The same logo of the Association depicts the Albanian national flag and the double-headed eagle opens in the center to accommodate the face of Scanderbeg. With the climate that runs in Italy towards migrants, aren't you exposing yourself too much? Will the Parmesans understand?
I believe that the conditions are now ripe for being able to present ourselves before the community, that it hosts us and gives us the opportunity to study and work, in a decisive and true way, with our characteristics and our originality, both from a historical and a social point of view. cultural.
Four years after his birth, I counted at least four activities of the Scanderbeg Association that have continuity and are consolidating: the football team, the Albanian Culture Week, the language school at
banese for children and the Albanian folk dance school. Is there so much desire for community or is it the Scanderbeg group that wants to induce Albanian citizens not to lose their origins?
Both ingredients are necessary in order to have the right charge and be able to keep up such an extensive and well-equipped organization.
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