The 8 August 1991, the Vlora ship arrives at the port of Bari from Albania, with a human load of about twenty thousand people.
A sculpture ship, a work of art, a symbol of Albanian gratitude was placed in the space in front of the maritime station of the pier San Vito, visible at the entrance of the Maritime Station, the arrival point of ships from Albania.
After 28 years of the historic event of the exodus of the Albanians, where over 20.000 people landed the 8 August 1991 from the Vlora ship docked at the eastern pier of the port of Bari, we want to remember and thank in gratitude the city of Bari and the Port Authorities for the reception received.
On the morning of 4, August 2018, the cultural association "Noi che l'Arte", which has as its purpose the promotion of young artists, has delivered the artistic work to the commercial port of Bari "The ship of hope" of the Albanian sculptress Ledi Shabani.
"The Ship of Hope", my dedication to create a work that keeps alive the historical memory of our countries.
On that occasion, in the room of the Committee of the Port System Authority of the Southern Adriatic Sea in Bari took place the ceremony of delivery of the sculptural work, in the presence of the President, Avv. Prof. Ugo Patroni Griffi, of Dr. Luana Alita Micheli, Consul General of Italy in the City of Vlora (Albania), of the Councilor for Cultures of the Municipality of Bari, Silvio Maselli, representing the Mayor Antonio Decaro, the President of the Stella Maris Association - Santa Chiara and Port Chaplain of Bari, Mons. Franco Lanzolla, of the CV (CP) Luigi Leotta, representing Admiral Giuseppe Meli Commander of the Port Authority of Bari.
The plastic work "The Ship of Hope" was placed in the space in front of the maritime station of the San Vito pier to commemorate the 8 event of 28 years ago and express gratitude to the city of Bari and the Port Authorities for the welcome received from the many Albanians landed in the 1991 from the Vlora ship docked in the port of Bari.
From today "La Nave della Speranza" will be visible at the entrance to the Maritime Station, the arrival point for ships from Albania.
- An artistic ship, the work of Ledi Shabani, in the name of "Mikpritja" - "Hospitality"
- Bari, the 28 years since the landing of the Vlora ship with 20 thousand Albanians
- Ledi Shabani - Albania in Puglia, art as a bridge