A report by Darina from Parma to the "Etnogusti" initiative, organized by the Scanderbeg Association in collaboration with other associations.
Villa Fulcini is an old splendid patronal house, with an immense garden kept with almost obsessive care in San Polo di Torrile in the province of Parma. Far from the noises of the Provincial and with the due discretion for the neighborhood, the 5 last June the sky of San Polo together with the moon and its stars that illuminated the green of Villa Fulcini, began to observe the founding of so many rhythmic cultures of music and pots on the fire. "Etnogusti 2010", this is the title of the initiative that the Albanian Association "Scanderbeg" carries on for the fourth consecutive year, also availing itself of the participation of other community representations coming from the whole province of Parma, as well as Modena, Forlì, Reggio Emilia, Bologna and Ravenna. A wonderful preview awaiting the great event was offered by the very sweet 1 June "Children's Festival" in Albania, celebrated late for the closure of the first year of the language school Albanian Association Scanderbeg. In a show the children put themselves to the test proving to those present what they had learned during the school. The first year report cards were not missing, and among the small gifts, jokes, lots of fun, the very young actors who performed poems and prose by the great figures of Albanian culture in their mother tongue, later dived into the dance floor under the notes of Lady Gaga . "Etnogusti" is above all a pleasure on the table, where the kitchens of the different ethnic groups blend together giving each other unique pleasures to be shared together. Everyone at the table! Put together the byrek, pilaf rice, kebab, qofte, cous cous and pizza, all stuffed with so much willingness and desire to know and you will get the unique magic of an evening of integration. Man is what he eats. Italians, Albanians, Egyptians, Tunisians and Croats have all lined up to savor the delicacies that professional and improvised cooks have been able to serve with the simplicity of a smile, like the Albanian journalist Anila Kadija, Vice-President of the Scanderbeg Association and Director of homonymous Albanian language school, dealing with rice pilaf with veal sauce and the very famous qofte or meatballs of Korça, the city where the first Albanian school took place. Different cultures, distant and often opposing cultures, found themselves in complete symbiosis under the call of integration. Because integration does not mean accepting but knowing and appreciating the diversity of others. And this "Scanderbeg" of Parma knows this well, organizing events with a single continuous tenacity that increasingly attract the attention of the associations of various ethnic groups for an increasingly close collaboration. And as in any self-respecting multicultural party to wake up the soul of the participants is the music of your country, which leads them to be warmer and closer to everyone.It is Albert Bekja, Albanian talented director and choreographer, along with his group Albanian volunteer ballet dancer to open the dances and give the first sign of union. His first dancer is not his wife for the first time. The wonderful dancer Lindita Sota Bekja, for the occasion wanted to leave her place to the very Italian Lidia Grandi, a physics teacher, in the role of an elegant girl from Ciameria (an Albanian region taken from Greece) that bringing light on her shoulder the full amphora of water collected in the nearby river does not yield to the courtship of his beloved. Janni Cajku, an Albanian journalist transplanted to Milan, did not want to miss this event that he had of the unusual. Anticlassist by nature and accustomed to the disappointments given by those who say they bring culture but discriminate by color of skin, smiling, I confirm his great satisfaction in seeing everyone in their place, none higher than the other. To warm up the atmosphere of the evening there was also the Tunisian musical ensemble with the typical national music together with the Latin-American dance animators who called everyone on the track to go wild. Finally, the belly dancer's performance captured everyone's admiration for the elegance expressed in such a sensual dance.
Young and old, parents and children, students and workers, foreigners yes, but also Italians grappling with what shows them the best: being themselves and feeling at home even where they live in a thousand nationalities.
At the end of the leftovers in the kitchen and the last dance steps that could still be held it was late at night. The "Good night" given to everyone in Italian is proof of how we can all be together to have fun and share emotions without ever noticing opposition but differences that increase souls. An example of desired coexistence and carried out with the strength of tolerance that opens the door to knowledge and cultural enrichment.
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