It is now customary that the Albanian associations in Italy organize themselves to commemorate the national holidays in the diaspora. Pistoia was one of these - between the 28 November and the 2 December - theArbëria Association organized the week of Albanian culture, in the city designated as the Italian capital for 2017 culture. Against the background of this commemoration, the event succeeded in its aim of creating moments of culture, celebration and sharing, trying to unite Albania, the historic Arbëresh community in Italy and the Italian cultural influence on Albanians today.
Even the place where the event took place is not accidental, the historic center and the municipal library as a testimony of successful integration lived in close contact in the cultural as well as social and economic fabric of the city. The Albanian community has also created a form of direct representation by strengthening dialogue and socio-cultural development paths.
The involvement in this sharing week was meant to be twofold. On the one hand, there was a strong need to involve Albanian citizens, and in particular the new generations, children born in Italy to Albanian parents who grow up with a tension between a culture of "adoption" and a culture of origin that they feel as distant and alien to them, with the risk of losing the wealth of a heritage that is ever less handed down to them.
On the other hand, they also wanted to involve the local Italian community, associations and Italian institutions, with the aim of showing them the cultural, literary, artistic, musical and even gastronomic values of the Albanian culture, and thus contributing to intensifying same meaning of the award granted to the city of Pistoia, providing instruments of dialogue and constructive public confrontation between great cultural and historical values of national importance.
The celebrations of the Albanian associations are not only folkloristic
The first day, the 28 November, at 17, at the San Giorgio library in Pistoia, the Albanian Culture Week exhibition was inaugurated for the first time in the city. "Fantastic Albania" di Ibrahim Kodra, a great artist who lived on art throughout the twentieth century.
Called "the father of a new civilization of the world" and "the last of the Cubists", Picasso's great friend and fighter in the Italian resistance, with his painting was inspirational both in Albania and in Italy.
The exhibition contains serigraphic works dedicated to Albania, Arbëria and Italy, and was illustrated and integrated thanks to the documentary projected later and to the participation of the president of the I. Kodra Foundation, Fatos Faslliu, founded in Lugano with the aim of spreading the work of the painter and to carry out social and cultural projects for children and young people from the countries of the communist bloc. On that occasion, a work dedicated by the Maestro to Sandro Pertini, "Man of Peace" was also exhibited only for the 28.
Together with the exhibition, a documentary literary journey has been set up, entitled "A bridge over the Adriatic", dedicated to the life and works of some of the Albanian authors and characters, protagonists of classical and modern literature in the country, who lived their lives and their art between the Albanian context and the Italian cultural influence. A moment of reading stories of the Albanian tradition followed, thanks to the participation of Gino Luka, author and translator of fables and historical texts of the Albanian language.
Moments of culture, art and literature have merged with moments of folklore, dancing and good food in the gala evening "Flag Festival" the day 29 November and in the festive procession organized on November 26 in the historic center of Pistoia.
All the aspects that the Albanian culture and the Italian culture must be able to share moments of institutional, cultural and folkloric festivity with dance and traditional dances.
The events organized by the Arbëria Association were made possible thanks to the contribution of the Municipality of Pistoia, the Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia and Pescia Foundation, the Migra Foundation and the participation of the San Giorgio Library.
At the end of the activities, the Arbëria Association donated a nucleus of books in Albanian to the San Giorgio Library, which will be available to everyone, especially women who will subsequently take education courses.
Art, literature and great classical and modern masters. The week of Albanian culture in Pistoia, 2017. #28nentori #albania
Posted by Arbëria, Association of Albanian Community of Pistoia on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Article by Suada Olldashi
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