Today's news begins yesterday, when at nine o'clock in the evening Cashku went on television to Vizion Plus, host of the "Zone e Lire" program directed by Arian Cani, who tell me that this is one of the most popular programs. The press room was packed with people yesterday and I bought a bottle of konjak for the occasion.
I really liked the modern cut of this television column, aesthetically it seemed even better than many of our analogous programs in Italy and when the presenter announced Kujtim Cashku, the end of the world broke out here.
In addition to him in the studio there was a former minister, now a deputy of the Democratic Party, Aldo Bumçi and Mentor Nazarko, a columnist. A short summary of the events of these days introduced the debate and Cashku presented his film in which he shows in what conditions is the Kinostudio showing all the abandoned buildings and spaces that are here, with lots of syringes lying around and stray dogs, without hiding, in the words with which it illustrates the video, its indictment against the government who wants to take away a space from him to give it to others without paying any attention to this public good left to his fate.
A week later this thing has taken on another meaning now.
This legal "casus" has turned into a cultural debate that I hope will not end in a short time.
In fact the focus of the debate is precisely on the vision and planning of the artistic and cultural world and sees on one hand the rigidity of government and on the other the need for a community that needs a space in which to express its art.
The borders of the current regulations do not allow this debate and do not express the will to reflect the changes due to the cultural evolution and the needs of this new generation grown up in democracy in view of Europe.
Moreover the experience of this Academy demonstrates how it is possible to use foreign money here to create something solid and efficient, something that is then able to walk on its own legs without always having to depend on foreign cooperations and NGOs, and it is the first case here in Tirana of architectural and environmental recovery of the suburbs, which, as the experience of the other European capitals shows, is also a social and urban recovery.
They warn me that the police have arrived, I fear the worst and instead they tell me that it is the "Policia Bashkiake" that has come to defend the trees in the garden, as they are considered public green and therefore cannot be killed without the mayor's permission. Good news for the two centuries-old olive trees that exist and what poor things had nothing to do with this story.
Here in the press room you are collecting all the articles that have been written on the subject during the week in view of a unitary publication in a book that I believe will be the first product of this matter which will probably be followed by a film and then I don't know what other, but the most positive result of these events is that of having done the precedent as a cultural debate, of having brought the attention of the media to the need for an urgent modification of the current legislation on education and culture, in a legislative context that everyone here in Albania recognizes that they are still in deficit even though many steps forward have been made since the fall of communism.
In short, to conclude, even if the fate of the school is still uncertain and in the hands of government decisions, all this experience is serving not only to the students of the Academy for their personal civic and artistic growth, but to the whole Albanian community (favorable or not to the school) as this desire for space and freedom and its relative battle, are the first step (hopefully) of a civil growth that must lead the country towards a political and cultural life worthy of a European country, where I personally hope that Albania will enter as soon as possible since it is fully a Mediterranean country and one of the Balkan countries that has the most chances for development thanks to its artistic and natural heritage.
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