Albanian Flag Day Celebration in St. Louis, MO

ALBANIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

On Thursday, November 20, 2014 a program to celebrate Albanian Independence Day will be held at the Macklind International Senior Center, 1329 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110. The event, which runs from 10:30 until noon, will feature traditional music, poetry, a photography, exhibition and refreshments. Participants will include Albanian senior citizens who attend the center, their families and local government officials.

The event commemorates November 28, 1912 when Albania became free after 500 years of Ottoman Empire rule.

Macklind International Senior Center is sponsored by Bilingual International Assistant Services, a non-profit agency that provides health, wellness and social services for foreign born individuals. The Senior Center is Missouri’s only multi-cultural program that provides daily lunches and activities for older immigrants and refugees. For more information, please contact Jason Baker at (314) 645-7800, jason.baker@bilingualstl.org. www.bilingualstl.org

Anastas Arthur Tashko

One of the greatest modern painters of Albanian origin, Anastas Arthur Tashko was born in Korca, Albania, in 1901.  He moved to the USA in 1923, where he studied at Harvard Law School.   He was the brother of Kostandin and Tefta, both great Albanian, American personalities. Arthur moved to Spain and later Colombia, dedicating his life to modern painting, and becoming one of the most famous painters in Latin America.   Below is one of his works entitled COMPOSICION CUBISTA CON MUJER EN VERDE Y ROSA

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Tashko passed away in 1994 in Bogota. His work is displayed in Galleries all over the World.

Famous Modern Albanian Painters

Frosina is pleased to acknowledge the work of four great Albanian painters, whose life and work was  mostly placed outside of the country.

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They are:

1. Ali Rasih Dino [1913 - 1993], originally of Chameria;

2. Lin Delija [1926 - 1994], of Shkodra;

3. Lika Janko [1928 - 2001] of Sofia, Bulgaria, but originally from Gramsh, Albania, and

4. Anastas Arthur Tashko [1901 - 1994], of Korça.

In 2009 the Albanian Postal Services dedicated a special stamp series to this group of great painters, called the Albanian Diaspora Painters, shown in the above image. We will write more about their work in the future.  Stay tuned

Prizren – Europe’s newest cultural capital…

The ancient city of Prizren, where so many Balkan cultures intermingle, is increasingly becoming not only Kosovo’s cultural center, but in a sense, it could be considered as Europe’s newest cultural capital.

These days, more precisely from 16 – 24 August 2014, the very successful Doku Tech is taking place in Prizren.

Similarly, DokuFest, focused on documentary films, was organized as well. According to the Guardian of London, “the festival is now in its 13th year, and will see 10,000 tickets sold for 250 films shown in nine venues over one hot week. Its growing reputation attracts filmmakers from all over the world.”

But sounds of music are also big in the public squares of this beautiful city.

A music festival called “Listen!”- already in its fourth edition – is also taking place in Prizren, where 18 groups from countries like Germany, the U.S. the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia and Albania are taking part.

According to worldbulletin.net, ”A member of a Macedonian music group noted that they came to Kosovo even though they were not invited. “Because” he added “We heard this fest is extremely entertaining. As we see people love this fest.”

But Prizren has much more to offer, such as its impressive old fortress, the Sinan Pasha Mosque, the Church of Our Lady of Ljevis and, of course, the site and museum of the Albanian League of Prizren.

And we are not even mentioning Prizren’s amazingly rich culinary experience.

 

 

Twighlights of the Eastern Gods, by Ismail Kadare

“Kadare, the widely respected Albanian novelist and poet, has remained under-appreciated in the English-speaking world due to the long absence of English translations of his works. We have David Bellos to thank for this new translation – published on 7 August by Canongate Books – of a book originally published in 1978, and only translated into French in 1981.”  More on Kadare’s latest book in English

Edi Rama: Take back your city with paint

Edi Rama at TEDTalks

Edi Rama at TEDTalks

Here is a fascinating account of how the artist in Edi Rama beautified the image of Tirana:

Make a city beautiful, curb corruption. Edi Rama took this deceptively simple path as mayor of Tirana, Albania, where he instilled pride in his citizens by transforming public spaces with colorful designs. With projects that put the people first, Rama decreased crime — and showed his citizens they could have faith in their leaders

Full story here: http://on.ted.com/ERama

Open Source Conference in Tirana, Albania, 3, 4 May 2014

OSCAL, ose ndryshe Open Source Conference Albania, është konferenca e parë në Shqipëri dedikuar teknologjive open source si Wikipedia, Linux, WordPress, Mozilla etj. Pëmbajtja e konferencës konsiston në prezantime, trajnime dhe projeksione te ndryshme rreth teknologjive me burim të hapur dhe fushës së informacionit gjatë fundjavës së parë te muajit Maj, më specifikisht gjatë datës 3 dhe 4 Maj 2014. Konferenca konsiderohet e para në këtë fushë dhe pritet që pjesa më e madhe e të pranishmëve të jenë të rinj. Numri i partnerëve mediatik është në rritje e sipër gjë që do kontriboje dhe në numrin e konsiderueshëm të pjesmarrësve. 

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