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Thomas Simaku with a CD Release on Naxos
A CD comprising 6 works performed by the Kreutzer Quartet has just been released in the UK on Naxos records,and also in USA and Canada.
Thomas Simaku is an Albanian Composer among 21st Century Classics.For more information about individual tracks, please go to Naxos website.
A new CD release of Thomas Simaku

Monument to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa - Canada
Communist Sign the petition to support the building of a Monument to the Victims of Communism, in Ottawa, Canada

To: Parliament of Canada
While the horrors of Nazism are well known, who knows that the Soviet Union murdered 20 million people? Who knows that China's dictators have slaughtered an estimated 60 million? Who knows that the Communist holocaust has exacted a death toll surpassing that of all of the wars of the 20th century combined ? Just as we must grasp Communism's brutality, we must understand the true cause of this era's most significant event: the fall of the Soviet Union. While we believe that Vaclav Havel was right when he saw the fall of the Communist empire as an event on the same scale as the fall of the Roman Empire, it was not the end of Communism. Sign and Join this petition

Who recognised KOSOVA as an Independent State?
Countries that have recognized or Announced the recognition of Republic of Kosova
We are honored and humbled that it is our generation that lives to see that day and we are aware and ready to take up the path that begins from here. Our future is with Europe.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for standing by us in the worst times. In memory of those who gave and lost their lives, and loved ones. May peace and light prevail. Countries who recognized Kosova

Boycott of Greek products in Albania
Boycott of Greek products in Albania!

Albanian nationalists, who accuse Greece of turning the country into a non-conventional colony of Greece, are using the protest to halt the rising power of Greece in the country. In 2006 Greek Imports reached EUR 406mn, while Greek investments are estimated at over EUR 400mn. Greek companies and businesses own substantial shares in the telecommunication, petroleum and financial markets in the country. Strong protests were organized by the "Cham" population, ethnic Albanians that used to live in the territory of current Greece till the end of World War II. Afterwards, they forcedly expelled from their properties. Therefore we call on you to Boycott greek products in Albania

Donation for an Albanian Bridge in Shkoder City.
Has started a project to raise funds to build a bridge in the village of "Ure e Shtrenjte", near Shkoder. In need for donation to complete this project. More ..

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Albanian Arts:

Erla Shehu — a fine artist and ILLUSTRATOR

I Am Albanian
    THE SILVER KEY WINNER OF THE BOSTON GLOBE SCHOLASTIC ART AWARDS

    2003 She is only 22 years old, but the number awards of recognition that she won all these years are significant for the full lifetime of any artist.

    From ages 8 to 13, her parents registered her in the children’s course, “The Gladness of the Eye” for drawing, in Tirana, the capital of Albania..

    By Rozi Theohari - sent exclusively to ACLIS

    During this time, she was expected to draw each challenging lighted sculpture as realistically as possible. The final goal was so that this piece would look like a three dimensional object that one could pick up from the drawing paper. As a little girl, she loved to draw and color with her markers, and she started to believe in herself and her work. She felt superior toward the other young artists, and at such a young age she had confidence and the belief that her fantasy and ability to draw, color and paint in the years to come was limitless.

    Erla remembers herself sitting at her desk for hours thinking, drawing and erasing. Aside from being inspired from each other, everything she drew and colored came purely from her imagination. Coming up with ideas, or even sticking to one idea, was often difficult and challenging, but it forced her to discover and develop her own individual style. At such a young age, it was very rewarding. It was definitely a good, training experience.

    By the end of her journey with “The Gladness of Eye”, her work was selected to compete in several exhibitions around Europe such as Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, Finland, others in Japan and many more in U.S, and Albania. She was nine years old when she won her first Silver Key award in Hungary, and since then she was awarded more prizes from US and Albanian competitions such as:

    October 1994 Silver Diploma for the outstanding achievement in the “Rainbow” international art contest organized by the Gallery of Children’s Art : Children’s Center of lake Balaton, Hungary 1996 Diploma on the Tenth International Art Exhibition for Children and young People, Finland 1997 3rd place on the competition “Dita e Neserme” Sponsored by SOROS dhe Children’s Aid Direct, Tirane, Albania 1997 1st place in the competition “Paqe, Miresi dhe Dashuri per njeri tjetrin” UNICEF ,Tirane, Albania 1998 Special Diplome in the global artistic “Shoqeria e pare permes syve te femijeve”from The International Museum of Children’s Art , hapur ne Bangkok, Tailand 1998 Representing Albania in the final selection of 1998 International Poster Contest on “Generations Living Together” sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund, Tirane Albania .

    When she turned 13, she experienced a different method of training. Her new instructor was a very well- known and respected artist in Albania. He was the first to influence her to draw from observation, and see the beauty in every simple thing. She was in love with her drawing, and suddenly her future in the art world seemed to make sense!

    After completing the 7th grade and having just turned 14, in the summer of 1999, she left her family, her childhood friends, everything she knew, to come to America where she had always been encouraged to believe that opportunities and artistic freedom were limitless. That first year she lived with her aunt and her grandmother in Salem, Massaschusetts. Her aunt helped her get into Collins Middle School. Erla remembers she knew little to no English, therefore she was not able to understand her classmates and most importantly her teachers. The experience and the culture shock challenged her both mentally and physically. Determined to learn the language she put aside the possibility of a social life. Everyday, after school she stayed on the grandmother’s room to work on her homework, read, write, and study until midnight. She says: “It did not take me long until I was finally able to communicate with my classmates and understand my teachers, and thank them for all their patients with me. At the end of the year, I was awarded as one of the best two students graduating from Collins Middle school in 2000. This was a great accomplishment for me, and a time when I was reminded that hard work always pays off. “

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Albanian Arts:

VORPSI PRESENTS ALBANIA THE WAY IT IS

Albanian Letters
    Ornela Vorpsi, a young Albanian author who writes in Italian, has spoken about her choice of language
    Ornela Vorpsi
    at a meeting at Galassia Gutenberg, the international book fair hosted by Naples´ Castel dell´Ovo until April 4. Vorpsi presented her tome "It´s The Land Where No One Dies" - the first book that Einaudi publishing house has produced from a French translation, despite the fact it was originally planned and written in Italian.

    The voice comes from Albania to tell its everyday life the way no one has done so far, Vorpsi said. According to the author, the translated work of Albanian writers offer a certain image of the country almost always present it in an epic tone.

    "Albania is a strange country, it suffers from an odd megalomania, and probably that is why there is no word for humbleness in Albanian. That is why the book is dedicated to this word," she said.

    The story is about women and for women because it is natural for her. "I lived with my mother, my father was a political prisoner. The narrator is a girl who is growing up and facing challenges in life," Vorpsi said.

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Albanian Arts:

Agim Zajmi - Scenography, Painter, Professor

Albanian Culture
    AGIM ZAJMI: Scenography, Painter, Professor in the Fine arts Akademy of Tirana, Albania,
    Agim Zajmi
    President of "Figurative artists of Albania Association".

    Rewarded with titles "People's Painter", "Deserved Artist", "Professor" etc.

    Born in Tirana, Albania, on november 28 1936, studies and then

    Art Graduated Painter and specialized painting of Stage design & Costume designer in Arts Academy of Saint-Petersburg, Russia. From 1961 and on, he was a stage design painter in National Theater of Opera and Dancing, also most of time in Albanian National Theater, Tirana. It also works often with theatres of Pristina(Kosovo) and Skopje(Former republic of Macedonia). Participant in different International festivals of Theaters as a stage designer painter.

    From 1978, until today, he began to works as professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana.

    Participant in different exhibitions aboard, as in France, Italy, United Kingdom, Turkey, Romania, Austria, Egypt, etc.

    His paintings are now part of the selected collection of National Art Gallery of Albania and of different collections in and are exposed currently in various countries of the world.

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Albanian Arts:

Fadil Berisha - Top Professional Photographer

Albanian People
    Albanian born photographer, Fadil Berisha, has
    Fadil Berisha
    been living and working out of New York City for the last 22 years.

    As a fashion photographer with extensive experience, he has worked with Avon, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom's and others for their catalogues.

    His editorial work has appeared nationally and internationally in Elle, Vogue, Mademoiselle, Seventeen, People Magazine ("50 Most Beautiful"), YM and more. Mr. Berisha has had the pleasure of working with several celebrities including: Halle Berry, Tyra Banks, President Bill Clinton, Snoop Dog, Sugar Shane Mosley, Jennifer Beals, Beverly Johnson, Robert Evans, Jamie Lynn Sigler. He has recently worked with the Miss Universe Organization as official photographer, shooting Miss Teen, Miss USA, and Miss Universe. Fadil has also appeared on several television network specials such as: MTV ("Made: The Making of a Model"), E ("True Hollywood Story: Halle Berry"), ABC, NBC ("Extra"), The WB, and CBS.

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Albanian Arts:

World's largest nail mosaic hammered out

ALBANIA
    REUTERS



    By Benet Koleka

    TIRANA (Reuters) - Albanian artist Saimir Strati has hammered tens of thousands of nails into a wooden board over the past 24 days to create a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci and the world's biggest nail mosaic.
    "I can officially confirm that we have a new record
    Saimir Strati speaks in front of the portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci, which he created with industrial nails, at the International Centre of Culture in Tirana, September 4, 2006. REUTERS/Arben Celi
    for the largest nail mosaic of eight square metres,"
    Guinness World Records adjudicator Scott Christie said late on Monday.

    The mosaic stood in the main hall of Tirana's pyramid-shaped culture centre, exactly where a larger-than-life sculpture of the late Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha used to stand.

    Large-headed nails shone in the light falling on the sides of Da Vinci's flowing grey beard. Smaller black tapestry nails created shadow below his eyes and chin. Three rows of yellow nails framed the portrait.

    "I have lost count of the nails, but I think it was around 400 kilos (880 pounds) of nails. I have used different nails. The condition was they should be industrial nails and they are," Strati said.

    "My technique resembles (digital) camera pixels. I have used a nail for each pixel," he told Reuters.
    A video record of the feat showed him nailing away for up to 12 hours a day. "This is something quite unique and quite spectacular," Christie told Reuters, adding the mosaic is "a completely new category" for Guinness.
    "We did not know quite what to expect before we came, but we are amazed and truly astounded at the fantastic work he has done, days and nights and hour upon hour," he added.
    "Someone will have to try to beat that, but I do not think it will be beaten for some time."

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Albanian Arts:

Tinka Kurti - the best known albanian actresses

Albanian People
    Tinka Kurti (born December 17, 1932) is one of the finest and best known Albanian actresses.
    Tinka Kurti
    Her body of work, in about 60 years of acting, includes tens of movies and hundreds of plays. She is credited for having brought to life more than 300 different characters.

    Tinka was born in the Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was the oldest of 4 children. She lived most of her life in the city of Shkodra in northern Albania

    Her first theatre appearance came when she was 16, as a minor role in the play Dasma Shkodrane (Wedding from Shkodra.) Her performance was so impressive that at 17 she was chosen to act as a leading role in the first Albanian film “Tana.” What followed was an endless series of roles that would rightfully make her name a treasure of the Albanian art.
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Albanian Arts:

Ibrahim Kodra - Honour of the Nation

Albanian People

    Ibrahim Shaban Likmetaj Kodra (born April 22, 1918) is an Albanian artist. He was born in
    Ibrahim Kodra Painting
    Ishmi, Albania. In 1938, he went to Italy to study in a Fine Arts University, where he won a scholarship from the Italian government as an emerging talent.He had many other personal expos all around the world, including:

    Collective exposition in "Paradise" with Picasso, Dali, Matta, Ernst, Levi, Panseca, Braque etc.

    Collective expo in the "Stone Gallery" in Newcastle with Corneille, Gear, Gleghorn, Michaux, Millares etc.

    Numerous collectives in Milan, The Stone Gallery in Newcastle, "Senator" in Stuttgart, and also in the "New Art Center" in Zurich. Personal expo in Modern Art Gallery in Prishtina. Personal expos in Princess Hall in New York, "2D Gallery" in Sassari.

    His works are in the Museum of Vatican, in the Room of Deputies in Rome, in private collections all around the world. In 1996 he won the “Honour of the nation” award from Albania.
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Albanian Arts:

Yllka Mujo - queen of the Albanian theatre

ALBANIA

    By Iva Tico


    Whereas the last witnesses leave the armchairs of the theatre, Yllka Mujo peacefully goes up the internal staircases which carry out in its cabin of make-up.
    Actress Yllka Mujo
    It is stripped before wishing the good night with the colleagues and setting out again at it.

    One does not imagine, while seeing it, who comes to pass by a swirl émotions by playing Tchékhov. In the same part, it is transformed on several occasions, by playing a role with opposé of that who incarnait in film "Letters in the wind", or in preceding "the red Flowers, black flowers".
    So certain actors complain about the too rare possibilities offered the directors, for Yllka Mujo, this season was blessed.

    And not only with the theatre, who had privileged this last decade, while thinking nothing but did prepare on the plances with its next great role.
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