Tirana, January 13, 2014/Balkan Independent News Agency
In a private way, artists from Albania have largely penetrated into Kosovo. The same thing has also happened with Kosovar artists who are very successful in Albania.
But, support from both states for joint art and culture has been small. Artists with private incentives alone have hosted concerts in both countries. Privately owned TV networks have also played an important role in promoting artists.
For 2014, the ministers of culture of both countries say that they have concrete plans to hold joint activities in the domain of art and culture.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport of Kosovo, the well known singer, Memli Krasniqi and the Minister of Culture of Albania, Mirela Kumbaro Furxhi, (photo), have spoken for a joint artistic agenda between Albania and Kosovo, in a meeting held during the weekend in Prizren.
Mrs. Kumbaro says that regional cooperation in the domain of culture is one of the priorities of the Ministry of Culture, but also of the new government of Albania.
“We aim to create a pan Albanian cultural space which is supported institutionally, where the cultural space of the two countries is treated as one, but which has more centers. In these centers (Tirana, Pristina, but others too), artistic works and culture must communicate freely. The circulation of artistic works and culture must not be left to spontaneity”, says minister Kumbaro.
Kumbaro mentions several concrete engagements of the ministry that she leads for the first three months of the new government.
“We have promoted the full works of Ali Podrimja in cooperation with the Academy of Sciences of Kosovo. Measures were taken for a special presentation of publications from Kosovo in the book fair which takes place every end of the year in Tirana”.
Minister of Culture of Kosovo, Memli Krasniqi says that in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Albania, Rexhep Ferri’s exhibition opened at the National Gallery. He also says that the two ministries enabled the promotion of several books by Kosovar authors in Tirana and the participation of several artists from Kosovo in the “Onufri” modern art contest at the National Gallery in Tirana.
The two ministers say that work is being done to harmonize laws on art and culture and to draft a joint artistic schedule.
“Preparations are currently being made for a big meeting between heads of art institutions of Kosovo and Albania in order to prepare a joint cultural program”, says Mrs. Kumbaro./ibna/