Closure of the 16th edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit” DITËT E NAIMIT
Closure of the 16th edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit”
DITËT E NAIMIT: OPENING IN TETOVA, CLOSURE IN PRISHTINA
From October 18 to 21, the 16th Edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" took place in Tetova, Prizren and Prishtina. This cultural milestone was organized in the year of the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Albanian state in cooperation with the State University of Tetova and with PEN Kosova. A series of literary, artistic and cultural activities took place within three days. The festival was attended by over 30 poets from different countries of the world, like: USA, Argentina, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Morroco, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey, Great Britain, Slovenia, Macedonia Albania and Kosova.
The festive opening of the 16th edition was marked by fireworks in front of the Centre of Culture in Tetova. In the beginning, the director of the Festival Shaip Emërllahu, the laureate Tua Forsström, the chairman of the Writers’ Association of Kosova Adem Demaçi, and the dean of the State University of Tetova Vullnet Ahmeti deposited bouquets of flowers in front of the statue of the Albanian national poet Naim Frashëri in the centre of Tetova. This statue was erected by the Direction of the Festival on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death. After that, the exposition “100 Years of Independence” of the painter Miftar Mehmeti was opened in the foyer of the Centre of Culture.
The 16th edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit” was opened ceremonially by the Director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, who said among others: “During the trajectory of 16 years of the Festival, dozens of bridges of dialogue have been built between representatives of Albanian literature, art and culture, as well as between this immaterial Albanian world and others. The communication and interaction of this cultural and literary format with other literatures through a way-showing infrastructure has made the Albanian outlook on literature, poetry, and art and culture in general formulate also other approaches, to have them circulate with time.”
Welcoming speeches for the public were held by the chairman of the Writers’ Association of Kosova and patriot Adem Demaçi, and the dean of the State University of Tetova, Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ahmeti.
During the literary hour “Poetic Globe”, many poets read their poems. The Director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, presented the laureate from Finland, Tua Forsström, with the major award “Naim Frashëri” and the title “Honorary Member of the Festival”.
Likewise, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the coronation of the efforts of the Albanians for independence, the Direction of the Festival conferred the title “Honorary Member of the Festival” to the writer and patriot Adem Demaçi. Up to now, the title “Honorary Member of the Festival” has been given to well-known writers and intellectuals like Ismail Kadare (Albania), Desmond Egan (Ireland), Thomas Tidholm (Sweden), Manlio Argueta (El Salvador), Abdellatif Laâbi (Morocco), Peter Poulsen (Denmark), Lionel Ray (France), Eva Lipska (Poland), Craig Czury (USA) usw.
On the second day of the programme, the laureate Tua Forsström was presented in the amphitheatre of the State University of Kosova. The chairman of the Jury, Ymer Çiraku, spoke about her creative work, whereas the dean Vullnet Ahmeti handed her the emblem of the University.
Subsequently, the poets visited the tekke “Arabati Baba” in Tetova, where the spiritual leaders of this tekke honoured the poets with a lunch.
On the afternoon of the second day of the Festival, the poets went to Prizren and on the following day to Prishtina in Kosova. The literary hour “Poets and verses” was held in Prizren, whereas the closing evening took place in the National Theatre in Prishtina, where the poets were welcomed by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hajdin Abazi, and the chairman of PEN Kosova, Basri Çapriqi. During the great literary hour “Poetic Meridians”, the other literary prizes of the Festival were awarded. So the literary award "Ditët e Naimit” for one's career in the field of poetry was awarded to the Albanian poet Rudolf Marku, the prize for special poetic values “Menada” was given to the Moroccan poet Mohammed El Amraoui, the literary prize for the best poetry cycle “Oeneum” was awarded to Donika Dabishevci, whereas “Naim’s Candle” arrived in the hands of the Ukrainian poet Anna Bagriana.
Besides, the Direction has published the anthology of the poets participating in this edition “Ëndërr e shituar”, edited by Shaip Emërllahu, and the poetry book of the Algerian poet Nouar Abidi with the title “Tetova, this Beautiful Woman”.
The opening of the 16th Edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" was broadcasted live in the Albanian-language programme of the National Television of Macedonia, whereas the closure of the Festival was covered by Radiotelevizioni i Kosovës.
The Festival was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Kosova.
Informata e PRESS
From 18 to 21 October in Tetova, Prizren and Prishtina
16th EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL “DITËT E NAIMIT”
DITËT E NAIMIT – FESTË E POEZISË DHE KULTURËS
There are no translations available.
Craig Czury duke marrë Çmimin nga drejtori Shaip Emerllahu
Prej datës 20-23 tetor, në Tetovë, u mbajt Edicioni i XV i Festivalit Ndërkombëtar të Poezisë “Ditët e Naimit”. Në te morrën pjesë poetë nga vende të ndryshme të botës si: SHBA, Anglia, Holanda, Danimarka, Italia, Zvicra, Spanjë, Polonia, India, Malta, Izraeli, Ukraina, Bullgaria, Serbia, Mali i Zi, Shqipëria, Kosova, Maqedonia. Hapja e siparit të kësaj feste të poezisë dhe kulturës u bë përmes ndezjes së fishekzjarreve dhe vendosjes së luleve te shtatorja e poetit kombëtar shqiptar Naim Frashėrit, në 111 vjetorin e vdekjes. Buqete me lule vendosën drejtori i Festivalit, Shaip Emërllahu dhe laureati i këtij edicioni, poeti amerikan Craig Czury. Ndërkaq, anëtarët e SHKA ’Jehona e Sharrit’ para Qendrës së Kulturës ekspozuan veshjet kombëtare shqiptare me flakadanët e ndezur në duar. E gjithë kjo si, dhe hapja e festivalit u ndoq në transmetim të drejtëpërdrejtë në Televizionin shtetëror – Programi në gjuhën shqipe.
Edicionin e XV e hapi drejtori i Festivalit, Shaip Emërllahu, i cili në mes tjerash tha se:
’Ditët e Naimit’ është operatori i parë poetik dhe kulturor shqiptar, i cili në krye të herës, e gjykoi si të domosdoshme rivendosjen e një infrastrukture moderne ndërkomunikimi me kulturën dhe letërsinë shqiptare, si dhe ate të huaj. U ngrit para 15 vitesh në këtë cep të gjeokulturës sonë, duke u bë prurësi dhe përhapësi i llojit të vet, ku kryefjala është poezia, art ky që shumë mirë di t’i lidhë popujt. Projektshënjuesi kulturor ‘Ditët e Naimit’ paraqet formën e vetëdijes sonë globaliste për të komunikuar, ruajtur dhe afirmuar identitetin tonë kulturor e shoqëror. E gjithë kjo, provon se letërsisë, kulturës dhe qytetërimit tonë, me hapa të përshpejtuar i duhet të rivendosë urat tradicionale të shkëputura të komunikimit me botën’.
Në vazhdim Emërllahu theksoi se, ‘nën dritën e një formatimi të ri global, këtyre modeleve të interkomunikimit iu nevojitet një rishikim, pra një kod që do t’iu përgjigjet kërkesave, të cilat i dikton kjo epokë unifikuese. Për t’u bërë një materializim i tërë kësaj, duhet që ky Festival të jetë pjesë e sistemit me buxhet të siguruar. Kështu, duke u lexuar drejt roli dhe rëndësia e këtij Festivali të rëndësishëm kulturor e letrar, sivjet Qeveria ate e ka futur në programin e saj, ku merr përsipër t’i siguroj mbështetje programore, pra ai do të ketë buxhet të garantuar. Ne duke shfrytëzuar këtë jubile, gjyjkojmë si mundësinë më të mirë për të përshëndetur këtë akt të drejtë të Qeverisë. Gjithashtu, tani kur jemi te kurorëzimi i një pune, përpjekje dhe sakrifice 15 vjeçare të anëtërëve të Drejtorisë dhe bashkëpunëtorëve të shumtë të Festivalit, dua të çoj një falenderim dhe një përgëzim deri te ta, për ta zbutur sadopak atë lodhje e sfilitije të asaj rruge të gjatë, jo të lehtë, por gjithsesi e drejtë’.
Në ditën e dytë të Festivalit, poetët shkuan në Universitetin Shtetëror të Tetovës, ku drejtori i Festivalit Shaip Emërllahu, laureati Craig Czury dhe kryetari i Jurisë, Agron Tufa, u pritën nga rektori prof. dr. Agron Reka. Më pas, në amfiteatrin e USHT-së, u bë përurimi i laureatit nga SHBA, Craig Czury. Rektori, prof. Dr. Agron Reka, në fjalën e tij, tha se, poetët që vijnë nga të gjitha meridianët e botës, përpos nderit që i bëjnë USHT-së, në këtë mënyrë, ata nuk e nderojnë vetëm krijimtarinë poetike, por edhe figurën e rilindësit tonë të madh, Naim Frashëri, vendin tonë, neve si nikoqirë dhe të gjithë dashamirët e fjalës artistike. Gjithashtu, ai Drejtorisë së Festivalit Ndërkombëtar të Poezisë ,,DITËT E NAIMIT” i shprehi falënderime, që pjesën më të bukur të këtij Festivali e organizojnë në ambientet e Universitetin Shtetëror të Tetovës, duke uruar që ky bashkëpunim të vazhdojë edhe në të ardhmen. Më pas, laureati i Festivalit të këtij edicioni, iu përgjigj pyetjeve të kryetarit të jurisë, por edhe studentëve dhe profesorëve që kishin të bënin me natyrën e shkrimit të tij poetik, poezinë dhe letërsinë amerikane.
Në fund, për kontributin në afirmimin e letërsisë, artit dhe kulturës, rektori, prof. dr. Agron Reka, poetit amerikan Craig Czury ia dorëzoi emblemën e Universitetit. Sipas programit të Festivalit, në Bibliotekën e Universitetit të Evropës Juglindore u mbajt ora letrare ‘Poetë dhe vargje’. Në ditën e fundit të Festivalit, në lokalin për art ‘Oda’ u përuruan vëllimi me poezi i poetit nga Ulqini, Haxhi Shabani ‘Jam ai që nuk jam’ dhe libri me vështrime kritike i kritikut Remzi Salihu, “Provokime metaforike”. Për librin e parë, foli kritiku dhe studjuesi Ndue Ukaj, ndërsa për të dytin filozofi tetovar, Bujar Plloshtani.
Në orën e madhe letrare “Meridiane poetike”, që u mbajt në sallën e madhe të Qendrës së kulturës ‘Naim Frashëri’, krijimet e tyre i lexuan poetët e shumtë pjesëmarrës, u ndanë çmimet letrare të Festivalit, si dhe u shpallën Anëtarët e Nderit. Juria e përbërë nga Agron Tufa (kryetar), Haxhi Shabani dhe Salajdin Salihu, çmimin letrar ’’Naim Frashėri’’ ia ndan poetit nga SHBA, Craig Czury. Drejtoria, atij, ia akordoi edhe titullin e lartë Anëtar Nderi, titull që e mbajnë emra të njohur të letërsisë shqipe dhe asaj botërore si; Ismail Kadare, Desmond Egan (Irlandë), Abdellatif Laabi (Marok), Lionel Ray France), Eva Lipska (Poloni) Zef Skiro di Maxho (Itali), Manlio Argueta (Salvador), Erik Stinus (Danimarkë), Thomas Tidholm (Suedi), Peter Poulsen (Danimarke), Aleksandër Zoto (Francë), etj.
Fitues i çmimit letrar “Menada” u shpall poeti anglez, Riachard Berengarten, çmimi “Oeneumi” iu nda poetes izraelite Diti Ronen, çmimi “Qiriu i Naimit” iu dha poetit shqiptar Ndue Ukaj, ndërsa çmimi special shkoi te poeti spanjoll, Gustavo Vega. Ndërkaq, Anëtarë Nderi i Festivalit u shpallën përveç laureatit edhe poetët Xhuzepe Napolitano nga Italia dhe Diti Ronen nga Izraeli.
Edhe këtë vit Festivali botoi antologjinë e poetëve pjesëmarrës të përgatitur nga Shaip Emërllahu dhe e përkthyer në shqip nga poetja gjermane Silke Liria Blumbach, me titull “Rizgjimi i lutjes’’. Skena e Festivalit u ideua nga piktori Savash Veliu. Sonzor të këtij edicioni ishin Telekomi i Maqedonisë, hotel EMKA, logos-A, Renova, Fondacioni ‘Dauti’, Restorani ‘Arbi’ dhe ‘Matoshi’. Festivalin e ndihmuan, edhe Agjensionet turistike ‘Euroturist’ dhe ‘Bashkimi turs’, SHKA ‘Jehona e Sharrit’, ‘Albanian translation’ etj.
In Tetova, the Direction of the IPF “Ditët e Naimit” held its press conference
FINNISH AUTHOR TUA FORSSTRÖM LAUREATE OF THE NAIM FRASHËRI PRIZE
The 16th International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit” will be held from October 18th to 21st in Tetova (Macedonia) and in Prishtina (Kosova). This great poetic and cultural manifestation coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Albanian Declaration of Independence.
In the beginning there was Naim Frashëri and then Independence and consequently the Festival. To complete this trinomial meaningfully, the Direction of the Festival has decided to declare the polyhedral Albanian figure, the writer and patriot Adem Demaçi (the chairman of the Kosova Writers’ Association and the Sakharov Prize Winner) as an Honorary Member of the Festival. This title is conferred to Adem Demaçi in the first night of the programme, which will take place, according to the Festival Director Shaip Emërllahu, in the Cultura Centre “Naim Frashëri” in Tetova.
The second part of the programme will unfold in Kosova, namely in Prishtina and Prizren. Up to now, 30 poets from around the world and the whole Albanian space have confirmed their participation in this edition, besides actors, journalists and friends of poetry, the Festival, and Naim Frashëri. The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Kosova.
The Jury consisting of Dr. Ymer Çiraku (Albania), Dr. Nysret Krasniqi (Kosova) and Niels Hav (Denmark) have assigned the great „Naim Frashëri“ award of the 16th edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" to the well-known Finnish poet Tua Forsström. According to the regulation, she was also declared by the Direction an Honorary Member of the Festival. Up to now, the title of an Honorary Member of the Festival has been conferred to known writers and intellectuals, such as Ismail Kadare (Albania), Desmond Egan (Ireland), Thomas Tidholm (Sweden), Manlio Argueta (El Salvador), Abdellatif Laâbi (Morocco), Peter Poulsen (Denmark), Lionel Ray (France), Ewa Lipska (Poland), Craig Czury (USA) etc.
Later in the press conference, the chairman of the Jury of the Festival, Prof. Dr. Ymer Çiraku, read the motivation for the awarding of this prize, underlining, among others, that the poetic creativity of the poet Tua Forsström displays an intensive collage of figures and meanings of philosophical and metaphysical nature, conveying the reader a mixture of intertwined sensations between the humour of naive astonishment and imbalances of existential anxieties of the human being of our times. A part of this collage projected with obvious aesthetic strategy are also quotes and fragments from known philosophical works created across the centuries by renowned philosophers, which not only explain or help to unveil enigmas, but also create more of them and thus fixate the reader in relations with the texts of the poems.
As it was also remarked by the critics, a simplicity of speech and transparent melancholic tones, which are noted at the first approach in reading, are nothing but a kind of poetic trick, as in the core they don’t have anything to do with the nature of this poetry, where the collage technique carries references between phenomena furthest apart, to unite them and press them to a very tightened density, so that they keep strong energy as far as the form and the intensity of appearance are concerned. In some cases, everything vanishes like chaos, to convey the image of the beginning of the world, without the order and rhythm of things, where people and birds and trees, arts and primitive crafts, caves and metropolis, seas and icebergs, rich and poor stay together and stray through space, but all those seem to be created to communicate and notify poetically religious visions and existential philosophical concepts of communication and of living together, in order to feel inescapably together in the face of planetary enigmas.
In her many books, which continue today to be published with success, the poet Forsström appears with a variety of conceptual and technical models of speech, thus evidencing a vital, always regenerating creative portrait. Her creative movements go into all directions up to the kind of poetic rhythm, which is somewhat heavy and almost annihilating the classical models, whereas somewhere it returns to them to create texts with an almost musical rhythm.
Thus awarding te prize to this talented contemporary poet is a merited appreciation which, symbolically, signifies a link of nice poetic and spiritual communication between the Naimian days (with the perfume of violets) and the Nordic polar nights with their beautiful and phantasmagorical illumination!
Tua Forsström (born in Porvoo on April 2nd, 1947) is a known Finnish writer, who writes in Swedish. Her first publication dates from 1972 and was enriched by successive other publications, with the main focus on existential concerns of modern society with all of its rhythms, values and challenges of existential anxieties they contain.
She is prized as one of the most preeminent Swedish-language poets and has been translated into English, German, French, Italian, Finnish, Danish, Dutch etc. She secured great appreciation among the readers and critics with her book Snow Leopard (1987), whereas she received the prestigious Prize of the Nordic Literature Council with her poetic volume After Spending a Night Among Horses.
Tua Forsstrom (FINLANDE)
DITËT E NAIMIT – CELEBRATION OF POETRY AND CULTURE
There are no translations available.
On 20-23 October 2011, was held in Tetovo/ Macedonia, the XV Edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit”. The participants were poets from various countries like: USA, UK, Netherland, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, India, Malta, Israel, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia. The opening ceremony of this festivity of poetry and culture started with the light of fireworks and putting the bunch of flowers at the statue of the Albanian national poet, Naim Frashëri, on the 111-th anniversary of his death. Director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu and laureate of this edition, American poet, Craig Czury, put bouquets of flowers at the monument of the Albanian poet. Meanwhile, members of the cultural association “Jehona e Sharrit” exhibited Albanian traditional wears, holding lighted bonfires on their hands. The whole ceremony of opening was transmitted live by the Macedonian public television through its programme in the Albanian language.
Furthermore, Emërllahu stressed that “in the light of the global shaping, the traditional models of communication needs a revision and a relevant code to meet the demands of this global epoch. In order to materialise this objective, this Festival should have a guaranteed funding. Therefore, taking into consideration the role and importance of this Festival, the Macedonian government has decided this year to incorporate this activity as part of its official programme and it takes over to ensure its continual financing. Using the opportunity of this jubilee, we acknowledge this just decision of the government. Also, after a hard work and sacrifices of a period of fifteen years of the staff dealing with the organization of this activity and its numerous co-operators, I would like to extend thanks and congratulations for them for this valuable contribution which finally gave its long-awaited results.
The poets from different countries who participated in this festival in various reading sessions were: Craig CZURY (USA), Diti RONEN (ISRAEL), Richard BERENGARTEN (UK), Gustavo VEGA (SPAIN), Marianne LARSEN (DENMARK), Jan Baeke (NETHERLAND), Samira BERGMAN (SWITZERLAND), Krystyna LENKOWSKA (POLAND), Xhuzepe NAPOLITANO (ITALY), Anna BAGËRJANA (UKRAINE), Sabahudin HAXHIALIÇ (BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA), Kristiana STANKOVA (BULGARI), Nevena KOKANOVIÇ (SERBIA), Ndue UKAJ and Ag Apolloni (KOSOVO), Agron TUFA (ALBANIA), Haxhi SHABANI (MONTENEGRO); Salajdin SALIHU, Lulëzim HAZIRI, Hrito PETRESKI, Ekrem AJRULI, Ivan ANTONOVSKI and Delvina KËRLUKU (MACEDONIA).
On the second day of the Festival, the poets visited the Public University of Tetovo in which Director of the Festival Shaip Emërllahu, laureate Craig Czury, and the Chairman of the jury were received by the rector of this university, prof. dr. Agron Reka. Latter, in the amphitheatre of this university, took place the awarding ceremony of the laureate of the Festival, the poet from USA, Craig Czury. During the ceremony, rector of the university, Prof. Dr. Agron Reka, said that poets who participate in this activity from many countries of the world, honour this university, themselves for their poetry creations, hosts of this activity, the art sympathisers of the city as well as the great poet of Albanian renaissance, Naim Frashëri. Also, he expressed thanks to the Directorate of the Festival for organizing the best part of this activity in the facilities of Public University of Tetovo, wishing that this cooperation will continue in the future. After that, the laureate of this Edition, answered questions from the chairman of the jury, students and professors, related to the nature of his poetry writing and the American literary. Furthermore, the rector of the Public University of Tetovo gifted to the laureate of the festival, Craig Czury, the emblem of this university, with the motivation for his contribution on the affirmation of literary, art and culture.
According to the agenda of the festival, the literary hour “Poets and verses” took place in the facilities of the Bibliotheca of the South Eastern University.
On the last day of the Festival, at the arts club “Oda”, it was held an open discussion for the new books of the poet from Ulqin/Montenegro, Haxhi Shabani, for the poetry book “I am the one who I am not” (jam ai që nuk jam) and the other book of literary critics “Metaphoric Provocations”(Provokime metaforike) of the writer Remzi Salihu (Macedonia). The first book was introduced by the literary critic and the poet Ndue Ukaj, and the second book by the philosopher from Tetovo, Bujar Plloshtani.
Also, following the programme of the activity, the poets visited the Tekke “Arabati Baba”, in Tetovo city, where they were received by the Head of World Bektashi community, Baba Edmond Brahimaj, who informed the poets on the history and role of this tekke in the past and answered their interesting questions on the core of bektashi religion, its influence on the lives of people, etc.
During the extended literary hour "Poetic meridians", held in the cinema hall of the cultural centre ‘Naim Frashëri’, there were read poems by most of the poets, were distributed the literary awards of the Festival and were announced the Honorary members. The jury of the festival composed of Agron Tufa (chairperson), Haxhi Shabani and Salajdin Salihu as members, decided to give the literary award ’’Naim Frashėri’’ to the American poet, Craig Czury. The Directorate of the Festival granted this poet, the title of Honorary member as well, which is held so far by the well-known writers like; Ismail Kadare (Albania), Desmond Egan (Irland), Abdellatif Laabi (Morocco), Lionel Ray (France), Eva Lipska (Poland) Zef Skiro di Maxho (Italy), Manlio Argueta (Salvador), Erik Stinus (Denmark), Thomas Tidholm (Sweden), Peter Poulsen (Denmark), Aleksandër Zoto (France), etc.
The winner of the literary prize "Menada" was announced the British poet, Riachard Berengarten, the prize"Oeneumi" was granted to the Israelite poetess Diti Ronen, the prize "Qiriu i Naimit" to the Albanian poet Ndue Ukaj, while the special prize was granted to the Spanish poet, Gustavo Vega. In addition, the titles of honorary members were granted to the poets: Xhuzepe Napolitano (Italy) and Diti Ronen (Israel).
As in the previous years, Festival published the anthology of the participant poets, titled “Rizgjimi i lutjes” (Reawakening of prayer), prepared by Shaip Emërllahu and translated in Albanian by the German poetess Silke Liria Blumbach.
The scenery of the festival was designed by the painter Savash Veliu. The sponsors of this edition were: Macedonian Telecom, EMKA hotel, logos-A, Renova, Foundation ‘Dauti’, Restaurants ‘Arbi’ and ‘Matoshi’.
Also, the festival was supported by the touristic agencies: “Euroturist” dhe “Bashkimi turs”, the cultural association ‘Jehona e Sharrit’, ‘Albanian translation’ etc.