Closure of the 17th edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit”
Closure of the 17th edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit”
DITËT E NAIMIT: OPENING IN TETOVA, CLOSURE IN TIRANA
From October 17th to 20th, 2013, the 17th edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" took place in Tetova, Kruja and Tirana. During three days, many literary, artistic, and cultural activities were organized, including some visits to cultural, historical and religious monuments. The festival was attended by poets from all over the world: Athanase Vantchev de Thracy (France), Stéphane D'Amour (Canada), Leticia Villagarcía (Mexico), Juan A. Franqui (Puerto Rico), Giuseppe Napolitano (Italy), Krystyna Lenkovska (Poland), Lesya Mudrak (Ukraine), Sema Güler (Turkey), Klaus Handberg Kristensen (Denmark), Mischa Andriessen (Holland), Françoise Roy (Canada/Mexico), Silke Liria Blumbach (Germany), Slagana Atanasova (Macedonia), Marina Mijakovska (Macedonia), Ramadan Musliu (Kosova), Ndue Ukaj (Kosova), Hajredin Kovaçi (Montenegro), Visar Zhiti (Albania), Agron Tufa (Albania), Delvina Kërluku (Macedonia), Norel Zaimi (Albania)…
The festive opening of the 17th edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit” took place with fireworks and torchlights carried by girls and boys in the Albanian national costumes in front of the Cultural Centre “Naim Frashëri” in Tetova. The director of the Festival Shaip Emërllahu, the French laureate Athanase Vantchev de Thracy, a delegation of the Municipality of Tetova and the Great-Grandfather of the World Headquarters of the Bektashi Community, laid down bouquets of flowers in front of the statue of the Albanian national poet Naim Frashëri in the centre of Tetova.
The 17th edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit” was opened by the director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, who pointed out: "Poetry (literature) opens widely the unprejudiced doors and windows of our world. It incites us to come to other forms and ways, to organize and understand this reality.
Human nature is unique. Inside it is the library, where the interaction with other intelligent beings is noticed. "Literature, says Tzvetan Todorov, infinitively opens the possibility of interaction with others and enriches us endlessly.
Not only, it gives us such emotions, making us part of an impressive plan, filling life with perception, helping the perfection of everyone through humanization. Poetry makes you alive...
Where in this blueprint is the literary and cultural symbol, such as this festival is? It makes these dimensions more present, more perceptible to us. It shows us in a way where the written form of poetic text with that read aloud is interlaced, with the author himself, in another space and performance that changes the constancy of taste and production of its multi-semantic understanding.
This intercommunication model is useful not only for highlighting and promoting the poetic art, but also other associated arts, and building the dialoguing infrastructure of authors, literatures, ethnicities etc.
Our poetic and cultural operator "Ditët e Naimit" is such an event, which for nearly two decades, by making its best effort, tries to play this role."
This year, a welcoming speech to the audience was hold also by the former Albanian Minister of Culture, Visar Zhiti, who said: "The profound yearning of Naim continues to be satisfied here in beautiful persistence and dignity, it was not written in paper, but in the spirit, for us gathering and rejoicing in, and obeying to what was in the beginning: the Word, the Albanian word, and that of other languages, treasures of humankind, transformed into melodies and rhythm and rescuing emotion, in poetry.
It has become a habit now for poets from all Albanian regions and different countries and continents to gather here year after year, we befriend, exchange messages, become a book here, and we spread them through sustaining civil manners to the benefit of life, her value. Life is sacred, it is our choice to make it beautiful. For doable this is.
Tetova makes its contribution, congratulations to the originators, for every year it brings a novelty, it adds the guests and seats, making them dear to us, similar to the homelands. And we are born again into ever more better selves. During the great literary hour “Poetic Globe”, the poets recited their poems, whereas the director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, handed the main award “Naim Frashëri” to the laureate from France, the poet of Bulgarian origin Athanase Vantchev de Thracy, and conferred him the title of an Honorary Member of the Festival. On this occasion, the laureate de Thracy thanked the organizers and the jury for their appreciation for his poetic work and himself.
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), Tua Forsström (Finland) usw.
On the second day of the programme, the laureate Athanase Vantchev de Thracy was presented in the amphitheatre of the State University of Kosova. In his welcoming speech, the dean Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ahmeti said: “I am very pleased to greet all the participants of this Festival in the name of the State University of Tetova and personally, especially the guests from all over the world, who have honoured us with their participation.
All these poets and people of the academic world in their countries from the four cardinal directions of the world have come to our Tetova like meteors to honour the great figure of our poetry, Naim Frashëri, to honour this international literary event, our people and culture, therefore I’d like to extend a very warm and friendly welcome to our honoured guests. These days, Tetova will be your town, as it is our tradition as Albanians to honour our guests, and even more so the people of the pen, who irradiate knowledge, benevolence, peace and light wherever they are, wherever they go, like doves carrying the most meaningful messages for humanity."
The dean also expressed his special consideration for this festival and its directors and appreciated the laureate Athanase Vantchev de Thracy, wishing him further success. “We are pleased that just this prestigious Festival, which is not only recognized in our country and region and beyond, but a meeting place of well-known poets from all over the world, the literary event 'Ditët e Naimit’ has become an international cultural event, and therefore it merits the due attention and special respect of all.
We also have to thank the organizator of this Festival, its director Shaip Emërllahu, who with commitment and his artistic sensitivity has enriched through 17 editions in sequence the cultural life in the town of Tetova, and thus we all together, every year, honour the most emblematic part of our national renaissance, Naim Frashëri.
Every year, our university supports the organization of this International Poetry Festival, and I believe that this cooperation will continue in the future as well.
Finally I wish the director of the Festival to continue successfully this activity, whereas we wish the participating poets and this year’s laureate Athanase Vantchev de Thracy new successes in their creative work."
The director of the Festival himself, Shaip Emërllahu, appreciated a lot this perennial cooperation with the State University of Tetova, expressing his special thanks for the dean, Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ahmeti, who, according to Emërllahu, has indefatigably supported this Festival.
The motivation of the jury was read by Ndue Ukaj. The jury of the Festival was composed by Prof. Dr. Agron Tufa (chairman), Doc. Dr. Salajdin Salihu (member) and Ndue Ukaj (member).
At the end of this presentation, the dean of the State University of Tetova, Prof. Dr. Vullnet Ahmeti , presented the laureate Athanase Vantchev de Thracy after a warm reception in his office with the insignia with the emblem of the University.
On the same day, the poets were received in the Town Hall of Tetova by the mayor Teuta Arifi, who appreciated the role of the poets and of the Festival itself for the building of bridges of communication and the affirmation of the town of Tetova. This was the first time during the 17 years of history of the Festival that the mayor of the host town of Tetova received the poets from different countries and continents of the world.
According to the programme, the poets left afterwards for Albania. They visited Kruja with the historical museum “Gjergj Kastrioti Skënderbeu”, the ethnographical museum of Kruja and the touristic venue “Sari Salltëk”. On the same day, the poets were also received at the Headquarters of the Bektashi Community by the Great-Grandfather Baba Edmond Brahimaj.
The final night of the Festival took place in the hotel “Tirana International” in Tirana, where during the great literary hour “Poetic Meridians”, poetry was recited and the remaining literary prizes of the Festival were awarded. The prize “Ditët e Naimit” for the literary carrier was given to the Albanian poet Ramadan Musliu from Kosova, the prize “Menada” for special poetic values was awarded to the Polish poet Krystyna Lenkowska and the literary prize “Oeneumi” for the best poetic cycle to the Puerto Rican poet Juan A. Franqui. Two awards “Naim’s Candle” went to the hands of the poets Leticia Villagarcía from Mexico and Lesya Mudrak from Ukraine.
At the closure of the Festival, the World Headquarters of the Bektashi Community gave the director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, a certificate of acknowledgement of gratitude with the motivation “For the excellent perennial contribution to the organization of the International Poetry Festival ‘Ditët e Naimit’”.
Also for this edition, the direction of the Festival has published the anthology of the poems of the participating poets, “Fytyra e heshtjes” (Face of Silence), edited by Shaip Emërllahu. The translations it contains were made by the translator and gifted poet Silke Liria Blumbach.
The Festival was moderated by the actress Valdete Ismaili, whereas the poems were read in Albanian by the actor Arsim Kaleci and with kitara maestro Jeton Pustina.
The Festival was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia, the Municipality of Tetova and the Bektashi community.
From 17-20 October will be held the 17th Edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit"
POET ATHANASE DE THRACY – LAUREATE OF THE “NAIM FRASHËRI” PRIZE
The laureate of the great literary award “Naim Frashëri” of the 17th edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit” is the eminent Bulgarian poet Athanase Vantchev de Thracy, who has been living in Paris for a long time. This is the decision of the jury of the Festival composed of the chairman Agron Tufa (Albania) and the jury members Salajdin Salihu (Macedonia) and Ndue Ukaj (Kosova). Former laureates of this festival are well-known names such as: Ismail Kadare (Albania), Desmond Egan (Ireland), Thomas Tidholm (Sweden), Manlio Argueta (El Salvador), Peter Poulsen (Denmark), Fatos Arapi (Albania), Ali Podrimja (Kosova), Abdelatif Laâbi (Morocco/France), Lionel Ray (France), (Ewa Lipska (Poland), Tua Forström (Finland) etc.
The 17th edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" will take place from October 17th to 20th in Tetova, Frashër and Tirana. Poets from 25 countries worldwide have confirmed their participation, from Mexico, the USA and Canada to India and Pakistan, as well as 20 Albanian poets from the whole Albanian-speaking Balkans.
This was made known by the director of the IPF “Ditët e Naimit”, Shaip Emërllahu, at the press conference on September 28th in the Cultural Centre in Tetova.
Subsequently, the chairman of the jury, Agron Tufa, read the motivation of the jury, according to which the “Naim Frashëri” award is given to the francophone poet Athanas Vantchev de Thracy for the following reasons:
“For the deep lyrical ebriety with dense verbal and non-verbal references and associations from the ancient and modern traditions of world culture;
for the purified sensitivity of the poetic sense in the filtering of authentic emotion of a lyrical hero of all times in his permanent and uninterrupted communication with nature and civilisation;
for Pindaric flights from lyrical ecstasy to forlorn and elegic meditations about everlasting metaphysical and transcendental issues.
Athanase de Thrasi’s poetry keeps, like rarely anybody in contemporary poetry, the hygiene of great poetry since its dawn - with prayers and hymns - up to modernist and postmodern proceedings of the fresh core of a vital, eternally verdant poetry.”
Like in the past, this year the Direction will publish the anthology with the poetry of the participating poets. According to the programme of this year, the poets will visit Naim Frashëri’s birthplace Frashër, whereas the closure of the Festival will take place in the Albanian capital of Tirana. The Festival is supported, among others, by the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia, the Municipality of Tetova, and the Bektashi community.
Athanase Vantchev de Thracy is considered one of the greatest francophone poets of our time. Born in 1940 in Haskovo, Bulgaria, he is a writer who disposes of a very large cultural knowledge, who talks several languages and who has been following post-graduated studies for more than 17 years at the most prestigious European universities, where he adquired a deep knowlede of world poetry.
De Thracy is the author of 46 volumes of poetry, both formal and in free verse, which cover almost the whole range of the poetic form. He has published a series of monographies and his dissertation “Symbolism of Light in Paul Verlaine’s Poetry”. He has also written a study in Bulgarian about the great Epicurean Petronius, the author of the Satyricon, and a Master’s thesis in Russian, “Poetics and Metaphysics in the Work of Dostoevsky”.
As an expert of antiquity, Athanase Vantchev de Thracy has dedicated many articles to Greek and Latin poetry. During his two-year stay in Tunisia, he has published three works about the Tunisian cities in Punic times.
During his prolonged visits to Syria, Turkey, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Jordania, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Mauretania and Tajikistan, he got acquainted with the wonders of the Islamic culture. He has also spent many years to study the religions of the East. From that time dates his excellent adaptation of Mustapha Tlass's historical work “Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra”, into French.
De Thracy has spent a considerable part of his two-year stay in Russia (1993-4) with the study of Russian poetry. Being the translator of a galaxy of poets from many countries, Athanase Vantchev de Thracy was honoured with many national and international literary awards. He is a laureate of the French Academy and has received an honorary doctorate from the Veliko Tarnovo University in Bulgaria and the Brasilian Academy of Humanities. His poetry has been translated into many languages.
He is a member of the Brasilian Academy of Humanities, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Ukrainian Academy as well as the chairman of the international movement “Poetas del Mundo” (Poets of the world) with 8000 members all over the world.
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.
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.
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.
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From 18 to 21 October in Tetova, Prizren and Prishtina
16th EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL “DITËT E NAIMIT”
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)