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Closure of the Jubilee Edition of the IPF "Ditët e Naimit"

POETRY AND NAIM UNITED TETOVA AND PRISHTINA

For the twentieth time in sequence, poets from all over the world as well as Albanian poets honoured the Albanian language, Naim, the Albanians... The XXth Edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit", which took place from October 20th to 24th, 2016, was a celebration, a great cultural event. The programme of this cultural lighthouse with international character took place in the main centres of the Albanians: in Tetova as well as in Prishtina and Prizren. It was a dense literary, artistic and cultural programme. There were three literary readings, a scientific conference, a photography exhibition about the Festival and Naim Frashëri was inaugurated and there were visits to cultural, historical and religious monuments in Tetova, Prishtina, and Prizren.

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Around 30 poets from all over the world participated in this jubilee edition:

Kuei-shien Lee (Taiwan), Nicole Barrière (France), Ricardo Rubio (Argentina), Carla Cristopher (USA), Gabriella Elisha (Israel), Dalila Hiaoui (Morocco), Alicia Minjarez (Mexico), Laus Strandby Nielsen (Denmark), Giuseppe Napolitano (Italy), Anton Baev (Bulgaria), Sadik Bejko (Albania), Kamran Mir Hazar (Hazaristan/Norway), Alla Polosina (Russia), Chen Hsiu Chen (Taiwan), Silke Liria Blumbach (Germany), Laure Cambau (France), Olivera Docevska and Dragana Evtimova (Macedonia), Ragip Sylaj and Ndue Ukaj (Kosova), Puntorie Muça Ziba (Macedonia), Ilir Levonja (Albania/USA), Riza Braholli and Odise Kote (Albania).

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Thus the festive opening ceremony of the jubilee edition, the 20th in sequence, of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" happened with an amazing firework performance in front of the Cultural Centre "Naim Frashëri" in Tetova. The director of the Festival Shaip Emërllahu, the Taiwanese laureate Kuei-shien Lee and the mayor of the Municipality of Tetova Teuta Arifi laid down bouquets of flowers in front of the statue of our national poet Naim Frashëri in the centre of Tetova (Naim's statue was erected by the Direction of the Festival on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the poet's death).

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After that, in the foyer of the Cultural Centre, the exhibition "Pelican" was inaugurated, with photographies, publications of the publishing house of the Festival, posters, programmes and invitations of the Festival as well as articles in newspapers and magazines in Albanian and other languages. During this vernissage, the public was offered for free the anthology of this edition and other publications of the Festival.

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The jubilee edition was opened by the Director of the Festival, Mr. Shaip Emerllahu, who said: "Over the years, literature has known different models and types of intercommunication. Countinously these dialoguing stereotypes in great number and variety have been carrying the weight of literary development and affirmation. One of them is the model of festivals, which is quite widespread in the world of culture. International literary and cultural festivals all over the world provide special communication stereotypes. They have been and continue to be an arena where dialogue takes place from nearby on the level of the literary and cultural subject, on the level of literary production, on the linguistic and the ethnical level.

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The quality of civilization, of humanity, depends on the performance of the building-up of conversation, i.e., in the words of Alain Bosquet, on the spiritual dialogue. The spirit of a people is mirrored in its poetry better than in any other art form. Thus this dialogue of literary experiences of the peoples through these literary meetings indicates the corresponding blockages and advances.

In our opening speeches of the different editions of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" (Tetova), we have continually isolated and affirmed the values of contemporary literary and cultural intercommunications, which reflected 19 editions of this cultural wayshower amazingly speaking from the edge of our geoculture. Maybe this is also a sign that where the clash of diversity happens, this form of communication favorizes the separation from the vicious circle of provincialism and cultural isolation. It compensates for the decades-long flow in that direction and provides the form of our globalist conscience to communicate, keep up and affirm one's cultural and social identity.

Besides dialoguing through literary recitations and debates, the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" also communicates through the translation of foreign literature into Albanian and vice-versa. These translations are provided through special publications and through the publication of the anthology of the participating poets. Electronic publications are another means of communication the poetry of the poets, and so are the presentations of the different publications of the Festival.

In the light of a new global formation of these intercommunication models, a review is due, i.e. a code that will respond to the requirements dictated by this unifying epoch.

How much readiness is there, what consciousness, and how will we succeed in accepting the need of modifying these intercommunication models? It is repeatedly shown also through these literary festivals that poetry is an intercultural means of intercommunication, which can be exploited rationally and practically in these modern conditions, too, where it is about a global spirit...

Then the artist Zeqir Mehmeti handed the Director of the Festival for his 20 years of contribution some artistic works: the logo of the Festival and the name of the national poet Naim Frashëri.

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There was a welcoming speech for the XXth Edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" also by the mayor of the Municipality of Tetova, Ms. Teuta Arifi. She stressed in her speech, among others, that the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" has been playing for 20 years a great role in affirming the Albanian culture and literature and in affirming our town. Therefore she asked from the institutions a greater attention to this Festival.

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During the opening of the Festival, the actor Arsim Kaleci recited Naim Frashëri's poem "Words of the Candle", whereas the violonist Shkëlzen Pajaziti played a musical piece on the violin.

In the great literary hour "Poetic Globe", the poets from their different countries read their poems, whereas the chairman of the Jury Prof. Dr. Ymer Çiraku read the motivation for the main award. The director of the Festival Shaip Emërllahu handed the great award "‘Naim Frashëri", which is given for "High esthetic and artistic values", to the laureate, the famous poet from Taiwan, Kuei-shien Lee, and conferred him the title of an Honorary Member of the Festival.

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On this occasion, the Taiwanese laureate Lee, having thanked the organisers and the Jury for the awarding of this great prize of the Festival, pointed out: "It is a great honour for me to be aearded with this literary prize. It is an even greater honour as the prize bears the name of the national poet Naim Frashëri. I am highly motivated to share this award with the people of Taiwan. Geographically, Macedonia and Taiwan are far from each other, but poetry can unite them."

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We'd like to remind that up to now, the title of the Honorary Member of the Festival was given to well-known writers and intellectuals, like Ismail Kadare (Albania), Desmond Egan (Ireland), Thomas Tidholm (Sweden), Manlio Argueta (El Salvador), Abdellatif Laabi (Morocco), Peter Poulsen (Denmark), Lionel Ray (France), Eva Lipska (Poland), Craig Czury (USA), Tua Forsström (Finland), Athanase Vantchev de Thracy (France), Sebastiano Grasso (Italy) etc.

On the second day of the programme, the poets visited the Coloured Mosque and the Arabati Baba Tekke, where in one of their premises they held the literary hour "Poets and Verses".

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In the afternoon, the participants rose to the panorama point of Kodra e Diellit, where in the Hotel Scardus a scientific conference was held with the theme: "Cultural Intercommunications - "Ditët e Naimit' and the National Poet Naim Frashëri". In this conference headed by Prof. Dr. Ymer Çiraku, over 20 scientific studies by foreign and Albanian poets and scholars participating in this edition were read. Thus presentations were held by Kuei-shien Lee, Nicole Barrière, Giuseppe Napolitano, Kamran Mir Hazar, Laure Cambau, Anton Baev, Olivera Docevska, Dragana Evtimova, Dinos Kubatis, Niels Hav, Ymer Çiraku, Ilir Levonja, Remzi Salihu, Xhelal Zejneli, Riza Braholli and Shaip Emërllahu.

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On the third day, the participating poets left by bus for Prishtina, where they visited some cultural and historical monuments.

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The Festival was closed with the great literary hour "Poetic Meridians", which took place in National and University Library of Kosova in Prishtina, where the poets read their poems and the remaining literary prizes of the Festival were awarded. The prize "Menada" for special poetic value was given to the French poet Nicole Barrière. 

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The prize "Ditët e Naimit" for one's literary career was awarded to the Albanian poet Puntorie Ziba.

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The literary prize "Oeneum" for the best poetry cycle went to the Bulgarian poet Anton Baev.

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The literary prize  "Naim's Candle" for the best poem was given to the Argentinian poet Ricardo Rubio. 

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And the literary prize with the name of the poet "Silke Liria", given for the poetic expression, went to the Macedonian poet Dragana Evtimova.

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On the fourth day of the Festival, the poets went to the famous historical town of Prizren, where they visited some cultural and historical monuments, like the house of the Albanian League of Prizren, and the Old Town.

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The Direction of the Festival published for this edition, too, the anthology with the poems of the participating poets, "You appear like an island", compiled by Shaip Emërllahu.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Festival, the Direction gave out several gratitude certificates. Thus a gratitude certificate was given to the painter Savash Veliu for his 20-year contribution to the evolution and affirmation of the Festival. Gratitude certificates were also given to Prof. Xhelal Zejneli and the poet Ekrem Ajruli. Another gratitude certificate was also given to the artist Hysen Berisha as a passionate follower of all editions of the Festival.

The Festival was moderated by Alketa Fazliu. The poems were read in Albanian by the actor Arsim Kaleci and accompanied on the guitar by Naser Dula. The stage was designed by the painter Savash Veliu.

The Festival was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Macedonia, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport of the Republic of Kosova, the Municipality of Tetova and the Municipality of Zhelina. The sponsors of this edition were the companies Renova, JUSM, Arbi, Scardus, Muratori, Hit Oil, Zgjimi and Euro Turist.

A. Arsllani

20th Edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit"

 

 TAIWANESE POET LEE KUEI-SHIEN - LAUREATE OF THE "NAIM FRASHËRI" PRIZE

 

laureatThe winner of the main prize "Naim Frashëri" of the anniversary edition, the 20th in sequence, of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" is the renowned Taiwanese poet Lee Kuei-Shien, who has been nominated for several years for the Nobei Prize. This is the decision of the Jury of the Festival consisting of the scholar Prof. Dr. Ymer Çiraku (Albania), Ndue Ukaj (Kosova) and Xhelal Zejneli (Macedonia). The Direction of the Festival also appointed the well-known Albanian writer and scholar, Academy member Rexhep Qosja, as an Honorary Member of the Festival.

The International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" will take place from October 20th to 24th.
This was announced in a press conference on September 21st in the Cultural Centre of Tetova by the director of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit", Shaip Emërllahu, and the members of the Jury of the Festival, Ndue Ukaj and Xhelal Zejneli. Former laureates of this festival have been well-known names like: Ismail Kadare (Albania), Desmond Egan (Ireland), Thomas Tidholm (Sweden), Manlio Argueta (El Salvador), Ali Podrimja (Kosova), Fatos Arapi (Albania), Athanase de Thracy (Bulgaria), Lionel Ray (France), Abdellatif Laâbi (Morocco), Eva Lipska (Poland), Tua Forström (Finland), Craig Czury (USA), Sebastiano Grasso (Italy) etc.

To this edition linked to the 20th anniversary of the Festival and the 170th birthday of the national poet Naim Frashëri, 40 poets from different people of the world are invited: from the USA, Argentina, Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Afghanistan, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Israel, Russia, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, and poets from all Albanian-speaking countries and the diaspora.
Continuing the press conference, the member of the Jury of the Festival Ndue Ukaj read the justification of the Jury for the awarding of the literary prize "Naim Frashëri": "Kuei-shien Lee was born in 1937 in Taipeh. There he graduated at the Institute of Technology. In 1976 he became a member of the International Academy of Poets in England. In 1987 he joined the Taiwanese PEN and was elected as its vice-president and later president. For some time he was the head of the National Foundation for Culture and Art in Taiwan. Currently he is the vice-president of the Movement Poets of the World (Movimiento Poetas del Mundo).

He started to write poetry in 1953. His published works include "Collected Poems" in six volumes(2001), “Collected Essays" in ten volumes(2002), “Translated Poems" in eight volumes(2003), ”Anthology of European Poetry" in 25 volumes(2001-2005), ”Elite Poetry Collection” (in 22 volumes) and others, including “Golden Treasury of Modern Indian Poetry” (2005), in which the poems of the president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam are included.

His poems were translated and published in Japan, Korea, Canada, New Zealand, Holland, Romania, India, Greece, Spain, Russia, Mongolia etc.

He was awarded with diverse important prizes like "Merit of Asian Poet, Korea(1994), with the "Rong-hou" Taiwanese Poetry Prize(1997), the award "World Poet of the Year 1997", the award "Poets International", India(1998), the "Poet of the Millennium" Award of the International Poets Academy, India(2000), the "Lai Ho" Literature Prize and the "Premium" Cultural Prize, both in Taiwan (2001). He also received the "Michael Madhusudan" Poet Award from the Michael Madhusudan Academy(2002), the "Wu San-lien" Prize in Literature(2004)and the Poet Medal from the Mongolian Culture Foundation(2005).

He was nominated three times as a candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature by the International Poets Academy, India (2002, 2004, 2006).

He has attended international poetry festivals in different countries of the world, like the USA, Japan, Korea, India, Turkey, Mongolia, El Salvador, Nicaragua etc.
Earth, sky and sea represent a metaphorical triangle which appears quite frequently in the poetry of this Taiwanese poet, where the weight of yearning and the drama of the home country can be felt - with dreamy flights of delectable hopes. Strongly present in this poetry is the philosophical worldview about life, where ancient cultures and civilisations from the peoples of the Far East intertwine. The metapher of the homeland shines up in his poetry in an endlessness of sensations, from the most fragile to the most sublime and dramatic. For him, the homeland of Taiwan is the image of the mythical island enveloped in waves of white velvet, and the poet desires to observe it from a bird's eye in the sky, all that lace made from kisses of countless seashells. The homeland is for him the unforgotten Ithaka, as many endless journeys as one may stray far of it. The reviews value in this poetry especially the dichotomy of leaving and returning, where the home and the world interweave not in opposition, but function in a harmonic philosophy of coexistence.

The awarding of the main prize "Naim Frashëri" of the 20th edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" for the excellent contemporary poet Lee Kuei-Shien is a valorisation and an honouring of the magic of the poetic art, in any language and any spirit of a people whete it is created. Each one of them is a part of the treasury of the world culture; they transmit values of humanism and of mutual coexistence among peoples and cultures".

Finally, the other Jury member, Xhelal Zejneli, read the declaration sent in by the laureate on the occasion of the reception of the "Naim Frashëri" Prize: As a national of Taiwan, I am very surprised and moved by receiving a notification of bestowing me the laureate of literary prize "Naim Frashëri" of the festival far from poet Shaip Emerllahu in Macedonia. Naim Frashëri is one of the greatest Albanian poets who has accomplished a big contribution in reverting Albanian language, guarding Albanian national dignity, and further promoting to establish international independent and autonomous personality of Albanian people. Reading the poems by Naim Frashëri, I am deeply encouraged by the persevering will filled with enthusiasm expressed in his poetry. I have translated his famous representative poem “Words of the Candle” into Chinese, in which the stanza of

I have love in my soul
Hence I burn for humanity
Allow me to be scalded
I don't want to cool down

sufficiently shows a great sentiment to embrace the world, from which I perceive the spirit of Albanian people. The struggling process of Albania is worthwhile as a valuable lesson for Taiwanese people to learn. Unfortunately, since a long time due to the historical and geographical separation, Taiwanese people don’t know much about Albania people, Macedonia, Republic of Albania, and Kosovo. I decide to take the liberty in endeavoring my effort to carry out the communication of poetry between Albania and Taiwanese people in order to promote mutual understanding and friendship on the basis of people-to-people.

 

A. Arsllani
Tetova, 21st of July, 2016

 

 

THE DITËT E NAIMIT AFFIRM TETOVA AND THE ALBANIANS

DITËT E NAIMIT AS A PROMOTION OF CULTURE AND LITTERATURE

Poets from over 20 countries of the world honoured Tetova, Naim, the Albanians from October 15th to 18th... The XIXth Edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" was a great poetical and cultural festivity. This traditional festival with international character took place in the main centre of the Albanians of poetry - Tetova. In the framework of its programme, a series of poetical, artistical and cultural activites took place. There were literary readings, poetry books were presented, a painting exhibition was inaugurated and there were visits to cultural, historical and religious monuments.

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The participants were poets from the most diverse places of the world:  Taro Aizu (Japan), Anna Rostokina (Russia), Anat Zecharia (Israel), Fernando Carrera (Mexico), Adriana Hoyos (Columbia), Daniel Leuwers (Belgium) Basri Çapriqi (Montenegro), Giuseppe Napolitano and Irene Vallone (Italy), Jessica Flynn and Dustin Nispel (USA), Dalila Hiaoui (Morocco), Agim Mato (Albania), Niels Hav (Denmark), Silke Liria Blumbach (Germany), Glorijana Veber (Slovenia) Violeta Zlateva and Snezana Stojcevska (Macedonia), Ndue Ukaj (Kosova), Manjola Brahaj (Albania), Remzi Salihu (Macedonia), Brikena Qama (Albania/Greece) and Lindita Dushku (Kosova).

The festive ceremony of the XIXth Edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" was opened with an impressing firework performance in front of the Cultural Centre "Naim Frashëri" in Tetova. The director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, the Albanian laureate, Basri Çapriqi, and the mayor of the Municipality of Tetova, Teuta Arifi, laid down bouquets of flowers in front of the statue of our national poet Naim Frashëri in the centre of Tetova.

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Then the exhibition of the paintings of Uran Limani was opened in the foyer of the Cultural Centre and the attendants were distributed catalogues of the paintings, brochures of the young Tetovar photographer Jetmir Sejdiu anf the Anthology of the Festival.

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The IXIth Edition of the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" was opened by the mayor of the Municipality of Tetova, Mrs. Teuta Arifi, who said among others that the International Poetry Festival "Ditët e Naimit" is an important activity which is organized in the town of Tetova, every year the gathering place of poets from different countries of the world. "We have supported it and will also do so in the future. I'd like to congratulate the director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, for this great work he does."

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Then the director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, pointed out: "In every opening of the Festival I underlined the role and importance of this wayshowing literary and cultural project in knowing, affirming and building of models of intercommunication, first between the poets and then with the public. I have exhausted the vocabulary about the value of this cultural and literary actor in building bridges of intercommunication, therefore, as for about two years I haven't read my poetry on this stage, please allow me to do it today."

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In the beginning of the Festival, two pieces of music were also performed by the guitarrist Naser Dula (Kosova) and the violonist Shkëlzen Pajaziti.

In the great literary hour "Poetic Globe", the poets from their different countries read their poems, whereas the chairman of the Jury, Salajdin Salihu, read the motivation for the main award "Naim Frashëri" and the director of the Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, handed the prize to the laureate from Montenegro, Basri Çapriqi, for "High esthetic and artistic value", and granted him the title of an Honorary Member of the Festival. On this occasion, the laureate Çapriqi thanked the organisers and the Jury for the awarding of this high prize of the Festival.

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We'd like to remind that up to now, the title of the Honorary Member of the Festival was given to well-known writers and intellectuals, like Ismail Kadare (Albania), Desmond Egan (Ireland), Thomas Tidholm (Sweden), Manlio Argueta (El Salvador), Abdellatif Laabi (Morocco), Peter Poulsen (Denmark), Lionel Ray (France), Eva Lipska (Poland), Craig Czury (USA), Tua Forsström (Finland), Athanase Vantchev de Thracy (France), Sebastiano Grasso (Italy) etc.

On the second day of the programme, the poets held the literary hour "Poets and Verses" and visited the Arabati Baba Tekke.

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On the third day, three books of the participating poets were presented: "Behind the Moon" of the former laureate of the Festival, the Danish poet Peter Poulsen in Albanian, "Concerto" of the Belgian poet Daniel Leuwers in Italian and the book "Duet of Roads" of the poets Shaip Emërllahu and Taro Aizu from Japan in Japanese and English in the publishing house Junpa Books, Kobe. The critics and poets Giuseppe Napolitano, Ndue Ukaj and Taro Aizu spoke about the books.

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The Festival was closed with the great literary hour "Poetic Meridians", which took place in the smaller auditorium of the Cultural Centre, where the poets read their poems and the remaining literary prizes of the Festival were awarded. The award for the literary career, "Ditët e Naimit", was given to the Japanese poet Taro Aizu, the prize for special poetic values "Menada" was awarded to the Belgian poet Daniel Leuwers, the literary prize for the best poetic cycle "Oeneumi" was received by the Danish poet Niels Hav, the literary award "Naim's Candle" was given to the poets Jessica Flynn and Dustin Nispel from the USA as well as to the Tetovar poet Remzi Salihu, and the literary prize with the name of the poet "Silke Liria" for the poetic expression was awarded to the Russian poet Anna Rostokina.

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Also for this edition, the Direction of the Festival published an anthology with the poems of the participating poets, "Voices of Water", compiled by Shaip Emërllahu.

The Festival was moderated by Verjana Abazaj. The poems were read in Albanian by the actor Arsim Kaleci and accompanied on the guitar by Naser Dula. The stage was designed by the painter Nevzat Bejtuli-Kica.

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The Festival was supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Tetova and the Municipality of Zhelina. The sponsors of this edition were Hit Oil, Arbi, Sirena, Kurtishi, Hajri Kom, Jehona Event, Allprint and Nasir Tours.

A. Arsllani

Edicioni XIX

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The XVIII Edition of the International Poetry Festival ‘Ditët e Naimit’

THE POET SEBASTIANO GRASSO, LAUREATE OF THE GRAND PRIZE ‘NAIM FRASHËRI’

Drejtori i Festivalit Shaip Emerllahu

 

The winner of the Award "Naim Frashëri" of the XVIII Edition of International Poetry ‘Ditet e Naimit’ is the Italian Poet Sebastiano Grasso. This is the decision of the Festival members Jury, Visar Zhiti, Poet and translator (Albania), Ndue Ukaj (Kosovo) and Xhelal Zejneli (Macedonia). The Directorate of Festival also announces the laureate of this year a Honorary member of the Festival.

The International Poetry Festival, ‘Ditet e Naimit’ will be held during 16-19 October, in the city of Tetova.

This was declared at the press conference which was hold in 15 September at the Centre for Culture in Tetova, from the Chairman of the Jury of the Festival, Visar Zhiti and the Director of the International Poetry Festival ‘Ditet e Naimit’, Shaip Emerllahu.

The winners of this award of this festival during previous editions are the prominent names as: Ismail Kadare (Albania), Desmond Egan (Ireland), Thomas Tidholm (Sweden), Manlio Argueta (Salvador), Ali Podrimja (Kosovo), Fatos Arapi (Albania), Athanase de Thracy (Bulgaria), Lionel Ray (France), Abdelatif Laabi (Morocco), Eva Lipska (Poland), Tua Forstrom (Finland), Craig Czury (USA) etc.

During the edition of this year are invited 40 poets from different places of the world as:  The USA, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Albanian poets from Albania, Kosovo, Monte Negro and Macedonia.

The Chairman of the festival Jury, Visar Zhiti presented the arguments according to the decision for the literary prize ‘Naim Frashëri’ awarded to The Italian Poet Sebastiano Grasso, where is mentioned that: ‘ the Italian Poet Sebastinao Grasso is awarded the Grand Literary Prize, "Naim Frashëri”, for his poetry of love, where the reader identify itself, forever. ‘Classic’ and modern at the same time, his literary work is a fundamental breath and reflexion of the real life. He also presented the biography of the winner, whereas is mentioned that Grasso is the President of the Italian PEN Centre, editor of Culture at  Corriere de la Serra, University Professor, translator and journalist.

For his books translated and published into many languages the previews are written form the Nobel Prize winner, the Portuguese writer Saramango, and from the Nobel candidates Adionis, Yevtushenko, Mario Luzi, etc.

Visar Zhiti also read the declaration which the laureate send to the festival according to the receiving of the Grand Prize, "Naim Frashëri” where he says: “  I am honoured to be awarded with such a prestigious Prize, dedicated to ‘Naim Frashëri’ and I will be in Tetova from 16 to 19 October. Thank you for the news!”

The programme of this edition will be interesting in its content. During the days of Festival, literary readings, books promotions, and paintings exhibitions will take place. Writers and poets also will visit cultural and historical places. Etc.

Artan Arsllani

Tetove, 15 September2014

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)…

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’”.

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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.


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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.

Artan Arsllani

 

 

POET ATHANASE DE THRACY – LAUREATE OF THE “NAIM FRASHËRI” PRIZE

 

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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.

 

A. Arsllani

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Closure of the 16th edition of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit”

 

DITËT E NAIMIT: OPENING IN TETOVA, CLOSURE IN PRISHTINA

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.
Artan Arsllani

 

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In Tetova, the Direction of the IPF “Ditët e Naimit” held its press conference

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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!

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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.

A.Arsllani

 

Tua Forsstrom (FINLANDE)

DITËT E NAIMIT – CELEBRATION OF POETRY AND CULTURE

 

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.
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Then, the Director of this Festival, Shaip Emërllahu, took the floor and said that ’’Ditët e Naimit’’ is the first Albanian poetry and cultural activity which since in its beginning, deemed as indispensable, setting up of a modern communication infrastructure with the Albanian literary and culture and the foreign literature as well. This activity initiated 15 years ago in this corner of cultural life, became the receiver and amplifier of its kind in which the key subject is poetry, the type of art which serves best to join people of different cultures. The aim of the cultural activity ‘Ditët e Naimit’ is to increase the awareness of people in the global era to communicate, preserve and affirm their cultural and social identity. It also indicates that the literary, culture and civilization in these areas, needs, as soon as possible, re-establishing of new communication links with the rest of the world.

 

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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.

 

A. Arsllani
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EWA LIPSKA – THE LAUREATE OF THE GREAT NAIM FRASHËRI PRIZE

Press Conference of the Direction of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit”

 

EWA LIPSKA – THE LAUREATE OF THE GREAT NAIM FRASHËRI PRIZE

 

Today in the Cultural Centre of Tetova, the Direction of the International Poetry Festival “Ditët e Naimit” hold its press conference, where the director Shaip Emërllahu and the chairman of the jury Prof. Dr. Ymer Çiraku informed about the laureate of the 14th edition, the well-known Polish and European poet Ewa Lipska. Earlier laureates of the “Naim Frashëri” prize are the well-known poets Ismail Kadare (Albania), Desmond Egan (Ireland), Abdyllatif Laâbi (Morocco), Lionel Rey (France), Thomas Tidholm (Sweden), Peter Poulsen (Denmark), Manlio Argueta (El Salvador) etc.

The Direction declared the current laureate Ewa Lipska also as an honorary member of the Festival.

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Ewa Lipska (Poloni)

 

In this press conference, the chairman of the jury, Prof. Dr. Ymer Çiraku, read out the motivation for the awarding of the great prize of the festival to the Polish poet Ewa Lipska.

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