Year’s End!

Editorial / October 20, 2011

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

The last weeks of the year are usually a kind of hugger-mugger. It look like you don’t have enough time to finish everything you have already started. But even if this is not totally true, you still do not have enough time in order to plan everything you need to complete. Tirana is the most beautiful city in the world during this period of the year even though it totally lacks the glamour put on display by other big cities of the world during this period. Apparently, Tirana does not need any décor, it’s just nice in itself. At least this is how Tirana has approached the end of year during the last 4-5 years when no money has been spent to decorate it for the end of the year celebrations. At the end year Tirana just keep on the same look it had during the previous year and this scenario has been repeating itself. But, regardless of the lack of outer signs of festivity, people love this period. They celebrate at the end of the year hoping that the next year will bring more prosperity and luck. The end of this year seems to be a little bit different for Tirana. A number of activities and cultural events are scheduled to take place during this period. One of the most important is the competition of the National Theatre featuring 37 countries that will put on stage a play by Shakespeare, interpreted in 37 languages. It is the first time after 70 years that our National Theatre participates at such an event. Another important activity is the national song contest at the public television. It is expected to be one of Albania’s most viewed artistic events, in keeping with a well-preserved tradition in the history of the Albanian public television. It is expected to be an outstanding event because this year the song contest marks its 50th anniversary. Music transmits quickly messages to people, and people can’t just have enough of it. Luckily this is not the only song contest to be organised over this period. At the time that this magazine will be published another song contest known as the “Magic Song”, a well-known show hosted by Ardit Gjebrea will be on its way. Apart from these, another song contest known as “Top Fest” will be organised by the Top Channel Television. The song contests have become now a tradition for the end of the year. On the other hand other important cultural events will be taking place at the Theatre of Opera, at the Arts Gallery and also in many national and private galleries. The Book Fair, taking place from 9-13 November should be also mentioned. This event was launched 14 years ago. At that time it came out as a total novelty. The last book fair had thousands of visitors and the fair organizers reported sales topping 200 thousand books. A good book always remains a good friend that never abandons you. Finally, as this magazine is published once every two months, when the next copy of this magazine will be in your hands, the New Year will have already arrived. We would like to wish you that the New Year brings you true friends, new possibilities, new books and music and more prosperity. It is time to wrap up our activities for the year 2011 so as to make a review of our successes and failures. It’s time to wrap thins up, hoping that over the year 2012 we will have more friends, more achievements, more possibilities to really get to know ourselves so as to honestly measure our real value…

Ky postim ekziston gjithashtu në Vesionin Shqip

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Irena Shabani
Is an Albanian freelance journalist and human rights activist specialising in investigative journalism. She co-founded Panorama, the leading newspaper in Albania, where she served as managing editor from 2002 to 2003. Prior to Panorama she was a journalist at Shekulli and Gazeta Shqiptare and has been part of the Albanian Human Rights Group from its beginning. She has collaborated on programmes for the International Research and Exchanges Board, investigating topics involving crime and political corruption and continues to collaborates with foreign organisations and local media focused on social problems and minority rights.

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