Illyrians in Slovenia Bring Life to an Abandoned Building

By: Valon Xoxa    February 6, 2015

The Albanian Cultural Association “Illyria” based in Koper, Slovenia has fully restored an abandoned facility and transformed it into a cultural center. They have been offered an abandoned old house, in order to turn it into a suitable building for conducting the activities of “Illyria” association. People of “Illyria” have been looking for an “office building” ever since 1998. When the chance occurred, they did not hesitate and restored the building in a record time of 20 days.Illyria_KoperKoper_Illyria

“The organization consisting of 100 members has shown a remarkable enthusiasm for concluding this activity successfully,” reports Kult Plus. Recently, the local media of Slovenia have broadly covered this story, since it shows how an old building shall now host different types of activities such as music, folklore, dance, recitals, and sports events.

For more information regarding the “Illyria” organization and Albanians living in Slovenia, you can follow their Facebook page.

Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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