Successes and Challenges of Albanian Authors in Diaspora

By: Liza Gashi    August 6, 2013

The conference Successes and Challenges of Albanian Authors in the Diaspora was held on August 5th 2013, in the presence of many artists within the diaspora network. Associations of writers and artists hailing from Germany, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, England, France, Italy, among other countries attended the conference, which was held in the traditional manifestation of Days of Diaspora.

This conference, held to coordinate joint diaspora and local activities, issued a statement regarding the establishment of the Union of Albanian Artists in the Diaspora. The Diaspora Minister, Ibrahim Makolli, who took part in the writers and poets of the diaspora meeting, stated, “It is our historic destiny that many of our authors work and operate in the diaspora. In this case, you should not feel self-excluded. Instead, attempt to connect further with each other, in order to connect your culture and creativity.”

Mr. Makolli continued by asserting, “I congratulate you for your efforts and the great contribution you give to preserve the language, literature, and culture around the world.” Meanwhile, representatives of associations of writers and artists throughout Europe thanked the Ministry of Diaspora, suggesting that similar events be organized more often.

To conclude the conference, a joint statement, “The association of Albanian artists in the diaspora, after this activity and considering the circumstances and need for mutual coordination to be unified, willingly forms the League of Albanian Artists in the Diaspora.” It was decided to establish the leadership work, which will consist of representatives of each association. Furthermore, the founding members will start preparing for the next assembly, which will elect the President of the League, as well as other organs.

The activity of diaspora authors continues with the Fair and Books Promotion of Authors from the Diaspora.

The original article was posted at the Kosovo Ministry of Diaspora website. Click here to read the original article.  

Liza Gashi

Liza is a public policy professional with experience in project and campaign management, qualitative analysis and big data, and multi-stakeholder engagement in Kosovo, the United States, Costa Rica and Argentina. Liza has founded and managed Germin and the portal. She has been a Commitment-Maker of the Clinton Global Initiative. Liza has also founded and currently leads the United World Colleges Committee in Kosovo, which has administered scholarships for Kosovo high school students to attend UWC colleges in 15 different countries. Liza is pursuing a Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Arizona State University, and holds a bachelor degree from Wartbrug College (IA) in International Relations, Political Science and Spanish. She is a graduate of United World College in Costa Rica, and studied for a semester at the National University of Córdoba in Argentina.

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