Veliaj talks about the spiritual vaccine and shows the project that connects Albania with Italy
Metropol Theater represents Albania in the AIDA project, a joint initiative between Italy, Albania and Montenegro, to increase cooperation between cities such as Lecce, Campobasso, Tirana and Ulcinj.
"I hope that this cooperation will be a 'medicine' for our countries, as a spiritual vaccine that provides us with antibodies to viruses such as populism, nationalism, the virus of disruption and the toxins that politics or other issues bring into our lives," he said. Mayor Erion Veliaj during the presentation of the initiative.
The mayor underlined that in this difficult period, as a result of the pandemic, there is more room to fight the stigmas related to mental health issues and this new strategy for art addresses this issue.
"Today we need to cure the heart, to have an antidote to divisive, nationalist policies, both in Italy and in Montenegro. To think that in 2020 there are still political parties, as well as in Albania, Italy or Montenegro, that are invested in the spirit of division! Your mission is not only to make theater, but also to create an antidote to this divisive policy , to show that cooperation is possible. "This is one of those projects that unites the shores of the Adriatic", underlined Veliaj.
While the director of the Metropol Theater, Jonida Beqo, said:
"It is a new relationship for the Albanian theater in general, and not only for the Metropol Theater, for the inclusion in important networks of culture and art. The focus of the project is to explore everyone's local identity. "This is a good opportunity to become part of a network of cooperation, to see ourselves beyond Albania, but also as a key factor in the development and continuity of a collective memory between similar theaters in the region," she explained.
This joint initiative aims to create and further expand an artistic community, across borders, throughout the Adriatic region. Also, a series of artistic activities will take place over a period of 14 months, with the aim of involving independent artists and theater artists in identity research and the inclusion of Tirana in this artistic network.