“Programme: COMMUNITY PROGRAMME PIC INTERREG III A ITALY-ALBANIA 2000-2006
Title: “SHQIPËRIA – THE NOBILITY OF EAGLES
Start - End: February 2005 – October 2007
Field of Intervention: Initiatives and actions aiming at promoting the image of Albania
Location: Italy – Puglia ; Albania
Lead Partner: Municipality of Lecce
Partners: Association of Albanian Writers and Artists, Institute for Community Democracy and Integration; Municipality of Korça, General Archives of the Albanian State, RadioNorba( radio channel), Department of Geography-University of Tirana, Euro-Mediterranean Cultural Heritage Agency, Bleve Editore (publishing house), LATV ( local TV Channel), Integra Onlus, Anci Puglia(ANCI National Confederation of Local Authorities)
The project is an initiative of cooperation and institutional support, and aims to restore and enhance the historical, cultural and literary heritage of Albania, to promote its image, strengthen the institutional and cultural ties between the two transborder Italian-Albanian communities, and encourage ‘integration and recovery - from Albanians recently migrated to Italy - of their roots and their noble identity.
The project also aims to build cooperation and institutional support in order to: recover and and promote the unedited originals from Marubi Photographic Archive; to build and promote a representative work of the best literary expressions of Albania in the last 30 years;to create educational activities in the field of media so as to improve existing skills and enable long-term collaborative and constructive relations;to make a documentary film on the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the Land of Eagles;to plan and implement a ‘literary, illustrated work, also as a teaching tool for schools to disseminate the arbëresh,cultural heritage, symbol of “roots“ and “pride“ of Albanian people.
The project aims, in this way,to bring direct benefits in terms of available services , cultural growth of local communities, as well as to strengthen institutional and cultural ties between Italy and Albania, also promoting the image of the Land of Eagles.