Exhibition in COD
“Colours of Albania”

Tirana, November 21st, 2017 – In cooperation with the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, COD presents the photo exhibition “Colours of Albania” with the best works promoting Albania around world. In the opening ceremony with the presence of Minister Ditmir Bushati, are invited artists, photographers, media representatives, civil society and students. The activity is open to the media and can be followed in live stream.

The nationwide campaign “Colours of Albania” was organized for the third consecutive year by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo and the British Council in Tirana. Digital diplomacy, in this case, is active through the use of a simple and cost-effective instrument available to any Albanian and foreign who uses social networks and wants to spread the colours of “his Albania”.

The contest was open to all citizens for three consecutive months and many young people, those who are passionate about photography, travel, art, culture, and nature took part in this competition. This year, the themes were about the colours of society, religious coexistence, stunning towns and villages, untouched landscapes, portraits and Albanian reality. Over 23,000 photos were part of the competition, with views that are worth to be confessed and give value to the country. Their essential element is the tradition, revelation and rediscovery of Albania, behind the lens of anyone who lives it.

In this context, the best photos are presented at a special exhibition at the COD library premises. The winning images will be part of the album distributed to all Albanian representations around the world and will be used as a symbol of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

The presentation of the exhibition is followed by the discussion of the Minister Bushati with the guests, a conversation focused on the purpose and results of such initiatives that shape the image of Albania in the world. Concretely, behind the lens are ordinary people, mainly young people, who with their talent and contribution can serve as ambassadors of Albania. Through the images, easily perceived by the public, were transmitted the values and local traditions. And more than shown with a photograph, it is intended to encourage reflection or address a reality that needs attention. Earlier, the promotion of Albania online was joined by well-known people such as Lorik Cana, Albanian National Team, Ermonela Jaho, Saimir Pirgu, Kledi Kadiu and other well-known Albanians in the world.

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COD arranges a series of activities such as Youth Space, Space Film, Conference in COD, Exhibitions, COD Talks, COD Podium. The COD exhibition is a special line of artistic presentations, particularly with social topics and by artists and curators of profiles of very different ages. These exhibitions take place several times a year and there may be up to 4-5 of the tire during a quarterly COD season, which is cured by focusing on a main theme and the central exhibition lasts throughout the season.

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