Argjiro – Southern Songs Of Migration – This Saturday!

Legends say that southern polyphonic music of Albania was first sung five centuries ago and it was dedicated to the migrants that were fleeing trying to escape poverty. Families left behind would then go by the shore -men and women- singing messages in two or more voices, believing that the waves would carry their words to their loved ones.

In 2005 UNESCO declared iso polyphony masterpiece of oral and intangible human heritage.

This Saturday Argjiro, a group from the town of Gjirokastra lead by Roland Çenko will perform in dit’ e nat’ in honor of Albanian National Day. Argjiro are the most authentic representatives of this music. The president of Albania Bujar Nishani this year decorated the group with the Presidential Title “The Great Master”.

The concert starts at 9PM /28th of November 2015/

See you on Saturday!

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The Hobbit Book Collection on SALE

This four volume, deluxe paperback boxed set contains J.R.R. Tolkien’s  masterworks The Hobbit and the three volumes of The Lord Of The Rings (The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return Of The King) in their definitive text settings complete with maps and cover illustrations from the movies.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale – a story of heroic adventure set in the unforgettable landscape of Middle-Earth.

the hobbitNow for only 29, 00 euro

Mexican Wrap

It is interesting how cuisines are so telling about individual and collective histories; when spaniards invaded south America in the XVI century they had brought with them the concept of domesticated meats – chicken, goat, beef, sheep – and tried to impose it on everybody else. The natives however, didn’t give in easily, and gradually introduced corn, beans and chilli peppers to the plate – until then unknown to the europeans. While the africans and asians being the working force of the time, employed their style of cooking. Five hundred years later we enjoy the vegetarian mexican wrap worldwide – fresh veggies, black beans, corn and red pepper sauce! A great result from produced by an awkward relationship, don’t you think?

I wonder what do meatballs say about our past  – see you for lunch!Food_008H

Winter Preparations

Having a garden has changed the life of our bookstore – it’s much more spacious, full of light and finally we have a chance to experiment with greenery and plants. As the winter is approaching, we are not keen of the idea of shutting it down till spring. This is why we’ve decided to cover it partially so we can enjoy the change of seasons out there.

So bear with us – garden opens VERY soon!

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Twelve Plays by Shakespeare on SALE!

If you are one of those romantics that likes the smell of books but hates carrying large and heavy compilations around, we might have a solution for you – 12 plays by Shakespeare!                                                                                                                                                                                          

shakespeareAs of today this package is on SALE – 16,5 euro

This very cute light package is made of 12 separate small paperback books consisting of the most important Shakespeare plays such as Hamlet, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Othello, King Lear, Julius Caesar, and Much Ado About Nothing.

…And our motto continues to be: Give up your TV – buy books!

Lemon Tagliatelle

If you’ve decided to treat yourself better, then this refreshing pasta is made for you – tagliatelle with lemon sauce, crème & parmesan cheese. You will feel light after it, but well fed!

See you for lunch ♥

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Tirana Plays Tajçido!

When Bledi, Franci and Lindi get together one can find them somewhere between Disco, Punk and Krautrock – they are unique for their robotic rhythms followed by live drums and minimal electric guitar lines.

Tajçido are a Tirana based band and they represent the young scene of artists that is gradually growing there.

They are in Prishtina for the first time this Saturday playing in dit’ e nat’ – let’s welcome them warmly!

The concert begins at 9PM, November 14, 2015. 

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The Canaries Know Wins the Award for Best Musical Score in Japan!

Kaltrina Krasniqi’s short film “The Canaries Know” produced by dit’ e nat’ and SF FILM, Denmark is awarded for the Best Original Score in Sapporo Film Fest 2015, Japan. Surprised and happy about the news Arbër Salihu, one of the music composers, writes in his Facebook account “…woke up with a Japanese award today…”. “The score was written by Genc Salihu, Tomor Kuçi and Arbër Salihu; I was pleasantly surprised by this award because music plays a very important role in this film” says Kaltrina.

“The Canaries Know” is about a Prishtina family trying to get through the first day of the bombardment of their country: “War is a huge event in the – short – life of a human being. You can’t brush it off, especially as a director, it keeps coming back in your stories…However, I hope that I’m done with it for a while” says Kaltrina.

“The Canaries Know” was released in 2014 and it has already had a rich festival journey worldwide  including Brussels Short Film Festival, Scepto International Film Festival -Italy, LEDEN International Short Film Experience-Holland.

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Genc Salihu – black and white or in color?

A special Wednesday is ahead – Prishtina based singer-songwriter Genc Salihu promotes his new song “Shtyje“.

“I have been isolated, searching…but finally new songs are coming to surface” he says.

The new material is not the only reason which makes this particular video unique – Genc is also debuting as a writer-director. “I was nervous to be in that role…directing myself and the crew. But it did help a lot being surrounded by people that have worked with me in past projects. They know me and understand my voice”.

Photographs from the set shared on social media earlier this week show Genc hospitalized: “I might be there to heal my soul” he says, ”or maybe it’s just an interpretation of perceived reality in my country…or a love story”.

The video is made in two different versions: black and white, and color. Both of them will be shown in the promotional night – the audience will be asked to vote their favorite version.

The event takes place in dit’ e nat’ at 9PM Wednesday /November 11, 2015/

Genc Salihu (left) and Berat Hasani (right) during the shooting of the video.uuuu

PRISHTINA: Poetic Memories – Final Copy!

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Prishtina: Poetic Memories is a display of images taken by an anonymous photographer portraying a city in transition. Decades later Valbona Shujaku finds these photographs and curates a rich book that documents a last century small town growing.

Prishtina: Poetic Memories was first published in 2011 and became somewhat of a popular souvenir of a city that until then existed only in our grandparents stories. The copies that we owned were sold very fast! However, we are happy to announce that while reorganizing our book depot we found a copy and it will be on our shelves as of today.