Gjirokastra marks its 10th anniversary as UNESCO World Heritage Site


On July 15, the city of Gjirokastra celebrated its 10th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To celebrate this occasion, the municipality of Gjirokastra organized a series of events with the local community, non-profit organizations that focus on preserving Gjirokastra’s heritage and local businesses. CHwB, active in Gjirokastra since 2006, was part of the celebrations, conducting an E Ka Kush e Ka children’s heritage atelier and an exhibition of drawings of the historical neighborhoods.

DSC06600The E Ka Kush e Ka heritage atelier was organized in cooperation with Gjirokastra’s Cultural Centre for Children at Babameto Hostel. The activity focused on building a paper replica of the Babameto House, a first-category cultural monument, as well as learning more about Gjirokastra’s cultural heritage and the importance of its preservation.

The exhibition of drawings by Regional Restoration Camps participants over the years was showcased at Bashteja e Teqesë and visualized the impression that Gjirokastra makes on cultural heritage enthusiasts.

20150715_200847In a special ceremony, Cultural Heritage without Borders was awarded with the title “Gratitude of the City” for its valuable contribution in preserving, revitalizing and promoting Gjirokastra’s cultural heritage. Presenting the title of honor to the head of CHwB Albania, Ms. Lejla Hadžić was the Mayor of Gjirokastra Mr. Flamur Bime.

In her acceptance speech, Hadžić said that the title bestowed upon CHwB places a great responsibility on the organization in regard to its work in Gjirokastra.

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