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Albanian Delegation and Artist Fate Velaj

Albanian Delegation and Artist Fate Velaj
Cleveland City Hall
November 10, 2014

Photographs from highly acclaimed Albanian artist Fate Velaj were on display in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda in an exhibit called "Albania - seen differently." Velaj is the recipient of many awards, including the "Albanian Excellence Award" given to him in 2012 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Albania's independence.

The photographic display was part of a visit from a delegation from Cleveland's Sister City Fier in Albania. The delegation, which included Fier Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj met with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Council president Kevin Kelley, Councilwoman Dona Brady and other dignitaries during their visit. Mr. Velaj and the Albanian delegation were also recognized at the Cleveland City Council meeting on November 10th.

The photographic exhibit was launched at a ceremony in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. Cleveland City Councilwoman Dona Brady welcomed the delegation of elected officials from Fier, Albania to Cleveland. Councilwoman Brady spoke in English and her words were translated to Albanian by Anila Nicklos.

Cleveland City Councilwoman Dona Brady

Cleveland City Councilwoman Dona Brady



Then Fier Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj thanked Councilwoman Dona Brady.

Anila Nicklos, Fier, Albania Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj and City Councilwoman Dona Brady

Anila Nicklos, Fier Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj
and City Councilwoman Dona Brady




Then Albanian artist Fate Velaj spoke. Anila Nicklos translated from Albanian to English.

(Note: Both Anila Nicklos and Dona Brady are ClevelandPeople.Com Ambassadors to Albania.)

Albanian artist Fate Velaj  and Dona Brady

Dona Brady introduced Fate Velaj



Velaj told about the 'Albania - seen differently' photo exhibit.



Velaj pointed out one photo that showed an American flag and a 4th of July celebration. He told how they celebrate the 4th of July in Fier, Albania because of respect for America.

Albanian artist Fate Velaj

Albanian artist Fate Velaj



Another photo displayed the religious diversity and freedom in Albania.

Albanian artist Fate Velaj

Fate Velaj



In his closing remarks, Velaj spoke about the important Sister City relationship between Fier Albania and Cleveland OH USA.



The delegation then met with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in the Red Room and then the Mayor's office. Fate Velaj presented a photograph to Mayor Jackson and photos were taken.



Enjoy these other photos from the Albanian Delegation visit and Photo Exhibit.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Fier Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Fier Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and artist Fate Velaj

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and artist Fate Velaj


Albanian Delegation with Dona Brady

Albanian Delegation with Dona Brady


Anila Nicklos translating

Anila Nicklos translating


Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley and Fate Velaj

Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley and Fate Velaj


Fier Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley, Fate Velaj and Councilwoman Dona Brady

Fier Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley,
Fate Velaj and Councilwoman Dona Brady


Albanian delegation with Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelleyj and Councilwoman Dona Brady

Albanian delegation with Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley
and Councilwoman Dona Brady


Albanian delegation group


Albanian delegation group


Albanian delegation group


Ilir Shyte and Dona Brady

Ilir Shyte and Dona Brady


Fate Velaj with


Albanian delegation in the Red Room with Mayor Jackson and Dona Brady

Albanian delegation in the Red Room with Mayor Jackson and Dona Brady


Albanian delegation in the Red Room with Mayor Jackson and Dona Brady


Albanian delegation in the Red Room with Mayor Jackson and Dona Brady


Albanian delegation in the Red Room with Mayor Jackson and Dona Brady


Artist Fate Velaj shows the photo to Mayor Jackson

Artist Fate Velaj shows the photo to Mayor Jackson


In the Mayor's Office

In the Mayor's Office


In the Mayor's Office


Mayor Jackson, Fate Velaj and Dona Brady

Mayor Jackson, Fate Velaj and Dona Brady


Mayor Jackson, Fate Velaj, Dona Brady and Mayor Zeqaj

Mayor Jackson, Fate Velaj, Dona Brady and Mayor Zeqaj


Cleveland's Sister Cities

Cleveland's Sister Cities


Fier and Cleveland - Sister Cities

Fier and Cleveland - Sister Cities


Fier and Cleveland - Sister Cities proclamation

Fier and Cleveland - Sister Cities proclamation


Flag of Albania flying over Cleveland City Hall

Flag of Albania flying over Cleveland City Hall


Flag of Albania flying over Cleveland City Hall


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