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2017

Opera in the Albanian Cultural Garden

he Albanian Cultural Garden hosted an opera performance on August 20, 2017 and hundreds of people showed up to enjoy the beautiful setting, great food and music from the Cleveland Opera Theater. The stage was set on the upper level of the Albanian Garden by the fountain.

Armend Axhenti and Councilwoman Dona Brady

Albanian Cultural Garden delegate Armend Axhenti
and Councilwoman Dona Brady


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2016

Mother Teresa Canonization Ceremony - Albanian Cultural Garden

The Albanian Cultural Garden hosted a canonization ceremony for Blessed Mother Teresa on Sunday September 4, 2016. "Many people don't know Mother Teresa was Albanian," said Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady, one of the founders of the garden and leader of the ceremony. Albanian-American Councilwoman Brady also served as mistress of ceremonies for the event.

Sheila Crawford, Sister Ryan, Bishop Gries, Dona Bradt, Sister Karam and Adem Meta

Sheila Crawford, Sister Ryan, Bishop Gries, Dona Brady,
Sister Karam and Adem Meta

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2014

Albanian Delegation and Artist Fate Velaj Exhibit

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.

Mayor Jackson, Fate Velaj and Dona Brady

Mayor Jackson, Fate Velaj and Dona Brady


Photos and Videos of the Albanian Exhibit and Visit


2013

Albanian Cultural Garden Phase 2 Dedication

November 24, 2013

A delegation from Albania including Fier Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj and the Prefect who represented Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama joined Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Councilwoman Dona Brady and members of the Albanian community to dedicate Phase 2 of the Albanian Cultural Garden.

The newly completed Phase 2 of the Albanian Garden includes walkways, a fountain and lights so that the garden can be used by the community and for events. Phase 1 featured the monumental statue of Mother Teresa.

Dona Brady, Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj and Mayor Frank Jackson cut the ribbon

Dona Brady, Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj and Mayor Frank Jackson cut the ribbon

Photos and Videos of the Albanian Cultural Garden event


Albanian Display at Culture Shock 2013
Tri-C West April 18, 2013

The Cleveland Albanian community was represented at the 2013 Culture Shock event which was put on by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) West and the Parma City School District.

Albanian Table

Albanian display



2012

Albanian Cultural Garden Dedication
September 22, 2012
6 pages from the Garden dedication, visit from the Honorable Bujar Nishani, President of Albania and unveiling of the Mother Teresa Statue.

Fier Albania Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj

Fier Albania Mayor Baftjar Zeqaj



The Honorable Bujar Nishani, President of Albania
September 22, 2012
The Honorable Bujar Nishani, President of Albania spoke at the Garden Dedication and unveiling of the Mother Teresa Statue.

The Honorable Bujar Nishani, President of Albania

The Honorable Bujar Nishani, President of Albania




Unveiling of Mother Teresa Statue
September 22, 2012
The formal dedication of the Albanian Garden and unveiling of the Mother Teresa Statue.

Mother Teresa statue covered before unveiling

Mother Teresa statue covered before unveiling


Mother Teresa of Albania - The person beyond the image
by Kleida Spirollari


Mother Teresa statue in Albanian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Mother Teresa statue in Albanian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Mother Teresa statue in Albanian Cultural Garden in Cleveland



Albanian soil mixed with others in Cultural Gardens of Cleveland

The 65th annual One World Day in Cleveland featured the depositing of soil from Albania into a crypt containing soil from other nations that have Cultural Gardens.

Soil from Albania was then deposited in the crypt and mixed with soil of other nations

Soil from Albania deposited in the crypt



On May 30, 2012, an intercultural group of people came together to raise funds for the Mother Teresa statue in the Albanian Cultural Garden as well as to meet new friends and have some fun. The event was created by immigration attorney and author Richard Herman, City Councilwoman Dona Brady and Federation Of India Community Associations of NE Ohio (FICA) president Asim Datta.

Members of the Albanian Cultural Garden Committee

Members of the Albanian Cultural Garden Committee


Photos & Videos from the Mother Teresa Statue event at FICA


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Organizations and Resources for Albanians in Cleveland

Albanian-American Association of Cleveland

The Albanian-American Association of Cleveland was established in 1998. The association is a voluntary organization for the Albanian-American community and works without any benefit payment to members of Officer (practitioners of tasks). Any incomes will only the purposes and goals of the association.

The aim of the Association is to preserve, develop and augment the traditions of Albanian-Americans who reside in Northeast Ohio.




Submit your Cleveland Albanian organizations and resources.

Consulate General of Albania in Cleveland, United States
1200 W. 58th. Street
Cleveland, OH 44102
216-631-1755

Albanian Orthodox Church of St E Premte
10716 Jasper Rd
Cleveland, OH 44111
216-941-1508

Business, Education and Employment Information



ABA Business Center, Tirana Albania

ABA Business Center in Tirana



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Cleveland Albanian Feedback and Memories


Albania's Prime Minister Sali Berisha with former U.S. President George W. Bush in Tirana, June 2007.

Albania's Prime Minister Sali Berisha with former U.S. President George W. Bush in Tirana, June 2007.




Albanian History and Culture


Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Albanians so special.

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Albania

Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912, but was conquered by Italy in 1939. Communist partisans took over the country in 1944.

Albania allied itself first with the USSR (until 1960), and then with China (to 1978). In the early 1990s, Albania ended 46 years of xenophobic Communist rule and established a multiparty democracy. The transition has proven challenging as successive governments have tried to deal with high unemployment, widespread corruption, a dilapidated physical infrastructure, powerful organized crime networks, and combative political opponents.

Albania has made progress in its democratic development since first holding multiparty elections in 1991, but deficiencies remain. International observers judged elections to be largely free and fair since the restoration of political stability following the collapse of pyramid schemes in 1997; however, there have been claims of electoral fraud in every one of Albania's post-communist elections.

In the 2005 general elections, the Democratic Party and its allies won a decisive victory on pledges to reduce crime and corruption, promote economic growth, and decrease the size of government. The election, and particularly the orderly transition of power, was considered an important step forward.

Albania joined NATO in April 2009 and is a potential candidate for EU accession. Although Albania's economy continues to grow, the country is still one of the poorest in Europe, hampered by a large informal economy and an inadequate energy and transportation infrastructure.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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Profiles of Albanians in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Portrait of Skanderbeg in the Uffizi, Florence. During the fifteenth century Albania enjoyed a brief period of independence under the legendary hero, Skanderbeg

Portrait of Skanderbeg in the Uffizi, Florence. During the fifteenth century Albania enjoyed a brief period of independence under the legendary hero, Skanderbeg



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Dona Brady
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Dona Brady
Anila Niklos

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Albanian Military personnel from the 1st Infantry Company of the Rapid Reaction Brigade

Military personnel from the 1st Infantry Company of the Rapid Reaction Brigade




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