Monday, 14 November 2022 11:39

“Destinazione Tirana”, from Giffoni to Albania: in the Balkan capital, workshops, startups and meetings from November 9 to 11

The choice of Albania is not random. Indeed, just in the European Year of Youth, Giffoni has partnered with Tirana, European Youth Capital, and has planned a program of events to take the city on an innovative path dedicated to young people.

The relationship with Albania has very deep roots: in 1984, Giffoni presented the world with the first ever Albanian film exhibition, offering an international showcase to the creative filmmaking of a country that has so much to share.

“We are very pleased that the Ministry of Sport and Youth decided to invest in our project”, said Giffoni general manager Jacopo Gubitosi. “The purpose is to foster virtuous dynamics aimed at bringing about social, cultural and political changes whose protagonists can only be young people. We wanted to do that in Albania, a country with which Giffoni has had a strong working relationship for forty years, a country that has a close bond with Italy and is characterized by a cultural vibrancy that is perfectly in tune with the world of Giffoni”.

The project consists of two stages. The first took place during #Giffoni2022. A delegation of Albanian giffoners, along with the mayor of Tirana Erion Veliaj and other executives from the city took part in the Impact section, which is dedicated to young people aged 18 to 30 who get to meet with representatives of institutions, personalities from culture and entertainment, science professionals, academics and entrepreneurs.

The second stage of the project will take place in Tirana from November 9 to 11 and will feature a delegation of Italian giffoners that includes Giorgia Pia Fasano, Domenico Potenza, Alberico Giusti, Giuseppina Lambiasi, Simona Della Monica, Vincenza Carmen Fasano and Simona Della Monica, as well as a representation of the European Year of Youth Ambassadors made up of Jousseff Tabi, Esdra Sciortino and Angelica Boscolo.

The event will also be attended by general manager Jacopo Gubitosi, president of the Ente Autonomo Giffoni Experience Pietro Rinaldi, head of the Special Projects department Marco Cesaro, head of institutional relations Davide Russo, as well as Giffoni team members Elena Scisci, Michele Melillo, Giusy Rago, Marta Frasca, Giuseppe Novellino and Rita Esposito. Representing the Department for Youth Policies will be Adriano Scaletta and Francesco Pallante. The program includes workshops on new audiovisual languages and the role that cinema can play in social mediation and inclusion and a visit to the Studios. Among the most eagerly awaited focus panels will be MEDITERRANEAN NEETs, an in-depth look at the young people who are not studying, not working and are not even involved in a training process, and who make up a high percentage in the Mediterranean area. This is a worrying and increasingly widespread trend that Giffoni has long chosen to deal with. In addition to this, another focus panel will be THE VIDEOGAME AS A LEARNING TOOL: game-based learning and gamification can become very useful teaching methods at school, particularly now that digital education has taken on a fundamental role in guaranteeing the right to study.

Institutional meetings will be supported by the Italian Embassy in Tirana. Mayor Erion Veliaj will be the host, having welcomed and championed this initiative with great responsibility.

Amid cinema and workshops, music will also play its part: Federica Carta, who has a large fanbase in the Balkan country, will meet giffoners for an event combining both music and words. The singer-songwriter took her first steps in the music industry at a very young age; in 2016 she took part in the Italian talent show Amici. After her participation in the Sanremo music festival, she entered a prolific period that saw the release of the singles Easy, Bella così, Morositas, Mostro and Tocca a me, as well as the announcement of an album scheduled for 2023.

Moreover, giffoners will have a unique opportunity to live a professional experience by creating a start-up: the youngsters will have access to a self-entrepreneurship orientation path, which will be characterized by a series of modules and labs that will be centered on how to conceive, prototype and commercialize a product that will later be marketed in Italy as well.