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The Ensemble “Shota” claim “Grand Master” prize, given by the President of Republic of Albania, Mr. Bujar Nishani.

The decoration and the reason for this prize were delivered to the Ensemble on 6th of August, in a ceremony organized in Drelaj, Rugova.

In his last month of the mandate as the President of Republic of Albania, Mr. Bujar Nishani awarded the Ensemble “Shota” with the prize “Grand Master”, his advisor Mr. Flamur Gashi, gave the decoration and the reason of this title to the delegation of the Ensemble. While the director and the Artistic Troop of the Ensemble were in the international festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the composer Mr. Fahri Beqiri led the delegation, in the same time the signatory of the nomination for the prize. Parts of the delegation were, also the dean of the Ensemble, Mr. Ismet Bogujevci, the leader of dance group, Mr. Nazmi Demaj and the financial officer, Mr. Agim Maxhuni. In the reasoning for the highest title given in the cultural field in the Republic of Albania is written as below:

“The President of Republic of Albania, Mr. Bujar Nishani, gives the Title “Grand Master” to The National Ensemble of Songs and Dance "Shota": For the affirmation of national genuine cultural values, costumes originality, authentic melodies and special dances, in which the Ensemble was presented in more than 50 countries in the world, in all the continents; for keeping and developing national folklore (folk songs and dances), research of new forms for elaboration of traditional folk art, also keeping and elaborating the representation of folk and the value of spiritual and material heritage of our people”.

However, in addition of the cups, medals, letters of gratitude and multiple plaques, won during many national and international activities, from now on this decoration will be in front of the Ensemble’s trophies showcase.

Ansambli Kombëtar i këngëve dhe valleve - SHOTA 2014