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Naim Frashëri


Naim Frashëri: is a central figure in Albanian literature, the expression of the Albanian people's desire for freedom and progress. He was born in Frashër on the 25th of May 1846 and studied in Ioannina (Greece) where he learned different languages such as Greek, Latin, French, Italian and Persian, completing his education as a poet. He moved to Istanbul in 1870, but came back to Albania after having contracted tuberculosis. There he worked as an employee in Berat and Sarandë. Starting from 1886 he began to write numerous poems which have become part of the Albanian literary heritage. He died on the 20th of October 1900, at the age of 54 and at his death national mourning was proclaimed.



Sami Frashëri



Sami FrashëriNaim's and Abdyl's younger brother, he completed his studies in Ioannina (Greece) where he learned Greek, French, Italian, Arabic and Turkish language. In 1872 he moved to Istanbul where he worked as a director for various newspapers. As many other figures of the "Albanian reinassance", he devoted his whole life to the promotion and the development of Albania, supporting its independence. He died on June 18, 1904 in his house in Erenköy, Istanbul.



Abdyl Frashëri

Abdyl Frashëri: born in Frashër in 1839, he was Naim's and Sami's older brother. He moved to Ioannina for work and asserted himself in politics starting from 1877. As the President of the Albanian Committee in Ioannina, he participated in the drafting of the Albanian Declaration of Independence. At the end of 1877, while being a member of parliament in Ioannina, he got appointed Chief of the "Central Committee for the Protection of Albanian Rights", founded in Istanbul. He took part in all the most important meetings organized in the course of the struggle for Albanian independence and became also a member of the Provisional Government established in Prizren in 1881. He was arrested and sentenced to death by the Ottoman Court; this sentence was then turned into life imprisonment. He died 3 years later in Istanbul, on the 23th October 1892.  



Monumento del Milite Ignoto nella pizza di
Përmet realizzato dallo scultore Odise Paskali

Odhise Paskali: he can be considered the founder of Albanian sculpture and one of the most important Albanian artists. He was born in 1903 in Përmet and began to study art after having studied Philosophy and Literature in Italy, at the University of Turin. He started his career in the field of political jurnalism, then he founded in the 30's the Association "Miqt e Arbrit”; he was also the promoter of the first figurtive art gallery as well as of the first School for Graphic Arts in Tirana. Later he got closer to sculpture becoming the first professional sculptor of Albania. Today his numerous artworks can be  found throughout the country. 





Laver Bariu: a symbol of Albanian folk music, he was born in Përmet on the 2nd of May 1929 and here he died on the 26th January 2014. He was the founder and leader of the group "Saze të Përmetit” (Clarinets of Përmet), and is really well-known both in Albania and abroad, where he was awarded many prizes thanks to its ability as a clarinet player. In 1952 he participated in the first National Festival in Tirana, and was awarded the first prize as folk instrumentalist. He participated in many other international, national and local festivals becoming very popular. In March 2001 he was decorated by the President of the Italian Republic as "Cavaliere all'ordine del merito della Repubblica" for his merits in the artistic field. In the same year he was proclamed "Honorary Citizen by the City Council of Përmet, just like other Albanian personalities such as the Frashër brothers, Odhise Paskali and Mentor Xhemali.

Il grande clarinettista Laver Bariu


Mentor Xhemali: great interpreter of classical, ppopular and partisan music, he was born on the 12th of May 1924 in Përmet. He began his career as a musician in the military band; in 1952 he won a scholarship at the "Cajkovski" Conservatory in Mosca, where he studied voice. From then on he performed at big concerts abroad, in conuntries such as Jugoslavia, URSS, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Austria, Finland, China, Cuba etc. He died on the 9th of April 1992 and is still considered as one of the main personalities of Albanian music. 

Sejfulla Maleshova: politician and writer, he was born in 1900 and is one of the main dissident voices of Albanian post-war politics. He used to harshly criticize in his writings the isolation from Western Europe, supporting the idea that the Albanian intellectual elite had to create strong cultural ties with other Balkan peoples as well as with the democratic world. He died in 1971.


Nonda Bulka: he was a very popular representative of Albanian literature in the 30's and one of the first to criticize the regime of King Zog. He published poems, satirical drawings and translation from French literature. 


Bardhyl Londo: born in Lipë in 1948, he graduated in Literature from the University of Tirana, after having worked as a teacher in the district of Përmet and as a journalist for the newspaper "Drita". He became one the most prominent figure of Albanian poetry in the 80's, so much that in 1989 he was awarded the Migjeni” prize; he has also been Chairman of the Union of Albanian Writers until February 1998.


Tefta Tashko Koco: soprano singer, she was born in Fajum (Egypt) but her parents were originally from Përmet. She studied in Montpellier, France, and at the Conservatory of Paris in 1930. Her activity as a concert performer in Albania started in 1935; she held concerts in every city of the country and was very appreciated for her vocal and performing qualities. 

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