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We have planned a new kind of event for 10 October (6.30 for 7pm at the Embassy of Albania). This will be a focus on a small enigmatic district within northern Albania, - Mirdita.
Set in beautiful mountain scenery, Mirdita is famous for having enjoyed semi-autonomy during the Ottoman period, and even declared itself to be an independent republic for a few months in 1921. It still retains an other-worldly quality. This I experienced myself when, in the early '90s, I first walked into Mirdita from the West with friends.
At our Mirdita evening, we will learn more about its social structures, and meet Mirditans who will give us insights and, if we are lucky, share some good local wine.
Our main speaker is Michael Gunn, a historian and anthropologist specializing on the social structures of rural Albania, and whose book “An Historical Dictionary of the Albanian tribes, Clans and Families, c.1100 AD – c.1944” will be published next year. His talk will be illustrated. Another speaker will be a young London-based Mirditan, born in Orosh, Renis Gjoka.
Attendees will be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of the event (guide level: £5 for members; £10 for non-members).