Albania Flag Day 2016

Join us to celebrate the 104rd Anniversary of the Independence of Albania, 10th Anniversary of MAASBESA, 10th Anniversary of Albanian School, and 20th Anniversary of Bashkimi Dance.

Schedule

Flag Raising Ceremony

Saturday, November 26, 2016 , 12 PM

We invite you to partake in our annual flag raising ceremony at Government Center, in Boston MA. Bashkimi Dance Group and the Children of the Albanian Traditional Language and Heritage School Besa will be performing. Refreshments will be served. Government Center is easily accessed by the train on the Blue Line and Green Line.

This event is free

Flag Day Lunch

Sunday, November 27, 2016 , 1 PM

MAASBESA is proud to announce the celebration of the 104 th Anniversary of the Independence of Albania. To make this day even more special, we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of MAASBESA and the Albanian Language and Heritage School, and the 20th Anniversary of the Bashkimi Dance Group.

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History

The Massachusetts Albanian American Society "BESA" (MAASBESA)
The Albanian Language and Heritage School "BESA"
The Bashkimi Dance Group

The Massachusetts Albanian American Society "BESA" was founded in November 2006 as an independent and not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the well-being and progress of the Albanian-American community of Massachusetts.

Over the past ten years, MAASBESA has grown into one of the most active and highly respected Albanian-American organizations in the United States. We have held hundreds of cultural events to promote Albanian art, music, film, and history, and helped over ten Albanian children with serious medical problems to receive medical care here in Boston. (insert link to 100 hearts or I can Help)

We would like to thank all of the 54 people who have served on the MAASBESA Board of Directors and Advisory Board over the past ten years and contributed to its success.

Shkolla "Besa" has been operating since 2006, educating children of Albanian backgrounds, in speaking, reading and writing. It started in an effort to maintain and develop Albanian language and culture within the community. Now, the school includes Albanian language classes, dance classes, and mathematics classes, and serves, on average, 25-30 students per year.

The school's mission is to keep Albanian language and heritage alive in the Albanian community in Massachusetts by promoting and fostering the students' connection with their forefathers' culture, history, and traditions. Thus preparing our children to not only be members of the local Albanian community, but also citizens in a global world, with the ability to carry and communicate the values of their motherland.

The school has held its classes at Boston University, Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral, Holy Trinity Albanian Orthodox Church, and in its current home at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. We would like to thank all of the people who have been teachers, coordinators, and volunteers for the school over the past decade

The Bashkimi Dance Group was established in 1996 by the well-known Albanian choreographer Bashkim Braho . It is the premiere Albanian folk dance troupe of Massachusetts, dedicated to keeping alive the tradition of Albanian dance and music in the heart of the Albanian communities in Massachusetts and across the United States.

In 2010, Bashkimi Dance joined with the MAASBESA, and together organized the first Albanian Folk Festival in Massachusetts with dance groups and Albanian folk performers from Boston, New York, and Detroit. This merger also gave birth to the Albanian Dance Classes for Children under the direction of Bashkim Braho.

Since its inception, the troupe has been composed of Albanian students and graduates from various universities in Boston who consistently won first prize at the New York Albanian Festival. We would like to thank all of the fifty dancers who have been members of the Bashkimi Dance Group over the past twenty years, and contributed to its success and the cultural enrichment of the local Albanian-American community.

Thanks

MAASBESA would like to thank all of the following people who have helped us over the past decade. Click on the headers below for full lists of people from each group.
  • Ada Kokoshi
  • Aida Jovani
  • Alban Kalaja
  • Albana Orgocka, Co-Chair
  • Albion Calaj
  • Anila Piqani, 
  • Anila Radovani
  • Arber Muhameti
  • Ardian Preci
  • Artan Simeqi
  • Bashkim Braho 
  • Besnik Bajrami 
  • Donald Braho
  • Elaine Ropi
  • Enkeleda Klosi
  • Enkeleida Kapia 
  • Enxhi Popa
  • Ermelinda Laho
  • Erta Hysenbegasi 
  • Fatmir Beja 
  • Ferdi Alimadhi 
  • Filgen Prifti
  • Franceska Gjorga 
  • Guljed Birce 
  • Ilir Kochi
  • Ilya Cobi
  • Irida Dautaj
  • Iris Hoxha 
  • Irma Dishnica
  • Jetmira Kaziu 
  • Katherine Prifti, Co-Chair
  • Liri Qirici
  • Marsilda Hazizaj
  • Migen Hasanaj
  • Mikel Plluska
  • Oltiana Mara
  • Orgeta Qirici
  • Pandeli Dhima
  • Petrit Alibeaj
  • Redis Kelmendi 
  • Rezarta Reso 
  • Roers Janku 
  • Sonila Gjata, Vice Chair 
  • Sorkadh Mustafaj
  • Stefan Kochi
  • Vera Gjata. 
  • Vjollca Avrami
  • Arben Malaj
  • Arber Muhameti
  • Argita Domazeti
  • Bashkim Braho
  • Blerina Omari
  • Blerina Rista
  • Brikene Gjini
  • Daniela Field
  • Elisabeta Nasi
  • Enkelejda Kapia
  • Enkelejda Mano
  • Fatmir Beja
  • Fiona Minga
  • Genti Rapi
  • Gentiana Pambuku
  • Iljana Kule
  • Justi Fishta
  • Kreshnik Bushati
  • Migen Hasanaj
  • Myzafere Ormenaj
  • Nikoleta Shala
  • Oltiana Mara
  • Pandeli Dhima
  • Rolanda Dhimitri
  • Roza Mija
  • Silvana Leka
  • Stefan Kochi
  • Tedja Kokoneshi
  • Vilka Markovic
  • Vilma Simeqi
  • Vjollca Avrami
  • Ada Kokoshi
  • Agron Shahaj
  • Aida Jovani
  • Andi Qipo
  • Arber Dhame
  • Arber Muhameti
  • Arjan Daskalis
  • Artan Azizi
  • Bashkim Braho
  • Besiana Konomi
  • Bledi Furxhi
  • Blerina Idrizi
  • Daniela Trebicka
  • Denisa Gilaj
  • Dhimonel Kolvani
  • Donald Braho
  • Eftjola Stratoberdha-Glozheni
  • Eglantina Malaj
  • Ela Bica
  • Elbasan Hyseni
  • Eni Bica
  • Enka Birce
  • Enxhi Stratoberdha
  • Erinda Spiro
  • Erma Bele-Pinto
  • Ervin Kulenica
  • Fidan Ramadani
  • Frankli Zdruli
  • Gentian Shkurti
  • Gentiana Spahiu
  • Gresa Spahija
  • Guljed Birce
  • Hemida Braho
  • Herold Topi
  • Ida Rhemzou
  • Ilir Sherri
  • Irma Dishnica
  • Johanna Foundos
  • Kaltrine Kabashi
  • Klajdi Stefo
  • Klaudia Konstantina
  • Koco Glozheni
  • Kristel Kane
  • Leo Orgocka
  • Lorenc Demika
  • Marsel Kane
  • Melissa Perry
  • Mimoza Shehu
  • Odeta Kulenica
  • Oljana Hoxhallari
  • Ornela Gjata
  • Rezi Memeli
  • Robert Dono
  • Sandra Theodore
  • Sentiana Prendi
  • Stela Shehu
  • Suela Lika
  • Taulant Lame
  • Tina Simollaris
  • Vasilika Polena
  • Vera Gjata
  • A Plus Computer Services
  • Albanian Chamber of Commerce
  • Ada Kokoshi
  • Adi Note
  • Admirim Murati
  • Adnan Derti
  • Adriatic Restaurant
  • Adriatik Agolli Electric
  • Afrim Avdyli
  • Afrim Hoxha
  • Agron Gjerasi
  • Ajet Ameti
  • Ajet Xhemajli
  • Alan MacKinnon
  • Alb TV
  • Alba Restaurant
  • Alban Nevzati
  • Albana Orgocka
  • Albana Qinami
  • Albanian American Law Society
  • Albanian American Women's Organization
  • Albanian Mobile Communications
  • Albanian Mobile Communications (AMC) in Tirana
  • Alda Sharxhi
  • Aldi Myteberi
  • Almira LLC
  • Amela Jusufi
  • Andi Biqiku Concert Productions
  • Andrea Ford
  • Andrea Roshi
  • Andrew Elia
  • Anna Kohen
  • Annmarie Moccia
  • Anthony J. Cefaliu
  • Arben Berberi
  • Ardian Noti
  • Ardian Preci
  • Ardiana Mihal
  • Arian Simaku
  • Artan Vlladesi
  • Arthur Liolin
  • Bagel Bin in Revere
  • Bank of America
  • Barry & Associates
  • Basri Limani
  • Behare Kadriu
  • Bekim Haziri
  • Bekim Rrudhani
  • Belly Buster in Billerica
  • Beralda Kokoshi
  • Besa Foundation
  • Besa Foundation Tirana
  • besim myshqeri
  • Betim Luzha
  • Beverly Sotir
  • Bishop Nikon
  • Blerina Omari
  • Bleron Baraliu
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bob Tochka
  • Borana Hajnaj
  • Boston University Dental School
  • Brian's Fine Desserts in Braintree
  • Bujar Veselaj
  • Cambridge Mortgage Group
  • Carl H. Lacey
  • Century 21/Treon Realty
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Tirana
  • Chicos Family
  • Citizens Bank
  • Coddington Dental
  • Coleman F. Connolly
  • Congressman William Delahunt
  • Constance Cotto
  • Copley Dental Associates
  • Credins Bank
  • Credins Bank
  • Dafina Pruthi
  • Daniel B. Abrams
  • Daniel Terpollari
  • Daryl Lacey
  • Daughters of St. George Cathedral
  • Daughters of St. John
  • Daver Cano
  • David G. Montani Jr
  • Denisa Mustafa
  • Dhomen e Tregtise Tirana
  • DJ Adi
  • Dr. Adela Duka
  • Dr. Arvi Duka
  • Dr. Florian Koci
  • Dr. Haki Laho
  • Dr. Margarita Panajoti
  • Drilon/Dritan Thanasi
  • Drita Ivanaj
  • Dritan Korce
  • Eaton Vance
  • Edlira Avdulla
  • Edlira Gjerasi
  • Edvin Tela
  • Elias G. Emmanouilidis
  • Elizabeth L. Comproni
  • Ellie Treon
  • Elmer E. Pooler
  • Elton Prifti
  • Energy Choice
  • Enkelejda Klosi
  • Entela Tase
  • Eqerem Mete
  • Ergys Prenika
  • Erta Hysenbegasi
  • Ervin Kurti
  • Esmeralda Shukulli
  • F. Michael McNally
  • Father Arthur Liolin
  • Fatmir Begolli
  • Fatmir Sejdiu
  • Feriz Kozmaqi
  • Filgen Prifti
  • Fitim Kryeziu
  • Flavin & Flavin Realty
  • Florian Bezhani
  • Florian Koci
  • Foley Hoag LLP Law Firm
  • FondiBESA in Tirana
  • Four Square Restaurant
  • Frederic M. Bousquet
  • Fredi Nune
  • Frosina Information Network
  • Frost and Fire
  • Gazi & Hellen
  • Gazmend Hoxha
  • Gent Puto
  • Gerta Dhamo
  • Gerta Mujaj Countrywide Financing
  • Gerta Sinani
  • Giovanni's Restaurant
  • Gjergji Stasse
  • Gledis Memelli
  • Global Albanians Foundation
  • Google
  • Granite Street Cafe
  • H and Company Real Estate LLC
  • Hafiz Kabashi
  • Hansi Vlladesi
  • Herion Karbunara
  • Holy Trinity Albanian Orthodox Church
  • Horizon Insurance
  • Howard Weinike
  • Huguette Trainor
  • Ilaz Latifi
  • Ileo Orgocka
  • Ilia Cobi Real Estate
  • Ilir Kavaja
  • Ilir Kochi
  • Ilya Cobi
  • IPC Glina Water Distributor in Roslindale
  • Irida Dautaj
  • Irma Dishnica
  • Irma Spaho
  • Ismail Hysenbegasi
  • Ivi Kasimati
  • Ivy Du
  • Jay Hysenbegasi
  • Jeanette T. Vacca
  • Jeffrey M. Bartman
  • Joan Naco
  • Joel Slarve
  • John F. Kilcommons
  • John J. Nugent
  • John W. Dalton, M.D., P.C.
  • Jonida Shehu
  • Jorgo Xhori
  • Joseph F. Kintigos
  • Joseph P. Rizzo
  • JP Morgan Wealth Management
  • Judi Pearlstein
  • Julian Nenshati
  • Julie Disciacca
  • Jurgen Lika
  • Jurgina Elezi DMD
  • Kane's Flower World in Danvers
  • Kathleen M. Fitzgerald
  • Kathleen O'Rourke
  • Katriot Qirici
  • KCRO Enterprises
  • Keller Williams Realty
  • Ken Bader
  • Kevin P. Trainor
  • Kimberly A. McAnulty
  • Klodjan Pepi
  • Kostadin Mitrev
  • Kostantinos Papadopoulos
  • Kristofer W. Meyer
  • Kutrubes Travel in Boston
  • L Street Diner
  • Laughlin Nichols Funeral Home in Hyde Park
  • Law Offices of Ilir Kavaja
  • Law Offices of Rachel L. Rado
  • Law Offices of Sonja B. Selami, P.C.
  • Law Offices of Terpollari & Terpollari LLC
  • Leonard Keka
  • Leonard Vladasi
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Lindita Coku
  • Liri Qirici
  • Lorenc Demika
  • Luljeta Demika
  • Lulzim Hoxha
  • Lux Dental
  • Maralin A. Manning
  • Mark Jordan
  • Mark Kosmo
  • Mark Neli
  • Mark S. Bertman
  • Markel Ashiku
  • Marsel Kane
  • Marshall & Nancy Lazaro
  • Marsilda Hazizaj
  • Martin and Mirash Ivanaj Foundation
  • Mary Louise M. Howard
  • Mary Thomas
  • Mary Vaughan
  • Masonry & Painting Shehu Co.
  • Mentar Duka
  • Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Mexhit & Femije Jusufi
  • MHC Realty LLC
  • Michael & Malika Kane
  • Michael Martorano
  • Michele Bass
  • Michelle Limaj
  • Migen Hasanaj
  • Mikel Plluska
  • Milaim Hoxha
  • Minella Gjoka
  • Mirjan Xhabrihimi
  • Monda Kokoshi
  • Musli Sejdiu
  • Myzafere Ormenaj
  • Nancy M. Governor
  • National Commercial Bank
  • National Grid
  • ND-Balkan (Macedonia)
  • Ned Masonry LLC
  • New England Baptist Hospital
  • New England Dental Group
  • Nexho Xhemaili
  • Okita Sevi
  • Oli Kasuli
  • Oljana Gjura
  • Olti Gjura
  • Oltiana Mara
  • Orieta Kristo
  • Orion & Valbona Zheku
  • Pajtim Gjergjizi
  • Paskali Hysenbegasi
  • Patricia & Paul Connolly
  • Patricia A. Foley
  • Paul & Carol Reynolds
  • Paul Pando
  • Peter Toli
  • Piro & Erita Ikonomi
  • Piro Fani
  • Piro Leno DMD
  • Poema Dauti
  • Polygraphix Printing
  • PostModern Design
  • Prenca Junkovic, Trustee
  • Quincy Fashion
  • Rachel Rado
  • Raifeissen Bank
  • Raiffeisen Bank
  • Rigela Bejgo
  • Robert & Alyson Silvia
  • Robert A. Constantino
  • Robert F. Crowley
  • Robert Tochka
  • Roberta Chicos
  • Ron Nasson
  • Ronald & Jane Zooleck
  • Ronald Nasson
  • Rosemary C. Kelley
  • Rotary Club of Quincy
  • Ruth Karchenes
  • Ryan McCourt
  • Sabri Bytyqi
  • Saint George Cathedral
  • Samir Zaganjori
  • Scutari Productions
  • Seven-Eleven in South End/Back Bay
  • Shehu Masonry & Painting
  • Shemsi Shehu
  • Shirley C Nicholas
  • Shirley Tobin
  • Shpend Qamili
  • Shpresa Theodhosi & James Michael
  • Silva Misho
  • Simaku Realty LLC
  • Soila Gjata
  • Sokrat Dishnica
  • Sonja Selami
  • Sorkadh Mustafa
  • St John the Baptist Albanian Orthodox Church
  • State Street Bank and Trust
  • Stefan & Liz Kochi
  • Success Real Estate
  • Sue and Peter Toli
  • Tarra M. Brown
  • Telealba TV
  • Teuta Hajrizaj
  • The Committee to Elect Arthur S. Tobin
  • The Gardens Cemetery
  • Thomas J. Buckley, III
  • Tiku Agolli
  • Timothy & Nina Craven
  • Tirana Travel Agency
  • Tom Vangell
  • TVALB
  • Valentina & Andrea Plluska
  • Valentina Gashi
  • Valon Haziri
  • Van and Jane Christo
  • Vaske Iftica
  • Vaxhid Xhemaili
  • Vera & Kole Dashi
  • Veselaj Photography
  • Vilma Simeqi
  • Vlora Restaurant
  • W.Phelan Committee
  • Walter & Barbara Breska
  • William Antonopoulos
  • William P. Monahan
  • Yll Bajraktari
  • Ymrije Grajcevci