The Albanian CID was a showcase of Albanian culture, tradition, dances and stereotypes displayed for an international audience with the purpose of education, promotion and entertainment. This year there are more than 30 Albanians on campus, more than ever before, and most of the students at Jacobs don’t know a single thing about their friends’ origin and culture.That’s why we hoped to bring to everyone a really big event, more like a proper entertaining show, where we could show these virtues. As in any other CID, we couldn’t omit presentations, which really gave an inside taste of the beautiful places Albania has to offer. But we knew that just presentations were going to be quite boring. This is why we included dances and mini-sketches. In the CID we had two dances, one from the North and one from the South, so we kind of covered the whole territory. I was part of the North dance, which had quite a difficult choreography and we spent a lot of time learning it together with the steps. But what were the highlights of the show were the mini-sketches. The idea was to compare certain behavior in certain situations between western people and Albanians. We included a lot of auto-irony, making fun of our stereotypes and exaggerating them, which created very funny situations and I am sure many people could also relate to them. The sketches displayed behaviors such as hospitality, how to behave in a bar, how Albanians behave with foreigners and in the end the big Albanian wedding, which concluded the show. After that, traditional Albanian food was offered in the servery, cooked by some very lovely hands.
I had been planning this CID since April last year, when I saw a spam from Mercator RAs asking for people who would want to organise one. I knew that this was going to be my last year at Jacobs, and I really wanted to do something to benefit to the community, but also to benefit to my own country in this case. I was really looking forward to it, and despite the stress and time that the organisation took, I am glad that it turned out perfectly and that everyone had a good time. It was also the first time for me to moderate a show, I don’t know if I did a good job but I certainly enjoyed myself very much.
Last but not least, I would like to thank Mercator College for helping us organise this event, of course all the Albanians who took their time off studies and were part of the CID, and all the guests who came and enjoyed the show. Shume faleminderit! (Albanian: Thank you very much).
By Kristi Gadeshi