Inis Neziri: Happy to represent Albania at “Golden Deer” Festival
From August 29 to September 2, in the medieval city of Brasov in Romania will be held the “Golden Deer” International Festival. To represent Albania in this festival will be Inis Neziri. With Neziri, our reader was first introduced when she took part at the RTSH Festival in December, where she performed the “Pedestal” song penned by Gridi Kraja with the lyrics of Florian Zyka. The “Golden Deer” festival is organized by the Romanian Public Television (TVR). To participate in the song competition were registered 110 candidates of which the members of the jury selected 18. This festival celebrates its 50th anniversary and is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Romanian union. On this occasion, the organizers have thought of Gala evening of many trophies the total value of which is 65 thousand euros. It is expected to be a Gala Celebration, two days of competition, and a Gala Festival as well as accompanying events.
Opusalb: How did you find out about this festival and were there any specific acceptance criteria?
I.NEZIRI: I found out of this festival when i received an invitation in my e- mail containing information about who had participated over the years, how it was organized etc. No, there was no specific criterion except for the age of 16 years.
Opusalb: How will be Albania introduce in this Festival? Is there any Albanian song that you will sing?
I.NEZIRI: Albania will represented by two songs. Of course one of them is in Albanian language.
Opusalb: What do you know about other participants?
I.NEZIRI: My greatest purpose is to make an excellent presentation, to give the best of it . I can say that I know a little about both.
Opusalb: How are you preparing for this participation?
I.NEZIRI: I’m studying a lot in the studio the two songs that I will sing. I am very happy to be part of it, so I am very happy to prepare them.
Opusb: Who are your supporters at this festival?
I.NEZIRI: The main supporters as always are my family, the close friends and my fans.
Opusalb: You were very close to win the Fest 56. How did you face that contest and are you going to take part again?
I.NEZIRI: “Fest 56” was a very attracting experience artistically and humanly. I can say that it was more of competing with myself in which I have not reached where I want. But of course it’s just the beginning and the 3rd place means a lot. I am delighted that the Albanian and foreign media have waited it very well. Everything comes with time …
Opusb: What’s on Inisi’s upcoming projects?
I.NEZIRI: I just returned with a second prize from the International Festival “Tra la la” in Ohrid, as well as with many international festival invitations in some countries.
I’m also preparing a song that still does not know the stage to be sung (smiles).
Opusalb: Since we have seen the Golden Deer, each of the participants will sing a Romanian song. Did you choose the song you would sing?
I.NEZIRI: I have definitely chosen. It’s a love ballad.
Opusalb: In the jury is also Eleni Foureira who will also hold a recital. Does this mean anything special to you?
I.NEZIRI: Of course because it creates another emotion when an Albanian is in the jury. I may say it looks like I have a warm arm … (laughs).