28 May 2016

"The Common"

The necessity to belong to a place, a community, a cultural or national identity is at the heart of our nature as human beings, is the natural balance of our human existence. Cut off from others and from the whole, we simply atrophy.

At TEDxTirana 2016 we aim to deepen our individual and collective sense of the common (in terms of place, connection and culture) through bold and engaging talks from visionary individuals.

Some of the questions we are aiming to investigate deeper are: Can one be an individual and part of a collective at the same time? Are we able to manage individualism in the wider framework of the collective? How capable are we Albanians to modernize, yet to safeguard our shared values and cultural identity?

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"The Common"


The Common: “Which Way Does The Wind Blow?”

April, 2016

“Nga Fryn Era?”/ “Which Way Does The Wind Blow?” besides an invitation to play with the windmills, is an urban provocation, a reaction towards the phenomenon of turning the city-transformation in a political battle field. Skenderbeg Square is the emblematic case...


The Common: “COME TO PLAY”

6 May, 2016

" Pjeter Bogdani road (in the former Bllok) will be closed for cars and will be transformed in an urban playground. A variety of games is our invitation to rediscover the pleasure to play in the street. This is a counter-reaction to the alienation of the character of the streets...


The Common: “WE ART TIRANA”

14 May, 2016

" Express on the canvas the emotions that living in Tirana gives you every day. This painting does not start in a white canvas, it starts in a transparent one, where your brushes will merge in the reality you see through it. It is an invitation to accept Tirana as it is, with its good and hard features...

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2016 Performers


Shpat Deda

2016 Performer

Shpat Deda is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter based in Prishtina, Kosovo. Shpat's music is defined by a very naked and personal account of his life experiences, featuring lyrics that talk about love, despair, society and hope, all delivered over a mix of mellow and playful tunes with intertwined elements of folk, pop, rock, funk and jazz. His first album entitled "Molla e Parë" (The first apple) was launched in the summer of 2010 and features songs and videos that have received a number of prestigious awards, including two awards for best new-coming artist, five best video awards and a nomination for the album of the year in Tirana, Albania. The album also features tracks that have become number one hits in various Kosovar and Albanian music charts. His second album entitled "Shkendijë" (Spark) was launched in the summer of 2014 and features material that has already won two best video awards and has topped music charts in Kosovo and Albania. In both of his albums, Shpat has maintained a consistency of delivering powerful lyrics with a unique and original sound and has managed to establish himself as one of the most important singer-songwriters of his generation. Shpat Deda will be performing in TedXTirana on the 28th of May 2016 with an intimate and acoustic setup, inviting the audience on an emotional journey full of love and life.


Orgesa Zaimi

2016 Performer

Orgesa Zaimi is a very well known Albanian singer, one of the few rock/pop rock singers and stands out from commercial music. She has her own programme on Club FM radio which she started five years ago and a programme on Albanian National Radio-Television.She will launch her new song 'Lëviz me mua' with Down Syndrome Albania kids. She has participated in several contests and has been awarded many times.Orgesa is mostly known and loved for her music videos, which are different, special, original in form and subject. She has studied Albanian language and literature in University of Tirana. She has released her new album in English "BRAND NEW DAY" in collaboration with her Swiss producent Domenique Meyer. Her album is available for everyone on ITunes, Spotify, Amazon ecc.

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2016 Partners

Main Partners

  • Telekom Albania


  • Bashkia Tirane
  • ASLV
  • View
  • Hygeia
  • World Vizion
  • Balfin
  • Globus


  • AMA
  • TBU

Media Partners

  • TiranaXXL
  • IKUB
  • Dritan Hoxha
  • IN TV