People's Artist (Albania)

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People's Artist
Awarded by The Presidium of the People's Assembly
TypeRound gild or brass medal
Established26 October 1960
ClassesClass I

The People's Artist (Albanian: Artist i Popullit; Artiste e Popullit) was an honorary title for outstanding art performers of the People's Socialist Republic of Albania, whose merits were exceptional in the sphere of development of the performing arts (theatre, music, cinema and art). It was created by law in 1960 and amended in 1980. The title was no longer given in Albania after the law was amended in 1996. The equivalent of it became the "Grand Master of Work" title, that was also substituted with the "Grand Master" title after the 2001's amendment of the 1996 law.[1]


Founded on October 26, 1960, the honorary title of “Artist of the People” was bestowed upon singers, composers, orchestra directors, musicians, stage managers, ballet dancers, and actors in theater, cinema, and opera whose works displayed great artistic value towards the development of the performing arts in Albania. When first established, the recipient of the title only received a certificate from the Presidium of the People’s Assembly. Sometime in the mid to late 1960s, a badge was created as an outward symbol of the title. Badge: Round gilt or brass medal 27 mm in diameter with white enameled base with thin rays, upon which is a ruby red enamel band with inscription ARTIST I POPULLIT, at the center a black enameled Albanian double headed eagle on a bright red circle, surmounted by ruby red star. The reverse is plain.

Its recipients include many of the most-acclaimed composers, dancers, singers, film and theatre directors and actors. Normally, a person was named the People's Artist after 40 years of age. Exception was made for ballet artists.[2]


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  2. ^ Schena, Eric (2006). The Decorations of Socialist Albania (PDF). p. 136.