Home Page
02 Nov 15

Festival Brings European Authors to Tirana

The ‘White Sea’ festival has brought writers from all over the continent to Albania, where few people are familiar with the literature of their nearest neighbours.

24 Oct 15

In Pictures: Photo Contest Winners to Show Albania to World

Photos from Albania by amateurs photographers and published on Instagram will be filed in a catalogue by the Foreign Ministry and distributed to diplomats around the world.

19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision

Performers from only five Balkan countries are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna - whose semi-finals get underway this week.

09 Oct 14

Albania's Fatos Lubonja Brings Apocalyptic Memoir to UK

Author Fatos Lubonja will appear at a number of events across the UK in October to promote his book The False Apocalypse, from Stalinism to Capitalism, which has been translated into English by John Hodgson.

04 Sep 14

Vandalised Albanian Monument Stirs Political Row

The vandalising of a monument dedicated to the victims of Albania’s communist regime has sparked a political row between the government and its critics.

13 May 14

Drag Queen's Eurovision Win Highlights East-West Divide

While LGBT communities and public in Serbia and Croatia criticised the reporting of their national broadcasters on the May 10 victory of transsexual singer Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision, this year’s voting has highlighted differing attitudes towards LGBT people in Western and Eastern Europe.

14 Mar 14

Cafe Gives Young Disabled Albanians Start in Life

E Jona café, a new initiative funded by the Yunus Social Business Fund, is providing work and social inclusion for young people with disabilities.   

07 Mar 14

Albania 'Sold Off' Parts of Butrint, Watchdog Says

Documents obtained by Balkan Insight show that Albanian authorities used land in the Butrint archeological park to compensate property seized under the Communist regime.

11 Nov 13

Albanian Ministers Star in Women’s Rights Play

The country’s female defence and integration ministers appeared in the acclaimed play ‘Seven,’ based on interviews with seven women’s rights activists from around the world.

17 Oct 13

Bulgarian Wins Balkan Short Film Festival

'Botev is an idiot’, a fictional film by Deyan Bararev of Bulgaria, has won the 4th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival in Bucharest.

10 Oct 13

Albania Seizes Treasure Trove of Stolen Antiques

Prime Minister Edi Rama praised police who arrested two suspects believed to have stolen hundreds of antiques - the biggest haul of its kind recovered by Albanian law enforcers.

08 Oct 13

Switzerland Puts Balkan Culture in Focus

This year’s Culturescapes festival will take art, music, films, theatre, dance and literature from the Balkans to Switzerland and also bring Swiss culture to the region.

26 Sep 13

Exhibition Turns Albania Highway into Gallery

An exhibition by Swiss and Albanian artists will turn the 100km stretch of highway connecting Tirana and Shkodra into an open air gallery on September 29.

24 Sep 13

Restoration Row Hits Ancient Albania Mosaic

A dispute has erupted over the quality of the foreign-financed restoration of the early Christian-era mosaic in Antigonea, in southern Albania.

23 Sep 13

Tamil Poet to Open Albania Rights Film Festival

The renowned Tamil poet and politician Salma will launch the eight Albanian International Human Rights Festival in the capital Tirana.

Culture Policy Focus

14 Oct 15

Albania’s Young Artists Give up on Their Homeland

In a country where the appetite for modern art is minimal and cash is short, ambitious have to shift for themselves to survive - or go abroad. 


27 Nov 15

Tirana and Skopje Agree ‘Veggie War’ Deal

Albania and Macedonia take steps to resolve fresh produce 'trade war' after Tirana raises the issue at a regional free trade meeting.