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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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05 Sep 13

Socially Aware Balkan Artists Exhibit in Thessaloniki

A group of socially engaged Balkan and international artists will be exhibiting at the Action Field Kodra Festival in Thessaloniki.

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14 May 13

Balkan Contestants Gear Up For Eurovision

Performers from Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia will take to the stage for the first semi-final of Eurovision 2013 on Tuesday, closely watched by the glitzy song contest’s Balkan fans.

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29 Mar 13

BIRN Fellows for 2013 Selected

The jury in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence has selected 10 participants for this year’s programme.

Culture Policy Focus

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31 Oct 13

Prisoners’ Art Lifts Lid on Albanian Women’s Plight

A new exhibition highlights the violence that women routinely face in what remains a patriarchal society.

Business

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20 Oct 14

Albania Power Utility Accused of Fixing Tenders

BIRN can reveal that the competition authority is probing claims that Albania’s power utility, OSHEE, colluded with two electricity traders - EFT A.G and GSA - to rig the outcome of import tenders.