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09 May 17

Balkan Hopefuls Clear Their Throats for Eurovision

Singers from seven Balkan countries are entering the start of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday, hoping to join the lucky ten that compete in Saturday’s final.

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17 Apr 17

Albanian Pensioner Finds New Life in Endless Marathons

Sotir Qiriaqi found salvation from life’s disappointments in running marathons - and now, aged 71, has clocked up more than 20,000 kilometers and won legions of fans.

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12 Apr 17

Kadare Demands to See Albanian Communist Police File

One of Albania’s best-known writers, Ismail Kadare, said that he wants to see his secret police file to find out who spied on him during the Communist era.

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16 Mar 17

Proposed Ban on Albanian Communist Films Sparks Backlash

The Institute for Communist Crimes argues that banning Communist-era films from television would reduce nostalgia for the old regime, but movie buffs say it’s an attack on the country’s cinematic heritage.

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10 Feb 17

Albanians Fear Durres Landmark Will Damage Ancient Remains

A 6-million-euro concrete project in the ancient city of Durres is now in question after nearby digs revealed important archeological remains.

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05 Jan 17

Vienna Orchestra Hits Wrong Note With Rama's Critics

Monday's historic performance of the Vienna Philharmonic Ensemble in Tirana was a sell-out - but critics of Prime Minister Edi Rama's cultural policy say the attention being given to such European stars is excessive.

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13 Oct 16

Albania's Edi Rama to Promote Book in Belgrade

The Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama is coming to Serbia on an official visit - where he will also promote his book, 'Sacrifice', to a Belgrade audience.

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05 Oct 16

Albania Prepares for Historic Royal Wedding

Prince Leka, the grandson of King Zog, will get married this weekend in Tirana in the country’s second-ever royal wedding, which royalists hope will revive the legacy of the Albanian monarchy.

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12 Sep 16

Albania Villagers Fear Lazarat Movie Will Stereotype Them

Residents of the village that became notorious as a hub for cannabis production fear a new movie, 'Lazarat Burning', will make them famous again for all the wrong reasons.

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10 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Dua Lipa Set to Sing in Albania

After a big open-air concert in her hometown of Pristina, UK-based pop star Dua Lipa is all set to perform in Tirana, Albania.

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26 May 16

Varoufakis Composes Song for Albania's Biennale

The former Greek finance minister has written the lyrics for one of the songs about migration that will form Albania's unusual contribution to the Venice Biennale.

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16 May 16

Albania’s Jaho Wins International Opera Prize

Ermonela Jaho’s triumph in the International Opera Awards has given Albanians something to celebrate.

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28 Mar 16

Albania Experts Dispute Plan to Lease Historic Sites

A goverment decision to lease heritage sites to the private sector has worried experts who fear that historic monuments could end up damaged and stripped of their identity.

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31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

New Year’s Eve in the Balkans means music, fireworks, food, and more music in city squares under the stars.

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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.

Culture Policy Focus

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28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Beer, mulled wine, fireworks, Christmas markets, street parties, classical music, trance, great singers – it’s all on hand in cities up and down the Balkans as people get ready to welcome in another year.

02 Aug 16

Albania Opera Chief Quits Over Tiny Budget

24 Sep 15

Albanians See Red About Tirana’s New Bunker

Business

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24 May 17

Demand For Coastal Properties in Albania Remains Low

The price of real estate on the shores of Albania are half the price of those in Montenegro or Croatia. However, lack of infrastructure keeps demand low.

04 Apr 17

Albania Aims To Build on Boom in Tourism

31 Mar 17

Albania Spies Gold in Projects Linked to TAP