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08 Feb 13

Balkan Films Make Good Showing in Berlin

Movies from the Balkans have a significant presence at this year's international fim festival in Berlin, which opens on February 7.

01 Feb 13

Albania Police Catch Antique Smuggler on Border

Police at the border crossing of Kakavije with Greece on Thursday arrested Edjon Abazi for trying to smuggle religious antiques out of the country in the trunk of his car.

24 Jan 13

Albania Activists Slam Museum Mosaic’s Collapse

The Forum for Protection of Cultural Heritage, a Tirana-based pressure group, has accused the Ministry of Culture of doing little to preserve the mosaic on the façade of Albania’s National Museum, which is falling apart.

14 Dec 12

Pet-Lovers Use Net to Rescue Albania's Many Strays

Animal rights activists are using social networks to rescue and arrange adoptions for hundreds of abandoned kittens and puppies.

29 Nov 12

First Culture Watch Award Goes to Vranje

The first ever Culture Watch Award for analytical and investigative reporting on cultural issues in the Balkans went to Valentina Milenkovic from Vranje.

28 Nov 12

Final BICCED Culture Conference in Belgrade

The closing event of the three-year project “Balkan Initiative for Cultural Cooperation, Exchange and Development”, BICCED, started on Thursday in Belgrade's Youth Centre.

16 Nov 12

Culture Watch Award Shortlist Made

Four journalists from the region have made it to the Culture Watch Award shortlist.

26 Sep 12

Letters Reveal Kadare's Ties to Albania Regime

A series of leaked letters sent by Ismail Kadare to the widow of the former Stalinist dictator, Enver Hoxha, have reopened a debate on the writer’s rapport with the authorities.

25 Sep 12

Albanians Want Independence Google Doodle

Some 30,000 activists have signed an online petition asking the internet giant to mark Albania’s 100 years of independence with a Doodle.

28 Aug 12

UNESCO Hosts Albania at Venice Architecture Exhibition

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe is hosting the Albanian pavilion at the 13th International Exhibition of Architecture in Venice for the second time.

27 Aug 12

BIRN to Fund Summer School Participants’ Investigations

Journalists who attended BIRN's summer school 2012 have obtained funds to conduct cross-border investigations.

09 Aug 12

Albania’s Modern Art Festival Kicks Off

The Art-Kontakt Festival is expected to attract thousands of people this weekend in the Porto Palermo Castle, with a mixture of music and modern art inspired by the global economic crisis.

06 Aug 12

Brides Invade Albania’s Ancient City of Apollonia

The ancient city of Apollonia has become such a popular spot for wedding pictures that couples seeking to immortalise their love among its ruins outnumber tourists during the tourist season.

27 Jul 12

Albania Threatens to Close Theft-Prone Galleries

After the theft dozens of paintings of Albanian impressionist Vangjush Mio from a gallery in the city of Korca, the Minister of Culture has threatensed to shut venues that don’t protect their treasures.

24 Jul 12

SEEMO, Balkan Leaders ‘Must Live With Free Media’

Top politicians in the region are still struggling to live with criticism, accusing journalists of undermining national interests and of mafia ties, media organisation says.

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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


21 Mar 17

Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs Down

Kosovo's Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan 'common market' as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership - while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion.

15 Feb 17

Albanian PM Accused of Breaking Jobs Promise

17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

06 Dec 16

Italian Law Threatens Call Centres in Albania

17 Oct 16

Albania-Serbia Trade Grows From Modest Base