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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15 Feb 13

Thieves Plunder Historic Albanian Labour Camp

Six people have been accused of demolishing part of the infamous former Communist prison camp of Spac in the region of Mirdita in northern Albania.

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.

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17 Aug 17

VIDEO: Albanian "Thailand" Attracts Hundreds of Tourists

Unexplored nature, azure waterways and the many opportunities for adventure have recently turned the Shala river valley into one of the tourist hotspots in the Albanian Alps.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

02 Aug 16

Albania Opera Chief Quits Over Tiny Budget

24 Sep 15

Albanians See Red About Tirana’s New Bunker


17 Jan 18

Albania Mulls Building Second Passenger Airport

After a series of debates and repeated promises, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced Wednesday that he received a proposal to begin building the country’s second passenger airport near the coastal city of Vlora “by this summer".