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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.

24 Jul 12

Kadare Demands Dictator’s Widow Return Manuscript

Albania's best known writer has sued the widow of Communist dictator Enver Hoxha for the return of a manuscript of his 1977 novel, 'The Great Winter'. 

22 May 12

Albania Cancels Eurovision Broadcast After Bus Crash

Albania’s public broadcaster, RTSH, will not broadcast the first semifinal of the Eurovision song contest on Tuesday as a mark of respect for the victims of Monday's bus crash.

17 May 12

Globe to Globe

Three Balkan theatres performed the three parts of Shakespeare’s complex trilogy in London – and with very different results.

16 May 12

Culture Watch Award Announced

The Balkan Initiative for Cultural Cooperation Exchange and Development, BICCED, funded by the Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans, is announcing the launch of the first Culture Watch Award.

08 May 12

Montenegrin Media Most Free in Balkans, Report Says

A survey of world media freedom in 2011 carried out by US-based watchdog Freedom House put Montenegro in top place in the region. Kosovo has also moved up the rankings while Macedonia has moved down.

26 Apr 12

Albanians Divided on Centennial Monument

A monument marking the hundredth anniversary of Albania's independence has sparked a row between the government and opposition and received criticism from the artistic community.

25 Apr 12

Munich Architects to Build Albania's Centennial Memorial

Two Germany-based architects, Visar Obrija and Kai Roman Kiklas, have won the award to build a memorial commemorating the hundredth anniversary of Albania's independence.

08 Mar 12

Translation of Hitler’s Manifesto Sparks Row in Albania

A previously unknown publisher has translated into Albanian Adolf Hitler’s political manifesto, Mein Kampf, sparking debate on whether the book should be banned.

31 Jan 12

Privatization of Albanian Monuments Opposed

A proposal to sell off some 40 castles and towers has encountered stiff opposition among archeologists and historians.

20 Jan 12

Postmodern theater, Albanians and Serbs

While the political relationship between Serbs and Albanians may be in rough waters, a recent theatre production shows that artistic cooperation between the two groups is flourishing.

06 Dec 11

Tirana Hosts Ninth International Film Fest

The ninth Tirana International Film Festival, TIFF, opened on Monday, showing 80 short films from 63 countries by the end of the week.

27 Sep 11

Macedonians, Montenegrins, Albanians Glued to Facebook

Internet users in Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania simply love Facebook, with almost 90 per cent of them having Facebook accounts, according to a global statistical database maintained by the International Web Stats web page.

20 Sep 11

Israeli Architect Warns Albania against Damaging Heritage

An ongoing road development project in southern Albania could threaten archaeological heritage sites, a member of the International Council of Monuments and Sites, ICMS, has warned.

Culture Policy Focus

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


05 Apr 17

Albania, Kosovo Struggle to Boost Low Trade Levels

Exports from Albania to Kosovo dropped in 2016, which small and medium-sized businesses blame on difficulties with high customs fees.

04 Apr 17

Albania Aims To Build on Boom in Tourism

31 Mar 17

Albania Spies Gold in Projects Linked to TAP

15 Feb 17

Albanian PM Accused of Breaking Jobs Promise