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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.

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.

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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


08 Nov 17

Resistance Grows in Albania to Rama’s Tax Reforms

Controversial reforms designed to curb the grey economy by forcing small firms to pay VAT, among other things, are coming under increasingly hostile scrutiny.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans