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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'. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

albania-row-over-publication-of-hitler-s-mien-kampf
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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23 Aug 11

Coppola To Honour Albanian Film Festival

The famed US director will be a special guest at the Fourth International Film Festival in Durres, which is from August 27 to September 2 .

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17 Aug 11

Ancient Roman Ship Discovered off Albanian Coast

The remains of a 2,100-year-old Roman ship have been discovered off the Karaburun Peninsula in Albania’s southern coast by archaeologists.

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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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