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At the Movies Forget the Popcorn and Keep the Mask On
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At the Movies Forget the Popcorn and Keep the Mask On

TIRANA, October 16 Following the verdict on the opening of cinemas in Albania, health authorities released the guidelines and safety protocols both for movie theaters staff and movie-goers. Based on the guideline, no one with a temperature over 37.5 Celsius, staff members of clients will be allowed to enter the premises. Moreover, everyone must keep...

Albania to Reopen Cinemas after 7 Months
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Albania to Reopen Cinemas after 7 Months

TIRANA, October 14 Cinema-goers can finally return to cinema halls amid COVID-19 safety measures. Albanian authorities have given permission to cinema owners to reopen their facilities, according to a new decision published on Wednesday in the Official Gazette, Issue No. 181. Based on the decision that came into effect upon publication, cinema hall operators can...

New School Year Starts in Albania Unlike Any Before
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New School Year Starts in Albania Unlike Any Before

TIRANA, September 14 The new school year 2020-2021 started across Albania for over 480,000 students enrolled in primary and secondary schools. Starting Monday, children will return to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic with tough prevention and control measures in place. Therefore, a new safety protocol will be implemented in all education facilities. Some schools with...

Balkan Film and Food Festival Kicks off in Pogradec
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Balkan Film and Food Festival Kicks off in Pogradec

TIRANA, September 14 The tenth edition of the Balkan Film and Food Festival, an event that celebrates the Balkan culture and history through cinema, has started in Pogradec, eastern Albania. Around 50 movies, shorts, documentaries, animations, and long features, from ten Balkan Countries, will be screened for the public at the Open Air Cinema of...

Intangible Cultural Heritage Expands with Xhubleta, Tropoja Dance and more
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Intangible Cultural Heritage Expands with Xhubleta, Tropoja Dance and more

  TIRANA, August 7 The Albanian National Committee for Intangible Heritage decided to expand the national list of intangible cultural heritage with the following living heritage elements: Typical mountain dance to the rhythms of the ‘tupan’ from Tropoja(“Kcimi i bjeshkës me tupan i Tropojës” The ancient ritual of transhumance (seasonal migration of livestock) Xhubleta, as...

E. Celebi Describes Gjirokastra Hygiene against the Plague
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E. Celebi Describes Gjirokastra Hygiene against the Plague

TIRANA, April 15 In the times of coronavirus, good hygiene and social distancing save lives. Albanians tend to have an obsession with sanitation and cleanliness. Even Ottoman Turkish writer Evliya Celebi, who travelled through southern Albania in 1670, marveled at the urban and household hygiene in the city of Gjirokastra in cases of plague. This...

Religious Rituals Suspended over COVID-19 Fears
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Religious Rituals Suspended over COVID-19 Fears

TIRANA, March 12 The Catholic Church joined the Muslim Community’s decision to suspend all religious rituals in view of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Hence, the holy Tuesday pilgrimage to the Shna Ndou (Saint Anthony Church of Laci) will be suspended. The Episcopal Conference of Albania released on Thursday a decree on the suspension of all...

COVID-19 Fears Shut Down Culture Venues and Art Events
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COVID-19 Fears Shut Down Culture Venues and Art Events

TIRANA, March 12 As the cases of COVID-19 infected people increased in Albania, theaters, museums, concert halls, archeological parks will stay closed until April 3rd. The Ministry of Culture informed on Wednesday that all cultural events, conferences, national councils, public hearings events planned by the subordinate institutions will be canceled. More specifically the official statement...

The Legacy of Kristaq Sotiri, Master of Photography
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The Legacy of Kristaq Sotiri, Master of Photography

TIRANA, February 29 “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” -Ted Grant- Two days ago was the death anniversary of Albanian biologists and scientist Sabiha Kasimati, who was arrested by the communist regime under false accusation and brutally executed...

Albania & Kosovo Have Highest Marriage Rates in Europe
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Albania & Kosovo Have Highest Marriage Rates in Europe

TIRANA, February 14 How many weddings do you want per year? Albanians: Yes Albanians love to tie the knot more than people from any other European country, official data confirm. Eurostat released some soft stats on the occasion of Valentine’s Day that show which country had the highest number of marriages relative to the population...