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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...

The 140th Anniversary of Albania’s First Museum
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The 140th Anniversary of Albania’s First Museum

TIRANA, February 14 The first museum in Albanian was established in Shkodra on February 14, 1880, by the Jesuit Fathers. The main items in the museum were archeological objects, a numismatic collection, old rare weapons, Albanian traditional clothes, and other objects from world cultures. The Jesuit fathers also created a botanical and an ethnographic museum....

Albanian Music Legend Nexhmije Pagarusha Dies Aged 86
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Albanian Music Legend Nexhmije Pagarusha Dies Aged 86

TIRANA, February 7 One of the biggest and most beloved singers Nexhmije Pagarusha, has died at the age of 86 on Friday following a short disease. Pagarusha, known as the nightingale of Albanian music, leaves a legacy in music that will endure for generations to come. She remained true to the values of Albanian music...

Who Isn’t Eligible for the Foreign Pensioners Tax Break?
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Who Isn’t Eligible for the Foreign Pensioners Tax Break?

TIRANA, January 28 The expected approval of a few amendments on the tax regime this Thursday by the Albanian Parliament would be a significant incentive for foreigners looking for a retirement destination where they can pay zero tax on their income. Secondly, it would give a boost to senior tourism also known as silver tourism....