Cultural Activities in Albania

National Festival of Folklore: This is the most important event on folklore in Albania. It is organized in Gjirokastra Castle every four years. All Albanian folklore groups participate together with Albanian groups from Kosova, Montenegro, Macedonia the arbresh of Italy, Turkey, the United States, Greece and other countries. Folklore groups from other countries as well as international guests participate as well.

National Festival of Urban Folk Songs: This festival is organized every March as a tribune of folk songs from Albanian urban centers where inherited traditional music has been revised through more modern methods of orchestration and interpretation. The resulting sounds and rhythms are therefore more fresh and dynamic and require less of an acquired taste for Albanian folk.

National Festival of Iso-Polyphony: In Viora, The National Typological Festival of Iso-Polyphony is a powerful promoter of one of the most original strands in Albanian folk music iso-polyphony. The festival not only helps promote iso-polyphony in areas beyond its immediate reach, but it also helps the regions where iso-polyphony is a tradition to maintain and further develop this wonderful type of singing. On 25 November 2005, UNESCO declared Albanian Iso-Polyphony “Masterpiece of the Oral Inheritance of Human Kind”.

International Festival Multicultural Përmet: This is the only international festival of ethnic, cultural and linguistic minority in Albania under the patronage of CIOFF, an international organization that promotes folklore. The Albanian CIOFF branch is located in Përmet. This event is a great asset to Albanian folklore as it helps promote it in the international stage.

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