Tradition, architecture and lifestyle
Albania welcomes singers to experience the country’s multifaceted history
Join the international choir community – On Stage in Albania! From June 10-14, 2020 INTERKULTUR invites you to the country’s capital, Tirana. Three of the most prestigious venues of the country will open their stages for participating choirs and give a warm welcome to singers from near and far.
The first official event, the Welcoming Concert, will take place at Tirana’s Open Air Theatre. Situated among the trees of the city’s Grand Park and on the shores of a lake, this site, also known as Amphitheatre by the locals, is one of the city’s most attractive stages. First built in 1974 by some of the most renowned architects of the time, it was a popular stage for concerts and theatrical plays and was completely reconstructed and equipped with a modern stage in 2018.
In addition, the Cultural Center of the Resurrection Cathedral will welcome participants for workshops and other pedagogical activities. The cathedral, a landmark in the heart of the capital, is Europe’s third largest orthodox church and, since its opening in June 2012, one of the main tourist attractions of the city. Frescoes, mosaics, and the iconostasis, all harmonize with the interior architecture of the cathedral, leaving a lasting impression on its visitors.
The third venue is the St. Stephen's Catholic Cathedral (also called “Kisha e madhe”, the big church, by locals) which will be the main setting for Friendship Concerts. It was built during the Ottoman occupation and the cathedral’s vault contains paintings from one of the most renowned Albanian painters, Kolë Idromeno, who added them in 1909 and which can still be seen today.