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Albania is fast-coming a festival haven, even for big music festivals. Why do you ask? Well, the combination of beautiful scenery, hospitable locals and cheap prices suddenly festival organisers are jumping on the train of hosting big music festivals in Albania. Here are the top ones that are coming to Albania this year as well as more traditional festivals celebrating Albanian culture.
Top festivals in Albania to check out:
Kala – 12th to 19th June
This one-week festival had their first appearance in 2018 and made a big wave! This year its back and located in the beautiful location of Dhermi. Kala was on the world stage and quickly named as one of the biggest festivals of the summer. With the success of last year, I have a feeling this is going to be one of the biggest and most important music festivals that Albania will keep hosting.
This music festival is located on the Albanian Riviera which is full of incredibly beautiful, secluded beaches – I have named them the best beaches in Europe. This festival is a great excuse to explore more of Europe’s hidden gems which is still a little off the radar.
South Outdoor Festival – Borsh 26-29th April
The South Outdoor festival is located along the Albanian Riviera in Borsh, a beautiful spot in the south of Albania (and one of my favourites!). This festival combines tradition, food and celebrates Albanian culture. This festival goes for 4 days and this year it is in Borsh, a beautiful place within along the Albanian Riveria, and one of my favourite spots! Borsh is famous for having the longest stretch of beach in Albania. It’s also home to an impressive amount of olive groves and a castle which often gets missed by the average tourist.
The event is held in the olive groves and is one not to be missed to learn more about Albanian culture and relax in a beautiful spot.
UNUM festival – 31 May – 3 June
This 3-day festivals celebrates music in beautiful Shëngjin, in the Lezhe district (north Albania). This music festival goes for 3 days and 3 nights, 24 hours a day. There will be over 50 international and local acts. The festival will be held on Rana e Hedhun, an area famous for its beautiful sand dunes!
“Unum Festival is characterized by five simple elements of life; music, sand, pines, the sea and the mountains. The golden beach of Rana e Hedhun is the place where the festival will host 50 international and local acts over the course of 3 days and 3 nights. Are you ready for an UNUMaginable experience? #becomeunum” – Unumfestical.com
Anjunadeep: Explorations – 20–25th June
This festival not only focuses on music but also has a wellness centre where you can practice some yoga, get a beach massage and focus on your well-being. This is a 5-day festival located in Dhermi, one of the hotspots along the Albanian Riviera. Dhermi is fast becoming a tourist mecca due to its beautiful beaches and nearby attractions.
There some truly exciting acts that are coming to this festival including: Ben Böhmer, CRi, Croquet Club, Daniel Curpen, Dee Montero, Dom Donnelly, Dosem, Dusky, Eli & Fur, Nick Warren, Öona Dahl, Patrice Bäumel, Penelope, Tim Englehardt, Tinlicker, Tom Middleton, Trance Wax, Way Out West (Live), Yotto
Turtle fest – TBC
This festival comes every year to Drymades beach in Dhermi during the months of July/August. Turtle festival is a music festival and a popular one with backpackers. In the past there have been some amazing acts coming to Albania so were excited to hear what their plans are for 2019.
Turtle festival has been coming to Albania for the last 8 years which makes it the longest running music festival in Albania.
Korca Beer festival – 8-12th August
Beer beer beer!! It’s all happening in Korca, the famous home to Korca beer. This four-day festival celebrates, well you may have guessed it already – Beer. Over 100,000 people attend this festival every year. This is a free festival with music as well as international and national beer options.
Nyou festival (Date TBC)
I had no idea about a jazz festival in Albania until I was researching to write this post. Albania is always full of surprises! This day celebrates Balkan jazz so for anyone interested in jazz music then this may be the event for you. The festival is in Tirana in Grand Park.
Peza n*fest – 16th September
This festival is a celebration of the end of summer and located in the small town of Peza which is only a quick hour away from the capital of Tirana. This is more of a local festival however there is a range of international and national music acts. This is a family-friendly event so its one that can be enjoyed by all!
Colour Day festival – 18th May
The colour festival is located on mother Teresa Square in Tirana and seems to be a popular festival popping up all over the world. It’s based on the famous Holi festival which is a day in India celebrated by Hindis. This festival in India signifies victory over immoral and is celebrated by people throwing an array of different coloured powders in the air.
This festival in Tirana doesn’t quite have the same meaning, neither does a lot of other colour festivals around the world but its just a fun day to throw some colour about and enjoy music and get together!
There’s your big list on the best festivals in Albania that you can check out during your travels there. If you know of any other festivals then make sure you let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to join my Facebook group ‘Travelling Albania’ to meet other like-minded travellers coming to Albania!
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