In regard to this report, an expert from the Directory of the Culture Development’ Programs, Ministry of Culture, has collaborated with other directories of the Ministry collecting data and information, as well as with other ministries and institutions. The finalization of the report was carried out through a process of consultation, research and data collection, in cooperation with central cultural institutions – our partners, important ministries involved or related to culture, education, etc. and civil society organizations who provided us with the required information and CSO forms.
The Ministry of Culture of Albania, which is the main institution responsible for the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, has taken into account the objectives and principles of this convention in drafting policies and measures to achieve her mission. Thus, e.g.
the Strategy for Culture 2019-2025 approved on 2019, is drafted in accordance with the principles and objectives of the Convention and orients in directions and concrete measures, such as awareness and support for creative industries, inclusion of culture in economic development, supporting digitalization of cultural expressions, promotion of new artistic expressions, intensifying cultural exchanges, the inclusion of the civil society and especially the young in all cultural policy and legal framework debates, etc.
As well, the Law on Cultural Heritage and Museums 27/2018 among others sets up rules on trade of the cultural assets and free movement.
In line with the 2005 Convention Albania adopted the Law on Protection of National Minorities in the Republic of Albania in October 2017.
During 2020 priorities have been redesigned due to the unexpected global closure of all cultural institutions and the cancellation of all independent stage activities. The outbreak of COVID-19, found Albania struggling to recover from infrastructural damages to cultural objects caused by the devastating earthquake of November 26, 2019.
In this context, the Ministry of Culture of Albania has undertaken new initiatives that aim to:
-Foster the creative industry - as a way to face the socio-economic challenges and promoting links between creative industry and culture. Businesses operating in the cultural sector and related to: handicrafts, producers of items connected to music field (e.g. instruments), visual artists, etc, have benefited from the internal financial plan to support small businesses.
-The situation has also highlighted the importance of creating new digital cultural spaces and digital archives –Thus, through the Digitalization Center, established on 2019, the Ministry of Culture aims to make the Albanian cultural assets accessible and available worldwide. It is important to link this Center with new online educational programs and training courses, which are designed as long term post COVID measures.
- The public during social distancing, needs an alternative cultural product, so it is planned to set up digital platforms, where to display the best part of content, generated by our cultural institutions, such as the National Theater, the Theater of Opera, Ballet and Folk Ensemble, museums, libraries, galleries, etc.
For the future, the Ministry of Culture priority is the promotion of the use of technology, as well as support for startups in the creative industry.
The pandemic highlighted the need for an increase of platforms and programs, projected to create new versions of culture. To this end, we aim the creation of a new cultural hub for the creative industry through start-ups, under the supervision and economic support of the government.
-For this reason the Ministry of Culture is reconsidering the distribution of the Open Call Projects Fund in more flexible projects, adapted to the situation for self-employed artists, cultural professionals, creative industries and non-profit cultural operators.
-The funds provided for the cultural projects will be oriented towards digital cultural projects, to support those innovative initiatives accomplished through the potentials offered by the creative industries.
Albania as well, will continue to participate in the EU Creative Europe program, ‘Europe for citizens program’ and many other international projects and networks.
Audiovisual Media Authority
Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth
National Book and Reading Center
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Institute of Romani Culture in Albania
Albanian National Center of Cinematography
Goal 1 - Support Sustainable Systems of Governance for Culture
Cultural and Creative Sectors
Law 27/2018 “On Cultural Heritage and Museum”
Establishment of "The National Book and Reading Center"
In the coming years the Center will consolidate its activity by increasing the number of partners and increasing the number of financially supported projects.
Albania's participation in the Venice Biennale
Digitalization Center in National Institute for Cultural Heritage and project "Empowering museums through technology”
The electronic ticketing system
The "3D-IMP-ACT" project, Virtual reality and 3D experiences
Partnering with Civil Society
Financial support of cultural projects proposed by civil society
Through this measure the community of creators and cultural professionals has been further strengthened, and the artistic life in the country has been enriched.
Goal 2 - Achieve a Balanced Flow of Cultural Goods and Services and Increase the Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals
Mobility of Artists and Cultural Professionals
“3C - Cross-border exchange for the development of Cultural and Creative industries”
Flow of Cultural Goods and Services
Building capabilities of the Albanian public administration on free movement and fight against illicit trafficking of cultural goods
Treaties and agreements
Strengthening international cooperation and partnership in protection and promotion of art, culture and diversity of cultural expressions.
Goal 3 - Integrate Culture in Sustainable Development Frameworks
National Sustainable Development Policies & Plans
"Cultural heritage, engine of development"
International Cooperation for Sustainable Development
The participation in the program "Creative Europe"
The Ministry of Culture has enabled membership in this programme, specifically, in its two sub-branches (Media and Culture) with the payment of a membership fee of 150,000 euros a year (95,000 Euros for "Media" and 55,000 Euros for "Culture"). This amount has been fully paid for the first year (2015) and in other years until 2020, the EU has and will reimburse this amount by 80%, to ensure a better and more comprehensive access for applicants to these programmes.
The project “Towards strengthened governance of the shared transboundary natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region”
The celebration of the 60th anniversary of Albania's membership in UNESCO
These events aroused great interest and had many participants and visitors in both countries.