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Tirana is the capital city of Albania, largely because of its geographical position at the centre of the country rather than any particular political importance. It was founded in the early seventeenth century and was designated the capital in the 1920s when Albania became an independent country.
It was also during the 1920s that Italian architects began work of making it look like a capital city, and much of Tirana’s features date from this time including Skanderbeg Square, the wide central boulevards, the National Bank, the Town Hall, and the ministry buildings. Many of the older buildings in Tirana suffered earthquake damage or were destroyed in the Battle for the Liberation of Tirana in1944.
Modern day Tirana is a noisy bustling place with hundreds of cafés, bars, and restaurants. There are plenty of public gardens and parks, and local people use the outside areas for games such as chess or backgammon.
The multi coloured buildings of central Tirana are inspired by the Mayor elected in 2000, an artist and former minister of culture, who felt that the city needed brightening up. Like many former communist countries, Albania has a tradition of classical music, and performances take place all over Tirana, all year round.
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Tirana International Film Festival
The Tirana International Film Festival takes place each year over two weeks in November and December and features competitions for short films, feature films, and Albanian films. It was launched by the Albanian Art Institute in 2003 and is open to film makers from around the world, including a variety of genres such as fiction, documentary, animation and experimental.
Independence Day & Liberation Day
In November Albania sees a double celebration, with November 28th marking their Independence Day, and 29th November marking the date of their liberation at the end of the Second World War, known locally as Dita e Çlirimit.
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It takes between thirty and thirty six hours to fly between Sydney and Tirana. British Airways operates a route stopping in Singapore and London, and Thai and Austrian Airlines provide an alternative with stopovers in Bangkok and Vienna.