The captivating illumination, melodious music, and happy peoples were all part of the experience. The event that took place on July 7 and 8 in Berat, including the outdoor film screening, the exhibition, and other activities, united all the people at Porta e Pashai. The Xixlonja Fest not only highlighted Berat but also celebrated its rich heritage, breathtaking scenery, and opportunities for outdoor pursuits.
The "Cherry Festival" event has been organised for two years in a row. This year took place in the village of Drobonik on May 27, organized by the Directorate of Tourism and Activities. This event, which marked the second edition, was made possible through the support of the Albanian Development Fund and the Directorate of Tourism and Activities of Berat Municipality. The main objective of the festival was to showcase local products and highlight the tourism potential of the area. The event saw the participation of local artisans and producers, as well as performances by children from the local kindergarten and school. Notable guests included the Folkloric Group of Kozare and the renowned folk singer Denisa Gjezo.
Wine & Stories of Berat
In the heart of Berat, a land rich with centuries of winemaking heritage, the Wines & Stories of Berat festival unfolds as a comprehensive celebration of wine culture. Here, you won't just sip on wine; you'll enter into its complex world, understanding the nuances that make each bottle a unique work of art. While wine remains at the heart of our event, the festival expands the palate by introducing guests to an array of local products from artisanal cheese and robust olive oils to sweet jams and tasty figs, you'll have an opportunity to explore Berat's culinary culture in tandem with its viniculture. Whether you're a wine enthusiast eager to deepen your understanding, a culinary adventurer looking to explore local flavors, or simply someone seeking an enjoyable outing in a beautiful setting, Wines & Stories of Berat promises an experience you won't soon forget. The wine contest at Wines & Stories stands as a distinguished segment of our festival, designed to spotlight Albania's flourishing vinicultural sector. Our adjudication panel is composed of esteemed oenologists and sommeliers from Austria and Italy, countries with illustrious histories in winemaking. Through their rigorous assessment based on globally recognized criteria—such as aroma, flavor profile, body, and finish—the contest aims to underscore the finesse and craftsmanship inherent in Albanian winemaking. The competition culminates with an award ceremony on the festival's final day. This event not only acknowledges the winners but also serves as an exposition of Albanian winemaking, demonstrating both its rich heritage and innovation. At Wines & Stories of Berat the tasting tours offer attendees more than just a sip of the local wines; they provide a full-sensory experience into the region's rich culinary culture. Thefig tour takes you through the aromatic orchards of Roshnik village, revealing the age-old techniques of fig preservation.For those interested in the liquid gold of the Mediterranean, the olive oil tour allows a walk-through ancient olive grove and a firsthand experience of the olive pressing process. Cheese aficionados will appreciate the cheese making tour, a hands-on journey exploring the craft ofBerat's finest cheeses. Lastly, the jam and glikotour reveals the time-honored methods of fruit preservation, a sweet testament to Berat's rich culinary culture. Each tour enriches Wine and Stories, making it a multidimensional event.
Mangalem's Shades will be an event, a street party to which everyone is invited. Mangalem's Shades will undoubtedly bring people together to enjoy a high-tech show and to experience something different from their daily routine while fantasizing about a colorful life. At the event, a stage will be set up where DJs will perform electro music. The performances will include decorative lighting and laser shows. The projection can be seen from any angle and from any side where Mangalem can be seen.
National Children's Theater Festival
This annual festival transforms Berat Castle into a stage, where wonderful and talented acting troupes from different Albanian cities perform theatrical pieces. The festival’s jury is composed of well-known figures of Albanian art and the event draws considerable attention and a large audience.
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