2020 Festival Updates For The Albanian Riviera

Over the last years, the beautiful Albanian Riviera has become the decor of multiple international music festivals. Unfortunately the outbreak of COVID-19 has caused tremendous uncertainty in the world, and has so far limited the opportunities to travel and organize large events.

While the situation is changing constantly, we do our best to monitor the developments to try to keep you up to date on the festival agenda for 2020. In any case, we always recommend to check the latest communication from each festival organizor yourself before making or changing any of your travel plans. First and foremost, stay safe!

Kala 2020

Location: Dhermi

When: June 10th – 17th 2020

Status: Cancelled

Official updates: festival website

After first postponing the event till September, the organization has now officially cancelled KALA 2020. Ticket holds can keep their ticket for next year’s edition or get a refund.

Explorations 2020

Location: Dhermi

When: June 19th – 21st 2020

Status: Cancelled

Official updates: festival website

The organization for Explorations 2020 has just announced that the festival has been cancelled this year, but will return from 16th – 23rd June 2021. Ticket holders can opt for a refund or keep their ticket for next year.

South Outdoor Festival

Location: Borsh

When: April 30th – May 3rd 2020

Status: Postponed until further notice

Official updates: festival website

The South Outdoor Festival has been postponed until further notice. The organisation is looking into alternative dates for the festival. Tickets will remain valid for the next dates or a refund can be requested.

ION Festival

Location: Dhermi

When: September 2nd – 9th 2020

Status: Postponed to 2021

Official updates: festival website

ION Festival was set to have its premier edition in 2020, but due to the ongoing uncertainty around travel restrictions and safety, the festival has been postponed to 8th – 15th September 2021. Ticket holders can be refunded or opt to keep their tickets for next year and get reward with additional drink vouchers.

The Element Festival

Location: Ancient Theatre Butrint

When: July 2020

Status: Postponed

Official updates: festival Facebook page

The Element Festival has officially announced on their Facebook page that the event has been postponed till next year and will take place from June 10th – 14th 2021.

Butrinti Summer Festival

Location: Ancient Theatre Butrint

When: July 2020

Status: Postponed to September 10th – 16th

Official updates: festival website

The yearly cultural festival has been postponed and is planned to take place from September 10th to 16th 2020. Read more about Butrint here.

Gjirokastra Folk Festival

Location: Gjirokastra Castle

When: September 19th – 26th 2020

Status: Postponed until spring 2021

Official updates: website of Visit Gjirokastra

The Gjirokastra Folk Festival is one of the most important folk festivals in Albania. It is a celebration of folk music and dancing from all regions of Albania with people in their best traditional folk costumes. The Ministry of Culture has officially announced that the festival will not take place this year and will be postponed until the spring of 2021Read more about Gjirokastra here.

This page has been last updated on June 16th 2020.

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