The Albanian government has no specific programmes to support cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation. The Ministry of Culture has signed bi-lateral agreements on cultural co-operation with its counterparts in Greece, FYROM and Kosovo. Except for Albania-Kosovo exchanges, these agreements have had a small impact.
In the third sector, there are some good examples of trans-national intercultural dialogue. The Albanian Centre of ITM (Mediterranean Institute of Theatre) organises an annual international drama festival in Butrint. The Albanian Section of ISCM (International Society of Contemporary Music) organises the annual New Chamber Music Festival and has recently launched its Centre for Balkan Music Documentation, the first project of this kind in Albania.
The annual International Tirana Film Festival of short films, animations and documentary films has a special focus on films from Albanian-speaking minorities in Kosovo, Macedonia and the Diaspora. The festival takes place every year in October and is organised by the Albanian Art Institute. All films receiving an award are screened on Albanian national TV. The web site of the Film Festival is available from: http://www.tiranafilmfest.com/.
Butrint 2000 is an annual theatre festival that takes place on a historic site in the South-Albanian town of Butrinti, on the shore of Lake Butrint. The festival started in 2000 and has presented works by Albanian artists, as well as more than 50 companies coming from Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, UK, USA, France, Russia, Sweden etc. It is also a measure to promote cultural tourism in Albania, as Butrinti is only a short ferry ride away from the island of Corfu.
Generally the Albania government support certain trans-national activities of young people or youth groups through the Directory of Youth Policy Coordination attached to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sport. Especially it provides fund for activities initiated by it according to the priorities defined at the National Youth Strategy and Plan of Action 2007-2013 approved by Albania government on 18 March 2007.
Intercultural dialogue is not yet an issue of cultural policies in Albania. The Central Government, the Ministry of Culture or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs do not have intercultural dialogue identified as part of their agendas.
The main actor in this field used to be the Open Society Institute for Albania – Soros Foundation, which was due to close down its activities at the end of 2006. Founded in 1992, the Open Society Foundation for Albania (OSFA) has now entered a new phase in its development. It is not more a programme-based and grant-giving foundation but worked out a new plan of action to contribute to the democratisation and further integration of the country with the EU. In this framework the grant-giving Art & Culture Programme which operated from 1993-2004 is now closed. OSFA interacts with the Network of Open Society for Albania (NOSA) representing the membership of eight non profit organisations and provides a part of the funding for their activity. The only programme of the Foundation which is expected to continue is the Roma Programme, dedicated to civil and social integration of Roma communities in Albania.
Other NGOs, like the so-called “Friendship” Associations, aimed at fostering bi-lateral relations, do not really focus on intercultural dialogue. Their primary target remains the promotion of cultural and social values of a given country in Albania e.g. French values promoted via the Albanian-French Friendship Association.