ALBANIA Cultural Activities
The Festival is organized on the first day of spring which is a traditional celebration in Elbasan. Every group competes by representing the music of its particular region. The festival also helps promote the most talented young singers and players of Albanian urban folk music.
On 25 November 2005, UNESCO declared Albanian Iso-Polyphony "Masterpiece of the Oral Inheritance of Human Kind".
Përmet was selected to hold a festival for minorities because in this setting a number of cultural traditions from different minorities coexist with each other. Moreover, it is the city where masters of Albanian folk such as Laver Bariu, Mentor Xhemali, Remzi Lela, etc., were born.
Beside the festival, a number of other activities such as symposiums, shows and book promotions are organized in the town. By showcasing the musical traditions of minorities, the festival promotes peace and understanding between ethnic groups of the region.
The competition is held in the town's main square and in the beautiful Valbona valley thus combining tradition, music and nature.