Tirana Ekspres: The Alternative Art Space of the Capital

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Tirana Ekspres: The Alternative Art Space of the Capital

Into Urban

From evenings hosting live performances to movie nights and a host of other events and activities, Tirana Ekspres and its sister space Te Baçja have become the go-to places for art and culture in Tirana.

In Albania’s capital, Tirana Ekspres represents a unique opportunity for all those who crave a space that encourages and supports their creativity. Located near the New Bazaar (Pazari i Ri), behind Avni Rustemi Square, at Tirana Ekspres you will enjoy a buzzing nightlife even during the week and plenty of cozy space to relax during the day.

Tirana Ekspres entrance, photo by IntoAlbania.

Kino-club

Here, the week begins with Monday movie screenings, starting from March until the end of fall. What is great about this specific kino-club is the unexpected and absolutely great selection of movies, ones which always inspire discussions and debates among the audience. Imagine a veranda full of movie lovers who discuss the films of Fellini, Antonioni, Kubrick or Tarantino while enjoying a drink under the stars. What better way to start the week?

Inside Tirana Ekspres, photo by IntoAlbania.

The wonderful veranda of Tirana Ekspres, photo by IntoAlbania.

Jazz & Live Music

Tirana Ekspres is perhaps most famous for its Jazz Wednesdays. While most other pubs and cafés in Tirana are fairly quiet on Wednesday evenings, this little corner behind Avni Rustemi Square lights up the night. The buzzing atmosphere created by the great selection of jazz tunes and cocktails will make you think the weekend has come early. And, just in case you miss out on Wednesday’s Jazz Night, you can always catch the one on Saturday.

Urban Band performing at Tirana Ekspres, photo by IntoAlbania.

The cool atmosphere inside Tirana Ekspres, photo by IntoAlbania.

Art and Culture

Tirana Ekspres organizes plenty of art exhibitions, offering local up-and-coming artists the chance to promote their work. Not stopping at this, however, at Tirana Ekspres you can catch a variety of activities devoted to the promotion of art and literature such as poetry readings and thematic cultural discussions. And, at the very least, you can use its cozy space to do some of your own peaceful reading.

Interior design of Tirana Ekspres, photo by IntoAlbania.

Relaxing room at Tirana Ekspres, photo by IntoAlbania.

Te Baçja

Te Baçja, which translates to “At the Garden,” is an extension of Tirana Ekspres and another great space which hosts local artistic and cultural activities.

“Te Baçja”, photo by IntoAlbania.

One of the most popular ones is the Painting and Wine Session, where amateur painters have the chance to practice painting with the help of professionals. But, really, this place is perfect at any hour of the day. It resembles a nice island, removed from the constant noise and movement outside. As such, it is the ideal spot to read, study, or simply drink a cup of tea or coffee under the beautiful, fragrant trees of the garden. Lately, Te Baçja has also begun offering accommodation in an intimate and very comfortable guesthouse!

“Te Baçja”, photo by IntoAlbania.

Lately, Te Baçja has also begun offering accommodation in an intimate and very comfortable guesthouse!

“Te Baçja” interior design, photo by IntoAlbania.

For more information on all weekly activities including film, painting, jazz or live shows, and other events, please visit tiranaekspres.com, or follow their instagram and facebook accounts.

By: IntoAlbania

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