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The newest cultural centre in town is situated close to Wilson Square and the capital’s main boulevard. This is a new home for Albanian stage performers, as well as a hotspot for all theatre enthusiasts.
Turbina’s location is one of the most popular areas of town, and easily accessible from many different points of the city. You can walk to it from the main boulevard or, even better, after taking a nice long stroll in the Grand Park of Tirana, where you can enjoy views of the lake and the refreshing green space.
Situated close to Wilson Square and the capital’s main boulevard, it has quickly become a new home for the Albanian theatre performers, and already excited theatre-goers with a string of high-quality performances.
During the Communist era in Albania, the structure housed one of the main state scientific research laboratories. These days, its contemporary architecture and modern design has given it a new look while still preserving some elements of its old architecture. The construction is quite noticeable. In general, every architectural element here is designed to effectively support Turbina’s main function as a theatre. On the outside, a semi-cylindrical roof covers it which, apart from giving it an attractive appearance, also enhances the functions of the internal stages. The space houses two separate halls with modern equipment and acoustics. The first stage sits approximately 400 spectators, while the smaller stage has around 150 seats.
Numerous cafes and bars sit right across the entrance of the theatre. You don’t have to walk a long way to enjoy a drink before or after a show! You can take a moment to look at the several art installations decorating the entrance, all created by a group of students from the Academy of Arts in Tirana. In many ways, these installations tell the story of the arts, technology, and media of the capital, as well as its industrialisation.
All in all, this refreshingly new theatre centre is sure to attract the attention of many people with its regular high-quality shows, and create a new thriving cultural hub for the public, both locals and tourists, to enjoy.