Archeological site of Butrint included in The Butrinti National Park. Butrinti is a rare archaeological site and a micro-cosmos of a three thousand medieval history, which has resisted since the period of ancient Greeks to the Venetian one. It is found in the southern border of Albania and fifteen kilometers in the south of Saranda.
It is less than 10 kilometers from Corfu and is connected with the Mediterranean through the Vivari Chanel, which flows from its lake to the Ionic Sea. Butrinti has preserved many ancient monuments. One of the greatest cultural properties of the ancient town is the theater, which was built in the 3 century BC. It has about 1000 seats and is set at the bottom of Acropolis between two temples. Its nearness to the sea and lake, its mild climate, the beauty of its nature and the wealth of its areas create a magnificent environment for their development of international events in the field of art and culture.
The Italian archaeologist Luigi Maria Ugolini discovered the Theatre in 1928-30. Ugolini’s greatest discovery was a line of statues – including the famous “Goddess of Butrint” – in front of the stage building. The first theatre followed the “Greek” style and would have been used by worshippers and the priests of the Sanctuary for religious ceremonies and public discussion. A late 4th-century BC inscription (located on the seating banks in the theatre) tells us the theatre construction was funded by donations to the Sanctuary.
National Park was established in 2000 by offering a complete protection Butrint in Albania laws. The original limit of 26 sq km park in 2005 was expanded to 86 square kilometers.
Since 1992 year, the Antique City of Butrint is selected by UNESCO’s list of the “World Cultural Heritage”
The International Festival of Theatre “BUTRINTI 2000”
“A Balkan dream”, an old-age wish and dilemma toward understanding, peace, cooperation, integration and human freedom of a Peninsula filled with commotions, legends and myths. Such historical, ethical and aesthetic synthesis became a reality through the International Festival of Theatre “Butrinti 2000”, which welcomed in its betrothal bosom the human gaiety, dolor and responses against the compelling run of the history. The “Butrinti 2000” International Festival of the Theatre shows up as a symbol of cultures’ confrontations and freedom of artistic creations. It is an open arena of the great masters of dramaturgy, who are brought to live through bearers of a contemporary reality. Taking into consideration primarily the antique, medieval and classical repertoire, the festival takes the shape of a return back to the origins, toward the old-age temples: the theatre. As a whole, the Festival establishes the premises of an aesthetic perception, both as much of mussel as modern one, of a Region which beseeches to shape up its identity and integrity. This is the spirit of the “Butrinti 2000” International Festival of the Theatre, where everything already designed starts from the unbinding ties of the personal ethics with the social one, where coherence takes its basic priority.
This is the most important cultural event for Albania. The festival is not simply an international festival of antique or classical theatre. It is a contemporary exploration of the theatrical possibilities of this ancient site. It promises discoveries about the origins of theatre, about the power of myth and poses questions about the meaning of theatre in our contemporary world. There is an extraordinary mixture of international theatre practitioners, figures from the Albanian cultural elite and local people, which perhaps are seeing theatre for the first time. All this elements make this festival stimulating and productive.This event has already taken the integration passport, opening so a precious view to all the Albanian artists, by being in contact with the contemporary world theatre, also providing a direct help in the promotion of the cultural tourism.
Within this activity with unique values for the country and the artistic community, will be organized other activities as: The competition and the picture show; Concerts and folk music, At the same time, an important place shall take the debate tables on the Theatre issue, Cultural Tourism, Marketing and the real possibilities for the contacts among The International Festival of Theatre “Butrinti 2000” with other European festivals. Being in the touristic season, there will be many foreign tourists.
The International Festival of Theatre “BUTRINTI 2000” a member :
EFA – The European Festivals Association – Belgium
IITM The International Institute of the Mediterranean Theatre of Madrid – Spain
NETA – (New European Theatre Action), – Ljubljana Slovenia