‘Creativity and art often start in unlikely places’: Exploring AlbaniaWhen I say Albania, creativity and design probably isn’t the first thing you’d think of. The capital city’s architecture has an intimidating simplicity to it, and the country’s history is fraught.From the end of the Second World War until 1990, the Albanian people were under the rule of the dictator Enver Hoxha, in a situation similar to what can be seen in North Korea today.The country was isolated for 50 years. You and your family could, and would, go to jail for life if you listened to the Rolling Stones; wore blue jeans; created a DIY antenna to receive TV channels and radio stations from countries nearby or by simply implying the dictatorship was not the best thing ever. The situation remained unstable for the next decade: anarchy, pyramid crisis, and civil war, but Albania started to grow for real in the noughties. The country is young, in all sectors. This includes the creative industry. And so, the need to bring the creative community together and initiate a dialogue about quality in the market is an exciting time.

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