Everything you need to know about previous years’ festivals!
Borsh hosted of the third edition of the South Outdoor Festival.
This was a turning point for the festival and attendance doubled comparing to the previous year. More than 12,000 people took part in the festival, and over 3,000 participated in outdoor activities.
Many new services and activities were added in the 2019 edition. Borsh one of the biggest villages of Southern Albania, with its 7 km long beach coast and a large field, was perfect for the festival. This gave us the chance to host a bigger audience and provide additional areas for parking, camping, a children’s area, entertainment, workshops, and more. The main advantages of Borsh are the higher number of accommodation available nearby and the proximity to the beach, which is only 400 metres away.
The second year of the South Outdoor Festival took place in the south-coastal village of Vuno, known for its stylish architecture, interesting town layout, history, and tradition. This year was a fantastic success, with up to 6000 visitors.
The second annual South Outdoor Festival took place over the last weekend of April, hosted this year by Vuno, Himara. The first of its kind, it contained numerous activities , starting from hiking, climbing, off-roading, canyoning, yoga to water activities including stand up paddle boarding, diving, kayak, to paragliding. Apart from outdoor sports, attendees were able to explore the Southern Coast, visiting the villages around Himara, indulge in local Mediterranean cuisine, experience regional culture including experiencing the traditional polyphonic singing.
Vuno is one of the northernmost sea-facing villages within the Municipality of Himara, and is often known as the “mountain acropolis.” Intersected by the national road, above it the village continues up the hillside, with paths and passages leading through archways connecting groups of houses, while below, it expands, following the cascading landscape towards the seaside below. Here the architecture is unique, as can be seen in the Tower of Shane Koka, and the former house of Odise Kasneci, following traditional stone and woodwork.
The South Outdoor Festival 2017 was the first festival of its kind in Albania, taking place in Pilur, from 29 April to 1 of May 2017.
Although a challenging new undertaking, the attendance and overall warm feelings of the participants made the three days of the festival a success.
Up to 3000 people visited the festival.
The South Outdoor Festival, a 3-day event, featuring various outdoors activities in Albania’s south, kicked off in the village of Pilur, long known as the balcony of the coast, in the region of Vlora. The event, launched at the opening of the tourism season in Himara, provided sustainable economic opportunities to the local population.
During the 3-day festival, participants had the chance to engage in different sports, such as hiking, mountain biking, diving, off-roading, and paragliding. Live music, including iso-polyphonic singing (considered intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO), and other cultural activities took place during the festival.
The South Outdoor Festival was made possible with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH under the Integrated Sustainable Development of the Southern Coastal Region programme.
South Outdoor Festival is realized in strong partnership with the Albanian best Tour Operators who have been working in tourism sector for years, specializing active tourism and receiving awards for developing new tourist products and events within their businesses. The festival is strongly supported from GIZ Albania in collaboration with Ministry of Tourism and Environment, National Tourism Agency, Himara Municipality.