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NAVIgation Albania Artist Travel Info

Hi every­one,

We are so excit­ed to wel­come you on our cre­ative retreat and exhi­bi­tion in Alba­nia! Please find essen­tial Info below. Once you have reviewed this please feel free to ask any addi­tion­al ques­tions we have not cov­ered in our zoom meet­ing on Wed or on the group.

We look for­ward to see­ing you all very soon!

Ornagh and Sharon , The Nave Team x

Meet­ing Points and times:


10.30am meet with Lug­gage at Sharons

3A sturdee place

TN34 3AJ


St Leonards


Azur Carpark


Luton Air­port

Flight 1540pm

All those com­ing from Lon­don and meet­ing us at Luton please check the What­sApp Essen­tials group when you arrive to find out what cafe we set­tled in and meet us there or we will see you on the flight.

Arrival in Alba­nia

A coach will pick us up at the air­port. Sign says NAV­I­ga­tion Alba­nia. 

For those meet­ing us at Tirana please be aware our flight lands at 19:45pm. Please look for the sign and keep an eye out on our flight num­ber in case there are delays: Flight Num­ber: W94473

The coach will leave the air­port ASAP when we are all togeth­er so if you are delayed or decide to make your own way there for any rea­son please let us know in the essen­tials group.

This is the route. It takes 35 mins to get there

The coach will drop us off in the vil­lage of Kru­ga. 

And here our adven­ture begins..

From there we will need to trek up a hill with large cob­ble­stones for ten min­utes to get through the cas­tle grounds to the hotel.

You will need to wear walk­ing shoes for this!

Our lug­gage is being col­lect­ed by the own­er of our hotel (Ameliano) who will dri­ve it up allow­ing us to walk the hill togeth­er.

Both hotels are in the same build­ing. You have been allo­cat­ed a room and will be noti­fied of the room num­ber on arrival.



Wifi codes are on the wall in the hotel

Wifi has been test­ed and we have a strong con­nec­tion.


7.30an — 9.30am

Pay­ing at the hotel

Pay in cash at the hotel for each trans­ac­tion. 

Out of respect for the Mer­li­ka hotel . When using the bar areas and com­mu­nal spaces you are expect­ed to buy a drink while there. One drink each time you are there is fine. ie if you are there for 3 hours you just need to buy one soft drink £1

Time dif­fer­ence

1 hour in advance


There is a cash point to take out mon­ey. £3 on £100 trans­ac­tion fee.

We would advise to take out euros because the hotel takes cash


2 pin Euro­pean Plug

Coun­try / State / Ter­ri­to­ry

Plug Type

Sin­gle-phase Volt­age (volts)

Fre­quen­cy (hertz)


C / F

230 V

50 Hz

Shar­ing rooms

As you are shar­ing rooms please con­sid­er bring­ing ear plugs and eye masks in case peo­ple need to make noise or turn on lights while you are sleeping.Please be mind­ful of one anoth­er 🙂


The inten­tion is to use the work­shops, trips and avail­able time at the hotel to cre­ate new work that will then be shown at the exhi­bi­tion.

Please bring your own art sup­plies and equip­ment.

For pre­sent­ing your work please con­sid­er clips, fish­ing wire, clip on lights, pro­jec­tors, charg­ers, exten­sion leads, easels, blue­tack, cos­tumes and any­thing else you may need to present your work. You are free to impro­vise with whats there but we cant guar­entee you will be able to get all you need in Alba­nia.

We will make hand writ­ten tags and sinage for artists work but if you want to print infor­ma­tion or add QR codes please con­sid­er print­ing in advance.

There will be a team brief­ing meet­ing each night. You will get a chance to sug­gest and plan col­lab­o­ra­tions in the brief­in­gs and spare time at the retreat.

Prac­tices will be held dai­ly at the hotel. There will be a pro­gramme added to the wall where peo­ple can add the sug­gest­ed time and loca­tion for their prac­tice offer­ings. They can remind and intro­duce these offer­ings dai­ly in the brief­ing meet­ing.


All trips are option­al! This is your retreat make sure you are get­ting the time and space you need to cre­ate. Feel no pres­sure to do any­thing you do not want to, If you do not feel like cre­at­ing new work and end up rest­ing or need­ing alone time that is total­ly fine. Do you. 

Tiri­ana is not one of the trips. It is reach­able by bus from the vil­lage cen­tre. 2 euros, 2 bus­es chang­ing at Tirana bus sta­tion or Artur ( from the hotel ) will run us to the graf­fi­ti shop for 25 euro between 4 peo­ple.

Trips Prices

20 euro each 

60 euro for pack­age of 4 (Three list­ed below and moun­tain trip for free)

Or Artur will take any­one up the moun­tain to a scenic spot for any­one who wants to go for 10 euro

Fri­day 15th

Night 1

We will be allo­cat­ing rooms then sit­ting down for a brief when we arrive. A quick intro, overview of pro­gram sys­tem and break­fast order­ing sys­tem. This meet­ing will be short as we are aware some peo­ple will want to sleep after the long jour­ney!

Sat­ur­day 16th

Ongo­ing prac­tices through­out the day at the hotel. Option­al Rest, Mak­ing and explo­ration local­ly.

Dur­res Trip 2–7pm

Dur­rës : Trip to town, beach and pos­si­ble artist meet up 

Route (50mins and 50mins back) 

3 hours in town

Info about town:

Dur­res Amphithe­atre: Start your vis­it with a trip to the Dur­res Amphithe­atre, one of the largest Roman amphithe­aters in the Balka­ns. It’s a remark­able archae­o­log­i­cal site with well-pre­served ruins dat­ing back to the 2nd cen­tu­ry AD.

Dur­res Archae­o­log­i­cal Muse­um: Head to the Dur­res Archae­o­log­i­cal Muse­um to learn more about the his­to­ry and cul­ture of the region. The muse­um hous­es a diverse col­lec­tion of arti­facts span­ning dif­fer­ent peri­ods, includ­ing Greek, Roman, and Byzan­tine arti­facts.

Dur­res Cas­tle: If time allows, con­sid­er vis­it­ing Dur­res Cas­tle, also known as the Venet­ian Tow­er. This medieval fortress offers panoram­ic views of the city and the sea. Explore the cas­tle grounds and learn about its his­to­ry as a defen­sive strong­hold.

Sun­set on Dur­res Beach: Take a stroll along Dur­res Beach, locat­ed just a short dis­tance from the city cen­ter. Enjoy the sea breeze and beau­ti­ful views of the Adri­at­ic coast­line. If the weath­er per­mits, you might even dip your toes in the water or relax on the beach for a while.

Meet up with oth­er artists ( info to fol­low TBC)

Sun­day 17th

Ongo­ing prac­tices through­out the day at the hotel. Option­al Rest, Mak­ing and explo­ration local­ly.

Lake Shko­dra: Trip 8am-2pm

2 hours at lake and town. Paint­ing at lake­side

Route ( 2 hours there and 2 hours back)

Shko­dra Lake: The largest lake in the Balka­ns. You can enjoy a relax­ing walk along the lake shore, rent a boat for a leisure­ly ride on the water, or sim­ply admire the scenic views of the sur­round­ing moun­tains. We sug­gest hold­ing a painting/drawing class of the lakes and a med­i­ta­tion prac­tice while we are here.

Mon­day 18th

No trips full con­cen­tra­tion on com­plet­ing work and Exhi­bi­tion Set Up 

Exhi­bi­tion Pri­vate View and Par­ty 7pm — late

Tues­day 19th


Take down and pack Tues­day evening

Sali Shi­daku House: Trip 8am-12pm

House of a Famous Alban­ian artist run by the artist’s daugh­ter and grand­daugh­ter.

Route (50mins and 50mins back) 

2 hours at the prop­er­ty

Wednes­day 20th

Board­ing pass­es need to be print­ed on the way back. Artur at the hotel will print these for us the night before. We will organ­ise this in Tues­days brief­ing meet­ing

Rooms must be cleaned and returned as they were orig­i­nal­ly

Lug­gage must be packed at recep­tion at 8.00am so Artur can bring them down the hill for us again.

9.00am Leave 

Tirana to LTN leav­ing 20th March 1150AM land­ing 1420PM 

Arrival Home

Hast­ings drop offs at the same des­ti­na­tion as col­lec­tion

Social media

Please sup­port Sharon and Ornagh with the social on the trip by shar­ing and tag­ging


And following/tagging one anoth­er’s work























@rosiestricklanddesign and @rosiestrickland__




A NAV­I­ga­tion: Alba­nia doc­u­men­tary is being filmed. Please sup­port The Nave by tak­ing part and being respect­ful of those film­ing. If you do not want to be filmed please communicate/remind the team of this polite­ly 🙂 

For those film­ing 

Shar­ing footage is com­mon prac­tice in The Nave if you have an issue with this please noti­fy Ornagh in pri­vate DM in advance. 

For best prac­tice please help us by shar­ing footage to The Nave dri­ves before we leave in the final brief meet­ing. Please remem­ber to bring addi­tion­al dri­ves where nec­es­sary. 

Link for Zoom meet­ing

Top­ic: Alba­nia Ice­break­er

Time: Mar 13, 2024 07:00 PM Lon­don

Join Zoom Meet­ing

Meet­ing ID: 737 5450 6946

Pass­code: 2f8NtV

Vibe of the trip and The Nave

We have men­tioned before this is not a lux­u­ry trip or a trip based on over indul­gence. We are pri­mar­i­ly here to con­nect, cre­ate and inspire one anoth­er. With a large group of artists and dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties we under­stand there may be chal­lenges. At The Nave we like to fos­ter an inclu­sive, col­lab­o­ra­tive envi­ron­ment built on the val­ues of respect, fun and free­dom. Please be kind in your com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Be aware you are shar­ing space and be con­sid­er­ate of your noise and ener­gy. Some peo­ple may have men­tal health dif­fi­culi­ties you cant see. Lets sup­port one anoth­er to have the most ful­fill­ing expe­ri­ences we can. The prac­tices are there to sup­port you to go deep­er and relax into cre­at­ing but if you feel over­whelmed or need addi­tion­al assis­tance please feel free to reach out to the Nave team at any­time (we will not­fiy you of who you can speak to).

See you soon for an excit­ing adven­ture! 


For fur­ther infor­ma­tion please con­tact:

Ornagh: Artist, Cura­tor and Cre­ative Direc­tor

Sharon: Trav­el Coor­di­na­tor and Social Media Lead