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21 Apr 14

Belgrade Exhibition Exposes Yugoslav Communist Crimes

The exhibition entitled ‘In the Name of the People’, which documents the crimes committed by the Yugoslav regime from 1944 until 1953, has attracted protests by Communist activists.

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16 Apr 14

Bosnia Museum Defies Pressure to Re-open

Bosnia's National Museum and the Federation entity government are in a stand-off over whether the ancient cultural institution should re-open its doors this summer.

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14 Apr 14

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Connects Belgrade and Pristina

Actors from Serbia and Kosovo have joined forces to stage a joint production of the Shakespeare play in a bid to promote mutual understanding and connections.

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11 Apr 14

Chinese To Film Remake of Cult Sarajevo Movie

Owing to the popularity in China of the movie 'Walter Defends Sarajevo', set in World War Bosnia, the Chinese have announced they intend to film a new version.

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09 Apr 14

Croatian Roma Join 'Happy' Dance Wave

Roma in the Medjimurje area of northern Croatia have joined the trend of filming local versions of Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy’ to mark Roma International Day.

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08 Apr 14

Abdurrahman Oner Wins Belgrade 'Short Meter' Festival

The jury of the 61st edition of the festival Short meter decided that the best movie in the competition programme was “Buhar” (Vanished into Blue) by the Turkish director Abdurrahman Oner.

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07 Apr 14

Art-Lovers Glimpse City’s Hidden Treasures

An exhibition at the Museum of Yugoslav History has put on show works that have not been seen for years - since the Contemporary Art Museum closed for reconstruction.

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07 Apr 14

Belgrade Ranked Among Top Spring Get-Aways

The Huffington Post, the popular US website, has put Belgrade on its list of top ten European cities in spring.

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28 Mar 14

EU Funds Makover of Romanian 'Painted' Monastery

The 15th-century 'painted' monastery of Putna, which a long-ago prince founded in the Bukovina region of northeast Romania, is in line for an EU-funded renovation.

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28 Mar 14

Pioneering Kosovo Soap Gets Viewers’ Thumbs-Up

Kosovo’s first homemade soap opera woos viewers with tales of love triangles, blood feuds and corruption.

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21 Mar 14

Romanian Film Turns Bank Heist into Dark Comedy

A new Romanian film gives a fresh interpretation to the back story behind the most famous bank robbery ever committed under the Communist regime.

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20 Mar 14

ICTY Film on Witnesses Shown In Zagreb

The Hague Tribunal documentary about key witness testimonies from the 1990s has had its premiere in the Croatian capital, Zagreb.

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14 Mar 14

Cafe Gives Young Disabled Albanians Start in Life

E Jona café, a new initiative funded by the Yunus Social Business Fund, is providing work and social inclusion for young people with disabilities.   

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12 Mar 14

Play About Sarajevo Assassins Opens in Belgrade

The director of “Mali mi je ovaj grob” ("This Grave is Too Shallow for Me"), which soon premieres in Belgrade, says the play aims to apply some of the lessons of past events at the outset of World War 1 to modern times.

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10 Mar 14

Norwegian-Pakistani Movie Triumphs at Belgrade Festival

The main prize at this year’s Belgrade international film festival went to Iram Haq’s ‘I am Yours’, about a Pakistani woman living in Norway who gets caught up in a culture clash.

Culture Policy Focus

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24 Mar 14

Topola, Serbia’s Royal Heart and Soul

In the midst of the hills south of Belgrade, known as Šumadija lies Topola, the hearth of the modern Serbian state and, some say, ‘its very own Provence’.

Politics and Society

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23 Apr 14

Macedonia Ruling Party Queried Over Real Estate Spree

Opposition Social Democrats accuse ruling party of using questionable funds to buy up a massive amount of real estate ahead of this month’s elections.

Business

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Corruption Deters Investors in Kosovo, Report Says

As Kosovo tries to attract more foreign money, corruption and bribery remain a key factor deterring companies from investing in the country, a recent report said.