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25 Jun 17

Belgrade Philharmonic Promises ‘Largest-Ever’ Open-Air Concert

The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra hopes to attract tens of thousands to its grand open-air concert tonight.

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15 Jun 17

UNESCO Adds Two More Croatian Sites to Heritage List

UNESCO is about to include two more Croatian sites on its World Heritage list - the old walls of the town of Zadar and the St Nicholas Fortress in the town of Sibenik.

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01 Jun 17

Bulgaria's 'Rock 'n Roll' Capital Falls Silent

The new Socialist bosses of the coastal town of Kavarna - famous as Bulgaria’s rock 'n roll capital - are accused of trying to erase its image as a musical hub.

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26 May 17

Sarajevo Premieres Play on Bosnia-Born Hemon's Life

The American-Bosnian writer Aleksandar Hemon will see his works, which tell the intimate story on his life, premiered in the form of a play in Sarajevo.

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14 May 17

Teenage Bulgarian Pipped to Post at Eurovision

Bulgarians had something to celebrate Saturday night when Kristian Kostov came second in the Kiev Eurovision.

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12 May 17

Bulgaria’s Eurovision Singer Lands in Mess Over Crimea

A brief performance in Russian-occupied Crimea has caused controversy for Bulgaria’s Eurovision performer, Kristian Kostov, whose song, ‘Beautiful Mess’ is otherwise tipped to do well.

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09 May 17

Sarajevo Exhibition Aims to Reconnect Yugoslav Artists

A co-founder of the Benetton empire is bringing together 900 artists from all over the former Yugoslavia for an exhibition in Sarajevo.

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09 May 17

Balkan Hopefuls Clear Their Throats for Eurovision

Singers from seven Balkan countries are entering the start of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday, hoping to join the lucky ten that compete in Saturday’s final.

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26 Apr 17

Serbian Capital to Host Conspiracy Theorist David Icke

David Icke, the former BBC broadcaster best known for his belief that reptiles from outer space control the world, is visiting Serbia, a country much given to conspiracy theories.

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21 Apr 17

Montenegro Eurovision Singer Hits Wrong Note Back Home

Slavko Kalezic, Montenegro's entry for the Eurovision song contest, may have wowed some international audiences with his provocative appearance - but it has appalled many people at home who deem it an insult to traditional values. 

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18 Apr 17

‘Albanian Alps’ Draw Outdoor Sports Enthusiasts to Western Kosovo

The scenic Prokletije mountain range draws hikers, climbers and other mountain sports enthusiasts, with the Alpine Club Pristina organising tours in the region every weekend, led by experienced guides.

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17 Apr 17

Albanian Pensioner Finds New Life in Endless Marathons

Sotir Qiriaqi found salvation from life’s disappointments in running marathons - and now, aged 71, has clocked up more than 20,000 kilometers and won legions of fans.

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12 Apr 17

Kadare Demands to See Albanian Communist Police File

One of Albania’s best-known writers, Ismail Kadare, said that he wants to see his secret police file to find out who spied on him during the Communist era.

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31 Mar 17

Belgrade Film Festival Going Strong

The 64th annual Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival once again showcases some of the country's brightest young cinematic talents.

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31 Mar 17

Town's Move to Lose 'Protected' Status Shocks Bulgarians

An attempt by the authorities in the 'museum town' of Koprivshtitsa to do away with its 'protected' status has horrified many Bulgarians, starting with the country's President.

Culture Policy Focus

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23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

Hopes of comprehensive change to the film industry – deemed vital for this flourishing field - have suffered another blow after Romania’s parliament withdraw the reform legislation.

05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

Politics and Society

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27 Jun 17

UN’s Macedonia-Greece Envoy Renews Diplomatic Efforts

The UN special envoy in the Macedonia-Greece 'name' dispute, Matthew Nimetz, will visit Skopje at the end of this week as Macedonia seeks to revive its stalled Euro-Atlantic integration bid.

27 Jun 17

Serbs Make Fun of Massive Flagpole Project