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14 Jul 16

Bulgarians Doubt Stars will Show up for Charity Concert

A Bulgarian foundation has promised to bring a galaxy of stars including Mick Jagger to Sofia for a big charity concert – but many suspect it is all a big hoax.

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11 Jul 16

Rita Ora's New Album to Pay Tribute to Kosovo

The Kosovo-born UK pop star plans to include rhythms and sounds from her native country in her next record. 

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08 Jul 16

Summer in Belgrade: No Escape Needed

Even though the hot summer months in Belgrade are not always synonymous with relaxation and entertainment, the city’s rivers have a lot of cool offerings.

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06 Jul 16

EXIT Festival Promises Magic This Year

Final preparations are underway at Novi Sad’s Petrovaradin Fortress as world-renowned artists and their fans flock to the city for EXIT.

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26 Jun 16

Outdoor Cinemas Take Over the Belgrade Summer

Two free, open-air movie screening events throughout the summer offer a new way to enjoy both Serbian and international films.

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23 Jun 16

British Soul Stars Headline Belgrade Calling Festival

This year’s festival, one of the city’s premiere events to catch international stars, features an array of British soul music.

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18 Jun 16

Mega Trail Revives Ancient Communication Routes in The Balkans

Mountain enthusiasts, NGOs and private companies from the Western Balkans are developing a mega trail, called the Via Dinarica, to connect the region from Slovenia to Albania via a series of hiking and biking paths.

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14 Jun 16

Festival Trio Set to Draw Crowds in Bulgaria

June is one of the richest months for lovers of alternative arts, ethno culture and good food in Bulgaria. 

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09 Jun 16

Belgrade Swimming Season Ready to Kick Off

As summer and high temperatures approach, Belgrade lakes and pools are slowly opening up to embrace locals and tourists.

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09 Jun 16

Bulgarians Look to Restore Landmark Communist Monument

Left to crumble and molder for decades, a remnant of Bulgaria’s past is gaining new life thanks to an international resurgence in popularity.

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27 May 16

Belgrade Manifest Returns to Kalemegdan

Organizers expect 100,000 to attend festival of Serbian events and destinations.

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27 May 16

Romanian Film Festival Honours Sophia Loren

Italian film legend Sophia Loren will be the special guest at the largest international feature film festival in Cluj, Romania, to pick up the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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26 May 16

Varoufakis Composes Song for Albania's Biennale

The former Greek finance minister has written the lyrics for one of the songs about migration that will form Albania's unusual contribution to the Venice Biennale.

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23 May 16

Yugoslav Film Legend Bata Zivojinovic Dies

Bata Zivojinovic, who was considered one of the most influential actors in Yugoslavia, died on Monday aged 83 in Belgrade.

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23 May 16

Romanians Query Drive to Buy Brancusi Sculpture

The sculpture at the heart of Romanian identity faces an uncertain fate, as some people question whether spending so much public money on one artwork is a good idea.

Culture Policy Focus

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24 Jul 16

Locals Fear Hidden Cost of Serbia’s EXIT Festival

While Novi Sad’s EXIT festival has undoubtedly boosted the local economy, some fear it might be doing the city more damage than good.

05 Apr 16

Serbian Film Industry Needs Resources to Grow

02 Feb 16

Briton’s Long Walk into Serbia’s Heart

25 Dec 15

Spirit of Christmas

23 Dec 15

Crafting a New Ceramics Culture in Belgrade

Politics and Society

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28 Jul 16

Study Shows Young Serbs Turning Against EU

Research conducted by the Institute for European Affairs shows that while most Serbs still want to join the EU, a majority of the young would prefer to see Serbia team up with Russia.

Business

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Bosnia Struggles to Sell Its Failing Companies

Facing strong international and budgetary pressure, Bosnia's entities resume privatising public companies, but finding buyers for the mostly decrepit and overvalued firms is increasingly difficult.