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23 Feb 18

Belgrade's International Film Festival Kicks Off

This year’s edition of Belgrade's International Film Festival, FEST, will showcase the cream of foreign and local movies.

13 Feb 18

Balkan Music Fans Cling to Homegrown Stars

A map of last December's YouTube hits shows that music fans in several Balkan countries still prefer their local bands to top international songs – though audiences in Croatia, Macedonia and Romania are now part of the global mainstream.

29 Jan 18

Maverick Reporter’s Tale Becomes Sarajevo Siege Film

A new Bosnian war drama called ‘Sympathy for the Devil’, based on the memoirs of Paul Marchand, a flamboyant French journalist who reported from besieged Sarajevo, starts filming next month.

23 Jan 18

Kosovo Woman Aims to Climb All 14 Himalayan Peaks

After becoming the first Albanian woman to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Kosovo’s Uta Ibrahimi is planning to climb all 14 peaks in the Himalayas.

23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.

15 Jan 18

Vevcani Carnival Brings Humour to Macedonian Streets

One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans, the Vevcani carnival, took place this weekend in the western Macedonian village of Vevcani.

11 Jan 18

Slobodan Milosevic Revived in Kosovo Serbs’ Musical

A musical staged by a Serb theatre ensemble from Kosovo about the 1999 war and Serb-Albanian relations will feature late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as the “tragic protagonist”.

05 Jan 18

Macedonian Comedy Film Finds Secret to Success

A black comedy debut, Gjorce Stavreski’s 'Secret Ingredient', is on the way to becoming one of the most critically acclaimed films from Macedonia in years.

29 Dec 17

Belgrade With a Bang: All The Best End of Year Parties

Known as one of the easiest places in Europe to find a good time any season, it should be no surprise there is no shortage of places to party in Belgrade as the New Year approaches.

25 Dec 17

Festive Cheer at Pristina's Christmas Market

Dozens of decorated wooden huts are open for business in Zahir Pajaziti square in Pristina, where different sellers and craftspeople offer their products, starting from hot drinks to handicrafts, at lower than usual prices.

12 Dec 17

Bosnians Break World Record for Simultaneous Piano-Playing

A multi-ethnic group of music students from Sarajevo and Eastern Sarajevo set a new Guinness world record as 20 of them played the same piece on the same piano simultaneously.

04 Dec 17

Belgrade Winter Warm-up

As winter really kicks in, Belgrade warms up for New Year’s with a full program of activities for the young and not-so-young through December and beyond. 

23 Nov 17

Romania Pushes Again for UNESCO to Honour Sculptures

Romania is set to ask UNESCO to reconsider including a famous set of sculptures by the Romanian-French artist Constantin Brancusi on its World Heritage list.

22 Nov 17

Belgrade's Auteur Festival Showcases Freshest Global Film Talent

As the weather cools off and the rain starts to fall, Belgraders know they can find a warm retreat from autumn at one of the best festivals in the region for connoisseurs of cinema – the Auteur Film Festival.

17 Nov 17

Romania’s Biggest Christmas Fair Opens in Sibiu

Romania’s best-known Christmas market opens on Friday in the city of Sibiu, Transylvania, and will remain in business until the beginning of January.

Culture Policy Focus

02 Feb 18

Montenegro Turns Blind Eye to Deep-Sea Treasure Hunters

As organised thieves target Montenegro’s marine heritage, an investigation by CIN-CG/BIRN reveals that no one is being held accountable for this pillage - and the government has failed to protect these sites from devastation.

23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

Politics and Society

23 Feb 18

Memorial to Slain Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Unveiled

Relatives and political allies of the Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, assassinated outside his party office last month, gathered at the site in north Mitrovica to unveil a memorial plaque.



Bulgarian Minister Resigns over Controversial Energy Deal

Temenuzhka Petkova said she will quit her ministerial post after a small business whose owners she knows was announced as the buyer of the largest Bulgarian private energy company.