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24 Aug 16

‘Game of Thrones’ Star to Visit Romania

Tom Wlaschiha, who plays Jaqen H’ghar in the television series ‘Game of Thrones’, will visit Bucharest in November for the East European Comic Con event.

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19 Aug 16

Legendary Yugoslav-Era Actress Mira Stupica Dies

Mira Stupica, who was considered one of the most influential actresses in Yugoslavia, died on Friday aged 93 in Belgrade.

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18 Aug 16

Serbia to Choose 2017 Oscars Candidate

A film exploring the human consequences of Serbia’s wartime past is among five movies under consideration to be the country’s candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars.

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15 Aug 16

Donald Trump’s Daughter Ivanka Visits Croatia

Ivanka Trump, whose father is running as the Republican nominee in the US Presidential elections, joins a number of celebrities whose holiday pick for this summer is the Croatian coast.

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15 Aug 16

Annual Serbian Car Festival Puts Legendary ‘Fica’ on Show

Around 60 ‘Ficas’ – the small cars modelled on the Italian Fiat 600 that were a symbol of former Yugoslavia - travelled from around Serbia for the ninth annual ‘Fica Festival’ in the central town of Jagodina.

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12 Aug 16

Romanian Directors Compete at New York Film Fest

Two Romanian films have been selected for the 2016 New York Film Festival’s Main Slate, set to begin for the 54th time next month.

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12 Aug 16

Bulgaria Claims Gold Artefact is World's Oldest

A tiny golden bead, unearthed at a pre-historic settlement in southern Bulgaria, is the world's oldest golden artefact, archaeologists claim.

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11 Aug 16

German Bunker Found on Serbian Construction Site

Workers constructing a supermarket for Lidl in Belgrade have uncovered a well-preserved bunker, seemingly dating back to World War II, when the Nazis occupied Yugoslavia.

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11 Aug 16

Serbian Basketball Heroine Leaves Court

Natasa Kovacevic, who returned to professional basketball after having half of her leg amputated, has decided to leave basketball for good.

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11 Aug 16

Sarajevo Film Festival Seen as Celebration of Life

More than 220 film and 44 premiere screenings will take place at the Sarajevo Film Festival that runs from August 12 to 20.

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10 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Dua Lipa Set to Sing in Albania

After a big open-air concert in her hometown of Pristina, UK-based pop star Dua Lipa is all set to perform in Tirana, Albania.

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09 Aug 16

Robert De Niro to Open Sarajevo Film Festival

US actor, director and producer Robert De Niro will be a special guest at this week’s Sarajevo Film Festival, where he will be presented with the event’s highest award.

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09 Aug 16

Croatia Charges Tourist for Flying Pirate Flag

A tourist on the island of Vir has been accused of flying a Serb nationalist Chetnik flag – but he insisted it’s actually a skull-and-crossbones that he hoisted to please his pirate-loving son.

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08 Aug 16

Facebook Satirists Plan Kelmendi Welcome Party in Serbia

Making fun of Serbia's dismay over Kosovo's participation in Rio, Serbian Facebook fans have jokingly called for a party in Belgrade to celebrate the Kosovo gold medal winner Majlinda Kelmendi.

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08 Aug 16

Kelmendi Wins Kosovo its First Olympic Gold

After Majlinda Kelmendi won a gold for judo in Rio, national leaders along with thousands of people took to social media to rejoice over the country’s first-ever Olympic medal.

Culture Policy Focus

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02 Aug 16

Albania Opera Chief Quits Over Tiny Budget

The resignation of the director of the National Opera and Ballet highlights the challenges facing Albanian artists as a result of the paltry budgets they are expected to operate on.

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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25 Aug 16

Serbian PM Decides Against Croatia Visit

Media reported that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic will not attend a business forum in Dubrovnik this week which could have been an opportunity to ease tensions with Croatia.

25 Aug 16

Bosnian War Crimes Suspects Shun Plea Bargains

25 Aug 16

Kosovo War Ex-Prisoners Fear Arrest in Serbia

Business

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Bosnian Banks Give Interest-Free Loan to Federation

Local commercial banks provided a loan to Bosnia's cash-strapped Federation entity with a negative interest rate as officials sought to plug holes in the budget.