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21 May 15

Czech Theme at This Year's Bucharest Book Fair

Bookfest, Romania’s largest book fair, has opened in Bucharest with a Czech flavour this year - but the fair takes place in a country where interest in reading seems to be fading.

19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision

Performers from only five Balkan countries are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna - whose semi-finals get underway this week.

19 May 15

Croatian Festival Wants Houellebecq Play Back

Row over Houellebecq play ups a notch as Dubrovnik Summer Festival says it wants to put 'Elementary Particles' back on the agenda - having earlier pulled it from the program.

14 May 15

Houellebecq Play Banned from Dubrovnik Festival

A play based on a book by the French writer Michel Houellebecq has been pulled from the Dubrovnik Summer Games after the government said it represented a 'security risk'.

14 May 15

VAT Cut Helps Romanian Publishers Turn a Page

Buying - and reading - books is on a sharp decline in Romania - where the government now plans to reverse the trend by lowering VAT on the publishing industry.

04 May 15

Subversives Get Together at Zagreb Festival

Radical thinkers from the world over gathered at the Subversive Festival in Zagreb, which opened on Sunday with 14 days of film screenings, panels, round tables and interviews.

01 May 15

Picasso Comes to Montenegro's Royal Capital

The first ever Picasso exhibition in Montenegro presents lesser-known drawings and ceramic pieces of the celebrated Spanish artist.

23 Apr 15

Banned Russian Rally Shifts to Montenegro

The annual political-artistic rally called Monstratsiya - traditionally held every May Day in Siberia - is moving this year to Montenegro after being banned in Russia.

17 Apr 15

Romanian Films Selected for Cannes Festival

Two Romanian movies have been selected this year for the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the Cannes film festival dedicated to innovative work.

10 Apr 15

Film Festival of Tolerance Opens in Zagreb

The annual Festival of Tolerance, dedicated to film and education, starts in Zagreb on Sunday, commemorating the anniversaries of the liberation of Auschwitz and the Srebrenica massacre.

09 Apr 15

Culture Honour for Pink TV Boss Draws Protest

The artist Veljko Mihajlovic is returning the award he obtained 16 years ago in a protest against the City of Belgrade's decision to honour TV mogul Zeljko Mitrovic for his work for culture.

08 Apr 15

Serbian Ballet Falls Victim to Battle Over Cash

Serbia's National Theatre has scrapped two ballet shows as accusations about cash and contracts fly back and forth between the outgoing theatre manager and the culture ministry.

01 Apr 15

Croatian Church Satire Draws Interest in France

A Croatian movie, “Svecenikova djeca”, which makes fun of Catholic teaching about sex and contraception, is being screened in France, supported by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

24 Mar 15

‘Naked Island’ Film Revisits Yugoslav Prison Colony

Director Tiha K. Gudac’s documentary was inspired by her grandfather’s experience of being imprisoned at the notorious Communist-era Goli Otok jail camp on a Croatian island.

23 Mar 15

Belgrade Dance Festival Spreads Its Wings

It may be called the ‘Belgrade’ dance festival - but this year’s event is venturing beyond the capital to towns and cities across Serbia.

Culture Policy Focus

30 Apr 15

Serbian Artist Puts ‘Dead Nations’ on Show

Artist Ivan Grubanov, whose first major work was drawings of Slobodan Milosevic on trial, examines the idea of countries that no longer exist in a show at this year’s prestigious Venice Biennale.

Politics and Society

28 May 15

Three Killed in Gun Battle in Centre of Tirana

Fire fight between rivals gangs on Wednesday night in Tirana left three dead and shook the Albanian capital.



Canadians Lead New Gold Rush in Romania

Two new Canadian projects for gold exploitation have been announced in Transylvania, Romania, and both are likely to draw strong opposition from many quarters.