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20 Nov 15

Romania Fair Booms in Tough World For Books

This year's Gaudeamus international book fair in Bucharest looks set to attract huge numbers - in spite of the fact that almost 40 per of Romanians no longer read any books at all.

10 Nov 15

Kosovo Survey Reflects Conservative Moral Values

Unmarried women are usually virgins while married Kosovars rarely have more than one sexual partner, a UNICEF/Kosovo Agency of Statistics survey suggests.

05 Nov 15

Free Zone Film Festival Returns to Serbia

The hugely popular festival showcasing independent Serbian and world cinema begins screenings across the country from November 5.

02 Nov 15

Festival Brings European Authors to Tirana

The ‘White Sea’ festival has brought writers from all over the continent to Albania, where few people are familiar with the literature of their nearest neighbours.

30 Oct 15

Transylvania's Rise Holds Risks for its Heritage

As Lonely Planet includes Transylvania among its best destinations for next year, local experts say the rushed restoration of its churches is doing more harm than good.

28 Oct 15

Belgrade Jazz Festival Eyes the Future

This year’s festival focuses on evolving trends within this quintessentially American music genre.

24 Oct 15

In Pictures: Photo Contest Winners to Show Albania to World

Photos from Albania by amateurs photographers and published on Instagram will be filed in a catalogue by the Foreign Ministry and distributed to diplomats around the world.

21 Oct 15

BEMUS Headlines Busy Culture Month in Belgrade

Mongolian Orchestra and Russian ballet star feature in this year’s classical music festival that celebrates sounds of the 20th Century.

16 Oct 15

Slovenian Rockers Laibach to Sue Croatian Right-Wingers

Slovenian avant-garde rockers Laibach have threatened to sue a Croatian right-wing political party for using one of the band’s best-known songs in a promotional video.

12 Oct 15

UK-Based Romanian Tipped for Literary Stardom

Global fame and fortune await Transylvanian-born Eugen Chirovici as top-name publishers compete for his latest novel.

21 Sep 15

Kosovo Girls' Football Team Dreams of Success

A newly established women's football team in Klina has high hope for success in the country’s league - despite a good many problems.

16 Sep 15

Bosnia Museum Re-opens After Three-Year Wait

Bosnian treasures including a famous medieval Jewish manuscript are now again on show after the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina finally re-opened after three years.

15 Sep 15

Srebrenica Trial Exhibits Go on Show in Belgrade

An exhibition presenting the most important evidence from the Hague Tribunal’s Srebrenica genocide trials opened in Belgrade as part of events to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacres.

10 Sep 15

Kosovo Eyes Oscar For Tale of Fatherless Boy

Kosovo has nominated Visar Morina's Babai, the country's most expensive film ever, for the best foreign film prize at the Oscars.

07 Sep 15

Film on Plight of Kosovo Serbs Bids for Oscar

‘Enclave’, a drama that follows the lives of Serbs who continued to live in Kosovo after the war, has been chosen as the Serbian candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars.

Culture Policy Focus

12 Nov 15

Shakespeare Reconnects Serbian and Kosovo Theatregoers

With a Kosovo Albanian playing Romeo and a Serb playing Juliet, Predrag Miki Manojlovic’s production of the Shakespeare classic is intended to bring Belgrade and Pristina closer together.

Politics and Society

24 Nov 15

Serbian Official Criticised for Wearing Islamic Dress

The president of the Serbian parliament, Maja Gojkovic, was criticised for wearing conservative Islamic clothing during a visit to Tehran.



Bosnia's National Airline Awaits Imminent Closure

BH Airlines, the troubled national carrier of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is likely to be put into liquidation before the end of the year after running up a debt of around 17.5 million euros.