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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.

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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.

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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.

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19 Mar 15

Power Dams Pose Threat to Rare Balkan Salmon

Planned hydroelectric power plants on Balkan rivers pose a deadly threat to the survival of the Mladica, known as the Balkan salmon, the NGO Riverwatch says.

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16 Mar 15

British Composer Commemorates Kosovo War Dead

The Kosovo Philharmonic marked its 15th anniversary with the Pristina premiere of an anti-war mass by British composer Karl Jenkins, which is dedicated to victims of the 1998-99 conflict.

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10 Mar 15

Belgrade Guitar Art Festival Promises Six-String Delights

Guitar Art Festival, that runs from March 10-15, is offering a diverse series of guitar-related performances, from Greek rebetiko to Spanish flamenco and more.

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06 Mar 15

Anne Frank's Story Revisited in Zagreb

The premiere of a new Croatian version of the play based on the world famous story of the Jewish Dutch girl who died in a Nazi death camp is scheduled for Friday at the children’s theatre in Zagreb.

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27 Feb 15

FEST to Champion Serbian Movies

The country’s most popular film festival, FEST, will put more emphasis on domestic productions this year as well as showing the best new movies from around the world.


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20 Feb 15

Croatian Doc Fans Await Start of 11th Festival

The 11th annual ZagrebDox film festival kicks off on Sunday, bringing 150 documentaries from around the world.

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16 Feb 15

Serbia Chooses Bojana Stamenov for Eurovision

Stamenov, a popular Serbian soul and jazz singer, will represent Serbia this spring at the Eurovision song contest in Vienna.

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16 Feb 15

Romanian Director Wins Berlin Film Prize

Romanian film director Radu Jude won the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin Film Festival with his historical drama about prejudice against Roma people.

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09 Feb 15

Culture Festival Brightens Sarajevo’s Winter

Bosnia’s showpiece winter arts festival has opened in the capital, offering music, film, theatre, literature and visual art events for the 31st year in a row.

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05 Feb 15

First Balkan Hard Rock Cafe to Open in Montenegro

A UAE-based company is opening the first Hard Rock Cafe in the region in Podgorica, bringing the 'authentic spirit of rock and roll' as well as traditional US cuisine to the Balkans.

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30 Jan 15

Croatian Night of Museums Kicks Off

Museums and cultural institutions in Croatia are opening their doors to visitors for free on Friday night - a tradition that goes from strength to strength each year.

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30 Jan 15

Magnificent Film Docs on the Way

Audiences will have a chance to see some of the latest documentary films at the ‘Magnificent 7’ festival, starting from January 30.

Politics and Society

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01 Apr 15

Oil Well Blast Forces Albania Villagers to Flee

Several hundred inhabitants of the village of Marinza in southern Albania were ordered to leave their homes after a natural gas explosion sent fumes high in the sky.

Business

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Emirates Scrap Luxury Resort Plan in Montenegro

A major UAE investor has pulled out of deal worth 300 million euro to build a luxury resort near Budva, dealing a serious blow to the Montenegrin government.