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01 Aug 14

Montenegro's First Domestic Film in Years to Premiere

The first Montenegrin film made in a decade is scheduled for release on Monday at the film festival in the resort of Herceg Novi.

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31 Jul 14

Ukraine’s ‘Tribe’ Wins Out at Motovun Festival

Disturbing movie about gang life in a school for the deaf in Kiev comes out a winner at Croatian movie festival.

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29 Jul 14

Actors and Sports Stars Mingle on Croatian Coast

Keira Knightley, Ellen DeGeneres and Man United’s Juan Mata are just some of the stars who have been soaking up the sun on the Adriatic this year.

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25 Jul 14

Romanian Plastic Bridge Seeks Guinness Accolade

A bridge made of over 100,000 plastic bottles in western Romania - said to be the largest in the world - contains a wider message about the enviroment.

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21 Jul 14

Pula Film Festival Opens in Croatia

The 61st Pula Film Festival, which will see the screening of 150 movies from around the world, opened with fireworks at the coastal city’s Roman ampitheatre.

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17 Jul 14

Sarajevo's Restored City Hall Opens its Doors

Twenty-two years since Bosnian Serb shelling virtually destroyed this symbol of the lost splendour of the Austro-Hungarian era, the City Hall, the Vijecnica, is set to reopen at last.

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15 Jul 14

Jamiroquai Opens Exit Festival in Montenegro

UK band to open world famous musical festival, which for the first time is being held this year in two locations.

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11 Jul 14

Kolarac Celebrates Art Gallery’s 50th Birthday

The Ilija Kolarac Endowment is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of its art gallery, which will not only include art exhibitions but also concerts.

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10 Jul 14

EXIT Festival Promises Energy and Adventure

For the first time this year, the EXIT festival will be held at two locations, the Novi Sad fortress and a new venue, Jaz Beach in Montenegro.

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02 Jul 14

Filmstreet Festival Kicks Off in Belgrade

The fourth annual Filmstreet Festival, a movie festival that allows Belgraders to watch Hollywood classics and domestic favorites in an open-air setting all throughout the summer, has begun in Belgrade.

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27 Jun 14

Belgrade Sightseeing from a Different Perspective

This summer, Belgrade visitors can take a walk through Nikola Tesla’s Belgrade and travel back to the time of World War I.

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25 Jun 14

Kosovars Raise a Pint to Emerging Beer Culture

Kosovo may drink a pittance by European standards, but drinkers and brewers at annual Beerfest say thirstier days are ahead. 

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19 Jun 14

Yugoslav Wartime Cartoon Show Relives 1990s Resistance

A new exhibition in Belgrade illustrates how political humour was used to combat censorship, war-mongering and the authoritarian regime of Slobodan Milosevic.

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14 Jun 14

International Bicycle Festival Kicks Off in Belgrade

Cycle through the city in orange! Ogle the latest must-have bikes! It’s all kicking off at the Velograd Bicycle Festival in Belgrade from June 14 to 16.

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10 Jun 14

Romanians Unite to Save Silver Screens

With fewer cinemas per head of the population than any other country in Europe, Romanian filmmakers have launched a campaign to stop further closures.

Culture Policy Focus

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04 Jun 14

Northern Mitrovica Shakes off the Blues

The North City Jazz and Blues festival, held near Mitrovica in Kosovo, is seeking to change the image of a town known nowadays mostly for ethnic conflict.

Politics and Society

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01 Aug 14

Balkan Citizens Urged to Get Out of Libya

Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia have called on their nationals to evacuate from Libya as violence among militia groups worsens in the conflict-ridden country.

Business

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Montenegro Looks to Cruise Liners to Save Season

As cool weather, sanctions against Russia and high prices leave Montenegro's beaches looking emptier than usual, tourist officials look to cruise liners to save the day.