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26 May 16

Varoufakis Composes Song for Albania's Biennale

The former Greek finance minister has written the lyrics for one of the songs about migration that will form Albania's unusual contribution to the Venice Biennale.

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23 May 16

Yugoslav Film Legend Bata Zivojinovic Dies

Bata Zivojinovic, who was considered one of the most influential actors in Yugoslavia, died on Monday aged 83 in Belgrade.

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23 May 16

Romanians Query Drive to Buy Brancusi Sculpture

The sculpture at the heart of Romanian identity faces an uncertain fate, as some people question whether spending so much public money on one artwork is a good idea.

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18 May 16

Bulgarian Racists Assault Iglesias Band Members

In an incident that has highlighted Bulgaria’s ongoing problem with hate crimes, band members say they were attacked because of their appearance on the eve of a concert in Sofia.

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16 May 16

Albania’s Jaho Wins International Opera Prize

Ermonela Jaho’s triumph in the International Opera Awards has given Albanians something to celebrate.

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14 May 16

Three Balkan Singers Bid for Eurovision Crown

Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia will participate in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, in Sweden’s capital Stockholm on Saturday evening.

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13 May 16

Sarajevo Museum to Preserve Wartime Childhood Memories

A group of Sarajevo residents is developing a museum devoted to childhood during wartime to preserve the mementoes and memories of Bosnians who grew up during the 1990s conflict.

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13 May 16

Footballer’s UNESCO Nomination Amuses Bulgarians

UNESCO’s chief Irina Bokova’s plan to nominate the hot-tempered Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichkov as a UNESCO Champion for Sport has drawn mixed reactions back home. 

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12 May 16

Absurdist Exhibition Pictures Croats on the Moon

The artists behind the exhibition ‘God and His Croatian People’ have created a series of absurdist images satirising nationalism and the glorification of former President Franjo Tudjman.

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11 May 16

Two Romanian Movies Bid for Top Cannes Prize

Romanian film-making is represented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 by five movies, two of which have been selected for the main competition.

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21 Apr 16

Bulgaria Unveils Lost Roman City in Sofia

The ancient Roman city of Serdica, spread over 9,000 square metres in the Bulgarian capital, is now open to visitors and drawing comparisons between Sofia and Rome.

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19 Apr 16

Bulgarians Greet Park as Sign of Sofia's Renaissance

Sofia's new 'Vazrazhdane' ['Renaissance'] park is seen as a breath of fresh air in a city notorious for its high level of air pollution.

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19 Apr 16

Romania Faces Eurovision Exit over €10m Debt

Romania could be excluded from this year’s Eurovision song contest because its cash-strapped public TV channel owes the European Broadcasting Union over 10 million euros.

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15 Apr 16

Days of Belgrade Celebrates City’s Rich History

One of the oldest local festivals, the Days of Belgrade, will shine brighter than ever this year, with more than 40 events planned over the course of four days – April 16-19.

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15 Apr 16

Feud Over Foreigners Splits Romanian Opera

Squabbles over artistic direction - and over the high-profile role of foreigners in the company - have left the Romanian National Opera in disarray.

Culture Policy Focus

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05 Apr 16

Serbian Film Industry Needs Resources to Grow

Award-winning Serbian film director Nikola Ljuca argues that filmmakers in Serbia are hindered by financial hardship and a lack of systematic support.

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

25 Oct 15

Belgrade Book Fair ‘too Commercial’

Politics and Society

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26 May 16

Vojislav Seselj Seeks Political Resurrection in Bosnia

With his popularity boosted by his war crimes acquittal, Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Seselj is hoping to stage a political comeback among Bosnia’s Serbs as well as in his home country.

26 May 16

Macedonian President Defiant Over Pardons

25 May 16

Kosovo Broadcaster Faces Threat of Eviction

Business

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Serbia to Get Fourth Mobile Phone Operator

Serbia will have a fourth mobile operator from September this year, the UK-based firm Mundio, which should cut the price of mobile calls and increase competition in the market.