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27 Feb 17

Enfant Terrible of Croatian Theatre Continues To Shock

A decade on, Oliver Frljic is still challenging theatre audiences across Europe, as well as in the Balkans, using plays to confront the nationalist mythology of post-Yugoslav societies.

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23 Feb 17

FEST Remains Serbia's Most Vital and Provocative Film Festival

Easily the most popular and substantial Serbian festival for many years running, the 45th instalment of FEST will surely not disappoint its fans this year either.

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20 Feb 17

Croatian Film-Makers Campaign Against Political Interference

Croatian directors and actors are launching a campaign urging the authorities not to change the current system of state movie financing in order to impose political influence on the country’s film industry.

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14 Feb 17

Bosnian Stolen Artworks Database to Combat Art Trafficking

Bosnian authorities do not have a central database of lost and stolen artworks from the country, so an NGO has made one for them.

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13 Feb 17

Classical Music Boosts Bulgaria’s Public Radio

The audience of Bulgarian National Radio has enjoyed a 20 per cent boost in audience figures since a bitter dispute with the Bulgarian copyright society forced it to play only music produced before 1945. 

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13 Feb 17

Kosovo-Shot Refugee Film Wins British Award

‘Home’, a drama shot in Kosovo about a British family forced by war to become refugees, won the best short film prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.

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10 Feb 17

Albanians Fear Durres Landmark Will Damage Ancient Remains

A 6-million-euro concrete project in the ancient city of Durres is now in question after nearby digs revealed important archeological remains.

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08 Feb 17

UK Ex-Ambassador Recalls Milosevic’s ‘Brooding Presence’

At the launch of his new book on his encounters with the former Serbian leader, Sir Ivor Roberts recalls a man who was wily and intelligent but who had “no long-term strategy”.

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01 Feb 17

Bulgarian Film Hits Revive Cherished Animation Traditions

With Theo Ushev’s ‘Blind Vaysha’ nominated for the 2017 Oscars and other Bulgarian short films shortlisted for prestigious festivals, there are hopes for a renewal of the ‘golden age’ of animation in the country.

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13 Jan 17

Photographers Document Bosnia’s ‘War of Memories’

An exhibition of pictures by two Bosnian photographers offers stark images of memorials to people of all ethnic groups who were killed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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05 Jan 17

Vienna Orchestra Hits Wrong Note With Rama's Critics

Monday's historic performance of the Vienna Philharmonic Ensemble in Tirana was a sell-out - but critics of Prime Minister Edi Rama's cultural policy say the attention being given to such European stars is excessive.

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30 Dec 16

Belgrade to Hold Biggest New Year's Eve Celebrations Ever

If you haven't yet decided what to do for the 'craziest night of the year’ in Belgrade, then plan to head to the square in front of the National Parliament for a night of festivities, fun and fireworks.

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18 Dec 16

Tech-Savvy Tesla-Inspired Play Premieres in Belgrade

A new multimedia play about famous inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla blends historical fact with speculative fiction.

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15 Dec 16

Belgrade Prepares for New Year’s Celebrations

As 2017 approaches, the City of Belgrade’s plans for welcoming the New Year range from open-air skate rinks and concerts to the now-traditional Santa race through the capital.

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15 Dec 16

Belgrade Science Festival: From Mars to the Seafloor

This year’s Science Festival creates a world where visitors can walk on Mars, explore lost cities on the seafloor, telepathically drive a Star Wars spaceship or create music by movement.

Culture Policy Focus

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28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Beer, mulled wine, fireworks, Christmas markets, street parties, classical music, trance, great singers – it’s all on hand in cities up and down the Balkans as people get ready to welcome in another year.

20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

24 Oct 16

Traces of Empire: Serbia’s Roman Heritage

29 Aug 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan

26 Aug 16

Belgrade’s Ancient Crafts Guardians

02 Aug 16

Albania Opera Chief Quits Over Tiny Budget

Politics and Society

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27 Feb 17

Bosnian Serbs Slam Genocide Suit

Bosnian Serb lawmakers voted to impede state-level decision-making in response to attempts by Bosnian Muslim presidency member Bakir Izetbegovic to launch an appeal against the 2007 judgment that cleared Serbia of direct responsibility for genocide.

27 Feb 17

Protest Called Against SDSM-Led Macedonia Govt