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26 Jun 16

Outdoor Cinemas Take Over the Belgrade Summer

Two free, open-air movie screening events throughout the summer offer a new way to enjoy both Serbian and international films.

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23 Jun 16

British Soul Stars Headline Belgrade Calling Festival

This year’s festival, one of the city’s premiere events to catch international stars, features an array of British soul music.

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18 Jun 16

Mega Trail Revives Ancient Communication Routes in The Balkans

Mountain enthusiasts, NGOs and private companies from the Western Balkans are developing a mega trail, called the Via Dinarica, to connect the region from Slovenia to Albania via a series of hiking and biking paths.

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14 Jun 16

Festival Trio Set to Draw Crowds in Bulgaria

June is one of the richest months for lovers of alternative arts, ethno culture and good food in Bulgaria. 

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09 Jun 16

Belgrade Swimming Season Ready to Kick Off

As summer and high temperatures approach, Belgrade lakes and pools are slowly opening up to embrace locals and tourists.

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09 Jun 16

Bulgarians Look to Restore Landmark Communist Monument

Left to crumble and molder for decades, a remnant of Bulgaria’s past is gaining new life thanks to an international resurgence in popularity.

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27 May 16

Belgrade Manifest Returns to Kalemegdan

Organizers expect 100,000 to attend festival of Serbian events and destinations.

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27 May 16

Romanian Film Festival Honours Sophia Loren

Italian film legend Sophia Loren will be the special guest at the largest international feature film festival in Cluj, Romania, to pick up the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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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.

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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25 Jun 16

25,000 Attend Savamala Demolitions Protest in Belgrade

Continuing their campaign for justice, protesters in Serbia’s capital took to the streets in their largest demonstration so far, reiterating their demands for the Belgrade authorities responsible for the nocturnal Savamala demolitions to resign.

24 Jun 16

Balkans Shaken as UK Chooses EU Exit

24 Jun 16

Fears Grow For Hijacked Albanian Fishermen

24 Jun 16

Kosovo Probes Dubious KLA Veterans' List

Business

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Gulf Group to Build Oil Recycling Plant in Romania

The Emirates Chemie-Tech DMCC group will set up an oil recycling plant in southeastern Romania, the first of its kind in the region.