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25 Sep 16

Serbia's Bitef Shows no Signs of Slowing in 50th Year

Belgrade's most important theatre festival, Bitef, is celebrating its golden anniversary this year, and offers a strong programme that doesn’t compromise the seriousness and enthusiasm on which the festival was built.

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23 Sep 16

Belgrade's Artistic Salon Returns with Love Theme

This year’s October Salon, Belgrade’s famed international contemporary art show, examines the role of emotion in modern art through diverse mediums.

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12 Sep 16

Albania Villagers Fear Lazarat Movie Will Stereotype Them

Residents of the village that became notorious as a hub for cannabis production fear a new movie, 'Lazarat Burning', will make them famous again for all the wrong reasons.

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06 Sep 16

Kosovo Celebrates Historic World Cup Football Debut

People celebrated in Kosovo as the national team drew against Finland, securing a point in a World Cup qualifier at the country’s first-ever competitive international football match.

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24 Aug 16

‘Game of Thrones’ Star to Visit Romania

Tom Wlaschiha, who plays Jaqen H’ghar in the television series ‘Game of Thrones’, will visit Bucharest in November for the East European Comic Con event.

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19 Aug 16

Legendary Yugoslav-Era Actress Mira Stupica Dies

Mira Stupica, who was considered one of the most influential actresses in Yugoslavia, died on Friday aged 93 in Belgrade.

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18 Aug 16

Serbia to Choose 2017 Oscars Candidate

A film exploring the human consequences of Serbia’s wartime past is among five movies under consideration to be the country’s candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Oscars.

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15 Aug 16

Donald Trump’s Daughter Ivanka Visits Croatia

Ivanka Trump, whose father is running as the Republican nominee in the US Presidential elections, joins a number of celebrities whose holiday pick for this summer is the Croatian coast.

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15 Aug 16

Annual Serbian Car Festival Puts Legendary ‘Fica’ on Show

Around 60 ‘Ficas’ – the small cars modelled on the Italian Fiat 600 that were a symbol of former Yugoslavia - travelled from around Serbia for the ninth annual ‘Fica Festival’ in the central town of Jagodina.

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12 Aug 16

Romanian Directors Compete at New York Film Fest

Two Romanian films have been selected for the 2016 New York Film Festival’s Main Slate, set to begin for the 54th time next month.

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12 Aug 16

Bulgaria Claims Gold Artefact is World's Oldest

A tiny golden bead, unearthed at a pre-historic settlement in southern Bulgaria, is the world's oldest golden artefact, archaeologists claim.

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11 Aug 16

German Bunker Found on Serbian Construction Site

Workers constructing a supermarket for Lidl in Belgrade have uncovered a well-preserved bunker, seemingly dating back to World War II, when the Nazis occupied Yugoslavia.

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11 Aug 16

Serbian Basketball Heroine Leaves Court

Natasa Kovacevic, who returned to professional basketball after having half of her leg amputated, has decided to leave basketball for good.

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11 Aug 16

Sarajevo Film Festival Seen as Celebration of Life

More than 220 film and 44 premiere screenings will take place at the Sarajevo Film Festival that runs from August 12 to 20.

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10 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Dua Lipa Set to Sing in Albania

After a big open-air concert in her hometown of Pristina, UK-based pop star Dua Lipa is all set to perform in Tirana, Albania.

Culture Policy Focus

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29 Aug 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan

It might be one of Belgrade’s most visited tourist attractions, but the city’s great park holds many secrets.

26 Aug 16

Belgrade’s Ancient Crafts Guardians

02 Aug 16

Albania Opera Chief Quits Over Tiny Budget

05 Apr 16

Serbian Film Industry Needs Resources to Grow

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

Politics and Society

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25 Sep 16

Republika Srpska Referendum: Live Blog

Stay tuned for all the latest developments as Bosnia’s Serb-dominated entity votes in a controversial referendum on its ‘statehood day’, defying a ban by the country’s Constitutional Court.

25 Sep 16

Bosnian Serbs Vote in Disputed Referendum

Business

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Albanian Activists Mull Lawsuits to Stop Power Plants

Activists in northern Albania are preparing lawsuits to halt the planned construction of power plants that they say will wreck tourism in the Albanian Alps.