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13 Dec 14

Festive Fun for Seasonal Revellers

The city will welcome Christmas and New Year with a seasonal market and folk stars, rock bands and techno DJs playing open-air gigs.

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12 Dec 14

Matisse's ‘Jazz’ Cut-Outs Come to Belgrade

A display of the French artist’s iconic, brightly-coloured paper collages ends this year’s exhibition season on a high note.

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05 Dec 14

Zagreb Opens Vintage-Style Skating Rink

The city authorities have opened a skating rink in the old city centre modelled on one that stood there 140 years ago.

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28 Nov 14

Transylvania Named as Essential Tourist Destination

National Geographic Traveler magazine has included the Maramures area of northern Transylvania in its list of the best 20 travel destinations in the world for 2015.

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25 Nov 14

Big-name Movies Headline Belgrade's Amateur Festival

This year’s 20th Amateur Film Festival promises a spicy blend of local, regional and international hits.

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20 Nov 14

Iohannis's Life Story Proves a Hit in Romania

At Bucharest's main book fair there was rush on copies of the autobiogaphy of the man who - very unexpectedly - has just won the presidential election.

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14 Nov 14

Film Fest Keeps Croatian War Memories Alive

Days of the Homeland Film, a new movie festival dedicated to preserving memories of the independence war in Croatia in 1990s, is starting in a cinema in Zagreb.

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14 Nov 14

Curtain Up at Romania’s Revamped Theatre

After four years of work costing 60 million euro, the National Theater in Bucharest is set to finally reopen to the public.

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12 Nov 14

Free Zone Focuses on Cinematic Delights

Most people who have heard of Free Zone (Slobodna Zona) know it as a film festival that takes place in Belgrade every November. In fact, it's much more than that. Free Zone, as an organisation, works around the year to help promote great films across the country.

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31 Oct 14

Belgrade Cultural Director Axed For Criticism

Mia David Zaric, acting head of Belgrade Cultural Centre, was fired on Friday, following her criticism of planned changes to the October Salon, Serbia’s leading contemporary arts show.

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10 Oct 14

Belgrade's October Salon Presents Snapshots of a Disappearing World

This year’s October Salon international contemporary art show uses the theme of disappearance to examine historical amnesia and the obsession with the present.

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09 Oct 14

Albania's Fatos Lubonja Brings Apocalyptic Memoir to UK

Author Fatos Lubonja will appear at a number of events across the UK in October to promote his book The False Apocalypse, from Stalinism to Capitalism, which has been translated into English by John Hodgson.

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06 Oct 14

Vanessa Redgrave Premieres Bosnia Protest Film

Actress Vanessa Redgrave and her son Carlo Nero held the premiere in Sarajevo of their new documentary 'Bosnia Rising', which follows the events that triggered mass protests this year.

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04 Oct 14

Romania Marathon Heads For Starting Line

Thousands of people are expected to attend this year's seventh Bucharest International Marathon.

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26 Sep 14

Researchers’ Night Summons Up a Spirit of Adventure

A treasure hunt, decoding messages written in invisible ink, a chat with Nikola Tesla and a journey back in time to the age of the dinosaurs are just some of the adventures awaiting visitors to the fifth annual Researchers’ Night.

Politics and Society

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19 Dec 14

Albanian Police Arrest Asylum Tricksters

Police have arrested five people in Vlora, accused of conning hundreds of Albanians with false promises of economic asylum in Germany.

Business

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Montenegro Drops in Forbes Business Ranking

Montenegro has dopped down four places in this year’s Forbes magazine’s list of 'best countries for business,' ranking in 48th place out of 146 surveyed states, although it remains above several EU member states.