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04 Aug 15

Croatian Serb Refugee Artists Depict Lost Homeland

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Croatia Army’s Operation Storm, Croatian Serb artists who fled the military offensive displayed paintings and sculptures about the place they left behind.

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03 Aug 15

Serbia’s Brass Band Festival Kicks off in Guca

The Guca Brass Band Festival, Serbia's wildest traditional music event, is expecting 500,000 visitors to be attracted this year by its combination of blaring trumpets, grilled meat and local brandy.

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29 Jul 15

Sarajevo Film Festival Expects 100,000 Visitors

One of the leading European film festivals will bring top cinematic works, renowned directors and movie stars to the Bosnian capital in August and attendance figures are expected to rise again this year.

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17 Jul 15

Romanian Music Festival Trades Tickets For Blood

Music fans are being encouraged to donate blood in exchange for cheaper tickets to a festival in the Transylvanian city of Cluj.

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09 Jul 15

Exit Festival Returns with Big Names

Emeli Sandé and other stars will be taking the stage at the Novi Sad's Exit festival - before the sounds move to Montenegro.

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07 Jul 15

100,000 Bones Exhibit to Open in Srebrenica

On the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, an artwork made up of 100,000 ceramic bones will be installed to commemorate the victims whose remains were found in mass graves.

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03 Jul 15

Corvinus Castle Hosts Opera Festival in Romania

The former home of the great warrior king Matthias Corvinus in Hunedoara in southern Transylvania is hosting one of the largest open-air opera festivals in Europe.

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30 Jun 15

Sarajevo Hosts War Reporters’ Festival

War correspondents, historians, film-makers and activists gathered in Sarajevo for an annual festival aimed at promoting the best of conflict reporting and war-related art.

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23 Jun 15

Action Thriller ‘The Lake’ to be Shot in Croatia

Scheme to lure moviemakers with the offer of tax breaks yields rewards as more producers head for Croatia.

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19 Jun 15

Theatre Festival Turns Romanian City Into Stage

The Sibiu Theatre Festival, which ends on Monday, has been luring tens of thousands daily to performances from 70 countries all over the world.

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16 Jun 15

Vargas Llosa to Open Montenegrin Theatre Festival

Montenegro will welcome Peruvian writer and 2010 Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa on his first ever visit, during which he will open the country’s most important theatre festival.

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11 Jun 15

Dinosaur Park Opens in Transylvania, Romania

The largest dinosaur park in southeastern Europe is to open in the former medieval citadel of Rasnov in Romania.

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09 Jun 15

Animated Film Festival Opens in Croatia

The annual Animafest in Zagreb will see 300 short and feature-length animated movies by international authors shown to audiences over six days.

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04 Jun 15

Festival Aims to Rebuild Serbia-Kosovo Relations

A festival in Belgrade of Kosovo Albanian films, exhibitions, concerts and debates about the 1990s conflict is aimed at restoring personal contacts between Serbs and their neighbours.

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29 May 15

Rovinj, Croatia, Braces for Red Bull Air Race

Some 35,000 fans from across the world are converging on the picturesque Istrian town of Rovinj for two days of spectacular stunts and competitions in the air.

Culture Policy Focus

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30 Apr 15

Serbian Artist Puts ‘Dead Nations’ on Show

Artist Ivan Grubanov, whose first major work was drawings of Slobodan Milosevic on trial, examines the idea of countries that no longer exist in a show at this year’s prestigious Venice Biennale.

Politics and Society

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05 Aug 15

Croatia Celebrates Operation Storm Anniversary; Serbia Mourns

Croatia staged a military parade to mark the 20th anniversary of its victory in Operation Storm, which defeated Serb rebels, while Serbia commemorated the dead and the refugees.

Business

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IMF Mulls Suspending Agreement with Albania

IMF representative Jens Reinke said Albanian state budget revenues are well below target and suggested further tax hikes, while the government promised a crackdown on tax evasion.