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23 Apr 15

Banned Russian Rally Shifts to Montenegro

The annual political-artistic rally called Monstratsiya - traditionally held every May Day in Siberia - is moving this year to Montenegro after being banned in Russia.

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17 Apr 15

Romanian Films Selected for Cannes Festival

Two Romanian movies have been selected this year for the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the Cannes film festival dedicated to innovative work.

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10 Apr 15

Film Festival of Tolerance Opens in Zagreb

The annual Festival of Tolerance, dedicated to film and education, starts in Zagreb on Sunday, commemorating the anniversaries of the liberation of Auschwitz and the Srebrenica massacre.

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09 Apr 15

Culture Honour for Pink TV Boss Draws Protest

The artist Veljko Mihajlovic is returning the award he obtained 16 years ago in a protest against the City of Belgrade's decision to honour TV mogul Zeljko Mitrovic for his work for culture.

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08 Apr 15

Serbian Ballet Falls Victim to Battle Over Cash

Serbia's National Theatre has scrapped two ballet shows as accusations about cash and contracts fly back and forth between the outgoing theatre manager and the culture ministry.

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01 Apr 15

Croatian Church Satire Draws Interest in France

A Croatian movie, “Svecenikova djeca”, which makes fun of Catholic teaching about sex and contraception, is being screened in France, supported by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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24 Mar 15

‘Naked Island’ Film Revisits Yugoslav Prison Colony

Director Tiha K. Gudac’s documentary was inspired by her grandfather’s experience of being imprisoned at the notorious Communist-era Goli Otok jail camp on a Croatian island.

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23 Mar 15

Belgrade Dance Festival Spreads Its Wings

It may be called the ‘Belgrade’ dance festival - but this year’s event is venturing beyond the capital to towns and cities across Serbia.

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19 Mar 15

Power Dams Pose Threat to Rare Balkan Salmon

Planned hydroelectric power plants on Balkan rivers pose a deadly threat to the survival of the Mladica, known as the Balkan salmon, the NGO Riverwatch says.

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16 Mar 15

British Composer Commemorates Kosovo War Dead

The Kosovo Philharmonic marked its 15th anniversary with the Pristina premiere of an anti-war mass by British composer Karl Jenkins, which is dedicated to victims of the 1998-99 conflict.

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10 Mar 15

Belgrade Guitar Art Festival Promises Six-String Delights

Guitar Art Festival, that runs from March 10-15, is offering a diverse series of guitar-related performances, from Greek rebetiko to Spanish flamenco and more.

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06 Mar 15

Anne Frank's Story Revisited in Zagreb

The premiere of a new Croatian version of the play based on the world famous story of the Jewish Dutch girl who died in a Nazi death camp is scheduled for Friday at the children’s theatre in Zagreb.

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27 Feb 15

FEST to Champion Serbian Movies

The country’s most popular film festival, FEST, will put more emphasis on domestic productions this year as well as showing the best new movies from around the world.


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20 Feb 15

Croatian Doc Fans Await Start of 11th Festival

The 11th annual ZagrebDox film festival kicks off on Sunday, bringing 150 documentaries from around the world.

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16 Feb 15

Serbia Chooses Bojana Stamenov for Eurovision

Stamenov, a popular Serbian soul and jazz singer, will represent Serbia this spring at the Eurovision song contest in Vienna.

Politics and Society

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26 Apr 15

Macedonians to Vote on Fate of Iconic Mall

Residents of the Skopje municipality of Centar on Sunday will vote in the first local referendum in the country over a much-loved mall that the government plans to transform.

Business

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Croatia to Offer Shares in Highways to Citizens

Croatia is dumping its unpopular plan to lease the country's cash-strapped highways to foreign investors - and will instead offer shares in them to Croatian citizens and pension funds.