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14 Nov 16

Bosnia Museum Marks Half-Century Amid Rescue Hopes

Sarajevo's Historical Museum, a favourite among tourists to Bosnia, is marking an important anniversary amid fresh hope that decades of neglect may be drawing to an end.

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10 Nov 16

Free Zone Kicks Off Across Serbia

The Free Zone festival is in its 12th year, continuing its mission of not only getting people around Serbia to see great, contemporary films, but also to encourage conversations the topics contained within them.

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04 Nov 16

Actress's Role in 'Trainspotting' Sequel Stuns Bulgaria

The appearance of Bulgarian actress Anjela Nedyalkova in the trailer for the sequel to the cult 1990s movie 'Trainspotting' has startled people in Bulgaria - who had no idea she had a part.

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31 Oct 16

Halloween Sinks its Teeth into Croatia's Young

Halloween is becoming more and more popular among the young in Zagreb, with numerous events, parties and trails on offer a day before the traditional Catholic All Hallows’ Day.

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31 Oct 16

Dracula Legend Lures Halloween Fans to Romania

Castle Bran in Transylvania is attracting growing numbers of foreign tourists over Halloween thanks to its connection with the world's most famous vampire, Count Dracula.

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27 Oct 16

Bosnian Theatre Festival to Sue Over Death Threats

After canceling performances of a play due to threats of violence, the MESS International Theatre Festival in Sarajevo has said it will pursue those responsible.

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26 Oct 16

Belgrade's Festival Offers Trip to Planet Jazz

This year’s Belgrade Jazz Festival will present a global roster of players from Latin America, Scandinavia and other countries across the world.

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21 Oct 16

Serbia Prepares for First Royal Wedding in Decades

The Serbian royal family is inviting guests from home and abroad – reportedly including British royalty – to attend the 'traditional Serbian' wedding this month of one of the late King Alexander's grandsons.

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19 Oct 16

Pianists in the Spotlight at Belgrade's Classical Festival

Now in its 48th year, the Belgrade Music Festival, BEMUS, will again showcase some of the best classical musicians, including works by young Serbian talents as well as the great composers.

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13 Oct 16

Albania's Edi Rama to Promote Book in Belgrade

The Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama is coming to Serbia on an official visit - where he will also promote his book, 'Sacrifice', to a Belgrade audience.

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12 Oct 16

New Artists Revive Sound of Sevdah in Bosnia

The sound of the traditional form of Balkan folk music known as sevdah is hitting the airwaves afresh as a new generation of Bosnian musicians releases new tracks.

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05 Oct 16

Albania Prepares for Historic Royal Wedding

Prince Leka, the grandson of King Zog, will get married this weekend in Tirana in the country’s second-ever royal wedding, which royalists hope will revive the legacy of the Albanian monarchy.

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28 Sep 16

Sound of Serbian Music May Vanish From Macedonia

After much Macedonian music went off air in Macedonia in a dispute over copyright, Macedonian TV and radio stations now face another ban - on playing music from Serbia.

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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.

Culture Policy Focus

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22 Nov 16

Belgrade’s Bookbinders, Symbol of a Bygone Era

While there were once more than 60 journeymen bookbinders working in Belgrade, only a handful remain to cautiously guard the craft.

24 Oct 16

Traces of Empire: Serbia’s Roman Heritage

29 Aug 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan

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

Politics and Society

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07 Dec 16

Belgium Arrests Kosovar, Serbian 'ISIS Supporters'

Three people from Kosovo and Serbia are among a group of eight people arrested in Belgium and suspected of links to the outlawed terror group ISIS.

07 Dec 16

Murdered Serb Family Commemorated in Zagreb

Business

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Russian Billionaire Sues Montenegro Over Lost Investment

Oleg Deripaska, owner of the Central European Aluminum Company, is personally suing Montenegro for the loss of his investment in the troubled KAP aluminum plant.