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23 Jan 15

Bosnian Photo Fest Crosses Ethnic Divide

Sarajevo is hosting the fifth Photography of the Year festival, which unites professionals and photography enthusiasts from across the region.

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22 Jan 15

Bosnia's Kemal Monteno Mourned Across Balkans

Fans across the Balkan region have paid tribute to the much-loved Bosnian singer and musician, Kemal Monteno, who has died aged 67.

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12 Jan 15

Serbian New Year: Another Reason to Celebrate

If you come across posters promoting something called “Serbian New Year” well after December 31, don’t be surprised. Thanks to our church calendar, mid-January is celebration time for Serbs.

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07 Jan 15

Montenegro's Politicians Keep Poetic Tradition Alive

Following in the footsteps of the great ruler-turned writer, Njegos, politicians in Montenegro are flooding the shelves of bookstores with literary and poetic musings - of variable quality.

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31 Dec 14

Belgrade’s Street Parties Ring in the New Year

With folk stars and techno DJs, rock bands and classical orchestras, Belgrade’s seasonal celebrations offer music for all kind of partygoers.

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30 Dec 14

Belgrade’s Top New Year’s Eve Revels

To celebrate New Year’s Eve at some of the best clubs in Belgrade, you do need to buy a ticket and reserve your table. BIRN has prepared a list of some cracking parties that will be sure not to disappoint.

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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.

Politics and Society

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28 Jan 15

Romania's Secret Service Chief Resigns

Geroge Maior, director of Romania's Intelligence Service, SRI, has resigned after the country's highest court rejected controversial security laws that he had endorsed.

Business

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Montenegro Plans Major State Sell-offs in 2015

Montenegro plans to sell the national air carrier, several state-owned hotels, a leading medical institution, two military companies and much more in 2015, the government has announced.