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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

21 May 15

Czech Theme at This Year's Bucharest Book Fair

Bookfest, Romania’s largest book fair, has opened in Bucharest with a Czech flavour this year - but the fair takes place in a country where interest in reading seems to be fading.

19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision

Performers from only five Balkan countries are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna - whose semi-finals get underway this week.

19 May 15

Croatian Festival Wants Houellebecq Play Back

Row over Houellebecq play ups a notch as Dubrovnik Summer Festival says it wants to put 'Elementary Particles' back on the agenda - having earlier pulled it from the program.

14 May 15

Houellebecq Play Banned from Dubrovnik Festival

A play based on a book by the French writer Michel Houellebecq has been pulled from the Dubrovnik Summer Games after the government said it represented a 'security risk'.

14 May 15

VAT Cut Helps Romanian Publishers Turn a Page

Buying - and reading - books is on a sharp decline in Romania - where the government now plans to reverse the trend by lowering VAT on the publishing industry.

04 May 15

Subversives Get Together at Zagreb Festival

Radical thinkers from the world over gathered at the Subversive Festival in Zagreb, which opened on Sunday with 14 days of film screenings, panels, round tables and interviews.

01 May 15

Picasso Comes to Montenegro's Royal Capital

The first ever Picasso exhibition in Montenegro presents lesser-known drawings and ceramic pieces of the celebrated Spanish artist.

Culture Policy Focus

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

01 Jul 15

Macedonian Opposition Chief Dares Courts to Arrest Him

Opposition leader Zoran Zaev upped the ante with the authorities, daring them to apprehend him and saying he will not respect further court orders concerning his 'politically motivated' charges.



Workers' Takeover Saves Iconic Bosnian Firm

The plucky workers at the iconic but bankrupt Dita detergent firm in Tuzla are claiming victory - after their refusal to abandon production appears to have paid off.