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13 Jan 17

Photographers Document Bosnia’s ‘War of Memories’

An exhibition of pictures by two Bosnian photographers offers stark images of memorials to people of all ethnic groups who were killed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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05 Jan 17

Vienna Orchestra Hits Wrong Note With Rama's Critics

Monday's historic performance of the Vienna Philharmonic Ensemble in Tirana was a sell-out - but critics of Prime Minister Edi Rama's cultural policy say the attention being given to such European stars is excessive.

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30 Dec 16

Belgrade to Hold Biggest New Year's Eve Celebrations Ever

If you haven't yet decided what to do for the 'craziest night of the year’ in Belgrade, then plan to head to the square in front of the National Parliament for a night of festivities, fun and fireworks.

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18 Dec 16

Tech-Savvy Tesla-Inspired Play Premieres in Belgrade

A new multimedia play about famous inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla blends historical fact with speculative fiction.

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15 Dec 16

Belgrade Prepares for New Year’s Celebrations

As 2017 approaches, the City of Belgrade’s plans for welcoming the New Year range from open-air skate rinks and concerts to the now-traditional Santa race through the capital.

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15 Dec 16

Belgrade Science Festival: From Mars to the Seafloor

This year’s Science Festival creates a world where visitors can walk on Mars, explore lost cities on the seafloor, telepathically drive a Star Wars spaceship or create music by movement.

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08 Dec 16

Belgrade to Host Annual Queer Film Festival

Belgrade’s international festival of movies focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, Merlinka, returns to the capital in December, with more than 50 must-see films.

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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.

Culture Policy Focus

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28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Beer, mulled wine, fireworks, Christmas markets, street parties, classical music, trance, great singers – it’s all on hand in cities up and down the Balkans as people get ready to welcome in another year.

20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

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

Politics and Society

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21 Jan 17

Businessman Bonded Croatia President to Trump Team

US businessman Jeffory Blackard says fruitful meetings he arranged in the US for Croatia's President gave her a head start on most world leaders when it comes to Team Trump.

20 Jan 17

Bosnian Serb Invites to Trump Gala Disputed

Business

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Bulgaria, Serbia Voice High Hopes About Gas Pipeline

Ministers of Bulgaria and Serbia have agreed a gas interconnector should become fully operational by 2020, helping both countries reduce their dependency on Russian energy.