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21 Apr 16

Bulgaria Unveils Lost Roman City in Sofia

The ancient Roman city of Serdica, spread over 9,000 square metres in the Bulgarian capital, is now open to visitors and drawing comparisons between Sofia and Rome.

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19 Apr 16

Bulgarians Greet Park as Sign of Sofia's Renaissance

Sofia's new 'Vazrazhdane' ['Renaissance'] park is seen as a breath of fresh air in a city notorious for its high level of air pollution.

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19 Apr 16

Romania Faces Eurovision Exit over €10m Debt

Romania could be excluded from this year’s Eurovision song contest because its cash-strapped public TV channel owes the European Broadcasting Union over 10 million euros.

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15 Apr 16

Days of Belgrade Celebrates City’s Rich History

One of the oldest local festivals, the Days of Belgrade, will shine brighter than ever this year, with more than 40 events planned over the course of four days – April 16-19.

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15 Apr 16

Feud Over Foreigners Splits Romanian Opera

Squabbles over artistic direction - and over the high-profile role of foreigners in the company - have left the Romanian National Opera in disarray.

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08 Apr 16

Belgrade Digital Culture Festival Celebrates Anniversary

Belgrade’s Resonate festival marks its fifth anniversary with lectures by big names in the world of technology-based culture and art, plus a strong programme of avant-garde electronic music.

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28 Mar 16

Albania Experts Dispute Plan to Lease Historic Sites

A goverment decision to lease heritage sites to the private sector has worried experts who fear that historic monuments could end up damaged and stripped of their identity.

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21 Mar 16

Launch of .eu Domain in Cyrillic Set for June

Launching the .eю extension is a milestone for the development of the European domain, although among EU members Cyrillic is used only in Bulgaria and in parts of Croatia.

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18 Mar 16

Romania Battles to Buy Back Brancusi Sculpture

Romania say it is willing to pay 11 million euro to buy a sculpture by the famous Romanian-born artist Constantin Brancusi, which has been the subject of a long legal battle.

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11 Mar 16

Romanians Get to See Ceausescu’s Luxury Pad

The vast private residence of Romania's late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu is opening up to the public for the first time.

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10 Mar 16

Threatened Croatian Theatre Director Slams Police Inaction

Croatian theatre director Oliver Frljic said he has lost hope that police will find out who made death threats against him, which he blamed on hysteria incited by right-wing politicians.

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08 Mar 16

Bulgarians Form Human Chain to Halt Demolition

Locals in Plovdiv formed a human chain Monday to stop the demolition of an iconic 1920s warehouse, embarrassing the authorities into taking action.

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07 Mar 16

Belgrade Guitar Art Festival - an Eclectic Mix

Belgrade hosts one of the world’s most important guitar music festivals and features a wide range of international artists.

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02 Mar 16

Serbian War Drama Delights Belgrade Film-Goers

‘A Good Wife’, a new feature film about a woman who accidentally discovers that her husband has a criminal wartime past, packed a Belgrade cinema for its Serbian premiere.

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29 Feb 16

Kosovo Film Makes History Despite Oscars Disappointment

The short film ‘Shok’ (‘Friend’) failed to win an Oscar but the conflict drama made history for being the first movie shot in Kosovo ever to be nominated for a prestigious Hollywood award.

Culture Policy Focus

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05 Apr 16

Serbian Film Industry Needs Resources to Grow

Award-winning Serbian film director Nikola Ljuca argues that filmmakers in Serbia are hindered by financial hardship and a lack of systematic support.

02 Feb 16

Briton’s Long Walk into Serbia’s Heart

25 Dec 15

Spirit of Christmas

23 Dec 15

Crafting a New Ceramics Culture in Belgrade

25 Oct 15

Belgrade Book Fair ‘too Commercial’

Politics and Society

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28 Apr 16

Special Prosecution Witness Death Shocks Macedonia

The unexplained death by gunshot of a Macedonian Special Prosecution witness has sparked debate about whether he was killed - or committed suicide - in relation to a criminal investigation.

28 Apr 16

Alleged Crime Boss Snubs Kosovo Police Demands