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27 Feb 15

FEST to Champion Serbian Movies

The country’s most popular film festival, FEST, will put more emphasis on domestic productions this year as well as showing the best new movies from around the world.


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20 Feb 15

Croatian Doc Fans Await Start of 11th Festival

The 11th annual ZagrebDox film festival kicks off on Sunday, bringing 150 documentaries from around the world.

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16 Feb 15

Serbia Chooses Bojana Stamenov for Eurovision

Stamenov, a popular Serbian soul and jazz singer, will represent Serbia this spring at the Eurovision song contest in Vienna.

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16 Feb 15

Romanian Director Wins Berlin Film Prize

Romanian film director Radu Jude won the Silver Bear for best director at the Berlin Film Festival with his historical drama about prejudice against Roma people.

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09 Feb 15

Culture Festival Brightens Sarajevo’s Winter

Bosnia’s showpiece winter arts festival has opened in the capital, offering music, film, theatre, literature and visual art events for the 31st year in a row.

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05 Feb 15

First Balkan Hard Rock Cafe to Open in Montenegro

A UAE-based company is opening the first Hard Rock Cafe in the region in Podgorica, bringing the 'authentic spirit of rock and roll' as well as traditional US cuisine to the Balkans.

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30 Jan 15

Croatian Night of Museums Kicks Off

Museums and cultural institutions in Croatia are opening their doors to visitors for free on Friday night - a tradition that goes from strength to strength each year.

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30 Jan 15

Montenegro's Royal Capital Bids for World Heritage Status

The country's old royal capital has been recommended as Montenegro's next World Heritage site nomination in 2016, the Culture Ministry announced .

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29 Jan 15

Best Moves in Movies Go on Display

Two important Belgrade cultural institutions, the Yugoslav Film Archive and the Belgrade Dance Festival, are teaming up to bring fans of both genres an exciting mini-festival this month.

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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.

Politics and Society

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27 Feb 15

Gruevski Had Opponent’s Building Flattened, Opposition

Macedonian opposition leader Zoran Zaev on Friday revealed a fifth batch of tapped conversations, in which the PM discusses razing a rival’s building to the ground and building a park on it.

Business

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Uber Arrives to Mixed Fanfare in Romania

The US mobile-app-based transportation network Uber has launched its first ridesharing service in Romania - but while many potential users are delighted, taxi drivers are less happy.