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23 Jan 18

Kosovo Woman Aims to Climb All 14 Himalayan Peaks

After becoming the first Albanian woman to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Kosovo’s Uta Ibrahimi is planning to climb all 14 peaks in the Himalayas.

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23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.

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15 Jan 18

Vevcani Carnival Brings Humour to Macedonian Streets

One of the most famous village festivals held in the Balkans, the Vevcani carnival, took place this weekend in the western Macedonian village of Vevcani.

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11 Jan 18

Slobodan Milosevic Revived in Kosovo Serbs’ Musical

A musical staged by a Serb theatre ensemble from Kosovo about the 1999 war and Serb-Albanian relations will feature late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as the “tragic protagonist”.

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05 Jan 18

Macedonian Comedy Film Finds Secret to Success

A black comedy debut, Gjorce Stavreski’s 'Secret Ingredient', is on the way to becoming one of the most critically acclaimed films from Macedonia in years.

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29 Dec 17

Belgrade With a Bang: All The Best End of Year Parties

Known as one of the easiest places in Europe to find a good time any season, it should be no surprise there is no shortage of places to party in Belgrade as the New Year approaches.

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25 Dec 17

Festive Cheer at Pristina's Christmas Market

Dozens of decorated wooden huts are open for business in Zahir Pajaziti square in Pristina, where different sellers and craftspeople offer their products, starting from hot drinks to handicrafts, at lower than usual prices.

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12 Dec 17

Bosnians Break World Record for Simultaneous Piano-Playing

A multi-ethnic group of music students from Sarajevo and Eastern Sarajevo set a new Guinness world record as 20 of them played the same piece on the same piano simultaneously.

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04 Dec 17

Belgrade Winter Warm-up

As winter really kicks in, Belgrade warms up for New Year’s with a full program of activities for the young and not-so-young through December and beyond. 

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23 Nov 17

Romania Pushes Again for UNESCO to Honour Sculptures

Romania is set to ask UNESCO to reconsider including a famous set of sculptures by the Romanian-French artist Constantin Brancusi on its World Heritage list.

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22 Nov 17

Belgrade's Auteur Festival Showcases Freshest Global Film Talent

As the weather cools off and the rain starts to fall, Belgraders know they can find a warm retreat from autumn at one of the best festivals in the region for connoisseurs of cinema – the Auteur Film Festival.

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17 Nov 17

Romania’s Biggest Christmas Fair Opens in Sibiu

Romania’s best-known Christmas market opens on Friday in the city of Sibiu, Transylvania, and will remain in business until the beginning of January.

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14 Nov 17

Albanian Music Artists Descend on 2017 MTV EMAs

The 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards, dubbed the "Albanian edition" by Kosovo media, saw four artists with Albanian heritage - including Kosovo-born pop singer Rita Ora - participating in the star-studded event in the UK capital on Sunday.

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08 Nov 17

Balkan Productions Shortlisted for European Oscars

Romanian and Bulgarian-involved film productons are competing in the 30th European Film Awards, the winners of which will be announced in December in Berlin. 

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07 Nov 17

New Exhibition Explores Balkans’ Post-Ottoman Heritage

This travelling show explores how Ankara, Istanbul, Belgrade and Sarajevo changed after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

Culture Policy Focus

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12 Sep 17

Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Museum Faces Uncertain Future

The Nikola Tesla Museum’s building must be handed over to the heirs of its pre-war owners, but it’s unclear when plans to rehouse it in a derelict power plant will be realised.

23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Politics and Society

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23 Jan 18

Ivanovic Killing Shows Serbia and Kosovo Must Cooperate

The EU must use the momentum generated by the joint probe into Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic’s recent assassination to insist that Serbia and Kosovo’s prosecutors continue to work together to tackle serious crimes.

23 Jan 18

Challenges Facing Serbia in 2018

23 Jan 18

Most Macedonian Professors Wish to Emigrate

23 Jan 18

Unsafe Haven: Life and Death for LGBT Refugees

Business

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Chinese Bid to Build Croatia’s Peljesac Bridge Challenged

Austrian construction company Strabag AG filed a complaint against a bid made by the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation to construct Croatia’s strategically important Peljesac Bridge.