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27 Jul 17

Albanian Exhibits Sculptures in Florence’s Galleries and Squares

A series of stainless steel abstract sculptures by the Albanian-born artist Helidon Xhixha entitled ‘In Random Order’ is being displayed in the main galleries and squares of Florence in Italy until October 29.

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26 Jul 17

Tom Hardy Set to Star in Bosnia War Film

The British actor Tom Hardy will produce and act in a movie about UK journalist Anthony Lloyd's experiences during the Bosnian war and his battle with drug abuse.

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24 Jul 17

Sarajevo Film Festival to Award Oliver Stone

Filmmaker Oliver Stone will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for his extraordinary contribution to the art of film at the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival.

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21 Jul 17

Bronze Age Tomb Finds Thrill Romanian Historians

Romanian archaeologists say nine Bronze Age tombs discovered recently in the east may shed new light on the trade conducted in ancient times between Eastern and Western Europe. 

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21 Jul 17

Edgar Degas’ Ballerinas Strike a Pose at Belgrade

One of the biggest art scene events in Belgrade this summer will undoubtedly be the exhibition of renowned French impressionist, Edgar Degas. 

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14 Jul 17

Kosovo Film Fest Tackles Troubling Topic of Rape

The ninth Prishtina International Film Festival opened in the Kosovo capital with a premiere of 'Unwanted' - a film that deals head on with the highly senstive issue of the rape of Kosovo women during the war.

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13 Jul 17

John Newman, Fatboy Slim Open Montenegro's Sea Dance

The producer and DJ Fatboy Slim and UK soul star John Newman are to open part II of the Exit music festival, Sea Dance, in Budva, Montenegro.

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12 Jul 17

Serving Coffee in Chicago for Srebrenica’s Missing

Bosnian-born artist Aida Sehovic placed thousands of cups of coffee on a Chicago square to mark the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, creating a unique memorial that tells the public how the victims died.

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05 Jul 17

Exit Festival Smashes Sales Records for 2017

Having already established itself as one of Serbia’s most recognizable institutions over the last decade, Exit Festival in Novi Sad sets the bar higher each year.

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25 Jun 17

Belgrade Philharmonic Promises ‘Largest-Ever’ Open-Air Concert

The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra hopes to attract tens of thousands to its grand open-air concert tonight.

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15 Jun 17

UNESCO Adds Two More Croatian Sites to Heritage List

UNESCO is about to include two more Croatian sites on its World Heritage list - the old walls of the town of Zadar and the St Nicholas Fortress in the town of Sibenik.

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01 Jun 17

Bulgaria's 'Rock 'n Roll' Capital Falls Silent

The new Socialist bosses of the coastal town of Kavarna - famous as Bulgaria’s rock 'n roll capital - are accused of trying to erase its image as a musical hub.

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26 May 17

Sarajevo Premieres Play on Bosnia-Born Hemon's Life

The American-Bosnian writer Aleksandar Hemon will see his works, which tell the intimate story on his life, premiered in the form of a play in Sarajevo.

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14 May 17

Teenage Bulgarian Pipped to Post at Eurovision

Bulgarians had something to celebrate Saturday night when Kristian Kostov came second in the Kiev Eurovision.

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12 May 17

Bulgaria’s Eurovision Singer Lands in Mess Over Crimea

A brief performance in Russian-occupied Crimea has caused controversy for Bulgaria’s Eurovision performer, Kristian Kostov, whose song, ‘Beautiful Mess’ is otherwise tipped to do well.

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.