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13 Feb 18

Balkan Music Fans Cling to Homegrown Stars

A map of last December's YouTube hits shows that music fans in several Balkan countries still prefer their local bands to top international songs – though audiences in Croatia, Macedonia and Romania are now part of the global mainstream.

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29 Jan 18

Maverick Reporter’s Tale Becomes Sarajevo Siege Film

A new Bosnian war drama called ‘Sympathy for the Devil’, based on the memoirs of Paul Marchand, a flamboyant French journalist who reported from besieged Sarajevo, starts filming next month.

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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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11 Aug 17

Sarajevo Film Festival Under Way

From wartime screenings while Sarajevo was still under siege in the 90s, the festival now showcases hundreds of local and international films.



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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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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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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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09 May 17

Sarajevo Exhibition Aims to Reconnect Yugoslav Artists

A co-founder of the Benetton empire is bringing together 900 artists from all over the former Yugoslavia for an exhibition in Sarajevo.

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08 Mar 17

Bosnian Army’s Role in Croatian General Movie Criticised

Serb war veterans condemned the Bosnian Army’s decision to allow a production company to use its tanks and military equipment to shoot a film about the life of controversial Croatian general Ante Gotovina.

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14 Feb 17

Bosnian Stolen Artworks Database to Combat Art Trafficking

Bosnian authorities do not have a central database of lost and stolen artworks from the country, so an NGO has made one for them.

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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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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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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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12 Oct 16

New Artists Revive Sound of Sevdah in Bosnia

The sound of the traditional form of Balkan folk music known as sevdah is hitting the airwaves afresh as a new generation of Bosnian musicians releases new tracks.

Politics and Society

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20 Feb 18

Bosnian Charged with Attempting to Join ISIS

Almir Huskic from Sarajevo, aged 23, was charged with attempting to join the radical Islamist group last year with the intention of going to fight in Syria.

20 Feb 18

The Russian Threat in Bosnia is Real

19 Feb 18

Rise in Migrant Numbers Concerns Bosnia

Culture Policy Focus

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05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

Some of the clothing displayed at top fashion shows in Milan, London and Stockholm and worn by the likes of Madonna comes from Halida Susa’s humble home in a remote suburb of Sarajevo.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

25 Aug 15

Bosnia Croats Keep Old Tattoo Tradition Alive

27 Jul 15

Seeds of Street Art Sprout in Banja Luka

Business

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20 Feb 18

Emigration Damages Bosnia’s Economic Growth Prospects

Economists in Bosnia and Herzegovina raised concerns about the high level of emigration after the International Monetary Fund cut its economic growth forecast for the country from 3.5 per cent to 3.2 per cent for 2018.

22 Jan 18

Young Balkan Stars Join Forbes' Under-30 List

19 Jan 18

Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples