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14 May 13

Balkan Contestants Gear Up For Eurovision

Performers from Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia will take to the stage for the first semi-final of Eurovision 2013 on Tuesday, closely watched by the glitzy song contest’s Balkan fans.

19 Apr 13

Bosnian Director Boycotts Festival Over ‘Nationalist’ Kusturica

Sarajevo’s Selma Spahic has withdrawn her play from this year’s Sterijino Pozorje Theatre Festival in Novi Sad, because it will be opened by controversial Serbian film director Emir Kusturica.

19 Apr 13

Prijedor War Crimes Film Shown in Belgrade

The Hague Tribunal held its Belgrade premier of the documentary film Crimes Before the ICTY: Prijedor, on Thursday.

29 Mar 13

BIRN Fellows for 2013 Selected

The jury in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence has selected 10 participants for this year’s programme.

20 Mar 13

Balkan States Join Global Poetry Celebration

The art of verse will be celebrated across the Balkans with a wide range of readings, competitions, performances and debates to mark the annual World Poetry Day.

13 Mar 13

Medieval Cat Left its Mark in Dubrovnik Archives

Sarajevo historian Emir Filipovic has come across cat's paw prints in a 15th-century document in the archives of the Republic of Dubrovnik.

04 Mar 13

Global Galleries Support Closed Bosnian Museum

More than 200 museums and galleries worldwide staged a symbolic show of solidarity with the Bosnian National Museum, which was closed to the public last October.

18 Feb 13

Bosnia Welcomes Prize-Winning Roma Actor

Crowds gathered at Sarajevo airport to greet Nazif Mujic, voted best actor at the Berlinale film festival for his role in Denis Tanovic’s ‘An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker’.

14 Feb 13

Balkan Artists Prepare For Venice Biennale

This year's international art exhibition in Venice will see a number of interesting projects from the Balkans - and Kosovo will have its own pavilion for the first time.

08 Feb 13

Balkan Films Make Good Showing in Berlin

Movies from the Balkans have a significant presence at this year's international fim festival in Berlin, which opens on February 7.

07 Feb 13

Bosnia Rejects New York Plea to Host Haggadah

A heritage commission has declined to loan the famous Sarajevo Haggadah to the New York Metropolitan Museum, although it currently lies locked up and unseen in a closed museum.

07 Feb 13

Belgrade to Name Street After Wartime ‘Hero’

The city authorities have backed a campaign to honour a young Serb who won respect across the region when he died while saving his Bosniak friend’s life during the war.

05 Feb 13

Winter Art Festival Starts in Sarajevo

The festival, under the logo "The Art of Touch", aims to present the works of around a thousand artists from about 40 countries around the world.

04 Feb 13

Bosnia Museum Marks Key Birthday Closed

Lovers of the Bosnian National Museum marked its 125th birthday in Sarajevo in a forlorn mood, by laying flowers and lighting candles, as the iconic institution is closed.

25 Jan 13

Exhibition Highlights Glories of Medieval Bosnia

Two major exhibitions are planned at the History Museum in Sarajevo - despite the decayed state of the building - one of which casts fresh light light on the medieval kingdom of Bosnia.

Politics and Society

22 Jan 18

Bosnia Confirms CoE Probing Serb MP for Corruption

Bosnia's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Milica Markovic, an MP in the state parliament, is being investigated by the Council of Europe over suspicions of corruption in connection with her reports from Armenia and Azerbaijan.

22 Jan 18

Dodik Should Beware his Toxic Friend

19 Jan 18

Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples

19 Jan 18

Djukic Trial for Tuzla Massacre Delayed Again

Culture Policy Focus

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


23 Jan 18

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.

19 Jan 18

Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples