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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.

11 Aug 16

Sarajevo Film Festival Seen as Celebration of Life

More than 220 film and 44 premiere screenings will take place at the Sarajevo Film Festival that runs from August 12 to 20.

09 Aug 16

Robert De Niro to Open Sarajevo Film Festival

US actor, director and producer Robert De Niro will be a special guest at this week’s Sarajevo Film Festival, where he will be presented with the event’s highest award.

04 Aug 16

Bosnian Serbs Make Shoes for Melania Trump

A factory in Republika Srpska is producing two pairs of shoes for Donald Trump's Slovenian-born wife, Melania, ‘as sign of support ... in the upcoming elections.’

18 Jun 16

Mega Trail Revives Ancient Communication Routes in The Balkans

Mountain enthusiasts, NGOs and private companies from the Western Balkans are developing a mega trail, called the Via Dinarica, to connect the region from Slovenia to Albania via a series of hiking and biking paths.

13 May 16

Sarajevo Museum to Preserve Wartime Childhood Memories

A group of Sarajevo residents is developing a museum devoted to childhood during wartime to preserve the mementoes and memories of Bosnians who grew up during the 1990s conflict.

31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

New Year’s Eve in the Balkans means music, fireworks, food, and more music in city squares under the stars.

31 Dec 15

In Pictures: Raising Deer at a Bosnian Ranch

Muhamed Kahrimanovic is breeding deer on a farm that he calls his ‘ranch’ in Sanica, a village in western Bosnia and Herzegovina, and hoping to turn it into a profitable business.

16 Sep 15

Bosnia Museum Re-opens After Three-Year Wait

Bosnian treasures including a famous medieval Jewish manuscript are now again on show after the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina finally re-opened after three years.

15 Sep 15

Srebrenica Trial Exhibits Go on Show in Belgrade

An exhibition presenting the most important evidence from the Hague Tribunal’s Srebrenica genocide trials opened in Belgrade as part of events to mark the 20th anniversary of the massacres.

24 Aug 15

Turkish Film Wins at Sarajevo Film Festival

The contemporary comedy-drama 'Mustang' by the Turkish director Deniz Gamze Erguven won the top prize at the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival.

24 Aug 15

Bosnian WWII Battlefield Becomes Art Laboratory

The World War II battlefield in the Kozara National Park, where Tito's Partisan forces fought Nazi troops in 1942, is being used for a unique open-air art event.

21 Aug 15

Benicio del Toro Gets Heart of Sarajevo Award

The Puerto Rican actor received the honorary Heart of Sarajevo award of the Sarajevo Film Festival before presenting a new film in which he is plays an aid worker during the 1992-5 war.

19 Aug 15

BIRN Film on Kosovo Makes Debut in Sarajevo

BIRN documentary on some of the most brutal crimes of the Kosovo war had its international premiere at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival.

17 Aug 15

Sarajevo Festival-Goers Overflow at Holbrooke Film

The Sarajevo Film Festival is offering an additional screening of a film about the career of Dayton peace deal broker Richard Holbrooke, after too many people showed up on Sunday.

Politics and Society

21 Oct 16

Italian Journalist Shrugs off Bosnian Probe Into Arms Film

As Bosnian authorities arrest people involved in a controversial documentary on alleged arms trading, the Italian journalist accused of 'staging' the footage has dismissed the accusations.

20 Oct 16

Bosnian War Rape Victims Rue Lost Motherhood

Culture Policy Focus

25 Aug 15

Bosnia Croats Keep Old Tattoo Tradition Alive

A Balkan tradition that dates backs millennia - which seemed close to dying out after World War Two - has inspired a new generation of fans, keen to keep up a connection to their ancestors.

27 Jul 15

Seeds of Street Art Sprout in Banja Luka

26 May 14

Saving the Rich Sound of Sevdah


20 Oct 16

Arabic Courses Boom in Suburb of Bosnian Capital

Arabic language courses are thriving in parts of Sarajevo that have seen an influx of cash, businesses and tourists from the Gulf states.

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

14 Sep 16

Croatia, Bosnia to Discuss Key Bridge Project

09 Sep 16

IMF Loan Pulls Bosnia Back From Brink