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09 Feb 15

Culture Festival Brightens Sarajevo’s Winter

Bosnia’s showpiece winter arts festival has opened in the capital, offering music, film, theatre, literature and visual art events for the 31st year in a row.

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23 Jan 15

Bosnian Photo Fest Crosses Ethnic Divide

Sarajevo is hosting the fifth Photography of the Year festival, which unites professionals and photography enthusiasts from across the region.

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22 Jan 15

Bosnia's Kemal Monteno Mourned Across Balkans

Fans across the Balkan region have paid tribute to the much-loved Bosnian singer and musician, Kemal Monteno, who has died aged 67.

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06 Oct 14

Vanessa Redgrave Premieres Bosnia Protest Film

Actress Vanessa Redgrave and her son Carlo Nero held the premiere in Sarajevo of their new documentary 'Bosnia Rising', which follows the events that triggered mass protests this year.

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11 Aug 14

Stars Head for Sarajevo's 20th Film Festival

Final preparations are ready for Bosnia's cinematic event of the year, when 250 films from 60 countries will be shown.

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17 Jul 14

Sarajevo's Restored City Hall Opens its Doors

Twenty-two years since Bosnian Serb shelling virtually destroyed this symbol of the lost splendour of the Austro-Hungarian era, the City Hall, the Vijecnica, is set to reopen at last.

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06 Jun 14

Life of Bosnian Football Legend Celebrated

A biography of the last coach of the Yugoslav national football team and famous player, Ivica Osim, has come out amid euphoria over the Bosnian team's debut in the World Cup.

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07 May 14

Cash-Strapped Balkan States Miss Eurovision

The Eurovision contest is starting without several traditional competitors from the Balkans, which won't be performing in Copenhagen, mainly for reasons of cost.

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24 Apr 14

Bosnian Capital's Torched Library Reopening on Europe Day

Sarajevo mayor Ivo Komsic said the iconic former library, the Vijecnica, torched in the 1992-5 war, will re-open on May 9 as a city hall, library and a museum.

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16 Apr 14

Bosnia Museum Defies Pressure to Re-open

Bosnia's National Museum and the Federation entity government are in a stand-off over whether the ancient cultural institution should re-open its doors this summer.

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11 Apr 14

Chinese To Film Remake of Cult Sarajevo Movie

Owing to the popularity in China of the movie 'Walter Defends Sarajevo', set in World War Bosnia, the Chinese have announced they intend to film a new version.

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12 Mar 14

Play About Sarajevo Assassins Opens in Belgrade

The director of “Mali mi je ovaj grob” ("This Grave is Too Shallow for Me"), which soon premieres in Belgrade, says the play aims to apply some of the lessons of past events at the outset of World War 1 to modern times.

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17 Jan 14

Bosnian Town Library Unveils 'Secret' Picasso

A library in the remote Bosnian town of Kozarska Dubica claims it has an original work by Pablo Picasso, which they kept secret for years in order to protect it.

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19 Dec 13

Bosnian Writer's Book Tops BBC List

The Book of My Lives by Sarajevo-born writer Aleksandar Hemon was listed among the best 10 books of 2013 by the BBC Worldwide.

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03 Dec 13

Kusturica's Stone Town to Revisit World War I

The anniversary of the start of World War I will be marked in film director Emir Kusturica's creation, Andricgrad, with lectures, debates and cultural events.

Politics and Society

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04 Mar 15

Bosnia Police Arrest Suspect For Attorney's Murder

Police have detained a man they believe was responsible for the murder of Bihac attorney Jasmina Koricic - whose killing in the northwestern town shocked the public.

Culture Policy Focus

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26 May 14

Saving the Rich Sound of Sevdah

Celebrated Sevdah musician Damir Imamovic talks about past and future of a Balkan musical genre that is in danger of disappearing.

Business

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24 Feb 15

Oil Probe Draws Blank in Bosnian Serb Entity

Oil has been found in the north of Republika Srpska - but not enough to justify exploitation, a minister has warned, adding that the search would go on.