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21 Oct 13

Bulgarian Cities Bid for Culture Capital Prize

Eight Bulgarian towns and cities are competing for the award of European Capital of Culture 2019.

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17 Oct 13

Bulgarian Wins Balkan Short Film Festival

'Botev is an idiot’, a fictional film by Deyan Bararev of Bulgaria, has won the 4th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival in Bucharest.

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24 Sep 13

Rare Piano's Conversion to Firewood Shocks Bulgaria

A youth centre manager in Dimitrovgrad has appalled music lovers by turning a valuable handmade Bluthner grand piano into kindling wood.

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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.

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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.

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21 Dec 12

Bulgaria Urges EU Not to Neglect Culture

Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov has called for EU funding of at least 600m euro for cultural projects in the 2014-2020 programming period.

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17 Sep 12

Tears and Standing Ovations for "The Third Half"

The premiere of the Macedonian movie “The Third Half”, which has already sparked controversy in neighbouring Bulgaria, has received a standing ovation at the Bitola film festival.

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17 Sep 12

Balkan Countries in Bid for Oscar

Among this year's candidates for the Best Foreign Language Film Award is a rich selection of movies from the Balkans dealing with topics from corruption to religion and football.

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27 Aug 12

BIRN to Fund Summer School Participants’ Investigations

Journalists who attended BIRN's summer school 2012 have obtained funds to conduct cross-border investigations.

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24 Jul 12

SEEMO, Balkan Leaders ‘Must Live With Free Media’

Top politicians in the region are still struggling to live with criticism, accusing journalists of undermining national interests and of mafia ties, media organisation says.

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09 Jul 12

Serbia, Bulgaria Museums Reject Macedonian Plea For Copies

Serbian and Bulgarian museums holding archeological treasures found on Macedonian soil have turned down a Macedonian request for them to hand over copies.

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09 May 12

Turkey Wins Top South East Europe Film Prize

First prize went to Ozcan Alper’s ‘Future Lasts Forever’ at the seventh South East European Film Festival, which ended on Monday.

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08 May 12

Montenegrin Media Most Free in Balkans, Report Says

A survey of world media freedom in 2011 carried out by US-based watchdog Freedom House put Montenegro in top place in the region. Kosovo has also moved up the rankings while Macedonia has moved down.

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03 May 12

Miss Bulgaria Loses Her Crown

A Bulgarian jury has revoked its decision to give the crown of Miss Bulgaria 2012 to Ina Mancheva after it was established that a hacker attack manipulated the online vote of the audience.

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09 Jan 12

Press Freedom Violations on the Rise, Watchdog Says

A media watchdog recorded more than 500 press freedom violations over the past year in southeast and central Europe, an increase over 2010 figures.

Culture Policy Focus

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24 Nov 11

Macedonian Wartime Love Story Angers Bulgarians

A movie set against the background of the deportation and destruction of the Jewish community in Macedonia is causing controversy in neighbouring Bulgaria even before it’s been released.

Politics and Society

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24 Apr 14

Candidates Register for Bulgaria's Euro-Elections

Fifteen parties, six coalitions and six independent candidates have registered to participate in the European Parliament elections in Bulgaria on May 25.

Business

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07 Apr 14

Drop in Russian, Ukrainian Visitors Worries Bulgaria

Ukraine crisis and fall in value of Russian and Ukrainian currencies is causing concern to Bulgarian tourist operators.