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21 Apr 16

Bulgaria Unveils Lost Roman City in Sofia

The ancient Roman city of Serdica, spread over 9,000 square metres in the Bulgarian capital, is now open to visitors and drawing comparisons between Sofia and Rome.

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19 Apr 16

Bulgarians Greet Park as Sign of Sofia's Renaissance

Sofia's new 'Vazrazhdane' ['Renaissance'] park is seen as a breath of fresh air in a city notorious for its high level of air pollution.

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21 Mar 16

Launch of .eu Domain in Cyrillic Set for June

Launching the .eю extension is a milestone for the development of the European domain, although among EU members Cyrillic is used only in Bulgaria and in parts of Croatia.

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08 Mar 16

Bulgarians Form Human Chain to Halt Demolition

Locals in Plovdiv formed a human chain Monday to stop the demolition of an iconic 1920s warehouse, embarrassing the authorities into taking action.

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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.

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30 May 14

European Obesity Congress Winds up in Sofia

Health care professionals and medical experts from all over Europe have been meeting in Bulgaria to mull the growing problem of spreading waistlines.

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13 May 14

Drag Queen's Eurovision Win Highlights East-West Divide

While LGBT communities and public in Serbia and Croatia criticised the reporting of their national broadcasters on the May 10 victory of transsexual singer Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision, this year’s voting has highlighted differing attitudes towards LGBT people in Western and Eastern Europe.

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08 May 14

Los Angeles Gets Taste of Best Balkan Films

The main prize at the ninth SEEfest film festival from May 1 to 5 in Los Angeles was shared between the Slovenian movie, 'Seduce Me', and 'Vis-à-Vis' of Croatia.

 

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07 May 14

Bulgarians Splash Out in Greece in May

Over a quarter-of-a-million Bulgarians visited Greece for the May spring break.

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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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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.

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.

23 Jun 11

An Orthodox Shot of the Balkans

28 Dec 10

Sofia’s Homeless Museum Awaits Day of Glory

Politics and Society

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28 Apr 16

Bulgarian Town Pioneers Total Ban on Burqa

The new ban imposed on the public use of the burqa in Pazardjik, in southeast Bulgaria, sets the stage for a debate in parliament on banning face-coverings nationally.

26 Apr 16

Bulgarians Protest Over New Voting Rules

Business

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11 Apr 16

Bulgaria Socialists Oppose Sale of Arms Firms

Bulgaria's opposition Socialist Party has condemned the planned privatization of two major arms firms on the grounds of their strategic importance to the country. 

06 Apr 16

Bulgaria Eyes Key Role on China's 'Silk Road'

15 Mar 16

Bulgaria Gains from Drive to Woo Investors