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03 Sep 09

Sofia Stadium Ruined After Madonna Concert

The Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia has been left in ruins following the recent Madonna concert, according to the Bulgarian Football Union, BFU, and its sporting director, Nassko Sirakov, a former Levski player and coach.

24 Jul 09

Theatre In Sofia Engulfed By Fire

A theatre on Slavianska Strin, in the heart of central Sofia, has burnt down.
13 May 09

Local Heroes Crash Out of Eurovision

Three of the region’s entrants for the Eurovision Song contest will be heading home before the final after Europe’s tele-voters gave them a firm thumbs-down following their performances at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Moscow last night.
12 May 09

Balkan Singers Ready for Eurovision Action

Europe’s biggest televised event starts tonight, drawing 42 countries into what cynics in Western Europe have long written off as a farce corrupted by nationalistic voting and poor music and what, here, a little further east is a matter of national honour and pride.  
20 Mar 09

Miss Bulgaria: Yes, I Have Silicone on Me

Newly-selected Miss Bulgaria 2009 Antonia Petrova said she has never tried to hide the fact that she has had silicone breast implants.
24 Feb 09

Scandal Mars Bulgaria Eurovision Contest

The choice of Krassimir Avramov and his song Illusion to represent Bulgaria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow in May has caused an uproar, with many Bulgarians asking for Avramov's disqualification.
12 Jan 09

Macedonia Police Arrests Smuggling Horse

Macedonian police took into custody a horse used by a crime ring to smuggle air conditioners from Serbia.
26 Dec 08

Taxi Santa Cruises Skopje Streets

Who says Santa has to ride a flying sleigh? In Skopje, he drives a taxi.
09 Dec 08

Macedonia Opens Museum on Water

A museum on water aimed to depict an ancient stilt-house settlement opened Monday on the south-eastern coast of Lake Ohrid, Macedonia’s largest tourist destination.
17 Nov 08

Islamic Cultural Centre for Bulgarian Capital

Sofia _ An Islamic cultural and information centre for teaching religious clergymen is to be built in Sofia's Malinova Valley district.
13 Nov 08

Days of Macedonian Culture in US

Skopje _ World famous Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski's debut concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday will launch a Days of Macedonian Culture programme in the United States.
17 Oct 08

Skopje Jazz Festival Kicks In

Skopje _ The 27th Jazz Festival in Skopje starts on Friday evening with the joint performance by the renown German oud player and composer of Lebanese origin Rabih Abou-Khalil and Macedonia’s philharmonic orchestra.
15 Sep 08

Renowned Bulgarian Archaeologist Kitov Dies

Sofia _ Bulgarian archaeologist Georgi Kitov, who became world famous with discoveries of treasure-filled Thracian tombs in Bulgaria, has died at the age 65.
07 Aug 08

Bocelli Draws Crowds to Medjugorje

Sarajevo_ Large crowds were expected to hear Andrea Bocelli sing on Thursday, August 7, in Medjugorje, the shrine town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, about 25 kilometres from Mostar.
08 Feb 08

Kosovo Art Show Stormed in Belgrade

Belgrade/Novi Sad _ Serbian ultra-nationalists have stormed a Belgrade gallery and prevented the opening of an exhibition by ethnic Albanian artists from independence-seeking Kosovo.

Culture Policy Focus

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.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

23 Jun 11

An Orthodox Shot of the Balkans

28 Dec 10

Sofia’s Homeless Museum Awaits Day of Glory

Politics and Society

23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.


16 Jan 18

UK Holiday Bargain-Hunters Urged to Try Bulgaria

Survey pronounces Bulgarian Black Sea resort the best-value vacation destination in Europe.

15 Jan 18

Bulgaria’s Move to Join the Euro Welcomed

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans