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02 Feb 16

Briton’s Long Walk into Serbia’s Heart

British author and adventurer Kevin Shannon is raising money to publish a book about his 900km walk through Serbia.

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25 Dec 15

Spirit of Christmas

From the top of a winding staircase behind a lawyer’s office in Stari Merkator in New Belgrade, a celebration can be heard several floors down. 

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23 Dec 15

Crafting a New Ceramics Culture in Belgrade

A new art movement is germinating among displays of asymmetrical coffee cups, boldly shaped vases and large, modernist sculptures in an intimate shop in Belgrade neighbourhood Dorcol.

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14 Dec 15

Occupy: Serbian Activists Reviving Arthouse Cinema

A year after occupying Belgrade’s historic Zvezda movie theatre, a city arts group remains committed to offering film-goers alternative cinema.

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12 Nov 15

Shakespeare Reconnects Serbian and Kosovo Theatregoers

With a Kosovo Albanian playing Romeo and a Serb playing Juliet, Predrag Miki Manojlovic’s production of the Shakespeare classic is intended to bring Belgrade and Pristina closer together.

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28 Oct 15

Festival Struggles to Revive Troubled Kosovo City

Pec's/Peja’s Anibar animation festival needs more cash and support to rebuild its decaying arts and film scene, organisers say.

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25 Oct 15

Belgrade Book Fair ‘too Commercial’

Several Serbian publishers will shun this year’s book fair, claiming the event values sales above literary and cultural merit.

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22 Oct 15

Montenegrin Art Group Spurs Cultural Revival

Meet the young artists challenging the status quo by promoting new talent and revitalising the local arts scene in Niksic.

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21 Oct 15

UK-Romanian Writer Takes Fame in His Stride

EO Chirovici explains how his first attempt at writing a novel in English became a global publishing phenomenon and discusses what influenced him.

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14 Oct 15

Albania’s Young Artists Give up on Their Homeland

In a country where the appetite for modern art is minimal and cash is short, ambitious have to shift for themselves to survive - or go abroad. 

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25 Sep 15

Serbia Entering New Totalitarian Era, Director Says

Democracy is suspended, media freedom suppressed and the danger of social unrest is real, the well-known Serbian theatre director Kokan Mladenovic tells BIRN.

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24 Sep 15

Albanians See Red About Tirana’s New Bunker

Mysterious decision to erect a new bunker in Tirana prompts claims that the left-wing government feels nostalgic for Albania’s old dictator.

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22 Sep 15

Private Investors Have Hand in Skopje 2014

While the Macedonian state has stumped up the cash for most of the city’s grand makeover, some monuments, floating galleons and kiosks are investments of private entrepreneurs.

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17 Sep 15

Royals and Outcasts on Montenegro’s Art Scene

Now as ever, politics plays a role on the Montenegrin art scene, creating opportunities for those in favour but leaving others feeling shunned.

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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.