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26 Jul 17

Krunic: The Serbian Artist in Search of Conversation

Belgrade-born painter Slavko Krunic describes his portraits as ‘satiriconography’ but insists his caricature-style in no way mocks his subjects.

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23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

Hopes of comprehensive change to the film industry – deemed vital for this flourishing field - have suffered another blow after Romania’s parliament withdraw the reform legislation.

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09 Jun 17

Serbian Theatre Prize ‘Scandal’ Damages Wrong Target

The wrong-headed political scandal sparked by the jury’s decision not to award any prizes at Serbia’s most prestigious theatre festival has damaged us all.

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05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

Some of the clothing displayed at top fashion shows in Milan, London and Stockholm and worn by the likes of Madonna comes from Halida Susa’s humble home in a remote suburb of Sarajevo.

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22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

Artist Guillaume Alby aka Remed says Serbia’s authorities are trying to ‘keep people blind’ after his striking mural in the city of Novi Sad was suddenly painted over.

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28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Beer, mulled wine, fireworks, Christmas markets, street parties, classical music, trance, great singers – it’s all on hand in cities up and down the Balkans as people get ready to welcome in another year.

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20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

There is a lot more to Belgrade’s art and history offerings than just the usual tourist attractions.

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22 Nov 16

Belgrade’s Bookbinders, Symbol of a Bygone Era

While there were once more than 60 journeymen bookbinders working in Belgrade, only a handful remain to cautiously guard the craft.

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28 Oct 16

‘Balkan Beats’ Guru Has World in his Sights

The Bosnia-born DJ now rocking the music scene in Berlin and beyond pays tribute to the Gypsy sounds - and Balkan ‘broken hearts’ - that inspire him.

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24 Oct 16

Traces of Empire: Serbia’s Roman Heritage

Ancient cities, sites and monuments dating back to when the Balkans were part of the Roman Empire receive little public attention in Serbia.

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29 Aug 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Kalemegdan

It might be one of Belgrade’s most visited tourist attractions, but the city’s great park holds many secrets.

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26 Aug 16

Belgrade’s Ancient Crafts Guardians

A traditional shoe-making shop is finding a way to survive and thrive in the modern world. Now, a fourth generation of the family is preparing to take the reins.

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02 Aug 16

Albania Opera Chief Quits Over Tiny Budget

The resignation of the director of the National Opera and Ballet highlights the challenges facing Albanian artists as a result of the paltry budgets they are expected to operate on.

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24 Jul 16

Locals Fear Hidden Cost of Serbia’s EXIT Festival

While Novi Sad’s EXIT festival has undoubtedly boosted the local economy, some fear it might be doing the city more damage than good.

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05 Apr 16

Serbian Film Industry Needs Resources to Grow

Award-winning Serbian film director Nikola Ljuca argues that filmmakers in Serbia are hindered by financial hardship and a lack of systematic support.

Blog

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26 Oct 15

Five Books to Seek Out at the Belgrade Fair

This year the International Belgrade Book Fair will present 1,500 titles, but there are five books from prominent Serbian writers translated into English that readers should not miss.

Reviews

08 Jan 14

Retracing Edith Durham’s steps

22 Apr 13

Cheap and Cheery Beers in the Office

18 Mar 13

Diagnosing Kosovo