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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

17 Aug 15

Albania Opens up Ghost Military Island to Tourists

A derelict former cold-war military base in the island of Sazan off the coast of Albania has become the Mediterranean country’s newest tourist attraction.

12 Aug 15

Accountability Questions Dog Authors of Skopje 2014

The contracts signed with artists, published in the database for Skopje 2014 uncovered, shows that their calculations often contain rounded sums, not listing details or the meaning of the item “other minor costs” - which in some cases reached up to 5,000 euros.

29 Jul 15

Serbia's Tourist Mecca Keeps Dark Side Hidden

Dragan Marković – known as the 'Palm Tree' - has turned Jagodina into a real attraction, but not all locals feel they are benefiting.

27 Jul 15

Seeds of Street Art Sprout in Banja Luka

Banja Luka’s street art scene is small and under pressure, but local artists are trying to make graffiti and murals more acceptable both to the authorities and the community. 

27 Jul 15

True Cost of ‘Skopje 2014’ Revealed

From the initially announced price tag of €80 million, the cost of giving the Macedonian capital a new/old look has risen to €560 million, a BIRN investigation shows.

03 Jun 15

Patriarchal Bosnia Turns Blind Eye to Feminist Art

A handful of artists struggle to spread feminist visions of art in Bosnia, but many find it easier to win fame abroad than at home. 

25 May 15

Serbian Art Purchases Leave Artists Short-Changed

The Ministry of Culture has opened a new call for the purchase of art works - but some of the artists who sold their work a year ago say they still have not been paid.

30 Apr 15

Serbian Artist Puts ‘Dead Nations’ on Show

Artist Ivan Grubanov, whose first major work was drawings of Slobodan Milosevic on trial, examines the idea of countries that no longer exist in a show at this year’s prestigious Venice Biennale.

29 Apr 15

Kosovo Singer Gives Old Albanian Sounds New Twist

Rona Nishliu, the singer who represented Albania in the 2012 Eurovision, is returning with a new album of old Albanian songs rearranged to suit her jazz rhythms.

24 Apr 15

New Wave’s Musical Legacy Dies Hard in Croatia

The clubs have mostly gone and the bands broken up, but the golden age of Yugoslav rock has not vanished without trace in Zagreb.