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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.

11 Dec 14

Croatian Winter’s Tale Impresses British Theatregoers

New play about three generations of a family in Zagreb is drawing the crowds in London.

01 Oct 14

Joy and Necessity Fill Belgrade Streets with Music

They are everywhere from the Terazije underground passage, all the way across the Knez Mihailova Street to the Kalemegdan Park, making people happy with music played both for pleasure and money.  

04 Jun 14

Northern Mitrovica Shakes off the Blues

The North City Jazz and Blues festival, held near Mitrovica in Kosovo, is seeking to change the image of a town known nowadays mostly for ethnic conflict.

26 May 14

Saving the Rich Sound of Sevdah

Celebrated Sevdah musician Damir Imamovic talks about past and future of a Balkan musical genre that is in danger of disappearing.

24 Mar 14

Topola, Serbia’s Royal Heart and Soul

In the midst of the hills south of Belgrade, known as Šumadija lies Topola, the hearth of the modern Serbian state and, some say, ‘its very own Provence’.

25 Feb 14

Anti-Red Fresco Gives Montenegrins the Blues

The controversial fresco in a Podgorica church depicting Communist leaders in hell is an unprecedented blend of an ancient art form and modern politics.

20 Jan 14

Serbian NIN Winner Finds Peace After Creative Storm

Goran Gocic, this year's winner of Serbia's leading book prize, speaks about his novel Thai, his creative passion and his next book, dealing with the dilemmas of immigrants in the UK.

17 Dec 13

Omcikus: Paint, Brush and Some Food

In an interview for BIRN, the celebrated painter regrets the modern distortion of the art world, and urges young artists to return to traditional painting and lost human values.

19 Nov 13

Hungry for Change on the Stage

Andrej Nosov's unconventional new play, Hunger, not only deals with the modern world's craving for fulfillment but aims to challenge fundamental ideas about what a play really is.

31 Oct 13

Prisoners’ Art Lifts Lid on Albanian Women’s Plight

A new exhibition highlights the violence that women routinely face in what remains a patriarchal society.

18 Oct 13

Bringing Feminism Alive Through Art

One of the curators of the biggest arts festival in Serbia, Jelena Petrović, discusses the experimental feminist ideology that underpins this year’s exhibition.

16 Sep 13

BITEF Strikes a Political Note

Despite cuts in funds, Serbia’s most important theatre festival boasts a formidable selection of plays, mostly dealing with political issues, festival art director Jovan Cirilov says.

17 Jul 13

Life Begins at Seventy

The life of Timothy John Byford, a Belgrade resident for 40 years whose work entertained generations of young Yugoslavs, is retold in a new book and documentary.

03 Jun 13

Visionaries Plan Savamala’s Revival as Art Quarter

It may be a transit zone for truck drivers right now but Savamala was once the beating heart of Belgrade - and will be once again if a group of artists have their way.