- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- All Balkan Countries
From bridging funding gaps to completing unfinished reconstruction jobs – not to mention trying to establish cooperation with other ministries – incoming culture minister Bratislav Petkovic faces a mountain of challenges.
Vogue for documentary art in Bosnia, in film, image and on the stage, reflects a conviction that post-war audiences need to confront the factual reality of the recent past.
Fate of landmark book collection hangs in balance after botched reconstruction failed to address key problems of storage and environmental conditions.
Two projects financed by the World Bank aim to preserve the vernacular architecture of the villages of Albania’s Rivera - though locals doubt that such projects can rebuild a long-lost sense of community.
Artists haven’t received royalties for years - because the system tasked with enforcing copyright law and collecting them appears to have collapsed.
The legacy of centuries lies unexplored and neglected at the bottom of rivers all over Serbia – and is all too often a target for thieves.
Beset by money troubles and politically marginalised, the ministry desperately needs someone who can restore culture to its proper place in national and political life.
New multiplexes have been the salvation of Serbian cinema - but they come at the expense of diversity, in terms of the narrow selection of US blockbusters they show.
Albania’s national literary prizes have been delayed by months – adding to writers’ angst about the little attention they receive from the state.
While Macedonia laboriously collects copies of its lost treasures, some say the effort is wasted - and want the country to seek the return of original items now sitting in foreign museums.
Forget the row with Greece over Alexander. What now has Macedonians at odds are new monuments resembling, or commemorating, historic figures linked to Bulgaria.
Unique contemporary art collection as finally opened to the public in Sarajevo – but whether the promised museum opens next year as promised remains to be seen.
New film challenges hoary clichés about Muslims by recalling the heroic Albanians who kept 2,000 Jews safe in the Holocaust.
Film and music authors are unhappy with the money get from broadcasts, screenings or sales of their works – but there isn’t much agreement about where the source of the problem lies.
There are no longer any legal obstacles preventing local authorities from leasing or loaning empty sites to arts groups – but getting hold of one remains a challenge.
Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin…