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17 Oct 13

Bulgarian Wins Balkan Short Film Festival

'Botev is an idiot’, a fictional film by Deyan Bararev of Bulgaria, has won the 4th Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival in Bucharest.

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08 Oct 13

Switzerland Puts Balkan Culture in Focus

This year’s Culturescapes festival will take art, music, films, theatre, dance and literature from the Balkans to Switzerland and also bring Swiss culture to the region.

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26 Jul 13

Skopje Marks Half-Century Since Shattering Quake

The Macedonian capital on Friday has commemorated the 50th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that changed the face of the city with a variety of events.

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19 Jul 13

Macedonian Film Festival Honours Jose Luis Alcaine

Spanish cinematographer José Luis Alcaine will receive the lifetime achievement 'Golden camera 300' award at the 34th 'Brothers Manaki' international film festival in Macedonia.

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10 Jun 13

Natural Beauty Surrounds Artificial Lake Matka

Matka may be the oldest man-made lake in Macedonia, but there is nothing artificial about the natural beauty.

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04 Jun 13

Mancevski to Premiere Short Film in Venice

Macedonian film director Milco Mancevski has finished work on a short movie Thursday (Четврток), which was filmed on the invitation of the Venice Film Festival.

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14 May 13

Balkan Contestants Gear Up For Eurovision

Performers from Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia will take to the stage for the first semi-final of Eurovision 2013 on Tuesday, closely watched by the glitzy song contest’s Balkan fans.

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26 Apr 13

Sculptors Earn Fortunes From Revamp of Skopje

A recent report reveals the millions of euro paid in fees to the sculptors involved in the revamp of the capital called "Skopje 2014".

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02 Apr 13

'Skopje 2014' Symbolizes Macedonia’s Frustration, Book Says

The makeover of the capital reveals Macedonia's national weaknesses and frustrations, a well-known professor says in a pioneering scientific study.

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29 Mar 13

BIRN Fellows for 2013 Selected

The jury in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence has selected 10 participants for this year’s programme.

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01 Mar 13

Macedonia Red Faced Over Eurosong Debacle

After critics panned the video clip of Macedonia's Eurosong entry as a tragi-comic advert for the government, it vanished from YouTube only a day after its release.

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22 Feb 13

Macedonia Finishes Conserving Bronze Age Site

Work on preserving the ancient observatory at Kokino in Macedonia will finish this year, the National Museum in Kumanovo announced.

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14 Feb 13

Balkan Artists Prepare For Venice Biennale

This year's international art exhibition in Venice will see a number of interesting projects from the Balkans - and Kosovo will have its own pavilion for the first time.

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05 Feb 13

Medieval Monastery in Macedonia Partly Torched

A blaze on Monday at the Treskavec monastery near Prilep burned down the monks' quarters - though firefighters and volunteers saved the church and its ancient frescoes.

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30 Jan 13

Macedonia's Neglected Heritage Under Focus

A new exhibition in Skopje aims to highlight Macedonia's neglect of its cultural heritage - at a time when large sums of public money are being pumped into the 'Skopje 2014' project.

Culture Policy Focus

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03 May 13

Foltin and the Art of Private Folklore

The band from Bitola describe their approach to music as an irrational process of creating a ‘private folklore’ out of their impressions and dreams, and their latest album as a tonic for apathy and depression.

Politics and Society

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18 Apr 14

Critics Claim Macedonia’s ‘Smooth’ Election Was Rigged

Government critics say that while Sunday’s presidential vote proceeded calmly, a range of tools was deployed to ensure the right outcome.

Business

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19 Mar 14

Macedonia Parks Plan to Sell Power Company

Macedonia has backed away from its earlier plans to sell the state-owned power producing company, ELEM, insisting that for now it is best off staying in public hands.