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13 May 14

Drag Queen's Eurovision Win Highlights East-West Divide

While LGBT communities and public in Serbia and Croatia criticised the reporting of their national broadcasters on the May 10 victory of transsexual singer Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision, this year’s voting has highlighted differing attitudes towards LGBT people in Western and Eastern Europe.

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07 May 14

Cash-Strapped Balkan States Miss Eurovision

The Eurovision contest is starting without several traditional competitors from the Balkans, which won't be performing in Copenhagen, mainly for reasons of cost.

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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.

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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20 Oct 14

US Praises Macedonian Law to Jail Militants

Increased jail terms for Macedonians who fight alongside foreign paramilitary groups will aid the global battle against terrorism if the law is properly implemented, a US diplomat said.

Business

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17 Oct 14

Balkan States Face Crisis if Russia Halts Gas Flow

Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia could face a very cold winter if Russia halts gas exports to the EU, a gas stress test carried out by Brussels says.