Home Page

Latest Culture and Lifestyle News

ring-in-the-new-year-balkan-style-12-31-2015
31 Dec 15

Ring in the New Year Balkan Style

New Year’s Eve in the Balkans means music, fireworks, food, and more music in city squares under the stars.

skopje-s-holiday-decorations-light-up-the-city-12-30-2015
31 Dec 15

In Pictures: Skopje's Holiday Decorations Light up the City

As Macedonian capital gears up for the New Year celebration, Skopje residents are enjoying the lavishly decorated city centre in the absence of snow.

balkan-countries-gear-up-for-eurovision
19 May 15

Five Balkan Countries Competing in Eurovision

Performers from only five Balkan countries are competing in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna - whose semi-finals get underway this week.

europe-and-the-region-divided-over-conchita-wurst
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.

balkans-split-over-eurovision
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.

bulgarian-wins-balkan-shot-film-festival
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.

switzerland-puts-balkans-in-focus
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.

skopje-remembers-1963-earthquake
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.

spanish-cinematographer-in-focus-at-manaki-festival
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.

natural-beauty-surrounds-artificial-lake-matka
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.

short-film-by-mancevski-to-premiere-in-venice
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.

balkan-singers-prepare-for-eurovision-kick-off
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.

skopje-revamp-has-made-sculptors-millionaires
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".

study-skopje-2åaa4-symbolizes-macedonia-s-frustration
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.

fellows-for-2013-selected
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.

Culture Policy Focus

private-investors-have-hand-in-skopje-2014-09-11-2015
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.

27 Jul 15

True Cost of ‘Skopje 2014’ Revealed

03 May 13

Foltin and the Art of Private Folklore

11 Feb 13

An Odyssey Into One's Own Lost World

Politics and Society

ziadin-sela-champion-of-a-binational-macedonia--08-26-2016
29 Aug 16

Ziadin Sela: Champion of a ‘Binational Macedonia’

As leader of a new Albanian party and mayor of an ethnically-mixed town, Sela’s speeches, including calls for non-territorial federalism in Macedonia, have frequently sparked controversy.

22 Aug 16

Macedonian Special Prosecution Steps Up Probes

Business

bad-roads-blamed-for-macedonia-kosovo-trade-decrease-08-19-2016
22 Aug 16

Bad Roads Blamed for Macedonia-Kosovo Trade Decrease

The promised but as yet unbuilt highway stretch that would link Macedonia and Kosovo is taking a costly toll on Macedonian companies as trade between the two countries plummets.

21 Jul 16

Macedonia Parties Trade Blame Over Budget Cuts

07 Apr 16

Macedonia Crisis Makes Foreign Investors Wary