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08 May 12

Montenegrin Media Most Free in Balkans, Report Says

A survey of world media freedom in 2011 carried out by US-based watchdog Freedom House put Montenegro in top place in the region. Kosovo has also moved up the rankings while Macedonia has moved down.

01 May 12

Macedonia's Main Party Blamed for Theatre Delay

After the audience was held up for an hour at the Drama Theatre in Skopje for a party membership drive, some angry threatregoers are demanding an apology.

13 Mar 12

Macedonian Poet Wows UK Festival Audiences

Nikola Madzirov, who describes writing poetry in today’s uncertain world as thrilling, is continuing his tour at festivals in England, Wales and Scotland.

20 Feb 12

Parade Wins Berlinale’s Audience Votes

The movie “Parade” by Srdjan Dragojevic won the Panorama audience award for the best fiction film at the Berlin international film festival which ended on February 19.

09 Feb 12

Balkan Filmmakers Present their Work at Berlin

Filmmakers from the Balkan region will present their work at one of the most prestigious film festivals in Europe.

20 Jan 12

Postmodern theater, Albanians and Serbs

While the political relationship between Serbs and Albanians may be in rough waters, a recent theatre production shows that artistic cooperation between the two groups is flourishing.

13 Jan 12

Macedonians To Choose Government HQ's New Look

After transforming much of the capital in styles inspired by Classic Antiquity, Macedonia is asking the population to choose a new facade for the government building.

09 Jan 12

Press Freedom Violations on the Rise, Watchdog Says

A media watchdog recorded more than 500 press freedom violations over the past year in southeast and central Europe, an increase over 2010 figures.

24 Nov 11

Skopje Hosts First Animated Film Festival

The first Macedonian International Animation Festival, Animax, kicks off on Thursday in Skopje with a wide selection of short animated films from across the globe.

21 Oct 11

Macedonian Film Festival Marks Record Attendance

Cinematographers from around the world will be honoured with awards tonight in the Macedonian town of Bitola for the 32nd edition of the International Film festival “Manaki Brothers”.

03 Oct 11

Skopje Concludes First Design Week

Workshops, exhibitions and discussions formed the basis of Macedonia’s first conference for design professionals in Skopje, Macedonia this weekend.

27 Sep 11

Macedonians, Montenegrins, Albanians Glued to Facebook

Internet users in Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania simply love Facebook, with almost 90 per cent of them having Facebook accounts, according to a global statistical database maintained by the International Web Stats web page.

09 Sep 11

Thousands Turn Out for Independence Day Celebrations

More than one hundred thousand Macedonians attended an independence day celebration in the capital city’s main square last night, although opposition parties and foreign dignitaries were absent at the event.

25 Jul 11

Eurimages Probes Abuse of Macedonia Movie Funds

The Council of Europe's agency for supporting cinema says it is investigating claims that funding for Macedonia has been abused.

12 Jul 11

Ohrid Festival Opens with Trilogia Romana Spectacle

The 51st edition of the Ohrid Summer Festival opens tonight with a multimedia performance of Ottorino Respighi’s Trilogia Romana by the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Culture Policy Focus

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Beer, mulled wine, fireworks, Christmas markets, street parties, classical music, trance, great singers – it’s all on hand in cities up and down the Balkans as people get ready to welcome in another year.

22 Sep 15

Private Investors Have Hand in Skopje 2014

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

22 Jan 18

Bulgarian Rightists Accuse Greeks of 'Usurping' Macedonia's Name

Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov’s party rejects Greek nationalists' claim to exclusive use of the word 'Macedonia' – adding that Bulgaria has an equal right to it.


11 Jan 18

China’s Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU

While Europe focuses on the threat of Russian penetration in Eastern Europe, it is neglecting the subtler dangers than come from China’s growing influence in the region.

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans