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25 Jul 14

Romanian Plastic Bridge Seeks Guinness Accolade

A bridge made of over 100,000 plastic bottles in western Romania - said to be the largest in the world - contains a wider message about the enviroment.

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10 Jun 14

Romanians Unite to Save Silver Screens

With fewer cinemas per head of the population than any other country in Europe, Romanian filmmakers have launched a campaign to stop further closures.

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06 Jun 14

International Theatre Festival Kicks off in Romania

Theater lovers are heading for Sibiu for the International Theatre Festival, FITS, one of the biggest arts events in the region.

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30 May 14

Busy Romanian Book Fair Masks Decay in Reading

While thousands queue to enter Bucharest's biggest book fair, observers fear that reading is fading away in the country.

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23 May 14

Bucharest Premieres Public Art Pavilion

Over 100 galleries, museums and cultural institutions are to take part this weekend in the Art Safari, an exhibition ensemble organized in the centre of Bucharest.

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16 May 14

Romanian Museums Ready For All-Night Opening

Museums and cultural institutions across Romania will open their doors all night on Saturday, marking the tenth Night of Museums, which is held all across Europe.

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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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08 May 14

Los Angeles Gets Taste of Best Balkan Films

The main prize at the ninth SEEfest film festival from May 1 to 5 in Los Angeles was shared between the Slovenian movie, 'Seduce Me', and 'Vis-à-Vis' of Croatia.

 

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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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06 May 14

Serbian, Romanian Sites Join Threatened Heritage List

A synagogue in northern Serbia and some ancient wooden churches in Romania have been nominated for Europa Nostra’s seven most endangered heritage sites list.

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25 Apr 14

Festival to Seduce Bucharest's Jazz Lovers

The ninth EUROPAfest festival in May will briefly transform the Romanian metropolis into the world capital of jazz, with concerts taking place all over the city.

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28 Mar 14

EU Funds Makover of Romanian 'Painted' Monastery

The 15th-century 'painted' monastery of Putna, which a long-ago prince founded in the Bukovina region of northeast Romania, is in line for an EU-funded renovation.

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21 Mar 14

Romanian Film Turns Bank Heist into Dark Comedy

A new Romanian film gives a fresh interpretation to the back story behind the most famous bank robbery ever committed under the Communist regime.

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07 Mar 14

Rebels Loom Large at Bucharest Film Festival

The seventh One World Film Festival in Bucharest takes a look at the turbulent times that post-Communist countries have faced in the last quarter-century.

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30 Jan 14

Sex Film Ban Angers Romanian Movie Lovers

Romania has disappointed some movie-goers by banning a public screeing of Lars von Trier’s feature length movie Nymphomaniac Vol. II

Politics and Society

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19 Sep 14

Romanian Church Offers Loans To Believers

Romania’s influential Orthodox Church has set up a financial institution that will offer small loans to clergy and believers.

Business

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04 Sep 14

Romania Hits ‘Technical Recession’ Despite Annual Growth

Despite year-on-year growth, the Romanian economy contracted in the first two quarters of 2014, putting the Balkan country in technical recession.