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09 Apr 15

Culture Honour for Pink TV Boss Draws Protest

The artist Veljko Mihajlovic is returning the award he obtained 16 years ago in a protest against the City of Belgrade's decision to honour TV mogul Zeljko Mitrovic for his work for culture.

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08 Apr 15

Serbian Ballet Falls Victim to Battle Over Cash

Serbia's National Theatre has scrapped two ballet shows as accusations about cash and contracts fly back and forth between the outgoing theatre manager and the culture ministry.

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24 Mar 15

‘Naked Island’ Film Revisits Yugoslav Prison Colony

Director Tiha K. Gudac’s documentary was inspired by her grandfather’s experience of being imprisoned at the notorious Communist-era Goli Otok jail camp on a Croatian island.

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23 Mar 15

Belgrade Dance Festival Spreads Its Wings

It may be called the ‘Belgrade’ dance festival - but this year’s event is venturing beyond the capital to towns and cities across Serbia.

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19 Mar 15

Power Dams Pose Threat to Rare Balkan Salmon

Planned hydroelectric power plants on Balkan rivers pose a deadly threat to the survival of the Mladica, known as the Balkan salmon, the NGO Riverwatch says.

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10 Mar 15

Belgrade Guitar Art Festival Promises Six-String Delights

Guitar Art Festival, that runs from March 10-15, is offering a diverse series of guitar-related performances, from Greek rebetiko to Spanish flamenco and more.

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27 Feb 15

FEST to Champion Serbian Movies

The country’s most popular film festival, FEST, will put more emphasis on domestic productions this year as well as showing the best new movies from around the world.


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16 Feb 15

Serbia Chooses Bojana Stamenov for Eurovision

Stamenov, a popular Serbian soul and jazz singer, will represent Serbia this spring at the Eurovision song contest in Vienna.

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30 Jan 15

Magnificent Film Docs on the Way

Audiences will have a chance to see some of the latest documentary films at the ‘Magnificent 7’ festival, starting from January 30.

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29 Jan 15

Best Moves in Movies Go on Display

Two important Belgrade cultural institutions, the Yugoslav Film Archive and the Belgrade Dance Festival, are teaming up to bring fans of both genres an exciting mini-festival this month.

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12 Jan 15

Serbian New Year: Another Reason to Celebrate

If you come across posters promoting something called “Serbian New Year” well after December 31, don’t be surprised. Thanks to our church calendar, mid-January is celebration time for Serbs.

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31 Dec 14

Belgrade’s Street Parties Ring in the New Year

With folk stars and techno DJs, rock bands and classical orchestras, Belgrade’s seasonal celebrations offer music for all kind of partygoers.

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30 Dec 14

Belgrade’s Top New Year’s Eve Revels

To celebrate New Year’s Eve at some of the best clubs in Belgrade, you do need to buy a ticket and reserve your table. BIRN has prepared a list of some cracking parties that will be sure not to disappoint.

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13 Dec 14

Festive Fun for Seasonal Revellers

The city will welcome Christmas and New Year with a seasonal market and folk stars, rock bands and techno DJs playing open-air gigs.

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12 Dec 14

Matisse's ‘Jazz’ Cut-Outs Come to Belgrade

A display of the French artist’s iconic, brightly-coloured paper collages ends this year’s exhibition season on a high note.

Culture Policy Focus

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01 Oct 14

Joy and Necessity Fill Belgrade Streets with Music

They are everywhere from the Terazije underground passage, all the way across the Knez Mihailova Street to the Kalemegdan Park, making people happy with music played both for pleasure and money.  

Politics and Society

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17 Apr 15

Serbian Editor’s Sacking Raises Media Freedom Concerns

The sacking of Antonela Riha, a well-known Serbian journalist, has raised new concerns about pressure on the media in the country.

Business

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17 Apr 15

Pay and Pension Increase Unlikely Despite Deficit Cut

Serbia’s surprise deficit reduction has led to optimistic talk of raising pensions and public sector pay to pre-austerity levels, but experts warn the economy remains far too fragile for that.