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25 Jun 17

Belgrade Philharmonic Promises ‘Largest-Ever’ Open-Air Concert

The Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra hopes to attract tens of thousands to its grand open-air concert tonight.

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09 May 17

Balkan Hopefuls Clear Their Throats for Eurovision

Singers from seven Balkan countries are entering the start of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday, hoping to join the lucky ten that compete in Saturday’s final.

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26 Apr 17

Serbian Capital to Host Conspiracy Theorist David Icke

David Icke, the former BBC broadcaster best known for his belief that reptiles from outer space control the world, is visiting Serbia, a country much given to conspiracy theories.

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31 Mar 17

Belgrade Film Festival Going Strong

The 64th annual Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival once again showcases some of the country's brightest young cinematic talents.

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24 Mar 17

Dance Festival Brings Russian Ballet Legend to Belgrade

The 14th installment of Belgrade’s prestigious and popular Dance Festival is already slated to be the biggest and most widely-attended iteration to date.

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27 Feb 17

Enfant Terrible of Croatian Theatre Continues To Shock

A decade on, Oliver Frljic is still challenging theatre audiences across Europe, as well as in the Balkans, using plays to confront the nationalist mythology of post-Yugoslav societies.

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23 Feb 17

FEST Remains Serbia's Most Vital and Provocative Film Festival

Easily the most popular and substantial Serbian festival for many years running, the 45th instalment of FEST will surely not disappoint its fans this year either.

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08 Feb 17

UK Ex-Ambassador Recalls Milosevic’s ‘Brooding Presence’

At the launch of his new book on his encounters with the former Serbian leader, Sir Ivor Roberts recalls a man who was wily and intelligent but who had “no long-term strategy”.

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13 Jan 17

Photographers Document Bosnia’s ‘War of Memories’

An exhibition of pictures by two Bosnian photographers offers stark images of memorials to people of all ethnic groups who were killed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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30 Dec 16

Belgrade to Hold Biggest New Year's Eve Celebrations Ever

If you haven't yet decided what to do for the 'craziest night of the year’ in Belgrade, then plan to head to the square in front of the National Parliament for a night of festivities, fun and fireworks.

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18 Dec 16

Tech-Savvy Tesla-Inspired Play Premieres in Belgrade

A new multimedia play about famous inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla blends historical fact with speculative fiction.

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15 Dec 16

Belgrade Prepares for New Year’s Celebrations

As 2017 approaches, the City of Belgrade’s plans for welcoming the New Year range from open-air skate rinks and concerts to the now-traditional Santa race through the capital.

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15 Dec 16

Belgrade Science Festival: From Mars to the Seafloor

This year’s Science Festival creates a world where visitors can walk on Mars, explore lost cities on the seafloor, telepathically drive a Star Wars spaceship or create music by movement.

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08 Dec 16

Belgrade to Host Annual Queer Film Festival

Belgrade’s international festival of movies focusing on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, Merlinka, returns to the capital in December, with more than 50 must-see films.

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10 Nov 16

Free Zone Kicks Off Across Serbia

The Free Zone festival is in its 12th year, continuing its mission of not only getting people around Serbia to see great, contemporary films, but also to encourage conversations the topics contained within them.

Culture Policy Focus

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09 Jun 17

Serbian Theatre Prize ‘Scandal’ Damages Wrong Target

The wrong-headed political scandal sparked by the jury’s decision not to award any prizes at Serbia’s most prestigious theatre festival has damaged us all.

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

24 Oct 16

Traces of Empire: Serbia’s Roman Heritage

Politics and Society

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27 Jun 17

Belgrade-Backed Paramilitaries Blamed for Ethnic Cleansing

At the retrial of former Serbian security officials Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, a witness said Serb paramilitary groups like Arkan’s Tigers and the Red Berets carried out ethnic cleansing under Belgrade’s command.

27 Jun 17

Serbs Make Fun of Massive Flagpole Project

Business

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27 Jun 17

No Action on Tax Cut for Serbia's Lowest Paid

Reducing the tax burden on low-paid jobs is widely supported, but the issue of who will pay for it continues to delay reform.

15 May 17

Romania Worst Hit in Balkans by Cyber-Attack