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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.

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25 Nov 14

Big-name Movies Headline Belgrade's Amateur Festival

This year’s 20th Amateur Film Festival promises a spicy blend of local, regional and international hits.

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12 Nov 14

Free Zone Focuses on Cinematic Delights

Most people who have heard of Free Zone (Slobodna Zona) know it as a film festival that takes place in Belgrade every November. In fact, it's much more than that. Free Zone, as an organisation, works around the year to help promote great films across the country.

Culture Policy Focus

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12 Sep 17

Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Museum Faces Uncertain Future

The Nikola Tesla Museum’s building must be handed over to the heirs of its pre-war owners, but it’s unclear when plans to rehouse it in a derelict power plant will be realised.

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

Politics and Society

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23 Jan 18

Ivanovic Killing Shows Serbia and Kosovo Must Cooperate

The EU must use the momentum generated by the joint probe into Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic’s recent assassination to insist that Serbia and Kosovo’s prosecutors continue to work together to tackle serious crimes.

23 Jan 18

Challenges Facing Serbia in 2018

Business

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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.

27 Dec 17

Bosnian Serb Inspectors Halt Delta's Huge Mall