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04 Dec 17

Belgrade Winter Warm-up

As winter really kicks in, Belgrade warms up for New Year’s with a full program of activities for the young and not-so-young through December and beyond. 

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23 Nov 17

Romania Pushes Again for UNESCO to Honour Sculptures

Romania is set to ask UNESCO to reconsider including a famous set of sculptures by the Romanian-French artist Constantin Brancusi on its World Heritage list.

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22 Nov 17

Belgrade's Auteur Festival Showcases Freshest Global Film Talent

As the weather cools off and the rain starts to fall, Belgraders know they can find a warm retreat from autumn at one of the best festivals in the region for connoisseurs of cinema – the Auteur Film Festival.

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17 Nov 17

Romania’s Biggest Christmas Fair Opens in Sibiu

Romania’s best-known Christmas market opens on Friday in the city of Sibiu, Transylvania, and will remain in business until the beginning of January.

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14 Nov 17

Albanian Music Artists Descend on 2017 MTV EMAs

The 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards, dubbed the "Albanian edition" by Kosovo media, saw four artists with Albanian heritage - including Kosovo-born pop singer Rita Ora - participating in the star-studded event in the UK capital on Sunday.

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08 Nov 17

Balkan Productions Shortlisted for European Oscars

Romanian and Bulgarian-involved film productons are competing in the 30th European Film Awards, the winners of which will be announced in December in Berlin. 

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07 Nov 17

New Exhibition Explores Balkans’ Post-Ottoman Heritage

This travelling show explores how Ankara, Istanbul, Belgrade and Sarajevo changed after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

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26 Oct 17

Belgrade Jazz Fest Swings Into Action

One of the most cherished musical and cultural events of the Serbian calendar, Belgrade Jazz Fest, is ready to roll. 

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20 Oct 17

Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art to Reopen

Belgrade’s Museum of Contemporary Art is reopening its doors after a controversial ten-year closure for renovation work. 

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12 Oct 17

Moves to Change Romanian News Agency Alarm Critics

Media freedom experts in the country say plans to change the operations of Agerpres, giving parliament more control, pose a threat to its independence.

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11 Oct 17

BEMUS Festival Nears Golden Anniversary

Nearly half a century old, BEMUS is set to showcase some Slavic classical greats, among others.

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04 Oct 17

In Pictures: Kosovo Mountain Village Offers Rugged Charms

Boge, a mountain resort village in western Kosovo set in a picturesque landscape, attracts visitors in winter for its skiing but also in other seasons for hiking, mountaineering, paragliding and traditional Albanian food.

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29 Sep 17

Albania Campaigners Hail Court Halt to Durres Project

The authorities of Durres have been forced to suspend the controversial ‘Veliera’ project, which civil society groups say threatens the city's archaeological heritage. 

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27 Sep 17

Romania MPs Sack Indebted Public Broadcaster's Managers

Angered by its mounting debts, Romanian MPs voted to sack the public broadcaster’s management on Wednesday after rejecting its 2016 report for the third time. 

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11 Sep 17

Actor Ralph Fiennes Receives Serbian Citizenship

Serbia has granted citizenship to British actor and director Ralph Fiennes, who is currently making his second movie in Belgrade.

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.

23 Jun 17

Romanian Top Filmmakers Fight for Reform

05 May 17

Bosnian Savours Success on Europe's Catwalks

22 Mar 17

Vanished Mural Sparks Protests in Novi Sad

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

Politics and Society

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11 Dec 17

Macedonia and Greece Reboot 'Name' Talks

After three years of stalemate, Skopje and Athens are rebooting UN-sponsored talks on their dispute over Macedonia's name, which has been holding up the country's Euro-Atlantic integration process.

Business

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Coca-Cola to Acquire Banja Luka Drinks Company

As Coca-Cola announces plans to buy Banja Luka beverages company MB Impex, the Bosnian authorities are checking the likely impact on the local alcoholic drinks market.