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11 Aug 17

Sarajevo Film Festival Under Way

From wartime screenings while Sarajevo was still under siege in the 90s, the festival now showcases hundreds of local and international films.



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10 Aug 17

VIDEO: Migrant ‘Child Prodigy’ Exhibits Artworks in Belgrade

Farhad Noory, a 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan living in a Serbian refugee camp, who media have dubbed ‘Little Picasso’, exhibited his paintings and photographs at a charity exhibition in Belgrade.

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09 Aug 17

Albanian Work-Life Balance a Big Draw for Expats

Several foreigners living and working in Albania never intended to remain for very long…

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04 Aug 17

Albanian Catholic Archbishop Stops Sunday Weddings

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Shkoder-Pult in northern Albania said he will not allow any more church wedding ceremonies on Sundays because he wants believers to attend Mass instead.

27 Jul 17

Albanian Exhibits Sculptures in Florence’s Galleries and Squares

A series of stainless steel abstract sculptures by the Albanian-born artist Helidon Xhixha entitled ‘In Random Order’ is being displayed in the main galleries and squares of Florence in Italy until October 29.

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26 Jul 17

Tom Hardy Set to Star in Bosnia War Film

The British actor Tom Hardy will produce and act in a movie about UK journalist Anthony Lloyd's experiences during the Bosnian war and his battle with drug abuse.

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24 Jul 17

Sarajevo Film Festival to Award Oliver Stone

Filmmaker Oliver Stone will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for his extraordinary contribution to the art of film at the 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival.

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21 Jul 17

Bronze Age Tomb Finds Thrill Romanian Historians

Romanian archaeologists say nine Bronze Age tombs discovered recently in the east may shed new light on the trade conducted in ancient times between Eastern and Western Europe. 

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21 Jul 17

Edgar Degas’ Ballerinas Strike a Pose at Belgrade

One of the biggest art scene events in Belgrade this summer will undoubtedly be the exhibition of renowned French impressionist, Edgar Degas. 

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14 Jul 17

Kosovo Film Fest Tackles Troubling Topic of Rape

The ninth Prishtina International Film Festival opened in the Kosovo capital with a premiere of 'Unwanted' - a film that deals head on with the highly senstive issue of the rape of Kosovo women during the war.

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13 Jul 17

John Newman, Fatboy Slim Open Montenegro's Sea Dance

The producer and DJ Fatboy Slim and UK soul star John Newman are to open part II of the Exit music festival, Sea Dance, in Budva, Montenegro.

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12 Jul 17

Serving Coffee in Chicago for Srebrenica’s Missing

Bosnian-born artist Aida Sehovic placed thousands of cups of coffee on a Chicago square to mark the anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, creating a unique memorial that tells the public how the victims died.

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05 Jul 17

Exit Festival Smashes Sales Records for 2017

Having already established itself as one of Serbia’s most recognizable institutions over the last decade, Exit Festival in Novi Sad sets the bar higher each year.

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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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15 Jun 17

UNESCO Adds Two More Croatian Sites to Heritage List

UNESCO is about to include two more Croatian sites on its World Heritage list - the old walls of the town of Zadar and the St Nicholas Fortress in the town of Sibenik.

Culture Policy Focus

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26 Jul 17

Krunic: The Serbian Artist in Search of Conversation

Belgrade-born painter Slavko Krunic describes his portraits as ‘satiriconography’ but insists his caricature-style in no way mocks his subjects.

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

20 Dec 16

Hidden Treasures of Belgrade’s Museum Scene

Politics and Society

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16 Aug 17

Court Rejects Bosnian Serb Claim to Army Facilities

The Constitutional Court ruled that military facilities in the country's Serb-dominated entity are owned by the state - a decision which could help Bosnia move towards membership of NATO.

16 Aug 17

Belgrade Beer Fest Offers Musical Refreshment