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13 Feb 18

Balkan Music Fans Cling to Homegrown Stars

A map of last December's YouTube hits shows that music fans in several Balkan countries still prefer their local bands to top international songs – though audiences in Croatia, Macedonia and Romania are now part of the global mainstream.

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23 Jan 18

Balkan Sites Feature Among Europe’s Endangered Heritage

Four historic landmarks around the Balkans have been shortlisted for the Most Endangered Programme, which aims to raise awareness of neglected monuments and sites across Europe.

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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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01 Jun 17

Bulgaria's 'Rock 'n Roll' Capital Falls Silent

The new Socialist bosses of the coastal town of Kavarna - famous as Bulgaria’s rock 'n roll capital - are accused of trying to erase its image as a musical hub.

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14 May 17

Teenage Bulgarian Pipped to Post at Eurovision

Bulgarians had something to celebrate Saturday night when Kristian Kostov came second in the Kiev Eurovision.

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12 May 17

Bulgaria’s Eurovision Singer Lands in Mess Over Crimea

A brief performance in Russian-occupied Crimea has caused controversy for Bulgaria’s Eurovision performer, Kristian Kostov, whose song, ‘Beautiful Mess’ is otherwise tipped to do well.

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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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31 Mar 17

Town's Move to Lose 'Protected' Status Shocks Bulgarians

An attempt by the authorities in the 'museum town' of Koprivshtitsa to do away with its 'protected' status has horrified many Bulgarians, starting with the country's President.

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13 Feb 17

Classical Music Boosts Bulgaria’s Public Radio

The audience of Bulgarian National Radio has enjoyed a 20 per cent boost in audience figures since a bitter dispute with the Bulgarian copyright society forced it to play only music produced before 1945. 

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01 Feb 17

Bulgarian Film Hits Revive Cherished Animation Traditions

With Theo Ushev’s ‘Blind Vaysha’ nominated for the 2017 Oscars and other Bulgarian short films shortlisted for prestigious festivals, there are hopes for a renewal of the ‘golden age’ of animation in the country.

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04 Nov 16

Actress's Role in 'Trainspotting' Sequel Stuns Bulgaria

The appearance of Bulgarian actress Anjela Nedyalkova in the trailer for the sequel to the cult 1990s movie 'Trainspotting' has startled people in Bulgaria - who had no idea she had a part.

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12 Aug 16

Bulgaria Claims Gold Artefact is World's Oldest

A tiny golden bead, unearthed at a pre-historic settlement in southern Bulgaria, is the world's oldest golden artefact, archaeologists claim.

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14 Jul 16

Bulgarians Doubt Stars will Show up for Charity Concert

A Bulgarian foundation has promised to bring a galaxy of stars including Mick Jagger to Sofia for a big charity concert – but many suspect it is all a big hoax.

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14 Jun 16

Festival Trio Set to Draw Crowds in Bulgaria

June is one of the richest months for lovers of alternative arts, ethno culture and good food in Bulgaria. 

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09 Jun 16

Bulgarians Look to Restore Landmark Communist Monument

Left to crumble and molder for decades, a remnant of Bulgaria’s past is gaining new life thanks to an international resurgence in popularity.

Culture Policy Focus

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24 Nov 11

Macedonian Wartime Love Story Angers Bulgarians

A movie set against the background of the deportation and destruction of the Jewish community in Macedonia is causing controversy in neighbouring Bulgaria even before it’s been released.

28 Dec 16

Ringing in 2017, Balkan-style

23 Jun 11

An Orthodox Shot of the Balkans

28 Dec 10

Sofia’s Homeless Museum Awaits Day of Glory

Politics and Society

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23 Feb 18

Bulgarian Minister Resigns over Controversial Energy Deal

Temenuzhka Petkova said she will quit her ministerial post after a small business whose owners she knows was announced as the buyer of the largest Bulgarian private energy company.

21 Feb 18

Bulgarian Becomes First Woman Head of Eurostat

Business

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23 Feb 18

Bulgarian Minister Resigns over Controversial Energy Deal

Temenuzhka Petkova said she will quit her ministerial post after a small business whose owners she knows was announced as the buyer of the largest Bulgarian private energy company.

23 Feb 18

Bulgaria Minister Takes Aim at Airbnb, Booking