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balkans-still-like-their-music-hits-homegrown-02-10-2018 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.

kosovo-s-uta-ibrahimi-aims-to-climb-all-14-himalayas-peaks-01-23-2018 23 Jan 18

Kosovo Woman Aims to Climb All 14 Himalayan Peaks

After becoming the first Albanian woman to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Kosovo’s Uta Ibrahimi is planning to climb all 14 peaks in the Himalayas.

slobodan-milosevic-comes-alive-in-kosovo-serbs-musical-01-10-2018 11 Jan 18

Slobodan Milosevic Revived in Kosovo Serbs’ Musical

A musical staged by a Serb theatre ensemble from Kosovo about the 1999 war and Serb-Albanian relations will feature late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic as the “tragic protagonist”.

pristina-s-christmas-market-12-22-2017 25 Dec 17

Festive Cheer at Pristina's Christmas Market

Dozens of decorated wooden huts are open for business in Zahir Pajaziti square in Pristina, where different sellers and craftspeople offer their products, starting from hot drinks to handicrafts, at lower than usual prices.

mtv-ema-the-edition-of-albanian-singers--11-14-2017 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.

in-pictures-kosovo-mountain-village-offers-rugged-charms-10-02-2017 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.

unwanted-opens-prishtina-film-fest-07-14-2017 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.

albanian-alps-draw-outdoor-sports-enthusiasts-to-western-kosovo-04-15-2017 18 Apr 17

‘Albanian Alps’ Draw Outdoor Sports Enthusiasts to Western Kosovo

The scenic Prokletije mountain range draws hikers, climbers and other mountain sports enthusiasts, with the Alpine Club Pristina organising tours in the region every weekend, led by experienced guides.

kosovo-uk-short-film-wins-bafta-awards-02-13-2017 13 Feb 17

Kosovo-Shot Refugee Film Wins British Award

‘Home’, a drama shot in Kosovo about a British family forced by war to become refugees, won the best short film prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.

first-historic-point-at-kosovo-s-first-match-09-06-2016 06 Sep 16

Kosovo Celebrates Historic World Cup Football Debut

People celebrated in Kosovo as the national team drew against Finland, securing a point in a World Cup qualifier at the country’s first-ever competitive international football match.

kosovo-s-dua-lipa-to-play-albania-08-10-2016 10 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Dua Lipa Set to Sing in Albania

After a big open-air concert in her hometown of Pristina, UK-based pop star Dua Lipa is all set to perform in Tirana, Albania.

mock-facebook-event-calls-for-kelmendi-welcome-in-serbia-08-08-2016 08 Aug 16

Facebook Satirists Plan Kelmendi Welcome Party in Serbia

Making fun of Serbia's dismay over Kosovo's participation in Rio, Serbian Facebook fans have jokingly called for a party in Belgrade to celebrate the Kosovo gold medal winner Majlinda Kelmendi.

majlinda-kelmendi-wins-kosovo-s-first-olympic-gold-medal-08-08-2016-1 08 Aug 16

Kelmendi Wins Kosovo its First Olympic Gold

After Majlinda Kelmendi won a gold for judo in Rio, national leaders along with thousands of people took to social media to rejoice over the country’s first-ever Olympic medal.

kosovo-albanian-musician-conquers-world-with-a-song-08-04-2016 05 Aug 16

Kosovo's Istrefi Tastes Sweet Success With 'Bonbon'

Pristina-born singer Era Istrefi is rapidly going viral worldwide, after her greatest hit attracted more than 121 million YouTube page views.

dokufest-without-institutional-support-08-01-2016 02 Aug 16

Kosovo Film Festival Starts Without State Cash

Days ahead of the start of the Prizren documentary and short film festival, organisers of Dokufest say that while authorities in Kosovo pledged to help, they have not yet handed over a penny.

Culture Policy Focus

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12 Nov 15

Shakespeare Reconnects Serbian and Kosovo Theatregoers

With a Kosovo Albanian playing Romeo and a Serb playing Juliet, Predrag Miki Manojlovic’s production of the Shakespeare classic is intended to bring Belgrade and Pristina closer together.

04 Jun 14

Northern Mitrovica Shakes off the Blues

Politics and Society

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23 Feb 18

Memorial to Slain Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Unveiled

Relatives and political allies of the Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, assassinated outside his party office last month, gathered at the site in north Mitrovica to unveil a memorial plaque.

22 Feb 18

Kosovo Stalls Again on Montenegro Border Vote

Business

kosovo-s-new-power-plant-is-an-expensive-mistake-02-13-2018
13 Feb 18

Kosovo’s New Power Plant is an Expensive Mistake

The contract for the New Kosova coal-fired power plant is a monumental error – for which the people of Kosovo will be paying, in various ways, for the next six decades.

06 Nov 17

Threat to Quit CEFTA Stirs Debate in Kosovo

19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans