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A Belgradian in Sarajevo

Writer and playwright Filip Grujić from Beograd just spent a month in Sarajevo as part of a residency program for young writers from the Western Balkans region. He tells Balkan Stories how he has experienced his stay in Bosnia’s capital, what Sarajevo, Beograd and his native city Novi Sad have in common – or not – and what real challenges the young generation in former Yugoslavia faces.

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The Time of The Gypsies. Or Not.

Does Albania have a sizeable population of Middle Eastern origin? Official terminology suggests so and regularly confuses an international audience. What may be a local peculiarity highlights the need for scientifically robust terminology when talking about ethnic or national minorities and goes to show that policies protecting their rights aren’t always as simple as they seem.

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Zoe’s Drum

This year, Belgrade’s cultural spring will be ushered it with a powerful show one day after International Women’s Day. One of Serbia’s more prolific and certainly most courageous artists invites the public to explore her articstic record so far – and to participate in a struggle for dignity.

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Spartakus će i dalje živjeti

The world mourns Hollywood’s last legend. Kirk Douglas has died Wednesday night, aged 103 – actor, film maker, humanitarian and activist. Former Yugoslavia is a region where he is remembered particularly fondly – even though he never shot a film there.

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Druga smrt duše Bosne

Bosnia’s cultural memory is at stake. This time, not Serb militia are to blame but political neglicience, a dysfunctional government and the commercial interests of Sarajevo’s city government. A reportage that could disturb book lovers and librarians.

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Der zweite Tod der bosnischen Seele

Das kulturelle Gedächtnis Bosniens könnte bald verschwunden sein. Schuld sind diesmal nicht serbische Milizen wie im Bürgerkrieg sondern politisches Desinteresse, ein dysfunktionaler Staat und das eigenartige Spiel der Stadtverwaltung von Sarajevo. Eine Reportage, die Buchliebhaber und Bibliothekare nachhaltig verstören könnte.

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Bahtalo Herdelezi! Srećan Đurđevdan!

Heute abend beginnt das wichtigste Fest der Roma am Balkan. Đurđevdan/(H)Erdelezi. Bis morgen abend bringt es Millionen in einem rauschenden Fest zusammen, die unterschiedliche Staatsangehörigkeiten haben, unterschiedliche Religionsbekenntnisse, und häufig genug auch unterschiedlichen Ethnien angehören.

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DokuFest Needs You

DokuFest, one of the major Balkan film festivals, has launched an appeal for volunteers. They are needed to run this year’s festival from August 5 to August 18 in Prizren, Kosovo. Participating also offers a great chance to look behind the scenes of a festival dedicated to documentaries and short movies and to experience contemporary Balkan culture.

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Things The World Doesn’t Need

A new episode of the series „Things The World Doesn’t Need“. Found at Ulica Maršala Tita in Sarajevo.

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