Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Curiosity Chest

Greece Marks 2,500th Marathon Anniversary

19 March 2010 | 2010 marks the 2,500-year anniversary of the Battle of Marathon in Ancient Greece, which gave its name to the athletic long-distance endurance race. On that occasion, Greek... Full Story

The Bulgarian Connections

Bulgaria celebrated its National Day on March 3. In a rare patriotic act, Ekaterina Petrova – a Bulgarian-born, self-described non-patriot and resident of anywhere the wind blows, found out about the things, people and events the small Balkan... Full Story

The Student Cultural Centre in Belgrade, Serbia

Throughout the ups and downs in Serbia’s recent history, the Student Cultural Centre (SKC) has always been a safe haven for city artists, a place to go to remove themselves from the everyday and express themselves freely. Full Story

Serbia: Movies Past and Present in the Yugoslav Film Archives' Cinema

The Belgrade cinema, which is part of the Yugoslav Film Archives, remains one of the few places in Serbia's capital that screens classic films from the archives' massive collection of domestic and foreign titles that has been accumulating since 1949 Full Story

Airport in Bulgaria’s Capital Among the World’s Ugliest

15 February 2010 | Bulgaria’s main gateway to the world, the Vrazhdebna Airport in Sofia, was recently ranked in the world’s top 10 ugliest airports by the Travel and Leisure Magazine. Full Story

Recycled Life: Bottle Collectors in Skopje, Macedonia

Like quicksand, poverty is hard to escape - the harder you fight, the worse it can get. In Skopje, some work hard scouring the city for "treasures." They are bottle collectors, spending the day in search of recyclable plastic which they can sell... Full Story

The Unknown Hagia Sophia

Istanbul’s Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) Museum is one of the most visited in the world. Its construction was commissioned to two architects from Anatolia by the Emperor Justinian in 537 during the period of the Eastern Roman Empire. More than any... Full Story

The Balkans' Street-Renaming Obsession

The battle over renaming streets in Eastern Europe since the fall of communism reflects their importance as symbols of identity, history and power. Full Story

Film Review of Tales from the Golden Age

On the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, when many post-communist societies still appear unwilling or unable to deal with their totalitarian pasts, the Romanian production Tales from the Golden Age comes just in time. Full Story

Stecci to be Nominated as Joint Cultural Heritage by 4 Balkan Countries

5 November 2009 | In a rare move of cooperation, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro recently agreed to nominate the medieval tombstones, known as stecci, scattered across the four countries as their shared cultural heritage to... Full Story


Foreign Wines Outnumbered Bulgarian Ones on Vinaria 2014 Competition

11 March 2014 | National wine tastings, preceding Bulgaria’s biggest wine fair, Vinaria 2014, started today with a surprise: foreign wines exceeded in number Bulgarian ones first time in history of the competition. Full Story

Useful Reads

In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story


Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
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