Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Curiosity Chest

Dimitur, who visualisеd the Bulgarian expression “Pumpkin Head!”

26 February 2014 | He is 26 and he tried to enroll in the national Fine Arts academy. Academics, though, refused to recognize his talents, and this is how he searched for consolation in food carving. Full Story

Put on a mask and say a dirty joke in Strumica, Macedonia

25 February 2014 | Next week the vivid carnival of Strumica, Macedonian Republic, will take place. Visitors from Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro are expected to arrive for this unique Balkan event – dressed in eccentric... Full Story

Electric Candle Is Fine, Online Blessing - Not

Sound blasters and electric candles, that are switched on by dropping a coin, have long infested Christian churches around the world. Yet virtual prayers and blessings remain controversial practice to religious communities. Lately the dispute... Full Story

Albania's Sexual Revolution Overpowers Virginity Cult

Altin has come home to find a virgin. Tall, good-looking and in his thirties, he is back from Britain where he has worked for more than a decade, seeking an appropriate girl to marry. But three weeks into his stay at his hometown of Korce in... Full Story

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Balkans' Heroes: Bosnia's Papak

Oh, look at that papak! is a phrase quite often heard in Sarajevo. It appears to be very well integrated into the Sarajevo vocabulary. But who is ‘papak’? Considering that in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian the word papak means a hoof (as in a pig’s... Full Story

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia’s Bitter Bouquet: the Sarajevo Rose

Sarajevo carries all kinds of traces of its past in its cityscape. And while some of them are easy to notice, one – despite its prevalence, can be missed quite easily: the Sarajevo Rose, a scar in the ground and a daily reminder of the horrors... Full Story

Bulgaria: Archaeology Artefacts from Ancient Odrysian Kingdom Displayed in Sofia

28 June 2010 | An exhibition, titled “The Treasures of the Odrysian Warriors,” containing over 200 unique artefacts from the ancient Odrysian kingdom, will open at the National History Museum of Sofia on Tuesday. Full Story

Ancient Figurines from Macedonia, Albania, Romania, UK and Japan Displayed in England

22 June 2010 | An exhibition, titled unearthed, brings together and displays prehistoric ceramic figurines from the Balkans and Japan for the first time, at the University of East Anglia’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Full Story

Open Air Archaeology Exhibit Underway in Bulgaria’s Capital

21 June 2010 | An open air exhibition, titled “Golden Thrace – Images of Deities, Humans and Animals” is on display along the pedestrian bridge near the National Palace of Culture (NDK) until July 4. Full Story

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tito's Nuclear Bunker in Bosnia to Host Contemporary Art Biennale

18 June 2010 | Built to withstand a 20 kiloton nuclear explosion, the bunker of the late Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito, located near the Bosnian town of Konjic, has found quite a different role more than thirty years after it was built - as... 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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