Tag: belgrade

Serbia’s New Lesbian Prime Minister: A Symbolic Step Forward?

In Serbia, is the recent appointment of Ana Brnabic to the office of prime minister indicative of a new commitment to LGBT rights — or a smokescreen?   On the evening of Thursday, June 15, news broke that Serbia would have an openly lesbian prime minister. Immediate reactions from the global LGBT community…

9 Shares

Belgrade Bacchanalia: Sex, Drugs and Despair in the World’s Best New Berlin

If all the hype is to be believed, Belgrade is the new Berlin. But is it?Belgrade’s alleged “hipness” has been a subject of fascination for the international media for about 12 years now, creating an often cringeworthy genre. Articles with headlines like “Bloc Party: Post-War Belgrade is Radically Reinventing Itself” (The New…

0 Shares

Fleeing Decades of War, Refugees from Afghanistan Are Stranded in Serbia

Fleeing nearly four decades of continuous war and a recent resurgence in terrorist violence and U.S. airstrikes at home, many refugees from Afghanistan remain stranded in Serbia with little hope of ever being granted asylum in the EU. Emerging from the darkness of an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade’s “new Berlin” nightlife…

0 Shares

BITEF 2016: Belgrade’s 50th International Threatre Festival in Review

Natasha Tripney reviews this year’s Belgrade’s International Threatre Festival (BITEF), which just celebrated half a century of existence. The women on stage are smearing their faces with black.  It looks like paint or oil. It glistens under the lights. This is the second time I’ve seen someone do this in the space…

34 Shares

Kazakhstan’s Dictator Makes Historic First Trip to Serbia

Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev’s first trip to Belgrade. The newest monument in Belgrade is a bust of Stalinist poet and traditional folk singer Jambyl Jabayev of Kazakhstan. Jabayev, who died several months shy of his 100th birthday in 1945, is said to have composed numerous songs and poems in homage to Stalin,…

0 Shares

Talking “Everyday Rebellion” at DokuFest

Anja Petrovic reports from Dokufest on “Everyday Rebellion” in the region. Activists from Belgrade, Skopje and Prizren took part in a DokuFest panel entitled “Everyday Rebellion” on Wednesday, in which they discussed their shared experiences fighting corruption in the region. Ksenija Radovanovic was present as a representative of the initiative “Ne davimo…

37 Shares

Balkanist is Seeking a Co-Editor in Belgrade

Dear readers, Since Balkanist’s inception, we have managed to stay entirely independent — in the truest sense of the word. I believe Balkanist, at least when it’s at its best, is the most independent and interesting media outlet in the Balkans (and that increasingly includes Turkey). I’m proud that Balkanist…

77 Shares