Archive for the ‘Arts & Culture’ Category

Travels in the Albanian Riviera

By S. Adam Cardais + November 3rd, 2011

Albania’s Ionian coast, Frommer’s Top Value Destination 2012, is a stunning spot for adventurous travelers.

What Does Democratic Transition Look Like?

By Barbara Frye + November 1st, 2011

How much can we tell about Eastern Europe’s democracies from its public spaces?

A Visit to David Cerny’s “Metalmorphosis”

By S. Adam Cardais + October 27th, 2011

A fan of the controversial Czech artist’s work in Prague, I couldn’t pass up a chance to visit his spinning-metallic-human-head-water-fountain in the U.S.

Slobodan the Terrible Meets Bill the Vampire Slayer

By Ky Krauthamer + October 14th, 2011

The association between Serbia/Kosovo and vampires goes back at least to Bram Stoker himself.

When Cultures Clash, Creative Sparks May Fly

By Ky Krauthamer + September 30th, 2011

Culture is not just a tool for interpreting reality, it can be a tool to shape reality. It can be a force to break down barriers, raise consciousness and tolerance of difference, but it can also be used in ways that divide peoples and nations and inspire rage and hatred. I’ve been thinking about culture [...]

Hunkering Down With Contemporary Art in Bosnia

By Ky Krauthamer + September 9th, 2011

“Bunkers are innocent today; they stimulate me to open up some visual debates in relationship with social, political, cultural, individual, sexual connotations”

Prague Fresh Film Fest – Day One Picks

By Andrew Fenwick + August 23rd, 2011

As we reported last week, Prague’s Fresh Film Fest – which begins tomorrow – aims to provide a wide portrait of contemporary world cinema. We offer our picks of day one.

Literature Gets Interactive In UN Bid

By Andrew Fenwick + August 18th, 2011

No one needs reminding of Prague’s rich association with literature, but sometimes it’s worth gently celebrating the fact that a disproportionately large number of celebrated wordsmiths have lived and worked within the city

Fledgling Filmmakers Offered a Stage

By Andrew Fenwick + August 12th, 2011

A Prague-based film festival aims to shed light on fledgling filmmakers from across Central Europe and the wider world.

Hungarian Village Puts Faith in Frescoes

By Ky Krauthamer + July 29th, 2011

Does it seem that the one-size-fits-all solution to poverty and underdevelopment, anywhere, is tourism? Agro-, heritage, extreme – anything but “mass” – tourism is touted as the ideal way to inject money into local communities at the grassroots, small business level, attracting visitors, journalists and, eventually, the National Geographic Channel. There is much to be [...]

Images of Dustin Hoffman et al aren’t an unlikely sight, but when the ads in question are located in downtown Moscow promoting some mysterious children’s charity rather than the latest Hollywood flick, things start to feel a little less familiar

Prague Celebrates Week of Freedom

By Andrew Fenwick + June 27th, 2011

Week of Freedom – hosted in various locations across Prague city centre – will be celebrating the disestablishment of the Warsaw Pact and the departure of troops from Czechoslovakia

Sofia War Memorial Gets A Pop Culture Makeover

By Andrew Fenwick + June 21st, 2011

A public monument to the Soviet Armed Forces in Sofia, Bulgaria was vandalized in striking fashion over the weekend

Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design

By Andrew Fenwick + May 17th, 2011

In the same way that certain sights and sounds help shape our understanding of a particular time or place, peculiar artefacts have a strange tendency to remain firmly lodged in the memory too. Russians, it seems, understand this only too well.

Of Pop Stars and Gangsters

By Barbara Frye + May 16th, 2011

At least one Azeri wasn’t overjoyed by Eurovision, and cops and prosecutors in the Balkans are looking, well, serious about smashing a major drug ring.

Tim Hetherington: Talented photographer, true gentleman

By Andrew Fenwick + April 26th, 2011

There have been numerous tributes paid to inimitable British photo-journalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington since his untimely death in Libya last week, but few have captured both the talent and personality of the man quite as well as this piece

Mapping Czech’s A/V Underground

By Andrew Fenwick + April 19th, 2011

In a recent video interview, Czech sculptor David Černý bemoaned the fact that regardless of the quality of your art, if you’re not from New York or London, you’re unlikely to garner much international attention.

Re-revising Central European and North African History

By Ky Krauthamer + April 7th, 2011

In these times when scholars like to stick knowing, indeterminate (and often misleading) titles on their books, you don’t often see a work of history with a straightforward, old-fashioned tag like “Imperial Victor and Military Genius” on it. Yet un-ironic and admiring is precisely what British historian Alan Sked intends with his new character study [...]

Communism through the Eyes of Animals

By Andrew Fenwick + March 23rd, 2011

The history of communism has been chewed over in a whole manner of tongues over the decades, but animals have rarely been part of the story, let alone the storytellers.

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