Welcome to the February newsletter edition of Southeast Europe: People and Culture!

Some 3200 photos were submitted to our “Southeast Europe: People and Culture” photo competition, and we would like to thank everyone who shared their image of the region! The jury, consisting of professional photographers, met in January to choose the final 24 photos. Now it’s time for YOU to vote and help choose the winner of the “Public’s Favourite Award”. The photographer who receives the most public votes will not only win €1.000 worth of photography equipment, but will have the chance to see his or her photo exhibited in Madrid and Brussels later this year.

To view the final 24 photos and use your vote, click  here.

The online voting finishes on 26 March.

As to new articles on the website, our writers offer you a behind the scenes look at a literary masterpiece that was forty years in the making. In addition, you can learn more about one of the most famous Balkan brass bands – the Boban and Marko Marković Orchestra.

Keep reading to find out more!


This month’s new feature confirms the truism that good things come to those who wait. For this edition of the Southeast Europe: People and Culture newsletter our featured contributor, Mediha Adrović, profiles one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s leading authors and highlights one of his biggest literary feats.

  A Novel That Took 40 Years to Write is soon to Receive a Sequel - Bosnia and Herzegovina:
1 February 2010

In 1968 Nedžad Ibrišimović burst on to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s literary scence with the novel Ugursuz. His newest work, Vječnik, which he worked on for forty years, is widely considered as a masterpiece that was well worth the wait.

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  Boban and Marko Marković: The Trumpet as a Way of Life - Serbia: 1 February 2010

The  Boban & Marko Marković Orchestra is not only the most famous brass band to emerge from the Balkans, but is also, alongside Goran Bregović and Emir Kusturica's No Smoking Orchestra, one of Serbia's top stage wonders. Named and led by father and son, the Marković Orchestra combines traditional Serbian and Roma music, jazz, funk, and other contemporary music genres, with masterful trumpet playing and an electric stage performance.

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This month's featured writer

Name:  Mediha Adrović
Age:  30
Based in:  Sarajevo
Current profession:  Journalist and editor in culture programme Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

What is your favourite aspect of cultural journalism?
I love every aspect of this job, whether it is cultural heritage, literature, or film and theatre. It's hard for me as a professional to choose any particular aspect. For one thing, I know that I enjoyed working with actor Stellan Skarsgard and director Mike Leigh during the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Mediha wrote this month’s contribution about Nedžad Ibrišimović.


  European Young Journalist Award 2010 / Deadline: 28 February 2010

With only a few weeks to go, the European Young Journalist Award 2010 is still open for any young and aspiring journalists, aged 17-35, to submit articles that focus around EU Enlargement. If you are a citizen of an EU member state, candidate country, potential candidate or Iceland, you can apply and be in for a chance to be one of the 36 national winners, and a possible chance to win one of the further Special Prizes on offer.

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Heard of any events taking place in the region? Would you like to advertise your own cultural or sports-related event? Send the details to:

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This month’s recipe will add a bit of the Mediterranean summer to your menu. Baked calamari with potatoes, a Croatian favourite, is a perfect weekend meal that is easy to prepare but will nevertheless impress your guests. Have a look at   this recipe and try it for yourself.

Love to cook food from Southeast Europe? Why not share the taste of the region and send your traditional recipes to:

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