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

In March, Southeast Europe: A Cultural Journey travelled through Germany and Austria, where no less than  20 events took place. The stimulating literature and film nights, spectacular musical performances and gastronomic delights attracted hundreds of people who came to meet some of the most established  artists from Southeast Europe.

For those who were unable to join us there, we are now offering another chance: the Cultural Journey  continues from 1 – 6 June in the  Netherlands (Rotterdam and Amsterdam) and then from 25 – 27 June in Belgium (Gent and Antwerp).

Music lovers will get to pick their favourite from a wide variety of artists and styles. Boban and Marko Marković Orkestar from Serbia and King Naat Veliov & the Original Kočani Orkestar from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will be sharing their ever-popular take on the rapid rhythms of the Balkan Brass Band, while Rambo Amadeus (Montenegro) is sure to offer an unforgettable evening with his jazz-funk, musical improvisation and humour.

Gjergj Xhuvani (Albania) and Aneta Lesnikovska (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) are among the great practitioners of contemporary Southeast European cinema who will be discussing their work at special film screenings. And there will rare opportunities to hear popular authors such as Mario Levi (Turkey), Damir Šodan (Croatia) and Nenad Veličkovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) read from their acclaimed literary works.

These are just a few of the highlights of a cultural celebration that will bring Southeast Europe’s world-renowned artists and best-kept secrets to new and old audiences alike. So why not join us for the second part of this unique journey of cultural discovery!

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This month we introduce you to a rising musical star from Croatia and offer a glimpse of the region's many sporting possibilities by profiling the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s emerging rock climbing culture – Enjoy.

  Branko Galoić - Above Music's Roofs
- Croatia: 21 May 2010

Ever since he was a 17 year old boy growing up in a small town in Croatia, Branko Galoić has had a passionate kinship with music. Galoić, who moved to Amsterdam in 2000 and recently released his second album "Skakavac" (meaning grasshopper or locust), says that initially, everything he learned about music came from the local musicians in his native, Ivanić-Grad.

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  Club Extreme – Rock Climbing with enthusiasm
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: 23 March

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has an impressive mountainous terrain with excellent conditions for rock climbing. Lidija Mimova, president of the Sport Climbing Club "Extreme" from Skopje, is an enthusiast who is propagating rock climbing in her country.

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Southeast Europe: A Cultural Journey – Featured Artist

Ognjen Sviličić is an acclaimed Croatian screenwriter and film director. His best-known film is the 2007 feature ’Armin’ which won him international acclaim and prizes and was selected to be Croatia's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards. It was screened at a number of film festivals, including the Berlin Film Festival, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Palm Springs Film Festival and Durban Film Festival. He joined us for the Southeast Europe: A Cultural Journey and you can read more about him here


Southeast Europe: People and Culture photo exhibition now in Brussels

The exhibition presenting a selection of best pictures from the Southeast Europe: People and Culture Photo Competition will be on display at Locuslux Gallery (57, Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains) in Brussels, Belgium, from 27 May to 6 June. Participants were invited to share their images on culture, sports and everyday life in the contemporary Western Balkans and Turkey. Visit the exhibition and discover the beauty of the region as seen by photographers from around Europe – you're invited!

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Natural Wonders of Southeast Europe in Antwerp and Amsterdam

"But I never knew these countries were so beautiful" is a general comment that can be overheard in Antwerp, Belgium, where people have the chance to discover the natural beauty of Southeast Europe in an outdoors exhibition located on Astridplein, right in front of the Central Station. The exhibition, which has already been to Nuremberg (Germany), Salzburg (Austria) and Madrid (Spain), will stay in Antwerp until 31 May. Thereafter, it will move on to the Netherlands, where it will be on display on Amsterdam's Beursplein from 1 to 14 June.

The exhibition presents a selection of stunning sceneries, well-protected natural reserves and conservation projects in Southeast Europe. Some of the areas, such as the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, the Durmitor National Park in Montenegro and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia in Turkey, form part of the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Others, like the "Blue Eye" spring in Albania or the Kravice falls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, are lesser-known examples of the region's natural treasures.

Go and have a look if you are around!


This month’s recipe, Hünkar Beğendi, is a traditional Turkish favourite that combines delicately seasoned lamb meat with a unique eggplant sauce – in short it should definitely be added to your list of international cuisine conquests. Hünkar Beğendi is best enjoyed with a good glass of red wine. Have a look at   this recipe and try it for yourself.

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