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

The summer season always gives a reason to celebrate – and people in Southeast Europe are no exception. In our July Newsletter, we would like to give readers a taste of some of the many festivals taking place throughout the region.

You will find the amount and variety of festivals in Southeast Europe impressive. Some of them hold longstanding traditions and are deeply rooted in the region. Others have been established more recently, yet already draw visitors from all over Europe and beyond.

This month we have already published a few of the main festivals taking place – have a look at our “This Month’s New Features”. Also watch out for many more articles being added throughout August, giving some of the main festival highlights from the region.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to personally experience one of the many festivities, we hope that this might inspire you!

 www.southeast-europe.eu. Enjoy browsing!

This month’s new features

Our writers have been enjoying the start to the summer season in Southeast Europe and have travelled to Exit Festival in Novi Sad (Serbia), The Budvar Theatre Festival (Montenegro) and watched the Baja Luka Rock Open Air Festival in Baja (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Find out more below...

 Serbia - Exit Festival - Novi Sad: 9 - 12 July, 2009
The Exit Festival, one of Europe's major music festivals, has celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. The milieu of Petrovaradin Castle, built by Austrian military engineers in the 18th century on a hill overlooking the city of Novi Sad and Danube river, is definitely a major part of the popular festival's appeal...

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 Montenegro – Budva Theater City Festival - Budva: 10 July – 20 August
This year's  Budva Theater City Festival saw its 23rd edition, cementing it as one of the most important cultural events in Montenegro and the region. For years, the festival has gathered artists from around the world and region, often pushing the envelope on theater art...

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bajka Luka Rock Open Air - Banja Luka: 29 June - 05 July 2009
Banja Luka, the second largest town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located in northern Bosnia (140 kilometers northwest from the country’s capital Sarajevo), hosted its Rock Open Air Festival on 17 and 18 July. Uriah Heep and BC Sweet, along with a number of regional rock bands, heated up the atmosphere on the green river bank of Vrbas, near the fortress Kastel, which dates back to the times when the Romans ruled in the Balkans...

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo Film Festival / Sarajevo: 17 - 25 August

The  Sarajevo Film Festival is the largest  film festival in the Southeast Europe, and one of the largest in Europe. It was founded in Sarajevo in 1995 during the  siege of Sarajevo.
 Click here to learn more.

 Croatia - Split Summer Festival / Split: 14 July -14 August

The Split summer festival features classical music, opera, art exhibitions and theatre.
 Click here to learn more.

 Albania - International Festival of Theatre "Butrinti 2000" / Butrint: 11 July – 27 July

The  Butrint Theatre Festival takes place in the Antique Theatre of Butrint, Saranda, and is appreciated by both, Albanians and visitors from abroad alike.
 Click here to learn more.

Heard of any events taking place in the region? Would you like to advertise your own cultural or sports-related event – they tell us by writing to
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Recipe from the region

Have you ever tried Bosnian "Tufahije"? A really delicious dessert that is very easy to prepare. Have a look at this recipe and enjoy...  just click here.

Love to cook food from Southeast Europe? Why not share the taste of the region and send us your traditional recipes to
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 Danube by Bike 2009

Cyclists from all over Europe (EU member states, Western Balkan countries and Turkey), regardless of experience, were invited to join the first European Bike Tour along the Danube which took place from 23 June to 27 June 2009.

The Tour followed the European Danube Cycling track leading participants through five countries including Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.

Have a look at our website gallery to see  pictures of the Tour

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