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

As we settle into autumn the culture of Southeast Europe remains as inviting as ever. With a seemingly endless supply of interesting music, gastronomy, dance and theatre events this region is a worthwhile destination regardless of the time of year.

In this month’s new feature section we focus on music in Southeast Europe and provide you with an inside scoop on the region’s hippest new musical talent and a fusion festival that draws hundreds of thousands of people from around the world with its winning combination. Check out the events calendar for a range of cultural, film and literary highlights.

To find out more about these and other interesting aspects of Southeast Europe’s culture keep reading and visit our website

Enjoy Southeast-Europe!


This month our writers keep you informed about Southeast Europe’s vibrant and creative music scene. Find out more below...

 Clubbing in Kosovo* - Pristina: 15 September 2009
Kosovo's music scene has never been more developed and diverse than in the past ten years. Cafes are sprouting up everywhere, especially electronic music clubs. Kosovo also has a number of quality DJs many of whom perform abroad, like DJ Totoni, who is currently in Japan. Others are eager to test themselves in cities like London, Paris and New York.

 Click here to read more about Kosovo’s nightlife

* under UNSCR 1244/99

 Serbia’s OKTOBERFEST - Belgrade:
7 September 2009

Each year, there are three events in Serbia where music is a central theme. The louder two of these are Novi Sad’s Exit Music Festival and the Guča Brass Band Festival. However, the third festival – a kind of Serbian Oktoberfest – probably has the highest head count, given that it combines the pleasures of beer and rock music with free admission and a very accessible location: the heart of downtown Belgrade.

 Click here to read more about the Belgrade Beer Festival


 European Heritage Days - Kütahya / Turkey: 28 – 30 September 2009

The European Heritage Days will be celebrated in Kütahya which is an important city for both the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic. The theme of the European Heritage Days in Turkey is specified as "Heritage is at the Door".
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 The 30th International Cinematography Festival – Manaki Brothers / Batolo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: 26 September – 3 October 2009

An annual highlight on the region's film and cinematography calendar, the intriguing theme of the 30th International Cinematography Festival (ICFF) is "Keep dreaming"...
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 Poeteka / Tirana, Albania: 21 – 27 September 2009

POETEKA began as a cultural initiative in 2004, as a mark of the potential of Albania to export cultural values. This year marks the fifth edition of the poetry festival which continues to shape the literature of the region through encouraging cross-cultural exchange.
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With the colder weather setting in comfort food is at the order of the day – and what better to try your hand at in the kitchen than a traditional Spinach Pie from Bosnia and Herzegovina! Have a look at  this recipe and try it for yourself.

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