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Historic Belgrade synagogue turned rock club to be returned to Jewish community

28 June 2017 · Belgrade · Serbia
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The synagogue building in May this year. Image: Alexander Dubinsky / Facebook

Belgrade's Zemun Synagogue will be returned to the Jewish community next year, having been the home of a rock club during the 60s and more recently Sac, a traditional Serbian restaurant. 

Prior to the Second World War, Belgrade housed four synagogues in total. However, the Sukat Salom Synagogue is the only one operating today, as over 95 per cent of the Serbian Jewish population either perished or fled during the war. 

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Meet the Czech enthusiasts committed to growing the Myanmar skateboarding scene

28 June 2017 · Czech Republic
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Checking out the new hardware in Yangon. Image: Czech on Board with Myanmar / Facebook

Since 2012, a group called Czech on Board with Myanmar has been helping to develop and support the skateboarding community in Burma, a prominent subculture that has emerged as the country transforms itself from a former military dictatorship. 

Jiří Pasz, who was visiting Burma as a photojournalist for Amnesty International, was captivated by the idealism and energy of this developing subculture and so decided to set up the initiative to further support the community. 

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Keep my words forever: Calvert 22 Foundation’s summer film series begins tomorrow

28 June 2017 · Russia
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Still from Keep my words forever (2015, dir.  Roma Liberov)

Tomorrow Calvert 22 Foundation's summer film series A poet in Russia is not just a poet — three screenings dedicated to the fate of Russian writers during and after the Russian Revolution with director Roma Liberov — kicks off with Keep my words forever (2015).

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Huge Belgrade flagpole is the height of comedy

28 June 2017 · Belgrade · Serbia
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Looking down the Sava River in Belgrade. Image: Jeff Attaway under a CC licence

After the unveiling of a grandiose musical fountain earlier this month, Serbian social media is again abuzz with news of another extravagant beautification project, this time a huge Serbian flag gracing an enormous flagpole.

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Discover the unusual literary portraits on the streets of Russia

28 June 2017 · Moscow · Nizhny Novgorod · Perm · Russia
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From Moscow to Perm by way of Nizhny Novgorod, discover these eye-catching portraits of literary greats, which may just make you look twice at the buildings around you.

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Russian Orthodox Church thinks kids should have to learn Church Slavonic

28 June 2017 · Russia
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The Russian Orthodox Church wants to see Church Slavonic back in schools, arguing that learning the liturgical language is key to cultural and intellectual development.

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Light balance: Ukrainian dance group shines on America’s Got Talent

27 June 2017 · Ukraine
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  • Video: America’s Got Talent / YouTube

Last week mesmerising Ukrainian dance crew Light Balance wowed the audience and judges in their audition for hit US show America's Got Talent.

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Will the Socialists reverse the fortunes of Bulgaria’s “UFO” monument?

27 June 2017 · Bulgaria
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  • Image: Michael Kötter under a CC licence

  • Image: Rob Schofield under a CC licence

A longstanding ruin porn star, Bulgaria's famous communist Buzludzha Monument — known to many internationally as the UFO — may soon be reclaimed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP): could this pave the way to a brighter, less crumbling future?

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New East photographers flourish at the iPhone Photography Awards

27 June 2017 · Poland · Romania · Russia · Ukraine
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Photographers from Russia and eastern Europe have featured heavily in this year's iPhone Photography Awards. The winners for the 10th annual awards were announced on 26 June in New York.

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Wrocław hosts huge retrospective of works by sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz

26 June 2017 · Wrocław · Poland
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  • Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bambini 2, 1998-1999, concrete, glue, wood, each figure approximate 109 x 38 x 25 cm. Photo courtesy of the artist’s estate

  • Installation view of Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wrocław, Poland. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate

  • Installation view of Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wrocław, Poland. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate

  • Installation view of Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wrocław, Poland. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate

  • Installation view of Effigies of Life, A Tribute to Magdalena Abakanowicz in Wrocław, Poland. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate

If you're in the Polish city of Wrocław over the next couple of months, you can't miss the major retrospective of works by renowned sculptor and fibre artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. Spanning a number of public outside spaces and seven exhibition venues, the retrospective stands as a tribute to the avant-garde artist, who died in April this year.

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