A guide to the new east


9 February 2016

Culture Day attracts controversy in Slovenia

Poet France Prešeren (Image: CityMagazine)

A wide range of events were held last weekend to mark Culture Day in Slovenia, but the celebrations were not without controversy.

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Reconstruction begins on Slovak National Gallery

The Slovak National Gallery (Image: SNG – Slovenská národná galéria / Facebook)

Reconstruction has begun on the Water Barracks building of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, after a long period of delay.

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Sevastopol authorities approve the idea of hosting Eurovision

Sevastopol, Crimea (Image: J29 under a CC licence)

Sevastopol’s city authorities have approved the idea of holding Eurovision in the Crimean port city, responding to an idea put forward earlier by a Ukrainian historian.

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8 February 2016

Russia slashes film subsidies

A cinema in Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia (Image: Polina8395 under a CC licence)

Russia has cut its public film subsidies for 2016 by US$2.8 million, according to an announcement by the country’s Cinema Fund.

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Russia to make Game of Thrones-style TV series

Scene from Game of Thrones (Image: Game of Thrones / Facebook)

Russia is set to shoot its own equivalent of fantasy drama series Game of Thrones.

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No accreditation for Kremlin-funded Rossiya Segodnya in Tajikistan

Director General of Rossiya Segodnya, Dmitry Kiselyov

Russian state-funded news agency Rossiya Segodnya has failed to gain accreditation in Tajikistan, according to the country’s Foreign Minister, Sirojiddin Aslov.

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8 February 2016

Hungary to strengthen cultural links with southern Europe

Széchenyi Square in Pécs (Image: Csanády under a CC licence)

The Hungarian government is set to strengthen cultural links with countries in southern Europe, with the city of Pécs in south-western Hungary to play a crucial role.

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BBC drama sparks anger in Latvia

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (Image: Saeima under a CC licence)

BBC drama World War Three: Inside The War Room has caused anger in Latvia, with the country’s foreign minister dubbing the plot "rubbish", according to a report by the AFP.

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5 February 2016

Estonian Jaan Kaplinski wins European Prize for Literature

Jaan Kaplinski in 2014 (Image: Ave Maria Mõistlik under a CC licence)

Estonian poet, philosopher and culture critic Jaan Kaplinski has won the European Prize for Literature.

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Competition-winning designs for two new Moscow Metro stations revealed

Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau’s design for Nizhniye Mnevniki station (Image: Timur Bashkayev Architectural Bureau / Strelka KB)

The winners of the international competition to design two new Moscow Metro stations have been revealed.

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