A guide to the New East


The lure: Polish man-eating musical mermaids in US release

  • (THE LURE - Official Red Band Trailer (2017) Mermaid Horror Musical Comedy Movie HD / Movieclips UK / YouTube)

Agnieszka Smoczyńska's 2015 rock musical-cum-thriller The Lure will be released in the USA on 1 February.

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Belarus announces visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries

If you're keen to visit Belarus but just can't be doing with the hassle of visas, you might be in luck — Belarus will soon allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries.

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Serbian artist Ivana Bašić among ones to watch in 2017

Ivana Basic Throat wanders down the blade.. at Annka Kultys Gallery, London, 2016.  (Image: Anna Kultys Gallery / Facebook)

Leading online art platform and resource Artsy has named Serbian artist Ivana Bašić among the top 17 emerging artists to watch this year.

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Our TV is best: Russian media official rejects criticism

(Image: Uroš under a CC licence)

The best way to deal with public criticism is surely to reject it entirely. At least, this was the approach taken by Russian official Alexei Volin in the face of complaints about TV channel Pervy Kanal's New Year coverage.

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London screening of Czech surrealist classic Daisies next week

  • (Daisies (1966) Official Trailer - Full HD 1080p / TheValCinema / YouTube)

On 20 January, the London Review Bookshop will host a screening of Czech director Věra Chytilová's 1966 surrealist classic Daisies.

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On Kosovo field: siblings journey through a lost heritage in new BBC radio drama

  • PJ Harvey’s The Wheel from The Hope Six Demolition Project, 2016 (PJ Harvey - The Wheel / PJHarveyVEVO / YouTube)

The first episode of On Kosovo Field, a new radio drama inspired by musician PJ Harvey's writings, poetry and song demos from her time in Kosovo, airs today on BBC Radio 4.

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Meet the Croatian artist behind FIFA’s highest honour

(Image: The Anatomy of a Trophy / FIFATV / YouTube)

Tonight the crème de la crème of the football world will gather together in Zurich for the Best FIFA Football Awards 2016. Those honoured at the ceremony will be presented with a stunning trophy, designed by Croatian artist Ana Barbić Katičić.

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New incentives could double Polish film industry turnover

Scene from Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski’s 2013 film Ida(Image: IDA THE FILM (Official) / Facebook)

According to Polish Deputy Minister for Culture, Jarosław Sellin, new incentives for film producers could double turnover for the country's film industry.

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Take a sip of refreshing Pipi, the Dalmatian drink that wants to be in a bar near you

  • Advert for Pipi from the 1980s featuring former Miss-Yugoslavia Ana Sasso on Split’s Bačvice beach (Ana Sasso Pipi / nacrtani / YouTube)

Imagine you're sat on the quayside in Split, sipping on a cool beverage. What will it be — a delicious cola, a delightful glass of chilled white wine, or perhaps a refreshing Pipi? Don't pretend you’re not tempted.

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Photo of the week: a Romanian artist asks, how do you represent the erasure of history?

From the series <em>Erased</em> by Andreea Teleaga

Our photo of the week by artist Andreea Teleaga deals with collective memory and its erasure in her native Romania, themes that have particular poignancy in a country that has experienced communism and revolution in its recent past. 

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