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Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor

Serbian newspaper censors obituary for political reasons

The debate about media suppression in Serbia was renewed when "Politika" removed part of an obituary saying its art director designed the cover of a book about censorship under Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. 
Lidija Pisker recommended by Lidija Pisker NewsMavens, Southern Europe
16 Mar 2018 Southern Europe

“Threat, blackmail and fear do exist today in Hungary"

Renowned Hungarian director Róbert Alföldi opened up about political pressure, intimidation and blackmail after he became persona non grata in the city of Zalaegerszeg.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
14 Mar 2018 Hungary

Grassroots initiative showcases women's achievements in Croatia

How many Croatian schoolchildren could name five female scientists? Too few, but there could soon be more thanks to a crowdfunded card game featuring exceptional women from science, culture, politics and arts.
Lidija Pisker recommended by Lidija Pisker NewsMavens, Southern Europe
13 Mar 2018 Southern Europe

Counterfeit Russian art throws a shadow over the Ghent museum

A collection of Russian avant-garde paintings at the Ghent Fine Arts Museum is under intense scrutiny after Belgian and Russian art experts cast doubt on its authenticity.
Marjan Justaert recommended by Marjan Justaert De Standaard, Belgium
9 Mar 2018 Belgium

Young Muslim singer will not be silenced

Mennel Ibtissem wowed the jury of the TV program ‘The Voice’ with an Arabic-language song. For days afterwards, media debated on whether or not she should be allowed to stay on the show. Some were bothered by her turban, some by her past.
Roxanne D'Arco recommended by Roxanne D'Arco NewsMavens, France
27 Feb 2018 France

Censorship in the 21st century is a harder game to play

"Kojot", a film that depicts contemporary Hungary, was praised by critics last year but withdrawn from cinemas and banned from the top Hungarian film festival. Now producers have published it for free online.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
20 Feb 2018 Hungary

Pussy Riot booked at a major Slovak summer festival

The answer is: politics. Although Pohoda, one of the most notorious festivals in Europe, is mainly a music event, it is famous for fostering political expression this year, the organizers are outdoing themselves by inviting the Russian group. 
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
26 Jan 2018 Slovakia

Dolores O'Riordan: Voice of a generation of Irish women

The lead singer of The Cranberries was laid to rest in her hometown in County Limerick this week. Her sudden death in a London hotel room at the age of 46 made headlines all over the world.
Ciara Kenny recommended by Ciara Kenny The Irish Times, Ireland
24 Jan 2018 Ireland

Feminist group in Austria "buries" the patriarchy

An Austrian group called Hysteria, composed of leftist feminists, held a funeral march in Vienna to mark the "death" of the patriarchy.
Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
23 Jan 2018 Austria

Maltese People Are More Artistic Than Other Europeans, According To A New Study

Unsurprisingly, less than 1% of Maltese participants said that lack of proximity was a problem for them. For comparison, 29% of Romanians who said it was specifically distance that stopped them from participating in cultural events.
Daiva Repeckaite recommended by Daiva Repeckaite NewsMavens, Malta
25 Dec 2017 Malta

Buffer zone bell empowers Cypriots

An unusual artwork has appeared in Nicosia, Cyprus, in the UN-controlled buffer between the Greek and Turkish zones. Its sculptor hopes it will bring an accessible, secular tone to the divided island. 
Guest Mavens recommended by Guest Mavens NewsMavens, Europe
21 Nov 2017 Europe

Will Budapest's Aurora return to life?

Aurora was a cultural center frequented by youngsters who wanted to attend hip concerts and give back to their community. When the far-right began describing it as the “Hungarian HQ of George Soros” it was equal to a death sentence.
Ivett Korösi recommended by Ivett Korösi Nepszava, Hungary
3 Nov 2017 Hungary

Film director Kasia Adamik: everything is political in Poland now 

Her childhood was far from ordinary. Daughter of Polish cinema’s power couple, she grew up in a home filled with leading artists and intellectuals. Today, a director herself, Kasia Adamik discusses her relationship with Poland.
Martyna Kraus recommended by Martyna Kraus Wysokie Obcasy, Poland
2 Nov 2017 Poland

An uneven bookstack -- gender in literature 

As the main partner of the Frankfurt Book Fair, France had an imposing representation, but only one-third of the writers were women. German authors were also approximately 70% male.
Pauline Tillmann recommended by Pauline Tillmann Deine Korrespondentin, Germany
23 Oct 2017 Germany

The revolutionary potential of a feminist Roma theater company

Giuvlipen confronts majority-Romanian audiences with their century-old anti-Roma racism, and traditional Roma audiences with their misogyny (actually, they confront everyone with their misogyny).
Guest Mavens recommended by Guest Mavens NewsMavens, Europe
23 Oct 2017 Europe

The film that's changing a narrative

A new film is screening in Slovakia. It is a documentary about the pain and disillusionment felt by mothers during and after giving birth. The day a woman has her baby is not necessarily the happiest day in her life.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
15 Oct 2017 Slovakia

Poland’s gov't reaches for film industry’s throat

The quality of modern Polish filmmaking won Poland its first Oscar (for Ida in 2014) and brought moviegoers back to the cinemas in numbers that allow the industry and its artists to thrive. There is much to lose. 
Zuzanna Ziomecka recommended by Zuzanna Ziomecka Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
12 Oct 2017 Poland

Is art worth the trouble?

Bratislava is divided over White Night festival of lights. Are mass art events worth the hassle to city officials and residents?
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
9 Oct 2017 Slovakia


Why did this secluded man choose to let Nvotová into his villa with a camera? The film director doesn't know. But we are all eager to see what she discovered there.
Ria Gehrerová recommended by Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
6 Oct 2017 Slovakia
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