Culture

Trump and the nuclear codes: Carnival again takes aim at politicians

US President Donald Trump, Brexit, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Germany's right-wing AfD party: Floats unveiled Tuesday for this year's Carnival parades in Cologne and Mainz once again turn to political satire to entertain revellers.

Bryan Adams to play Zagreb

Canadian rock star Bryan Adams, who has sold more than 100 million albums in his 40-year-long career, will perform in Zagreb on November 9, according to his website and Facebook account.

Film "Anka" starring Eric Cantona shown to reporters

The film "Anka" by Croatian actor and director Dejan Acimovic, a story about children, friendship and the quest for identity, filled with scenes of nature, magic and elves, based on one of the best known novels of Croatian writer Mato Lovrak, "Anka Brazilijanka", was shown at a screening for reporters in Zagreb on Monday.

Angelina Jolie's Khmer Rouge drama premieres in Cambodia's Angkor Wat

Angelina Jolie’s production of "First They Killed My Father" premiered Saturday evening in Cambodia at the Angkor Wat temple complex.

Finnish director Kaurismaki slams Europe over refugee crisis

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki hit out at what he sees as Europe's lack of humanity in dealing with refugees after his new film about a Syrian asylum seeker emerged as a frontrunner for top honours at the Berlin Film Festival.

Adele sweeps top awards at 2017 Grammys

Adele made a clean sweep of the Grammy's top prizes at the annual music awards Sunday, besting Beyonce with Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year trophies for her album "25" and its smash single "Hello."

'La La Land' takes five BAFTAs, including best film, director

US musical "La La Land" won big at the BAFTAs, taking home the award for best film, as well as four other prizes.

Kings of Leon to play INmusic festival

Kings Of Leon have been announced as one of the headliners of Croatia's acclaimed INmusic Festival.

Grammy Award winners to perform at Zagreb Guitar Festival

Some of the world's greatest classical and jazz guitarists, including Grammy Award winners, will perform at the 3rd Zagreb Guitar Festival due to take place from March 26 to April 1.

British director Danny Boyle: Brexit will result in end of UK

Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle believes that Britain's exit from the European Union will lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom and that if they could vote again his compatriots would reject Brexit.

Richard Gere accuses Trump of 'biggest crime' in refugee stance

Hollywood star Richard Gere said on Friday that US President Donald Trump had committed "the biggest crime" by linking refugees with terrorists.

Populism, Trump take centre stage at Berlin Film Festival

The Berlin Film Festival opened on Thursday with both jury members and filmmakers tackling the new world order being shaped by the dramatic rise of populism and Donald Trump's victory in the United States.

Richard Gere sees Germany as an inspiration amid Trump chaos in US

US star Richard Gere described Germany as a model of inspiration amid the chaos gripping his own country following Donald Trump's assumption of the presidency."I come from a country that is very chaotic at the moment," Gere said in Berlin on Wednesday. "And, frankly, we are looking to Germany to inspire us

Grace Jones to perform in Pula on Aug 30

Eighties music icon Grace Jones will hold her first concert in Croatia this summer, organisers announced on Tuesday.

Ultra Europe festival to be held in Split on July 13-19

One of Europe's biggest electronic music festivals, Ultra Europe, will be held for the fifth time in the coastal city of Split and on nearby islands on July 13-19, featuring leading DJs, the event's organisers said at a news conference earlier this week.

Sting to promote his latest album at concert in Pula Arena

Following the recent release of Sting’s highly anticipated rock/pop album 57th & 9th,and sold out concerts in North America and Europe, the English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor will hold a concert in the Pula Area on July 26.

Berlin Film Festival responds to modern age of turmoil with glamour

The Berlin Film Festival is to respond next month to the current sense of turmoil and resentment gripping the world with a programme full of courage and humour, Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick said on Tuesday.

Iranian director Farhadi will not attend Oscars over US travel ban

Iranian filmmaker Ashgar Farhadi said Sunday he would not attend next month's Oscars ceremony due to US President Donald Trump's travel ban.

"La La Land" wins Producers Guild prize in Los Angeles

"La La Land" took the top prize at the 28th Producers Guild of America awards Saturday night, consolidating its front-runner status in the race for the Oscars.

Iranian director considers Oscars boycott after Trump travel ban

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is a candidate for an Oscar this year, is considering boycotting the award ceremony in protest at US President Donald Trump's changes to the country's migration policy.

China welcomes Year of the Fire Rooster

The Year of the Rooster has officially begun in China, marking the country's most important annual holiday.

'La La Land' ties record with 14 Oscar nominations

Musical romance "La La Land" secured its place in Oscar history Tuesday with a record-tying 14 nominations including best picture.

Following protest, filmmaker Roman Polanski won't preside over awards

Film director Roman Polanski has declined to preside at France's most prestigious film awards ceremony, his lawyer said Tuesday, following a backlash about his invitation linked to decades-old criminal charges.

Burgenland Croats hold their 70th ball in Vienna

The 70th edition of the traditional annual Burgenland Croat ball was held in the Schoenbrunn Hotel in Vienna on Saturday evening, with some 1,000 guests attending the event.

Children open Danish city's cultural capital year

Thousands of children sang and danced Friday as the Danish city of Aarhus opened its year as European capital of culture,  an honorary title it shares with the port town of Pafos in Cyprus.

Paintings by German Anton Hoeger to be exhibited in Zagreb

Over 40 works made by German painter Anton Franz Hoeger will be put on display at the Home of the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU) in Zagreb from 17 January to 5 February.

Vin Diesel in India for release of 'xXx: The Return of Xander Cage'

Hollywood action star Vin Diesel arrived in India on Thursday to promote his film "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage," being released there a week ahead of the rest of the world.

Times Square NYE party goes as planned, aside from Mariah Carey gaffe

An estimated 1 million revellers packed into New York's Times Square on Saturday amid heightened security measures for a New Year's Eve party that passed without incident

Cause of George Michael's death still unclear after autopsy

The cause of death of British singer George Michael remained unclear after an autopsy, British police said in a statement Friday.

Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds dies day after daughter Carrie Fisher

Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday in Los Angeles, just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

German museums urged to check collections for Nazi-looted art

Germany's culture minister Wednesday called on the nation's museums to ensure they are not housing any art looted by the Nazis.

"Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher dead at 60 after heart attack

Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles hospital, her family said.

"Star Wars" spinoff "Rogue One" top US box-office rankings

A year after "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" dominated North American cinemas, the latest spinoff of the series is the box-office champion for the year-end holidays.

Popstar George Michael dies of heart failure

Musicians from Britain and around the world paid tribute Monday to British popstar George Michael, who died of heart failure at age 53.

Singer George Michael dies aged 53, publicist confirms

British pop singer George Michael has died, the British news agency PA reported Sunday, citing his publicist.

Status Quo guitarist/singer Rick Parfitt dies aged 68

Rick Parfitt, guitarist and singer for rock band Status Quo, died aged 68, his manager and family said on Facebook on Saturday.

Rade Serbedzija and Vanessa Redgrave to perform in Zagreb on Thursday

Actor and musician Rade Serbedzija will give a concert at Zagreb's Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall on Thursday December 22, when he will be joined onstage by famous British theatre, film and television actress Vanessa Redgrave.

Zagreb's Museum of Illusions highlights hard lives of millions of kids

The Museum of Illusions in Zagreb is conducting a week-long campaign to draw attention to millions of children worldwide living in dire conditions.

German entry "Toni Erdmann" wins best European film prize

The German comedy «Toni Erdmann» by Maren Ade has won the award for best European film, the European Film Academy announced at a gala in the Polish city of Wroclaw Saturday.

Young Croatian violinist Blaskovic performs at Carnegie Hall

Young Croatian violinist Carolina Blaskovic  (20) gave a solo concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on 27 November.

NME ranks INmusic among most popular world festivals

One of the most prestigious world music magazines, the British NME, has ranked the INmusic Festival among the 12 most popular festivals in the world, INmusic organisers have reported.

Fund announced to protect cultural heritage in conflict zones

France, the United Arab Emirates and almost 40 other countries and international organizations launched a fund on Saturday to protect cultural heritage at risk from conflict and extremism.

Thai anti-junta activist arrested for allegedly defaming new king

A prominent Thai student activist was arrested early Saturday for allegedly defaming the country's newly proclaimed king by sharing a biography written about him by BBC Thai on his Facebook page.

Museum of tastes opens in Osijek

A museum of tastes was formally opened in Osijek by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Friday on the occasion of marking Osijek City Day.

Exhibition honouring Cervantes opens at Zagreb's Mimara Museum

Zagreb's Mimara Museum and the Spanish Embassy in Croatia are paying homage to the greatest Spanish writer and one of the world's eminent novelists, Miguel de Cervantes, with an exhibition of photographs by Spanish photographer Jose Manuel Navia, which opens Thursday.

Editor: Charlie Hebdo German-language edition is response to support

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, targeted by Islamist terrorists in January 2015, has launched a German-language edition that hit newsstands Thursday.

Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza wins Cervantes Prize

Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza has won the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honour.

Israeli Film Week to take place in Zagreb

The eighth edition of the Israeli Film Week will take place at Zagreb's Europa Cinema from November 30 to December 4.

Book fair to take place in Pula 1-11 Dec

The 22nd edition of the book fair in Pula called "Dreamlike Book Fair in Istria" will open on Thursday, 1 December and run through 11 December, organisers of this event said at a news conference in Pula on Monday.

French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo goes German

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was the target of a terrorist attack in Paris last year, will be available in German starting Thursday next week.

Nearly 40,000 people attend Theare Night

The 8th edition of Theatre Night was held on Saturday evening in 46 Croatian cities and towns in which approximately 38,000 people saw 145 shows, organisers of the event reported on Sunday.

8th European Theatre Night to be held on Nov 19

This year's European Theatre Night, to be held on November 19 in as many as 86 institutions in 46 towns across Croatia, will feature a record high 145 plays, including four premieres, which theatre goers will be able to see free of charge.

Zagreb Film Festival opens

The Zagreb Film Festival started in the capital's Europa cinema on Saturday evening with the screening of "The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki", a 2016 Finnish drama directed by Juho Kuosmanen and nominated for an Academy Award.

"Robin Hood: Origins" to be filmed in Dubrovnik in February 2017

Dubrovnik Mayor Andro Vlahusic last Monday once again met with E. Bennett Walsh, the executive producer of "Robin Hood: Origins", who informed Vlahusic of the final scenography draft for the movie to be filmed in Dubrovnik in February 2017.

Zagreb's Europa cinema wins 2016 Europa Cinemas best programme award

Zagreb's cinema "Europa" has won the best film programme award of the European cinema network Europa Cinemas, having competed against 1,078 cinemas from 644 cities in 41 European countries.

"A magical voice stilled" - Leonard Cohen dies aged 82

Singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died Thursday at the age of 82, prompting strong reactions from musicians, actors and even heads of state.

7 Zagreb Film Festival titles nominated for European Oscar

The Zagreb Film Festival will take place on 12-20 November, and  as many as seven titles to be screened during the festival have been nominated for the  European Film Awards (EFA).

39th Interliber book fair opens

As of Tuesday and for the next five days, Zagreb will be the centre of creativity and the gaming industry in this part of Europe, it was said at the opening of the 39th Interliber international book fair and the Infogamer and INOVA fairs.

Book in the focus of Interliber

Interliber, the central annual event involving publishing and books in the Croatian capital will be held on 8-13 November.

"The Simpsons" to make history as longest-running TV series

The hit animated TV series "The Simpsons" will stay on the air for at least another two seasons, television broadcaster Fox said Friday, to become the longest-running scripted television series ever.

Interliber to be held in Zagreb 8-13 Nov.

The 39th edition of Interliber, an international book and teaching appliances fair, will take place in the Zagreb Zaagreb Fair (ZV), from 8 to 13 November, Zoran Usuric of the organising team, told Hina on Wednesday.

St. Petersburg's best ballet dancers delight Zagreb audience

The Croatian National Theatre (HNK) on Monday welcomed some of the greatest Russian ballet stars, the leading ballet dancers of St. Petersburg who thrilled the Croatian audience with their renditions of the most attractive parts of world famous ballets.

Pula Book Fair to be held in December

The Pula Book Fair will be held in that biggest Istrian city on December 1-11 with the theme "Transantlantic," and organisers said earlier this week that the event would attract a large number of book lovers, publishers and writers.

Croatian Book Month to start on 15 Oct

The Croatian Book Month, a national programme promoting reading as an activity of great social value and the book as a cultural asset, will have an official launch on Saturday, 15 October, in Sibenik which is observing 950 years since the first mention of its name.

Bob Dylan wins surprise Nobel Prize in Literature

US folk icon Bob Dylan was the surprise choice for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature announced Thursday by the Swedish Academy.

Int'l conference on Croatian writer Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic starts in Zagreb

The international conference "A Century of Croatian Tales of Long Ago", dedicated to Croatia's greatest children's author Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic, opened at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU) in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Eighty-five countries compete for foreign-language Oscar

Eighty-five countries are competing for the 2017 foreign-language Oscar, with Yemen submitting an entry for the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday.

Croatia to promote fledgling authors at Frankfurt Book Fair

Selected young Croatian authors will appear at this year's Frankfurt International Book Fair on October 19-23 under the motto "They're coming

Spanish comedies to be shown at Tuskanac cinema this week

Five Spanish comedies will be shown at Zagreb's Tuskanac cinema this week, and the event will start with the screening of Alvaro Fernandez-Armero's film "Las ovejas no pierden el tren" (Sidetracked) on Monday.

Japanese Film Week begins in Zagreb on Monday

Japanese Film Week will begin in Zagreb's Tuskanac cinema on Monday with Keisuke Yoshida's “Silver Spoon”.

White Night cultural event held for second time in Zagreb

The "White Night" event, featuring various cultural happenings at 18 different locations in Zagreb, including free exhibitions, performances, visual installations and dance workshops, was held in the Croatian capital on Saturday.  

Photos about Russia to be staged in Museum of Arts and Crafts

An exhibition called "Russia: Life, Places, Moments" will be staged in the Zagreb-based Museum of Arts and Crafts on Thursday and run through 9 October, and on the eve of the official opening Russian Ambassador Anvar Azimov said that the exhibition represented a small part of his country.

Literary festival "Europe In The Yard" to promote writers in Zagreb this autumn

The fourth edition of of the literary festival  "Europea u Dvoristu" ("Europe In The Yard") organised by the Ljevak publishing company will take place in Zagreb this autumn and winter, the publishing company has stated.

Game of Thrones, HBO dominate Emmy Awards

The HBO television series "Veep" and "Game of Thrones" took the top prizes at the 68th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, in a televised ceremony that delivered some laughs but few suprises.

Zagreb Film Festival to be held Nov. 12-20

The 14th edition of the Zagreb Film Festival (ZFF) will take place in the Croatian capital from November 12 to 20 , with screenings at the Europa and Tuskanac cinemas.

"Game of Thrones," "Fargo," "House of Cards" up for 68th Emmy Awards

The hit HBO series "Game of Thrones," tops the list of nominees at Sunday's 68th Emmy Awards, US television's top honours.

Destroyed sites from Iraq, Syria revived in Rome's Colosseum

With the help of digital technology and 3D printing, experts in Italy on Thursday presented their recreations of three historical monuments destroyed by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Philippine film wins Golden Lion at 2016 Venice Film Festival

The drama "The Woman Who Left" ("Ang Babaeng Humayo") by Lav Diaz of the Philippines has won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival.

Hana Jusic debut film wins FEDEORA Best European Film Award

Hana Jusic’s debut feature film ‘Quit Staring at My Plate’ has won the FEDEORA Best European Film Award in the Author Days event, held as part of the the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, held from August 31 to September 10.

Alberto Giacometti's sculptures and drawings to be exhibited in Zagreb

Works of a world-known Swiss artist, Alberto Giacometti, including his sculpture "L’Homme qui marche I" (The Walking Man) will be staged in the Art Pavilion in Zagreb from 21 September to 8 January 2017.

Croatian film wins main prize in Montreal

A Croatian film, "The Constitution" directed by Rajko Grlic has won the Grand Prize of the Americas for best film at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Croatian poet wins regional literary prize

Croatian poet Lana Derkac has won the Risto Ratkovic Prize for the best collection of poems in Montenegro, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Karlovac youth film festivals to be held on Sept 6-10

The 21st Youth Film Festival and the 9th Four River Film Festival will be held in Karlovac on September 6-10.

Zagreb to host 2nd Food Film Festival on Sept 8-17

The second Food Film Festival Zagreb, which brings together food, wine and film, will take place in the capital's Zrinjevac Park on September 8-17, featuring over 20 exhibitors, mainly restaurants, bakeries and wineries, as well as 20 films which visitors can watch while eating the dishes featured in them.

Trash Film Festival to take place in Varazdin 7-10 Sept.

The 11th edition of the Trash Film Festival will take place in the northern Croatian city of Varazdin on 7-10 September.

Writer Slobodan Snajder wins regional award for his novel "The Brass Times"

Prominent Croatian writer Slobodan Snajder has won this year's "Mesa Selimovic" regional award for the best work of fiction in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia in 2015.

World Literature Festival starting in Zagreb and Split

The fourth annual edition of the World Literature Festival will be held in Zagreb and Split on September 4-11 with the focus on Italian authors and literature.

Over 265,000 stroll Varazdin streets during Spancirfest

The 18th edition of the Spancirfest festival was held in Varazdin on 19-28 August under the slogan "Activate Your Creativity", and over 265,000 guests visited that northern city during this outdoor festival that featured 500 events, including some 50 concerts.

Venice Film Festival tones down the glitz amid Italy quake gloom

The world's oldest cinema fair is set to quietly launch its traditional mix of blockbusters and independent productions on Wednesday as Italy recovers from a deadly earthquake.

Zagreb to host 14th World Theatre Festival on Sept. 9-21

Zagreb will host the 14th World Theatre Festival on September 9-21, starting with "The Marriage of Maria Brown", performed at the Croatian National Theatre (HNK) on the 9th by Berlin's Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz under the direction of Thomas Ostermeier.

Dubrovnik's Midsummer Scene Festival to tour globe

Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream has been included as the main feature of Dubrovnik's Midsummer Scene to be presented in the Viennese English Theatre during Advent and will be performed every night from 7 November to 22 December.

"On the other side" Croatian entry for Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film

On the Other Side, a film directed by Zrinko Ogresta and produced by Interfilm, has been selected as the Croatian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

Festival of ethnic minorities taking place in Lipovljani

The Lipovljani Encounters bringing together representatives of ethnic minorities in Croatia were opened in the town of Lipovljani, 90 kilometres east of Zagreb, on Saturday under the auspices of Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. 

Lost demo recording by Paul McCartney sells for nearly 24,000 dollars

A demo record of a song written by former Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and sung by McCartney himself, sold at auction in Britain for 18,000 pounds (23,600 dollars) on Saturday.

Renaissance Festival taking place in Koprivnica

The 11th edition of the of the Renaissance Festival started in the northern Croatian town of Koprivnica on Saturday with a procession of costumed participants along the city's medieval fortress walls.

Fire destroys Middle Ages film sets at famous Prague studio

A fire at the famous Barrandov film studios in Prague may have caused over 4 million dollars' worth of damage, local media reported Saturday.

67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival ends

The 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival ended on Thursday evening with the presentation of its Orlando awards for the best artistic achievements in the festival's drama and music programmes.

Sonia Rykiel, French liberator of women's fashion, dies at 86

French designer Sonia Rykiel, dubbed the "queen of knitwear" for liberating women's fashion in the 1960s with her relaxing style, has died at the age of 86.

Dimensions festival starts in Pula with Massive Attack concert

The 5th edition of the Dimensions festival started in the Croatian coastal city of Pula on Wednesday night with the opening concert of Massive Attack that attracted several thousand people in the Arena amphitheatre.

Jazz festival to be held on island of Rab in Sept

The first edition of jazz festival will be held on the northern Croatian island of Rab from 8 to 11 September.