Tag Archives: balkans

History and the importance of names

One of the aspects I’ve always loved about (studying) History is that it makes you smarter. A bit like a superpower, or a “third eye”, so to speak, it helps you see layers in reality, in everyday life, in the political arena that are not evident to a less trained eye. Studying History leads us […]

Voices June 2020

“The mind is like a parachute. It works best when it’s open.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama Have you ever experience time travel? The last months have marked quite a shift in our daily life. Now that the worldwide situation is progressively evolving, we propose you to harness a couple of essential elements: curiosity […]

Love me or pour me a wine

14th of February. The whole world is being decorated with hearts and cupids and everybody is talking about love. Well, almost the whole world. At the Balkans people are cutting grapevines and drinking wine. The day of love? The day of wine? Saint Valentine or Saint Tryphon? Both of them, Saint Valentine and Saint Tryphon, […]

When White Button goes abroad…

Everybody in the Balkans – and not only the Balkans – knows the band Bijelo Dugme (english: White Button) and its charismatic frontman Goran Bregović. Not everybody knows though about many cooperations abroad that Bregović have had. These cooperations resulted in multiple covers or variations of the songs of Bijelo Dugme and other of Bregović’s […]

Coffee, Love & Biz

Coffee time in the Balkans is something that connects people over things they need to discuss (and there is always a lot to discuss!) and what gives them time to take a break from daily duties. In fact, sometimes I feel like mentality here is like: „-What time is it? -Time is a coffee!”. Then, […]

“Somehow They all Want to do Something Secure” – Interview with Marjan Nećak

Marjan Nećak is one of the rare local artists that has experience equally in music and theater. His last performance, as a director was a Slovenian-Macedonian co-production. On this occasion I met with him during the latest edition of the Youth Open Theatre Festival in Skopje. He gave me that impression of a somewhat regional […]