Serbia

Festival time, Serbian style: playing the trumpet in Guca

Balkan brass

29 July 2017 9:00 am

When brass instruments with button-operated valves were introduced in the second half of the 19th century, music-making changed. Once requiring…

Béla Bartók recording folk songs with villagers in Hungary, 1907

Bartók would have made history even if he’d never composed a note

6 June 2015 9:00 am

‘All my life, always and in every way, I shall have one objective: the good of Hungary and the Hungarian…

The wars that really are about the oil

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Is international conflict really just a fight over oil? It sometimes seems that way. In Syria and Iraq, the militants…

The gorge between Romania and Serbia, known as the Iron Gates of the Danube

The long and winding story of the Danube

14 December 2013 9:00 am

For much of its history the Danube has been a disappointment. It looks so tempting on the map but, far…

I don’t think it’s over in the Balkans

24 August 2013 9:00 am

I returned last week from a short break in the Balkans; travelling by train in Serbia, walking from village to…