It’s a Wrap: Paris Honours Bulgaria-born Christo’s ‘Crazy’ Dream

General view of the Champs-Elysees during the last preparations for the assembly of the 'Arc de Triomphe', September 16, 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

"This is the achievement of a 60-year-old dream, a crazy dream come true," French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday, during his visit to the location.

Dragicevic Dismisses Discontinued Investigation as Empty Gesture

Davor Dragicevic's lawyer, Dragan Tolimir, confirmed to BIRN that he had received the Banja Luka prosecution's decision to discontinue the investigation against him on September 8.

Dragicevic himself said the decision meant little to him, as it has come after a three-year delay. "As far as I am concerned, the decision means nothing to me," he said.

International organisations urge end to STA crisis

Vienna – A number of international journalism and media freedom organisations have signed a joint statement urging the Slovenian government and the Government Communication Office (UKOM) “to immediately end the economic suffocation of the STA and take steps to ensure sustainable funding before its collapse”.

Dostoevsky, Jančar and Berlin Philharmonic to headline new season at Cankarjev Dom

Ljubljana – A guest appearance by the Berlin Philharmonic, a series of events marking the 200th anniversary of Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky and a production based on Drago Jančar’s award-winning novel will be among the highlights of the new season of Cankarjev Dom, Slovenia’s biggest cultural venue.

Epidemic cannot be excuse to undermine democracy, says Speaker Zorčič

Ljubljana/Vienna – The Covid-19 epidemic cannot be an excuse for the undermining of democracy, said parliamentary Speaker Igor Zorčič on Tuesday as he attended the fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Vienna. Zorčič participated in a panel on efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on democracy.

Istanbul State Opera Ballet opens with 'Fidelio'

Istanbul State Opera and Ballet (IDOB) has opened its new season with the opera "Fidelio" at the Kadıköy Süreyya Opera House.


Fecir Alptekin, the chief adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Kadıköy Mayor Şerdil Dara Odabaşı watched the opera that attracted great interest of art lovers.

Blue Air announces launch of services from new Iasi base

Blue Air announced the launch of services from its new base in northeastern Iasi, starting with next summer and is offering direct and connecting flights to over 23 destinations, according to a release of the company. Blue Air will have one Boeing 737-8-MAX at its headquarters in Iasi and will operate 8 direct flights and over 15 connecting flights in Iasi.

Three women pedal from Austria to Turkey’s resort

Starting their journey from Austria on their bicycles, three women have finally reached the Aegean province of Aydın's Kuşadası district after pedaling more than 2,000 kilometers in 28 days.

Filiz Akıncı, a 27-year-old Turkish woman and a teacher working in Vienna, decided to travel from Europe to Turkey on a bike with her Austrian friends, Lisa Eibel and Andrea Maier.