Iron in the Soul
It is forty years since Andrzej Wajda’s epoch-defining Man of Iron walked away with the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Dropping the baton: Tito, youth culture and the Slovene syndrome
Tito’s cult of personality prevailed for a few years following his death in May 1980. By the end of the decade, however, this legacy was in a serious state of dissipation.
If London had been the birthplace of punk, northern England had become the incubator of whatever it was that was about to happen next.
Yugoslavia in the Year 2000
Throughout 1960, Globus magazine ran a series of articles about what they thought the country would look like in the year 2000. Casting their eyes over existing plans for concrete suburbs and high-rise cities, Globus’s writers were essentially saying that, thanks to socialism, the future was already here.
The time is ripe for Croatia to regain its rightful place on the European horror map
What is a song without a sleeve? Jugoton’s place in art and pop
Zagreb record label Jugoton didn’t just nurture a unique music scene. It also set new standards in Croatian design
Forty years ago members of Czech rock band Plastic People of the Universe were put on trial for playing music that the country’s communist rulers didn’t like the sound of.
(Come on Baby) Light my Choir
Traditional choral festivals provided a natural focus for the so-called Singing Revolution, which swept across the Baltic States in 1987-1990.
Rijeka Rock City
It was the port city of Rijeka that led the way when it came to Croatia’s relationship with the electric guitar, and it is Rijeka that preserves most in terms of rock and roll heritage today.
Power Ballads: Marta Kubišová and the Velvet Revolution
The story of Marta Kubišová’s song A Prayer for Marta reveals much about the power of popular culture - and the desire of those in government to place it under control.
Parts of the mural-covered wall running along Zagreb’s Branimirova ulica were demolished at the end of May 2015. The news was greeted by a wave of public indifference, despite the fact that the wall is one of the city’s defining visual landmarks.