Sworn Virgins: Balkan women who spend their lives living as men

Photo © Jill Peters

Photographer Jill Peters has travelled to the remote mountain villages of Albania to capture the extraordinary lives of “Burnesha” – women forced to live their entire lives as men. The result is a fascinating series of portraits of some of

Meet Bata KanKan, the most stylish football club owner in the world

"Kanye who?" Bata Kan Kan relaxing in matching armchair.

Why this ex-bodyguard and hotellier-turned-football club owner is the indisputable king of fashion, on and off the sports pitch People say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but then again, those very same people say that clothes

Bturn TV: Mala (Digital Mystikz) at Dimensions Festival

Mala playing at Mungos Arena, Dimensions Festival (Croatia) / Photo: Dan Medhurst

In an exclusive video interview, the DMZ boss tells us why dubstep is not a genre but a movement, what you can learn from working with kids and how he makes music with a hearing loss in one ear As

The confluence of the Diff and the Danube: a Welsh-Serbian wedding

Photo: Jelena Pesic

‘The wild dark Balkans might enthral orientalist romantics but that prescription was never correct, Belgrade for me is one of the best European cities, as placed and transient as any other’ ‘Belgrade…because I love it’ says the map they give

Rita Ora: Made in Kosovo

Now that's patriotism. Ora scarfed in Kosovo flag.

The 21-year old rising star of British R&B returns to her hometown Pristina, Kosovo for the video ‘Shyne Ya Light’ off her debut album ORA Heavily advertised even before any of her music came out, Rita Ora has been picking

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Stand up people: Gypsy pop songs from Tito’s Yugoslavia

Part of the record collection amassed for the compilation / Photo: Philip Knox

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the historical compilation of hard-to-find Roma pop classics is set for release in 2013 For the past year, British music aficionados Philip Knox and Nat Morris have been indulging in a dulcet love affair with

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“Galebovi”, gigolos of the Adriatic

Illustration by Blanka Boskov

What happened to the once widespread male prostitution on the Croatian coastline? Our editor Lily Lynch gets in touch with some of the boys still operating Bronzed, brawny and glistening with suntan oil, the gigolos of coastal Croatia have long

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Arab Spring vs European Fall: Interview with war correspondent Boštjan Videmšek

Boštjan Videmek in Helmand, South Afghanistan, July 2008_photo by Jure Erzen

Battlefield reporter, football lover and self-proclaimed media junkie Boštjan Videmšek speaks to Bturn about jogging in war-ridden countries, personality-building traits of three-chord punk music and connections between the Arab Spring and European austerity measures Boštjan Videmšek has been a war

Halloween edition: an incomplete guide to Serbian horror

Leptirica (1973), Goran Markovic's classic

Just in time for Halloween, we watched some of the best and worst horror movies from Serbia and Yugoslavia so you wouldn’t have to. From cult 1970s vampire classics to full-frontal contemporary gorno, we submitted ourselves to a variety of

Dancing under socialism: rare electronic music from Yugoslavia (Part Two)

Illustration by Blanka Boskov

Some of the most extraordinary Yugoslav electronic gems recently rediscovered through a bunch of existing and upcoming compilation releases in Europe and the US, take two. Read the part one here Slovenian Electric Dreams Considering the early 1980s electronica in