Eastern European Nightlife

Europe is the favorite destination of backpackers across the globe. Millions of budget travelers and tourists flock the continent each year, particularly during summer. Their top itinerary? Not museums or castles, but parties. In fact, traveling and partying usually happen side by side. Well, there’s no one to blame but the region’s bustling festivals, lively parties, dynamic nightlife and beautiful companions of the night.

Countries that form the eastern part of Europe have the most vibrant and coruscating party atmosphere in the region. As a matter of fact, Eastern Europe is the new party capital of the continent, and probably of the world. Here are some of the places to visit (and party) whenever you are in the area:

1. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of the best places to party at in Eastern Europe. The city boasts its seemingly infinite number of clubs and bars. Those who like booze will surely enjoy their stay in Prague since alcoholic drinks do come cheap.

 2. Belgrade, Serbia

You can find almost everything in Belgrade: discos, pubs, bars and clubs. If you’re up for epic parties that are within your budget, pack your things and head straight to the Balkan region.

 3. Krakow, Poland

Aside from the culture and history, Krakow, the oldest city in Poland, is also teeming with bars and nightclubs. In fact, around 10 million tourists visit Krakow mainly because of the sprightly and electrifying nightlife that the city offers.

 4. Budapest, Hungary

Like any cities in Eastern Europe, the alcohol in Budapest is quite cheap. The city is a stand out due to its ruin bar setting. Abandoned buildings were transformed to zestful bars and clubs. For an authentic nightlife experience, enjoy the beers, engage in a conversation with locals and tourists, and of course, dance to the tune of trance or electric music.

 5. Varna, Bulgaria

If you want to indulge yourself with breathtaking views and thriving nightlife, then this city is the place for you. Varna, the third largest city in Bulgaria, assures party animals that they will have a good time at their numerous nightclubs and discotheques scattered across the city.

 6. Hvar Island, Croatia

Hvar Island in Croatia is a favorite destination of party goers in the Mediterranean. In here, drinking parties by the beach commence right at noon. Whenever you are in the area, don’t miss out the beach parties at Carpe Diem Beach.

 7. Riga, Latvia

After being featured by a magazine in the United Kingdom as the top stag party destination in the continent, Riga has since then became popular due to its zippy and peppy nightlife. Among the most-flocked venues of party goers in the city are Club Kino and Depo.

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Appreciating Slovenian Arts And Culture

Slovenian arts and culture preserved the identity of the nation throughout the centuries. Their culture and common language of Slovene enable the Slovenian people to forge themselves to a nation and survive. Slovenes have an intense attitude toward national culture. Today, Slovenia is the only country in the world that celebrates a day of culture as a national holiday. February 8 is the national day of culture which is also celebrated to commemorate the death anniversary of its greatest poet, France Prešeren. His poetry influenced the first national programme that helped shaped the country’s national identity. One of his wonderful works is A Toast became Slovenia’s national anthem.

The appreciation of Slovenian arts and culture is promoted in children from early years. The Elementary School Act promotes Slovenian culture and tradition. Some of the mandatory subjects include Slovenian language, history, geography and society. Slovenian art is shaped by painters, architects, sculptors, photographers, comics, illustration, graphics artists, and conceptual artists. There is a rich cultural life in every corner of Slovenia not only in major towns.  Their rich cultural life can be seen at museums, galleries and cultural centres. There are 45 permanent galleries in the country with over 800 spaces for fine arts exhibited occasionally or permanently. The National Gallery showcases collection of older works while the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana focuses on modern art. Impressionism made Slovenian painting famous throughout Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

There is a range of cultural events and festivals that could satisfy the most demanding guests. Every year Slovenia hosts a number of festivals especially in the summer: the Primorska Cultural Festival, the Ljubljana Festival at Križanke, the festival of early music in Brežice, Maribor’s Lent Festival. Other renowned events include the Ana Desetnica festival of street theatre, the Exodos dance festival in Ljubljana, the Vilenica literary festival near Sežana and the PEN meeting in Bled.

Gambling is one of the most well-known pastimes in Slovenia. Slovenes with a few time and money can just get into the casino and have some fun. There are many games to choose from including different variations of blackjack, bingo, roulette, poker, baccarat, etc. If you feel like unwinding in flashing lights, you will need to visit Slovenia’s casinos. They also have online gambling where you can avail of free bonus bets on horse racing. Most casinos are own and operated by top hotels with rich culture and entertainment programme.

Performance arts are important part of Slovenia’s culture. Folk dances and folk music are still part of traditional celebrations. National Manuscripts and The Institute of Music in Ljubljana maintains an archive of the wide variety of traditional songs set to music. The first Slovenia ballet school was established in 1918 and still continue to perform today. Other dance companies were also formed including contemporary and avant-garde. There are also numerous professional theather groups in the country, including Slovenia’s national theatre, the Youth Theatre and the Puppet Theatre in Ljubljana.

Slovenia has a high literacy rate, the people support literature. They are ranked on the top of European countries in terms of number of books published per head. Ljubljana was selected by Unesco to be the World Book Capital in 2010. And in 2012, Maribor became the European Capital of Culture. Two writers are widely regardes as the fathers of Slovenian culture. Primož Trubar, a Protestant reformer built the foundation for Slovenian literary language. His works were published in the middle of the 16th century. Most celebrated poet, France Prešeren established the first national programme. France Prešeren is the highest the national award given on National Culture Day.

Slovenian musical creativity dates back to the 16th century works of Jacobus Gallus. But professional musicianship in Slovenia began in 1701 when the Philharmonic Society was established. Its top musicians include, pianist Dubravka Tomšič, flautist Irena Grafenauer, and soprano Marjana Lipovšek. There are five professional orchestras in the country with a host of musicians who are famed outside the country. The world famous founders of traditional popular music the Avseniki is a special musical phenomenon. In the field of popular music, Laibach  have been a highly influential band in the world for modern alternative music.

Slovenia has a well-developed network of cultural institutions, associations and organisations comparable to developed countries in Europe. Cultural institutions are evenly distributed with government funding. Two thirds of all culture funding comes from the local communities or municipalities. The government finances the national network of institutions in full. They even have institutions for the protection of cultural heritage. The National Library, and Ljubljana’s Cankarjev dom, the main national cultural and congress centre help preserve their culture.

Trouble on the Road: How to Get Out of Trouble on Tour

Trying to make it big in a band is a tough work. It’s easy for musicians to get into debt while pursuing their passions. In fact, when you ask them why they perform live or go on tour, they’d say they do it mainly because they love what they are doing. That being said, money is still an important factor in this endeavour. In the case of small-scale bands, having extra cash on their pockets is a must, especially since tours and live performances can bring unexpected costs. Some of these include broken equipment, breakdowns, or medical attention due to a failed stage dive, among others. For these reasons, they will need quick cash loans with no credit check required.

Actual Costs of a Tour

Going on a tour does not come cheap. Instead of making money, there are bands that are greeted with debts at the end of their tour. Let’s take a hypothetical band as an example. Months before Band A tours the country, its members are already working on their budget. They projected their ticket sales versus the band’s expenses. Here is a breakdown of their outlays:

  • Production costs: These include equipment rental, van rental and lights.
  • Food and accommodation
  • Gas, airfares and parking fees
  • Insurance: This is a must!
  • Supplies for the merchandise, publicity costs
  • Commission of the agency

On the other hand, here’s the itemised list of revenues:

  • Ticket sales: The primary source of the profits
  • Sales from merchandise
  • Sponsorships: These really help a lot of small bands/musicians.

At the end of their 30-day tour, Band A made a profit of $136,000 against their expenses of $148,000. They lost a whopping $11,000! But, hey! Consider these losses as an investment. Because of their outrageous and entertaining shows, they will be invited back to perform on some events.

Planning and Managing Your Finances

The following are some tips on how you can spend your finances wisely:

  • Do not include your personal expenses on your band’s expenditures and vice-versa.
  • Plan out your budget. Estimate your outlays while on tour.
  • Do not forget to pay your own bills before going on tour! Missed payment deadlines will bring you extra fees to settle.
  • Always monitor your expenses. Receipts are very important.

Bosnia and Beyond: Where is Our Talent Moving To?

In the 1900s, early Bosnians started moving to the United States. But when a civil war erupted in the 1990s, there was a sudden influx of immigrants and refugees storming out of the country. Some emigrated to North America, Germany, Turkey, Australia, and in some parts of Western Europe. Today, Bosnian settlements are pretty common in the United States and Australia. It is also expected that more Bosnian migrants will set foot on the United Kingdom as a result of a possible EU membership.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a staggering 40 percent unemployment rate. No wonder that more and more Bosnians are seeking for greener pastures outside the country. Let’s take a look at some of the established Bosnian communities in Australia and in the United States.

  • Bosnian Settlements in Australia

As per the 2011 census of the Settlement and Multicultural Affairs of the government’s Department of Social Services, there are at least 25,000 Bosnia and Herzegovina-born people in the country. This number swelled by 4.3 percent in the past five years. The census also showed that a huge fraction of this population is in New South Wales. In terms of employment, almost half of Bosnians in the country are engaged in the professional world or in trade. However, 6.1 percent of their population are still unemployed. According to a report from UNCHR, getting a job in Sydney and in some parts of the country seems difficult for some Bosnian refugees because of too much “bureaucracy.”

  • Bosnian Settlements in the United States

One of the most established Bosnian community in US is situated at St. Louis, Mississippi. When the first wave of refugees and migrants came in St. Louis, the city and other immigrants kind of disliked the Bosnians. Once, there was an incident when a local reported a Bosnian family for roasting a dog. On the contrary, it was actually lamb they were spit-roasting. Due to different cultural mix in the city, it is pretty common for misconceptions and misunderstandings to happen.

Bosnians in St. Louis are known to be hard-working. The old neighborhood where crimes were rampant was transformed into a decent area. They even have their own Chamber of Commerce. Aside from Missouri, other Bosnian settlements can be found in Florida, Ohio and Utah.