WESTERN BALKANS – Let’s get Balkan Real podcast by Kiara Manja brings together young journalists from the Western Balkans to discuss their daily lives in the region, from traditions and customs to festivities and cuisine. Those small Zoom talks of youth are just part of the content created during RYCO’s supported program for students of journalism in the region that provided young journalists with an opportunity to create youth-related stories. 

In the fourth episode which focuses on festive traditions in the Western Balkans, Kiara and her friends talk about festivities. They discuss how special occasions are celebrated in the region among families and friends, as well as how young people organize and celebrate these warm gatherings. Join them in a  lovely and creative episode to learn about all the region’s festivities and traditions they are describing. 

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Authors: Kiara Manja (K)
Guests: Gabriela Leskova (North Macedonia), Andrea Knežević (Serbia)
Mentor: Prof. Etleva Londo
Jingle: Kiara Manja
Audio edit: Kiara Manja

Background on the Podcast

“Let’s Get Balkan Real” podcast was created out of Kiara’s wish to get to know more about her peers in the region and to get to know more about their places and cultures. Small Zoom talks turned into long ones where she, as well as her guest, became close and got to know more and more about their lives in the Western Balkans. With the wish to take small topics out of these chats and to create stories related to them, the plan turned upside down and this educational and fun podcast came to life.

This podcast was produced during the three-month Program for Students of Journalism in the Western Balkans within the framework of the advocacy project “A Better Region Starts with Youth” implemented by RYCO with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany. All journalists’ work is their own and the content of any given article, episode and journalistic item does not represent the opinion of RYCO, and RYCO cannot guarantee the validity and the accuracy of the information that these stories contain.