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October 11 state awards presented in Parliament

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The musician Vlatko Stefanovski and the historian Amet Sherif were presented Wednesday with this year’s October 11 state awards at a ceremony in Parliament.

Stefanovski was awarded for his lifetime achievements in the sphere of culture and art, while Serif was recognized for his life’s work in science and education.

The October 11 award is considered the highest lifetime achievement recognition in the field of science, art, economy and other areas of public interest in Macedonia.

A board in charge of naming the award’s recipients unveiled its decision in September.

Handing out the awards, the board’s chair Mitko Madzunkov said awards were allocated ‘to remind ourselves that there is something that outlives us, that is more important than ourselves.’

On behalf of the recipients, Stefanovski said he couldn’t believe how his teenage hobby to play the guitar had become a lifelong obsession and something worthy of being awarded.

Vlatko Stefanovski is a guitar virtuoso who was the frontman of the band Leb i Sol, which broke out onto the music scene in the 1970s. Their music, which combined elements of rock, jazz fusion and ethno music, put Macedonian pop and rock music on the international music map.

Professor Amet Serif is an associate of the Institute for National History. As a scholar, he has made scientific achievements of public interest involving the studying of the Ottoman period, civilization and culture.