Category: Culture
Culture 16:31

Netflix, Dreamworks, Cartoon Network hear about ‘Bibi’s World’

Bibi’s World, a Macedonian entertainment project for children, was presented at this year’s Kidscreen Summit held in Miami, Florida, from Feb. 11 to 14. Sarita Castillo, head of Lynx Animation Studios, the region’s largest 2D animation and video games production company, presented Bibi’s World at the...

Culture 19:48

Culture Ministry Secretary acknowledges funding redistribution was meant to favor Albanian artists

Valmir Aziri, State Secretary in the Culture Ministry, defended the decision of Minister Asaf Ademi to radically redistribute funding for cultural programs, saying that in the past Albanians were discriminated by the Ministry. Aziri, who like Ademi is Albanian, with this seemingly confirmed that the...

Culture 20:25

Avalon: In the interest of the state, let’s make it right!

I respect Minister Asaf. I know him, he’s an urban guy and he cannot cover all the holes. But, the commission to make Avalon defective for “not providing a statement about the venue” for concerts that are already for three – five months in sales, for which over 20,000 tickets...

Culture 14:03

Culture Ministry will give money to the “Zlatno Slavejce” festival, but not to the other events that were cut from its program

The Culture Ministry acknowledged its error in cutting public funding for the “Zlatno Slavejce” festival of children’s music, but remains in its decision to reject requests from the Skopje Jazz Festival, Off Fest, Avalon production concerts and the Pece Atanasovski festival of folk...

Culture 22:20

Buzalkovska on the culture program review: The Ministry wants to throw a few hundreds our way to shut us up

Director Zoja Buzalkovska dismissed the announcement that the scandal plagued annual program proposed by the Culture Ministry will be reviewed. The review was announced after it was determined that Culture Minister Asaf Ademi and the commissions who operate under him slashed funding for some of the best...

Culture 21:28

Plans underway to unite the five golden masks of Ohrid for a joint exhibition

A museum exhibition of the four golden masks of Trebeniste, unearthed in 1918 and then split between Serbia and Bulgaria, is planned later this year. The masks would be reunited with the fifth one, found by archaeologist Pasko Kuzman in 2011. The golden funeral masks used by nobles date back to the 6th...

Culture 14:05

Ministry of Culture to reconsider rejections in its annual call

The Ministry of Culture on Monday will be reviewing the submissions rejected in its 2019 annual open call for funding cultural projects of national interest. Minister of Culture Asaf Ademi said on Sunday all entries the public has raised questions about will be reopened and reconsidered. Should any of...

Culture 16:32

Latest Mitevski sisters film receives warm welcome at the Berlinale

Latest film by Teona Strugar Mitevska, “God exists her name is Petrunya” received a warm welcome at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was screened on Sunday morning. The press conference following the screening was well attended and there was also a solid buzz on social media following the...

Culture 11:34

Ademi’s adviser Vishka says Culture Ministry broke the “dictatorship” which distributed public funds

Actor Visar Vishka, who advises Culture Minister Asaf Ademi, welcomed the decision of the Ministry to cut funding for some of the most established cultural events and to boost funding for Albanian cultural projects. Ademi, who comes from the ethnic Albanian BESA party, faced strong criticism from a number...

Culture 18:21

Minister Ademi, caught in culture funds redistribution scandal, also had his sister hired in a comfy public sector position

Hard pressed Culture Minister Asad Ademi, who faces calls to resign after he cut public funding for some of the best regarded cultural events to fund nationalist Albanian pet projects, was revealed to have had his sister employed in the public energy producing company ELEM. Ademi, who comes from the...

Culture 10:36

Zaev says he will redistribute culture funding after major shift toward Albanian projects

Following public outrage, Zoran Zaev went on TV on Friday evening to promise that parts of the Culture Ministry program for 2019 will be withdrawn and funding priorities re-assessed. The Ministry, led by Asaf Ademi from the ethnic Albanian BESA party, cut funding for some of the best known cultural events...

Culture 20:25

Culture Minister Ademi will fund a grand opera about Albanian national hero Skenderbeg, while cutting Macedonian cultural projects

Along with the scandalous move to slash funding of Macedonian cultural events but boost it for Albanian events, the Culture Ministry plans to spend 6.5 million denars on a nationalist pet project by Minister Asaf Ademi. The Skenderbeg play opera will celebrate Albanian national hero Georg Kastrioti Skendebeg,...

Culture 16:36

Culture Ministry cuts funding for some of the best known events, diverts money to Albanian cultural projects

The Culture Ministry decided to cut its financial support for some of the best known cultural events such as the Skopje Jazz Festival and its spin-off, the Off Fest festival. This decision caused outrage in the public, and even some of the Government appointed culture committee members voiced their condemnation. We...

Culture 12:07

Berlin Film Festival opening film shows compassion in tough world

The world might have become a raw and isolating place for many, but in the film that opened the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday, Danish director Lone Scherfig seeks to show that humans are essentially driven by a sense of compassion. Speaking at a press conference to mark the world premiere of her modern-day...

Culture 18:12

Macedonian poets to read in support of ‘World Without Walls’

Joining in the ‘World Without Walls’ international poetry campaign, Macedonian poets will read at Skopje’s Kotur café gallery on Thursday evening. A screening of Dime Ratajkoski‘s documentary about Polish poet Adam Zagajewski will follow. Katica Kjulavkova, Dolores Atanasova-Lori, Gjoko Zdraveski,...

Culture 12:45

MOB will perform Libertango in Veles and Bitola

Libertango – the tango ballet show performed by the Macedonian opera and ballet (MOB) company, will perform in Veles and Bitola. The shows are scheduled for February 12th and 14th. Inspired by Astor Piazzolla’s piece, the ballet combines street dancing, tango and ballet over a story of romance,...

Culture 20:24

Grigor Prlichev prize awarded to Koviloski

As part of this year’s Prlichev Orations event in Ohrid, Slavcho Koviloski was officially awarded the 2018 Grigor Prlichev long poem prize for his “Krali Marko the Second Time Around” (“Krali Marko po vtorpat”). Koviloski said the award is an incentive for him to continue writing well. “Developing...

Culture 13:08

Macedonia and Bulgaria signed Cultural Cooperation Program

The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Asaf Ademi, paid a one-day working visit to the Republic of Bulgaria as part of the official delegation led by the President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, including the State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Valmir...

Culture 16:52

Velestovo Poetry Night to launch book celebrating its 30th anniversary

Ohrid’s Grigor Prlichev university library will host a book launch for the newly released 30 years Velestovo Poetry Night on Tuesday. Linguist and writer Dimitar Pandev will introduce the monograph dedicated to the poetry and art festival’s thirty years of existence. Produced by Velestovo Poetry...

Culture 16:05

Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story to open Russian Film Month in Cinematheque

Film Anna Karenina: Vronsky’s Story by Karen Shakhnazarov will open Monday the Russian Film Month titled Russian Winter in the Macedonian Cinematheque. By the end of February, 25 classic and contemporary Russian films will be screened on the occasion of the 25th anniversary since the establishment...

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