Category: Culture
Macedonia Culture 28.04.21 | 20:48

Leftist activist “cancels” late Macedonian playwright because of his “nationalism”

Goran Stefanovski is considered the leading Macedonian playwright of the modern era. Known for the cult classics Tattoed Souls, Wild Flesh, Black Hole and Hi-Fi, Stefanovski dealt with the anguish of his generation and portrayed the misery filled lives of the era of Communist decay. He died in 2018 in...

Macedonia Culture 24.04.21 | 10:45

Strumica culture center statement shows you can’t always rely on Google translate

The newly appointed director of the Strumica culture center Vasil Bubev is off to a great start. The gym teacher who was decried as completely unsuitable for the position by the local actors and employees, is putting together an exhibition of sculptures. The “Anton Panov” center shared a...

Macedonia Culture 22.04.21 | 14:18

Poet and translator Bogomil Gjuzel dies aged 82

Academic Bogomil Gjuzel has died aged 82. Gjuzel was a noted poet, playwright and translator of Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot and other English classics to Macedonian. He held leading positions in the Macedonian Writer’s Association, the Macedonian PEN center and the Struga Poetry Evenings. Bogomil Gjuzel...

Macedonia Culture 11.04.21 | 21:32

Spanish poet and friend of Macedonia Justo Jorge Padron dies aged 77

Spanish poet Justo Jorge Padron has died of the coronavirus aged 77. Padron was recipient of numerous awards and translated into 30 languages, while he himself translated Scandinavian poetry into Spanish. In Macedonia he was well known as the recipient of the Struga Poetry Evenings award in 1989 and...

Macedonia Culture 27.03.21 | 16:43

Legendary singer Zafir Hadzimanov dies aged 77

Legendary singer Zafir Hadzimanov died of Covid-19 aged 77.  Hadzimanov was a beloved singer all across former Yugoslavia, known for his romantic chancones. He spent much of his life in Belgrade, with his wife, singer and actress Senka Veletanlic, where he died. His son Vasil Hadzimanov is a popular...

Macedonia Culture 19.03.21 | 19:28

Culture Minister Stefoska wants to ban the cities of Ohrid and Struga from making their own urban plans

Culture Minister Irena Stefoska called on the Government to revoke the authority of the municipalities of Ohrid and Struga in urban planning. Her reaction comes after the city of Ohrid allowed the demolition and redevelopment of Hotel Park, which has caused outrage in a generation of architects trying...

Macedonia Culture 15.03.21 | 16:31

Petition to withdraw Vasil Garvanliev as Macedonia’s representative in the Eurovision song contest

An online petition to withdraw Vasil Garvanliev as Macedonia’s representative in the 2021 Eurovision song contest has reached nearly 6,000 signatures. Garvanliev recently revealed that the has dual citizenship – Macedonian and Bulgarian, and his video for the Here I Stand song featured what...

Macedonia Culture 15.03.21 | 16:23

Dragoljub Gjuricic, former drummer for Leb i Sol, died of Covid

Dragoljub Gjuricic, former drummer for the legendary Leb i Sol band and other Yugoslav bands, has died in Belgrade from Covid. Gjuricic played with YU Grupa, Kerber, as well as with Djordje Balasevic, who recently also died from Covid-19. He joined Leb i Sol, the cult Macedonian band, in 1981 after Garabet...

Macedonia Culture 13.03.21 | 14:35

The new Eurovision controversy has dropped

The dispute with Bulgaria has so preoccupied public discourse that it has now bizarelly entered into the Eurovision competition. The reason is the recently promoted video for the Macedonian entry – the song named Here I Stand performed by Vasil Garvanliev.   In the video, recorded in a historic...

Culture 04.03.21 | 13:10

Philharmonic to give second chamber concert of classical trios, quartets

Following the first chamber concert in the “Philharmonic for the Philharmonic” series, which was held late last year featuring the orchestra’s musicians performing as part of trios or quartets, the second concert in the chamber music series will be held at 8 pm. The concert program includes works...

Culture 01.03.21 | 11:17

Golden Globes 2021: ‘Nomadland,’ ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ win top awards

The biggest winners of the 78th Golden Globes were “Nomadland” and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” The two films earned awards for best picture; “Nomadland” for the drama category and “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” for the comedy or musical division. Among notable achievements of the night,...

Macedonia Culture 16.02.21 | 21:24

Japanese singer captivates Macedonians with his performance of epic songs

Japanese opera singer Kazihuro Kotetsu endeared himself to the Macedonian public with his renditions of epic Macedonian songs. His latest is Koga Padna na Pirina (When he Fell on Mt. Pirin) – the lament of the kiling of Jane Sandanski and of the partition of Macedonia. When I sing Koga padna,...

Macedonia Culture 10.02.21 | 11:55

Government freezes all payments from the Culture Ministry pending a review

The Macedonian Government ordered a freeze on payments from the Culture Ministry, for projects that were approved in the 2020 annual program signed by former Minister Husni Ismaili. The Government ordered an inspection into the projects. Ismaili, who is a doctor, was appointed to the position after the...

Macedonia Culture 10.02.21 | 09:29

Actors from the Strumica theater protest against their unqualified new director

Actors from the Strumica theater will hold a protest today. They object to the appointment of an unqualified gym teachers as their new director. Vasil Bubev was appointed over several candidates from the institution, and better qualified outside candidates. Bubev was appointed to the position after managing...

Culture 01.02.21 | 14:15

255 cultural workers sign initiative demanding that competent staff is placed in managerial positions, without politics interfering in their election

A total of 255 actors, directors, playwrights, artists, composers, producers, architects, cultural managers are signatories of a initiative asking the Minister of Culture Irena Stefoska to appoint competent persons to managerial positions in institutions, without politics interfering in their election. This...

Macedonia Culture 30.01.21 | 12:20

Gym teacher named head of the Strumica theater

Actors from Strumica are protesting that a gym teacher was appinted as head of the main Anton Panov theater and culture center. Vasil Bubev, the newly appointed director, worked as gym teacher and director of a local kindergarten, and won over two other candidates who had more than five years experience...

Macedonia Culture 14.01.21 | 12:45

Highly critical UNESCO report sparks concern in the Zaev Government

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev held an e-conference with a number of ministers and local officials yesterday to discuss the dire report prepared by UNESCO, which found that the cultural and natural legacy of Ohrid is under threat. Zaev tried to blame the previous Government for the over-development of the...

Culture 12.01.21 | 23:10

Actress Sara Klimoska selected for European Shooting Stars Award

Macedonian actress Sara Klimoska has been shortlisted as one of the top ten up-and-coming European acting talents as part of the initiative of the European Film Promotion (EFP). European Film Promotion, the group which organizes the European Shooting Stars program, will present the 10 talents to the...

Macedonia Culture 28.12.20 | 09:00

The Vevcani carnival will be greatly reduced due to the coronavirus epidemic

The Vevcani carnival is the latest event that will be stripped down. Vevcani Mayor Saso Jankoski said that the concerts will be cancelled, but the traditional masked parade, that goes back to pre-Christian times, will still take place. We gave up on the concerts to prevent mass gatherings and the spread...

Macedonia Culture 24.12.20 | 16:58

Philharmonic Orchestra aims to restore optimism with the New Year concert

New Year, New Beginning is the title of the last concert of 2020 planned by the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert is scheduled for Thursday evening, and will feature a blend of classics and jazz, conducted by Dzijan Emin. John Ilija Apelgren, Sarah Mace, Dejan Bobic, Polina Taseva and Kalina...

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