Tag: culture
Macedonia 05.03.20 | 13:14

VMRO-DPMNE pledges to build 20 news schools and rebuild 50 more

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski presented additional elements of his infrastucture and reform program. The program provides for building 20 new schools and reconstruction 50 existing schools, and greatly increasing the salaries of teachers and university professors. Additionally, cultural institutions...

Culture 02.03.20 | 11:55

Macedonian publishers say the Culture Ministry is heavily favoring Albanian ones with its grants

The MAI association of publishers filed a protest with the Culture Ministry over its annual program of subsidies, that heavily favors Albanian language publishers. Led by the ethnic Albanian Alternative party, the Ministry is paying significantly more to Albanian language publishers than to Macedonian...

Culture 18.02.20 | 14:47

Culture Ministry funds book by a nationalist author who claims that parts of Macedonia are “Eastern Albania”

The Culture Ministry approved funding for a book by Albanian nationalist history professor Vebi Xhemaili, who claims that the western areas of Macedonia should be marked as “Eastern Albania”. Xhemaili will receive 3.000 EUR for his book, as part of the national program. There is no Macedonia...

Culture 03.02.20 | 20:40

Albanian Parliament paves way for a Macedonian cultural center to open in Tirana

A Macedonian cultural center will open in Tirana, after the Albanian Parliament ratified the agreement between the two countries. Vasil Sterjovski, the only ethnic Macedonian member of the Albanian Parliament welcomed the vote as a historic move. The opening of the cultural centers in Tirana and Skopje...

Macedonia 22.11.19 | 13:28

Controversial SDSM activist was a well paid adviser at the Culture Ministry

Miroslav Grcev, the former chief architect of downtown Skopje and the author of the current iteration of the Macedonian flag, has been receiving large payments from the Culture Ministry where he was hired as an adviser, Faktor reports. In less than three years, Grcev collected 17.000 EUR, the reports...

Culture 08.10.19 | 15:45

Cultural institution employees protest performing Nabucco in front of the Government

The SKRM union of employees in public cultural institutions protested in front of the Macedonian Government building today, to demanding a return to collective bargaining. Protesters sang the Jewish Choir from Nabucco in front of the Government, before detailing their demands. For 14 years we’ve...

Culture 06.05.19 | 14:29

Hungarian writers at the Skopje book fair

Hungarian culture will be represented at the 31-st international book fair which begins on May 8th in Skopje. Writers Edina Szvoren and Laszlo Bagoshi will be in Skopje to meet their fans, along with translators Paskal Gilevski and Zlatko Panzov, said the Hungarian Embassy. Cultural promotion is the...

Culture 06.05.19 | 13:10

Operation broom: Asaf Ademi resigns as Zaev’s Culture Minister

Culture Minister Asaf Ademi is the expected first victim of Zoran Zaev’s announced post election purge of corrupt or incompetent officials. Ademi, who comes from the small ethnic Albanian Alternativa party, resigned today, after a lengthy confrontation with a group of Zaev supporting artists whose...

Culture 03.04.19 | 13:23

Ademi on the verge of resignation after he cut public funding for many of Zaev’s supporters

Culture Minister Asaf Ademi, who faced extensive criticism after cutting Macedonian cultural programs from the budget in favor of promoting Albanian culture, is on the verge of resignation. According to the pro-Government Nezavisen daily, the resignation will be presented as caused by “health reasons”. The...

Culture 12.03.19 | 12:48

Culture Minister Ademi cuts funding for the Days of Macedonian music

Following several rounds of talks with artists angry after their projects were rejected for public funding, Culture Minister Asaf Ademi published a revised list, which approves money for some of the malcontents but leaves out other projects. One of those that remain left out is the Days of Macedonian...

Culture 20.02.19 | 15:36

Culture Ministry gives “stay of execution” to events it rejected for public funding

Culture Minister Asaf Ademi met with some of the artists whose projects were refused in the latest annual plan for distribution of public funding and promised to allow them to re-apply. Ademi faced fierce criticism within the ruling coalition after he cut funding for some of the best known cultural events...

Culture 13.02.19 | 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 12.02.19 | 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 11.02.19 | 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 10.02.19 | 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 05.02.19 | 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...