• The Carnivals

    Around Macedonia every winter there are numerous carnivals organized to celebrate the beginning of the new year. Most of the local carnivals have centuries old tradition deeply rooted from the times when the Macedonian Slavs were pagans, and in the recent years come of these events were put on the European carnival map. Apart from the two famous carnivals of Vevchani and Strumica, there are other smaller and less-known (but definitely worth the visit) carnivals like the ones in Ratevo (Berovo area), Begnishte (Kavadarci area) and the village of Kuratica (Ohrid area). The themes has been mostly associated with pagan believes, other rituals and political satire. Our recommendation is a visit of the "Ratevski Bamburci" carnival held on the 20th of January (St. John's day) in the village of Ratevo.
  • Galicnik Wedding

    The Galicnik Wedding Festival is an annual festival held in the Macedonian village of Galičnik near the city of Debar in which a selected couple gets married in the traditional "Galichka" style wedding. Traditionally the wedding lasted for 5 days with the main activities on St. Peter's Day (12 July) every year. It was the only period of the year when couples got married. Today it is part of the festival "Galichko Leto" (Galicnik Summer) and it is a two-day event held on the weekend nearest to 12 July and it serves as a cultural and tourist attraction. During the wedding, men dance the Teškoto, symbolizing the suffering of the Macedonian people through the centuries. Each year, couples from all over Macedonia enter a competition run by the organisers to be the couple that gets to have a "Galichka" style wedding. Every year, a new couple gets the opportunity.
  • Ohrid Summer Festival

    The Ohrid Summer Festival is one of the largest and most important music and drama festivals in Macedonia. The first concert took place in 1961 in the church of St. Sophia, famous for its exceptional acoustics. The festival in Ohrid has a particular international flavour because of the participation of a large number of leading musicians and ensembles from the best known European and world music centers. This Festival has a solid reputation as it has gradually become part of the large family of the most famous European music festivals. The Ohrid Summer Festival has its own sound conceptions, and it is able to draw up a musical program that includes artists from around the world. The Ohrid Summer Festival is held each year from July 12 to August 20. The number of performances is about 40 musical events and 12 plays. The performances usually take place in historic buildings or monuments.
  • Skopje Jazz Festival

    The Skopje Jazz Festival is a jazz festival held in Skopje since 1982. It is an institution which had consistent growth in the 1980s, 1990s and continues to grow every year. Even though it promoted a genre which at first glance looks distant from the local culture and tradition, it managed to attract a very large audience and to build a reputation as a prestigious festival not only in the Republic of Macedonia, but in a wider sense in the Balkans and in Europe. Throughout its history the festival has hosted prominent names from the jazz world such as: Antony Braxton, Ray Charles, Cubanismo, D.D.Jackson, Sierra Maestra, Marshal Allen, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Gotan Project, Maria Joao, Toni Kitanovski, Al di Meola, Youssou N'Dour, Brazilian Girls, and many more.
  • Manaki Brothers Film Festival

    The International Cinematographers Film Festival "Manaki Brothers" in Bitola is organized by the Macedonian Film Professionals Association (MFPA). Founded 21 May 1950, MFPA represents the interests of film professionals and film authors in our country. Besides looking after its members' rights and interests, MFPA fosters the professional development and growth of film creativity in the Republic of Macedonia. The Association aims to strengthen Macedonian cinematography and to ensure its continuity amid different activities. From year to year, MFPA offers significant contribution to Macedonian cinema and affirms world film art here in our country. One of the main activities of MFPA is the International Cinematographers Film Festival "Manaki Brothers".
  • Balkan Folklore Festival

    "The Balkan Festival of folk songs and dances" is an international folklore event held in Ohrid and established in 1962. Its original title was "The Ohrid Festival of Amateur Folk Songs and Folk Bands". The ceremonial opening took place 20th July 1962 in the town's square. In 1967 the Festival was restructured and ever since it has been hosting vocal and instrumental bands and solo singers presenting their authentic folk creations and traditional culture through horas, songs, rites, traditional clothes, local costumes, traditional musical instruments, and handicrafts. For more than twenty years "The Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances" has been a member of the UNESCO Associations of CIOFF (The International Council of the Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folklore Art), and IOFA (The International Organization for Folklore Art. Traditionally, the Festival takes place in the beginning of July.
  • Grape Harvest Festival

    The largest manifestation dedicated to the annual grape harvest is held in the first half of September in Kavadarci, the largest town in the Tikvesh Wine District. The event which started back in the 1960s is a great opportunity for promotion of local big and small wine producers, as there are many wine and spirits tasting events taking place. Another highlight of the festival is the carnival procession on the streets of Kavadarci, as well as a number of concerts by local and international performers.
  • Small Bitola Monmartre

    This popular outdoor art festival is held annually from May 23 – 30, on Shirok Sokak in Bitola. The most important dimension the festival is respect for the artistic heritage, with comparative works of children from different cultures and traditions. By meeting different cultures, children develop the spirit of multiculturalism and tolerance. So far on the Small Montmartre have participated more than 8,000 primary schools and kindergartens, with more than 500 000 children’s drawings from more than 45 countries worldwide.
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