MACEDONIAN CULTURE PRESENTATION IN HOLLAND
A presentation of Macedonian culture, art and folklore under the motto “If you talk about Macedonia, talk with love” is being held in the Hernen Castle in the south of the Netherlands from 26-31 December. The event is organized by Berovo Municipality, the Hernen Castle and Karatanov Tours. The presentation opened on 26th December with a ceremony that was attended by the Berovo Mayor, Mr. Venko Pasaliski, representatives of the Macedonian Embassy in the Netherlands and Director of the Hernen Castle, Mrs. Victoria van Alst.
Thirty-one reproductions of 11-15 century frescoes from Macedonia, printed on canvass were displayed. The author of the photographs is Robert Jankulovski. Painter Dijana Tomic – Radevska presented a PowerPoint presentation of designs of her carpets, and an exhibition of handicraft from Berovo was also opened.
The evening on 27th December was dedicated to the Macedonian film and opened with “Happy New Year ‘49” by director Stole Popov and “Before the Rain” and “Dust” by Milco Mancevski. Degusting Macedonian specialty dishes and wines is organized today with Macedonian folk music and performance by Berovo artists. A Byzantine evening will be held tomorrow (29th December) within which Pit van Hayde will perform Byzantine songs in Old Slav language. Publisher Goce Drtkovski will present a multimedia CD, Painterly Heights (Masterpieces of Macedonian Frescoes from 11th to 15th centuries).
Tourist opportunities of Macedonia will be presented by Vasko Karatanov on 30th December. Karatanov is the founder of the Dutch travel agency Karatanov Tours, which organizes exclusive trips to Macedonia. Case Sherfes and John Peters, great friends of Macedonia who often organize humanitarian campaigns in Macedonia will speak about our country.A church service will be held on the New Year’s Eve by Reverend Ilija where Milaim Destanovski and Ljuben Pop Gjorgiev will also perform. The celebrations are continuing with Macedonian renowned artists who have been educated and live in the Netherlands, Cvetka Sozovska, Elizabeta Griovska and Robert Cekiov.
MD: Good to hear, the Dutch always had a big interest in Macedonia. Also in tourism, before the Yugoslav wars broke out, the Dutch were had the biggest tourist share in Ohrid, Macedonia. Since 2004 Macedonia started to get promoted again in Holland and allready many Dutch tourists havevisited Ohrid again after a break of almost 20 years.