MACEDONIAN NIGHT IN PORTUGAL
Portugal filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, the legend of the world film, was handed the World Award for Humanism for 2008 at the Serralves Palace in Porto. On behalf of the Ohrid Academy of Humanism, Ambassador of Macedonia and prominent author Jordan Plevnes handed the award to the winner. “Every year, Macedonia and the town of Ohrid remind of the Mediaeval School of Humanism of St. Clement, the patron of Macedonia and founder of one of the first universities in Europe,” Plevnes said.
Accepting Wooden Church, a work by Macedonian artist Zivko Pejovski, Oliviera said his revealing of Macedonia had started in the works of the national poet Luis de Kamoesh from the 16th century, who called the country “Magic Macedonia in Brotherly Europe.”
On that occasion, Honorary Consul of Macedonia Pedro Kudel opened an exhibition “Ohird and Prespa – Treasures of Macedonia” by art photographer Zoran Veljanovski – Letra. The book “Macedonian Language in Global World” and a docymentary with the same title were promoted at the ceremony, which was highly publicized in the Portugal media.