Struga Poetry Evenings

Struga Poetry Evenings

Mid-June
The annual international poetry festival known as Struga Poetry Evenings was launched in 1962 with a series of readings by Macedonian poets in honor of Konstantin and Dimitar Miladinov, brothers born in the early 19th century. Both were known as great writers, teachers, and intellectuals, and many consider Konstantin Miladinov to be the founder of modern Macedonian poetry. The Struga festival opens each year with his poem "Longing for the South."
The festival takes place over five days in late August, drawing about 20 Macedonian and 30 international poets, who take part in readings and symposia. The festival also typically features an art exhibit, workshops in poetry-related subjects, and leisure activities. A festival centerpiece is the international poetry reading, Meridians, held after the opening ceremony. The presentation of special awards are always highlights of the festival. The Miladinov Brothers Award acknowledges the best poetry book by a Macedonian author in the period between two festivals, and the Struga Bridges Award, presented jointly by the festival and UNESCO, recognizes the best debut poetry book by an author of any country. A festival jury also selects one poet as the Gold Wreath Award winner, who presides as laureate over the festival.
CONTACTS:
Struga Poetry Evenings
P.O. Box 109
Struga 6330 Republic of Macedonia
www.svp.org.mk
Macedonia - Embassy
1101 30th St. N.W., Ste. 302
Washington, DC 20007
202-337-3063; fax: 202-337-3093
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** With the traditional reading of Konstantin Miladinov's "Longing for the South" and the lighting of the festival fire, the 57th edition of Struga Poetry Evenings began outside the House of Poetry in Struga Wednesday.
The local government in Struga, led by Ramiz Merko, will not boycott the upcoming Struga Poetry Evenings, despite the fact that the organizers of the Festival, do not say whether the Albanian language will be part of the festival this year.
Poet Darko Lesoski, who has recently been appointed president of the Management Board of the Struga Poetry Evenings festival, decided to renounce the position.
Journalist Branko Trickovski comments in Sloboden pecat that the Struga Poetry Evenings were an important part of the festival culture of the Macedonian national and statehood idea, an enjoyable form of content presentation, focusing on the real values and preventing close encounter with the free world.
Litov Namdag Janchivin is a translator, architect and painter, a longtime collaborator of the Struga Poetry Evenings, for which he prepared the Anthology of Contemporary Mongolian Poetry.
Thisbrings me to the end of summer 2007, when Mahmoud Darwish was an honoredguest at the Struga Poetry Evenings in Macedonia, the oldest and mostancient poetry festival in the world.
He was also president of the Council of the Struga Poetry Evenings, member of MANU and President of the Macedonian Writers Association and the Macedonian PEN Center.
Struga Poetry Evenings, an international poetry event held annually in Struga, in which world-famous poets take part, is perhaps what Struga is most famous for.
Two massive billboards have been mounted on the Bridge of Poetry where the central event of the Struga Poetry Evenings is being held.
Ljupco Popovski in Utrinski Vesnik compares the 40 quiz questions that were recently posed by the great German thinker, essayist and poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger (who was presented with the "Golden Wreath" at the "Struga Poetry Evenings") regarding the situation and perspectives of the European Union in context to the situation Macedonia and its future is in.
# Culture Minister Robert Alagjozovski appointed Elizabeta Seleva president and Dimitrie Dura-covski and Lidija Dimkovska members of the Management Board of the Struga Poetry Evenings.