Culture

Macedonian Studies at Macquarie University in Australia

Maybe you’re a second or third generation Macedonian and you’ve learnt some Macedonian at home. Wouldn’t it be great to improve your conversation, reading and comprehension skills. Study at Macquarie and you’ll be able to read a Macedonian newspaper or book, and really impress your relatives overseas when you next visit! You’ll also be more confident in passing on Macedonian to your children and the next generation.

The Ilinden Testament to Freedom and Diversity

Release No. 06-08/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ilinden Uprising on the Day of the Prophet St. Elijah (August 2nd) signifies the start of the modern Macedonian Republic as a stronghold of the first multi-ethnic, Balkan state. Just like modern Macedonia, the first Macedonian Republic bespoke the freedom cry into one that encompassed all ethnicities as one cohesive voice under the Macedonian sun. The Ilinden Uprising was a joint fight for freedom from the Ottoman yoke, and a cultural movement to freely nurture the ancient Macedonian tradition.

Winter events have long, festive pasts

By Christopher Deliso, Lonely Planet

Despite its partially Mediterranean climate, Macedonia in winter can be snowy and cold. No surprise then that the country’s hospitable inhabitants keep warm with copious amounts of food and grog, along with carnivals marked by costumed tomfoolery.

Karolina talks to UMD about winning Eurovision 2007

Karolina talks to UMD about winning Eurovision 2007

SKOPJE, MACEDONIA—After an unsuccessful bid to win the 2002 Eurovision Contest, landing her in 19th place, Karolina Goceva is going at it again, this time more confident than ever.  Karolina won the Macedonian Eurosong competition with the song “Mojot Svet,” beating out 20 competitors by a wide margin.  The song was written by Grigor Koprov and composed by Ognen Nedelkovski.…

Macedonia Chooses Manchevski’s “Shadows” for Oscars

The Macedonian filmmakers chose Milcho Manchevski’s new film, SHADOWS, to represent Macedonia in the 2008 Oscar race.  The committee picked SHADOWS today to be the Macedonian entry in the Foreign-Language category. SHADOWS, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, tells the story of a young physician (played by Borce Nacev) who seems to have it all: a…

Four markers for lunar observance revealed at Kokino

Skopje, November 1 (MIA) – People possessing great knowledge of the Sun and the Moon, as well as the secret of their eclipse, had existed in the period between 18-20 centuries B.C. in the area that is currently located in the northern part of the Republic of Macedonia. These people created a lunar calendar and organized its life according to…

Macedonian Museum exhibits Prehistoric Ladies of Macedonia in Zagreb

Museum of Macedonia exhibition “Prehistoric Ladies of Macedonia” will be opened in the Zagreb Archaeological Museum on Tuesday evening. The display includes the results of a six-decade research in the field of archaeology through the prism of spiritual and aesthetic expression of the ancient Macedonian population that had lived in the region of today’s Republic of Macedonia. A total of…

UMD Marks International Mother Language Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 21, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) marks International Mother Language Day and recognizes the great importance of safeguarding the linguistic and cultural heritage of the rich and diverse Macedonian language.  The Macedonian language, diverse in dialects, is spoken by an estimate of over 4.5 million people worldwide most notably in the Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, and Serbia, with several hundreds of thousands in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the U.S.  “UMD urges Macedonians to preserve our rich language and heritage and to ensure its continuation for many generations to come,” stated Metodija A. Koloski, UMD President, “it is important for our younger generations to learn the Macedonian language.”

UMD Questions Greek Foreign Minister – Watch the video

United Macedonian Diaspora President Metodija A. Koloski questions Greek Foreign Minister about Greece’s lack of minority rights for Macedonians, Albanians, Turks, Roma, and Vlach, and its non-ratification of key international human rights treaties dealing with minority rights.  The Greek Foreign Minister spoke on February 23, 2009 at Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on the topic Collective Security in the 21st…