UMD Awards Heritage Grant to the Macedonian Cultural Festival in Albania

UMD Awards Heritage Grant to the Macedonian Cultural Festival in Albania

Earlier this summer, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) led a grassroots-driven fundraising campaign to raise necessary funds for the 15th Annual Macedonian Cultural Festival, held in the Mala Prespa region of Albania where there is a majority ethnic Macedonian population. A big thank to you all UMD members, and supporters who gave towards this campaign, raising a total of $4,000 for the Association of Macedonians from Albania SONCE Skopje to cover some of the costs of the festival.

On July 5th, UMD Macedonia Director Gordan Jordanov traveled to Pustec, Albania to attend the festival, meet with members of the Macedonian minority, and gave brief remarks to the participants, thanking Festival Director and renowned Macedonian actor Edmond Sotir for his instrumental efforts to uphold Macedonian culture, traditions, and values in Albania. This in turn strengthens the ethnic Macedonian minority in Albania and our unique Macedonian cultural heritage.

The festival, held July 1-5, 2022, featured performances by the women’s choir Sveta Zlata Meglenska, and different Macedonian theatrical companies, with plenty of activities for children and lots of dancing.

The size of each nation is measured by the preservation and promotion of its culture and language that define its unique identity. Macedonians in Albania have successfully preserved the Macedonian linguistic and cultural identity even when they were alone, in the isolation of the dark communist past. Today, we can show that the Macedonians in Albania are not alone, the Macedonians all over the world are together, and United, We Can!

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