Development and revitalization of rural communities through arts and culture

Project "Development and revitalization of rural communities through arts and culture" - the project is funded by the Action Grant program Civica Mobilitas - a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), represented by the Swiss embassy in the R. of Macedonia, implemented by NIRAS from Denmark, the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) and the Swedish Institute of Public Administration (SIPU). The project will be implemented in the next 15 months and aims to contribute actively to the socio-economic development of the rural municipalities Vasilevo, Bosilovo and Novo Selo through active involvement of citizens and all relevant stakeholders and decision makers in the creation of strategic documents for development of culture and cultural programs and implementing cultural activities.

The action grant for the project "Revitalization of rural areas through art and culture", financially supported by the Civica Mobilitas program of the "Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation", was officially awarded on 22.10.2015 by the Swiss Ambassador Stefano Lazzarotto.

                                                           

The first workshop for creating a strategic development document in the field of culture for the municipality of Vasilevo - "Introduction and analysis of the current state in the cultural sector of the municipality of Vasilevo " from the project "Revitalization of rural areas through art and culture", financially supported by the Civica Mobilitas program of the "Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation", took place on 2.11.2015.

 

The first workshop for creating a strategic development document in the field of culture for the municipality of Novo Selo - "Introduction and analysis of the current state in the cultural sector of the municipality of Novo Selo " from the project "Revitalization of rural areas through art and culture", financially supported by the Civica Mobilitas program of the "Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation", took place on 12.11.2015

        

The theatrical play Harlequin, Servant of Two Masters, by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Stojan Velkov Trn, was performed in the Centre of Culture of municipality of Bosilovo on Sunday, 20 March at 8:00 pm. The audience in the crowded room came with a smile and hope for more performances. Director Stojan Velkov Trn did a great job fitting every detail in the right place and coaxing the best out of every actor involved in the play. Among the actors, there were sparkling young hopes, and experienced adults who waited for their chance to display their talent in public. 

The second workshop for the preparation of Strategic development document in the field of culture and art "Creating the vision and defining priority areas" in the municipality of Novo Selo, Bosilovo and Vasilevo, workshop participants worked on defining priority areas and creating a vision in the cultural sector, as necessary steps to get to a better development of culture and art in these three municipalities. 

The third workshop for the preparation of Strategic development document in the field of culture and art "Creating objectives, activities and action plan for development in the sector culture and art" in the municipality of Novo Selo, Bosilovo and Vasilevo. Workshop participants worked on defining the objectives and activities upon already established priority areas and defining an action plan so that, by this third workshop they completed strategic planning for development of the sector culture and art in these three municipalities and they strengthened the capacities of relevant stakeholders who actively participated in the preparation of these documents. 

On Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 pm at the Sub Club, Strumica there was a promotion of the drama "Crime and vase" from Gjurgjica Kostadinovska. This drama deals with accidental crime in an apparently happy and essentially deep dysfunctional family. With all the contemporary issues and dilemmas that concern modern man, "Crime and vase" tries to answer this question through a series of coincidences and tangled sequencing events. The promoters of the book were the university professors from the Department of Macedonian Language Prof. Dr. Vesna Mojsova Chepishevska and Prof. Trajce Stameski. 

The first solo exhibition of Daniela Stoilkova from Monospitovo – a young graphic artist graduate of the Art Academy in Skopje - section graphics was opened in the Center of Culture in the Municipality of Bosilovo on April 17, Sunday at 8 p.m. The exhibition roused great interest to the public and there was a great attendance. Bellow are several photographs, which show a part of the atmosphere of the opening of exhibition.

On May 19, The Council of the Municipality of Vasilevo accepted the Strategy for development of culture and art for the period 2016-2020. Thus, the municipality may officially start the accomplishment of its strategic goals by carrying out the intended programs of the action plan included in the same document.  The results of the work of the team involved in the preparation of this strategic document, which lasted several months, are three priority areas to be dealt with. These will contribute for improving of this sphere. They are: improvement of the existing and building new infrastructural objects and putting them into function for development of cultural and rural tourism; development of rural tourism by building accommodation capacities, building and improving the road network, building of a unique tourist offer, strengthening the capacity of local inhabitants about the meaning of the cultural and rural tourism as well as creating a brand identity of the municipality in order to improve the visibility of the municipality on local, regional and international level. The third area is finding financial resources for implementation of activities and projects about culture and art. Jasmina Mazgalieva- an expert in cultural policies and cultural management advocated the Strategy in front of The Council of the Municipality of Vasilevo. 

The first solo exhibition of Timcho Gavrilov from Murtino – a graduated sculptor at the Art Academy in Skopje was opened in the Center of Culture in the Municipality of Bosilovo on June 5, Sunday at 8 p.m.  The exhibition roused great interest to the public because Timcho Gavrilov is the only graduate sculptor who works in this region and the great attendance motivated him to continue this art discipline.  Bellow are several photographs, which show a part of the atmosphere of the opening of exhibition. 

On the stage of Centre of Culture in the Municipality of Novo Selo, on June 12, Sunday, there was a premiere of the play “Lesson” by Ezen Ionesco, directed by Kosta Angov. It is a dynamic and layered piece that although includes a small number of characters, creates an atmosphere of tragicomedy and at the same time a harsh reality. From criticism of the education system, to alienation and loneliness of human souls that have seemingly faultless concept of living, unaware of the depth of their urges and vices.  Ionesco's text is productive for analysis, but the symbolism of the scene was even stronger which was seamlessly performed by young actors - amateurs Jovce Pandev Theodora Terzijanova and Daniela Stoilkova. It was visible the several months work by these young people who unconditionally "surrendered" to the stage and the audience felt it and rewarded them with tumultuous applause. 

In the Centre of Culture in the Municipality of Novo Selo on June 18, Saturday, the young artist Ivana Gorichova from Monospitovo had a presentation in front of the local audience with graphic arts.  Ivana Gorichova graduated at the Faculty of Arts in Skopje- section Grafic arts and this was her second solo exhibition. On the same day, there was also a concert of young talents (solo singing, violin, accordion and bandoneon) directed by Toni Pecanov- the only person in Macedonia who plays the bandoneon- Argentinian accordion.

On May 31 and June 30 in the Youth Education Center in the Municipality of Bosilovo, trainings in project management were conducted including: Project Cycle Management and Models of culture projects. Cultural workers and administrative workers from the municipality of Bosilovo and Novo Selo attended the training. They learned the basic models of projects in culture, the way they can contribute to socio-economic development of the community and the basic stages of designing the project until its implementation. The training gave the participants the opportunity to make a concept idea for project development in the field of culture. In the months of July, August they will work to their full establishment under the supervision of Jasmina Mazgalieva - cultural manager and in September there will be lectures on marketing in culture and finding funding for cultural projects. 

 

On July 20, the Council of Bosilovo municipality adopted the Strategy for the development of culture and art of the period from 2016 to 2020 and accordingly the municipality can officially initiate meeting strategic goals by implementing planned programs of action plan in the same document. The results of the work of the team involved in the preparation of this strategic document, which lasted several months, are three priority areas to be dealt with. These will contribute for improving of cultural policies. They are: enrichment of the culture program in the settlements and active function of the centres of culture, strengthening the capacity of local inhabitants about the meaning of the cultural and rural tourism as well as creating a brand identity of the municipality in order to improve the visibility of the municipality on local, regional and international level; better promotion of the municipality in relation to the promotion of cultural values ​​that are available. Jasmina Mazgalieva- an expert in cultural policies and cultural management advocated the Strategy in front of The Council of the Municipality of Bosilovo. 

The premiere performance of the play “Proposal| by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, directed by Jasmina Vuchkova took place on the stage at the Centre of Culture in the municipality of Bosilovo, on July 23, Saturday. It is a farce play that shows the human life in all its scandalous stories, talented young actors managed to capture this farce to the audience. The acting part consisted of young actors – amateurs: Gonce Mirchovska, Sashe Urdovsk,i Frosina Andeeva and Jordan Ivanov who managed to make the audience laugh by a flawless game.

Photography from the exhibition Presek hold on 16 December at Museum of Strumica

                                                                                                

  

With Art against cancer-campaign against cancer

Project "With Art Against Cancer" – campaign for fight against cancer financially supported by the G1 Program of the Municipality of Strumica supporting projects for civil society organizations.

The project "With Art Against Cancer” aims to raise awareness among the population living in the Municipality of Strumica and in a symbolic way, by making an art piece, to support and to indicate on the need for greater prevention, health care of persons fighting this disease.

Art is universal, it unites, bonds, encourages thinking, because with the art work (monumental painting) that will be created we want to reach all those institutions that are relevant to create better conditions for patients struggling with this disease, but also to point out to all those who lost the battle with cancer, that we (institutions, non-governmental organizations) are here on their behalf to create conditions for better treatment for these people and to give support to all those who are currently fighting this disease.

The project "With Art Against Cancer” will be implemented together with the Women’s organization from Strumica, which has worked for many years in the field of prevention, education and psycho-social support to people who have beaten this disease, but also as a well experienced NGO working in the field of improvement of the healthcare services to these patients locally.

The Women’s organization, which is our equal partner in the project, will be responsible exactly in the area of ​​prevention and preparation of educational materials that will be made in the framework of the project.

                                                                  

The painting “Ivy”, which was completed within the framework of the project is a symbolic representation and a metaphor of cancer as a disease and its metastasis to the healthy tissue of human life. The tree of life is presented, which in a terrible convulsion and dryness senses the presence of an alien plant through its body. It is a phenomenon of forests. The tree creeper, ivy imperceptibly, quietly and gently advances through the stem wanting to completely replace it as a counterpart and a shade, soaking into itself its form and substance. That creeper lives and exists only because of the tree. The ax, as an archetypal element (created by the body of the stem) looms in the ground of the roots of both plants, as a guardian of the ivy, but also as a danger to the tree. The fallen leaf in a map of the life of the tree reflected in itself and is a witness to the whole scene in the painting. 

On 04.11.2015 as part of the project, “With art against cancer-campaign for fight against cancer”, an educational tribune took place in the House of the ARM. The lecture was held by the medical doctor Slobodanka Trivodalieva, who broadened the horizons of the participants about cancer, one of the deadliest diseases of today. Trivodalieva defined the essence of cancer, its types, causes and prevention, followed by a rich and productive discussion, and exchange of useful health advises.

                                                                                                     

Mines Cultures

Partnership project with Labin Art Express from Croatia

From 20.03 to 22.03 2015 in the premises of CAC “Lamparna” from Croatia the first meeting of the partner organizations from BiH, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro was held, all active participants in the platform “Mines of culture, where it was discussed about the future actions of the platform and also about the future activities of each partner individually.

From 22.04 to 24.04.2015 representatives from the NGO "Lamparna" from Croatia visited Macedonia in order to implement the projected activities under the project "Mines of culture." During this visit, a series of talks and interviews were conducted with old miners and people who have completed several studies on old mining in Kratovo - Zletovo area, a detailed visit of the old mining town of Kratovo and a visit of the new mining town Probishtip as one of the most famous mining municipalities in Macedonia; during the visit mappings of old mines, shafts, tailing basins in this region were also made. 

      

From 03.09 to 07.09.2015 the traveling exhibition "Mines of culture" from industrial to artistic revolution” was placed at the premises of the Institute and Museum of Strumica in Strumica.

The Group exhibition "Mines of culture - from industrial to artistic revolution" arose within the framework of the international multidisciplinary project "Mines of culture" whose initiator and leader is the organization Labin Art Express XXI (Labin, Croatia). The selector Branko Franceschi, in the choice of his works, reconsiders the change in terms of artistic practice and social elements of the historical avant-garde who initiated exit of art in the field of production of pure aesthetic form in everyday life and its implementation in the field of political and social responsibility to the contemporary moment in which the critical thinking for the real became a foundation of artistic creation.

The purpose of the project "Mines of culture" is to establish a platform for revaluation, protection and revitalization of the significant mining cultural heritage in the countries that emerged on the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Mining in the former Yugoslavia was not only a generator of social development but also one of the few areas where traditional connections and solidarity are its most important actors - miners later clash with national and new-state divisions and conflicts.

Participants

1.Autopsija (Serbia) - Steel book - a metallic object
2.Lajbah (Slovenia) - Instrumentality of the state apparatus - triptych
3.Metal Guru (Croatia) - A monument to the hero 21st century - Video performance
4.Dario Sholman (Croatia) - Star City - video and drawings
5.Zhelimir Zhilnik (Serbia) - Old capitalist doctrine - documentary
6.Vladimir Knezhevikj (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - King and Queen - metal sculpture
7.Mladen Miljanovikj (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - "Cosa Nostra" / "Our Work" - Video performance
8.Irena Lagator Pejovic (Montenegro) - Equation – installation
9.Nikola Pijanmanov –guest artist (Macedonia) - Welded window - (mixed technique on wood)

 

 

 

Restoration of old art discipline - ILUMINATION

The exhibition Restoration of old art discipline -ILLUMINATION was implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture 

Author of the illuminations was the artist Nikola Pijanmanov.

Promoter of the exhibition was Nikola Magirov

 

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