|Bitola Cultural Summer – Best of Macedonian and Wider Cultural Scene
(Nova Makedonija, 03.08.2004) - Bitola Cultural Summer is in its zenith. After almost a month from its beginning, everybody is convinced that it is a high-level manifestation, where one can see the best from the Macedonian and wider cultural scene.
Gypsies Fly in the Sky
One must mention the musical “Gypsies Fly in the Sky” of the Terazije Theatre from Belgrade, which actors, dancers, singers and live orchestra thrilled the audience in the Center for Culture. Furthermore, the top-class theatre masters from the Belgrade National Theatre performed the immortal “Mrs. Minister” by Nusic, with Radmila Zivkovic as Zivka. The audience also had an unusual experience with Molierre’s “Don Juan” by the Saint Petersburg’s theatre.
Theatre dominated within the Cultural Summer. First, with the two international festivals: international festival of monodrama, and “Actor of Europe” in Otesevo, along with ten performances from several Balkan and European countries. Bitola people also witnessed a puppeteer performance of theatre “Okolica” from Split, as well as performances “Waiting for Godo” of Primorje Drama Theatre from Nova Gorica, “Room” of Sarajevo actors, and domestic “Crnila” of Stip Theatre.
Classic music lovers had the opportunity to see several concerts and recitals with the exceptional Mersiha Shukri on harp and Mirka Scepanovic on violin (Serbia-Montenegro), domestic Goce Talevski on flute and Marija Vrskova on piano, Dime Dimovski on contrabass and Jana Pavlovska on piano, as well as Jeta Starova on flute and Verica Sotarovska on piano. There was also a concert of ethno-music of “Balkanika” from Serbia in the “Heraklea” amphitheatre, as well as ensemble “Scholastici Musici” from the Czech Republic. First Macedonian musical “Cija si” with Slave Dimitrov’s evergreens, arranged by his son Darko, also aroused great attention. The cast included Kaliopi, Dragan Spasov-Dac, Vasil Zafircev etc. Still, the unforgettable event of the summer was the concert of Macedonian world-renowned pianist Simon Trpceski, who performed Rachmaninov at the Bitola stage.
In addition, art lovers had the opportunity to follow the posthumous exhibition of Maja Bikova, and independent displays of Natasa Milovancev and Neda Petkovic in the Bitola Gallery. There was also an exhibition of artistic photographs of Ilija Uzunovski-Uzun, who lives and works in Sydney, Australia. The exhibition is entitled “Macedonian Art in Sydney Through Portrait”, organized by the Bitola Bureau, Museum and Gallery, and the Australian municipality Rockdale.