Inauguration of Krusevo Ethno-Town Festival
On July 17 the 2010 edition of the Krusevo Ethno-Town Festival was officially kicked-off, at the presence of four ministers of the Macedonian government and the representatives of the UNESCO Venice Office.
Within the framework of the sub-regional project «Cultural Heritage - a Bridge towards a Shared Future», financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Cooperazione Italiana, the UNESCO Venice Office supported the organization of the 2nd edition of the Krusevo Ethno-Town Festival, which was officially inaugurated on July 16 at the presence of 4 members of Macedonian cabinet of Ministers.
The event was participated by over 10.000 visitors and citizens of Krusevo, and it was reported in the main news media of the country.
Besides being the main festive event of the town, the Festival aims to enhance the safeguarding and promotion of the rich cultural heritage in Krusevo in all its diversity of expressions, so as to stimulate tourism, cultural productions, and thus contributing to Krusevo’s sustainable development.
The activities supported by the UNESCO Venice Office, in collaboration with the Macedonian National Commission for UNESCO, specifically focused on building capacities of the local population for the production and marketing of traditional products. In particular, the following workshops and training actions were realized:
- making of traditional costumes;
- training on traditional arts and crafts (wool garments; embroideries; wood carving; etc);
- organisation of youth groups for the performance of traditional dances;
- realization of a survey on the conservation status of the local immovable cultural heritage.
Thanks to the contribution of the Macedonian Ministry of Culture, a first set of historical buildings were also restored.
The Festival is a festive and peaceful celebration of the “Ilinden Upraising”, which in 1903 brought to the creation of the first independent republic in the country. On that occasion, the so-called Krusevo Manifesto was published, which called for the pursuit of freedom “regardless of faith, nationality, sex or conviction”.
The Festival will continue until August 2.