Saturday, May 21, 2016

UNESCO tour by UNESCO Club HAEMUS through the East Planning region for the International Museum day 2016

Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organised worldwide around May 18. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. The theme of 2016 International Museum Day was Museums and Cultural Landscapes, and the objective was is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” Organised on and around 18 May each year, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week. Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2015, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries. 

The tour attracted attention of the media in Macedonia

On this occasion for the International Museum day 2016, “UNESCO Club HAEMUS” – Skopje in cooperation with the City Museum of Shtip, and supported by the program “Go2Macedonia” of the tourist agency Arbotravel-Macedonia, on the 15 may 2016, organized full-day excursions titled ,,UNESCO tour through the East Planning region“.

The purpose of this tour through the promotion of the International Museum Day was a public attention to at least one institution of this kind that cares and protects rich cultural heritage of the Republic of Macedonia, in this case – the City Museum of Shtip. The symbolism of this year’s theme ‘Cultural Landscape’ was achieved by visiting several cultural and historical monuments of the cultural surrounding of Shtip. As an additional attraction, the ritual ‘Chetrse’ placed on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2013 was included in the excursion.

The ambient of the tour was enriched by Perica Sardzovski playing kaval - traditional Macedonian music instrument

The itinerary began with a visit of Shtip, the city that hosts the custom ,,Chetrse”, placed under the protection of UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of the humanity since 2013. Upon arrival in Shtip, the group climbed at the fortress above the town known by the locals as ISARO, where visually and practically was explain the ,,Chetrse” rutial placed on the UNESCO WHL. The tour continued with the visit of the Museum of the City of Shtip, which was nominated for the ,,Forum of Slavic Cultures” award, and after visit of the St. Nicholas church in which wonderful Icon Galley is placed, a small break for refreshment and lunch was made. After the break, the tour proceeded to Bargala, an Late Roman/Early Byzantine archaeological site and an episcopal seat from antiquity that existed within this ancient town. As a highlight of the tour, small beautiful byzantine St. George church was included. The tour ended late afternoon in Skopje.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Upcoming ‘Happy Grandma March Day’ 2016 project

On behalf of the institutional cross-border partnership "National Identities within the United Europe" which was signed in October 2015 in Vidin (Bulgaria) between the Buzau County Museum (Buzau, Romania), the Mihalaki Goergiev Regional Library (Vidin, Bulgaria), HAEMUS - Center for scientific research (Skopje, Macedonia) and the “Library Cultural Center” (Kladovo, Serbia), we would like to announce the launching of the web site for upcoming project titled as "Happy Grandma March Day 2016" and its symbol - the martinki.


The main aim of the project is promotion of the Balkan cultural heritage through popularization, including the common cultural practices of the Balkan Peninsula. Since 2013, the custom associated with the amulets know as Martinki (Мартинки in Macedonia), Mártenitsa (Мартеница in Bulgaria), Mărţişor (in Romania and Moldova), was proposed to be protected as intangible cultural heritage with the multinational application to UNESCO, in which the Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldavia takes part. The application is still ongoing and it is one of the strongest links connected to this event bringing on the daylight a topic less known for the tradition of the Balkan people.

Grandma March Day I Cultural practices of the Balkans
Official web site:

 The main program of the "Happy Grandma March Day 2016" project is designed of several elements:

• exhibition of the panels with explanation about the geographical location of the custom, how to make the traditional and contemporary amulets, the way of giving and wearing the amulets, ritual practice, symbolism of the colours as well as the local legends about Grandma March Day 
• exhibition of the hand-made amulets from Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania 
• projection of documentaries about the Grandma March Day 
• sales bazaar for buying amulets 
• creative workshops

Exhibition itinerary: 
01.03.-09.03.2016 – City Mall Skopje, Skopje – hosted by HAEMUS
11.03.-13.03.2016 – Regional Library, Vidin – hosted by Mihalaki Georgiev Regional Library
15.03.-31.03.2016 – Buzau County Museum, Buzau – hosted by Buzau County Museum

Within the International Project titled as "Happy Grandma March Day 2016", which will be held in City Mall Skopje, Skopje, on 1th – 9th March 2016, the sales exhibition with various types of handicrafts martinki thematically connected to the celebration and replica of the exhibited artifacts will be available.

Since 2013 the custom about the “Grandma March Day” associated with recognizable amulets, was proposed to be protected as intangible cultural heritage with the multinational application to UNESCO, in which the Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldavia takes part. The application is still ongoing. The support for Macedonian part of the UNESCO application was hard-copy signed by HAEMUS, Skopje municipality and Strumica municipality.


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