Skopje. There’s lot of emptiness to be covered here. Great opportunity to break new grounds and introduce new practises. I work in the field of culture and it allows me a freedom to be creative and still successful in non-commercial way. Big enough to be a city, but still small enough so you can meet your friends on daily basis, which i find truly priceless. One can argue about being behind the regular european milieu, but i love putting up a fight. It’s all about the fight around here.
Favorite place, food DM and Pelister; bars Vynil and Radio bar; club Epicentar; place Youth Cultural Centre
Nikola Ristanovski (born January 23, 1969 in Ostrava, Czech Republic) - is Macedonian theater, film and television actor.
Ristanovski was born in the Czech city of Ostrava on 23 January 1969, and when he was 7 years old, his family moved to Tetovo. In high school, he was a member of the drama club. At the time, persuaded by Professor Nada Geshoska, he participated in a play in Osijek, Croatia where Ristanovski and his colleagues presented the "Crimes and Punishment" by Dostoevsky and won the first prize of the jury, led by Fabian Shovagovic. Driven by this success, Ristanovski decided to study acting, but was rejected three times the entrance exam at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, where it fell in the first year of studies. However, later, as a student was invited to play in a theatrical performance, which was a recognition of his talent. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, department for acting in 1993.
After graduating from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje Ristanovski became part of the Macedonian National Theater in 1994. First professional representation at the Macedonian National Theater was "George Dando", directed by Branko Stavrev, followed by a role in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" of Dukovski, directed by Aleksandar Popovski. Two years later, Ristanovski shining role in the cult show "Bure barut" During his career, Ristanovski played 41 performances and 15 films in which he won 28 prizes, he is the most awarded Macedonian actor. Most collaborated with Aleksandar Popovski (10 plays and 3 films) and had the most appearances in stops "Bure barut" (over 150 appearances). Also Ristanovski had a rich career abroad, where he played in the popular and award-winning performances "Gentlemen Glembaevi" and "Dervish and Death". In 2016, Ristanovski performed in "Needle below" the Montenegrin director Ivan Marinovic.
Skopje is my home. Skopje is my love ... first ... one. Skopje is my first scar of childhood. And because it has the most beautiful sunset. The view from the top of Vodno, so Skopska Crna Gora .. Skopje is both the ZOO and the park with all its greenery. Skopje is my neighborhood. Skopje is my city, and I carry it in my heart.
Dani Dimitrovska is Macedonian famous singer, who persists on stage for two decades. She has won many awards both in Macedonia and abroad, and one of the most important is the award and the nomination for the MTV European Awards in the category "New Sound of Europe".
Skopje born Golden Boot winner Darko Pancev feels a special connection with his hometown. That is why despite many opportunities through his fruitfull football carrier, he lived but never stayed elsewhere. Family, friends, the old neighbourhoods, childhood memories, all this is what makes Skopje special in the heart of the reknown Macedonian footballer. Acknowledging the city breathes with a different energy since the mid 1960-es and his childhood, Darko still believes Skopje evolves carrying a special energy that draws many foreigners.
-As a friend of mine once told me, every city that has a river is a beautiful city. Friends come to Skopje on my invitation and love the city despite not knowing exactly where they are headed at first. Though, after discovering the city’s charm, the temperament of our people, their friendliness, they instantly fill welcomed and cozy. Rarely a city in the world has a mountain, in such proximity to the center like Vodno mountain helping Skopje breathe while offering a splendid view from the Millenium Cross – says Pancev.
The Stone Bridge over Vardar river leading to the Skopje Fortress, The Old Bazaar, monuments old and modern ones, in the city or in its vicinity like the Aqueduct, many churches as well as green retreats like the Matka Canyon and Treska Lake, the City Park, Vodno Mountain, Vrelo Cave…
These are just some of the many reasons for not missing a unique experience and visiting Skopje, a city with inexhaustible energy, a city that almost never sleeps.
The t-shirt given to Darko Pancev is hand-made by Martin Jakimov and the drawing is by Monica Blazhevska. They opened their companies with support and as part of the UNDP program. Visitskopje.mk demonstrates its social responsibility by promoting companies founded by people with disabilities and young entrepreneurs.
Milcho Manchevski, New York-based film director, writer, photographer and artist, is born in Macedonian capital Skopje on October 18, 1959. His feature film “Before the Rain” (1994), won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, etc. The New York Times included it on its “1,000 Best Films Ever Made” list.
Manchevski wrote and directed three other feature films:” Dust” (2001), “Shadows” (2007) and “Mothers” (2011), an episode of HBO's The Wire (2002) and over 50 short forms, including “Thursday” which was part of the Venice Feature Reloaded (2013), the experimental film 1.73 (1984) and the music video “Tennessee” (1991) for “Arrested Development”. He’s authored two exhibitions of photographs, works of fiction and performance art. He has won awards for his experimental films (1.73), music videos (MTV and Billboard for Tennessee) and commercials (Macedonia Timeless).”Dust” was the opening-night film of the Venice Film Festival. Both “Shadows” and “Mothers” were the Macedonian Academy Awards entries.“Mothers” screened in the Panorama section of Berlinale 2011, was selected among the 40 European films of the year by the EFA committee and won 7 festival awards.
His work had more than 250 festival screenings (including Venice, Berlin, Toronto, Sao Paolo, Istanbul, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Hong Kong, Stockholm, etc. His films have been distributed in more than 50 countries.
He has published books of fiction (The Ghost of My Mother), essays (Truth and Fiction: Notes on Exceptional Faith in Art) and photographs (“Street” -1999 and “Five Drops of Dream”-2010, books that accompany two exhibitions of photographs).
Manchevski has staged performance art with the group 1AM (which he founded) and by himself. He has lectured at a number of universities, cinematheques, art museums and art institutes, most notably as a Head of the Directing Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Graduate Film program. His films are part of the curricula at numerous universities worldwide, and have been discoursed at a number of conferences. The University of Leipzig (Germany) and the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) hosted academic conferences dedicated, respectively, to “Before the Rain” and “Dust”. He holds an honorary doctorate from VGIK in Moscow, Russia.
Simon Trpcheski, born September 18, 1979, in Skopje, is a Macedonian classical pianist.Trpcheski graduated at the School of Music at the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Skopje, where he studied with Professor Boris Romanov. The youngest of three children, a father judge and mother pharmacist, Trpcheski has made Skopje his permanent home where he lives with wife and daughter.
Simon Trpcheski has won prizes before finishing University in 2002. His first award was the first place at the World piano contest "Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe" in Skopje - December 1998, followed by a second place at “Millennium World Piano Competition London" - April 2000. He has been awarded in international piano competitions in the United Kingdom, Italy and the Czech Republic. From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the BBC New Generation Scheme, and in May 2003, he was honored with the Young Artist Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society.
In December 2009, the President of Macedonia H.E. Gjorge Ivanov honored him with the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia, a decoration given to foreign and domestic dignitaries responsible for the affirmation of Macedonia abroad. In September 2011, Trpcheski was awarded the first-ever title "National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia".
The Macedonian pianist has established himself as one of the most remarkable musicians to have emerged in recent years, performing with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and captivating audiences worldwide. Trpcheski is praised not only for his impeccable technique and delicate expression, but also for his warm personality and commitment to strengthening Macedonia’s cultural image.
In December 2005 he appeared for the first time in the International Piano Series in London, and he has performed with English orchestras including the London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras, the Hallé Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In Scandinavia, he has performed with the Stockholm, Bergen, Gothenburg, and Helsinki orchestras and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
Trpcheski's first recital recording—an EMI Classics Debut Series compact disc including music of Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev—received both the Editor's Choice and Debut Album awards from Gramophone magazine. Trpcheski shifted to EMI's main label with his second disc; it and its two successors comprise single-composer recitals of Rachmaninoff, Chopin, and Debussy respectively. His March 2012 recital at the Wigmore Hall was released on the “Wigmore Hall Live” label, and was immediately hailed by The Telegraph as “Classical CD of the Week”. His July 2014 recital at the Wigmore Hall will also be released on the “Wigmore Hall Live” label. 2010 saw Trpcheski’s concerto recording debut on the Avie label, showcasing Rachmaninov’s notoriously challenging Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The album was awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’année and Classic FM’s “Editor’s Choice”, followed by a second disc in 2011 from Trpcheski, Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerti, Nos. 1 and 4 alongside Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, recognized with Classic FM, Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” and Diapason d’Or distinctions.
Since 2005 Trpcheski has made a rapid series of debuts with orchestras worldwide—including the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Toronto Symphony—and has made recital tours in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Trpcheski has worked with a prominent list of conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lionel Bringuier, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Robin Ticciati, Yan Pascal Tortelier, David Zinman, Marin Alsop and Gianandrea Noseda. Simon also performs chamber music as often as he can, having performed at such festivals as Aspen, Verbier, Risor, Bergen and the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm.
With the special support of KulturOp — Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organization — and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Simon Trpcheski works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia in order to cultivate the talent of the country’s next generation of artists. In the 2014/15 season Trpcheski continues performing at the highest level around the world.
Darko Pancev nicknamed Kobra, born in Skopje on September 7th 1965, is a retired Macedonian footballer and winner of the Golden Boot award in 1991. Pancev was the highest scorer in top-division European football in the season 1990–91 with 34 goals, and should have won the European Golden Boot award. Since UEFA decided to make the competition unofficial for the season because of suspect scoring sprees in Cyprus, Pancev did not get the prize at the time, but received it fifteen years later on August 3rd 2006 in Skopje. The Golden Boot was presented at a special gala by Michel Platini, Dragan Stojkovic and Dragan Dzajic.
Pancev started his playing career in 1982 at the football club “Vardar Skopje” where he quickly developed into one of the most feared strikers in the Yugoslav First League, becoming league top scorer in the season 1983–84. The skill and seeming ease of his goal scoring exploits in Skopje made him a target for bigger Yugoslav clubs.
During summer 1988, Pancev was snapped up by “Red Star Belgrade”, which beat cross-town rivals FK “Partizan” to the signature of Pancev then 22. He debuted for his new club in 1989 and played three full seasons scoring an incredible 84 goals from 91 league appearances, and winning the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup in 1991.
During the early 1990s he was recognized as one of the best strikers in the world, displaying great goalscoring instincts and predatory skills, so he got nicknamed Kobra by the Serbian sports media.
In summer 1992 Pancev (then 26) was signed by “Internazionale” in a high profile transfer with the 14 billion ITL (7 million £) fee paid to “Red Star”. Head coach Bagnoli reproached the player for lack of movement and his performances were nowhere near the expectations so his relationship with Bagnoli took a turn for the worse, as Italian press got down on the striker too. During his debut season, Pancev appeared in just twelve league matches scoring one league goal in addition to four goals in five Coppa Italia appearances. He remained in Inter for the season 1993-94, although he was completely out of the first-team picture.
In January 1994, during the winter break, Pancev got loaned out to German team “VfB Leipzig” where he scored two goals in ten matches during Bundesliga spring half-season. He returned to San Siro following a six-month loan but due to subsequent loss of form and injuries he made the total of only seven league appearances during the campaign. During the summer 1995 transfer window, Pancev got offloaded to “Fortuna Düsseldorf”. He ended his playing career to Swiss team “Sion” in 1997.
Pncev played in 1990 World Cup for Yugoslavia and scored two goals in the 4–1 win over the UAE in the first round. It proved to be the only ainternational tournament he played in, due to the ban on Yugoslavia participating in Euro 1992 because of the war in Bosnia at the time, although by the end of the European qualifying group stages, he was the top marksman on the continent with ten goals for the group qualifying stage. He played in the first ever official match of Macedonia, played on October 13, 1993, against Slovenia.
In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Macedonia by the Football Federation of the Republic of Macedonia as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years.
After retiring from playing, Pancev worked with the Football Federation of Macedonia. In July 2006, Pancev was named the sporting director of Vardar. He lives in his hometown with wife singer Maja Grozdanovska and two daughters Nadica and Marija. In 2013 Italian punk band “ProsTaTito” dedicated the song "Darko Pancev" to the Macedonian footballer.
Garabet Tavitjan - Garo is a Macedonian drummer, born in Skopje in 1953. The legendary balkan drummer with Armenian origin, is known worldwide and during his career has established a reputation as the best drummer on the Balkans. This legendary master musician has been a learning example for young generations with performances of over 1200 big concerts, mostly in big arenas, concert halls and stadiums (not gigs or club performances).
Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary, founder of the order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. Mother Teresa stands out as one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th century for her commitment to aiding the ones most in need.
Born in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910, she was baptized as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 27, 1910, a date frequently cited as her birthday. She was the youngest one of three children of parents Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu. Her father was a famous trader and member of the City Council of Skopje as the only Catholic member. Bojaxhiu family house was open to all, especially to the poorest. In 1919 Nikola Bojaxhiu died and then her family suffered a financial difficulties.
Mother Teresa attended a convent-run primary school and then a state-run secondary school. As a girl, Mother Teresa sang in the local Sacred Heart choir and was often asked to sing solos. In 1928, an 18-year-old Agnes Bojaxhiu decided to become a nun and set off for Ireland to join the Loreto Sisters of Dublin. It was there that she took the name Sister Mary Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
A year later, Mother Teresa traveled on to Darjeeling, India for the novitiate period; in May 1931, Mother Teresa made her First Profession of Vows. Mother Teresa taught in India for 17 years before she experienced her 1946 "call within a call" to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor. Her order of the Missionaries of Charity, established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony. By the time of her death in 1997, the Missionaries of Charity numbered over 4,000—in addition to thousands more lay volunteers—with 610 foundations in 123 countries on all seven continents.
Mother Teresa received various honors for her tireless and effective charity, more than 700 awards during her life, the first of all was Padma Shri Award which was awarded by the President of India in 1962. After the disastrous earthquake in Skopje on July 1963, she appeals the world for solidarity.
Her work was respected by Pope Paul VI, who in 1971 awarded her with Peace Prize “Pope John XXIII ", she was awarded the now-defunct Soviet Union's Gold Medal of the Soviet Peace Committee, and in 1979, Mother Teresa won her highest honor when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work "in bringing help to suffering humanity."
After several years of deteriorating health in which she suffered from heart, lung and kidney problems, Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997 at the age of 87. In 2003, she was beatified "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta". A second miracle credited to her intercession is required before she can be recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church.
Mother Teresa visited her home town Skopje several time, first in May 1970, on March 27, 1978
was her second visit to Skopje, causing great media interest , on June 27, 1980 after receiving the Nobel Prize she visited Skopje for the third time, and was declared an honorary citizen of Skopje by the Mayor Methodi Antov. Her last visit to Skopje was on September 19, 1986.
There is a Plaque at the location the family house of Mother Teresa was situated at the Skopje City Square, and her Statue stands in front of The Memorial house of Mother Teresa built in her honor, at the exact place the old Catholic Church “Sacred heart of Jesus” where she was baptized used to stand.