History of the civil society
61 years UN, 25 years Skopje Jazz Festival
The United Nations Organization celebrated its 61st birthday on 24 October – The International UN Day. The UN office in Macedonia marked the celebration in Skopje, with an Open Day at Ramstore Mall. The focus of the celebration was placed on “Stand up” campaign, whose goal was to raise the awareness on the Millennium Development Goals and to support the fight against poverty. The same as every year, UN in Macedonia presented the awards for journalism and photography on the subject of poverty in the country. The first prize for the best journalist story in a printed media was awarded to Todor Stojcevski for his text “Education for Roma renaissance”, published in Forum Pus, and the second prize went to Ljubica Grozdanovska for her text “Children work for 100 denars”, published in Dnevnik. The winner of the third prize was Maja Tomikj for the text “If there wasn’t for the good people, we would have died of hunger”, published in Utrinski Vesnik. The prize for the best TV story was awarded to Dragan Antonovski for the documentary “The key is in your hands” shown on the SITEL TV whereas the best radio story was voted “Poverty” by Belinda Koka, emitted on Vati Radio. The winner of the award for the best photography (published in Focus) was Tomislav Gjorgjiev.
Another jubilee is the 25th anniversary of the Skopje Jazz Festival (www.skopjejazzfest.com.mk) Initiated as a real civic initiative of several enthusiasts led by Oliver Belopeta, the festival grew into a respectable cultural institution which has been building the jazz culture in Macedonia for the past quarter of a century. Throughout the years, the festival brought a number of jazz legends in our city.