For the second night of OFFest Bella Ciao and Gisela João are going to have concert performances starting from 20:00 at Macedonian National Theater.

The concert performance of the songcycle Bella Ciao in 1964 at Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto marked the beginning of the Italian Folk revival. It was the first of the great didactic shows created by the Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano which brought the rich heritage of folksongs collected during 10 years of field research (1954-1964) to a wider audience. In this unique restaging, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original concert, the innovation especially lies in the arrangements directed and orchestrated by the accordionist Riccardo Tesi, one of the most brilliant and rigorous protagonists of traditional music in Italy. An arrangement work establishing a more sophisticated dialogue between sounds and meanings with the help of guitarist Maurizio Geri and percussionist Gigi Biolcati, as well as with the presence of some of the most important voices in popular Italian music: Lucilla Galeazzi, Luisa Cottifogli, Elena Ledda and Alessio Lega. The Bella Ciao songs today not only retain all their expressive power, but they have acquired a new urgency in the globalized world for their libertarian values, peace activists and civilians. Bella Ciao is a lesson in democracy that comes from below.

Fado, Portuguese for “destiny” or “fate,” is a musical tradition that was recognized by Unesco as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.” Fado emerged from the taverns of Lisbon, mingling the many influences of a port city, to become a matter of national pride. Gisela João’s passionate voice is infused with the deepest essence of fado, the universally adored Portuguese blues, traditionally associated with Lisbon’s pubs and cafés, and renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character. Considered one of today’s most important interpreters of fado, Gisela exploded on the scene in 2013 with the release of her first album, which universally and instantly reached the number one spot on the Portuguese charts. Her last album, “Nua”, was released in November 2016. “Nua” is her second album on which she summoned the whole spectrum of fate's stormy passions. From silent melancholy to eruptive, rough and exciting peaks, and painful resignation, creating her own drama, an exciting and frightening journey through seismic emotions. The critic recalled a phrase from Gisela Joao - "Many people think that fado is sad. Fado is not sad, it is intense, it is like life ".

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Tonight 25th of May, 2017 is the opening night of OFFest 2017 from 20:00 at Macedonian National Theater.
Damir Imamovic and Ljubojna and Ljubojna are going to have first concerts of this year festival that will last from 25-28 of May.

DAMIR IMAMOVIĆ vocal, guitar
Sevdah is one of the great musical styles of the Balkans, with its songs of melancholia, a sister music to  blues, tango, fado or the sad-edged morna of Cape Verde, and any other genre of music that was formed out of meetings of different worlds in music, languages, mindsets. Damir Imamović, born in Sarajevo, comes from a family of traditional sevdah singers, but has managed to modernize the style. He is also a dedicated sevdah researcher, educator and a producer. Questioning the perception of the established old culture, he creates a new culture based on the rich and very old traditions. His recent work with producer Chris Eckman, an American guitarist best known for his work with Walkabouts and co-founder of Glitterbeat Records, resulted in a classy, accessible set that could bring sevdah to a wider audience. Backed by his own custom-made tambur, Damir creates a specific blend of music and lyrics connected to the notion of sevdah (the Turkish word for love and its expressions and an Arabic word for the Greek melancholy). Therefore, sevdah is a meeting of the worlds. It contains echoes of epic singing, romantic songs and ballads about forbidden love. For people raised with it, it has endless shades of sadness.



Two words brought Ljubojna to life, “ljubov” (love) and “boj” (battle). Its music is tied to the Macedonian life and founded on the Macedonian traditional music. For Ljubojna, creating boundary-breaking music is a way of life. Ljubojna is one of the most distinguished and most representative bands on Balkans that has, in an authentic way, transmitted the pulse of the Macedonian musical beats into a worldly open sounds. Their musical outburst has been described as an ever changing blend of fierce energy, brass sounds and traditional Macedonian themes. Ljubojna is led by two creative individuals, vocalist Vera Milosevska and Oliver Josifovski, handling bass and composing duties. Over the last 15 years Ljubojna has created music for various projects, theatre plays, films, dance performances and has recorded and impressive musical legacy consisting of nine albums. Enlivened and shared between both sides of Via Egnatia, the East and the West, Ljubojna sings of the past and the present, of the unrepeatable, the genuine and the forever modern beat.

OFFest was established in 2002 as a second festival, which grew up from the long-established tradition of Skopje Jazz Festival. The main idea was to create another important music event in a different period of the year, and in terms of music genres, more wide-oriented. It was natural to start OFFest in the decades of full globalization that resulted in raising creativity, popularity and awareness of the so-called "world music". OFFest presents a variety of music from all continents, focusing on different categories, from traditional, ethno, folk, roots, to urban, contemporary and experimental music styles. A lot of renowned artist from all over the world performed throughout OFFest history.

The 16th edition of OFFest will take place from May 25–28. The featured line-up is fresh and hot as always. From Damir Imamović sevdah blues to Ljubojna sherbet love. The folk revival of Bella Ciao meets Gisela João subtle fado. Avantgarde of Black String perfectly complements with the minimalism of Maarja Nuut. Den Sorte Skole midnight session stretches the outer limits. Glitterbeat Records presents the deep and powerful afro roots of King Ayisoba and the electryfing voice of Noura Mint Seymali. Gisela João said – “Fado is intense, it is like life”. So is OFFest 2017.

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Tonight starting at 21:00 in the Planetarium of Youth Cultural Center there will be a Slowdive warmup before their live perfromance on Zdravo mladi on 10th of June. 

The capacity of the planetarium's 70 seats.

Planetarium projection will be by Daniel Atanasov. 

Slowdive are an English rock band that formed in Reading, Berkshire in 1989. The band consists of Rachel Goswell on vocals and guitar, Simon Scott on drums, Neil Halstead on vocals and guitar, Nick Chaplin on bass and Christian Savill on guitar. The band was on hold since 1995, reformed in 2014, after almost 20 years, having played their comeback tour after all relevant festivals across the globe, they return with a new record, titled simply SLOWDIVE, and the release date is May 5 to label DEAD OCEANS. Only a month after their album release they are coming  to Skopje, the only city in the region that this summer will have the honor to meet them.




Final annual concert of CEMF Mitev will be held in the Army Hall of 17of Maj 2017. The concert will feature all members of  Mitevi.

Army Hall (Дом на АРМ ) is located on Street Macedonia, next to the Memorial House of Mother Teresa.

The concert starts at 19:30 and will finish at 21:00.


SECRET OF MINE is musical in honor of Toshe Proeski

The Orchestra, Choir and Ballet ensemble of Macedonian Opera and Ballet Ivan Eminovikj - conductor, Ognen Nedelkovski - libretto, Toni Mihajlovski - director, Marija Veteroska - set designer, Marija Pupuchevska - costume designer, Kokan Dimushevski and Soni Petrovski - music arrangement, Vasko Lisichov - light designer Cast: Antonija Gigovska - Ana, Aleksandar Tarabunov - Filip, Sara Gigova, Helena Susha - Beti, Vesna Petrushevska - Ana’s mother, Igor Dzambazov - Ana’s father, Arna Shijak - Filip’s mother, Dejan Lilikj - Filip’s father, Tanja Bojkovska, Ljupka Arsovska - Marija, Anastasija Avramovska, Mila Nikolovska - Ema, Riste Gavrovski - Jane, Simeon Korunoski - Naumche, Laze Manaskovski - Ljupche, Simon Manaskovski - The Electrician, Lena Zatkoska - Angel, Marija Spasovska, Andrea Gjorgievska, Kalesha Dzangalovska - Little angels, Sasha Evtimova, Biljana Basmadzieva, Igor Velanoski - ballet soloists

With deep emotions, sorrow and tears, but also with warmth and love we remember and celebrate the name and work of Toshe Proeski. In honour of the great music star that succeeded in uniting the hearts of all, in co-production with the foundation “Toshe Proeski” we stage the musical “Secret of Mine”, on the tenth anniversary of his untimely tragic death. The musical tells the story of the modern Macedonian “Romeo and Juliette”. A time when love caresses and conquers hearts through the music and verses of Toshe Proeski, time when we are left wondering if love and music are powerful enough to safe the world. Friendship, malice, greed, loneliness, ambition to succeed, fear, but above all, hope and love, are the themes that permeate in this stage work based on Toshe’s many music hits, arranged for orchestra by Soni Petrovski and Kokan Dimushevski. Based on libretto by Ognen Nedelkovski, directed by Toni Mihajlovski, “Tajno moja” features the new bright stars on the Macedonian music sky.

Location of this event is: Makedonska Opera i Balet - Macedonian Opera and Ballet

Address: Kej Dimitar Vlahov, 1000 Skopje

The show starts at 20:00

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