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macedonia flag  Macedonia Celebrates World Accordion Day

World Accordion Day Activities in Skopje - Macedonia
Anica Karakutovska - Public Relations Manager

The Macedonian Association of Accordionists “Ljubiteli na klasicnata muzika” Skopje celebrated World Accordion Day with many different activities to promote this global event and elevate the awareness and status of the accordion.

An article with the information about the first World Accordion Day being held on the 180th birthday of the accordion was published in all the main newspapers in Macedonia.  Professor Zorica Karakutovska, President of the Macedonian Association of Accordionists, appeared live on the National TV station programs.

She and her youngest students were guests on the popular show "Five Plus", an educational program for children. With the host Mina and the dog Petko as moderator, the show provides a lot of useful information from different fields with very interesting moments. The episode was an excellent presentation of the accordion and a great start to our association’s promotion campaign of World Accordion Day.

On May 6th, accordion students from the SMBSC ‘Ilija Nikolovski-Luj‘ Skopje and the Faculty of Music Skopje, class of Prof. Zorica Karakutovska, performed an amazing concert at the City Museum of Skopje in honor of the celebration of World Accordion Day.

The concert started with the welcome speech from Prof. Karakutovska about World Accordion Day, and why it was being held on May 6th.  The high quality performances in solo, duet, trio and ensembles, featuring some original new works including two works from Macedonian composer Elizabeta Ilievska with various instrumentation were very well received by the large audience.

On May 13th at the City Gallery in Vranje, Serbia & Macedonian accordion students performed a beautiful concert as part of the city’s manifestation “May, Month of Music”.  According to the organizer it was one of the most visited and popular events.

During the month of May, we are planning to continue with the concert activities in other cities in Macedonia.


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Appearing on the popular Children's Educational Show "Five Plus" were
Prof. Zorica Karakutovska, Petko, Andrej Tasev, Muhamed Selim and Petar Filipovski.
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Petko, Prof. Zorica Karakutovska, Ivan Trajkov, Mina and Roberto Popovski.
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Children's character Petko trying his 'paw' as an accordionist.
Welcome speech by Zorica Karakutovska at WAD Concert at the City Museum of Skopje
Ivan Trajkov (the youngest performer)
playing a composition by E. Ilievska
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mac trio
Ljupco Kolevski and
Gorge Ciric
Filip Stamevski, Goran Janakev,
Martin Kolevski
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Gorge Ciric,
Ljupco Kolevski and
Trajce Gogov
Petrus Petrusevski (bass), composer of the composition Elizabeta Ilievska and
Filip Stamevski (accordion)
Sara Pancevska (violin), Simona Manevska (flute)
Dimitar Janev (clarinet), Gorge Ciric (accordion)
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Gorge Ciric, Aleksandar Kolovski, Trajce Gogov, Filip Stamevski,
Goran Janakev, Ljupco Kolevski, Bojan Volcevski.
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Gorge Ciric, Aleksandar Kolovski, Trajce Gogov, Filip Stamevski,
Goran Janakev, Ljupco Kolevski, Bojan Volcevski,
in front: Ivan Trajkov, Prof. Zorica Karakutovska, Muhamed Selim
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preparing for the next concert as part of the “May, Month of Music”
on 13 May 2009 at the City Galery in Vranje.

What:  World Accordion Day
When: 6th May
Why: a unified global effort to celebrate and promote the Accordion
Where: World Wide!
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