All Highlights and Upcoming Events
Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances has began
Date: 07.08.2015
Last evening was the official opening of this year's 54th edition of the Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances, the oldest folk festival in the Balkans, one of the most authentic and most valuable parts of Macedonian and Ohrid’s rich cultural mosaic which took place on the location "Dolni Saraj".
The festival participants were greeted by the Mayor Mr. Nikola Bakracheski with a warm welcome in Ohrid and success in their performances. The first festival evening started with a performance of the National ensemble of Macedonian folk dances and songs "Tanec" and the next days will filled with features of several ensembles from Macedonia, Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Canada, Serbia, Hungary, the Republic of Turkey - Northern Cyprus and Bulgaria.
WHITE SUMMER – gathering event for Ohrid citizens and tourists
Date: 07.07.2015
With the tourist promotional event “White summer” organized by the local government of Municipality of Ohrid, through Department of tourism end economic development for the third time was officially marked the start of this year’s main tourist season.
The attendance at this spectacle has confirmed the city expectation for a successful tourist season. Ohrid citizens and numerous guests enjoyed the performance of Slatkaristika, Tyzee and Sound Messengers and numerous folklore performances. Ohrid lived round the clock which was testified by crowded city restaurants and cafes. Local government following the world trends in organizing of this and similar events wants to enrich the tourist offer and to attract a larger number of domestic and foreign tourists in the city
Date: 15.04.2015
These days the Sector for tourism and local economic development at the Municipality of Ohrid in cooperation with the catering tourist entities successfully implement the “Promotional tour – Ohrid 2015” which was part of the range of activities predicted at the sector’s yearly program. During this touristic promotional tour held from 2-nd to 5-th of April, attended representatives of travel agencies, media, magazines and tour operators from Turkey, Serbia, Israel, Russia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Ukraine, Hungary and Austria.
All guests and visitors had opportunity to meet and see the beauties of Ohrid and also they had opportunity for photo - safari tour, via organized tour of the old town, the cultural and historical monuments and landmarks, natural beauty and through promoting the alternative forms of tourism. In addition, the visitors had opportunity to meet the accommodation facilities through visiting more Hotels in the Ohrid region, furthermore, as a result of this promotional tour had been signed several agreements for lease (rent) of hotel facilities. We expect the participants of the promotional tour after the stay in Ohrid to publish reportages into the media and magazines about their impressions, thus their viewers and readers will have opportunity to meet the beauties of our city and the wider region, as well as the overall tourism potential and offer of Ohrid. Very soon in two most biggest satellite Turkish TV houses ATV and A haber will be broadcasted special emissions – shows about Ohrid and reportages will be published into ten electronic and printed journals of their media group, as well as in the GLOBER - JETLIFE, one of the most printed magazine which is distributed in the airline Atlas Global.
" OHRIDSKA SOFRA " for the third time in Ohrid
Date: 09.02.2015
In the picnic place near the monastery "St. Mary" in the village Skrebatno for the third time was held the promotional tourist event "Ohridska Sofra", organized by the Municipality of Ohrid, which symbolically marked the end of the main tourist season. The purpose of the event was to enrich the tourist offer by promoting the traditional Ohrid cuisine with preparation of local specialties among which a special place has the gjomleze.
This year, in the preparation of gjomleze 15 participants took place and a special three-member evaluation committee chose the best gjomleze made by Jordanka Todoroska which won prize money in amount of 10.000 denars. The second place with prize money in amount of 7,000 denars belonged to Ratka Krstanoski while Ilina Bimbiloski - Kovaceska was the third winner with prize money in amount of 3.000 denars. On behalf of Mayor Nicholas Bakracheski the Deputy Mayor of the city, Angel Janev welcomed the participants and visitors of the event. By organizing such events on one hand we nurture the traditional values of our recognizable marks in the world and on the other hand we set a solid foundations for development of rural tourism as one of the alternative forms of development for which the municipality has prepared a strategy with particular concern for it . Special emphasis today we put on the Ohrid specialty gjomleze. I know how delicious is gjomleze which is prepared from early morning by you- the participants in the competition, thus it is not easy for the evaluation committee to evaluate which is the best prepared gjomleze. All of you are winners today, you are all the best, because through your culinary abilities and skills you promote our well known traditional cuisine.. Together with you, the organizer of this beautiful event , representatives from Ohrid catering facilities and students from Ohrid Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality who prepared meals in traditional recipes as well as the residents of nearby settlements who presented healthy food. I wish this event to be held for many years as part of the tourist offer of the city. I wish you to enjoy in the remaining content of the event and to take beautiful memories that will make you again to come back to each successive edition of "Ohrid cuisine" .- stressed Yanev. The event was enriched with musical program and performance by ethno band “Baklava" .
Ohrid will be host-city and sponsor of the tourism fair in Skopje this year
Date: 04.02.2015
This year Ohrid will be host-city of the Fifth jubilee tourism fair – Skopje Travel Market in the period of 07th to 09th of May, on invitation of the Chamber of Tourism and Skopje Fair. Considering this occasion the Mayor Bakracheski point out that this is a great opportunity for presenting the tourism offer of Ohrid, as leading and most developed tourist center in R. of Macedonia.
The city of Ohrid as a host will be presented on big stand in the central place which gives us opportunity for more composite and colorful presentation of the city tourism offer on this big International fair event. Despite the representation of the major hotel and catering facilities offer about the upcoming tourist season, Ohrid as a host on this fair we will have opportunity to present the offer of the individuals which are performing catering services from small scope, craftsmen, the offers about active, alternative, primarily rural tourism and about the other stakeholders significant for this strategic industry. At this fair on the largest stand, also will be affirmed the strategies about extending the season through development of the cultural, health, sports and other forms of tourism. With involving Ohrid as a host city, this event - Skopje Travel Market has gained a new positive dimension, stated the president of the Chamber for tourism Ms. Lela Krstevska.
Date: 12.07.2013
If we are to talk about Ohrid Summer Festival at the encounter of its 53th edition, it is certain that its existence of many years indicates to an awareness that the festival leans on something that indeed represents a great tradition. This tradition originates from the place which is given from God, from the city of Ohrid the spiritual capital of Macedonia, the antique city with its magically blue lake, a city with a cultural history marked with values of the ancient civilization, the city of the first Slavic university in Europe, the city of Samuills kingdom and finally the city that represents the whole Macedonian cultural and spiritual history.

For these reasons, not accidentally in this city-holy place, God only had to send his noble message in order to mark the beginning of something that had to happen here. It happened on the remote year 1961 midsummer - on august 4th. A light sparkled under the amazing arches of the beautiful cathedral church St. Sophia a part of the monumental and ancient values of Ohrid from the 11th century.
The glitter of that sparkle marked the birth of the manifestation which was probably destined by God, the same way as it was destined that the opera singer Ana Lipsha Tofovic mark the beginning of a festival, that later will obtain the name Ohrid Summer.

That first concert on the 4th of August in St. Sophia, where the magical voice of the leader of the Macedonian opera was as sent for in that setting with amazing acoustics, definitely acknowledged the justification of all the strivings and wishes of that time to get to the thing which Ohrid had to have.
This act of concert christening of St. Sophia made in a moment of visionary illumination of Ana Lipsha Tofovic and her companion on piano Ladislav Perldic, with great enthusiasm supported by Ohrid citizens and Macedonian culture activists, showed that the seed is sown on a fertile soil and a manifestation of global importance is born.

Performing the works of Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Gluck, worked impressively since the beginning and showed that St. Sophia is made for that. And so the story called Ohrid Summer began.

In the first years of the festival, in the concept of its program, the direct connection of St. Sophia with the vocal music prevailed. Nevertheless, on one side it was insisted that primarily the artistic quality is insured and from the other side the need for representing works inspired by the holy work of the Cyril and Methodius brothers, with which the importance of Ohrid as a cradle of the Slavic literacy would be emphasized. In the couple of years of self-discovery and outlining its own physiognomy, Ohrid Summer firmly established itself as one of the pivots of the Macedonian cultural tradition.

The cathedral St. Sophia, the old lady of the Ohrid patriarch, demonstrates itself as an irreplaceable location for chamber music; becoming more and more attractive for artists and assembles of all over the world. The Festival grew to be an eye - catching destination for renown artists, among them: Vladimir Ruzgak (Croatian baritone), Martina Arroyo (USA soprano), Slovenian octet, musicians of Prague, the famous quartet Julliard and especially Golden Gate quartet, Macedonian artists Milka Eftimova, Todor Skalovskii. Their performances provoked amazement, at the same time challenged other artists of the world who had the desire to see this miracle called St. Sophia.

The years that followed marked perhaps the most significant period in the development of the Festival, a period which will be reflected on the upward course of this manifestation. It is the period of the legendary Leonid Kogan (Russian violinist, the best in the world in that time) and Andra Navara (cellist from France, as well one of the best musicians in the world). These two virtuosos belong in the group of artists who did not detach from the Festival up until their death. Their concerts, whether they were recitals or as soloists with orchestras, will be recorded among the most exquisite music events of the Festival which left a special mark in its history. They simply implanted their art and their creative spirit in the Festival. Their affection and attachment to the Festival was so great that with pleasure they engaged with pedagogical activity, carried some special music seminars within the outlines of the Festival, which showed to be as a very useful activity out of which a lot of young valuable musicians came out.

The Festival then was becoming more interesting, prosperous and more attractive for the artists of the world. In those years (70s and 80s) a lot of artists marched past, besides the local ones of former Yugoslavia, a lot of renowned namess performance contributed for even greater affirmation of the Festival. The names like: Mstislav Rostopovich, Aldo Chikolini, Gidon Kremer, Rugero Richi, Viktor Tretyakov, Henrick Shering, Salvatore Arcado, Elena Obrascova, Katia Richarelli, Victoria de los Angeles, Maksim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Julian Rahlin, Ivo Pogorelic and a lot of other vocal and instrumental soloists or assembles such as: Munich chamber orchestra, Virtuosi di Roma chamber orchestra, Georg Enesku chamber orchestra, the Lithuanian chamber orchestra, The Radio Symphony Orchestra of Austrian radio, Madrigal choir from Bucharest, Glinka from St. Petersburg, the children choir of Vienna and others; all had a say on the further growth of the Ohrid Summer.

In those years, as the physiognomy of the music part of the program was strengthening, equivalent to that the need for the same thing on the other segment was felt the theatre. Out of a simple reason the ancient atmosphere of Ohrid with its wonderful and impressionable scene locations attracts the attention of the directorss eye and the magical performance of the actor. The local Macedonian theatre troops began to perform in the Festival with plays of their repertoire so that later on this segment of the festival program established enough to make the festival an inviting gathering place for many guest theatres from all over the world and especially the area of former Yugoslavia. There were a lot of theatrical performances by theatres of highest rank from countries of former Yugoslavia as well as from Russia, Turkey, France, USA, Holland, Italy, Greece and other countries. The beautiful and alluring scene locations in Ohrid offered new opportunities which were the first shows that were performed as a premiere on the Festival. Theatrical projects that will be remembered were performed on the scenes of St. Sophia, Dolni Saraj, the Samuils fortress, St. Naum, Saraiste, Plaosnik and other locations, adapted on texts of l the local drama authors or world classics such as: Shakespeare, Chekhov, Moliere, Gogol, Brecht, Nushik, or the antic: Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes and others. Completing the profile of the theatre program in the 80s the Festival reaches a real striking ascent which gives its right to be considered as a manifestation of global significance.

Its adulthood as a manifestation with high artistic values, Ohrid Summer confirms around the mid 90s, to be more precise in 1994 when it became a member of the European Festival Association with headquarters in Geneva. Strict and high criteria were set in order to get accepted in this essential association. Ohrid Summer fulfilled them and became a member of the family of European festivals. This is a very high acknowledgment for the festival and the Macedonian culture in general. Certainly with being a part of this association a lot of wide opportunities for working in more aspects of developing the Festival arouse, especially in the program section. On one side the Festival became more popular and on the other side a greater opportunity for collaboration with the elite European festivals was given. This would be of great use for the mutual exchange of projects and experiences.

When the years 2000 and 2001 come, the Festival gets something for which it long awaited. The Antique theatre is discovered as the greatest stage location. At that same venue in 2001, with the gala evening of the Festival (premiere of the spectacular drama project of I. Popovski - Macedoine), the greatest and the most attractive summer scene with around 3000 visitors was promoted. With this venue, undoubted, the Festival takes another dimension in the direction of enriching its program contents, especially for the subject matter gala and opening evenings which require extravagancy. Since then all the gala evenings of the Festival are held on the scene of this magnificent venue. This was demonstrated by the unforgettable premiere project Macedoine, followed by the stars of the Russian Opera and ballet, the concert of the famous tenor Jose Carreras etc.

The Ohrid Summer Festival today can be said that is a really fortunate festival to have the city of Ohrid and the contrary- the city is blessed to have this festival and it was probably destined to be so.
In the Republic of Macedonia certainly the awareness of the meaning of this superb cultural manifestation always exists, because of what the festival has the absolute support of all the institution of the state. Especially the support of the government of RM through the Ministry of Culture, the President of the Republic who at the same time is the Patron of the Festival, as well as the important support of the economy through firms and companies that financially assist the festival.

Today, Ohrid Summer Festival presents a great dignity and an exceptional cultural gain for Ohrid and the Republic of Macedonia; a manifestation with which Ohrid and Macedonia can be represented with dignity in the world.

With this long tradition, on welcoming the 53th edition of the Festival, Ohrid Summer realizes a universal noble mission of a competition of high artistic values with intentions of realizing the new visions with even higher aims in the European and global cultural space.

It is certain that in the 53th edition of Ohrid Summer, in its traditional term 12th July 20th August, we will have another shining edition with all its peculiar characteristics that make the festival special, recognizable and unique in our area.

Balkan festival of folk songs and dances
Date: 06.07.2013
July 6 - July 11
The Balkan Festival of folk songs and dances is an international folklore event established in 1962 that was originally titled as The Ohrid Festival of Amateur Folk Songs and Folk Bands. In 1967 the Festival was restructured and ever since it has been hosting vocal and instrumental bands and solo singers presenting their authentic folk creations and traditional culture through horas, songs, rites, traditional clothes, local costumes, traditional musical instruments, and handicrafts. For more than twenty years "The Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances" has been a member of the UNESCO Associations of CIOFF (The International Council of the Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folklore Art), and IOFA (The International Organization for Folklore Art.
Traditionally, the Festival is held at the beginning of July. Although the name would suggest otherwise, there are many participants from outside the Balkans, including Asia and Africa. In the frames of the Festival exhibitions that have always been oriented to the Festival are organised, too. In the past years, the Institute for folklore “Marko Cepenkov” – Skopje organised Symposium for the Balkan folklore.
White night
Date: 29.06.2013
Municipality of Ohrid for the first time this year organizes the manifestation “White summer” on the 6th of July 2013. The entertainment programme of this event will begin at 21.00 o’ clock on the City square with the performance of two Macedonian musical stars: Karolina Goceva and Panco + ДНК and DJ set lefonque + iceberg. On this occasion catering and hotel facilities in the town will offer the visitors a special discount price from10 to 30 percent on their services.
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Ohrid Exhibition at Chelsea Gallery in London
Date: 16.05.2012

Ohrid Exhibition at Chelsea Library, Old Town Hall, (Kings Road, London SW3 5EE) from 21 May to 28 May 2012.
The exhibition is organized by PRO ART & CO from London, MAG – Culture & Experience from Skopje and Municipality of Ohrid.

For more information please visit the following web page.
Ohrid on Bing
Date: 21.03.2011
Macedonia was promoted as a turistic and world destination on the one of the most popular and most visited internet browsers’ homepage Bing, with a photography of the Lake Ohrid: Church of St. John Kaneo and additional information on the natural and cultural heritage.
iPult - Presentation of touristic offer
Date: 19.03.2011
The whole touristic offer of Ohrid will be presented on the web page
Ohrid Summer Festival
Date: 12.07.2010
Through the past 49 years The Ohrid Summer Festival gained its affirmation as one of the most important cultural manifestations in the Republic of Macedonia. Alongside with that, it succeeded in keeping the pace with the European and global cultural flow, reckoning among the privileged and most important festivals in the world. This is as well confirmed with the membership of Ohrid Summer Festival in the Association of the elite European festivals for 15 years now.
This year, encountering its great jubilee 50 years of existence, Ohrid Summer with firm steps and dignity is marking its way to its goal which is- accomplishing and realization of the most qualitative edition.
Ohrid Summer, with its many years tradition of performances with affluent artistic capacity and the privilege of originating from the ancient cultural history of the city, this year of 2010 when it will mark its jubilee, it will offer an exceptional artistic program; with events that are expected to cause great interest from the public, especially among the admirers of music, theatre and other kinds of art.
The great or golden jubilee represents a special challenge for the Festival and all those who participate in the organization, principally the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Macedonia and the other collaborators, in order to realize the most highly qualitative edition so far which will correspond to the rank and reputation of this Festival; together with this, to represent with dignity and to confirm once more the high cultural values of our country, Europe and the world. With sincere pleasure, we invite you to Ohrid this summer from July 12th to August 20th, so we can mutually enjoy in the wonderful magic called Ohrid Summer.
Balkan festival of folk songs and dances
Date: 06.07.2010
The Balkan Festival of folk songs and dances is an international folklore event established in 1962 that was originally titled as The Ohrid Festival of Amateur Folk Songs and Folk Bands.
In 1967 the Festival was restructured and ever since it has been hosting vocal and instrumental bands and solo singers presenting their authentic folk creations and traditional culture through horas, songs, rites, traditional clothes, local costumes, traditional musical instruments, and handicrafts. For more than twenty years "The Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances" has been a member of the UNESCO Associations of CIOFF (The International Council of the Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folklore Art), and IOFA (The International Organization for Folklore Art.
Traditionally, the Festival is held at the beginning of July. Although the name would suggest otherwise, there are many participants from outside the Balkans, including Asia and Africa.
In the frames of the Festival exhibitions that have always been oriented to the Festival are organised, too. In the past years, the Institute for folklore “Marko Cepenkov” – Skopje organised Symposium for the Balkan folklore.
Festival of French Film in Ohrid
Date: 26.06.2010
A nice initiative few years ago, for a revival of the cultural life in the tourist centre of Macedonia during the summer period, this year reaches its third anniversary of successful realisation.
The Film Festival in Ohrid that will be opened on 26th June, will offer, this year too, a rich palette of films from the French cinematography as well as film productions from the francophone creational sphere.
Best Places You've Never Heard Of
Date: 22.06.2010
One of the most famous internet browser BING on its TRAVEL browser for the most famous travel destinations puts the city od Ohrid and the Lake of Ohrid among 11 Best Places You've Never Heard Of…
Eleven people lucky enough to travel for a living reveal their favorite recent discoveries — places they happened upon and still can't stop thinking about...See the whole story
Day of Lake Ohrid
Date: 21.06.2010
This traditional manifestation, which is organized by the three lakeside cities: Ohrid, Podgradec and Struga with a purpose – the common concern for protection of the Lake of Ohrid, every year is held in other city, but this year Ohrid is the host-city.
Traditionally, on the day of Lake Ohrid are organized exhibitions, competitions and concerts.
Macedonia on the 21 place to go in 2010 choice by "The New York Times"
Date: 14.06.2010
One of the deepest lakes on the planet, with a dazzling Unesco World Heritage site of ancient dwellings rising high above its shores, Lake Ohrid in Macedonia is a local vacation star poised for greater international acclaim.
In the tiered, terra-cotta-roofed city of Ohrid, 18 miles from the Albanian border, a lakefront settlement dating back to Neolithic times, Macedonians boast that on their side of the lake is a church, monastery or mosque for every day of the year, each full of resplendent frescoes, mosaics and icons. Notable attractions include the recently renovated church of St. Clement and St. Panteleimon at Plaosnik, an epic Byzantine masterpiece, and the 13th-century St. John of Kaneo, a limestone and brick monastery that juts out over transparent blue waters.

An estimated $50 million renovation of the Ohrid Airport is planned for 2010, with more international flights expected by summer, and up to six new luxury hotels are in the works, including a $33 million property with construction scheduled to begin in March. Tourist attractions on Ohrid’s beaches were upgraded last year with swank bars and dining spots complimented by bamboo and leather couchettes, with the hot spot Cuba Libre leading the way.

Meanwhile, new government-financed archaeological digs around the lake regularly unearth treasures, like the 17 fifth-century tombs discovered last July. The find follows the 2008 opening of the Museum on Water, a re-created Bronze Age village built on stilts incorporating Ohrid artifacts. — Dinah Spritzer
Epiphany tourist event in the pearl city - Ohrid
Date: 19.02.2010
This year, traditionally with consecration of the waters of Lake Ohrid, with a prayer a throwing of the cross in presence of more than 10.000 citizens, the great Christian holiday Epiphany was celebrated.
This holiday also was a part of the Tourist Fair, increasing the tourist offer of Ohrid. Next year the city welcomes all visitors to attend the celebration on 19th of January.
The eurorepresentative in Macedonia in the waters of Macedonian tradition
Date: 21.01.2008
The Ambassador of EU in Macedonia, Mr. Ervan Fuere overvelmed the Macedonian citizens, participating in the rituals in Lake Ohrid. On the day of St. John the Baptist in the waters of Lake Ohrid a barrel of wine is placed in the lake and it is the target of the ritual participants. Mr. Fuere won the contest of reaching the Macedonian wine first. The citizens of Ohrid wished him a lot of enjoyment in the wine and a lot of happiness.
Oliveira is the winner of humanism prize in Ohrid
Date: 21.01.2008
The film director De Oliveira from Portugal arrived in Ohrid to accept the prize for humanism. The prize is awarded by the Humanism Academy of Ohrid. De Oliveira became the first honorary professor of the Film Academy in Skopje.
Ohrid host of turist fair
Date: 10.01.2008
The International Tourist Fair, which is expected to become an annual event, will take place in the sport arena "Biljanini Izvori" in Ohrid, for the period from 17th until 20th of January. The fair is organized by Hotels and Tourist Association of Macedonia, The Government of Republic of Macedonia, Skopje Fair and Municipality of Ohrid.
The gala opening will be on 17th of January at 19:00 hours in the "Inex-Gorica" hotel with Introductory speech by Macedonian Prime minister Nikola Gruevski.
Ohrid in the spirit of New Year
Date: 24.12.2007
The symbolic turning on of the Christmas Tree lights in the town square last night, by the mayor Aleksandar Petreski, marked the finish of the most of the activities for the New Year's decoration of Ohrid, which project was realized by "Ohriski Komunalec" and a specialized team.
Although with restricted amounts, the Local government kept the promise and thus fulfilled the expectations of the town people that Ohrid, during the New Year's celebrations, will be decorated better than last year. The sight of the town square and the streets in the central area of the town, which one can see when the sun goes down, is really impressing. In one word, Ohrid is sparkling in its best light. That is best confirmed by the photos. The town people and the guests can enjoy the wonderful view of Ohrid and after the New Year's Eve- until Epiphany in the middle of January.
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