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Music Music

Boban and Marko Marković Orchestar (Serbia)

Boban and Marko Marković Orchestar (Serbia)

Festival:  Colours of Ostrava Festival, Czech Republic

Date:  14 July 20:00

Named after father and son, Boban and Marko Marković Orchestra is the most famous brass band to emerge from the Western Balkans. Founded in 1984, this twelve-member band has won several of the most important prizes at Guča Trumpet Festival – regarded as the most important Balkan Brass Band Festival in the region. In addition to winning the "Golden Trumpet" and "Best Orchestra", in 2001 Boban Marković won the festival’s “First Trumpet Award”, being the first competitor ever to receive full marks from all jury members for his performance.

The group has received international acclaim after it performed music for Emir Kusturica's films "Arizona Dream" (1993) and "Underground" (1995). Since then, they have released eight international albums and played in festivals and concerts all over Europe, as well as in the United States and Canada.

Read more about Boban and Marko Marković Orchestar here.

Dubioza Kollektiv (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Dubioza Kollektiv (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Festival:  Colours of Ostrava Festival, Czech Republic

Date:  17 July 19:00

Dubioza kolektiv (a.k.a Dubioza as referred to by some fans) is a Bosnian band based in Sarajevo, whose music consists of various styles ranging from Reggae, Dub and Rock intermixed with political lyrics along uplifting melodies. Dubioza Kolektiv's lyrics revolve around themes of peace, understanding and tolerance, alongside an extreme criticism of the nationalism and injustice carried in Bosnia and Herzegovina that resulted in the Yugoslav Wars of the early 1990s. The band was founded from members of bands Gluho doba Against Def Age -Alan Hajduk, Adisa Zvekic, Almir Hasanbegovic and Adis Zvekic from Zenica and Ornamenti - Brano Jakubovic and Vedran Mujagic from Sarajevo. Later, guitarist Armin Busatlic (ex-SCH, Beastly Stroke), drummer Senad Suta and percussionist Orhan Oha Maslo joined Dubioza Kolektiv.

Read more about Dubioza Kollektiv here.

DJ Robert Šoko

DJ Robert Šoko

Festival:  Polé Polé Ghent, Belgium

Date:  21 July 23:00

DJ Robert Soko, born in 1970 in Zeneca in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is one of the fathers of BalkanBeats – a genre of party music that combines Balkan folk music with rock, ska and urban electronic sounds, and which, in recent years, has become a global phenomenon.

Soko grew up in former Yugoslavia listening to western-influenced guitar music, and spent his early twenties “wandering Europe and learning languages”. On 3 October 1990 – the day of the German reunification – Soko arrived in Berlin. Playing DJ sets that brought together East and West, he tapped into a special energy, thanks to which he keeps audiences dancing to dawn not only in Berlin, but also in New York, Paris and London.

Read more about Robert Soko here.

Irina Karamarkovic (Kosovo*)

Irina Karamarkovic (Kosovo*)

Festival:  Summer in the city Festival, Luxembourg

Date:  16 July 19:00

The multi-talented musician Irina Karamarkovic studied ballet, piano and flute before forming her first band at the age of thirteen and going on to study jazz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. With her current project, Songs from Kosovo, Karamarkovic gives new meaning to traditional songs passed down to her from her parents, and their parents and grandparents before them. Attempting to preserve these story-telling ballads, she presents them to new audiences with her emotionally powerful voice.

Read more about Irina Karamarkovic, please click here.

Music Progressive Quartet (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Music Progressive Quartet (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Festival:  Summer in the city Festival, Luxembourg

Date:  16 July 20:30

Music Progressive Quartet is comprised of Vladimir Lazarevski (oboe and English horn), Vladimir Krstev (violin and tambura), Marko Videnovik (viola and composer), and Paskal Krapovski (cello). The artists of the band are also members of the country’s Philharmonic National Orchestra. The main idea and driving force of these young musicians is to bring refreshment to the country’s music scene, and also to successfully present traditional music to the world market by mixing the sound of folklore with jazz influence, and by using instruments which are mainly used in classical music.


Kočani Orkestar

Kočani Orkestar

Festival:  Dranouter Festival, Belgium

Date:  4 August 21:30

Taking their name from their hometown in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kočani Orkestar is a Balkan brass band with distinctive flavours of Turkish and Latin music. In 1998 they appeared performing in Emir Kusturica’s film ‘Time of the Gypsies’. Since then, they have gone on to achieve international fame with tours through Europe and Canada, but have remained loyal to their roots and continue to play at weddings and christenings in the town where bandleader, Naat Veliov, was born into a family of trumpet players.

Read more about the Koçani Orkestar, please click here.

Petrit Çeku (Kosovo*)

Petrit Çeku (Kosovo*)

Festival:  Grachtenfestival, Netherlands

Date:  16 August 11:00

Described by the prominent classical music label ‘Naxos’ as "one of the leading guitarists of the younger generation" Petrit Çeku was born in 1985 in Prizren where, at primary music school, he received instruction from Luan Sapunxhiu. In 2002 he moved to Zagreb, where he continued his music al education under the instruction of Xhevdet Sahatxhija.

In 2004, he represented Croatia in the European Music Prize for Youth in Dubrovnik and won first prize as well as the Croatian Composers’ Union prize for the performance of a work by a Croatian composer. Winning the Pittaluga Competition in Alessandria, Italy in 2007, Petrit Ceku established himself as one of the leading guitarists of the younger generation. He has taken part in master-classes led by Manuel Barrueco, Leo Brouwer, Zoran Dukiç, Carlo Marchione, Ehat Musa, Scott Tennant and Ana Vidoviç. For several years he has attended Strings Only!, the summer school for string instruments, led by the renowned cellist Valter Despalj. Petrit Ceku is currently based in Zagreb

Read more about Petrit Çeku, click here.

Shazalakazoo (Serbia)

Shazalakazoo (Serbia)

Festival:  Helsinki Film Festival, Finland

Date:  15 - 25 September

Shazalakazoo is a folkstep duet from Belgrade, Serbia. It is formed by Milan Djurić (usb-clarinet, plastic knobs, faders, rubber pads, silicon chips, singing and shouting) and Uroš Petković (electric violin, turntables and silicon chips). The band plays danceable electronic bass music spiced with the sounds originating from the Balkans. Their interpretation of Balkan melodies, harmonies and rhythm patterns are often intertwined with the influences that come mostly from Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa, creating the unique musical blend.

Genc Salihu (Kosovo*)

Genc Salihu (Kosovo*)

Festival:  Balkan Snapshots Preview, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date:  13 - 14 October

Genc Salihu is a singer-songwriter and poet from Prishtina. He co-wrote the album "Cute Babulja." He recently published some of his poems in "MM" magazine, and read them to the audience at the "Polip" Poetry Festival. He has produced a new single and video called ‘Rrugëve.’ He is the co-owner of ‘Dit e Nat LIBRA,’ a cafe-bookstore that functions as an open platform for informal debate and the promotion of local film, arts, and literary scenes.

Nebojša aka Schwabe (Kompleks) (Serbia)

Nebojša aka Schwabe (Kompleks) (Serbia)

Festival:  Balkan Snapshots Preview, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date:  13 - 14 October

Kompleks is a DJ collective based in Belgrade. It was established in 2008 by Bojan and Nebojša. Bojan and  Nebojša  have worked for a long time in the music industry as DJs, producers, promoters and clubbers. They create soulful beats from deep and dark house to death disco. In their work one can find plenty of re-edits from Dino Dvornik, Hugh Masekela, Ray Barreto, Aske, Sade and Undisputed Truth. Kompleks is resident at the legendary club 20/44 in Belgrade. In just two years they have played in allmost all important clubs in region. In 2010 they released the EP “This is not that song.”

Darkwood Dub (Serbia)

Darkwood Dub (Serbia)

Festival:  BUCH Wien, Austria

Date:  10-13 November 2011

Darkwood Dub are an alternative rock band from Belgrade, Serbia, which, formed in 1988, gradually grew to prominence on the Serbian rock scene. Their music is characterized by gentle bass lines, a mixture of live drumming and electronic percussion, along with frequent use of slide guitar, synthesizers and samplers. The succinct and introspective lyrics are also a prominent feature, sung with offbeat vocals  of Dejan Vučetić. Apart from seven official albums, the band participated in several joint projects, composed scores for several films and theatre plays. They also showed a political streak by participating in many pro-democracy projects.


In 2009, the band was nominated for the Best Regional Act at the MTV European Awards. Today, Darkwood Dub are one of the top bands of the Serbian rock scene, and for the last 10 years, they have been touring regularly throughout former Yugoslav countries, Austria, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.

Film Film

Vladimir Perovic (Montenegro)

Vladimir Perovic (Montenegro)

Festival:  Aye Aye Festival, France

Date:  1 - 10 September

Vladimir Perović was born in 1955 in Cetinje, Montenegro, and graduated in Film & TV Directing from Faculty of Drama Arts, Belgrade, Serbia. His creative documentaries have been screened at the festivals worldwide and have won 62 prizes and awards so far. He works as Editor and Director in Documentary Dpt. of RTV in Novi Sad, Serbia, and is associate professor of Documentary at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Cetinje, Montenegro. Perović lives in Belgrade, Serbia. His films The Trials, Tribulations and Sustainable Growth of a Cock will be screened at Aye Aye Festival on 8 September at 18:30. The director will be present to discuss with the audience.

 

Read more about Vladimir Perovic here.

 

Mila Turajlic (Serbia)

Mila Turajlic (Serbia)

Festival:  Aye Aye Festival, France

Date:  1 - 10 September

Born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1979, Mila Turajlić claims to have taken the ‘long road’ to becoming a documentary filmmaker. After degrees in Politics and International Relations and Media and Communications at the London School of Economics, she converted to filmmaking in “in the belief that art will always be more subversive than politics”. She has worked as a producer on Mel Gibson’s Film Apocalypto in Mexico and helped found the documentary film festival “Magnificent 7 ” in Belgrade. Her latest documentary Cinema Kommunisto will be screened at Aye Aye Festival on 10 September at 14:15. The director will be present to discuss with the audience.

Slobodan Šijan (Serbia)

Slobodan Šijan (Serbia)

Festival:  Aye Aye Festival, France

Date:  1 - 10 September

Slobodan Šijan was born in 1946 in Belgrade, Serbia. After graduating from film direction and directing a handful of TV movies in the late 1970s, his big break came in 1980 with his first full-length feature film Ko to tamo peva (Who Sings Over There?). The enormous success of that film, written by Dušan Kovačević, led to the duo to collaborate on another project - Maratonci trče počasni krug (The Marathon Family, 1982), which achieved considerable critical and commercial success. In the following years Šijan directed two more notable films - Kako sam sistematski uništen od idiota (How I was systematically destroyed by an idiot) and Davitelj protiv davitelja (Strangler vs. Strangler). From 2001 onwards, he has been teaching at the Loyola Marymount University film school in Los Angeles. His first major success ‘Who Sings Over There’ will be shown at Aye Aye Festival on 10 September at 21:15. The director will be present.

Vjera Matković - Croatia

Vjera Matković - Croatia

Festival:  Aye Aye Festival, France

Date:  1 - 10 September

Vjera Matković is the executive producer of the International Festival of Animated Film – Animafest in Croatia. She holds a degree in Czech and English language and literature, and has taken a postgraduate course in Cultural Management and Cultural Policy in the Balkans at the University of Arts in Belgrade. Matković worked as assistant producer in the audio and video production studio Livada and as Croatian language teacher at a school of foreign languages in Prague. A selection of Animafest films will be shown at Aye Aye festival on 3 September at 14:15.

Dejan Zečević (Serbia)

Dejan Zečević (Serbia)

Festival:  Helsinki Film Festival, Finland AND Raindance Film Festival, London

Date:  15 - 25 September (Helsinki), 28 September - 9 October (London)

Dejan Zečević (b. 1972) is one of the most successful Serbian film directors of our time. He graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Belgrade in 1997 and went on write scripts and to direct for both film and television. Dejan Zecevic’s films have received more than 100 prizes. He has received the FIPRESCI Award for Best Serbian Director four times (in 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2007). His latest film, The Enemy, is a praised paranormal thriller set during the last days of the Balkan war.

Seyfi Teoman (Turkey)

Seyfi Teoman (Turkey)

Festival:  Helsinki Film Festival, Finland

Date:  15 - 25 September

Seyfi Teoman was born in Kayseri, Turkey in 1977. After studying economics at the Bogazici University in Istanbul, he worked as assistant director in various short films and advertisements. He lived in Lodz in Poland for two years, studying film directing at the Polish National Film School where his tutor and supervisor was the acclaimed Polish director Mariusz Grzegorzek. He shot his graduation movie Apartaman in 2004. The film has been screened in many international film festivals.

His feature debut, Tatil Kitabi (Summer Book), was the only Turkish production accepted to the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in 2008. After its world premiere at Berlinale’s Forum section, the film went on to win Best Film and FIPRESCI Prize at the 27th Istanbul International Film Festival. It was also awarded in Taormina (Italy), at Artfilm (Slovakia) and Montreal (Canada). His second feature, Bizim Buyuk Caresizligimiz (Our Grand Despair) was selected for the competition at Berlinale 2011. Teoman is currently working on his third feature, provisionally titled as Evliya (Saints).

Hana Selimović (Serbia)

Hana Selimović (Serbia)

Festival:  Balkan Snapshots Preview, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date:  13 - 14 October

Hana Selimovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. She is an actress on both the stage and screen and works at the National Theatre in Belgrade. She is also an assistant at the Academy of Arts in the acting department. Her first big break in the film industry came with Beli, beli svet (White, white world), directed  by Oleg Novković. For the role of Rosa, she was awarded the prize of best actress at the International Film festival of Pau, in France. She is related to the famous writer Mesa Selimović.

Ivan-Goran Vitez (Croatia)

Ivan-Goran Vitez (Croatia)

Festival:  Raindance Film Festival

Date:  28 September – 9 October

Ivan-Goran Vitez was born in 1975 and studied film, TV directing and dramaturgy at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb. He wrote the screenplay for and directed two very well-received short films, The Death of the Seals (2000) and The Last Sacrament (2005). He also wrote a documentary on the Croatian Pula Film Festival, Little Hands (2001), and was director of the TV series Law!  (2009), as well as of 12 episodes of Bums and Princesses (2005-2006). His short film The Last Sacrament won several awards, including the Golden Pram Award for the best film of the Checkered selection at Zagreb Film Festival in 2005. His feature film debut premiered at the Pula Film Festival in 2010 and won 2 Golden Arenas Awards for best editing and best costumes.

Sinisa Dragin (Serbia)

Sinisa Dragin (Serbia)

Festival:  Raindance Film Festival

Date:  28 September – 9 October

Sinisa Dragin was born in 1970 in Serbia and attended the Academy of Film and Drama in Bucharest. He has been working as a cameraman for Reuters TV International News Agency since 1992. Besides his activities as a TV cameraman, Dragin directed various documentaries, such as The Sorrow of Black Gold (1994) and Burning Sun over Tichilești (1995). He won numerous awards with the short feature The Rain (1995), as well as with his feature films Long Journey by Train (1998) and Everyday God Kisses Us on the Mouth (2001).

Ante Tomic (Croatia)

Ante Tomic (Croatia)

Festival:  Raindance Film Festival

Date:  28 September – 9 October

Ante Tomic was born in Croatia in 1970 and is a professional journalist and bestselling author. For his journalistic work he received the Marija Juric Zagorka Award from the Croatian Journalist Society. His first collection of short stories I Forgot Where I Parked came out in 1997. In 2000 he published the novel What is a Man Without a Moustache, which was later adapted into two successful film productions. This first novel was followed by Nothing Should Surprise Us, which had three editions and reached the top place on the bestseller lists. Moreover, Tomic co-wrote various movies scripts (The Last Will) and screenplays for the theatre and for the TV series New Age

Pluton Vasi (Albania)

Pluton Vasi (Albania)

Festival:  Raindance Film Festival

Date:  28 September – 9 October

Pluton Vasi was born in 1963 and is an Albanian scriptwriter and director. He studied at the Academy of Arts in Tirana and worked as a director and scriptwriter for various documentaries and films, such as the feature film Maya (2010) and the TV movie The Concerns of an Obese (2008), for which he won numerous awards and nominations at international film festivals all around the world.

Vladimir Blazevski (Macedonia)

Vladimir Blazevski (Macedonia)

Festival:  Raindance Film Festival

Date:  28 September – 9 October

Blazevski was born in 1955 in Skopje and studied at the Academy for Film, Theater, Radio and Television in Belgrade. As a director, he worked on the feature films Hi-Fi (1987) and The Revolution Boulevard (1992), as well as on six short documentaries, many film commercials and over 200 television broadcasts, winning numerous awards. He also wrote various screenplays for TV and film productions. Furthermore, Blazevski has been a professor of Film Theory and History since 1994, teaching among others at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts and at Megatrend University in Belgrade. 

Jasmin Durakovic (Bosnia)

Jasmin Durakovic (Bosnia)

Festival:  Raindance Film Festival

Date:  28 September – 9 October

Jasmin Durakovic is a Bosnian director, scriptwriter and producer. His feature length films Nafaka (2006) and Sevdah for Karim (2010) were both presented on many festivals around the world. He also directed numerous documentaries, short features and TV films. He won prestigious national awards with the drama scripts City of Dreams 2000 and Those Brilliant Years of the Siege, which were later adapted into stage productions and translated into several languages. His journalistic, editorial and publishing work granted him the highest national awards in Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as the Journalist of the Year 2000 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He worked for the public broadcasting service RTVFBiH as a general manager and producer from 2001 to 2008. He is a member of the Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Andrijana Stojković (Serbia)

Andrijana Stojković (Serbia)

Festival:  Raindance Film Festival

Date:  28 September – 9 October

Andrijana Stojković was born in 1976 in Serbia. She is a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade in the Film & TV Directing department. As the writer of seven short fiction films, eight short documentaries, two full-length documentaries and a feature film, her works have been presented all around the world and received numerous awards at various international film festivals and at Canal+. Among the most successful films were Museum Open Only for Public Holidays (2002), Belgrade Sound (2001), An Island (1997) and Home (1996). 

Boris Malagurski (Serbia)

Boris Malagurski (Serbia)

Festival:  Raindance Film Festival

Date:  28 September – 9 October

Boris Malagurski was born in Serbia in the late 1980s. In 2005 he moved to Canada, where he became a film student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His film The Canada Project (2005) won the Best Film Award at the First Take International Student Film Festival in Toronto and was shown on Serbian National Television several times. Kosovo: Can You Imagine? (2009) was Malagurski's first political documentary and also won him several prestigious awards. In his newest film The Weight of Chains (2011), Malagurski worked as director, producer, writer, editor and in most cases videographer, production manager, fundraising coordinator, film tour planner, web designer and much more. Many of his later productions were also showcased at several film festivals worldwide, including the International Film Festival in Palic, Serbia.

Nikola Ležaić (Serbia)

Nikola Ležaić (Serbia)

Festival:  Raindance Film Festival

Date:  28 September – 9 October

Nikola Ležaić was born in 1981 in Serbia and studied film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He co-founded the Serbian comic group SMOG and the literary movement METASYNCHRISM. Among his short films, Boxer Goes to Heaven (2007) won the Best Fiction Short Award at the Belgrade Short Film Festival, while Nylon-dressed Ground (2008) was presented at the Montpellier Film Festival. Tilva Rosh (2010) is his feature debut.

Dance & Theatre Dance & Theatre

Naroden teatar Vojdan Černodrinski, Prilep

Naroden teatar Vojdan Černodrinski, Prilep

Festival:  Euro-Scene, Germany

Date:  11 - 12 November

Performers from the Vojdan Černodrinski Theatre in Prilep in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia under the direction of Branko Brezovec (Croatia) will be performing at Leipzig’s Euro Scene Festival on 11 and 12 November. 

Branko Brezovec, born in 1955 in Zagreb, has directed more than 60 productions in numerous European countries. »Antica« was created with the national theatre of the small Macedonian city of Prilep and its amazing actors. Brezovec was a guest at euro-scene Leipzig 2007 with his piece »Svadbe i suđenja« (»Weddings and trials«).

Ivana Sajko (Croatia)

Ivana Sajko (Croatia)

Festival:  BUCH Wien, Austria

Date:  10-13 November 2011

Ivana Sajko is a Croatian playwright and actor and has won several award for her dramatic performances, Naranča u oblacima (1998), Rebro kao zeleni zidovi (2000) i Misa za predizbornu šutnju, mrtvaca iza zida i kopita u grlu (2002).
She is a co-founder of the theatre group BAD Co. Her dramas have been performed in the theatre and on the radio and have been published in a dozen languages.She has published a collection of plays, including Smaknuta lica (Executed persons) in 2011, a dramatic trilogy called Žena – bomba (Woman – The bomb) in 2004, and Rio bar, a novel, in 2006.

Literature Literature

Muharem Bazdulj (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Muharem Bazdulj (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Festival:  BUCH Wien, Austria

Date:  10 - 13 November

Muharem Bazdulj was born in 1977 in Travnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina). He has published three collections of short stories: One Like a Song, 1999, Another Book (Druga knjiga), 2000, The Travnik Trinity (Travniška trojica), 2002; and a novel The Concert (Koncert), 2003. He got the Soros Foundation-Open Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina award for Another Book as the best collection of short stories. Since 1996 he writes for the Sarajevo weekly BH Dani, and at times contributes to various newspapers in the former Yugoslav areas (Feral Tribune in Split, Zarez in Zagreb, Vreme in Belgrade, etc.).

Dragan Velikić (Serbia)

Dragan Velikić (Serbia)

Festival:  BUCH Wien, Austria

Date:  10-13 November 2011

Dragan Velikić, born in 1953, is a Serbian novelist, essayist, journalist and has served as Serbia’s ambassador to Austria. He was known as one of the most important journalists critical of Slobodan Milosevic. He publishes volumes of short storie, essays, and novels. His books have been translated into ten languages, and he has published articles in many European magazines, including Die Weltwoche, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Die Zeit.

Dragana Mladenović (Germany/Serbia)

Dragana Mladenović (Germany/Serbia)

Festival:  BUCH Wien, Austria

Date:  10-13 November 2011

Dragana Mladenović was born in 1977 in Germany and studied Serbian literature at the University of Belgrade. She is one of the most impressive and engaged poets in Serbia. Ever since her first poetry collection she has been discovering new ways to use the language. Dragana Mladenović’s most obvious poetic attribute is reflected in her use of unusual material that she gains from dealing with everyday experiences. Her poems have been published in Serbian magazines and anthologies. The most important poetry collections are Nema u tome nimalo poezije (There is no poetry in it at all) in 2003, Raspad sistema (Breakdown of the system) in 2005, Tvornica (Factory) in 2006, Asocijalni program (The asocial program) in 2007, und Omot spisa (Pack files) in 2008.

Robert Alagjozovski (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Robert Alagjozovski (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Festival:  BUCH Wien, Austria

Date:  10-13 November 2011

Robert Alagjozovski was born in 1973 in Strumica. He graduated from the Department of General and Comparative Literature at The Faculty of Philology in Skopje. He works as an independent scholar, critic and journalist. He is editor of Culture in "Studentski Zbor". He is an active participant within the Transeeuropeennes-Paris network of summer schools and seminars on cultural and sociological themes. He is a Macedonian stringer of the biggest net magazine for the ex-socialist countries, Prague based “Transitions on line”. Mr. Alagjozovski writes short stories. 

Nikola Madžirov (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Nikola Madžirov (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Festival:  BUCH Wien, Austria

Date:  10-13 November 2011

Nikola Madžirov was born on 27 May 1973 in Strumica (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia). He has published poetry, essays and translations. For his book of poetry Locked in the city (1999) he received the Studentski Zbor award for the best debut book, while for his Somewhere nowhere (1999) the Aco Karamanov award. In 2004 he published the collection of poems In the city, somewhere. For the poetry of his  book Relocated stone (2007) he received the Hubert Burda  award, which is presented to authors born in Central and Eastern Europe. His poetry has been translated into eighteen languages and published in collections and anthologies in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and abroad. He is the Macedonian coordinator of the international poetry net Lyrikline. Based on his poetry, two short films have been made in Sofia (Bulgaria) and Zagreb (Croatia). He has participated at several international poetry festivals (Poetry Spring; Struga Poetry Evenings; Vilenica; Medana), and has received several international awards and scholarships (KultuKontakt; Internationales Haus der Autoren Graz; LiteraturHause NÖ). He lives and works in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as an editor, author and translator.