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Ohrid Summer Festival kicks off

The 57th edition of the Ohrid Summer Festival under the motto “The Road to Magic” was officially opened late Wednesday in Ohrid’s Antique Theater.

Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov who is the patron of the festival opening the event said that for 57 years the Ohrid Summer Festival is part of our path to the power of art. Every year, numerous artists from Macedonia, Europe and the world pass through this path, who unselfishly share their creativity and satisfy our deepest desire for beauty, goodness and freedom. Hence, there is no better way to start our journey than through jazz, whose second name is freedom, Ivanov said.

After more than half a century of existence of Ohrid Summer Festival, the manifestation faces challenges of modern times, new cultural narratives, new technologies, artistic expressions and the new audience. We are certain that in coming period Ohrid Summer Festival will offer a new vision for the new times, Culture Minister Robert Alagjozovski said.

The concert of the American jazz quarter Fourplay and Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Emin Dzijan opened the manifestation.

The organisers of the festival announced a record number of 57 events in the forthcoming 40 festival days.

Ohrid will host more than 300 artists from 20 countries, namely from China, Indonesia, US, Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Austria, Canada, etc.

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