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Macedonian Cultural Workshops - Keilor
09 August, 2019
Students of Macedonian at Keilor Downs VSL, recently had a very rare opportunity to meet two extraordinary people from their country of origin- Macedonia, Zivko Popovski- Cvetin, Macedonian painter and humanitarian, and Stefce Stojkoski, a maestro of traditional instruments. Mr. Cvetin for over three decades has been painting the “flowers of peace” and been spreading his positive energy around the world. In 2009 he was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize, and his name was mentioned by world news media outlets, alongside Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy. Stefce Stojkoski is a Macedonian folk music legend, whose main aim is development of the traditional songs, presentation of the national traditions all around the world. He specializes in kaval( an end blown flute), gajda( bagpipe), tambura (a four-sting long-necked lute), dvojnik (double block flute), kemane (an upright pear-shaped fiddle), zurla (a double-reed instrument) and many other authentic instruments. On the arrival, they were greeted by the Area Manager Sadik Cagdas, who welcomed and thanked the guests for sparing some of their precious time to visit the school. Mr. Cvetin gave one of his “flower of peace” to Mr. Cagdas as a sign for friendship. The Macedonian teachers organised two workshops, one ran by Mr. Cvetin, who spoke to the students about his life and career while he was painting more of his flowers. Students were able to ask questions from earlier prepared questionnaire. They also had some hands on activities on how to create those lovely flowers. The second workshop was run by the musician Mr. Stojkoski, who presented few of his instruments, he played, and he let the students to have a go as well. At recess time all Macedonian students together with their teachers, special guests and the area manager released balloons in the air with the messages for peace around the world. At the staff room, the guests, teachers of all the faculties at the centre and the administration staff had a chance to taste traditional Macedonian food prepared by the teachers from the Macedonian faculty. These workshops were very important for the students as they had a chance to get closer to their culture and tradition.
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