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Issues Affecting Macedonians From Greece
An early speech by Victor Bivell on the 1994 attempted
renaming of the Macedonians in Australia and the range
of issues affecting Macedonians from Greece is now available
on the Pollitecon website. Titled Issues Affecting Macedonians
from Greece, it was delivered at the Macedonian Conference
on Women, Aged and Youth held in Sydney and discusses
problems that affect Macedonians in Australia including
life in Greece, Macedonian population numbers in Australia
and the census, fear, education and literacy, pride,
alienation of youth, war trauma and mental health services,
the child refugees and the attempted renaming of the
community. The speech is Here.
Contested Identity: Macedonians in Contemporary
A link to Ico Najdovski's book, Contested Identity:
Macedonians in Contemporary Australia is now on Pollitecon's
Links page. The 1997 Master's thesis was the basis for
a published book that has sold out. The thesis argues
that Macedonian identity is not fixed, but is the product
of lived experience and engagement with the issues that
confront Macedonians in the modern world. The Macedonian-Australian
identity is viewed as representing the dynamic processes
of 'negotiation' between various trajectories constructed
in response to changing social and cultural circumstances.
It describes these processes, including the contestation
of the Macedonian identity that was part of what became
known as 'the Greek-Macedonian debate' and the attempted
renaming of the Macedonians. The Links page is Here.
The book can also be downloaded Here.
Digitizing Ottoman-Era Manuscripts in Macedonia
Macedonia and Turkey have complete the first phase of
a joint project to digitally record a significant collection
of Ottoman-era manuscripts, says a report in SETimes.com.
Macedonia has some of the richest Ottoman archives outside
Turkey, and the Turkish International Co-operation and
Development Agency (TIKA) is supplying the equipment
to digitize 5,000 Ottoman-era manuscripts, totaling
900,000 pages, held at Macedonia's national library
St. Kliment Ohridski in Skopje. Works being digitized
include law, poetry, literature and religion from the
12th to the 20th centuries and that are written in Persian,
Arabic and medieval Turkish. The project is part of
a larger conservation project in Balkan countries. See
1150 Year Anniversary of the Arrival of Saints Cyril
and Methodius in Moravia
2013 is the 1,150 anniversary of the arrival of Saints
Cyril and Methodius in Moravia, and a large number of
cultural events have been organized to commemorate the
jubilee. In the Czech Republic, these include historical,
literary and artistic exhibitions, conferences, religious
celebrations, concerts, film festivals, and others.
The commemoration was organized by European Regional
Development Fund, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech
Republic, the Municipality and cultural home Cyril and
Methodius in Velehrad, the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid
Archbishopric, the Macedonian community in the Czech
Republic and others. There was also a Blessing from
His Holiness, Pope Francis. The commemorative web site
with extensive information is Here.
An exhibition of Macedonian manuscripts titled Manuscripta
Glagolitica was organized in the city of Velehrad by
Macedonian author Goce Durtanovski. It included a calligraphic
representation of glagolichni and Cyrillic writings
of religious literature, and reproductions of valuable
manuscripts in the collections of the National Library
St. Kliment Ohridski in Skopje and other libraries around
the world. The exhibition had over 8,000 visitors and
numerous dignitaries. Some photos from the exhibition
Investors' Guide to Macedonia
A series of information for investors looking at Macedonia
has been made available by the organizers of the Global
Investment Summit 2013 held in Ohrid last month. The
seven PDF pamphlets and booklets cover:
- Invest in Macedonia: Investor's Quick Guide"
- Invest in Macedonia: Technological Industrial Development
Zones: Investment Opportunity
- PWC Guide to Doing Business and Investing in Macedonia
- World Bank & IFC: Doing Business 2013, Economy
- Doing Business In Macedonia: A Country Commercial
Guide for U.S. Companies
- Doing Business in South East Europe 2011
- The European Times: Macedonia
Macedonian Economic Statistics
The PWC Guide to Doing Business and Investing in Macedonia
is a substantial 52 page booklet with a synopsis of
the important issues when planning to do business in
Macedonia such as taxation law, legislative proposals
and current practice. The booklets are Here.
Macedonian Community Language Courses
The Macedonian Community of Western Australia recognises
the importance of language learning and is again proud
to offer its popular Macedonian language classes in
2014. The Community's language school provides classes
for people of all ages and ability from school age children
through to adults with little or no background in the
Macedonian language. All are welcome and a background
in the Macedonian language is not essential. For further
information see Here
or email Here.
Community Language Teacher - Macedonian
The Macedonian Community of Western Australia (Inc.)
is seeking a part-time community language teacher to
deliver Macedonian language classes after hours on weekdays
and Saturday. The position is expected to entail up
to four hours per week.
Teacher qualifications and registration with the Western
Australian College of Teachers is preferred but not
essential. Applicants must be professional, flexible
and willing to support extra curricular activities.
Eligibility is subject to obtaining or holding evidence
of eligibility to work in Australia; criminal clearance;
and working with children check.
A CV and contact details for two teaching related referees
should be sent to the Director, Macedonian Community
Language School, Macedonian Community of Western Australia
(Inc.), PO Box 12, North Perth, Western Australia, 6906
or via email Here.
For further information please telephone (08) 9328 7852.
Bitove Macedonian Scholarship
The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is calling for
undergraduate and graduate students of Macedonian heritage
to apply for the 2013 UMD John L. N. Bitove, C.M. Macedonian
Heritage Scholarship. UMD will award up to four scholarships,
two of US$2,000 each and two of US$1,500 each for full-time
undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited
American, Australian, Canadian, or European college
or university. UMD has already given out nearly US$30,000
in scholarships so far. The deadline for applications
is 1 December. More information Here.
Wrestling the Bear in English
The play Wrestling the Bear by Dushan Ristevski will
have an English language premier performance in Sydney
on Friday 22 November and a second show Macedonian language
performance on Saturday 23 November. The play utilizes
comedy and drama to tell the stories of two Macedonian
men dealing with cancer. It is performed by the Australian-Macedonian
Theatre Company of Sydney and directed by Stefo Nantsou.
The performances are at 7 pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday
at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre. Tickets can
be bought at the door or ordered on 0425 231 335.
The Balkan Bookshop in the Sydney suburb of Kogarah
has 67 books from Macedonia available in its selection
of books from Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia.
Titles include Macedonian fiction, translations of mainstream
European and American popular and literary fiction,
and some biography. Authors include Sylvia Plath, Italo
Calvino, Bob Dylan, Vincent van Gogh, Irving Stone,
Sidney Sheldon and Danielle Steel. The bookshop is open
by appointment or books can be ordered online. Further
information on 0403 199 988 and 0424 775 203. The web
site is Here.
Discount for Complete Set of Books
A reminder that a complete set of Macedonian books published
by Pollitecon can be purchased at a discount of free
postage in Australia and reduced airmail postage overseas.
Could be handy for Christmas. See Here
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