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catalogue-good morning, balkan 6 - national gallery of macedonia, ohrid,2007
26.october 2007 - exhibition catalogue in 40 pages, 22x29 cm in colour, published in tetovo with texts in englisch by, emil brix, aleksandar petreski and fate velaj.
for more information about the exhibition please see http://velaj.com/?cid=1,103,229
emil brix director general for cultural politics, federal ministry for european and international affairs of austria
austria and the balkan region are closely connected by common history and geographic vicinity, by joint economic,social and cultural interests. since the fall of the iron curtain in 1989, our co-operation has even become more intense, with austria supporting the democratic, social and ecological development especially in south-eastern europe.
in this context, the role of culture is of particular importance in promoting mutual understanding and,consequently, peace and stability. the creative potential and cultural and religious diversity that we find in the works of artists from south-eastern europe may indicate to us new paths and show us new answers in the evaluation of the past and in constructing the future of this region that holds a key role in the development of our entire continent.
thus the austrian foreign ministry welcomes the exhibition project good morning, balkan which provides a platform also for presenting visual artists from balkan countries and from the european union. this project is a fascinating work in progress with former presentations in cities like, athens, bukarest, tirana, pristina and trieste
i would like to thank the `forum weltoffen´ and its president fatmir velaj, for this important initiative which helps us to share the visions of 20 artists from western europe, austria and the `balkans´ on the process of european integration.
special thanks go, of course, to the city of ohrid that has always been a meeting point of eastern and western culture, of ancient traditions and modern life, and to its mayor aleksandar petreski, with whom we have been able to co-operate on splendid initiatives such as the ohrid summer festival earlier this year.
aleksandar petreski - mayor of ohrid
after a lot of important things and beautiful occasions ohrid has always showed up itself as a real center of events with european and worldwide character. just these days, exactly the afternoon and this evening our beautiful town, cultural and spiritual center of macedonia is thrifty of value happenings for the present time and future heritage of civilization.
actually the world conference for different dialogs of religion and civilization in the frame of tonights exhibition, by artists of south east europe, with no doubt they confirm and give us for the rights to pride our self feel like citizens of world.
that feel of pride can possess only people with cosmopolitan spirit who is anxious and flies up above area. also this feeling confirms another truth: ohrid the crossroad town of civilization among centuries; treasure town of culture-historical heritage it is not just a history, it is not a town of that what is created with centuries. ohrid today lives with the same spiritual potency too. well treating of past traditions, ohrid today creates values as a pledge of future and following generations. strictly this meeting, the exhibition named good morning, balkan strongly confirms that truth and our determination for which we work untiringly as citizens and local government.
dear friends because of that, as a mayor i engaged this exhibition, that have seen athens, trieste, tirana and other centers of balkan, transfer this exhibition in ohrid too. this exhibition is a project of open world supported by national institutions of republic of austria, it is not just a summary of artistic pictures of 20 authors from balkan, austria and other european countries. at the same time it is witness about how strong the culture connects people erasing borders and barriers but it impulses much more in processes euro-integration in balkan at all. as for me and all the others that will see this exhibition, this event brings a huge contribution of ours effort for affirmation of ohrid as a town of culture and spiritual center with all things that possesses and dos that now, belongs to values of civilization at this time and the times coming up.
i express acknowledgement to competent institution of republic of austria to open world forum, president mr. fatmir velaj and to all who contributed make us thrifty of this exhibition. so, we and they, once more confirm that ohrid not only in past but also today, presents crossroad where civilizations meet each other. im convinced this beautiful town owing to this events will be suchlike in the future and forever.