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The International Festival of Ethnological Documentary Films „KRATFEST” was established in 2012 with the fixed location in Kratovo, Macedonia. The substantial and formal borders of the Festival are shaped by two prominent  ethnological/antropological organisations in Macedonia: the Macedonian Ethnological Society in Skopje and the City Museum of Kratovo. In 2022 the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań, Poland joined as the third co-organisator of KRATFEST. 

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macedonian ethnological society

The Macedonian Ethnological Society (MES) is an NGO and non-profit organization consisting of ethnologists, which aims to improve ethnological science and affirm it in the Macedonian society and beyond. MES undertakes ethnological research, organizes scientific symposiums and other manifestations on topics related to ethnology, cultural anthropology and folklore. It encourages the collection and preservation of ethnological material and helps to present it to the public. 

 

MES supports the process of recording and producing documentary films in the fields of ethnology, cultural anthropology and folklore. MES organizes the International Festival of Ethnological Documentary in Kratovo – KRATFEST. The outcomes of the research conducted by the members are published in the „Ethnologist” journal. MES awards and gives thanks to its members for their special advocacy and promotion of the work in the Society. It cooperates with cultural and educational organizations, both domestically and internationally.


city museum of kratovo

The National Museum – Kratovo was founded in 1993. It was founded from a museum collection. At the moment the museum consists of four departments, which include: archaeological, historical, ethnological and conservation. When it comes to the activities of the museum, it has so far implemented two permanent exhibitions, including: setting 200 ethnological objects which was opened to the public in 2004 and a historical setting „Kratovo through the centuries” which was opened in 2007 for the public.

An academic-educational unit, which belongs to the Faculty of Polish and Classic Philology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań. The main areas of the Institute’s research are the studies concerning literature, language, and culture of the Central European, Western Slavic, and Southern Slavic countries.

The Institute cooperates with various units, initiates to and participates in organization of the local events. As a mediator between many cultural institutions from the principal countries, the Institute supports them with knowledge and experience in order to improve thematic events concerning the Western Slavic and Souther Slavic areas along with broadly comprehended Balkan region. For years the Institute has been collaborating with the diplomatic missions of the Southern Slavic states, also annually playing host to ambassadors and members of the consular missions.

 

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Meet Our Team

Zoranco Malinov
President of the Macedonian Ethnological Society, Member of the KRATFEST Committee

PhD in Ethonology, University Professor, employed at the „Marko Cepenkov” Folklore Institute in Skopje as a scientific advisor and as a professor at the University of Shtip. He was the director of the Folklore Institute in Skopje in the period 2011-2019.

Dragan Georgievski
Director of City Museum of Kratovo, Member of the KRATFEST Committee

M.A. in Ethnology, custodian and museologist. Director of the City Museum of Kratovo. Scientific researcher with the passion to regional issues, i.e., material culture, agriculture, traditional food, old crafts, customs, rituals, spiritual traditions, etc. 

Mirjana P. Mirchevska
Member of the KRATFEST Committe

PhD in Ethnology, full-time professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology at the University in Skopje. Scientific researcher in the field of ethnic identities, ethnic symbols, and identities in limitrophe areas, topics from material culture, small ethnic & cultural communities, urban ethnology/anthropology.

Vladimir Bocev
Founder & President of KRATFEST
Stanislava Kostić
Official Photographer of KRATFEST, Representative of University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań

M.A. in Russian Studies at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, literary scholar, translator, Serbian language teacher at University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań, Poland. Professional photograher and graphic designer. Author of many exhibitions, cultural campaigns, posters etc.

Dragica Cekorovska
Member of the KRATFEST Committee

M.A. in Ethnology at the University Ss. Cyril and Metodij in Skopje, custodian, ethnology researcher and director of the City Museum of Negotino. Her scientific interest is focused on exploring both the material and intangible culture of the Tikvesh region (Macedonia). 

 
Lidija Ristevski-Todorovska
Member of the KRATFEST Committee

M.A. in Ethnology with the specialisation in winter rites in the Skopje ethnic region of Montenegro. She combines ethnology/anthropology knowledge with business issues and anthropology of everyday life of small-sized companies.

Krasimima Doneva
Official Video Documentator of KRATFEST

M.A. in mathematics, schoolteacher, taxi driver and tapestries frames crafter. From 1994 professional camera operator, screenplayer and director of ethnographic films. The initiator and the one & only performer of KRATFEST video documentaries.

Joanna Rękas
Secretary of KRATFEST, Representative of University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań

PhD in Serbian and Croatian Philology, Professor at University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań, Poland. Scientific researcher and academic teacher in the field of Slavic studies, Balkan studies, Orthodox Theology and Management in Regional & EU Fundings & Grants. 

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