3 – 12 September 2009
For the second time the Biennial has been hosted in a Country of the former Yugoslavian area, after Sarajevo in 2001. BJCEM accepted to realize the Biennial in this region to offer a chance of approaching and comparison both with the European Union and with the South Shore countries.
Skopje, as the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, is on the eternal crossroads between civilizations, nations and cultures, on a multiethnic territory where different ethnic groups, religions and cultures live together, in a system that guarantees dialogue and opportunities to all the citizens.
Theme: Seven Gates
Starting from the peculiarities of the territory, for the XIV edition the chosen theme was Seven Gates.
The gate is an association of a free entrance and always ongoing circulation, a spot from where the different cultural creativity from everywhere can enter and can be mixed with the cultural heritage inside, and a spot from where the authentically cultural potential can come out and be shared.
Seven Gates stands also for the seven main artistic disciplines in which creations are divided: Applied Arts, Gastronomy, Images on the Move, Literature, Music, Show and Visual Arts.
More than 600 artists coming from 33 Euro-Mediterranean Countries (Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, FYROM, Republic of San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Austria, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Russia, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Syria) were hosted in the Biennial.
The audience was around 15.000 including general public and international cultural operators.
Among the participants, to be signaled for their works the following artists: Matija Ferlin, performer from Rijeka, Younes Baba-Ali, visual artist from Morocco, Kraftmalerei, collective of visual artists from Vienna, Nicolas Manenti, visual artist from France but living in Berlin and Yael Plat, visual artist from Israel but living in Turin.
The peculiarity of this Biennial is that it took place in different locations in the city center, animating different venues, all of them very close and on walking distance one to another.
Dom na Armija/Creativity House and Meeting Point – Applied Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Workshops and Conferences
City Square – Music
Restaurant Pivnica – Gastronomy
National Gallery of Macedonia Mala Stanica – Visual Arts
Museum of the City of Skopje – Visual Arts, Applied Arts, Images on the move
National Gallery of Macedonia- Daut Pasin Aman – Literature
National Gallery of Macedonia- Cifte Aman – Visual Arts
Museum of Macedonia- Kursumili An – Visual Arts, Images on the move
MNT/Macedonian National Theater – Theatre
KIC/Cultural Informative Center – Applied Arts, Visual Arts
MKL/Youth Cultural Centre – Applied Arts, Theatre
Museum of Contemporary Arts – Visual Arts
Macedonian Opera and Ballet – Dance, Applied Arts, Theatre, Visual Arts
Drama Theatre – Dance, Theatre
EU info center – Workshops and Conferences
Kej Vardar – Music
Park Stage – Music
in collaboration with
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia
Mniistry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia
City of Skopje
Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska – Minister of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia
Koce Trajanovski – Mayor of the City of Skopje
Nikola Todorov – Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia
Biljana Kjulovkovska – Chief of the Cabinet of the Minister of Culture
Marija Gjorgova-Stancevska – Head of Fine Art Creation and Gallery Activity Section within the Ministry of Culture
Maja Tanevska – Head of Music and Music-Performing Activity Section within the Ministry of Culture
Gordana Ivanovic – Secretary of the City of Skopje
Lovren Markic – Head of International Relations Department
Tatjana Balak Sarcevski – Deputy Head of Public Affairs Department
Mirjana Apostolova – Deputy of International Relations Department
Nada Peseva – Councillor for Culture (Department of Public Affairs)
Luigi Ratcliff – President of BJCEM
Alessandro Stillo – Secretary General of BJCEM
Emil Mitevski – Director of the Biennial Skopje 2009, Association for International Youth Cooperation
Tanja Blazovska, Project Coordinator of the Biennial Skopje 2009
Association for International Youth Cooperation (AMMS)
Director Biennial Skopje 2009
Zoran Stojkovik – Coordinator, Ivan Jovanovski
in collaboration with:
Emiliano Paoletti and Monica Sagaria Rossi – Logistic and Exhibition Set-up Consultant, Zone Attive
Artistic Coordination and Design
Maja Cankulovska-Mihajlovska – Coordinator
Assitants: Kate Antevska, Ivana Vaseva, Jovanka Popova
Gordana Vrencovska – Coordinator
Aneta Petrovska – Assistant
Dzijan Emin – Coordinator
Dona Organdzieva – Assistant
Goce Smilevski – Coordinator
Marija Hristova – Assistant
Images on the Move:
Aleksandar Spasovski – Coordinator
Dejan Lilic – Coordinator
Snezana Spasovska – Assistant
Nada Peseva – Coordinator
Architectural Faculty of Skopje
Juan Asencio (Spain), Asli Cetinkaya (Turkey), Marianna Christofides (Cyprus), Hugh Dichmont (United Kingdom), Rui Pignatelli (Portugal), Leonardo Punginelli (Italy), Dominique Thévenot (France)
Visual Identity, Catalogue Cover and Logo Design for the Biennial Skopje 2009
Slobodan Vukajlovik, Bojan Hadzi Andonovik
National Press Office
Ljubica Grozdanovska, Aleksandar Dimiskovski
International Press Office
Mira Nacevska, Eleonora Duljanova
Accomodation and Delegations Assistance
Federica Candelaresi – Coordinator, Giulia Rognoni, Irma Redikaite
Paolo Mele – Coordinator, Cécile Ibarra, Miriam Jiménez Gomez
Alice Pierobon – Coordinator, Juliana Dukadinoska, Dorottya Toth
With gratitude to:
City of Centar
Eliza Sulevska – Director, Museum of Contemporary Art; Maja Krstevska – Director, National Gallery of Macedonia; Meri Anicin Pejoska – Director, Museum of Macedonia; Oliver Arsovski – Director, Macedonia Opera and Ballet; Banko Gorcev – Director, Drama Theatre; Sasho Milenkovski – Director, Macedonia National Theatre, Theatre Centar; Jovan Shurbanovski – Director, Museum of City of Skopje; Boris Momirovski – Director, Youth Cultural Centre; Zlatko Stefkovski – Director, Cultural Informative Centre; Aleksandar Boskovik – Director, The Public Transport Enterprise SKOPJE; Zlatko Dimovski – Director, Public Enterprise Communal Hygiene.