Struga Poetry Evenings

International Poetry Festival

Struga Poetry Evenings

Struga Poetry Evenings (SPE) (Macedonian: Струшки вечери на поезијата, СВП; tr. Struški večeri na poezijata, SVP) is an international poetry festival held annually in Struga, Republic of Macedonia.

About Struga Poetry Evenings

About the Festival

The festival began in 1961 in Struga. By 1966 the event turned into an international cultural festival. The Golden Wreath international award was established.

Golden Wreath

Golden Wreath (Златен венец), the main international award given to a world renowned living poet for life achievement in the field of poetry. The recipient’s name is publicized usually several months in advance. Miladinov Brothers Award (Браќа Миладиновци) for a best book published between two festivals. Bridges of Struga, for debutant book (together with UNESCO).

Activity

Besides festival events and activities, in past 55 year Struga Poetry Evenings developed extensive publishing activity. Struga Poetry Evenings each year publish representational book of poetry by the winner of the award Golden Wreath in the original language and translated in Macedonian.

News

"Immediate occasion for organizing the Struga Poetry Evenings, for continuing the centuries-old cultural tradition of this city, was the literary reading of a group of prominent Macedonian writers at the solemn part of the jubilee, held in Struga on July 15, 1961, on the occasion of the publication of the" Collection of the Miladinov brothers ". The idea came that there are all conditions to organize a traditional event with a festival character, which will be held in this city, as a review of poetic achievements in the Republic of Macedonia during one year. "

Jovan Strezovski, former director of the festival and its chronicler.