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Finishing Touches Added to Macedonia’s New Theatre

February 10, 2013

Painters are finishing the interior of the luxurious new Macedonian National Theatre, designed to resemble the old building that vanished in the 1963 quake, and which is set to open in March.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic, Balkan Insight, 07.02.2013


Photo by: Dexter26

The Macedonian authorities hope they will make it in time to open the building on March 27, which is World Theatre Day.

“The small stage has been completed. Painters are already working on the ceiling in the large hall and on the entrance,” Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska said.

The ministry recently informed it had paid an additional 260,000 euro to several painters for work on the large paintings on the ceilings and walls.

“Apart from being a theatre, the building will also… depict the cultural heritage of the country,” Minister Milevska recently said.

By agreeing additional contracts with firms and individuals since the start of construction in 2007, the ministry managed to more than triple the original price tag, from 6 million to 20 million euro.

Before the fees for the painters were revealed, in January the ministry made additional contracts totalling another 1.5 million euro.

The money went on electrical installation, a new sculpture to be placed inside the building and on “additional and unforeseen works” that are not described in detail.

The new building is designed in many ways to resemble the one that crumbled away in the devastating earthquake of 1963.

The large auditorium will have some 750 seats and the small one around 250, which is more than the original building held.

The theatre is apparently going to be luxuriously decorated, with gilded ornaments inside and outside and 47 statues on the roof.

It forms part of a wider government-sponsored plan known as Skopje 2014 that aims to give the neglected-looking Macedonian capital a more monumental appearance by drawing inspiration from the architectural styles of Classical Antiquity.

The plan envisages the construction of many buildings, including, museums, theatres, concert halls, hotels and administrative offices, as well as a number of large bronze and marble statues.

The plan has proven controversial, with critics objecting to its high price tag, estimated by some to be at least 500 million euro, as well as to the selection of artistic styles.

Photo by: Dexter26
Visualization of the interior
Visualization of the interior
Visualization of the interior
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  1. Nick the Greek permalink

    Those who know about Macedonia know – Macedonia is the name of an ancient-Greek Kingdom that was once ruled over by Alexander the Great, the son of King Phillip of Macedon.

    Those who know about Macedonia know – Macedonia today is a
    large geographical region covering an area approximately 26,000 square miles. The region today includes FYRoM which covers 38% of the territory, plus a portion of Bulgaria called Pirin which covers 9% of it. Combined, the Slavic contingent [[FYRoM][Bulgaria]] hold 47% of greater-Macedonian territory. Greece holds 52% and Albania a miniscule 1%. The NoN-Slavic contingent [[Greece][Albania]]
    hold 53% of the total territory of geographic-Macedonia.

    Those who know about Macedonia know – Greece holds the most part of the now extended territory of Macedonia which translate on the ground as three peripheries, political-subdivisions called West, Central and East-Macedonia. This is where the ancient-Kingdom of Macedon lay…as described by Strabo, the ancient-geographer in his book Fragments VII.

    Those who know about Macedonia know – Macedonians were just another subdivision of the Greek-Hellenic peoples. The Northernmost Dorian-Greeks who defended the Hellenic world from barbarian invasions and attacks. The Southernmost Dorian-Greeks were the Spartans…Macedonians and Spartans derive from the same Dorian-Greek stock.

    Those who know about Macedonia know – FYRoM is not Macedonia
    but Paeonia and Dardania. The latin-Romans incorported these lands into an administrative district they labelled Macedonia II Salutaris, which transliterates to the Second-Macedonia or Beneficial-Macedonia because it was an add-on. The original ancient-Kingdom of Macedon the Romans kept Greek and distinct by labelling it Macedonia-Prima, meaning the first and foremost Macedonia.

    Those who know about FYRoM know – FYRoM is a political construct created by Communist-Slavists during the last years of WWII in wartime Yugoslavia.

    Those who know about FYRoM know – There is nothing Macedonian in FYRoM, not the land, not the peoples. The peoples there derive from [[Serbian][Bulgarian]] Slavic stock.

    Those who know about the Name Dispute between FYRoM and Greece know – FYRoM attempts to usurp the name, the history and the heritage of the ancient-Macedonians from antiquity.
    They fight hard to make an ancient-Greek name, their very own sovereign state name. They fight hard to make the Macedonian-name the name of their new Slavic-country, nationality, language and ethnicity.

    Those who know about Greeks know – Greeks are unruly and difficult to tame…Take Macedonia away from the Greeks and you make an enemy of them. FYRoM made the Greek-Hellenic peoples their enemy by opting to take something Hellenic away from Hellenism. Now look at them, shoved-up a siding, kept at arms length, at a distance, not given a second look

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