Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA)
member of the International Music Council - (IMC-UNESCO)
2008 CIA Winter Congress - Skopje, MACEDONIA
119th CIA General Assembly of Delegates - January 18-20, 2008

Host: CIA Member - Association of Accordionists - MACEDONIA
"Ljubiteli na klasicnata muzika" - Skopje
Friday - January 18, 2008
Reception with the Mayor of Skopje
City Hall of Skopje
Members of the CIA Delegation awaiting a meeting with the Mayor of Skopje Mr. Trifun Kostovski
Welcome from Mirjana Mitevska,
Public Activities Dept. Culture Division
Mayor of Skopje Mr. Trifun Kostovski greeting CIA Executive Members and Delegates
left to right: Raymond Bodell (CIA Vice President), Zorica Karakutovska (CIA Music Committee and President of Host - Accordion Association of Macedonia), Mayor of Skopje Mr. Trifun Kostovski, Kevin Friedrich (CIA President), Kimmo Mattila (CIA General Secretary/Treasurer) and
Vjera Odak-Jembrih (Delegate from Croatia).
Mayor of Skopje Mr. Trifun Kostovski greeting
CIA President Kevin Friedrich
Mayor of Skopje Mr. Trifun Kostovski
and Zorica Karakutovska

Italy - Mirco PATARINI, Macedonia - Biljana MLADENVSKA, United Kingdom - Raymond BODELL, Germany - Günther ZEILINGER, Macedonia - Zorica KARAKUTOVSKA, Mayor of Skopje Mr. Trifun KOSTOVSKI, Croatia - Vjera ODAK-JEMBRIH, USA - Kevin FRIEDRICH, Finland - Kimmo MATTILA, France - Frederic DESCHAMPS, Macedonia - Anica KARAKUTOVSKA, Portugal - Carlos SEMEDO, Macedonia - Elizabeta ILIEVSKA, United Kingdom - Anna BODELL, Macedonia - Nikolina TRAJANOVSKA, France - Jacques MORNET

Visit to the Faculty & Music High School
University "St. Cyril and Methodius" Faculty of Music Skopje
Schools of Music
High School "Ilija Nikolovski-Luj"
Faculty of Music
Zorica Karakutovska and Director (Principal) of the
Music High School "Ilija Nikolovski-Luj" Skopje
Mr. Zoran Dzorlev
Director (Principal) - Mr. Zoran Dzorlev
Accordion Professor - Zorica Karakutovska
CIA President - Kevin Friedrich
CIA General Secretary - Kimmo Mattila
Director (Principal) - Mr. Zoran Dzorlev
Advancement/Development Chairman - Mirco Patarini
Raymond BODELL, Frederic DESCHAMPS, Carlos SEMEDO, Kimmo MATTILA, Jacques MORNET
and Mirco PATARINI
Many souvenirs of the vast travel experiences adorn the walls
of one of the classrooms where lessons are taught.

Standing: Boban PERIC, Aleksandar KOLOVSKI, Zoran KIRJAKOVSKI, Kosto TODOROVSKI
Kneeling: Bojan VOLCEVSKI, Filip STAMEVSKI
Sightseeing around Skopje
Members of the CIA Delegation in front of the Skopje Opera and Ballet Company
National Opera and Ballet
The Kale Fortress
National Gallery of Macedonia Daut Pasin Amam
Old Turkish Market
Kimmo Mattila and Günther Zeilinger
outside the old Orthodox Church 'Sveti Spas'
Some of the beautiful Icons found at the
old Ortodox Church 'Sveti Spas'
In the church of Sveti Spas, the Savior Saint, there are many monumental icons. Tour Guide Bojana Janeva explains the historic importance of the carvings and icons, which never fail to delight the visitor.
Left: Goce's Macedonia (old Macedonian song)

CIA President Kevin Friedrich next to the bust of Macedonian national Hero Goce Delcev. Goce Delcev was one of the most striking figures of the Macedonian revolutionary movement and its chief ideologist. He matured into a real revolutionary , broad-minded and clear-sighted, a person who became a synonym for the uncompromising, brave and honest freedom fighter.
Members of the CIA enjoying a beautiful sunny day sightseeing around the grounds of the The Kale Fortress
CIA Delegates at The Kale Fortress
Contemporary Art Museum
Skopje City Sports Stadium
Monastery St. Pantelejmon, Nerezi

Confederation Internationale Des Accordeonistes (CIA) - General Secretary
Kimmo Mattila, Kyrösselänkatu 3, FIN-39500 IKAALINEN, Finland. E-mail:

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