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
Thursday - January 17, 2008
Arrivals to Skopje
Kevin Friedrich, Anna Bodell, Raymond and Analyse Bodell, Frederic Deschamps
and Jacques Mornet at Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport departing for Skopje.
Pictures from the arrival at Skopje Alexander the Great Airport in Macedonia.
Kevin Friedrich, Anica Karakutovska, Frederic Deschamps, Raymond Bodell,
Elizabeta Ilievska
and Jacques Mornet upon arrival in Skopje.
Welcome Reception
Members of the CIA Delegation were welcomed to Skopje, Macedonia by the Executive Members of the Association of Accordionists from the Republic of Macedonia. Association President - Zorica Karakutovska, Vice President - Elizabeta Ilievska, Public Relations Manager - Anica Karakutovska and Secretary - Biljana Mladenovska (Team Macedonia) arranged a beautiful reception hosted at the CIA Headquarters Hotel, the Hotel Victoria, a beautiful Hotel located near the center of Skopje. The opening day consisted of a welcome ceremony followed by a beautiful walking tour of Skopje by night, concluding with a wonderful dinner at the Restaurant Enriko.

With many of the Delegates traveling long distances, and many having never had the opportunity to visit Macedonia before, it was a a wonderful opportunity to take in some of the local sights while meeting with fellow Delegates from other CIA member countries.

Team Macedonia: President - Zorica Karakutovska, Public Relations Manager - Anica Karakutovska,
Vice President - Elizabeta Ilievska and Secretary - Biljana Mladenovska.
Welcome to Macedonia!
Official Name Badges for Delegates
Attendees at the Welcome Reception hosted by the Association of Accordionists from Macedonia.
Carlos Semedo (Portugal), Mirco Patarini (Italy), Kimmo Mattila (Finland) and Günther Zeilinger (Germany).
Members of the CIA Delegation at the Welcome Reception
Front Row Ladies: Anna and Analyse Bodell, Zorica Karakutovska,
Elizabeta Ilievska,
Anica Karakutovska and Biljana Mladenovska.
Back Row Gentlemen: Raymond Bodell, Kimmo Mattila, Kevin Friedrich, Mirco Patarini,
Günther Zeilinger, Frederic Deschamps, Jacques Mornet and Carlos Semedo
Walking Tour Of Skopje by Night
The ruins of the old Railway Station where the clock says 5:17 am. This was where the clock stopped during the catastrophic earthquake of 26 July, 1963.
The Millennium Cross
situated on Vodno Mountain
overlooking Skopje
"Macedonia Street" (ulica "Makedoonija")
the main Skopje pedestrian zone
The ultra modern shopping center
The Ramstore Mall

Team Macedonia arranged a wonderful and entertaining surprise for the CIA Delegation. Several of the Committee members attending the 119th General Assembly were sketched by a local artist Mr. Sabedin Ejupi-Sajgon. Pictured left to right are CIA President - Kevin Friedrich, Vice President - Herbert Scheibenreif, Advancement and Development Committee Chairperson - Mirco Patarini, Vice President - Raymond Bodell, Music Committee Member - Jacques Mornet, Music Committee Chairperson - Frederic Deschamps, General Secretary/Treasurer - Kimmo Mattila surrounding the President of the Accordion Association from Macedonia and host - Zorica Karakutovska.
Each subject of the sketch was given a souvenir copy of this surprise.
Pictured is the artist Mr. Sabedin Ejupi-Sajgon, surrounded by the CIA Delegates.
Mr. Sabedin Ejupi-Sajgon with CIA Delegates
The Mother Theresa Memorial
The Stone Bridge in Skopje
Santa with his Coca Cola. Skopje is the headquarters for Coca Cola manufacturing for the Balkan area.
Macedonian Hosts: Zorica Karakutovska,
Anica Karakutovska &
Elizabeta Ilievska.

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

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