The exhibition Fairs in Urban and Rural Areas in the XIX and XX Century in Ottoman Macedonia was set in the hall of the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, on January 20, 2020.
Based on the literature, all available sources and field research, the exhibition is a visual representation of the fairs in urban and rural areas in the XIX and XX century, defining the time frame of their origin, development and functioning.
There are many different ways in which objects and photographs begin to tell the story of the past. Starting from the written historical sources, and ending with the modern experiences, the exposition reflects the development path of the fairs in the rural and urban areas. Fairs as a cultural phenomenon on our territory date back a long time. Most of them were held during the religious holidays, and in addition to the cultural, they were of great economic importance to the people. They represent a cultural core, traders from other countries stayed at the fairs, where the culture of their region was transmitted through mutual contacts. During their holding, various festivities were organized where people from other countries were noticed.
NI Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Independence, makes a significant contribution to the preservation and affirmation of lasting cultural values through museum editions, museum publications and video presentations. The topic of urban and rural fairs in the XIX and XX century, arose from the need to process that part of the ethnological museum material, which occupies an important place in the traditional material culture in Macedonia.
The exhibition Fairs in urban and rural areas in the XIX and XX century in Ottoman Macedonia, is a testimony to the initial steps of the research done by the Museum in the field of tangible cultural heritage, a project supported by the Ministry of Culture in the field of museum activity, explains the director of the Museum Daniela Nikolova.
Authors of the exhibition are Darko Trpeski and Vlado Kuzmanovski, museum guides at the NI Museum of the Macedonian Struggle in association with ethnochoreologist Tijana Janevska. The realization of the exhibition is in cooperation with Ensemble Macedonia. The exhibition can be visited from January 20 to March 1 2020.