() or Festival na zabavni melodii Skopje
(Фестивал на забавни мелодии Скопје) is one of the main musical events in the Republic of Macedonia
SkopjeFest began in 1968 in the Universal Hall in Skopje
, and continued until 1980. In this short time, the festival became one of the biggest music events in Yugoslavia
. Skopjefest was the place where famous Macedonian singers such as Slave Dimitrov
, Zafir Hadzimanov, Nina Spirova made their performances together with eminent Yugoslav
performers. Audiences enjoyed over 50 songs.
After Macedonia gained its independence peacefully from Yugoslavia
, SkopjeFest was revived in 1994, and has since taken over from MakFest
as Macedonia's premier music festival.
The show involves some of Macedonia's finest performers, singing original tracks submitted to MRT (Makedonska Radio Televizija), usually accompanied by the orchestra of MRT (excluding some of its latest editions).
It has also been used as the Macedonian national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest
, since the late 1990s. The first Macedonian representative in Eurovision, was Macedonian singer Vlado Janevski
who won SkopjeFest 1998 with the song "Ne Zori Zoro", for the Eurovision Song Contest 1998
. This was Macedonia's first participation in the Eurovision Song Contest
. Ever since, SkopjeFest has been shadowed by many controversial debates regarding the strategies behind the song selections and the lack of transparence concerning the... Read More