for January 2002:
BITOLA, MACEDONIA-- This university city (population 100,00) is a
surprisingly active center of culture. The recent site of an international classical music festival, Bitola also mounted a production of Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost, directed by Ljupco Gjorgievski, which many European critics praised highly.
a miniscule budget by European standards, the director kept
"The young actors,
most of them recent graduates from the Drama Academy
"At this moment
we have some 30 young people of Bitola studying at
Bitola, the second largest city in Macedonia, is located 10 miles north of the Greek border town of Florina. The city was the Turkish regional capital during the Ottoman empire. About ten per cent of the city's population is Albanian. Relations between the Slavs and Albanians are still tense--violence erupted a year ago-- but in the face of all this anger and strife, the show manages to go on.
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