Dolneni Music Festival – Dolnenskiot Festival – Долненскиот фестивал
(The Dolneni Music Festival id commonly called the Pece Atanasovski Festival – Пеце Атанасовски Фестивал)
This annual festival held in the village of Dolneni, 17 kilometers north of Prilep was founded in 1973 by Pece Atanasovski. Pece, born in Dolneni in 1925, is one of the great champions of Macedonian folklore and folk instruments. Pece Atanasovski was a famous “piper” having won many international awards and he put together a collection of more than 20,000 folk songs.1
After his death, the music festival is now dedicated to Pece and is an annual competition featuring performers from all over the world. Contestants adorn traditional costumes and compete with their instruments, many of them handmade, such as flutes, drums, mandolins, horns and bagpipes.
When you arrive at the festival, plan to be early or you’ll need to join the lively caravan of musicians and spectators (as we did and enjoyed it) to the festival site. The pictures in the gallery below begin with us joining the caravan and continuing on to the competition.